As you’d expect, it can be much cheaper & easier to get started with a Cricut bundle. Alternatively, you could buy the machine, tools, and materials separately, but you’ll usually end up paying more – who wants to do that?!
Here is a round-up of the very best Cricut Machine Bundles.
Your choice will depend upon:
machine color preference
the types of projects you would like to do
whether or not you already have some tools & materials
It’s so much more exciting to receive a bundle over a solitary machine! Especially if you’re new to crafting with die cutting machines, a bundle is the way to go. The machine is one of many important materials and tools you need to get going.
The Maker, Explore Air 2, and Joy are the 3 latest Cricut cutting machines. We have and use all of these cutting machines and can wholeheartedly recommend them. Each is perfect for DIY crafters working on everything from home decor and scrapbooking to custom designs.
The Maker is the most versatile Cricut machine. It is absolutely fantastic for those with a higher budget. It is able to cut more materials than the Air 2, and can be used with a variety of different blades (for example, the Cricut Engraving Blade).
The Cricut Explore Air 2 is also one of the best cutting machines, and is not all that different from the Maker. However, it is the older of the 2 models. It is perfect for cutting HTV (heat transfer vinyl), vinyl, cardstock, and a range of other materials, but is not as good with thicker and very thin materials.
The Joy is the new Cricut kid on the block! It is tiny and therefore portable and easy for small crafting space. It’s cutting width and the range of materials it can cut are much smaller than the Maker or Explore Air 2. That being said it can also cut special Smart Materials without a mat up to 20 feet long!
In this post we’ll start by looking at the Best Cricut Maker Bundles, then follow with the Best Cricut Explore Air 2 Bundles, and finally finish with the Best Joy Bundles. If you’d like to know more about the differences between the three machines, read ‘which is the best Cricut machine?’
Cricut Maker Bundle
Here is what comes in the box with every Cricut Maker (whether as a bundle, or not):
The Cricut Maker with built in wireless
Access to Cricut Design Space
Rotary Blade & Housing
Premium Fine-Point Blade & Housing
12 x 12 Fabric Grip Mat
12 x 12 Light Grip Mat
Materials for your first project
This all comes with every Cricut Maker cutting machine. Now let’s check out what you can get with a Maker bundle!
The Cricut Maker Everything Materials Bundle is best for those who are not afraid to try new things! And for those who want all the materials. If you’re like me, you want to try everything that Cricut has ever put out. My excuse is that I need to make Cricut projects for the website though, what’s yours?
Here is what you get with the Maker Everything Materials Bundle:
Printable Sticker Paper
Printable Clear Sticker Paper
Window Cling, White
Iron-On Lite, White
Iron-On Lite, Gold
Iron-On Glitter, Black
Glitter Vinyl, Silver
Vinyl Sampler, Primary
Fabric Sampler, Creative Rockstar
Faux Leather, Pebbled Peacock
Faux Suede Sampler, Rustic
Adhesive Foil, Stainless Red
Adhesive Foil, Metallic Red
Poster Board, Metallics
Corrugated Cardboard Sampler, Brights
Kraft Board, White
So that’s an insane amount of materials for you to experiment with and create tons of wonderful projects for your home, friends & family. As I said, the Everything Materials Bundle is great for those who aren’t afraid to give new projects a go, and are willing to spend a bit of time researching what’s possible!
The only things missing in my opinion is a tool kit including the ever important scraper and weeder and a standardgrip 12″ x 24″ mat for larger projects.
There are a number of Cricut Maker Bundles on Amazon. However, it is difficult to link to the specific bundles because the sales pages are often shifting or changing, or the bundles sell out, but here are the types of bundles you will find:
The Maker Beginner Bundle – best for those needing the essential tools & materials
The Maker Vinyl Bundle – best for those wanting to create adhesive vinyl decals
The Maker Iron-On Bundle – best for those making HTV designs for t-shirts
The Maker Beginner Bundle is the best to go for if you are new to the Cricut eco-system. This has plenty of those essential tools that you need for even the most basic projects.
So those are the Cricut Maker Bundles, now let’s take a look at Air 2 bundles.
Cricut Explore Air 2 Bundle
Here is what comes in the box with every Cricut Explore Air 2 (whether in a bundle, or not):
The Cricut Explore Air 2 with built in wireless
Access to Cricut Design Space
Standard German carbide premium blade
USB cord (if bluetooth is too much for you)
Standard US Power Cord
Many free images, svg files, & project ideas online
Getting started guide
Pen & cardstock sample
Cricut 12 x 12 inch standardgrip cutting mat (green)
You get all of that with every Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. These are the absolute essentials that allow you to turn your machine on and do the sample project.
Now let’s explore the best Cricut Explore Air 2 bundles!
The Cricut Essentials Bundle is the best Air 2 bundle for beginners with a low budget. It has everything you really need, like the scoring stylus, the tool set, and the deep cut blade. You would be buying these things separately before long, if you did not get them with the machine as a bundle.
Here is what comes with the Air 2 Essentials Bundle:
Deep Cut Blade & Housing
Cutting Mat 12 x 12 inch Variety Pack
Cricut Scoring Stylus
Basic Tool Set
Candy Shop Pen Set
Cricut Black Window Cling
In my opinion, these are the materials you should aim to get at a minimum. When I first bought my Air 2, I had to learn the hard way that I needed all those essentials by buying them separately afterwards.
The Air 2 Everything Bundle is the best choice for beginners with a high budget who want to give everything a go.
This bundle comes with a huge variety of materials, from leather to poster board to vinyl & iron-on, you are really getting a bit of everything.
Here is what’s included in the Explore Air 2 Everything Bundle:
12 x 12 inch Cutting Mat Pack (3 mats)
Basic Tool Set
The Scoring Stylus
Portable Trimmer – makes straight cuts up to 12 inches long
Pen Set – Metallic
Multi Pen Set – Gold
Metallic Vellum Sampler
Printable Iron On – Light
Printable Iron On – Dark
Window Cling – Black
Window Cling – White
Cricut Printable Sticker Paper
Faux Leather – Wood Grain
Poster Board – Metallic
Premium Outdoor Vinyl – Light Blue
Vinyl – Dry Erase
Vinyl Sampler – Home
Cricut Vinyl Transfer Tape
Deep Cut Blade & Housing
2 Premium Fine Point Replacement Blades
If you are looking to buy a Cricut for a specific purpose, say card or t-shirt making, you probably don’t want to distract yourself with all the extra bits and pieces in this bundle. But if you are wanting to do all the crafts, this is the one for you.
There are a number of Cricut Explore Air 2 bundles on Amazon. As with the Maker bundles on Amazon, it’s difficult to link to the specific bundles because the sales pages are often shifting or changing, or the bundles sell out.
the Explore Air 2 Iron-On bundle – best for those wanting to create heat transfers
the Explore Air 2 Tools bundle – best for those wanting all the Cricut tools
Most of the bundles bought on Amazon also come with how-to-guides and project idea references. My advice would be to not let those things sway your buying decision – you will find an endless amount of Cricut resources online for free.
When it comes to choosing an Explore Air 2 Bundle on Amazon, think about what you want to make (cards, t-shirts, vinyl decals, etc.) and go with the bundle that tends in that direction.
The Cricut Joy is the newest machine from Cricut, and the smallest to date!
It’s perfect as a label making machine, or for creating small iron on transfers and vinyl decals. It’s extremely portable, meaning you can move it around the home easily, or even take it to a friend’s place. Cricut Joy project inspiration here!
Their are two bundles that are available:
The Cricut Joy Label Making Materials Bundle
The Cricut Joy Bundle For Subscribers (a range of Joy Smart Materials)
We all know the EasyPress, but did you know you can get it as part of a bundle?!
There are 3 different types of Cricut heat press bundle:
Starter Iron-On bundle – usually the cheapest
Essentials Iron-On bundle – with a little more than the starter
Everything Iron-On bundle – the greatest variety of products
All 4 sizes of the EasyPress can be purchased as part of a bundle, even the Mini!
Cricut Machine Bundle
Those are all the Cricut Bundles we’ve got to share with you today. We’re always updating new bundles as they are released. Regardless of the machine you choose Cricut Access is an awesome investment that will help you spend more time crafting and less time trying to figure out what to make. You could also consider a Silhouette Cameo as another option if you’re looking for a Cricut alternative.
We wouldn’t recommend getting one of the older machines, like a Cricut Explore Air Bundle, or Cricut Explore Air One Bundle. A Cricut Air 2 bundle is the best entry into the Cricut world. The older machines are becoming obsolete (if they have not already).