The Cricut Explore Air 2 is one of the best cutting machines for vinyl, card, and so much more.
I’ve been using it for the last couple of years, and am a huge fan! In this Cricut Explore Air 2 Review, we’ll take a look at the best features, tell you what it can and can’t do, and reveal where you can find the cheapest Cricut Explore Air 2!
A couple of years ago I decided to buy a Cricut Explore Air 2 after dozens of hours of researching, and comparing it with machines like the Silhouette Cameo 3, and the Brother Scan N Cut 2. The Air 2 came out on top, over the other the machines available at that time.
Since then, the Cricut Maker has also been released, and this is the best Cricut machine. However, it is quite a bit more expensive, and the extra features that it has may not be required by everyone. We’ll get into that shortly.
Here are some of the Cricut Explore Air 2 features:
✔️ cut hundreds of materials
✔️ Double tool holder
✔️ Bluetooth capable
✔️ Set material to be cut on dial (or on computer for custom materials)
I’ve had so much fun trying out so many materials with the Cricut Explore Air 2. I never felt limited by it, and only really got a Maker because of the blog – it doesn’t look so good if I use the Air 2 forever, right? But I really wasn’t limited by it.
I’m also sure you can see that the Air 2 is capable of cutting a huge range of fabrics, vinyl, craft boards, papers, and more. Next to the Maker, it is the best craft cutting machine for doing a wide range of different craft projects.
Cricut Explore Air 2 Blades
In order to create all different kinds of projects, there are 3 blades that are used with the Cricut Explore machines.
The first three blades can also be used with the Explore Air 2, while the following three blades are only used with the Cricut Maker.
Cricut Explore Air 2 Blades
Premium Fine Point Blade – is used for most materials. HTV, vinyl, cardstock, and felt are examples of what can be cut using this blade.
Deep Point Blade – is used for thicker and harder materials. Genuine leather, craft foam, and magnetic sheet are some of the materials you will cut with this blade.
Bonded Fabric Blade – is used for working with bonded fabric. This includes materials like bonded polyester, bonded silk, bonded burlap, as well as many other types of bonded fabric.
Scoring Stylus – is not technically a blade, but it’s like one! This is used for scoring lines in cardstock when making custom cards, boxes, and so on.
You don’t need all of these blades to start using the Cricut Explore Air 2. The machine comes with the Fine Point Blade & Housing which is what you will use for most tasks. Get the other blades only if you know you need them.
Here are some of the projects I have made with the Cricut Explore Air 2 over the past year or so. I love using heat press machines, so you might notice they’re mostly iron-on vinyl projects! Click the image to see the full project tutorials.
Throw Pillow Covers
Air 2 Storage
There are so many craft projects that can be done with the Air 2. Other popular things people make include:
intricate paper flowers
complex cards & boxes
stickers and labels
vinyl wall decals
wedding and birthday cake toppers
wedding signs, menus and invitations
reverse canvas wall art
Cricut Design Space
Most people will use their computer to send designs to their Explore Air 2, but for those wishing to send it via their smartphone or tablet, download either the Apple or Android app, depending on what type of phone you have.
The Air 2 cutting machine works well with both Windows and Apple computers.
Like everything Cricut, the Air 2 comes in a range of colors. The original color was Mint, but there are a whole bunch of other colors on offer. Different colors are available from different retailers.
Amazon usually sells Persimmon, Mint, Matt Black, and Cherry Blossom.
Cricut has Mint, Matt Black, Raspberry and Sky Blue.
In my opinion? Everyone should have either the Air 2 or the Maker!! Haha. But seriously… I’m not joking – you need one.
If your budget allows for the Air 2, then you should go for it. You can make custom cards, t-shirts, mugs, as well as vinyl decals for cars and walls. It’s the most fun machine you can buy (alongside the Maker, of course).
Is The Explore Air 2 Worth It?
The Cricut Explore Air 2 is definitely worth the money – more than worth it in many ways. It’s a high quality cutting machine, with tons of support, great design, and the potential to make amazing things.
However, if you fall into the following categories, you should consider not getting one:
if you don’t have the desire and patience to learn how to use it
if you don’t like new things
if you don’t like crafting (I don’t understand it, but some people just don’t!)
if you don’t have time to use the machine
BUT if this is you, the Explore Air 2 is worth it:
you love making extraordinary craft projects
you want to learn new skills
you want to explore craft business
you love beautiful crafting machines
you want to be able to make cards and gifts for all your family and friends