Hands down the Sizzix Eclips does it for me. I watched and listen and read all the pro's and con's on different electric cutting machiens. Not once have I heard anyone talking bad about the Eclips nor have I saw a thread for the Eclips. So, after a year (this year) I got a Eclips for my b-day from hubby. He also bought the Ecal software... the kind that Provo Craft took them to court and sued them. It's been a while now, but Cricut users can not use any third party software and not be able to cut the svg files.
Go to YouTube and type in search... Sizziz Eclips and you will get a ton of ideas and how to's. You also get a 2 hour dvd with your Eclips machine.
How can you go wrong with a brand and die name "Sizzix".
just my .25¢ worth...