The “amazing” Wubble bubble ball is a giant inflatable ball that inflates up to 3 feet. It is designed to look and act like a giant, unpoppable bubble.
Most Wubble bubble balls are sold with a pump and retail for $20. Based on high demand, however, some retailers on amazon are selling them for nearly $60!
My wife picked up a Wubble bubble ball for our kids at Target without the pump. The manufacturer suggests you use their pump but note that almost any battery operated pump should suffice. You can also use a air compressor as a last resort.
The box included the Wubble bubble ball, a nozzle adapter for pumping it up, and an inflation guide (like a tape measure to prevent over inflating).
The ball itself is rather difficult to pump up. You have to jab the nozzle adapter fairly deep into the ball and then shove the pump down into the adapter. In other words, it takes some patience just to get the ball inflated.
Once the ball was pumped up, however, the kids had a ton of fun kicking, catching, throwing, and whacking the ball. Mind you, all if these activities are recommended use on the box.
That said, the fun was short lived. After 10-15 minutes of indoor use, the Wubble bubble ball had a sprung a leak. A small hole the size of a pencil eraser had appeared while the smiles on my kid’s faces quickly disappeared.
Strange thing is that although there was only one hole, you could tell there were many other sections of the ball that had worn thin. I can only imagine what another 15 minutes of play would haves resulted in.
The Wubble bubble ball doesn’t include any repair patches but the manufacturer does offer a lifetime replacement warranty. In fact, they include a bright yellow envelope in the box specifically for returning damaged balls.
This actually makes me think that there is a high rate of returns on Wubble bubble balls and that they are not as durable as the manufacturer would like you to think. That, plus they charge you $6.99 for process and handling.
At this point, not sure that I’ll send the Wubble bubble ball back. Since we bought the ball without the pump, the cost of processing the warranty is almost as much as a buying a new ball. Also, considering how fast the ball popped, it doesn’t make sense to buy another one.
The biggest issue I have with the Wubble bubble ball is that they are sold with the idea that they are almost indestructible when in fact they are relatively easy to pop/damage. Otherwise, a really cool concept that just fails to deliver.
Do you own a Wubble bubble ball? What was your experience and would you recommend buying one to others? If you haven’t purchased a Wubble bubble ball yet but are thinking about it, check out the official commercial and let me know what you think. Should it last longer than 15 minutes?