What you Need to Know about the Cricut Joy

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On March 1, 2020, Cricut released a new miniature machine called the Cricut Joy. This machine took years to develop, in fact, back in 2018, I went to Cricut headquarters to discuss the machine features and see if it would meet the needs of crafters. It was so cool to talk with Cricut and have them listen! That being said, my initial response to the machine was not very enthusiastic. I literally sat in Cricut headquarters and told them I did not like it! I thought I would never be back in that building, but boy was I wrong! Cricut has asked me back multiple times. They just want to hear the honest opinion of their customers! (I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone that story until after the machine was announced. So it’s been boiling inside me for two years! 😆)

What is the Cricut Joy?

The Cricut Joy is a compact cutting machine and the first Cricut to have matless cutting (with select materials). Unlike other Cricut it is light-weight (less than 4 lbs). The Joy is meant to be used on-the-go! While you have to plug it into the wall, all device connections are done wirelessly via Bluetooth. (I actually am not a huge fan of this because the Bluetooth on my computer isn’t very reliable.) The Joy can cut with it’s own unique blade/housing and draw with it’s own pens and markers. If you have other Cricut tools, they will not work with this machine. It’s just too tiny!

The most unique thing about the Cricut Joy is it’s matless cutting option. Matless cutting can only be done with Cricut Smart materials. These materials have a thick backing that acts as a mat for the machine. Because no mat is needed, the Joy can cut Smart materials up to 20 feet long! Well, kinda. Each individual piece can only be four feet long, but it could cut five of those in a row, if that makes sense.

While the Joy can be used without a mat, mats are available. In fact, the Cricut Card Mat is currently only made for the Joy. This mat has a protective cover that allows you to slip a pre-folded card into the machine, while only cutting through the top side.

I’ve also seen the Cricut Joy advertised as a high end label maker. Organize everything in your house in a cutesie way!

Cricut Joy Pros

  • Portable, light-weight, perfect for travel
  • Connects via Bluetooth
  • Compatible with Cricut Design Space
  • Makes instant cards with Card Mat
  • Cuts & Draws
  • Matless cutting with Smart Materials
  • Cuts one image up to 4 feet long.
  • Cuts repeating images up to 20 feet long
  • Step-by-step instructions on every cut
  • Quiet (could easily cut in the background while you are watching Amazon Prime)

Cricut Joy Cons

  • Cuts/Drawings can only be 4.5 inches wide
  • ONLY cuts & draws (it’s can’t even score!)
  • Matless cutting can only be done with Smart Materials ($$$)
  • No Print-Then-Cut option
  • Not compatible with other Cricut blades/pens
  • While portable – still must be plugged into power source (I fought for this one at headquarters. I was really hoping it would have a charging option.)
  • No on/off button. If it’s plugged in, it’s on. (If you are a pregnant lady struggling to reach the outlet, this is a big deal!)

What Made me Buy it?

Honestly, I got a good deal. 😆 Ok, that was the deciding factor but I also wanted to have it so I could compare it for you guys and those who attend my Michael’s Cricut classes. I did find the Card Mat and portability intriguing. I personally don’t do much traveling with my Cricut unless it is for a class. That being said, I have seen ladies that take these around in their campers and love them! I think that’s what it boils down to though, the Joy is kind of like a camper. It works, and it’s fun, but it doesn’t have all the same features your home does.

The Joy is also the perfect Cricut for a kid. (Well, it would be if it was cheaper. 😆) My two-year-old is absolutely convinced it is his ‘Baby Blue Cricut’. I have seen multiple crafting mamas who have their children use the Joy along side them as they craft on one of the larger machines.

Should you Buy it?

If you do a lot of traveling or have a little crafter you want to spoil: Yes. Would I recommend it over the Cricut Explore family or Maker: No.

If you want to know more about the Cricut Joy and see it in action, watch my unboxing video! If you have any more questions or comments feel free to leave them below. Happy crafting!

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