Need help with a cricut machine

I was thinking about choosing a cricut machine. Can you recommend a good one? I was told that basically it is just an instragram machine, so it is much worse than the alternatives, but is promoted on instragram so it seems popular. The in built software can be restrictive and buggy, but it blocks other better software from working with it. And also there a subscription per month, every month, if you stop paying you lose access to work you have already done.