by | Nov 16, 2021 | Gift Ideas, Reviews, Z

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2021 @ 6:49 pm.

What is the best dancing cactus toy? Yes, these super-cute toys can play music, giggle and even record your voice. Perfect for that gift that is equal parts silly and mesmerizing. We tried out a few of these toys ourselves before deciding these were the best bets.

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Finding the Best Dancing Cactus

When you review products for a living, sometimes you work for hours to research a product that is a key safety item . . . like car seats.

Other times, the work is more light hearted. Hence, today, we present the Dancing Cactus.

Sure, these things are silly, but that’s the point.

Since they can play music or (in some cases) mimic your voice, these cactuses can be rather mesmerizing . . . especially for babies or toddlers. (Always use with adult supervision, of course).

When looking at these dancing cactus, we realize there are two basic versions: those that dance and play music and those that can also mimic a voice. 

The interactive part of this toy is probably its secret sauce. And the blinking lights and gyrating plant certainly help.

After trying out several models, here are what we think are the best of the best.

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Best Mimicking Cactus

Repeats what you say
The star feature is its ability to mimic your voice. The songs play at random (in both English and Spanish), which is also cool.
$24.79

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Best Festive Cactus

So funny!
So cute! Babies love this toy, which plays 120 songs. And yes, it can record your voice (about 15 seconds worth), which is a nice bonus.
$31.99

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Best Dancing Cactus

Adorable
We liked this toy's dance moves plus the 120 or so songs it can play. Caveat: it can be a bit loud, so perhaps not best for an office.
$23.99

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Best Budget-Friendly

Mimics your voice
Yes, it dances and sings—we liked this version for its simplicity, at a price that is easy on the wallet.
$20.98

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We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

In some cases, we will do interviews with experts in the field to get additional feedback on products.

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We make our living off of affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

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