So I was blog reading the other day when I came accross a product I had never heard of before…a Silhouette Cameo by Silhouette America. I was intrigued. I have been begging for a Cricut since; like, forever and now I have found another crafters must have electronic cutting machine. So now I am researching and asking myself, which one?
Yes, I know. It is kinda odd to write a product comparison article when you don’t own either. But that is just how I roll.
The Cricut Imagine and the Silhouette Cameo are both electronic cutting machines; and both offer print & cut. You can create an image using the software provided for either and the machine will print and cut it for you. GREAT for scrapbookers and other paper (and vinyl) crafters!
According to the Product Descritpion on Amazon the Silhouette Cameo:
The Silhouette Cameo is the newest 12″ electronic cutting machine from Silhouette America. The Cameo can cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and much more from 12″ wide to 10 feet long. The Cameo comes with a quiet motor and has the ability to register and cut printed materials.
As for the Cricut Imagine:
With HP, the world leader in inkjet printing, combined with Provo Craft, the world leader in paper crafting, Cricut Imagine offers vivid, full-color, photographic-quality artwork that adds a new level of detail and dimension to your projects. From beginners to experts, you?ll have fun making a wide variety of projects, including scrapbook layouts, cards, home or office décor, education materials, special event signage, and much more. Cricut Imagine offers endless possibilities; the rest is up to you. Now you can add full color, textures and patterns, for one-of-a kind projects that reflect your creativity and personality.
If I am understanding my research correctly, the Silhouette can basically work with any design 12″ wide and up to 10 feet in length. Woah! The Cricut Imagine on the other hand can only do a standard 12″x12″; where the Cricut Expression can at least do 12″x24″. I kinda like the the thought of larger vinyl projects!
Another thing to make note of is with a Cricut, you have to have cartridges, which can get pricey. There is software (and a free option) I have found, but you would still need some cartridges. The Silhouette has design software and an online store, no cartridges, and it looks a bit cheaper to download images.
According to several crafty blog sources, the Silhouette can also cut smaller, more intricate images and has a sharper cut line than the Cricut. Oh, and the Silhouette weights considerably less than the Imagine, and if you are a crafter on the go kinda person, this could be a huge deciding point.
So…again. Choices, choices. It certainly appears that the Silhouette has way more going for it, and far better reviews on almost every website I visited. For some reason though I just can’t get the Cricut Expression or the Cricut Imagine out of my mind. I guess I will just have to win the lottery and get all three of them.
Yup, that sounds like a pretty good plan to me!
So tell me, do you Cricut or do you Silhouette? Or do you both? Tell me what you love or hate about either…I wanna know!