Bubble machines are a blast to have around no matter what the occasion. There are dozens of brands to choose from, and all are fairly similar in nature, so buying one really just comes down to quality, ease of use, and reliability. We compared 13 of the most popular models on the market to figure out which machines excel at these traits. After looking at materials, reading user manuals, and comparing notes from customers, we believe the 1byone Professional is the best bubble machine to buy. It’s well-made, takes 2 minutes to setup, and can provide endless fun for years to come. Article Summary
There are few things that light up a child’s eyes like sky full of bubbles (who are we kidding, our own eyes too!). With a bubble machine, that excitement is just one push of a button away. Bubble machines are fantastic accessories to have around the house for any time when a little bit of fun is in order, whether that’s a birthday party, 4th of July, or a simple backyard BBQ. And the best part? They’re inexpensive, simple to use, and there are a ton of them available.
The hardest part of finding the best bubble machine has nothing to do with fancy features or brand names. It’s simply about finding quality. Sure, there are a few features and design differences that separate models and make some a little more interesting than others, but at the end of the day, you just want to be able to pull the machine out, fill it up, turn it on, and get on with the fun. You don’t want to have to mess around with complex equipment, and you certainly don’t want to have to worry about the machine dying on you just because you haven’t used it in a month or two.
Given the fact that quality and reliability can vary so greatly between the dozens of different bubble machine brands, we took the time to compare some of the most popular models to see if we could narrow down the list to the most trusted options. To judge models, we first looked at materials and manufacturing to see which were the most well-made. We then read user manuals to find out which models were the easiest to use and maintain, and we followed that up by researching actual customer reviews of each brand to take notes on the pros and cons of each machine. After all the scores were in, the following three machines added up to be the most ideal choices.
The best bubble machine overall
The 1byone Professional Bubble Machine is not your average rainbow-colored device that you’d find at Walmart. This is a bubble-pumping masterpiece that’s been designed and built to professional standards (although it’s not just for pros, it’s for everyone). Whether you’re a party planner or you just love to have fun with the family at home, this is by far the best choice for endless bubbly experiences.
The first thing you’ll notice about this bubble machine is that it’s a bit larger than average (it’s about a foot tall, wide, and long). That’s because it houses a large rotating bubble wand with 16 individual holes plus a full 1-liter reservoir for bubble solution. Powered by a strong motor and spinning at a rate of about 20 rotations per minute, this produces over 1,000 bubbles a minute, making it one of the highest outputs out of any bubble maker on the market! Thankfully, the larger size doesn’t mean it’s hard to move either. Although it’s built with a durable metal casing, it’s actually still very lightweight and easy to transport around the yard or in the car.
High output is always a positive, but one of the biggest selling points of this machine is actually its convenience. We already mentioned above that it’s easily portable, but it’s also very easy to use and setup. You literally only have to follow three steps to get the bubbles flowing: fill the tank with liquid solution, plug the power cord into an outlet, and turn the power on. You can use any type of liquid solution you want (from specially-formulated bubble solutions to simple homemade soap-and-water), and when you’re all done for the day, it’s very easy to clean. A simple, regular wash is all it takes to do the trick.
If you’re looking for a bubble machine that can deal out a serious amount of bubbles for years to come, the 1byone Pro is going to be hard to beat. We especially liked the fact that it plugs in for power instead of using batteries (battery-operated machines just always seem to burn out quicker), and the 12-month warranty also gives a nice peace of mind for anyone worried about issues.
A close runner-up
Our second choice, the CO-Z Automatic Bubble Machine, is quite similar to our top pick from 1byone. Unfortunately, this model falls a bit short in terms of performance and convenience, which is what knocked it down to the second spot. However, if the 1byone machine wasn’t available, we would choose the CO-Z without question.
Except for its color, you can see that the design of the CO-Z bubble maker is pretty much identical to our top pick. It also has a large metal casing, large rotating bubble wand, and large reservoir, allowing it to produce around the same 1,000 bubbles a minute with ease. However, this brings us to our first difference – this model only has a reservoir capacity of 0.75-liter (compared to 1byone’s capacity of 1-liter). While this obviously isn’t the end of the world, it means you’ll have to refill it more often in order to keep the bubbles pumping.
The second notable difference comes in the form of convenience (or lack thereof). Our top pick is capable of using any type of liquid to make bubbles, but unfortunately, CO-Z states that a professional bubble solution is required. Again, this isn’t a total deal-breaker, but it’s something to know ahead of time in case you wanted to just use homemade soap-and-water.
With the minor differences aside, this machine still shares most of the great features that we loved about our top pick. It has a strong motor, durable yet lightweight build, and simple operation. Simply fill it with solution, plug it in, and get to having fun! The strong motor ensures it will last the test of time, and the portability makes it a great choice to have whether you plan to keep it in one location at home or want to take it with you to different events.
Although certain aspects didn’t quite measure up to our top pick, the CO-Z Bubble Machine is still well worth the money in our opinion. It shares equally-good reviews from customers, and should have no problem making bubbles for many occasions throughout the years.
A good value for your dollar
In an interesting development, our third pick is manufactured not by an electronics company or a party supplies company, but by a toy company. Manufactured by the same company that owns TONKA toys, the Gazillion Bubbles Hurricane Machine is extremely popular in stores and online (in fact, it might be the single most popular bubble machine out there). However, it does lack some of the features and functionality that made our two picks above such great choices.
The Gazillion Bubbles machine is more of what you’d expect to find at your local Walmart (although this is the better model of the choices you’d have, that’s for sure). As it is made by a toy company, it lacks the boring metal casing of our other picks and instead is covered in a bright, multi-colored plastic case. Naturally, this is more visually appealing, which can make it more fun for kids than the boxy, robotic design of the other two. However, plastic also means it isn’t quite as durable. This is where you have to ask yourself which is more important – the look of the machine, or its durability.
Other main differences include the reservoir size and power source. First and foremost, the capacity for liquid bubble solution is exponentially smaller than our two picks above, which means you’ll need to refill this model a lot more often to keep the bubbles coming. This isn’t a huge deal, but something to keep in mind. Second, the Hurricane machine runs on batteries instead of a power cord. This, on the other hand, can be a bigger issue. Customers have reported that it runs well on batteries, but that it eats through them pretty quickly. Batteries are expensive, and putting six new batteries in every time you plan to run this for extended use can certainly become expensive.
At the end of the day, the biggest reason to choose the Gazillion Bubbles Hurricane Machine would be its price. At less than half the price of our other choices reviewed above, this is a great value for your dollar, even despite the slight drawbacks in performance. Plus, it includes a bottle of solution with your purchase, so you don’t have to worry about that. Just be sure to weigh the pros and cons (upfront cost vs long-term cost, etc.).
How we picked our top three
Bubble machines come in many shapes, sizes, and colors, but at the end of the day, they all do pretty much the same thing. Since that’s true, there are several aspects you can use to compare each machine regardless of its design. Below are the aspects we used when judging the models in our research.
Bubble solution capacity
A bubble machine is an essential party tool, and if you want the party to last all day (or all night), you’ll want the largest-capacity reservoir for holding bubble solution. The more solution a machine can hold, the longer it will last, and the more bubbles can fill your night. Many bubble machines have similar reservoirs, but there are a few that have noticeably larger ones that can keep the celebration going for hours on end without needing to turn off and refill it several times. These are the ones we looked for and prioritized in our scoring process.
Longevity refers to a few things. First, longevity refers to how long a machine can continually run without overheating or breaking down. If you plan on having a long celebration, it is important to be able to rely on your bubble machine to get you through the conclusion of the event. Also, longevity refers to how many times a bubble machine can be run and the motor remains intact and in good shape. The only machines that made our top three were those that can not only run for long periods of time, but also hold up to repeated use and live to tell the tale.
“Bubble power” refers to a bubble machines output. If a bubble machine can run for hours and last for years, but it doesn’t actually produce that many bubbles, how good is it, really? We think we can speak for most people when we say there are few things more disappointing than a weak bubble machine. With that in mind, we made sure to pick models that had higher-than-average outputs to keep your family and friends happily entertained.
Things to consider before buying
While we handled most of the important research when scoring each model, there are still a few additional factors in choosing the best bubble machine that are more unique to your personal usage. We’ve outlined these factors below through different questions.
How often will you use your machine?
Despite their glorious purpose, many bubble machines are bought just to be used only once or twice and then sent to the garage to sit until they’re given away. If you think this might be how your situation ends up, there’s no need to spend the extra money on a professional-grade bubble machine with a crazy output and huge reservoir. On the other hand, if you can see yourself using your machine at least a few times a month, investing in a machine that’s higher quality will ensure that you can keep the party bubble-filled for years with minimal upkeep or repairs.
How long will you be running the machine per use?
The main reason to ask this question is simply to determine what reservoir size would suit your needs. Reservoirs generally hover at about half a liter to a full liter, but there are a few with bigger capacities or even feeding systems that will allow you to keep the bubbles coming without stopping to refill so often. Longer parties and events will either require larger reservoirs or more refills, so think about how long you plan to run things for and make your choice from there.
Bubble machines vs. wands
You may be thinking, “Why use an expensive bubble machine when I can buy a few wands for a dollar a pop?” That’s a valid question, and there are definitely several advantages to using bubble wands; however, there are some clear disadvantages as well. It really depends on the event. Before we talk about the kinds of events bubble machines are most appropriate for, let’s highlight some of the disadvantages of bubble wands when compared to machines.
First, bubble wands are messy. If you’ve ever had one inside the house, you know the extent of just how messy they can be (after the kids run around and everything is covered in bubble residue). After the bubbles pop and the soap goes flying, you’re left with a lot to clean unless you want to be slipping on the floor all night.
Next, although it can add to the fun of them, bubble wands are manually operated. Whether through waving or blowing, you have to actively make bubbles yourself – you stop, the bubbles stop. This is fine for outdoor events where you want to give the kids something to do for a few minutes while you’re cutting the cake, but if you want to fill a room with a constant stream of bubbles, a machine really is required.
When to use a bubble machine
There’s really no “right” or “wrong” time to use a bubble machine. Anytime you want bubbles, pull it out and turn it on! With that said, to give you some ideas, we thought we’d list a few types of events where bubbles would be a total hit.
• Birthday parties
• School dances
• Holidays (4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc.)
• Lake trips
• Family gatherings
• Kids’ play dates
Other accessories for added fun
Bubble machines are great, but they are often not the only things you’ll need for a party. Below are a few additional party favors that we think would increase your party’s fun factor and enhance your bubble experience.
Specially-formulated bubble solution
Everyone knows that a solution for your bubble maker can be made with good old dish soap and water; however, there are several specialized bubble solutions out there for bigger, stronger bubbles. On top of that, there are even a few scented and colored solutions nowadays, which could really make for a fun surprise when you’ve got red or green bubbles that smell of watermelon or strawberry.
Lights not only add ambience and excitement to any event, different lighting configurations can also reflect off of the bubbles and create a truly magical image. Full lighting rigs can be expensive, but small, individual lights with different settings can be picked up relatively inexpensively and set up easily.
Wrapping it up
Bubble machines are a fantastic addition to any event or party. They’re relatively inexpensive and fairly simple to operate (for the most part), which makes buying one easy on the mind and the wallet. However, you have to be sure you buy one that’s made to quality standards, otherwise you could end up with a cheap plastic configuration with a weak motor that dies after just a couple weeks of use.