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Cuttlebug vs. Quickutz Squeeze

Reported by Kim Fox

Here are two very popular die cutting tools and a bit of background on each:

The Cuttlebug (CB):

  • popular because you can use other manufacturers dies in the machine
  • the embossing folders come in a wide variety of patterns and are inexpensive

Quickutz (QK):

  • has been on the market since 2001.
  • has gained popularity for its variety of dies

In making my comparison, I will focus on the following:

  • ease of use
  • versatility
  • portability
  • cost of the tool (with all items needed to simply get started)

Cuttlebug

Ease of use

In terms of ease of use, I think the learning curve for both tools is rather simple. Once you get your CB out of the box and attach the handle, you are nearly ready to go. The newer CB’s come packaged with an exclusive die and coordinating embossing folders (I know this because I recently purchased a new CB because I lost my old one – that’s right, I’ve misplaced it and I haven’t found it yet). Having the die and the embossing folders in the starter kit means you can get started right away with no extra purchase. You can quickly peruse the instructions to see how to stack the plates (also called making sandwiches) depending on what manufacturers dies you are using or if you are embossing. I usually keep the instructions handy to make sure I am using the right sandwiches. I think that the ease of use is very easy. It’s also fun to have the kids help out. I’m usually embossing when I do that though, as opposed to working with the cutting dies which are sometimes, but rarely, sharp to the touch.


Versatility

I do like the CB for its versatility. I have Spellbinders, Sizzix and QK dies that I have used in my CB with no problem. I like that the designers created the machine with the idea in mind that you could use other manufacturers die in the machine. They include the plates that are needed to do that.


Portability

The CB is portable. You could tote it with you to a crop and it’s not really a big deal. Some might say it’s a bit heavy to carry along with other craft items, but that is a matter of preference. Just remember to carry along the plates and your dies and embossing folders.


Cost of the tool

The CB retails for $79.99 and really that is not a bad price since you can use other manufacturers dies in the machine. But most crafters usually make the CB purchase using a discount coupon from one of the big box stores. You can even find it online for a good price, but since it weights a lot, you want to make sure that you get free shipping or or flat rate shipping as opposed to shipping based on the weight of the item or else it will end up being a more expensive purchase. You can find it online at Cricut Express for $54.99 + $6.25 for shipping. Oh My Scraps had it for $49, but the shipping info was not available.


Quickutz Squeeze

Ease of use

The QK Squeeze is simple to use as well. Once out of its packaging, it is ready for action, though you’ll need to purchase or borrow some dies to get started. QK also has a line of embossing dies that you can use in the hand tool. They are called Goosebumps. Using the dies in the hand tool is very easy. Just slip the die on the underside of the mechanism. It’s magnetic and the die will stay in place. There have been complaints and concerns about difficulty squeezing the tool. Not a big deal for me since I usually only cut a few letters and shapes at a time, but I could see how it would be a problem.


Versatility

The QK Squeeze has limited versatility. You can only use QK dies. However, there are a lot of dies to choose from.


Portability

I love the portability of the QK. It’s sort of an awkward shape, but it will fit into a craft bag along with other items. The good thing is that it is not heavy. I like that you can take it out of your bag, insert a die and paper and you have instant die cuts.


Cost of the tool

I don’t know that QK is still manufacturing this tool, but it is definitely still available for purchase. And the price has come down a bit. It used to be priced at about $89. Just remember that not only do you have to buy the tool, you’ll have to get some QK dies to use with your hand tool as well. Scrapbuggy.com has the Pink Squeeze for $29.99+$5 for shipping; the purple Squeeze is available at Scrapbook Express for $39.99+$5.95 flat rate shipping and includes 11 dies.


I did not get into the cost of the alphabets and shapes that support each of these die cutting systems. You can get individual dies or full sets of alphabets as well as a variety of embossing dies and folders. But watch out, it can get pricey.


I own both of these tools and I like them both. I like the QK shapes and alphabets. I like the CB’s embossing folders.


What I don’t like about QK is that you can’t use other manufacturers dies with their tool. I would like to see CB have more frequent releases of new dies and embossing folders.


Other Cuttlebug resources

Splitcoast Stampers

Cuttlebug Challenge

FAQ


Other Quickutz resources

Quickutz Demo Video

Quickutz Challenge Blog


So what do you think of these two die cutting machines? We would love to hear your thoughts on these!

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19 Responses to Cuttlebug vs. Quickutz Squeeze

  1. Gloria February 16, 2009 at 9:20 am #

    I love my cuttlebug!! Have never used the Squeeze but have bought the quickutz dies. Thanks for critique!

  2. inkedx2 February 16, 2009 at 10:57 am #

    I have both and prefer the Cuttlebug.

    Robbie

  3. Deanna February 16, 2009 at 11:11 am #

    Wow your review is so through! I have both and I think the Cuttlebug is better than the Revolution, the squeeze I think of more like a punch with interchangeable blades. I love it for the smaller dies for use on cards and if you have to punch a lot of a shape… it is super easy to move the paper around and punch, punch, punch! I use the Cuttlebug for the larger dies… nesties, cuttlebug and quickutz and of course the gorgeous embossing folders! 🙂

  4. Scrappy Rat February 16, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    The Revolution might have been a more comparable item next to the Cuttlebug, though I enjoyed hearing about the Squeeze since I haven’t ever tried it. I have the Revolution and I love it! Quickutz dies are the best out there, in my opinion. The designs are really detailed and the selection of themes is really cool. I love how tiny everything is (cute!) and maybe it’s a weird thing to sway a purchase on, but the Revolution is just plain pretty. It’s heavy and substantial too. The parts aren’t going to break without a fight. 😉 I do not have a cuttlebug, so I don’t know how it compares, but I’m curious about its durability compared to the very substantial Revolution. It’s always possible that the apparent durability doesn’t hold up over time (I haven’t had my Revolution all that long–just over a year.) but it would be an interesting thing to research. I also love the carrying case for the Revolution. Big bonus points for storage and portability since the box can hold lots of dies inside too. On the other hand, the box is heavy, but I’m totally into how cool and stylish it looks. I’d love to hear your opinion on the Revolution vs. Cuttebug on this points. Thanks for always producing an interesting and useful blog!

  5. Mary February 16, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    Once again I must thank you for the tremendous service you provide by writing this blog! Exceptional.

  6. Peggy February 16, 2009 at 4:01 pm #

    I own a Cuttlebug and use Quickutz, Cuttlebug and Spellbinder dies with it. I really think it was one of the best craft investments I ever made.

  7. Rene February 16, 2009 at 5:23 pm #

    Last Fri., 2/13 I purchased the pink QK Squeeze for $19.99 and included in the box was the Moxie unicase alphabet set of dies.

  8. Rene February 16, 2009 at 5:24 pm #

    Forgot to say that I got the $19.99 Squeeze & Moxie alphabet duo at Archiver’s.

  9. Rach February 16, 2009 at 5:28 pm #

    I have a cuttlebug and I think its fantastic. I’ve never actually used the squeeze, but I do like some of their dies. I didn’t realise that I could also use those with the CB – fantastic news, I think I’ll look into purchasing some.

    Thanks for the info! Great blog!

  10. Anonymous February 16, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    Love my BUG! Like that you can do bigger things with it than the squeeze…. One question… I know that the CB is compact and all, but how does one LOSE IT??? LOL!
    Diane
    diane7@rogers.com

  11. Radiogirl February 16, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    You guys are on it. I do not own the Revolution so I can not make any comments about it. My apology. I think that the CB is quite durable. It holds up to a great deal of use – and that’s from both die cutting and embossing. I am really a fan of the CB because you can use the other manufacturers dies; and you don’t have to purchase any additional material (except the mat to emboss using the Spellbinders dies). I know that w/the Revolution, you can only use the QK dies. I really think the die cutting system that you settle on is just a personal preference. I still use my Squeeze; it really is just quick and easy. I was just never sold on the Revolution, but if you gave me one, I would not pass it up! 😉

  12. Ashley February 16, 2009 at 6:55 pm #

    Great review! I love my QK. I don’t have the CB but use their dies in the BigShot. Thanks for the QK challenge link!! Hadn’t seen that.

  13. ANNAANNA February 16, 2009 at 8:08 pm #

    I just want to make a comment about something I miss in the review…

    I have never seen the Squeeze sold without dies. The Pink squeeze commes with a Moxie skinni mini alpha and the Black with Metro Skinni mini. The Purple squeeze has been sold with different dies, a Blossom alpha or/and a set of shapes.

    I live in Sweden and QK is huge here. Some ppl bought “bugs” but mostly to be able to use embossfolders. Nearly all dies sold here are QK and I must say, I can live with that… Most other dies I´ve seen is well… if I´m using nice words “not my style”.

    I´ve been thinking of buying a Revolution so that I would be able to use the new QK 4×8 alphas and some of the new nice rev-dies. I can´t se any other reason to buy another machine.

    ps. a lime green “thingie”… naaa..

  14. ANNAANNA February 16, 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    BTW, I´m think Scrappy Rat´s right, you should compare CB with Revolution not CB vs Squeeze.

  15. Radiogirl February 17, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    Thanks again for all of the discussion.

    Annaanna, you are right about the Squeeze. I have both the blue and the lavender tool and both came w/at least an alphabet. My apology for the oversight (or my failing memory).

    I am sure that a comparison between the Cuttlebug and the Revolution might be a better pairing, but as I mentioned before I do not own the Revolution. I think the comparison still stands though as they are both rather popular die cutting systems.

    Just to note: I do use the Revolution dies in my Cuttlebug. Not a problem.

    Finally, I did not provide any info about the cards included in the article. You can find the details in my blog:
    http://radiogirlcards.blogspot.com/2009/02/cuttlebug-and-quickutz-cards.html

  16. Scrappypatty February 17, 2009 at 1:56 pm #

    I started with the QK squeeze, the original one. I like the QK dies, crisp, clean cuts. I didn’t like the struggle with the pressure of the squeeze. Then I decided to buy a Revolution with a gift certificate & the QK sale (be careful, not all stores honor the QK sales, so look around!). I wanted to buy CB, but the salesgirl said that QK gives better service. I agree that the Revolution is durable, and the case is a plus! I just inherited a CB and find the embossing folders are wonderful! I’m not fond of the CB dies though. CB prices are cheaper if you don’t look around for a sale for QK. I haven’t had the CB long enough to try all the other dies. If you had money for only one, the CB is more flexible, using the other companies’ dies.
    Thank you for sharing product information with us. Much appreciated! Pat

  17. retiredheather February 17, 2009 at 2:54 pm #

    I love my CB. You can just grab what die or folder you want and use it. I also find it very easy physically to use…no strength required so it is useable by all.
    Hugs from a devoted CB user
    Heather

  18. mtn bike chk February 17, 2009 at 10:31 pm #

    I recently made 100+ wedding invitations using QuicKutz dies on the Cuttlebug! I can’t imagine getting a Squeeze. Don’t want a redunant tool that takes up that much space.

  19. Maggie February 19, 2009 at 11:56 am #

    I use to have a squeeze, when I brought the Cbug I gave it away.
    I found the squeeze to be very hard to squeeze for me..
    I have carpo tunnel, as with the cb I found it to be a breeze to use.
    Luv the article very well done.
    Thanks
    Kim
    Maggie