Cricut Explore One – What’s the difference?

Cricut has announced yet another machine to their Cricut Explore Family, the Cricut Explore One. It wasn’t too long ago when the Cricut Explore Air was released (see the Cricut Explore Air difference). Now, this got me pretty curious. The machine looks the same, so what’s new and different with the Cricut Explore One?

Cricut Explore One

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The Cricut Explore One is exactly the same as the Cricut Explore (read the Cricut Explore Review), except…. it has one head clamp instead of two! To use the pen or score tool, you’ll need to purchase an adapter.

This may seem like a step backwards, but the major benefit is you can get the Explore One for between $30 – $50 cheaper compared to the original, depending on the current prices (check the current price on Amazon).

Cricut Explore Machine Comparison

Here is an overview of all the Cricut Explore Machines:

Compare the Cricut Explore, Cricut Explore Air, and Cricut Explore One

Compare the Cricut Explore, Cricut Explore Air, and Cricut Explore One

What Cricut Explore machine should you buy?

Wondering what machine you should buy? We are here to help decide what Cricut Explore machine is best for you.

Cricut Explore One

Well, if you want to save the most money, buy the Explore One. The dual carriage heads are nice, but not required.

Cricut Explore One

  • No built in wireless (adapter sold separately)
  • One carriage instead of two
  • Most affordable

>> Click here to check the Amazon price

 

Cricut Explore Air

If you have the money to spend and want the ‘latest and greatest’, go with the Explore Air.

Cricut Explore Air

  • Built in wireless (wireless is optional)
  • Two carriages to cut and draw in one pass without stopping
  • Less Affordable

>> Click here to check the Amazon price

Cricut Explore

If you want dual carriages, you may be able to save some money by buying the original Explore. If you decide you want to go wireless, you can always purchase the adapter.

Cricut Explore
  • No built in wireless (adapter sold separately)
  • Two carriages to cut and draw without stopping
  • Affordable

>> Click here to check the Amazon price

 

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

13 Comments

  1. Gina

    I am super happy with the green Explore. I figure if for some reason the wifi adaptor dies I can always buy another one and plug it in, unlike the built in wifi when it’s gone it’s gone and then how much does that cost to fix. I say buy the green model. Carbide blades are also a great buy.

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  2. Mary wood

    I have recently purchased the cricut explore air and waiting on delivery but I wanted to know if you can still use the cartridges or is it strictly the design studio

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    1. Personal Die Cutting (Post author)

      Hi Mary, in order to use cartridges, you will need to link them to your online Design Space account. This means you will need to use the Design Space either way.

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  3. Cindy

    are the cartridges interchangeable between the old models and the new models?

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    1. Personal Die Cutting (Post author)

      The cartridges on the Explore machines actually link to your online account. Once the cartridges are linked, you will be able to use them on any of the Explore machines. Hope that helps!

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      1. Stephanie Daley

        As long as the machines are linked to your account. Otherwise, I do not believe you can..

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  4. Dee

    Hi, I have been making onesies with regular flocked letters & I want to ugrade to my own designs for onesies but I’m not tech savvy and I don’t know which cricut to purchase? Any suggestions? I mainly want to use it for onesies & tee shirts! Thanks much!

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    1. Stephanie Daley

      It depends on how much you are wanting to spend. If you will never or rarely use the other housing for writing or scoring, then its more economical to purchase the Explore One as you can save money on excluding a feature you don’t need. If money doesn’t matter and/or you feel like you would like to use the score/write feature.. Purchase The Explore. If you need the Bluetooth then you can always purchase an adapter for the Explore. I purchased the Explore Air, but its more expensive and it includes everything that some of the others might not. For your purposes, I would recommend the Explore. 🙂 Have fun crafting!

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  5. Cassie

    I keep seeing used cartridges for sale saying they have been linked already. Does this mean I can not link them to my explore air?

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    1. Personal Die Cutting (Post author)
  6. Kristina

    Is there any way to buy a dual accessory carrier for my Explore one? Our stores only carried the Air and One-I would have loved the dual but didn’t have the money to buy the air!

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  7. Granny

    Wanting to make stencils. Which cutting machine is best for that?

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