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I bought the Airflow Bouncy Castle after reading fantastic reviews and seeing that it was on offer for £50 (RRP at the time was around £100).
When opening the box for the first time, I wasn't sure what to expect for £50. I was really very pleasantly surprised! Due to having a small garden, I was looking for a solution for my toddler that could be taken down and packed away when not in use. A trampoline was therefore out of the question.
The material that the bouncy castle is constructed of is extremely durable and colourful. The thought of having to set it up filled me with dread, but it couldn't have been more easy. It comes with a very sturdy blower which runs off electric. Once attaching the nozel of the bouncy castle using a Velcro strip, the bouncy castle is ready to use in around 60 seconds! The 'bounciness' of the castle is fantastic and perfect for my toddler. The netting surrounding the outside keeps her safe and she's able to climb in and out easily by herself using the door.
This is me trying to be VERY picky and struggling! I'd say the only disadvantages is the need for space as you need to ensure the nozzle for the blower is really straight otherwise the bouncy castle loses its 'bounce'. Also, the door opening may pose a problem for young toddlers who may require supervision. I'd also say that I can't see the bouncy castle being of use beyond the age of 6 due to the size and height.
A very sturdy and fun solution for a sunny day! Amazing value. I was quite honestly surprised and have recommended it to friends and family.
WHAT IS IT?
A small bouncy castle for using in the garden.
I like the design of this bouncy castle because it looks like one your children would play on in the park but it is a lot smaller. It has got a square base that is 2 metres on each side and the bouncy castle is 1.6 metres tall. I like that it is very colourful and that this bouncy castle is very easy to use also. The pump is quite big and heavy but it is powerful and stops the castle from deflating so I do not care very much about the size.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
This bouncy castle is very easy to use. It comes with a bag that you should store it in when you are not using it, when it is hot and your children want to play on the bouncy castle you have to only take it out of the bag and insert the pump into the inflation tube. As soon as you have plugged it in and switched the electric on the castle will start to inflate. All you have to do is leave the pump to run and the bouncy castle will stay blowed up, you cannot turn the pump off because as soon as you do that the castle will deflate and that is a pity because it would save electric if you could put a stopper into the inflation tube and just leave it blowed up.
WHAT I THINK
I think this bouncy castle was a very good choice for my children because it is very easy to use and they have a lot of fun on it. I do not let them use it on their own because of it being plugged into the electric but it is so easy that I think they could put it up all by themselves if they tried.
It is very good quality and even though it has been played with alot there are no rips in it or none of the colours on the bouncy castle have faded or rubbed off. There is a net on 3 sides that stops children from falling off but it is not very high and I do not think they would hurt themselves if they did fall off, my daughter has fallen off the front where there is no net and she was ok. Ours is on the grass because I am worried that concrete would rip the rubber and it would make it more dangerous also.
I like that it only takes one minute for the bouncy castle to inflate but it takes a lot longer for it to go down again so when it is time to go in I switch off the electric and go back later when it has deflated full. It is very easy to fold it up and put it back into the storage bag but the pump does not fit in the bag and has to be kept indoors.
My children have a lot of fun on the bouncy castle, it is for children age 3 and over but I sometimes sit in it with my 13 month old daughter and she likes for me to bounce it gently while she is sitting down because it makes her laugh very much. I think it is good exercise and my older daughters like to be outside in summer so it is good that we have got something that is fun for them to do like this, they do not want to play on it every day but one of them uses it once a week at the minimum. I make sure I always use the plastic pegs to secure it down onto the grass to stop it blowing over if it is a little bit windy in my garden.
I paid £70 for this Airflow bouncy castle in Tesco and I think that is value because my children have a lot of fun with it and it is good quality so will last for more than one year only.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
We were planning on hiring a bouncy castle for my sons second birthday, but while stocking up on party supplies in Tesco we came across this on sale. Usual retail is £125 but when we purchased it this was half price at £60. It looks very impressive bright red and yellow in colour so it wins on the attractiveness. What I loved about this is that it has netting the whole way around the castle. I had been interested in purchasing one before but always found they had three walls protected rather that all four. There is a small opening at the front to get on and off, but it is not overly large that I worry they may fall out of it accidentally.
The whole bouncy castle has a really high standard finish. When deflated it feels thick and good quality, but it is also not overly heavy so it is difficult to move around and set up. The blower itself is also very sturdy and I was impressed for the money we had paid. It has a long lead on it, but we still found that when using outside we needed an extension lead. The mesh netting around the castle is high quality and it all has a really sturdy feel overall. The size was perfect for us with it being 2m round each side and a good depth to it, we found it to be perfect for our compact garden.
Setting it up and putting it down
To be honest when purchasing my main worry was how much would we get to use it. I had thought it may be difficult to put up and that this would put me off. Actually it takes all of five minutes to assemble, and not much longer than that to pack away. What I really like is that it fits back into its box without any problems at all. I was a little worried about storage as obviously it has the potential to take up a lot of garage space. I found it can easily be folded once deflated and packed back into the box within five minutes.
To set it up You simply unroll the castle into the square shape it is supposed to be. Then at the back of the castle is a shoot which you need to place over the blower itself. It is very easy to do with an elastic basing to the tube, but there are also ties to hold it in place once it is attached. Then switch on the blower and wait. Within a few minutes you have a bouncy castle waiting to be played with. There are pegs to secure it to the floor for the garden and a good few spares just in case you manage to lose any. There are also puncture squares provided but we have not had to use any of these and it has been used just coming up to a year. Taking it down is equally as simple. Turn off the blower, remove the ties and wait a few minutes for the castle to begin to deflate. Once most of the air has escaped roll the castle up from the opposite end of the chute and this forces the rest of the air out. Again a five minute job and the castle is back in its box and off to the garage it really is very simple.
We try to make use of our garden whenever possible but with typical Scottish weather we seem to get more rain than anything else. While this is said to be an outdoor toy, as it is not overly huge it can be used inside. We have on a number of occasions set this up in our play room for the children and it works just as well as outside. This means we have been able to get so much more use from the bouncy castle than if we just used it in the garden. The blower is perfect it is well made and quickly fills the bouncy castle but it is not overly loud. You do not want to try and have a conversation next to it, but it is not going to annoy your neighbours even being used in doors.
The age recommendation is three years plus but like I mentioned we purchased this for my two year old son's birthday. While he did not bounce around on it he liked to sit and crawl while bobbing along, and because of the secure netting I knew there was no way he could get out if I sat at the front. I do not see any harm in younger children using it as long as other children are not bouncing all over them and there is someone at the entrance. All three of my children five, four and soon to be three fit comfortably inside of it. They have room to bounce around and when their friends come over we have had up to four children in it. It is bouncy so it can be enjoyed just like a larger castle, and the durability of it means I am not worried about it popping.
My children absolutely love this bouncy castle. Their faces when they came out to have their party food in the garden and spotted this all set up and ready to go was priceless. I did think that with being able to use it when they liked they would soon become bored of it, but actually it has held their attention very well. As soon as they see the sun come out the first thing they ask for is for this to be set up. They can bounce about as much as they like and the safety netting keeps them inside the castle, which is perfect for younger children. There may not be huge amounts of space but there is more than enough for children between three and around seven.
My one downside is there is no ramp or ledge to get in and out of the castle. This is not a huge problem as it does not sit high of the ground but it would have been nice to have a little cushioning before the ground. To get out it is easy you simply sit on the edge and my children's feet just about touch the floor so there is no harm of them hurting themselves getting in and out. Placing the soft play mats at the entrance puts my mind at rest but in all honesty I do not think you really need them.
I would highly recommend this bouncy castle. We purchased ours while it was on sale for £60 which I think is a fantastic price and I would even pay the full £120 retail for it. It really is one of the best garden toys we have purchased, and my children adore it. I love how simple it is to set up and put back in the box and durability is fantastic. You receive a puncture set with the set but after a year of fairly regular use we are yet to have to use it. There are no rips or wear in the netting and the whole thing looks as good as new. I can see this lasting a good few years yet, and for the hours of fun my children have already had it is worth every penny. We purchased ours from Tesco but if you search in Google it is widely available.