When my eldest daughter was younger we were shopping in Tesco and it was the end of summer sale, we were lucky enough to come across this bubble machine was the small price of £5 so we thought we would buy it for a bit of fun. Tesco still sell a bubble machine but it's not this one anymore, their current one sells at £10 which is still a decent price in my opinion.
The machine is made of yellow and red plastic and looks like some sort of projector if you ask me, the plastic is hard so it's pretty durable and we haven't had any pieces snap on it. The machine has a covered end and an open end where the bubbles come from and then a carry handle for moving it around, it is pretty light so it's not a problem using it and it's about 10 inches in length and about 7 inches high.
To use the machine is really easy, it's battery operated so can easily be used inside and out and all you have to do is pour the solution into the open front and then turn it on. The motors kick into action although it's not very loud so it isn't intrusive in any way which I feel is great as we were playing with this at time with a newborn baby in the house.
The machine produces plenty of bubbles and they come out of the machine in a steady stream, the first time we used the machine Sophie wasn't impressed and ran away from the bubbles but we diverted her attention and kept the machine going and she soon turned her interest to the mass of bubbles flying around the room.
We found that the machine was better being sat up a height a we found that from the floor it didn't manage to raise the bubbles up very far so they soon hit the floor and broke, in the house we found that the best height was on the windowsill and then the bubbles would be raised high enough just for Sophie to jump up and get them. Sophie loved this machine in the end and she loved to chase the bubble and made us count how many she managed to pop, Emily has never had chance to use the machine as the motor on it gave up working about a year and a half after we had bought it which was pretty good going for a £5 machine I think but was still a shame when it gave up.
The machine itself is really durable and we didn't pay much for it, the machine was lots of fun whilst it lasted and I would be happy to buy another similar machine again, I give it 4 stars due to the motor packing up as it's not really a toy that had constant use so I did find it a shame.
=Tesco Bubble Machine==
Because of us moving it means we are coming across a lot of stuff that I haven't seen for a while which must mean that Jack has far to many toys in his bedroom. This Tesco bubble machine was one of the items that was at the bottom of his toy box and was something that I remember buying a couple of years ago from my local Tesco stores.
Having had a look on Tesco direct I can't see that they sell it any more but I seen to remember buying it for are £5 as it was on some sort of special offer at the time so maybe they were discontinuing it then.
Jack loved bubbles when he was younger and to be honest he hasn't grown out of this as he still enjoys playing with his smaller sets in the garden now. I think bubbles are one of those things you never grown out of because I still personally like to see a ton of bubbles floating around the air when in the garden as there is something quite therapeutic about it.
This bubble machine is not a small one like some of my friends children have as it is about 10 to 12 inches in length and really quite chunky. It has a very handy carry handle on the top of the unit which makes moving out in the garden easy especially when the bubble mixture is inside. You do need to have a fair few batteries in the machine as it need 6 of the AA variety which if I remember rightly it didn't come with but the batteries are still working now and these ones have been in there for a good while now.
The machine came with some of the ready made mixture and this lasted a few goes of the machine and we did make up our our solution once this had run out and this worked okay though not as well as the ready made stuff you can get.
The solution is poured into the machine by the large open front and this is easily done and doesn't create any real mess. The large dial on the top of the machine gets the motor going which will then turn the wheel of bubble wands inside and the second motor will blow out all the bubbles out into the air. The amount of bubbles created is pretty good and when a lot of the bubble mixture is the steam of bubbles is continuous.
Obviously because of the fact that it is battery operated it means that the machine can really be placed anywhere and the floor is the obvious place although I do feel that a chair which is slightly higher means the bubbles have a better flow in the air and are at a better height for jack to chase after them and try to pop them.
I am quite pleased that we found this item again and we took it down to Nana's house earlier today to get it up and running which Jack really loved and Harry the dog seemed rather happy chasing all the bubbles too! The only downside is that when there is only a small amount of the bubble solution left in the machine it tends to be rather sporadic in the production of the bubbles are it is not as flowing as when the machine is filled up. This is easily solved however by putting in more of the solution which is easily done!
All in all the machine was at a good price for what you get and seeing as we have had it for so long and it is still working and still working well it is obviously made to a good standard. Jack loves the machine and I would say that most children would and the machine is ideal for those summer days when the BBQ is going and you have a few friends around with their children as it surprisingly keeps them amused for a very long time!
I think nothing but a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a very high recommendation is well deserved. If you can pick it up then I would say it is well worth doing so!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
When we were searching for a birthday present for our three year old nephew we were surprised at how little there was available in the way of outdoor toys/activities that were suitable for children in his age range. Whilst looking in our local Tesco we found this bubble machine, suitable for children aged 3 plus, for £9.99. This seemed to be pretty good value and we purchased the blue coloured machine for him (also available in pink).
The machine actually looks very different to the picture above, which I assume is an older model. It is cone shaped, looking rather like some sort of torpedo and the front face is flat with lots of yellow bubble blowing wands. It looks quite flimsy and I was dubious as to how long it would last and whether it would withstand the prodding of curious children's fingers, but we purchased regardless. The machine also came with one tube of bubble mixture to be poured into it.
Needless to say my nephew was thrilled at the present and immediately wanted to put it on. The machine was quite noisy but did generate ALOT of bubbles, much to his amusement. So many bubbles are produced at once that the children don't really know what to do, if less were produced, they would probably have had more fun chasing them. It also meant that the bubble mixture did not last long at all either. This can be picked up cheaply, but that is a little beside the point. Also, you want a toy to amuse the children for a little more than the five to ten minutes that this did!!
Another problem that we encountered was that the children wanted to pick this up and this invariably led to the spillage of bubble mixture. A design that locked in the mixture so that it wouldn't spill so easily would be useful!!
All in all, the youngsters loved this and it is good value for money, but it certainly goes through the bubble mixture! On the plus side, the batteries seem to last a fair while. Good machine.
Knowing it was going to be a hot weekend, most of which we would be spending in the garden with the kids, when doing our weekly shop in Tesco's last week we had a quick look for something to keep the kids entertained in the garden and came across the Tesco Bubble Machine. After four days of hot weather this has had four days of use and the results have been impressive.
The machine retails at £6.99 at present and is about 20cm long and 10 cm deep. Its thus a fair size but due to being light is very portable. It does need a shocking 6 AA batteries so lucky we had some in supply but these batteries have lasted all weekend and hopefully will last more! There is very little set up involved simply pouring the bubble mixture into the machine and away you go.
As soon as you press start the machine begins to turn and rotate and spin and what you get is a field of bubbles. There are so many bubbles that come out I really was not expecting it. They fly around in all directions, all shapes and sizes and they just keep coming. The look on the kids face and the laughter coming from them was worth every penny and after hours of play they did not get bored. This is one toy that will last all summer. Its not very quiet in operation though as the fan makes quite a whirring noise so if you want a peaceful time in the garden over the summer avoid this!
Nevertheless, the solution lasts a while, the machine works a treat and the rate at which it gets bubbles out is great. Kids will have a whale of a time with this of all ages and even if it does probably need an adult to set up and make sure its safely placed somewhere and that there isn't to much liquid in, its fun for all and makes an ideal present/gift for the kids in this long summer days!
For my sons first birthday I threw him a party and saw a portable bubble machine in Tesco that I thought would be perfect for the little ones.
Last time I checked it was £8 (and it has possibly been discontinued now) but I'm sure when I brought it it was a few pounds more. The machine itself is about the size of a loaf of bread and needs six AA batteries which are secured with a screw -Annoying for parents with impatient children but it keeps everything safe so it's worth it. Plus it saves on having to plug it in, you can move it easily.
The one I have is green, blue and yellow with a handle on the top so you can carry it easily. If I remember correctly it was available in other colour variations too. It also comes with two bottles of bubble solution which I was quite impressed with. Basically you pour the bubble solution into the front of the machine and you're ready to go. The machine blows a constant stream of air while a motorized wheel, which holds a number of bubble wands, rotates and dips into the solution. As the wheel gets higher, the air hits the wand and bubbles are blown out and up. Because there are quite a few wands it means that you get hundreds of bubbles which just keep coming! It's great!
The machine is for children aged 3 years and over so in this case the adults were in charge as there were children a lot younger at the party. Saying that I don't think I would feel that comfortable letting a 3 year old control the bubble machine as the front section - where the bubbles are blown out of- is very open and the solution can easily spill out if tilted too much.
My bubble machine did a fantastic job on the day. We put it on top of a small bookcase so it was out of reach of the children, pressed on and left them to it. All the kids loved it, jumping around in them or - in the case of the much smaller children- just staring and pointing and clapping. A hit with everyone.
The solution lasts quite a long time. It was a good while before I attempted to turn it off and try a different activity but the bubbles kept coming and the kids wanted it kept on.
There aren't many things I don't like about this machine. The first is that the fan that obviously blows the bubbles is quite loud. You couldn't have it in a corner and leave it unnoticed because it makes such a noise. However, for the purpose of entertaining children this wasn't a problem. The second is that because the solution lasts for so long there is often some left in the bottom which dries up. Because the front compartment is open it can get very dusty quickly, so whether you rinse it out after use or not it's still gunky next time. Again, not a massive problem, it just means a quick rinse before you use it again but maybe if it had a cover for when it's not in use then you could save on bubble solution AND keep it clean.
Overall I think it is great value for money. It works well, produces thousands of good sized bubbles and keeps the kids entertained.