Best Bouncer Seat 2021
If you are hoping for a gift in this category, consider registering for 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. 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 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.
Pro tip: solid neutral patterns better for pictures than bright patterns. Remember you’ll be taking lots of photos of baby in this bouncer!
Here’s a look at the Mamaroo Plush. It’s nice, but we don’t think it is worth the extra price.
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 online, 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 to see which brands are most trustworthy and other key quality metrics.