When I first got my Cricut many many years ago they didn't have that many tools, mats, or vinyl. Today looking that the website I feel very overwhelmed and I can't image trying to figure out what tools I would really need. Over the years I have been growing my Cricut collection and I can give you my honest opinion on what I consider to be essential. I am not affiliated with Cricut or Amazon this is my own opinion. I used to own the Explore but I did upgrade to the Maker- I honestly love it...I love the fact that I can cut fabric, engrave, emboss...I just love everything about it!!
"Okay what tools should I get?"
1. Machine Mat Variety Pack (love the blue mat) | 2. Deep blade for Explore or Knife Blade + Drive Housing for the Maker (great for cutting thick material) | 3. Scoring Stylus for Explore or Scoring Wheel Combo Pack for Maker ( making cards, boxes... anything that you want to fold!) | 4. Applicator and remover set | 5. Basic Tools Set | 6. True Control Kit