I've been looking at them myself, and one thing I have noticed is that the cuttlebug is smaller, lighter, and easier to transport; but the big shot is a much sturdier machine. It really feels like it was built to last. The cuttlebug, not so much. But I don't own either one, I've just tried them out.
I do not have a cuddle bug and never used one. I do have a big shot and LOVE IT! I use my cuddle bug dies, quickutz, spellbinders and all my sizzix stuff. I got rid of my sizzix and quickutz and sizzix tools, I just use my big shot now for all of my dies.
I love my big shot, you can use cuttlebug folders with a big shot, then all those great dies out there as well. So when I was looking for a manual machine it was worth the few extra bucks for the big shot over the cuttlebug so I could use both the embossing folders from cuttlebug and the sizzix dies.
I just ordered the new cuttlebug from HSN yesterday. You can use the Bigz dies and the Tim Holtz dies and all the other dies in the Cuttlebug. And I'm told that they are releasing a new plate that allows you to use the Bigz XL in it as well...but I don't know much about that part of it.
One more BigShot vote. The Cuttlebug is cuter and takes up less real estate, but doesn't fit all the dies/embossing plates out there. (At least it didn't when I was in the market for a manual machine) You might want to consider the Epic 6 if space is at a premium...
I have the cuttlebug and all the dies out on the market work with it. You just have to know which plates to use. The original one is only 7 inches long so you had to play around with it to use the longer dies but from what I understand there are new 12 inch plates coming out.
But if I had to go back and do it again I would definately buy a Big Shot. Much easier to use, more stable, and more heavy duty. Definately worth it...especially if you are willing to spend a bit extra for the electronic version, the Big Shot Express...bye bye crank!
The new dies will work in the Version 2 cuttlebug from what I heard....
The new Cuttlebug machine is the same width and measurement, nothing has changed except for the shell has been streamline, a bit lighter than the original, and the handle has a storage.
You will experience the same amazing embossing features.
That said, I believe the Cuttlebug does take all the dies on the market except the new Grand Calibur Spellbinder dies - but only the new Grand Calibur machine takes them.
Edited by Here Kitty on 09-16-10 03:22 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
I would think twice about the Big Shot Express. I have one and it had to be replaced within the first month because I used a sizzlits die with too thick a paper, and it got stuck and caused the motor to burn out when I kept trying to get it to go through. I think if it were the manual, instead of the electronic version, and something got stuck, I'd just be able to manually yank it out and the thing would still work. Also, the power cord is very short, and the machine is loud.
I probably would have been just as happy with the Big Shot at the cheaper price.