This is the long-awaited comparison between Brother Scanncut vs Silhouette Cameo


brother scanncut vs Silhouette cameo

Both of them are excellent machines but which is the best for you? Who will prevail Brother Scan and cut vs Silhouette Cameo?

Comparison of the Silhouette Cameo and Brother Scan and Cut

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Silhouette Cameo

  • It's a user friendly cutter so an average mom to get in the game with ease.
  • This is the secret tool of many Etsy sellers. Stickers come out nice and sharp.
  • With a bit of experience under your belt you will be able to make some money by crafting with tougher materials like leather.

Brother Scan and Cut

  • It's the only vinyl cutting machine that has a built in scanner. You don't have to buy shapes when you can hand create them.
  • It's an excellent choice for birthday gift cards and stickers for customizing your car or laptop.
  • Easy to get started no difficult learning curve like with other CNC machines.
At first glance, the Brother Die Cutter seems to be a premium one if you only check out the price. At first, I will lay out the information in an easy to follow the table. After that, I will get into details.
Let’s get this Brother Silhouette fight started!
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let me clear up some things for you.

Silhouette Cameo 3 cutting machine We will be comparing Silhouette Cameo 3 with Brother Scan and Cut 2 (Brother Scanncut also known as CM350). Many of the readers requested to pit these two cutting machines against each other. There isn’t much difference between silhouette cameo two vs. silhouette cameo three they have added a Bluetooth feature and some minor tweaks.

brother scan n cut 2 machine For Brother Cutter, there have been some noticeable changes. The LCD is bigger and more user-friendly. The model we’re comparing is the CM350 because it can be easily bought through Amazon. There’s another version called the CM650 this can’t be purchased online sadly. And the price tag is pretty high too.

I’ve chosen these versions of the machines because anybody can purchase them easily through online stores.

Brother Scanncut 2 Size Comparison to Silhouette Cameo 3

The Brother Vinyl cutter seems smaller than the Cameo 3 and a bit lighter as well. It’s taller because it has an anti-glare touchscreen on the top. Both of the machines can cut and draw.

Cameo has its Pixscan software which helps digitize the images you want to multiply. Brother Scanncut has a built-in scanner. Some crafters complained that the scanner isn’t accurate enough. It takes a lot of troubleshooting to get the scans right.

The Brother machine can do both black and white and colored scans. Also when you are scanning in color, you can increase or decrease the color numbers to get the most accurate scan possible.

Both cutting machines have a learning curve to master.

You will be able to cut thicker and sturdier materials. Make sure that the material you are working with isn’t more than 2mm thick. If it is the machine can’t properly grip it, and it can damage the mat as well.

The cutting size is different for the two machines. With an additional add-on, the Cameo 3 can cut on a huge surface. For the Brother, the default cutting mat is 12 x 12 inches, and it can be extended to 24 with a bigger cutting mat.

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Brother Scan n Cut Extra Long Mat

Machine Capabilities Tested

Auto Blade:

Auto Blade is a great perk to have. You can set the cutting depth through the software. Remember you need to set the blade height manually with both machines.

Cross Cutter:

The cross cutter is only available with the Silhouette product. This is a neat feature to cut finished products. It’s faster and cleaner than doing it with scissors.

Deep Cut Blade:

The Brother Vinyl cutting machine has a feature called Deep Cut Blade. These blades are bigger and wider than any other blade hence the name. With these blades, you can easily cut leather, fabrics and thicker papers. The auto blade helps you, but you need to manually set the blade height. Some users managed to cut flexible wood pieces as well.

Dual Carriage:

The Dual-Carriage is an important feature to have, and sadly it’s missing from the Brother Print and Cut machine. The Cameo 3 lets you use two tools at the same time, let it be two blades or two pens or even a pen and a blade. This helps you work faster, and it saves you time on more complex designs.

If you want to draw something and cut it, it’s easy to do with Cameo 3. First, you draw it, and then the machine cuts it. You can set it up and do something else, and you don’t need to baby sit the machine. Now if you have the Scan N Cut machine you have to wait for it to finish the drawing then tinker with the soft then change the pen to a blade and only then you can start the second part of the job.

For simple works, you don’t need the Dual-Carriage feature. But if you have multiple complex ones, it is a handy option to have.

Now, this is where the Brother Scan and Cut shines. You don’t need a computer /laptop/tablet. Everything can be done on the machine itself. You can edit, crop, resize, move any object that you want to create. If you are attending shows and fairs, it’s great. You only need one power socket, and you need space for only one machine.


Why Brother Scanncut 2 takes the lead?

This is where the Scan N Cut stands out. You don’t need another machine to manipulate your work. I bet this is why it costs more than the Cameo 2.

The Brother cutting machine has a big LCD which you can navigate either with your fingers or a pen. You can edit scanned or imported images on this screen.

lcd display brother scan n cut

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Both of the machines have preloaded templates to get you started. Brother has over 600 fonts, and patterns and the Cameo has just shy of a 100 or so.

The software used by Cameo is called Silhouette Studio. It arrives on a CD. Don’t worry if you don’t have a CD-ROM you can download the latest version from the internet. I know that many of you are into scrap booking and with the help of Silhouette Studio you can create a silhouette scrapbook scraprack.


Which Machine Is Better in the Noise Department?

Both machines are noisy. If you have read my other Silhouette reviews, you know that the whole family is loud. The Brother machine is just noisy compared to the other one. If you want a less noisy machine, then I suggest trying the Cricut machine. But that’s for another day.

The Cameo is not suited for late night work if somebody is sleeping nearby. The Scan and Cut are noisy but less intrusive.

I try to stay objective with these reviews, so this is why I disclose negatives as well so you can make the best choice as possible. It wouldn’t be fair if I would only talk about the positives matter of fact it would be a product hype not a true Brother Scan and Cut Vs Silhouette Cameo comparison.

Silhouette Cameo vs Brother Scan and Cut Comparison Chart

Silhouette Cameo Brother Scan and Cut
Size 22.5 x 6 x 8.5 inches 10.25 x 23 x 10.5 inches
Weight 13.95 pounds 8.6 pounds
Cutting Feature
Drawing Feature
Transform Images to Design PixScan Built in Scanner
Cutting force 210g 350g
Cutting Size 12 inches x 10 feet 12 x 12 inches (additional
24 inch add-on available)
Auto Blade
Cross Cutter
Deep Cut
Max Material Thickness 2mm 2mm
Computer Needed
Preloaded Patterns 100 600+
Edit Images on Screen
Noise Level Loud Noisy

The shortcomings of Brother Scan and Cut

Brother Scan and Cut negative machine experiences: it’s more expensive than anything else on the market. There is the CM650 version, and this baby goes for a lot higher price. It has over 600 patterns preloaded, but they are only basic designs. The Scanning feature is inconsistent, and it takes a lot of trial and error to get it right.

The mats lose stickiness fast. This means you need to replace them way too often. The accessory prices are 3x times higher than other cutting machines. There are difficulties when cutting thicker materials.

Also, there’s an image issue. The pencil that helps navigate the touchscreen brings back memories from the palm pilot days. It’s kinda weird to see people still using it since almost everything has a touchscreen nowadays. If you’re interested in a detailed Brother Scan and Cut 2 Review check it out here.


The shortcomings of Silhouette Cameo 3

Now let’s see what kind of issues crafters have found with the Silhouette Cameo 2 (negatives). It wastes a lot of vinyl. And you can’t use the whole 12-inch cutting space it’s much more suitable for 8 inches. Some crafters reported that they had issues connecting via Bluetooth.

This cordless connectivity is one of the great selling points of the machine. And it has failed in that department. Noise is a big complaint sadly.

For whom this machine was created?


The Brother Scan and Cut 2 is ideally suited for stampers. It does a great job cutting vinyl and paper. It is advertised to cut leather and fabric, but there’s a steep learning curve to get that right. It is higher priced than other machines, yet some crafters said that they had recouped their investment in less than six weeks.

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Brother Scanncut Machine

The Silhouette Cameo 3 is perfect for event planners and decor creators. It’s a robust machine, and it can work on complex projects with speed thanks to its Dual-Carriage system.


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So there you have it. Now you have a deep understanding of these two cutting machines. You see their appeal and their weakness.

This is why my reviews differ from many. Most people hype up products without saying anything about the faults. I consider this unfair. It’s better for you to know ahead of time than to get nasty surprises along the way. Are you looking for a more formidable comparison check out the Brother Scan and Cut 2 vs Cricut Maker post.


Final Thoughts on Silhouette Cameo vs Brother Scanncut

This concludes my review about Brother Scan and Cut vs. Silhouette Cameo 3. I hope you have found it valuable. I also hope that by now you know which one of these cutting machines is the right one for your needs.

If you have question about Silhouette cameo vs Brother scanncut let me know in the comments below.

Happy crafting!

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  • The Silhouette Cameo 4 -Blue Pattern Edition is the evolution in desktop cutting. Conveniently stored in the machine's compact pull-out drawer is a new built in roll feeder for quickly cutting vinyl and heat transfer material directly from a roll. On the back of the Cameo 4 You will find a built in cross cutter allowing for a clean straight edge cut on your vinyl roll for your next project.
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  • SCAN DRAWINGS AND MATERIALS: Brother ScanNCut is the only cutting machine series with a built-in scanner. Scan your drawing to convert it to a cut file, directly cut printed stickers, and precisely place designs without counting blocks
  • STUNNING DIY PROJECTS: Craft with 682 built-in designs including 100 quilting patterns and 9 fonts. Add custom designs and additional free patterns with the USB port and wireless capability, and customize and combine your projects with the easy-to-use 5" touchscreen LCD display
  • NO MATERIAL SELECTION REQUIRED The included ScanNCut DX auto blade and auto blade holder uses true automatic material sensor technology to detect the thickness of the material with no blade adjustment or material selection required. Always perform a trial/test cut to confirm a successful cut

Brother Scan n Cut vs Silhouette Cameo 3 (FAQ):


How much does a vinyl cutter cost?

Vinyl cutters are priced all over the map. Before you get to pricing make sure you know what tasks need to be done with the machine. After that you can do price shopping.

What is the best cheap vinyl cutter?

When on the budget you want to get the most out of the best cheap vinyl cutter. Before you even consider looking at a machine make sure you know what you will be using it for. After that you can look at the specs. If you are serious about doing vinyl jobs than you won’t mind investing a few hundred dollars. And the best vinyl cutter would be in the Cricut family brand. Lifetime ownership cost is small, it has double speed and more silent than the rest.

What is the best vinyl cutter?

The best vinyl cutter at the moment is the Cricut Maker but soon Silhouette Cameo 4 will be launched and it looks superior to Cricut. We have to wait and see.

Will there be a Silhouette Cameo 4 review?

Yes if enough people are interested in I will write a Silhouette Cameo 4 review.

Does the brother scanncut have a built-in scanner?

Yes, the brother scanncut has a 600 dpi scanner. With the help of the design software, you can convert your creation into SVG file.

What’s the difference between brother scanncut and Cricut Maker?

First of all the price. The Cricut maker is cheaper than the brother scanncut. The accessories like the cricut mat are more affordable. The cutting tools are backward compatible with other cricut machines like the cricut expression. The starter kit comes with the rotary blade which makes fabric cutting super easy. The design space software gives design freedom to your liking. This cutting machine can handle heat transfer vinyl exceptionally well and you can do vinyl letter easy. The cricut pens allow for you to use the trace feature.

What is the best machine out there?

I have created a best article not long ago. Head over there and check out the product list. Also I’m planning to create a comparison video for the craft cutter machines. Each machine has its  own strength and weakness.

Is Silhouette Curio better than Cameo 3 cutting machine?

Well in certain aspect it is but in other it’s not. The curio can cut tougher materials also like balsa wood. These two silhouette machines are complementary for each other. And both of them can be controled via silhouette studio software. If you you didn’t know the silhouette studio designer comes free with the cutting machine. The silhouette sketch pens work great for markings.

What are the highlights of the brother scanncut cutting machine?

The first thing is the LCD touch screen. It can do print and cut projects. The bundle package has a brother scanncut erasable pen set and a brother scanncut pen holder included.

Which cutter is better for multiple materials Cricut vs Silhouette vs Brother?

If you want to use your vinyl cutter machine with multiple materials the Cricut Maker is the right choice.


P.S. This is really the end of my comparison between silhouette cameo vs brother scanncut cutting machine. As you have seen both machines have their strengths and their weaknesses. Non the less they are useful for certain type of individuals.

I know you’re not accustomed to reading negative things about machines. Yet I know by listing them you get a fairer view. How did you like my review? Did I miss anything? If so do comment below or contact me via email.

Stay tuned the next machine which I will review will be the Cricut Explore Air 2. I’ve received numerous requests to review this machine. In a few weeks time you can read my Cricut Explore Air 2 review right here. Until then…

Last Updated on November 19, 2020 by Emily

Emily Weathers
Emily Weathers

Hi, Emily Weathers ex-corporate drone, full-time crafter and mother of three running this site. My passion is crafting, and I'm an early adopter. I'm testing many machines, so you don't have to. Since I get to play with these devices, why not write reviews for them? It's the reason for the site's existence, so you make the right choices and avoid money pits. If you want to know more…