Cricut vs Silhouette: Which one is the best for you

In the field of crafts, 2 main brands stand out producing quality machines to create your productions. In this article, we will compare Cricut vs Silhouette products to help you easily choose which brand and product best works for you.

We have previously created a lot of content on different Cricut Machines and Accessories such as the Best Cricut design Machines. However, it does not mean that there are no other competing brands in the cutting and crafts space to give Cricut a run for its money.

Cricut Vs Silhouette Comparison

Silhouette is a good example of a similar brand to Cricut that creates quality products. In this Cricut vs Silhouette comparison, we will compare their 2 premium products that are Cricut Maker 3 Vs Cameo 4.

Cricut Maker 3 Vs Cameo 4

Both Cricut Maker 3 Vs Cameo 4 are the latest and best premium level cutting machines from both cricut and silhouette brands. Let’s compare the 2.

Cricut Maker 3

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We have previously reviewed and done a head to head Cricut Maker 3 vs Maker  comparison. The Maker 3 was a clear winner. Now we need to check how it compares to a Silhouette alternative.

Cricut Maker 3 Cutting Features

  • Size: 667 x 284 x 279 mm
  • Weight: 690 grams
  • Materials: 300+ materials
  • Additions: 13 optional accessories

As mentioned the Maker 3 is the newest machine from Cricut. It is an upgrade from their original Maker and will perform a number of additional functions not possible on the Maker.

First, the Maker 3 is used to cut on smart materials which was not possible on Maker. Additionally, you can cut up to 12 ft and 75 ft for black and white roll materials, when you have a roll holder. 

These long cutting lengths are made possible by the fact that unlike earlier models, you do not need to use a mat on the Maker 3.

The machine is able to perform embossing and engraving tasks, plus delicate pen drawing tasks. Clearance is plenty at 2.4 mm and is perfect for most materials. This premium machine is fast and has high cutting pressure that makes it possible to cut through Paper, wood and even leather.

Cameo 4: Best Silhouette Cutting Machine

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Features

  • Size: 648 x 191 x 171 mm
  • Weight: 620 grams
  • Functions: 100 plus materials
  • Additions: 13 optional accessories

To match up to the Maker 3, the Cameo 4 is a premium machine from silhouette cutting machines. It has 12 inch cutting width and slightly bigger clearance than the Maker 3 at 3 mm compared to Maker 3 at 2.4 mm.

Without a Mat guide, the Cameo 4 will cut 10 ft length 2 ft less than the Maker 3. However, when you attach the roller feeder, the Cameo 4 can cut up to a hooping 140 ft length, almost double the Maker 3’s at 75 ft under the same conditions.

The Cameo 4 features a backlit control panel that creates a great look when in use. Another great thing about the Cameo 4 is an auto detector that will scan your toll and auto adjust your software setting for best output.

One key difference between the Maker 3 and the Cameo 4 is the manual hands on nature on the Cameo 4.  The Maker 3 has a more automatic approach with few buttons. On the other hand, the Cameo 4 features many buttons and will need more interactivity when using.

When you go for the Cameo 4, you will have 3 color varieties to pick from. That is Pink, Black and White. The Maker 3 currently only comes in 1 light blue color. If you need color options for Cricut, then consider choosing the original Maker instead.

Although it is a premium device, the Cameo 4 compared to the Maker 3 falls short. For example, the Maker 3 cuts up to 300 plus materials while the Cameo 4 will only cut 100 materials which is way less.

Compared to the Maker 3, silhouettes Cameo 4 seems less effective. However, it is important to note that most materials you will need to use are supported by Cameo. Additionally, Silhouette have made various tool improvements to enable their product to compete effectively. For example, they have added a 3mm cutting blade plus embossing tool.

Cricut vs Silhouette: Software

Your choice for either of these 2 machines can come down to how easy you find it to use their functionality software. Both Cricut and Silhouette work on different but free Software you can easily download and install.

Cricut works with Cricut Design Space. The software is simple and user friendly and is most recommended for PC users for the best user experience.

Silhouette works with Silhouette Studio. Just like Design Space, Silhouette is also free and has a nice user-friendly look. However, Silhouette Studio is best used with iOS for optimal user experience.

Both machine brands however, are not limited to their native software. They are both compatible with different design software such as Corel Draw or Adobe illustrator.

Cricut vs Silhouette: Body and Build

The Cricut Maker 3 is less angular and features smooth edges that make it sleek and appealing. On the other hand, Cameo 4’s body is angular and is a little rugged compared to Cricut.

Silhouettes interactive screen tries to make it look cool and futuristic but the fact that the Maker 3 and Cricut machines are more app oriented, this screen is rendered useless and transferred to your phone or tablet view.

With improvements in cutting machines, Bluetooth functionality has come up as an added advantage. For this reason, the Cricut Maker 3 features a docking pad where you can conveniently place your phone or tablet when working. Due to its manual nature, Silhouette lacks this docking pad.

Which is better a Cricut or Silhouette?

Cricut Maker 3 is a better an more powerful machine than its comparative Cameo 4 from Silhouette. It can cut a variety of materials up to 300 plus while Cameo 4 only does only 100 of the most important. Further more Cameo 4 has done improvements to be able to emboss and engrave but would be better if it came with them originally like the Maker 3.

Cricut products are more app oriented and less manual compared to more hands on Silhouette products. Both work on a native software with Silhouette’s Silhouette Studio better on MAC than PC and vice versa for Cricut Design Space. The Cameo comes with a wide variety of choice colors but the Maker 3 is rigid with one light blue color option.

Cricut vs Silhouette: Best Portable Cutting Machine

Silhouette Portrait 3

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Silhouette Portrait 3 is the smallest and most portable machine from the Silhouette brand. 

Specs:

  • Size: 17 x 5.5 x 4.25 inches
  • Weight: 1.6 Kilograms
  • Material:  50+ materials
  • Additions: 13 accessory blades

The portrait 3 will come with an 8 inch width mat and will cut up to 12 inches on a cutting mat and  60 feet on some selected rolled materials. These sizes mean that the small machine is perfectly suited to cut on A4 and  letter material sizes. 

The Portrait 3 is meant for portability and creatives who use it on the go. This is made possible by its small Size at 18 x 8 x 9 inches and relatively light 1.6 kgs weight. The machine will cut up to 50 material types and will come with a one month Silhouette design store subscription.

The best way to cut your stickers will be by uploading the clear background designs on the Silhouette Studio Software. The machine will align to the center perfectly. However, it may not be the best when you are cutting very fine details and may cause some problems. Additionally, the app may be complicated for new users but once you get the hang of it is a walk in the park.

The Portrait 3 and Cricut Joy will both only have 1 color white variety. The Portrait 3 stands out thanks to its compatibility with 13 blades and pen accessories that come with it. The Cricut Joy is limited in this sense only coming with 2 options.

 Cricut Joy

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  • Size: 8.5 x 5.5 x 4.25 inches
  • Weight: 175 grams
  • Functions: Works with 50+ materials
  • Additions: 2 blades and pens

From Cricut, the Cricut Joy is a small build machine that is compact and easily portable. Similar to the Portrait 3, it weighs 1.75 Kgs and is 8.5 x 5.5 x 4.25 inches, in size which is a little different in terms of orientation from the portrait 3.

When it comes to price, the Cricut Joy is slightly cheaper than the Portrait 3. Due to its shape and orientation however, the Cricut Joy will cut a maximum width of 6.5 inches and 10 plus length size.

The Portrait 3 supports more Pen compatibility options than the Cricut Joy. Despite this,  Cricut Joy can still cut Smart Materials up to to 20 feet long. The Cricut Joy is fast and perfect for outdoor on the go projects. One downside however, is that it is not compatible with USB connection.

Just like the portrait however, it will also cut over 50 materials and is best for sticker cutting.

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