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What are the differences between the different Cricut Explore machines?

The Cricut Explore, Explore Air, and Explore Air 2 each have a double tool holder so that you can cut & write (or cut & score) in 1 step. The Explore One has a single tool holder, so it can cut & write (or cut & score) in 2 steps.

The Explore Air and Explore Air 2 have built-in Bluetooth, but for Explore One and Explore, you will need a Cricut Wireless Bluetooth Adapter in order to use it with your iPad/iPhone or to cut wirelessly from your computer. See the comparison chart and additional information below.  


Explore Family 2


Differences between the Cricut Explore machines:




Explore One

Explore Air

Explore Air 2

Bluetooth for wireless cutting







Double tool holder for one-click cutting and writing

Single tool holder;




Upload your own images for free

Cut a wide variety of materials

Smart Set dial for easy material settings

Design software for PC, Mac, and iOS mobile devices

Works with Cricut Cartridges

Fast Mode: Up to 2x faster cutting and writing*



*Fast mode works with vinyl, iron-on, and cardstock. See test results! 


Separate Purchases:


Machine Colors:

  • Cricut Explore
    • Green
    • Wild Orchid (exclusive to HSN)
  • Cricut Explore One
    • Grey
    • Coral
    • Navy Bloom
    • Pink Poppy
  • Cricut Explore Air
    • Blue
    • Teal (exclusive to Michael's)
    • Gold (exclusive to HSN and JoAnn)
  • Cricut Explore Air 2
    • Blue (in the U.S. is exclusive to Michael's)
    • Rose 
    • Mint
    • Anna Griffin (exclusive to HSN)