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The Best Cutting Machines in Singapore 2022

By Amirah Zakiyyah
Updated July 2022

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Whether you're a hobbyist or a serious crafter, there's nothing like having a cutting machine on hand when the creative bug strikes. With a variety of options out there, we know how confusing the search for this device is. That's why we've put together the best cutting machines right now worth taking a look at.

On our list

#1 Best Overall: Cricut Maker 3

#2 Best for Crafting Efficiency: Cricut Explore 3

#3 Best Portable Cutting Machine: Silhouette Portrait 3

#4 Best Versatility: Silhouette Cameo 4

#5 Best for Beginners: Cricut Joy

#1 Best Overall: Cricut Maker 3

Cricut Maker 3

Cricut Maker 3

Who is it for

The Cricut Maker 3 is the ultimate cutting machine. Many reviewers have dubbed Cricut's software as one of the most intuitive ones out there, and the Cricut Maker 3 is no exception. If you're a beginner or an experienced creator looking for a machine that accepts a wider range of materials and works fast, the Maker 3 is what you need.

Design

Though the Cricut Maker 3 may be a slight handful when it comes to weight, you can feel the quality in them and none of its components feels cheap. We love the Cricut Maker 3 because of the storage compartments it comes with. Other than two tool holders found on the left side of the Maker 3, there's also a docking station to place your tablet or smartphone as you work and a feeder tray where the lid can be opened to store more accessories.

Can work with

Based on Catalina's experience over at Daydream Into Reality, the Cricut Maker 3 can score a variety of materials such as magnetic sheet, nylon, balsa wood and heavy chipboard to name a few.

Cricut Maker 3

Cricut Maker 3

Features

The Cricut Maker 3 is ranked higher than the Cricut Explore 3 because the former is powered by the Adaptive Tool System. This Adaptive System boosts its cutting strength by up to 10x stronger than other Explore machines. In addition, it further adjusts the pressure and direction of the blade and tips of your tools for more precise cuts.

Besides its cutting power, the Cricut Maker 3 has a speed upgrade of up to 8 inches per second but this works with smart materials (also known as matless cutting) only. The upgrade comes in handy allowing you to do more jobs in less time. 

Moreover, the Cricut Maker 3 does almost everything from cutting and drawing, to etching and even embossing. The best thing of all is that the Maker 3 can also work with the most finicky of fabrics and tissue, to make a perfect cut!

Cricut Maker 3

Cricut Maker 3

Potential dealbreakers

Though the Cricut Maker 3 cuts up to twice as fast compared to previous models, this only applies to smart materials. There's no need for the speed-up function if you're using the mat. 

Overall, the Cricut Maker 3 is a good cutting machine no matter if you're getting started into crafting or looking to step up your creative game.

Shop the Cricut Maker 3 here.

#2 Best for Crafting Efficiency: Cricut Explore 3

Cricut Explore 3

Cricut Explore 3

Who is it for

People who're looking for a robust machine that will last them many years through their Etsy business or enjoy making crafts for fun and experimenting with different materials.

Design

Appearance-wise, the Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut Explore 3 look roughly the same in terms of shape and size but the Explore 3 has made aesthetic upgrades where the cartridge port on the left has been replaced with an expanded cup. In addition, instead of a material dial where you can previously adjust specifications before cutting, with the Explore 3, you'll do the selection in the Design Space app.

Can work with

According to Cricut, the Explore 3 cuts over 100+ materials. Need a team shirt or an extra-long banner for celebrations? The Cricut Explore 3 has got this.

Cricut Explore 3

Cricut Explore 3

Features

You'll never realise how much of a nuisance mats are until you've tried matless cutting with the Cricut Explore 3. Not only is it a huge time saver, but you're also no longer limited to mat size so you can accommodate larger projects. Furthermore, when you choose to work on Smart Materials, you can start on your work right away by directly feeding it into the machine.

Other significant upgrades from the Explore Air 2 include the Explore 3 now cutting up to twice as fast and has extended cutting length to 12 feet - a vast improvement from the previous 24 inches by its predecessor. 

Cricut Explore 3

Cricut Explore 3

Potential dealbreakers

Unfortunately, the Cricut Explore 3 works better for thinner materials such as cardstock and iron-on. Thicker materials like leather require the strength of the Cricut Maker 3.

Overall, the Cricut Explore 3 is the best-mid range cutting machine that offers amazing features for its price.

Shop the Cricut Explore 3 here.

#3 Best Portable Cutting Machine: Silhouette Portrait 3

Silhouette Portrait 3

Silhouette Portrait 3

Who is it for

The Silhouette Portrait 3 is meant for those who value mobility. Its lightweight and Bluetooth connectivity feature (no more misplaced or tangled wires) make it easy to craft on the go.

Design

This cutting machine has a streamlined build that's convenient for small work areas. To add on, the Silhouette Portrait 3 includes a tool holder (enables auto tool detection), a lever (indicates whether the placed material has been positioned accurately) and white rollers (that bring the cutting mat into position). 

Can work with

For tattoos, cardstock and vinyl, the Portrait 3 is perfectly capable. The Silhouette Portrait 3 also supports narrow projects like banners and offers the mat-free option when you work on specific materials by the manufacturer.

Silhouette Portrait 3

Silhouette Portrait 3

Features

The two-tool option makes the Silhouette Portrait 3 unique. Once this setting has been activated, you can use two tools simultaneously. What's cool is that you don't have to waste time switching between tools, making more room for productivity.

There's also a print and cut function. Once your photo is printed, the Portrait 3 determines how to cut around them. A process that would be time-consuming previously is now made effortless!

Silhouette Portrait 3

Silhouette Portrait 3

Potential dealbreakers

Keep in mind not to use the Silhouette Portrait 3 in a quiet place as users have complained it can be rather noisy. You're also limited to the 2mm cutting depth. Cutting leather or balsa wood is not the machine for this.

Overall, the Silhouette Portrait 3 is great to take you along when you're travelling but you're constrained by the thickness depth.

Shop the Silhouette Portrait 3 here.

#4 Best Versatility: Silhouette Cameo 4

Silhouette Cameo 4

Silhouette Cameo 4

Who is it for

The Silhouette Cameo 4 is great for beginners. Once you've mastered working on one material, there are over 100 possible materials for you to practice with. It's also ideal for crafters who're thinking of integrating the Cameo 4 into their workflow.

Design

Compared to the Cameo 3, the Silhouette Cameo 4 has a more industrial aesthetic to it because of the increased cutting power and sturdiness of the build. Since the Cameo 4 is a lot bigger than its predecessor, you might want to find a good place to store the machine. 

Can work with

Some cuttable materials include balsa wood, burlap and leather. If your vision narrowed immediately to balsa wood, your eyes are not playing tricks on you! The major improvement in cutting force from 210g to 5000g means it can handle bigger projects and materials with a maximum thickness of 3mm. 

Silhouette Cameo 4

Silhouette Cameo 4

Features

One thing the Cameo 4 can do is detect the blades you're using. It warns whether something's not right which helps with avoiding costly mistakes.

New tools like the Rotary blade and Kraft blade open a world of crafting possibilities. Made out of durable Sintered Tungsten Alloy, the Rotary blade cuts vinyl and paper up to 0.1mm thick. The Kraft blade on the other hand easily handles tougher materials and cuts 3mm deep. However, depending on the frequency of use, you may have to change the blade quite often.

Silhouette Cameo 4

Silhouette Cameo 4

Potential dealbreakers

An issue with the Silhouette Cameo 4 is that there's no longer a repeat option. If your craft project requires repetitive jobs, you'll have to go into the software to configure the whole process all over again. 

Overall, the Silhouette Cameo 4 allows you to cut harder and thicker materials seamlessly.

Shop the Silhouette Cameo 4 here.

#5 Best for Beginners: Cricut Joy

Cricut Joy

Cricut Joy

Who is it for

We're featuring another Cricut product here but we guarantee that each serves a different purpose! While the Cricut Maker 3 is great if you're looking to experiment with various materials and the Cricut Explore 3 is suited for those who want a cutting machine that lasts, the Cricut Joy appeals more to beginners. By that, we mean "dabblers" who don't want to invest as much time and money on bigger cutting machines. 

Design

The Cricut Joy is tiny hence it takes little space! At only 1.75kg, you can quickly unplug and put the machine away.

Can work with

According to Cricut, the Cricut Joy is perfect for quick, everyday projects that use basic materials such as artboards, card stock, iron-on and so on. 

Cricut Joy

Cricut Joy

Features

The Cricut Joy may not be as sophisticated a machine as the Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3 but it delivers well and beyond when it comes to simplicity. It cuts exceptionally well and we love that it's possible to make repeated cuts up to 20 feet long with this tiny thing!

Many have dubbed the Cricut Joy as your "DIY best friend". Other than greeting cards, you can also use the Cricut Joy with vinyl to create labels for your office and storage boxes. Luggage tags, you ask? That's possible with the Cricut Joy. Thinking of creating tote bags and t-shirts with this? Start your creating process when you use it along with the Infusible Ink and EasyPress tools sold separately. 

Cricut Joy

Cricut Joy

Potential dealbreakers

Despite the endless crafting projects, one caveat is that depending on what you're making, you'll need to purchase a few extras to get going with the Cricut Joy.  

Overall, the Cricut Joy is cost-saving in the long run.

Shop the Cricut Joy here.

Final Thoughts

While a good cutting machine makes a difference to the sheer breadth of projects, it's also important to think about what you'll be using it for, the features that matter most to you and how it'll value add to your crafting process.

Nevertheless, they're worthy investments because of their multifunctionality and allow for effortless creations that give a personal touch.

Shop the full Cricut collection here.

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