After the last play date meet up for toddlers, we decided to organize one for the older ones (ages 4-7). It was an entertainment themed one and we decked up the venue with inflatable bounce houses.
Initially, we thought that we’d rent one and be done with it.
However after a week, the registrations swelled to 60. We knew that one bounce house with a handful of kids would be a recipe for jostles, knuckles and angry screams. Not the best way to spend your weekend.
So, we decided (thankfully) to buy a few of these rather than rent them and lease it to members of the club this summer on a first-come-first-served basis. Trampolines were out of the picture because many of the children were young and we didn’t want to worry too much about injuries!
Thus began our quest for the best bounce houses and we had our tasks cut out due to the enormous number of choices that we had. To make it worse, almost all of them looked identical.
However, after a few weeks of incessant research, speaking to bounce house ninja moms on user forums and Facebook groups and browsing online through reviews for hours and hours, we were able to narrow down on the top ten bounce houses currently in the market.
Let’s take a peep.
Best Inflatable Bounce Houses (Reviews)
|Bounce House Name||Dimensions LxWxH|
|Little Tikes Jump ‘n Slide Inflatable Bouncer||12ft x 9ft x 6ft||View on Amazon|
|Blast Zone Magic Castle Inflatable Bouncer||8.5ft x 11ft x 8ft||View on Amazon|
|Little Tikes Shady Jump n Slide Bouncer||9ft x 12ft x 6ft||View on Amazon|
|Blast Zone Little Bopper Inflatable Bouncer||6ft x 6ft x 5ft||View on Amazon|
|Inflatable Obstacle Pro-Racer Bounce House||19ft x 9ft x 7ft||View on Amazon|
|Bounceland Castle W/Hoop Inflatable Bounce House||12ft x 9ft x 7ft||View on Amazon|
|Island Hopper Curved Double Slide Recreational Bounce House||11ft x 11ft x 8ft||View on Amazon|
|Ultimate Combo Bounce House||12ft x 10ft x 6ft||View on Amazon|
|YARD Bounce House Dual Slide||12ft x 9ft x 7ft||View on Amazon|
|Bounceland Jump and Splash Bounce House Bouncer||11.5ft x 9ft x 6ft||View on Amazon|
Doesn’t that seem overwhelming? Well, it took us a while to come up with that list but it’s completely worth it.
That’s the crème-de la crème of the bounce house world for you folks. The best ones, cherry picked on a platter.
Irrespective of whether you are looking for a compact bounce house for your backyard or you have the space to accommodate an obstacle course, one of these models will fit right into your plans.
To keep things fair and diverse, we have included models at varying price brackets as well.
So, fellow parents, sit back and enjoy this read.
#1 – Little Tikes Jump ‘n Slide Inflatable Bouncer – Top Rated Inflatable Bounce House
During the course of our research, we’d keep hearing about the Little Tikes Jump ‘n Slide Inflatable Bouncer time and again. This is one of the top rated inflatable bounce houses for home use and for good reason at that.
It is durable, roomy, easy-to-inflate, easy to store and reasonably priced. Can’t ask for more!
Pops up in a jiffy
The Little Tikes Jump ‘n Slide Inflatable bouncer features a classic design with a large slide on the front and two mesh doors on the rear for easy reentry. There are mesh walls with hook and loop closures on the side that protect the kids from a jump gone wrong and parents can easily keep an eye on the kids at all times.
Set up is a breeze (no pun intended). Six heavy duty stakes keep the bounce house grounded and secure even on an extremely windy day. Just plug-in the blower and it pops up in a couple of minutes. You’d have to keep the blower running constantly for as long as the kids use it. Thankfully, it’s not loud at all.
Enough space for up to 4 toddlers
With a large 12 x 9 feet jump area, the Little Tikes Jump ‘n Slide bouncer offers plenty of room. It has a maximum weight rating of up to 250 lbs. So, it can only suffice for up to 4 kids at a time.
The package includes a large storage bag with a shoulder strap that makes it easy to tuck in and carry it inside when not in use.
#2 – Blast Zone Magic Castle Inflatable Bouncer
Children love castle-themed bounce houses and the Blast Zone Magic Castle is an absolute delight with expansive flags and turrets in bold eye-catching colors. They will love their role plays in the castle or simply sliding down the large slide on the front.
The design is so well thought out that it can even be inflated indoors, thanks to the low-height walls that easily clear standard-sized ceilings in homes.
Commercial-grade Vinyl Floor
At the forefront of its laundry list of features is reinforced PVC vinyl flooring with multiple (even quadruple) stitches at the seams. This reassures you that the kids stay safe during playtime. Further, there are five-feet long mesh walls on the side to keep any stray bounces within the confines of the bounce area.
Ample play area with a ball pit
The Magic castle has a generous 8.5′ W x 11′ L x 8′ H play area with a separate ball pit. It is rated for up to 3 kids at a time. But we have spoken to parents who have let 4 to 5 kids play bounce in it at the same time.
Despite the large size when inflated, it is extremely easy to deflate and is only as big as a medium-sized rolled sleeping bag when folded. It comes with a portable carry bag so you can easily carry it inside when its packed and ready to be stored for the winter.
#3 – Little Tikes Shady Jump n Slide Bouncer – Best Bounce House for Toddlers
Finally, we have a bounce house with a canopy! The Little Tikes Shady as they call it, is a cutesy little bounce house that has an arched canopy to keep the kids protected from the harsh summer sun.
It is almost like an upgraded version of the #1 item in this list of the best bounce houses.
The only difference is that this costs about $35 more. But it’s worth every extra dime that you pay for it.
7-feet Wide Bounce area
The Little Tikes Shady sets up in about two minutes after unboxing it and provides kids with a generous 7-feet wide bounce area. There’s a separate slide on the side and a mesh door for re-entry. Hook and Loop fasteners create a protective boundary on the sides, while large-sized stakes secure the bouncer and the blower on the ground.
Tip: If the yard has a lot of dust or debris, then you can try putting a tarp under the jumper.
Gentle but sturdy, puncture-resistant material
We love the soft nylon material. It is soft enough for 2 year olds to bounce about without having to worry about abrasions. At the same time, it is sturdy enough to prevent punctures. Despite the canopy, taller kids never bounce high enough to hit their heads on it. That’s due to the low air volume provided by the blower. Once again, well thought out.
All-in-all, the Little Tikes Shady is a winner all the way. You cannot go wrong with it.
- Large 7-feet bounce area
- Puncture-resistant Nylon
- Front slide, Mesh-door for re-entry
- Canopy on the bounce area for shade
- None we could find
#4 – Blast Zone Little Bopper Inflatable Bouncer – Best Bounce House for Home/Indoor Use
The Blast Zone Little Bopper Inflatable bouncer is perfect for homes that are space-constrained or for parents who are just looking for a no-fuss bounce house for two small kids.
This is a compact bounce house with a 20 square foot bounce area that is rated for up to two kids below 6 years or a combined maximum weight of 150 lbs. Naturally, this can easily fit into a thumbnail-sized yard or even your basement with ease.
All-enclosed bounce area
Unlike the bounce houses that we picked earlier, the little Bopper has an all-enclosed bounce area with mesh walls on all four sides. If you are a busy parent (like most of us) with multiple tasks to juggle, this reassures you that your kids will be safe and you don’t need to be constantly monitoring them.
Also, like all other bounce houses from Blast Zone, it features a reinforced PVC flooring with heavily-stitched seams. There are no narrow openings or harsh edges that would hurt the kids.
Tucks away in a bag
Of all the best bounce houses that we’ve tried so far, the Blast Zone was the fastest inflating one. It inflated in less than 20 seconds. Also, the blower doesn’t create a din. It’s as loud as a vacuum maybe. This makes it perfect to be used indoors if need be.
Overall, the durability and the price tag make it unbeatable value if you are in the market for a smallish bounce house.
Having said that, the kids did find a couple of ways to put this to the test, which we have listed in the cons section below.
#5 – Inflatable Obstacle Pro-Racer Bounce House
The only thing better than a good old bounce house is one with some obstacles thrown in. This inflatable Obstacle Pro-Racer Bounce house promises hours of exciting gameplay while improving gross motor skills in young kids.
There are obstacles galore in the form of inflatable pillars and tunnels that kids love to dodge and race through. And if that were not enough, there are two slides on the side to complete, what is a well-rounded package.
Sufficiently large bounce area
At first, the 5 ft. x 6 ft. bounce area seemed surprisingly small for a bounce house this big. But clubbed with the obstacles (one climbing tunnel, two climbing walls, obstacle arms and two slides), it more than suffices to keep the little ones engrossed and entertained.
The bounce house itself is sturdier than most other models at this price point. The PVC coated Terylene surface can take a pounding. We had five kids aged 7-8 bouncing in it at one point of time and we almost expected it to rupture. But its worked flawlessly so far.
All-weather bounce house
The Obstacle Pro-Racer can be used in sun, rain or snow. The only caveat is that you need to ensure that you dry it completely before tucking it away. If you want to prevent the bounce house from getting wet due to the snow in the first place, then you can try putting a tarp under it.
The package includes large-sized 9 inch stakes to secure it to the ground. These are not needed when using indoors though. Also, we love the 6 ft. long fill tube because we can keep the blower away from the bounce house in a secure and convenient place.
#6 – Bounceland Castle W/Hoop Inflatable Bounce House
Our next pick in this list of the best bounce houses is the Bounceland Castle. This is a medium-sized castle-themed bounce house that features mesh walls, a slide and a basketball hoop in the main bounce area.
Children love to play ball as they bounce nearly as high as the basket thanks to the excellent air volume provided by the UL-certified blower. Priced under $250 as we write this, this bounce house is an excellent choice for households with two to three kids.
Bright and colorful
We love the castle-themed design. There are four multicolored turrets which are interlinked by mesh walls. There is a Velcro opening on the front to enter the bounce area and to get on to the five-foot slide. The slide itself has a heavily cushioned base which is excellent considering that smaller kids often fall out of a largish opening in the mesh wall. The material is PVC coated Terylene. Soft and durable, no complaints whatsoever.
The bounce area is 6.4′ X 6.4′. While that’s not the largest one that you can find, it is perfect for three children at a time. The walls are seven feet high though. So, if you plan to inflate this indoors or under a shaded patio, then ensure that it can clear the ceiling or the canopy.
Six Kids, no ruptures
Now, we strictly adhere to the maximum permitted weight guidelines for these bounce houses. But children being children, often find every possible way to sneak their way into their favorite houses for some reason. So, we have had six kids bouncing in this house at one time.
There was hardly any room left. But the fact is that the bounce house held up excellently. There we no ruptures. None of the stitches at the seams gave away. So, five stars for the quality of construction.
#7 – Island Hopper Curved Double Slide Recreational Bounce House
You’ve got to hand it over to Island Hopper for designing the most stunning bounce house in this list of the best bounce houses. This one is a looker in bright blue, yellow and green.
But that’s not all. It features an innovatively-designed 11 feet long slide on the inside that keeps the little ones hooked.
Bounce house and a mini-gym
Unlike conventional bounce houses, the Island Hopper can give the kids a good workout thanks to the mini wall which they must surpass to get to the slide. Some toddlers may find this a tad difficult to get used to especially because there are only two grooves or holes that they can use for footing.
But once they learn, they can’t get enough of it.
The slide itself has a very gradual curve and provides a soft landing to the 10×8 ft. main bounce floor. The bounce house has a maximum weight load rating of 400 lbs. So it should easily be able to accommodate two to three kids and maybe, even an adult at a time.
Sets up in minutes
Despite the slightly large dimensions, the Island Hopper bounce house inflates in the blink of an eye. Excellent quality blower. Slightly loud but nothing too bothersome. Buy some extra balls and you will have to drag the kids out of this one!
#8 – Ultimate Combo Bounce House
If you have the room to spare in your backyard, then the Ultimate Combo Bounce house might be a great choice. We mentioned about the extra room because this one is 12 feet long, 10 feet wide and 8 feet in height when inflated.
The extra size though, is well utilized, because it features an obstacle wall, one 10-feet long slide, an inflatable basketball hoop and a 6′ x 5.5′ bouncing area. In simpler terms, it is the complete entertainment zone for at least three to four kids below the age of 6.
We spoke to customers and parents who’ve owned the Ultimate Combo Bounce house for years now and they spoke at length about the durability. Well, it is made from heavy duty PVC coated terylene that is lead and 6P free. The seams are well-stitched and can easily withstand a lot of abuse without rupturing.
There’s an extra layer of the fabric provided for use on the slide (velcro) and it helps improve the slipperiness of the surface.
Extra high slide
One thing that must be mentioned though is that the entry to the slide is almost 8 feet above the ground and despite the sides being heavily padded, one must keep an eye on the kids at all times despite the sides being covered by a protective mesh.
#9 – YARD Bounce House Dual Slide
Children often make a beeline for the slide once they get tired of bouncing around. That’s where the jostles are most likely to occur. This amazing bounce house from YARD features dual slides on the front and is perfect for a household with three to four little kids. No more crowding for the slide!
It has a large bounce floor and can even be a great pick for churches, clubs or schools. At the same time, the height is low enough for it to be installed indoors if need be.
Airy and bright bounce area
After inflating this, we were a tad surprised at the spacious bounce area. Most other bounce houses this size have a bounce area that’s 5 ft x 6 ft at best. This one though has an 8ft x 8ft bounce floor connected directly to the two slides.
We had four kids playing in it at a time and not once did we hear them complaining about who gets to slide down first.
The mesh walls on the side keep it airy and bright, a prerequisite for warm summer days.
The water slide?
Like most others, we were wary of getting the bounce house wet due to the possibility of mildew. But on a hot summer afternoon, the sprinkler sprayed on to the slide unintentionally and the kids loved it so much that we have used it as a water slide ever since.
The 420D Nylon and 14 – 16 oz. Vinyl, dry in minutes after use. There’s no mildew growth at all.
Couldn’t be happier with this!
#10 – Bounceland Jump and Splash – Best Bouncy House with a Slide
Last but not the least, we have the Bounceland Jump and Splash Bounce house. As made obvious by the name, this is a combo bounce house that have separate wet and dry play areas. There’s a bounce house with a slide that opens into a mini-pool that’s 78”x58”.
We are sure that the hot sun won’t be bothersome anymore when they are splashing around in the water.
Water Hose on the slide
One of the problems with a water slide is that unless there is a constant water supply, it tends to dry out. One has to use a sprinkler or splash water with buckets maybe to keep it wet all the time to allow the kids to slide easily. The Bounceland Jump and Splash bounce house has a water hose connection just near the top of the slide that keeps it wet continually.
So, once you set it up, you can sit back and relax while the kids enjoy their play time. This can only be used outdoors though because the water can quickly fill up in the pool and overflow.
Commercial-grade bounce floor
Water, nylon and jumping kids are a recipe for rips and tears. But the Bounceland Jump and Splash is made out of commercial grade material. There have been very few instances of punctures if any. Minor ones can be repaired easily with a patch kit.
This is hands down, the best Bouncy House with a Slide in this list!
Bounce house shopping can leave you overwhelmed because almost all of them seem identical in their make and design. However, there’s more to it than what meets the eye.
We hope that this unbiased review helps you make an informed choice. If you are shopping for a budget bounce house for home or indoor use, then the Blast Zone Little Bopper can be a great pick.
On the other hand, if you need a bigger one for multiple kids, then check out the ‘Ultimate Combo Bounce House’ or the ‘Island Hopper Curved Double Slide Recreational Bounce House’.
The ‘Little Tikes Shady’ is our pick for the best Bounce House for Toddlers while the ‘Jump n Slide’ is their top rated one.
Do you have your personal favorite bounce house to add to this list of the best bounce houses? We are all ears. Do write in!
Last update on 2018-07-21 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API