It's the BIG SHOT for me .... the electronic ones are too noisy because I craft later at night when others are asleep and I want my die cutting to be somewhat quiet :-)
Just about every die from other companies can be used in the Big Shot !!
I used to have a cuttlebug which I loved until some shoulder/neck issues kind of forced my hand, at which point I bought an Electric BigShot machine. There had been reports of the motor burning out on them, but I have use mine pretty much every day (including for swaps which are usually 5+1) since purchasing it last winter and have had NO problems. My mom has the Cricut Expression, haven't had the chance to use it much to give an opinion.
if I were doing more scrapbooking again, I might invest in a Cricut.
This has been very informative for me, especially the comments on the Pazzle (which I'd never heard about until now) and the Silhouette. I have only ever used Spellbinders products and I absolutely cannot imagine using any other. I upgraded from the Wizard to the Grand Calibur when it came out and I just love it. I noticed hardly anyone has mentioned Spellbinders which I find interesting. It seems the favorite overall is the Cuttlebug.
I am considering using a cutting machine and based on the feedback provided the Silhouette seems to be the best value for money because you don't have to rely on cartidges. Am I right? The Pazzle seems nice but it's outrageously priced at over $600, and that's before any of the accessories!!! Yikes!! I think a Silhouette and a manual die cutting machine would achieve both creative goals.
I have the hand crank Big Kick and that is perfect for my needs. I won't buy another machine as this one works when the electircity if off, does my Cuttlebug folders, cuts Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn Designs and many other dies. I am so satisified with it. If for some reason it would not work for me anymore I might just go for another Big Kick or Big Shot or the Cuttlebug. I don't want any that hook to the computer. My computer is not that up to date anymore.
The only one I have is the Cuttlebug & I love it! I waited until I could get a good price & I do the same with the dies & embossing folders. I always check the clearance aisle and watch for those big discounts like 40% off. Then I buy or order what I like. PS: you can't emboss on an electric machine that I know of! I suppose it depends on what it is you want to do. I would love to have one of the electric ones too but I had to make a decision & I am happy with the one I made.