Bounce House Purchasing Guide by Bouncer Depot - 5 Things to Look for Before Purchasing an Inflatable Bouncer

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Avoid these 5 common mistakes during your next purchase of a bounce house to ensure success and longevity in the inflatable rental business.

Purchase American made commercial bounce houses to save you investment in the feature.

Children are definitely excited to host a party for their group of friends on their special day. The joy is even better when the party includes bounce houses, inflatable water slides, or inflatable jumper. Bounce houses or Moon Walks are undoubtedly a major draw for children of all ages. Now-days parties are considered as incomplete without the inflatables. Having a bounce house in the backyard is undoubtedly a perfect choice for parents as well. Where else can parents spend approx. $100 and keep a group of kids amused for the entire day? It is not only fun but also a healthier alternative when compared to playing computer games or watching a TV. However, there are several important things that need to be considered before purchasing an inflatable bouncer. The following are 5 most important things that Steve Brown, co-founder and CEO of Bouncer Depot, suggests to check before making a final decision.

Check Out The Quality Of The Bounce House And Make Sure It Is Lead-Free.

Recent studies showed that there are several manufacturers who use improper materials and methods during the production, which results in a hazardous, high amount of lead in the inflatable jumpers. It is important to check with the seller and make sure they offer Lead-Free (less than 99ppm) and safe products for your children.

Check The Safety Features Of The Bouncer And The Thickness Of The Vinyl.

While a bounce house can be lead-free it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is safe to use it. Generally speaking, all commercial grade bouncers must be made from at least 18 oz vinyl. Vinyl thinner than 18 oz means less longevity and, even worse, a higher risk for participants. Make sure the bouncer has reinforcements on stress areas and it is double or triple stitched. It is also important to check the height of the side borders and the existence of a “No Jump” cover when considering purchasing an inflatable slide or water slide. The height of side borders must be no less than three feet and the top portion of the slide must be covered with “No Jump” netting which prevent participants from jumping or attempting dangerous maneuvers such as flips from the top of the slide.    

Direct Manufacturer = Custom Bounce Houses, Lower Prices, Faster Service.

Buying directly from a manufacturer may not be an important question when considering purchasing one bounce house for personal use. However, it can be one of the most important issues for party rental owners who want to get wholesale discounts and purchase several commercial grade bouncers for their rental businesses. Among many benefits such as lower prices, faster service, free consultation from professionals there are many other benefits can be expected when purchasing directly from a manufacturer. For instance, most manufacturers will not charge any additional fees to change the colors of an inflatable jumper or to add an additional zipper. Moreover, manufacturers usually take custom orders and help their customers to make an exclusive custom made inflatable which helps party rental business owners to have their own distinctive bounce house.    

Save Money By Purchasing Commercial Bounce Houses Made In Usa.

That is right! Bounce house rental companies actually SAVE more money when they purchase American made inflatable jumpers. While this statement is not true for most of other product categories it still remains accurate for commercial bounce houses. The average cost of a package deal offered by American manufacturers varies from $4,000-$4,500. At the same time similar package deals offered by Chinese manufacturers can cost approx. 10-15% less. However, china made bouncers either don’t come with warranty or come with a max. 1-year warranty. And even if they come with 1 year warranty the obvious question that comes is how to ship a damaged bounce house all the way to China. By choosing American made bounce houses consumers get incomparably advanced and safer products which are backed with a minimum 2 year warranty. Saving 10% and purchasing low quality china made inflatables often turns out to be very expensive mistake.

How Long Is The Warranty And What Does It Cover?

Generally speaking the “standard” warranty on commercial bounce houses is 2-year and anything less than this shows uncertainty of a seller about his/her products’ quality. However, there are several manufacturers of inflatable moon bouncers, who offer 3-year warranty. In addition, manufacturers may offer a shorter warranty on inflatable water slides and on items that are going to be used in indoor facilities. Please note that the minimum warranty on water products and indoor inflatables should also be no less than 2 years.

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