I needed to replace my big shot because its very old, I looked at many machines and after reviewing them I decided to purchase the Big Shot Plus. I love this machine for a lot of reasons but the main one is that you get a wider area to emboss and die cut your items. It comes with cutting pads, one platform and two adapters.
I need to get used to the different sandwiches but it runs smoothly.
I did have to run my intricate dies through a few times in order for it to cut through the card stock.
It is lighter than the Big Shot Pro and easier to move around.
I also have the Big Shot Plus and I have to say I do not like it at all. Its awkward and its heavy.