Best Bouncer Seat 2018

Last Updated: Sep 12, 2018 @ 7:59 pm. 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:

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: 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.

The Best Bouncer Seat

4Moms MamaRoo 4 Classic

The 4Moms MamaRoo 4 Classic offers five different motions and built-in nature sounds. Our readers tell us they love the compact footprint and Bluetooth-enabled smartphone app that controls the seat. Yep, it is rather expensive so this might be a great gift from grandparents.

Best Budget-Friendly Bouncer Seat

Fisher Price Infant to Toddler Rocker

The Fisher Price Infant to Toddler Rocker is an affordable bouncer that works up to 40 lbs. It’s 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. The key feature is vibration, which is triggered by a button up front. In toddler mode, the chair sits more upright without the toy bar. It doesn’t have a Bluetooth app or motion like the Mamaroo. But, for under $50, this simple, affordable bouncer does the job.

Best Eco-Friendly Bouncer Seat

Baby Bjorn Balance Bouncer Seat

The Baby Bjorn Balance is our top pick for a more eco-friendly take on a bouncer. No sounds, no lights, no batteries—the Balance rocks when you touch it. Yes, it is pricey but it works up to 29 lbs. (more than most competitors). The Balance has a three position recline and collapses for travel/portability. Parents love its simplicity and design; critics say it is too pricey. 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 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

4Moms MamaRoo 4 Classic

The 4Moms MamaRoo 4 Classic offers five different motions and built-in nature sounds. Our readers tell us they love the compact footprint and Bluetooth-enabled smartphone app that controls the seat. Yep, it is rather expensive so this might be a great gift from grandparents.

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