After the Cricut Maker was released, I had been wondering when Silhouette was going to come out with a new cutting machine. Well, the Cricut Maker finally has a contender! The Silhouette Cameo 4!
Update – PreOrder the Cameo 4 here!
Even though the Silhouette isn’t officially released (the Silhouette Cameo 4 has a release date of September 2019), we thought we’d get a head start and compare the differences between the Cameo 4 and Cricut Maker machines.
Silhouette Cameo 4 Comparison
Silhouette has always been one of the most popular brands of electronic cutting machines. And the Cameo 4 is certainly a big step up from their previous machines.
The first notable difference between the Cameo 4 and the Cricut Maker is the downward cutting force. The Silhouette machines have been known to have the least about of cutting power of all the cutting machines, which means we were surprised to learn the Cameo 4 has a whopping 5000 grams of cutting force, 1000 more grams than the Maker machine!
And like the Cricut Maker, with more power, comes more tools. Tools like the Silhouette Rotary Blade and Silhouette Kraft Blade will be available for the Silhouette machine.
This means the Cameo 4 should be able to cut everything the Maker can, and maybe more. Welcome leather, matboard, and balsawood!
Of course, if you purchase bundles, the cost will be slightly higher.
And when you’re comparing the Cameo 4 to the previous Cameo 3 machine, the Cameo 4 will come with a lot of the same features such as dual tool holders, print and cut, and the ability to cut up to 10 feet long.
What’s also pretty neat is that the Cameo 4 comes with a built-in feed roller, something that was only available when purchased separately. There is even a cross cutter in the back of the machine for cutting vinyl.
Silhouette Studio Designer Software
When it comes to using the native design software for the Cameo 4, there is a little bit more of a learning curve compared to Cricut’s Design Space. The Studio Designer software allows users to create designs from scratch and import their own designs or purchase them. To be able to import SVG files however, it does require a $50 one time purchase.
Cameo 4 Price
When it comes to price, there is a big difference too. I would have expected the Cameo 4 to cost the same or even more than the Maker, but it’s actually less. The Cameo 4 retails for $299. That’s $100 cheaper than the Maker.
Cricut Maker Comparison
Well, the Cricut Maker (see the full Maker review) is and will still be a great machine. In fact, it’s our number 1 rated die cutting machine. It works wonders for cutting anything from vinyl to fabric to balsawood.
With 4000 grams of force, it was pretty much uncontested for a while. There were other machines on the market with cutting force, such as the KNK force. And while the Force is a great cutting machine, it wasn’t as easy to use as the Cricut Maker. The Cricut Maker is really designed to be easy to use out of the box, which is one reason why we love their products.
As of now, The Maker does have more tools that can be used with the machine. Along with having a Knife Blade and Rotary Blade, it comes with a single and double scoring wheel.
It’s entirely possible though that Silhouette will come out with future tools for the Silhouette Cameo.
Cricut Design Space Software
One area that Cricut excels at is making user-friendly products, and their software is no exception.
The Cricut Design Software is pretty simple to use. While it’s not as powerful as Silhouette’s Studio Designer software for creating designs from scratch, Design Space allows you to easily import SVG files free. Being able to import SVG in Studio Designer requires a $50 upgrade.
There are some drawbacks for some. With the Maker, the Cricut Design Space must be used online. Cricut has announced that it is developing a ‘Design Space Offline’, which means internet connection will no longer be required. This is a big deal for people who want more cutting freedom.
Cricut Maker Price
The Maker is a little more expensive than some of the other die cutting machines on the market. At $400 retail, it’s not as affordable as the Cameo 4, but all things considered, it’s still a fair price for a great product.
The best places to shop have always been Amazon and the Cricut website. Be sure to shop around for the best price:
Silhouette Cameo 4 vs Cricut Maker Differences
Check out the chart below for a full list of differences between these two die cutting machines:
|Cameo 4||Cricut Maker|
|Cutting Size||12″ x 10′||12″ x 24″|
|Cutting For grams|| |
|Print and Cut|| |
|Double Tool Holder|| |
|Software||Silhouette Studio Designer||Design Space|
|Amazon Price||Coming Soon||Check price|
Which Is Better, the Cameo 4 or Cricut Maker?
We won’t make a definitive decision about which machine is better. It all really depends on what you are looking for in a cutter.
If you’re looking for the most cutting force, more powerful software, and a more affordable price, then the Cameo 4 will be better than the Maker.
But if you’re looking for something a little more easy to use, has a more variety of tools, and don’t mind spending a little more money, then perhaps the Cricut Maker will be best.