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10 Best Bubble Machines for Kids in 2020

Bubbles! Kids love to chase them and adults can’t help popping them – dogs go crazy for bubbles too!

The best bubble machines churn out many hundreds of vibrant and colorful bubbles per minute – super fun for all the family. But there are so many different models on the market it can be hard to find the right one for your needs.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help! We have carefully reviewed dozens of bubble machines to select the best models in 2020. From cheap battery powered models to AC powered bubbly monsters, there’s a perfect machine here for everyone.

You’ll find our three top picks in the table below, followed by reviews of all 10 machines. After the reviews we have a Buying Guide on what you need to look for in a bubble machine, then we answer your most popular FAQs.

Zerhunt Bubble Machine

AC or Battery

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Automatic Durable Blower for Kids

Toddler Fun

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WisToyz Bubble Machine Dinosaur

Best Toy

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10 Best Bubble Machines in 2020 – Reviews

If you want to find the best bubble machine for a kids’ party, event, wedding or just fun play, these reviews will help you make the right choice.

1. Zerhunt Bubble Machine

Best AC or Battery Powered Machine

Zerhunt Bubble Machine
  • Power: AC or Battery
  • Fluid Capacity: 13.5 oz
  • Color: Black or white

A (removable) carrying handle and light weight make this very easy to move around. It is also versatile – you can use AC power for indoor parties or (6 x C) batteries for safer outdoor fun. A great safety feature is that if your little ones touch one of the spinning bubble wands, the machine will stop, to protect their fingers.

There are 2 speed settings to produce 1000 or 1500 bubbles per minute. Thanks to an extra large fluid tank you should enjoy up to 2 hours of continuous use. However, it is easy to refill and there are minimum and maximum marks on the tank to act as a guide.

The black design is plain but functional – we like that the internal air pipe blows bubbles up into the air at a 45 degree angle. This means that it doesn’t have to be perched on a table (where it could be easily knocked off). Put this on the floor and it can still blow bubbles high enough for kids to enjoy chasing.

Pros:

  • AC or battery power for versatility
  • Super portable
  • Large 13.5 oz tank means fewer refills needed
  • Can use any type of bubble solution
  • Durable plastic design so no rust

Cons:

  • Doesn’t come with any bubble solution
  • Some users find it quite noisy if used indoors

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2. Dolphin Bubble Blower for Kids

Best Bubble Machine for Toddlers

Automatic Durable Blower for Kids
  • Power: Battery
  • Fluid Capacity: 6 oz
  • Color: Blue

It requires 6 AA batteries and blows 500+ bubbles per minute. Not as many as some other models but more than enough popping entertainment for toddlers or pets. The electric motor driving the fan is very quiet too so this a good choice for indoor use, as well as outdoors.

Bubbles come out at a fairly flat angle so it is best to raise the blower off the floor e.g. on a chair or table. Fortunately, despite the rounded shape, it has a flat and supportive base for stability so doesn’t easily tip over.

Although the fluid tank is relatively small, it is easy to refill and you should enjoy about half an hour of continuous use per tank. For a bigger and longer lasting cloud of rainbow bubbles, a premium (thicker) bubble solution works best.

Pros:

  • Dolphin shape appeals to toddlers
  • Easy to fill and operate – just 1 switch
  • One of the cheapest here
  • Quiet motor so good for indoors
  • Bubble solution included

Cons:

  • Aimed at younger kids, not the most powerful

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3. WisToyz Bubble Dinosaur

Best Overall Toy Bubble Machine

WisToyz Bubble Machine Dinosaur
  • Power: Battery
  • Color: Purple

This ‘monster’ toy has got to be the most feature packed blower here – it’s a hoot even when not blowing bubbles! Not only can it can walk and talk (well, make sounds…) but the eyes light up and the mouth opens and closes too.

The dinosaur walks and even turns around by itself when faced by an obstacle. But there’s a cap to put over the wheels if you want it to stay stationary. Press a button on its head to turn on the eye lights and music sounds – bear in mind that will exhaust the batteries (3 AA required) quicker.

Unlike most bubble machines, this one doesn’t produce a continuous stream of bubbles. It just blows out a big stream of bubbles every time it opens its mouth, which is about every 5 seconds.

Therefore it’s not suitable if you really need a non-stop flow of thousands of bubbles per minute. But kids love this multi functional dinosaur toy anyway because it has so many extra features, as well as bubbles. It has some of the highest ratings of any bubble machine on Amazon too so most buyers agree.

Pros:

  • Great value for a combined bubble machine and toy dino
  • Walks, talks and lights up – or can use it as a standard blower
  • Easy to fill – just pour fluid into its mouth 😉
  • Bubble solutions and screwdriver included
  • No sharp corners or edges

Cons:

  • Needs a reasonably flat surface to walk on
  • Spews out a cloud of bubbles every 5 seconds, not continuously

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4. Chauvet DJ King Bubble Machine

Best Semi-Pro Machine (AC only)

Chauvet DJ Bubble King
  • Power: AC
  • Fluid Capacity: 56 oz
  • Color: Black

But we’ve included it here because, if you can afford one (or maybe split the cost with friends), it ‘blows’ away the competition! It produces an astonishing 2000 bubbles per minute. They are variable in size but go up to 1.5″ which is bigger than most. The bubbles shoot out up to 15 feet away which makes this a good choice for outdoors or large indoor rooms.

A huge 56 oz tank means you can run it for up to four or five hours without a refill. Chauvet recommend using their own bubble solution but any good quality brand like Gazillion would do. But steer clear of cheap or home made solution, most users say this machine needs a premium solution to work well.

If you wanted to hire this machine for a special occasion we found it for hire online at $80 for a day. That’s almost half the cost of buying one outright. It could make sense to buy if you need one for several events or can split the cost with friends.

Otherwise, it’s probably too expensive for most people to justify. At this price you could buy five of our top choice (review no. 1) and still have a few dollars in change…

Pros:

  • Sturdy semi-professional design
  • Up to 2000 bubbles per minute
  • Great for large areas or outdoors
  • 4-5 hours continuous use
  • Bubbles are blown up to 15+ feet away

Cons:

  • Very expensive, but this is a semi-pro machine…
  • Heavy and must be kept flat during use

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5. WisToyz Bubble Dog

WisToyz Bubble Machine Dog
  • Power: Battery
  • Fluid Capacity: 8 oz
  • Color: Black and white

Powered by just 2 AA batteries it can still blow 500+ colorful soap bubbles per minute. The fan motor has noise cancellation too which makes it exceptionally quiet so this is a good choice for indoor use as well as outdoors.

The motor isn’t very powerful so doesn’t spray bubbles a great distance. Therefore, to avoid them bursting on the floor too soon, it helps to put the bubble dog on a chair or table. It does have a flat base for stability so won’t easily tip over. And it’s so light that even toddlers can happily carry it around.

Although the fluid tank is relatively small, you should get up to 20+ minutes of bubbles per tank. Refilling is easy and quite fun – just pour bubble fluid into the dog’s mouth. Any type of solution works – but for a bigger and longer lasting spray of colorful bubbles, a premium (thicker) solution works best.

Pros:

  • One of the cheapest here
  • Ultra lightweight, small and portable
  • Easy to fill and operate – just 1 switch
  • Bubble solution included
  • Very quiet motor so good for indoors

Cons:

  • Not the most powerful – needs to be kept off the floor

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6. Hicober Automatic Bubble Machine

Hicober Automatic Bubble Machine
  • Power: AC or Battery
  • Fluid Capacity: 6.7 oz
  • Color: Black

It’s also dual powered – you can use (6 x C) batteries for safer outdoor parties or AC power for indoor fun. There are 2 speed settings to produce 900 to 1700 bubbles per minute. The large fluid tank ensures 38 to 50 minutes of continuous use so you don’t have to refill it every few minutes.

However, it’s very easy to refill and a triple liquid locking system avoids spills and keeps your floor underneath the machine dry if used indoors. But, if you blow a lot of bubbles indoors, the whole floor may eventually get slippy as more and more bubbles pop on it…

We like that it blows bubbles up into the air at an angle so it can be used on the ground. However, putting it on a chair or table would blow bubbles even higher so you would have more time to enjoy them before they burst on the ground.

Pros:

  • AC or battery power for versatility
  • High output – 1700 bubbles per minute
  • Large fluid tank ensures up to 50 minutes without a refill
  • Rugged plastic design with clever carrying handle
  • Light weight (a couple of pounds) so easily portable

Cons:

  • Expensive, otherwise it would be our top choice

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7. 1byone Automatic Bubble Blower

Best Bubble Machine
  • Power: AC or Battery
  • Fluid Capacity: 12.8 oz
  • Color: White

Like the Zerhunt (review no. 1) there are two speed settings which can produce 1000 or 1500 bubbles per minute. The large fluid tank gives up to half an hour of continuous use so you won’t have to refill it often. However, it is easy to refill – there are minimum and maximum marks on the tank as a guide.

The plain white design is functional but we like that it blows bubbles up into the air at a 45 degree angle. This means you don’t need to out it high up on a table etc (where it could be easily knocked off). Put this on the floor and it can still blow bubbles high enough for kids to enjoy chasing.

Pros:

  • AC or battery power
  • Super portable
  • Large 12.8 oz tank means fewer refills needed
  • High output – 1500 bubbles per minute
  • Can use any type of bubble solution
  • Durable plastic design so no rust

Cons:

  • Doesn’t come with any bubble solution – need to buy some or make your own

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8. ToyerBee Bubble Machine

ToyerBee Bubble Machine
  • Power: Battery
  • Color: Green

The simple on/off switch behind the frog’s ear is easy enough for the youngest kids to operate. Although the fluid tank is relatively small, this froggy bubble blower is easy to refill and should provide up to half an hour of continuous use per tank.

4 AA batteries provide the power to blow 800+ bubbles per minute. A small screwdriver to open the battery cover is included so you won’t have to scour the house to find one small enough for the four tiny screws.

Some models produce more bubbles per minute but this can certainly provide toddlers or pets with plenty of enjoyment. The electric motor is quiet so it is a good choice for indoor use too. But it’s not super powerful – bubbles come out at a flat angle.

To avoid bubbles popping on the floor almost immediately, place the machine high off the ground e.g on a table. It does have a flat base for stability so won’t easily tip over.

Pros:

  • Cheapest here
  • Frog shape appeals to toddlers
  • Easy to fill and operate – just 1 switch
  • Quiet motor so good for indoors
  • Bubble solution and screwdriver included

Cons:

  • Aimed at young kids, not the most powerful

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9. Theefun Professional Parties Bubble Machine

Theefun Professional Parties Bubble Machine
  • Power: AC
  • Fluid Capacity: 17 oz
  • Color: Black or white

It is constructed with a rugged metal housing which is a mixed blessing. Metal should take bumps and falls better than cheap plastic but may also rust over time. It’s therefore important to dry the casing well before storage, if you want to keep it looking nice and new.

Bubbles come out at a fairly flat angle so you’ll need to raise the blower off the floor e.g. on a chair or table. Luckily it has a (detachable) handle to make carrying easy. Although it does weigh almost 6 pounds, heavier than most, so watch kids don’t knock it off onto their toes…

The large fluid tank is easy to refill and provides up to an hour of use before needing a refill. There’s only 1 speed although the slightly confusing power button has 2 settings – one for remote operation and one for manual.

Pros:

  • Very large tank means fewer refills
  • Remote control for hands free operation
  • Quiet motor for indoor use
  • Can use any type of bubble solution
  • Durable metal design, but surface could rust

Cons:

  • AC only
  • Plenty of hard metal edges
  • Doesn’t come with any bubble solution

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10. Bubble Machine for Kids

Bubble Machine for Kids
  • Power: Battery
  • Fluid Capacity: 6 oz
  • Color: Blue

The simple on/off switch at the rear of the base is easy for toddlers to operate. Although the fluid tank is quite small, this cute little blower is easy to refill and each tank should provide up to half an hour of continuous use.

4 AA batteries provide the power to blow up to 800 bubbles per minute. Some models produce bubbles more rapidly but this is sufficient for toddlers or pets to play with. The electric motor is quiet so it is a good choice for indoor use too.

But it’s not very powerful so it is best to keep the machine high off the ground. It has a flat base for stability so won’t easily tip over or you can hang it up by the small handle on top.

As it only weighs about 1 pound and is less than 9 inches tall, a child can easily hold it in their hand. But watch out that the bubble fluid doesn’t spill out, it does need to be kept fairly level.

Pros:

  • One of the cheapest here
  • Ultra lightweight, small and portable
  • Easy to fill and operate – just 1 switch
  • Very quiet motor so good for indoors
  • Bubble solution included

Cons:

  • Not the most powerful – needs to be kept off the floor

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Buying Guide

Boy plays with bubble machine

Some of the things to look for when buying a bubble machine include:

Is it powered by batteries or AC – or can you use either?

Battery powered machines are inherently safer as they don’t have AC power in them and there is no long power cable (or extension lead) for kids to trip over. They’re also more portable so are easier to set up either indoors, outdoors or away from home. Just switch on and watch the bubbles blow!

Rechargeable batteries are a good way to keep costs down. But all batteries have a habit of running out when you most need them, so you’ll need to keep some spares handy.

On the other hand, with AC powered machines, you don’t ever need to worry about running out of batteries. AC only models tend to be larger and more powerful, aimed at semi-pro users, so they may blow a lot more bubbles per minute.

Three of the models in our reviews are an ideal combination of the two – they can be operated by AC or battery for extra versatility.

How many bubbles does the machine produce per minute?

The best bubble toys can produce many hundreds, or in some cases thousands, of bubbles per minute. A useful feature in some models is a variable speed control so you can choose a slower speed if you want to chill out and produce fewer bubbles.

Keep in mind that the more bubbles per minute a machine blows, the quicker it will use up bubble fluid so you may have to refill the tank more often.

How much fluid does the bubble machine hold?

The top bubble machines for kids in our reviews have a fluid tank capacity ranging from 6 to 17 fluid oz. Depending on the speed and size of the fan, this is enough to keep blowing bubbles from 20 minutes up to a couple of hours.

Although a larger fluid tank allows for longer continuous use, if the bubble solution runs out it’s usually quite easy and quick to refill the tank anyway.

The tank in the semi-pro Chauvet DJ Bubble King has a massive 56 oz capacity, enough to keep it running for 4 or 5 hours.

Girl playing with bubble machine

How portable and safe is the bubble machine?

Most of the 10 machines here are small and ultra portable, weighing in at just a few pounds or less, light enough for kids to carry. A carrying handle is needed on heavy machines like the Chauvet DJ Bubble King.

They’re also all made of plastic (except the Theefun – no. 9) so don’t have exposed metal edges that kids could hurt themselves on. The spinning bubble wands are usually a light plastic too so shouldn’t cause injury even if little ones stick their finger in, although parental guidance is advised to try and make sure they don’t…

Obviously, where soapy water is concerned, particular care should be taken with machines operated by AC – especially when using outdoors as an extension lead can present a tripping hazard. Using battery power is safer for young kids.

If you’re looking for more party fun for active toddlers, why not consider an inflatable bounce house for kids – some have water slides too! We reviewed models to suit every age range and size of backyard – some could even be used indoors too!

Bubble Machine FAQ

How Much Is A Bubble Machine?

A small bubble machine for kids costs in the range of $20 to $40 to buy – they are cheap and cheerful machines aimed at home users. All except one of the machines in our reviews above are in this category – great fun for kids, adults and dogs!

A larger, semi-professional machine, such as those used by mobile DJs or wedding and party organizers can cost up to two or three hundred dollars to buy. The Chauvet DJ Bubble King Machine (review no. 4 above) is in this category.

A full size, professional machine, such as those used in nightclubs and large scale events, can cost well over $1000. For a one-off special occasion it would make more sense to hire one.

How to Make Bubbles?

You can make your own dish soap bubble solution for use in a machine or take the easier option and buy it ready made.

A one liter (about 34 oz) bottle of Gazillion Bubbles (check price on Amazon) is one of the most highly rated solutions to produce longer lasting and more vibrant colored bubbles. It also comes with a 7-in-1 bubble wand so you can blow a stream of bubbles away from home.

If making your own bubble solution, the size of the bubbles and how long they last can depend on several factors. The hardness of the water, type of dish soap and ratio of ingredients used may all affect size, shape, color and how quickly they pop.

Therefore it’s a good idea to try making a small amount first, for use with a hand wand, to see how well your concoction bubbles up:

Take 1 cup of warm water (distilled water is best but tap water is ok)
Add 3 tablespoons of dish soap (e.g. Dawn soap)
Add 3 tablespoons of pure white sugar (or corn syrup) OR 1 tablespoon of glycerin
Stir gently until the sugar has disappeared or the solution appears a uniform color.
Make a wand out of a pipe cleaner, cookie cutter or similar, dip it into the solution and blow away!

Of course you could use only dish soap and water but, as Scientific American explains – adding sugar, glycerin or corn syrup “slows down the evaporation process, thus improving the life span and durability of the bubble“.

You can experiment with different proportions or even use sugar and corn syrup or glycerine. But, the more ingredients you add, the more expensive it becomes when you scale up to making enough solution to run a bubble machine. Suddenly, buying it ready made doesn’t seem quite so expensive…

Are Bubbles Safe for Dogs?

Many of our furry canine friends love to chase down bubbles too. Leaping around to pop them can be great exercise for dogs, leaving you free to put your feet up and enjoy the entertainment!

Bubble solutions, like the Gazillion Bubbles we mentioned above, are usually formulated to be safe, non-staining and non-toxic for kids. Dog owners that we know believe that means they are suitable for dogs too.

When a dog pops a bubble a lot of the residue will end up on their nose or around their mouth anyway, not in their mouth. But if in any doubt, check with your vet.

You can also buy bacon flavor bubble solutions for dogs but they’re really expensive – up to 5 times the cost of a standard mix, per fluid oz. They also appear to share most of the same ingredients…

A cheaper option for a bubbly doggy treat is to make your own solution per our guide above – but start off with boiling, not warm, water and dissolve part of a low sodium beef bouillon cube into it. Let the solution cool for a while before adding the rest of the ingredients.

Dog jumps at bubbles

How to Clean a Bubble Machine?

The best bubble blowing toys come with specific instructions on cleaning. It is usually enough to just rinse out the bubble fluid tank and the wands with warm water immediately after use.

If a particularly thick bubble solution was used, you may also need to fill the tank with warm water and let the machine run for a few minutes – until all the wands are completely clean.

Always dry off the machine before storage – in the long term, problems are more likely to arise if it is stored away without being cleaned and dried.