Isn't there something just magically about bubbles? I have to confess even as an adult I still like to see bubbles. It will come as no surprise therefore when I tell you when I saw this bubble machine on half price sale just before my son's birthday I had to get it.
Not wanting to bow to gender stereotypes I got this in pink. Well that and the fact that there were only pink ones in the sale! The base is pale pink which matching handle and the upper part is bright pink. It has blue dots along the side and blue bubble wands so isn't too girlie. Unfortunately it doesn't come with batteries supplied although it does have the bubble solution. It needs 6 AA batteries so make sure you have some of these at home to avoid disappointment. Having tried washing up liquid I must admit that the bubble solution does work better or perhaps I haven't found the right washing up liquid/water ratio.
The packaging claims it is suitable for age 3 but my one year old loves this and it was a big hit with all the children at his party who ranged from 1 to 6. It is reasonably light so I would advise keeping it out of reach of young children otherwise they are likely to spill the bubble solution as it is in an open tray. Also I am not sure how easily little fingers could get stuck in the bubble wands. Having said that the children loved the bubbles that the machine made. There were all a decent size and lots of them so the children enjoyed trying to catch them. What would make this machine even better would be a 90 degree rotation option so the bubbles fall in a wider arc but it is easy for an adult to gently move the machine side to side. As liquid may be spilt I would also suggest it not be placed near any electrical items. Once you have finished with it you can pour the bubble solution back into the bottle to use another day.
This is a really nice toy for parties and for the garden although take care around toddlers in case the knock it over. Having said which I would be quite happy to use it at my own birthday party!It probably is worthwhile getting the bubble solution unless anyone can advise me of the best ratio of washing up liquid and water to use. At the recommended price of £15 it is a bit pricey but at £7.50 I think it represents good value and give it 4 stars.
When the weather is nice and we are not at the caravan, we like to spend our day on the back garden. To keep Lauren entertained, we have loads of outdoor doors for us to enjoy.
One item that I brought last time I went to ELC was a bubble trouble bubble machine.
The Bubble Machine is either available in red and pink or blue and green, I purchased the red one.
Both products retail for £12 and are available at Mothercare, Early Learning Centre, online and in store, I have also noticed recently, Amazon selling ELC products and they also have the same promotions running (but they seem to have free delivery!) Having looked on line initially, you cannot specify which colour so if you wanted a specific colour, I would recommend buying in store.
The dimensions of the machine are approximately H18 x W17 x D27 cm.
To operate is really easy and it doesn't require any assembling, place the 4 x C batteries into the top of the machine just pour the bubble solution into the front of the machine and press the on button.
You can then hear the motor start and a faint flow of air is blown from the back of the machine. The bubble wands start to rotate; dipping into the bubble solution, as they reach a certain point, the air from the fan blows through the wand and creates the bubbles.
The product is not suitable for children under three due to the small parts, having said that, I wouldn't let a child play with this anyway and if I have spotted when Lauren was younger, I would have purchased as she loves bubbles and used to spend ages just watching them.
As soon as the bubble machine is turned on, Lauren runs around the garden trying to chase and catch them all, I have found that she can do this for hours at a time and never gets bored! She particularly likes it if I place the machine near her trampoline so that she can 'jump' and catch the bubbles.
Every time we go in the garden (even if I am just pegging the washing out) she asks for this out.
ELC state that you will use around 12 fl oz of bubble solution in an hour, I have found this to be pretty accurate but having said that after about 45minutes, you do need to top the machine up as the bubble don't come out in a constant flow when the compartment is nearly empty.
I would not recommend using on a wooden or tiled floor, after about 30 minutes of use, the area in front of the machine gets a little wet, whilst we had not problems as we always used outside, I can imagine that if this was on a laminate floor, it would make it quite a bit dangerous.
The only downside for me was the cost, although I brought while on offer, it can work out quite expensive as the bubble fluid and batteries are not included. ELC recommend that you use their bubble fluid however I have found cheaper brands work just as good (I have even used washing up liquid and water before and this also worked).
I would recommend this product, but for the reason above, give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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I love bubbles and to really turn a party into fun this bubble machine is great. All kids I know love bubbles, my daughter included and I love to see her chase these bubbles around and hold out her hand to catch them and watch the amazement on her face when they first start to float up in the air out of this machine. Little bottles of bubbles are so last year, the new way to blow bubbles is with a machine that will do it for you and blow out bubbles constantly until you decide to turn it off.
The bubble machine basically consists of a mechanism of little wands, much like the single ones you get in the bottles of bubbles. There are lots of these inside the machine and when you turn it on this moves around, blowing out the bubbles as it goes. The bubbles are pretty good size and perfect for chasing. They come out quite well and do not drip a lot of the bubble mixture like doing it with the bottle does. The machine has a handy handle at the top so you can easily carry this machine around and place it where you need it. I find its best to put this machine up on say a table or something so you get a bit of height to the bubbles and they come out above the heads of little ones so they can see them float to the ground. We have a pink one because we have a little girl but you can get it in blue too.
Of course, the machine does not come with any bubble mixture and you need to purchase this separately but surprise surprise The Early Learning Centre sell a bottle which will provide approximately 1 hour of bubbles, or so it says on the back of the bottle. The mixture is easy to add to the machine and does;t make any mess. I have tried to make my own formula using fairy liquid and water but it was not as good as the one you can buy so I would advise to stick to that.
One warning I would give you it to watch the surface that you use this bubble machine on. We once used it on a polished wooden floor and because of the soap suds mixture that fell on the floor once the bubbles landed and popped the floor became extremely slippery and the kids were sliding about and falling when they went up to the machines to watch the bubbles so we had to turn it off for their safety much to their disappointment.
A fun machine to bring a bit if excitement and laughter to any kids or adults party.
My son visited the Early learning Centre in search of a birthday gift for him. I asked her what her budget was prior to entering the store as the sky seems to be the limit and wanted to steer my son away from anything that was more than she wanted to spend. We walked through the door and immediately in front to of us was a large display of bubble machines. My son instantly wanted one. We walked round the store but from the moment he set eyes on it was the birthday present of his dreams. When it was bought it came with an offer of a free bottle of bubble mixture.
The bubble machine is available in both blue and pink which seems to be more and more prevalent in the ELC centre these days however as my son's favourite colour but it does seem to be reinforcing stereotypes. The bubble machine comes in a cardboard box ready assembled although batteries are not included. It takes four C cell batteries which are secured with a screw. Prior to use you are advised to fill the bottom with bubble mixture simply by pouring the mixture in the front. There is a large hole that exposes four wheels with bubble wands rotating. To stop and start you simply press the button on top. It also comes with a bright red carry handle which while it sounds handy in my experience encourages my son to pick it up and spill the mixture. The Machine is made of hard plastic which I am not sure would survive too many drops.
When I first poured the liquid in I was quite shocked how much it took before the bottom was deep enough for the wands to dip into the liquid each time they rotated. Initially I found that the one side of the wand wasn't working and assumed it was on a slight slope but after a while I realised that there was some sort of fault with it and returned it to the ELC store where we were given a replacement.
The new one works perfectly. This is a toy that can be used both indoors and outdoors. It is always a hit with any child and they have spent hours chasing around trying to catch the bubbles. It does make an enormous amount of bubbles and it has lead to a damp carpet in the lounge on occasions so I do prefer it to be used outside.
I have used the bottle of ELC bubble mixture and then have also used Tesco own brand bubble mixture which is significantly cheaper and found that they both work as effectively at creating bubbles in this machine.
The only downside for me is that the cleaning. You are advised to clean the machine out after each use. As a large amount of bubble mixture is required to operate it there is usually quite a puddle in the bottom. I have used a funnel to pour this back into the bottle but it is a bit of a messy job and there is no really effective way of pouring it out. I have found that is has reasonable wear on batteries. I do not buy cheap batteries as I do consider them to be false economy. I am quite strict that if my Son isn't playing with it he turns it off.
We have had the replacement model for nearly a year now and I am planning to take it to a hired hall for my son's birthday party.
This is recommended for children aged 3-8 years which seems ideal. I would not recommend it for children younger due to the exposed fingers would make it very tempting to poke fingers in the wand.
This is one toy that has been real value for money and one that I would recommend to all parents This is currently available for £16 from ELC or also available at Mother care. It is worth looking out for a promotion with free bubble mixture as I have noticed this offer on a few times.
My daughter started to enjoy bubbles when she was about 10 months old. Every time she saw the bubble pots in the kitchen, she would reach out for them saying 'that, that' until I started blowing them for her. At her friends' first birthday party they used a bubble machine and I thought it was a great idea to keep her occupied. We saw one in the sale after the summer so got it to put away for her Christmas present. She was given this when she was 17 months old.
Early Learning Centre are a leading company in baby and children's toys. I have found most of their toys to be of a good quality although often a little pricey and expected this one to be the same. The ELC Bubble machine comes in two colours: blue with red and green or pink with blue. The features appear to be the same on both but we bought the blue version.
---Features of the toy:
The ELC Bubble Machine is a blue box with a red handle and a hole in the front where the red wands turn round and round to create the bubbles. There is a green panel on the top of the unit which covers the batteries where 4 C batteries are needed to make the machine work. There is also a button on the top of the unit which allows the machine to be switched on or off. You can also buy bubble liquid from the ELC which we bought at the same time to ensure we had some when my daughter opened her present.
When we got the bubble machine out at Christmas it was very easy to set up. It came in a cardboard box and just needed taking out of the box and the bubble liquid adding to it before it was ready to go. The bubble liquid is added by pouring it through the hole in the front, then you pres the start button and hopefully lots of lovely bubbles come out.
My daughter loved this as soon as she realised what it was. We put the bubble mixture in and her face lit up when it was switched on and she started dancing in all the bubbles. We put it on the floor for her and the bubbles do still go up quite high as they come out. By the end of the day she had learned how to switch it on and off and also where the bubble mixture went so she kept picking up the bottle of mixture or pointing at it and saying 'more' whenever the bubbles didn't come out as fast. You get a good amount of bubbles coming out with the machine and she definitely enjoyed it. Whenever we turned it off, she wanted it back on again.
Two months on and she still wants to play with it whenever she sees it. Sometimes she just watches the bubbles and other times she plays in them or takes her cuddly toys in there as well. She is also starting to learn how to try and hit them to make them burst which is good for her co-ordination. She loves to turn it on and is now trying to pour more liquid in herself when the bubbles slow down.
After having this on for a couple of minutes at the in-law at Christmas, we noticed that the carpet was getting very wet. It's probably a better idea to use this outside but the middle of Winter is not a good time to test this and our carpets probably need a wash anyway. One of the things I wasn't sure about is having the bubble wands open as my daughter kept trying to put her fingers in to see what was happening. Obviously this can be prevented by moving the machine out of reach but this isn't always practical. My daughter also tried to carry the machine a couple of times and as the front is open, she spilled a lot of mixture which also wasn't good.
My only other issue is the amount of bubble mixture needed for it to work properly. The wands don't reach right to the bottom of the machine so there is a lot of wasted mixture when we have finished playing with it. It is not supposed to be stored with the mixture in and is hard to tip out with any precision so we find we are wasting a lot of mixture at the end of each use.
As I haven't tried any other brands of bubble machine, I can't comment on its comparison to other makes. Despite the flaws I have highlighted, I would still recommend buying the ELC bubble machine as an easy way of making bubbles for little ones to enjoy. This machine does use a lot of mixture and I will definitely be trying to find a cheaper version as the bottle we bought cost £5 from ELC. The Bubble machine costs £12 which I think is reasonable for this machine. We will still enjoy using it and as long as it is used under supervision it is easily suitable for younger than the 3-8 year old age range suggested by ELC. I would definitely buy this again and feel it will have lots of use for the next few years.
My parents bought this bubble machine for my dughter on impulse when they saw it being demonstrated in the shop. I believe they paid about £15 for the machine and then extra for bubble liquid and batteries (unfortunately you need quite a lot of both!)
My daughter loved it on sight- at the time she was 10 months old and like many kids her age found bubbles incredibly entertaining. At first sight I loved it too- as it was a way to habe bubbles without having to continuously blow through one of those tiny wands and then have to try and sneak them away when you have had enough.
Our version of the toy comes in a light blue colour with a red handle, which makes it easy to pick up and move e.g. to a high shelf so it's out of the way of grabbing hands. It is relatively heavy and sturdy and doesn't feel in the slightest bit flimsy. You can see where there is a rotating wheel made up of 'bubble wands' (for want of a better description) which rotate through a well where the bubble liquid sits. There is then a fan (which you can't see but you can hear, as the fan and the motor are quite noisy) which blows the liquid from the wand and makes a series of well formed bubbles.
It works well. It takes the element of surprise out of bubble blowing as a bubble is formed everytime and these bubbles are all of the same size (i.e. none of the piddly little ones you might get when blowing them yourself). We initially set this up inside and found it a little too effective in a small space- as it seemed to fill the room with bubbles very quickly and needed to be turned off for some of the bubbles to pop.
I have not found that this item spills, stains or leaks when inside though. My only real complaint is that it gets through batteries and bubble liquid very quickly and you need to buy more. Mine has never broken - despite being owned for over a year and not being cleaned or looked after particularly well. So I would say a pretty good buy especially for little one's birthday parties.
We saw this toy being demonstrated at elc and my oldest son just loved it. I ended up buying it for him, and it was just as popular at home. The machine itself appears very sturdy. It is a heavy plastic and basically an internal fan blows air through a rotating set of bubble wands. Ours were blue and green, but the product is also available in pink.I believe I paid £15 for this, plus extra for bubbles and alkaline batteries. It requires 4 size c batteries and it must be top grade alkaline like duracell because nothing else will work.
We did use this indoors and had no trouble with staining, or leaks. It fills a whole room with bubbles and completely delighted my son. It does make a big mess, but I have never minded cleaning up a mess if the children have fun.
My son loved this toy. He loved it so much, I bought a second one when his wore out after a few months as I hadn't saved the receipt. The next one I did save the receipt and was able to return it for a third model when that one died less than one year later. The third bubble machine lasted awhile, and my younger son came to love it too, before it reached the inevitable end. The first one gave up the ghost abruptly, but the second two lingered on, using more and more batteries for less and less power. When the last one died it had moved up to using up a full set of size c batteries in less than an hour, with its motor struggling to produce enough air to blow out the bubbles. The third one did last just over a year though. Long enough to be out of warranty.
To be honest the first one wasn't cared for the best, it just was placed back on the shelf when not in use, but the second two were completely cleaned and dried before being put up, a process which took about 20 minutes. Maybe we just got bad luck, but it seems to me this product was poorly made which has made me refuse to buy another, although my sons really want one. I may still give in. This was one of their very favourite toys and my sons cried their eyes out when it broke, but it certainly tops my list of most hated toys.
My sons opinions - they loved this when it worked. They constantly asked for more batteries, and at over £6 an hour towards the end this was an expensive toy to run. It did give them a lot of joy, but also plenty of tears.
My opinion - I despise this toy. The creators should be locked in a room and forced to watch back to back episodes of Jerry Springer for the next 6 months. I have spent a fortune on batteries for this, hours carefully cleaning and drying and they still break and I get heartbroken children. I would honestly say I spent £100's on the two machines I paid for and batteries and bubbles, over the years. This toy ticks most of my boxes for terrible toys
1. It costs a fortune to run.
2. It breaks while the children still love it.
It does not tick the other box of never getting played with, but with the cost of running this, you wish it would. As Is aid the batteries last for a shorter and shorter time period each time.
If anyone can recommend better bubble machines, please do. Before I give in and let a child spend their money on one of these again!
My little girl is absolutely bubbles crazy!! The amount of little pots of bubbles I have bought is quite unbelieveable, and though she does manage to blow them herself, she much prefers to have me blow them for her (naturally) and for her to dance in the middle of them before popping them. However recently I have been quite ill and have had problems with my breathing so have been unable to blow bubbles for her which was upsetting for both of us. A quick solution was to get my mum to do it but I really wanted something else.
On a trip to my nearest Early Learning Centre there was a bubble machine by the entrance blowing bubbles to the entering customers - problem solved! It wasn't something I had gone to look for, but I was certainly glad I went that day. There was a blue or pink machine so I decided to go for the pink option but I don't think it would have mattered if I had chosen the blue one, ELC seem to really genderalise however.
When buying the bubble machine, there was a huge bubble mix included for free (I have since seen that they retail for £5.00) and I thought this was great as I fully expected to have to buy that extra.
The bubble machine is so easy to use, your child will be able to turn it on and off with total ease. There is a button on top of the machine, and once pressed a steady stream of bubbles are blown out. Hundreds and hundreds of bubbles are blown out until the machine is turned off again.
The machine itself is made out of a good strong plastic and is very durable, my daughter has dropped hers a couple of times and its not affected it at all. There is a chunky carry handle on top of the machine for easy transporting - my daughter carries it around quite often, especially when we are outside to spread the bubbles all over. The bubble machine takes 4 size C batteries and I would say to buy Duracell where possible as they can run out quite fast!
I cannot recommend this toy enough, we have had hours and hours of fun with this. My daughter loves to dance among the bubbles and sometimes even pretends its snow falling. Popping them is great fun and we like to compete to see who can pop the most - of course my little girl always wins, she always says that she's popped 5000!!!
I don't think there really is a downside with this fabulous toy, maybe the fact that it uses up the bubble solution quite quickly if it is played with regularly like we do, but you can pick the solution up from Asda or Tesco for just a pound (and that is for a very large bottle) so I don't see that as a problem really.
The cost of the bubble machine is just £12.00 which may seem like a lot, but for something that has given my daughter so many hours of fun I think it is a bargain!
On a recent trip to the early learning centre I came across a bubble machine which they had on display. I had no intention of buying a bubble machine that day but as one of the ladies kept pressing it whenever kids got near to tempt them they all got really excited and lots of parents ended up walking away with one in hand, including me.
I was a tad bit disappointed that the store only had the blue machine available as I would have preferred to have the pink one for my little girl however she didn't seem to mind at the time considering she was desperate for it.
I was also a bit disappointed to find out that the machine didn't come with a box you basically carry it out as it is. Seems strange actually as when I was in the early learning centre 2 days ago they had the pink ones back in and they were boxed although the green were still un-boxed.
At the time of purchase the bubble machines were reduced to £12.80 from about £16.00. I decided to get it as I thought since the summer is coming up and we will hopefully have some sun this toy will be lovely for my daughter and her friends to play with in the garden.
I received a giant bubble mix free with my purchase of the bubble machine which should normally be £5.00. I think this is a bit steep considering the mix doesn't really last too long.
The bubble machine is made from a very durable plastic I can assure you of this since ours has already been dropped twice. The machine is also battery operated and requires x4 c batteries. I would advise to buy these in advance though as they ended up costing me £7.00 from the early learning centre.
The bubble machine also has a handle on so it can easily be transported about without being spilled. Once the mixture is in the handle is essential to move it.
A red easy to press button is located on the top of the machine and once pressed the machine will let out a continual steam of bubbles until the button is pressed again.
I would definitely recommend this machine as it is great for kids my daughter loves jumping about in the bubbles and popping them. One downside is the bubbles do get the floor really wet this is very dangerous on a wooden or tiled floor if using inside I would definitely recommend putting an old blanket or sheet down.
The only other downside to this machine is the bubble mix being quite expensive and not lasting very long. I have practically gone through all of the bubble mix and it hasn't been used that many times. I can imagine in the summer my daughter will be wanting this out all the time and its going to cost a fortune on bubble mix.
Like most children I've met, our little girl is mesmerised by bubbles so when ELC had a special deal on their Bubble Machine recently - the toy and a big bottle of bubbles for £15 all in - we decided to treat her. The four C batteries adds a bit to the overall price.
Our model is dark and pale pink, made of sturdy plastic. The bubble mixture is added to a bowl within the bottom of the machine and the bubbles blow out, by way of a small fan, through an opening in the front. With new batteries it works well, lots of bubbles are produced at a fast rate and the children toddle around trying to catch them.
We've been apprehensive about using ours indoors as we've heard horror stories of the bubbles staining fabrics/carpets so we've stuck to outdoor use which means plenty of running around after the bubbles.
One difficulty we have encountered is that unless the machine is laid flat on a steady surface then the bubble mixture leaks out the back. As we've placed ours on a crooked lawn a few times, we've had a few spillages. It's also a challenge stopping children from trying to lift it up and spilling the liquid.
The large bottle of mixture lasts well but the batteries do deplete quite quickly. Nice product but blowing the bubbles manually would cut out the need for lots of batteries and would get the same effect - lheaps of bubbles to chase.
This product looks great but the reality is different!
I made the mistake of taking my daughter shopping and they had one of these blowing bubbles around the shop! Her face lit up and i couldnt resist, although when i got home i wished i had.
The machines are great for parents who just want to keep the kids enetertained, however, the 1st machine i bought home went back within 2 weeks and the 2nd machine after 3 weeks (in both instance the motor has gone kerput), after staff explained that there had been a faulty batch i reluctantly took a 3rd. this machine has been in our family approx a year now and has just about given up the ghost. The internel wheel which spins round to create the bubbles is now so slow that you only get an odd bubble coming out whilst the rest of the bubble mixture goes frothy. it is also a really difficult product to clean out so inevitably some mixture ends up staying in the machine and starts to rust it.
I would perosnally recommend that you stick to the good old fashioned bottles of bubble mixture as they are more cost effective
We bought the ELC bubble machine for my son's first birthday as he'd seen it in the shop and got over-excited by the bubbles.
At first, it seemed like a great machine. It created a lot of bubbles and we all enjoyed playing with it. It was easy to operate and runs on batteries, so we could use it both inside and outside the house which was a big advantage, as I prefer using it outside so the carpet doesn't get covered in soap.
However, after a few uses, it became very clogged up with bubble mixture to the extent that the wheels wouldn't turn any more, and the bubbles were coming out all joined together like one giant bubble. We cleaned it out and it was fine again for a while, but the gaps between cleaning it are becoming smaller all the time and we have more or less stopped using it, even though after nearly a year and a half my son still loves it.
Overall, I think it's an ok product but no more than that. The ELC bubble solution is also quite expensive, although you could make your own.
We have had out bubble machine for about 3 years now and I have always thought it was a very good product until the place I work bought a much cheaper bubble machine (see my other review) Compare the two I can see the downfalls of our bubble machine that was very expensive when we bought it.
Firstly, we bought our bubble machine about 3 years ago from the ELC (early learning centre) it cost us £25.00, which was about right for the product at the time. It came with a big £5 bottle of bubble mixture free. The bubble machine we bought is orange, blue, and purple and green they are now for sale in girly pink and boy's blue!
The bubble machine has a compartment on the top, which contains the batteries, which we had to buy separately. The machine takes size C batteries and holds four, which works out, a bit costly! The batteries do go flat very quickly especially if you leave them inside the bubble blower when you are not using it. A screw holds on the are not easy to take out after each use as the battery compartment so you need a screwdriver to take them out and put them back in.
A fan at the back of the bubble blower blowing towards the front where there are plastic circles, which are hollow, creates the bubbles. There circles rotate round. The bubble mixture goes into the bottom of the machine then the plastic circles (similar to the dipping sticks you get in bubbles.) rotate round into the mixture and then up into the area where the fan is blowing to blow bubbles.
This system works very well however if they children get hold of the bubble machine and carry it around or move it the bubble mixture will run out the back of the machine! The vent in the back of the machine are designed to allow air to get to the fan but this allows the bubble mixture to run out the back of the machine if the machine is not kept flat. This means the surface for the bubble machine needs to be level and flat and that child should not move it or carry it!
The other problem with this bubble machine is both an advantage and a disadvantage. The children can look inside and see how it works great you might think but this poses a bit of a safety issue as they can put there fingers inside while it is going round which would be very dangerous. It is not powerful enough to cause too much damage but could cause a bit of pain!
The bubble blower works fantastically the mixture is great but it could be diluted a bit more as the machine chucks out so many bubbles that the floor becomes very wet and slippery quickly. In addition, if you are using it outside you have to have it angle right for the wind so the wind blows into the back not the front or it does not produce any bubbles. The last problem is the mouth of the blower get a bit blocked with bubbles after a few minutes so you have to stop and wipe it off this doesn't happen if you dilute the bubble mixture.
Kids love bubbles and they are great for outdoors and parties. They do get a bit messy and slippery inside. The machine can be bought much cheaper now than when I bought mine. They are great entertainment and last well!
The ELC bubble machine is not as good as the other one which i have reviewed so shop around.
Chase streams of lovely bubbles!