by | Jan 21, 2020 | Z

Last Updated: Sep 9, 2020 @ 1:34 pm.

Babies love snug, bouncy places—after all, they just spent nine months in similar accommodations! To find the best baby bouncers, we personally tested 11 different bouncers . . . from plain models to fancy versions that combine a bouncer, rocker and swing. We rated each bouncer on safety, ease of use/assembly, and soothing ability. Bonus points were added for bouncers with machine-washable covers and those that were easy to store or transport. Here are the winners.

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Best Budget-Friendly Bouncer

Safe, sturdy and easy to clean
This bouncer stood out in a crowded field for its effective soothing vibration, ease of assembly and machine washable cover. Great value. Caveat: recline angle is not adjustable. No auto shut-off.

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Best Budget-Friendly Bouncer: Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer

When it comes baby bouncers, like much of the gear that is sold for baby, simple is often the best. Case in point: the Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer. It’s basically a seat with built-in vibration (battery-operated) and a toy bar. And it works! Here’s an overview:

What We Liked

• Best at soothing. It make seem simple, but vibration is one of the key ways to soothe a fussy baby. And this seat does that well!

• Easy to assemble. We also found this seat most easy to use.

• Machine washable pad. An important feature for any bouncer!

• Affordable.

What Needs Work

• Recline angle isn’t adjustable. Plus as kids get older, their feet can hit the vibration control switch . . . turning it off or on when you don’t want that!

• Doesn’t fold for travel. Some of our testers unscrew the frame in order to travel with it—but that is quite a pain.

• No auto shut-off. If you forget to turn off the vibration feature when you remove baby, the batteries will drain fast.

• Short term use. This seat can only be used up to 25 lbs.—that’s about six months for most babies. Other options can be used longer.

• Care should be used to prevent tipping. Once baby is closer to the weight limit (25 lbs.), it is possible for them to tip over the bouncer—always supervise a baby in this chair, especially at that stage.

Best Longer Use Bouncer

Soothing bouncer + toddler chair (up to 40 lbs.)
Our testers loved how this bouncer converts to a chair for toddlers, extending use. Easy to assemble, machine washable pad, kickstand, soothing vibration. Caveat: doesn't fold for travel.

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Best Longer Use Bouncer: Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker

This option combines the best of both worlds—a bouncer to soothe baby and a rocker/chair for older toddlers (up to 40 lbs.) Yes, it costs a bit more than a plain, ol’ bouncer, but we think it is worth the upgrade based on our testing. Here’s a quick look:

What We Liked

 Longer use up to 40 lbs. Once your baby outgrows the bouncer seat, this morphs into a toddler chair complete with kickstand (if you don’t want it to rock).

• Machine washable pad. And the toy bar removes for cleaning as well.

• Soothing vibration is effective for fussy babies, based on our testing.

• Affordable.

What Needs Work

• Doesn’t fold. That makes it harder for travel use.

• Supervise to prevent tipping. As with any bouncer, you must supervise baby while in it, as older/heavier babies can tip over the bouncer.

• If not assembled properly, it can be wobbly. We didn’t have a problem assembling this bouncer, but we do see some reports of stripped screw holes or screws that didn’t properly seat—and that caused issues, as you’d image.

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Best Combo Bouncer & Jumper

More entertaining than a simple bouncer
Pricey but beloved bouncer + rocker + swing works magic with fussy babies. Compact footprint. Critics say durability is disappointing and short duration use limits appeal.
$104.99

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Best Combo Bouncer & Jumper: Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

Bouncers are great, but most only have limited utility—they vibrate to soothe a fussy baby.  If you prefer to get a bouncer that has more entertainment value, the Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo is our pick—it’s a great gift or registry item. Let’s review:

What We Liked

• Babies love this thing. Yep, our testing confirms it—the lights, sounds and music are a winner. In our testing, the 360 degree rotating seat and spinning drum that activates the toys were big hits.

• Machine washable seat pad. 

• Can be folded for storage. 

• Easy assembly.

What’s Needs Work

• Large footprint. At 32″ across, this bouncer/jumper takes a good amount of space and may not be the best choice for small condos or apartments.

• Bulky, heavy. Yes, it folds for storage, but that doesn’t mean it is easy to haul around.

• Loud! All that fun comes at a price—the Jumperoo is quite loud, as we found in our testing!

• Hard to adjust height. Yes, it is height adjustable, but we found trying to do this was no easy task.

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Best Splurge-Worthy Bouncer

App-controlled soother wins techie fans, detractors
Pricey but beloved bouncer + rocker + swing works magic with fussy babies. Compact footprint. Critics say durability is disappointing and short duration use limits appeal.
$215.99

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Best Splurge-Worthy Bouncer: 4moms mamaRoo

If you are hoping for a gift in this category, we’d recommend the 4Moms’ mamaRoo. 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. In our testing, it worked well at soothing babies—with some caveats. Here is an overview:

What We Liked

• Combines soother, bouncer and rocker. This clever product is a mashup of several baby gear items. And fans love the ability to soothe a baby.

• Two price points. The Mamaroo is sold in two flavors—Classic (solid grey or black) and Plush (colored and textured patterns). The Classic is a basic, canvas-like fabric, while the Plush 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.

• Doesn’t take up too much room. Regular baby bouncer/swings can have huge footprints, 30″ or more; the mamaRoo is 20″ wide.

• App enabled. You can remotely change the settings and play music via an app. Fans love this hands free option.

What’s Needs Work

• Pricey. With a 25 lb. weight limit, this is an expensive piece of gear for short term use.

• Durability. Critics say the mamaRoo breaks too easily . . . and we’d agree that is disappointing at this price point.

• Not every baby loves it. That isn’t a big deal when you are talking an affordable bouncer or swing—but at this price point, if your baby doesn’t cotton to it, you can imagine the heartburn.

Photo credit: Valeria Zoncoll

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