The Best Bouncer Seat 2017

Best Bouncer Seat 2017

Last Updated: Jun 30, 2017 @ 4:51 pm. The Best Bouncer Seat 2017. After bouncing lots of babies in 15+ bouncer seats, we’ve chosen the 4Moms MamaRoo as the best bouncer seat.

If you are hoping for a gift in this category, consider registering for the 4Moms’ MamaRoo. Clocking in at a hefty $180 to $270, the MamaRoo’s fans love the five unique motions (including car ride, ocean wave, etc.) as well as the built-in nature sounds and the relatively compact footprint. The most recent Mamaroo is Bluetooth-enabled so you control it with a smartphone app. One caveat: it only works to 25 lbs.

The Mamaroo is sold in two flavors—Classic (solid grey or black) and Plush (colored and textured patterns). The Classic ($180 to $200) is a basic, canvas like fabric. The Plush ($250-$270) has a softer, more velvet-like cover. We’ve evaluated the feel of both versions and think the Classic is fine. If you decide you’d like the more plush fabric later, you can buy an extra pad for $30 to $60. (Pro tip: solid neutral patterns better for pictures than bright patterns).

Heads up: 4Moms is tweaking the Mamaroo with a minor refresh in mid summer 2017. Click here to read what’s new.

Here’s a look at the Mamaroo Plush:

Mamaroo Plush

The Mamaroo Plush runs an extra $70 over the regular Mamaroo. The difference is the upgraded fabric, but remember you’ll be taking lots of photos of baby in this bouncer. A neutral pattern is better than this bright one, in our opinion.

 

FYI: If you are looking to pick up a 4moms Mamaroo at a yard sale, there are three generations of this bounder: the 2012 original, 2015 refresh and 2107 update. Here’s a look at the differences between the 2012 and 2105 versions.

If the price of the Mamaroo is too much (and we wouldn’t blame you), scroll down to our Best Budget-Friendly Bouncer for under $50. We also have an Eco-Friendly Pick for parents who don’t want all the bells and whistles of traditional bouncers.

The Best Bouncer Seat (overall)

4Moms MamaRoo Classic

The 4Moms MamaRoo Classic offers five different motions and built-in nature sounds. Parents love the compact footprint and Bluetooth-enabled smartphone app that controls the seat. Yep, it is rather expensive (starting price: $180) so this might be a great gift from grandparents.

 

Best Budget-Friendly Bouncer Seat

Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker, Geo Diamonds

The Fisher Price Infant to Toddler Rocker ($25-$40) is an affordable bouncer that works up to 40 lbs. (hence the infant to toddler name). It is very lightweight, so it easily moves from room to room, but it doesn’t collapse—so its use for travel is limited.

In infant mode, the seat reclines and a toy bar adds musical elements—of course, the key feature is that vibration, which is triggered by a button up front. In toddler mode, the chair sits more upright (and the toy bar is removed). No, it doesn’t have a Bluetooth app or motion like the Mamaroo. However, for under $50, this simple, affordable bouncer does the job.

 

Best Eco-Friendly Bouncer Seat

 

Baby Bjorn Balance Bouncer

 

If you want to take an eco-friendly approach to bouncers, the Baby Bjorn Balance is our top pick. No sounds, no lights, no batteries—the Balance rocks when you move it.

Yes, it is pricey ($122-$205), but you can use it up to 29 lbs. (most bouncers have 25 lb. weight limits). The Balance has a three position recline and collapses for travel/portability (the Balance weighs 7 lbs).

Readers love the Baby Bjorn Balance’s simplicity and design; critics say it is too pricey, as exemplified by the add-on wooden toy bar accessory for $32. We agree on that point, but think the Balance is a good choice for those who want to go green for a bouncer.

Not Recommended: Fisher-Price Rock N Play

 

Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper

 

There is one bouncer/rocker we don’t recommend: the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. It’s a hybrid between bouncer and bassinet. In a nutshell, we do not recommend it for sleep, which is one of its key functions.

We don’t have room here to go into detail, but check our blog post for an in-depth discussion: “Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper: Miracle soother . . . or dangerous crutch?”

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing bouncer seats since 2005. In addition to hands on testing (lots of bouncing babies), we have combed the research about reliability and safety. We also evaluate consumer reviews posted on sites like Babies R Us and Amazon, as well as our own message boards.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Baby Bargains is your independent and unbiased source for expert baby gear reviews. We’ve been writing and reviewing baby gear since 1994. Yes, that long!

 

How we picked a winner

 

We evaluate bouncers with in-depth inspections, checking models for overall quality and ease of use—for example, testing in rooms of different size. We also gather significant reader feedback (our book, Baby Bargains has over 1 million copies in print), tracking bouncers on quality and durability. Besides interviewing parents, we also regularly talk with retailers and consumer appliance experts to see which brands are most trustworthy and other key quality metrics.

Our Top Choice

The Best Bouncer Seat (overall)

4Moms MamaRoo Classic

The 4Moms MamaRoo Classic offers five different motions and built-in nature sounds. Parents love the compact footprint and Bluetooth-enabled smartphone app that controls the seat. Yep, it is rather expensive (starting price: $180) so this might be a great gift from grandparents.