Best Bouncer Seat 2018
Last Updated: The Best Bouncer Seat 2018. After bouncing lots of babies in 15+ bouncer seats, we’ve chosen the 4Moms MamaRoo 4 Classic 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).
Here’s a look at the Mamaroo Plush:
FYI: 4Moms tweaked the Mamaroo with a minor refresh in 2017. Click here to read what’s new.
If you are looking to pick up a 4moms Mamaroo at a yard sale, there are three generations of this bouncer: the 2012 original, 2015 refresh and 2107 update. Here’s a look at the differences between the 2012 and 2105 versions. And here is what changed from 2015 to 2017.
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.
Not Recommended: Fisher-Price Rock N Play
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 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
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