I would get the Cuttlebug, I have wanted one forever and planned on getting one, then I became a SU demo and was told I had to get the Big Shot since that's what SU sells. I paid $99!!! for my machine, it's a fine machine but it is big and I find the dies and embossing folders for Sissex are more expensive than the Cuttlebug ones. (you can use all interchangeable but u need extra pads) If you are short on space the Cuttlebug is a better option as well. I plan to sell my Big Shot and get the Cuttlebug, even though I know I will be out some money, I just realllly want the cute little CB and I don't have the space for the Big Shot. Hope this helps!