Cricut Explore vs Cricut Explore Air - and other cool Cricut News!


I've seen some confusion on social media about the difference between the original Explore and the Explore Air...especially from current Explore users concerned that their machine isn't the latest and greatest on the market.  Original Explore owners (like me) never fear!  I just spent the last week at Cricut HQ and got the scoop. {FTC Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links so I may make a little money if you buy something!}

There are only two differences between the original Cricut Explore and the Cricut Explore Air:

The base color: the original Explore is green or lavender at the base - the Explore Air has a variety of base colors, including gold!

The wireless adapter: the original Explore requires an external bluetooth adapter (photo below) - the Explore Air has the bluetooth adapter built in.

So what does this mean for you if you already own the original Cricut Explore?  If you have already purchased the bluetooth adapter then you are all set! Simply plug it in to your Explore, sync it with your computer, and you are ready to go. 

If you are not technologically savvy (also like me) this cute and informative video from Crafts By Two will walk you through the process in just a few minutes.

Why is this information so important and exciting?  Last night Cricut released an iPad app so you can now design anywhere you have internet access!  HOW COOL IS THAT!!!!!  Soccer games, waiting at the doctor's office, on vacation - if you own a Cricut Explore you now have access to the ENTIRE Design Space software system (up until now the iPad app only allowed us to do Make It Now projects).  I was super super super fortunate to have access to the iPad app while it was still in beta and I can tell you that it has literally changed the way I create.  I can work on projects/ideas no matter where I am!

I hope this post helps clarify questions folks might have - if you've got other questions please feel free to post here and I'll be happy to find out the answers for you (if I don't know them myself).  You can also find out more about the Explore Air on