Cricut is worth it because it's easy to use. And that's without any experience in using a cutting machine. Along the way, you'll learn some tricks like not using superintricate fonts if you need to cut something small. A Cricut cutting machine is a big investment, so I understand why you're wondering, “Is a Cricut worth it? Here are 10 questions you can ask yourself to decide if it's worth the money.
Not only does a Cricut do a lot of different things, it does them more efficiently than you could do by hand. There are several different Cricut models available today, and in their most basic form, Cricut are cutting machines. Cricut also released blank mugs that go with the new press, and are the perfect gift for any occasion. Due to the “Adaptive System”, the Cricut Maker has additional tools that none of the “Explore” machines can use.
However, if you sell your crafts on Etsy or elsewhere, I think a Cricut could be a good investment. I love being able to do so many types of projects with Cricut, and being able to use my Cricut and crafty talents to help my less astute friends with their projects. Cricut Design Space has tons of patterns available with Cricut Access (your membership) and other cool licensed patterns from Simplicity and Riley Blake Designs. The Cricut machine is partly hardware (the machine itself) and partly software (a computer program or application).
But your comment on how almost everything can still be done*without* cricut gives me hope, since many of the projects I want to do often have tutorials that only use tools related to cricut. The Cricut mug press is a new device that allows you to make peel-proof mugs with infusible ink transfer sheets, pens and even sublimation prints that you can buy on “Etsy. Cricut Infusible Ink is a material that allows you to create and transfer your designs to a base material. The Cricut Maker is an excellent tool for quilters and small projects such as cosmetic bags, hats, stuffed animals, etc.
I think the Cricut makes crafting and creating a lot of things a lot easier and you don't need to be too creative. The smaller Cricut Joy doesn't take up nearly the same amount of space, but you're limited to what it can do.