When Cricut announced their newest machine, the Cricut Joy Xtra, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it so I could share my thoughts with you! So today I’m answering all of your questions about the Cricut Joy Xtra, sponsored by Cricut, and you can learn just what makes this new little machine so great!
What is the Cricut Joy Xtra?
The Joy Xtra is Cricut’s newest cutting machine. Think of it like the Joy’s big sister. If you haven’t ventured into the world of cutting machine’s yet, this machine is my new first recommendation to my friends – read on for all the reasons why!
What Can the Cricut Joy Xtra Do?
As the original Cricut Joy’s big sister, the Joy Xtra, has some added advantages. One is the ability to Print Then Cut and use letter/A4 material size.
It can also draw, foil, and write. These features allow you to create your own full-colored stickers, t-shirts, labels, cards, and so many more fun projects!
Who is the Cricut Joy Xtra good for?
I recommend the Joy Xtra for any craft hobbyist who isn’t quite ready to jump into a larger machine like the Maker or Explore Air, whether it’s due to cost, space, or experience level. It’s a perfect cutting machine for someone with little or no design or crafting experience, as Cricut makes it easy to thanks to Cricut Design Space and Cricut Access, on-demand education, and the ability to use the software on either your mobile device or computer via Bluetooth connection.
It’s also great for someone who doesn’t have a dedicated craft room and wants the advantage of a portable machine that you can take to any room to use.
What Comes with the Cricut Joy Xtra?
Inside the box of the machine only you’ll find:
- Cricut Joy Xtra Machine
- Premium Fine-Point Blade + Housing
- Cricut Joy Fine Point Pen
- Cricut Mini Weeder
- Welcome card
- Power adapter
- Free trial subscription to Cricut Access (for new subscribers)
- 50 free, pre-designed projects in the companion app
- Materials for a practice cut
The bundle includes all of the above PLUS:
- Starter Tool Set
- Cricut Joy Opaque Gel Pens 1.0 mm, Yellow/White/Blue (3 ct)
- Printable Sticker Paper – US Letter (8 ct)
- Cricut Joy Xtra Smart Vinyl™ – Permanent Sampler, Classics (3 ct)
- Cricut Joy Xtra Transfer Tape (3 ft)
- Cricut Joy Xtra Smart Iron-On™ Sampler, Elegance (3 ct)
- Cricut Joy Xtra Light Grip Machine Mat
How Big is the Cricut Joy Xtra?
As I mentioned, the Joy Xtra is easy to take from one room or surface to another (or to your office or school!), as it’s about the size of a loaf of bread, 12.48″x4.46″x5.87″.
It weighs just 6.03lbs, making it convenient to tuck away into your closet, under a bed, or displayed on a shelf (my personal fav ;)) when you’re not using it.
How Does the Cricut Joy Xtra Compare to the Other Cricut Machines?
The Joy Xtra is a little larger, can cut larger materials, and a big differentiating feature is that it also has a Print then Cut sensor that the Joy lacks, which is a huge plus for many new and experienced crafters. The ability to use your own at home inkjet printers in conjunction with the machine is a game changer!
If you’ve are familiar with our Cricut tutorials, you know that I have a lot of love for the Cricut Maker and Explore Air 2. The Joy Xtra is smaller than these machines, which can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on your needs. The larger sizes allows Maker and Explore Air II to cut up to 11.5″, compared to the Joy Xtra’s width of 8.5″.
The Maker can also cut a wider range of materials, such as fabric (the Joy Xtra can cut fabric only if it’s bonded onto another material such as Heat n Bond), leather, and wood, as it has more blades than just the fine point blade which is the case for the Joy Xtra.
The Joy Xtra is more portable and if your primary goal is to cut materials such as vinyl, stickers, Iron-on, paper and cardstock on a hobby basis, you’ll love the combination of smaller size, portability, and variety of functions (not to mention lower cost!).
What Materials Can you Use with the Cricut Joy Xtra?
One of my favorite features about the Joy, and now the Joy Xtra, is the ability to use Smart Materials. With Smart Materials, no mat is needed, which makes cutting your projects even more of a breeze. I love using Smart Materials even more than I thought I would – it almost feels like cheating but in the best way ;).
Do you have to use Smart Materials with the Joy Xtra though? Definitely not! You can still use a mat and cut everything from Iron-on to printable materials (including the new printable Iron-on and improved printable sticker paper!) to cardstock and more. The mats come in LightGrip, StandardGrip, and also a card mat that works with all of the current Cricut card sizes.
The Joy Xtra can cut more than 50 materials! Just a few of my favorites:
- Printable Materials:
- Smart Iron-on
- Smart Vinyl
What Mats Does the Joy Xtra Use?
As I mentioned earlier, i you’re using Smart Materials with the Joy Xtra, no mat is needed! You can also still use your favorite non-smart materials, which requires cutting them on the 8.5×12″ LightGrip or StandardGrip mats that are specifically made for the Joy Xtra.
For creating cards, you can also use the Joy Xtra card mat, also sized specifically for the Joy Xtra.
What Size Projects Can You Make with the Cricut Joy Xtra?
As I mentioned earlier, the Joy Xtra can cut projects up to 8.5×11″ (letter/A4 size) on a mat. If you’re using Smart Materials, the length can be cut up to 4′ – so handy and time-saving if you’re making a banner or a lot of repeated cuts.
What Blade and Tools Does the Cricut Joy Xtra Use?
Like the Joy, the Joy Xtra has only one clamp, and comes with a fine-point blade and housing that has 350gf cut pressure, giving it the ability to cut thicker materials without needing to switch a blade.
When using those tools, you’ll switch out the blade with the tool as they share the same clamp.
How Much Does the Cricut Joy Xtra cost?
At the time of this post, the Joy Xtra machine retails for $199USD, giving you a really fun cutting machine with a lot of flexibility for the price. The bundle is currently priced at $273.00.
There you have it! I hope this Cricut Joy Xtra review answered all of your questions! It is a fantastic addition to the Cricut lineup of machines, and is perfect for any craft hobbyist who wants to have flexibility in the materials they use and the projects they create.
Leave a comment below with any other questions you have!