The joy is the mini version essentially. Really for small projects. The maker does everything and anything. It can cut more mediums. The Explore Air is the middle of the road version. I have the Explore Air 2. Personally, there’s nothing I’d make i need more for. It cuts the heat vinyl, regular vinyl. Paper.
The easy press it the iron for the heat transfer vinyl. I have an actual heat press and I find I still usually just pull out my own traditional iron. So, the use for one is really dependent on volume of iron on projects.
Accessory wise- weeding tools and the grip boards.