Action Air Inflatable Bounce House (9451)

$199.99
4.3

Features

4.0/5

Design

4.0/5

Performance

4.5/5

Ease of Use

4.5/5

Value

4.5/5

Pros

  • Great value over rentals
  • Fast setup and inflation
  • Perfect size for 2-3 children
  • Quality material
  • Well-written manual

Cons

  • High, initial investment cost
  • May be too small for larger groups
  • Bounce houses require constant supervision
  • Air blower uses a lot of power
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Bouncy Fun!

Our daughter’s birthday was fast approaching and with the ability to only hold a small gathering in our backyard, we looked for something fun for the children to play with.

“What’s synonymous with some birthday parties,” my wife asked? A bounce house! But at a rental cost of $75 – $99 a day, we decided to invest in a small one instead for repeated use at home.

That search led us to the $200 Action Air Inflatable Castle Bounce House.

What’s Good? What’s Bad?

Pros

  • Feels and looks sturdy and well made
    • Made of oxford cloth, though I could not find its density rating. It most likely is 800D and 420D
  • Kids had GREAT fun playing in it
  • Slide entrance/exit
    • Mesh netting on all sides keeps children safely inside
  • Very easy to set up
    • Inflates quickly (within 30 seconds!)
    • Deflates quickly (within 4 minutes) and folds fairly compact
  • More economical than rentals because you would own it after 2-3 uses
  • Air blower included ($100 value)
    • Electric plug has a GFCI circuit breaker to shut off power in a ground-fault event, but you should keep the blower away from anything that could catch on fire or get it wet
    • Rated at 115V (3.2A) = 368W
  • Blower can be operated off a battery power station
  • Perfect size for 2-3 kids (manual recommends ages 3-10)
    • Maximum weight capacity: 250 lbs

Dimensions /Action Air

  • Dimensions: 9.4′ L x 7.2′ W x 5.4′ H
    • Weight: about 28 lbs (bouncer and air blower combined)
  • Can be used indoor and outdoor, though our house is not nearly big enough to hold it
    • Grassy/soft area is recommended, but if used on concrete, be sure to remove any sharp objects that could potentially puncture the bouncer
    • Caution: Be mindful that the bounce house should be staked down to prevent tipping!
  • Storage net underneath the Dart target
  • Storage bag for the bounce house is included, though not for the air blower
  • Included
    • 4 smaller stakes for the air blower
    • 4 larger stakes to hold down the bouncy house
    • Repair kit
    • Two velcro balls for the exterior Dart target
  • Manual was easy to understand

Cons

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  • Initial investment is pricey
  • May be too small for larger groups of children (can only safely accommodate 2-3 at a time)
  • Requires constant, adult supervision so children play responsibly and bouncer would not fail in a serious way
  • Air blower uses a lot of power at 320W – 370W

Tips

  • Always stake down these parts:
    • Bounce house so it would not tip over or get easily blown away by strong gusts of wind
      • Children pinned under a bounce house could suffocate and be seriously injured (or worse!)
    • Air blower so it would not overturn and overheat
      • Blower must continuously be running. Bouncer’s seams will let small amounts of air out to ensure it would not overinflate

WARNING: Always, always, always stake down the bounce house and air blower to minimize risk of serious injury!

  • Supervise children at ALL times
    • A bounce house could cause serious injury!
    • Caution: Do NOT let children play in the bouncer when it is not fully inflated
  • Have children take their shoes off when playing in the bounce house
Action Air Inflatable Bounce House

Good As Rental?

A question I am commonly asked is whether this bounce house can be used to rent out. Short answer: No.

This bounce house is made of heavy-duty oxford cloth that makes it lighter. However, if the cloth rips, it may not be repairable even though some of the better products are reinforced with 600D nylon or PVC. The higher the oxford cloth density rating, the more durable it is. Commercial-grade bounce houses use heavy-duty PVC vinyl that makes them waterproof, less resistant to tearing, but are much heavier, difficult to set up, and put away.

Setup

  • Sweep the area for any sharp objects
  • Unfold the bounce house over a flat ground
  • Attach the yellow hose to the air blower and ensure it is velcroed tight
    • Check that blower has sufficient clearance all around it
      • Keep it away from anything that could catch on fire or get it wet
    • Secure the blower with the 4 smaller stakes
  • Plug in the blower and turn it on
    • Ensure the yellow hose has no kinks (having it be straight will ensure maximum air flow)
  • Once the bouncer has fully inflated (takes about 30 seconds), secure it with the 4 larger stakes
  • Let the blower run continuously
  • Bouncer will let small amounts of air out to ensure it would not overinflate

Teardown

  • Ensure no children are still in the bounce house
    • Double check this! Kids pinned inside/under a bouncer could suffocate to death!
  • Turn off the air blower and unplug it from the AC outlet
  • Bouncer will deflate on its own within minutes
  • Untie the yellow hose from the blower
  • Fold the bouncer in half, squeezing any remaining air out
    • Fold in half again and again
    • Roll it into the included carry bag
  • Clean the stakes

Tip: Bounce house must be fully deflated, rolled up tightly, and tied in order for it to fit in the included carry bag. Never store away damp as that can lead to mildew — Ensure bounce house is completely dry!

Final Thoughts

The Action Air bounce house has been a great investment from both a financial and joy perspective! Its dimensions fit our backyard perfectly, and seeing the children enjoy themselves during this pandemic has helped bring some normalcy into their lives when playgrounds all have been shut down for some time. Equally important is that the bouncer folds quite compact and does not use up much space in our garage.

Ultimately, what made my day was when our son came up to me and said, “I love you, papa.” My wife and I were both pleased with this bounce house and look forward to having the birthday girl play in it too when she is old enough.

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