Bubble machines aren’t just for kids. They’re an unexpected treat for people of all ages. Whether you’re hosting a child’s birthday party, a festive holiday event, staging a photoshoot, or hosting a rave, there’s a bubble blower that’s made for your event. These machines are the perfect way to set a fun, whimsical, carefree tone for your party or gathering.
Before we get into some of the bubble machine models on the market, let’s take a closer look at what a bubble machine is, what it can do, and how it works.
What Is A Bubble Machine?
Bubble machines are devices that automatically blow a lot of bubbles into the air. Some models also have different lighting and color effects. Bubble machines work similarly to fog machines in that they both require a special kind of liquid to work and are powered either by an electrical outlet or by battery-operated remote.
How do Bubble Machines Work?
These machines use liquid that’s similar to the bubble solution you used to blow bubbles when you were a kid. Most of these machines are equipped with a series of blades with holes in them, resembling a kid’s bubble wand. When the machine is switched on, the blades rotate, traveling through the bubble fluid which settles in the holes.
Bubble machines have built-in fans that blow against the wet blades, producing bubbles that are then blown out into the room. Many of these machines also use what is called a “grinder scheme.” This is when the device rotates so that some of the blades are always under the liquid while others are always against the fan, producing a constant stream of bubbles.
Where Can I Buy Bubble Liquid?
Bubble liquid can be purchased just about anywhere online. Bear in mind that these machines can use a lot of bubble liquid, especially if you want continuous bubbles. It’s a good idea to buy in bulk.
Can I Make My Own Bubble Liquid?
While some customers prefer to use premade bubble liquid and stock up on bulk supplies, it’s also possible to make your own. There are several recipes online that use simple ingredients like soap, sugar, and water that can easily be substituted for bubble fluid. Before making your own bubble solution, though, you need to make sure that this type of bubble fluid works well with your machine. This is usually listed on the side of the box or in the included instruction manual. Note that some heavy-duty bubble machines don’t work well with homemade bubble solutions. Whether or not this influences your decision to buy on is up to you but it’s an important thing to keep in mind while you shop.
Where To Use Your Bubble Machine
With bubble machines, the possibilities are endless! You can use them just about anywhere. Here are some of our favorite ways that clients have used bubble machines in the past:
1. Birthday parties! Bubble machines are great crowd-pleasers for children, adult, and teen birthday parties to enhance the festive atmosphere.
2. Backyard barbecues or parties. Bubble machines are sure to give your backyard event that extra special something, especially as the party heads into the night.
3. Photoshoots. If you’re a professional photographer or just a whiz with the camera or if you’re having photos of yourself or your family taken, bubbles make a fun and festive addition to your photoshoot. They’re great for kids’ pictures, engagement photos, prom photos, and more.
4. Holiday events! Bubbles are perfect for the holidays: Halloween, Christmas, Easter, and everything in-between. They add a lot of fun to whatever you’re planning and can help bring your decorations to life.
Benefits of a Battery Powered Bubble Machine
Bubble machines are either powered by batteries or they plug into an outlet. There are pluses and minuses to each time.
Corded machines are a little more powerful and reliable if you’re planning to use your bubble machines for long stretches of time. That said, they’re somewhat limiting as you can only use them near an electrical outlet which means it’s not always easy to set them up outdoors.
On the other hand, battery-powered bubble machines are extremely portable and can be used anywhere. You can take them out into the middle of the woods if you want to.
The major downside to a battery-powered bubble machine is that you have to worry about bringing new batteries along so you make sure you don’t run out of juice. Some of these machines go through batteries pretty quickly, depending on how long you use them. One thing you can do is read the customer reviews for the models you’re considered to see what people have to say about battery life.
Choosing the Right Bubble Machine
There are a lot of battery-operated bubble machines out there at a variety of price points. Today, we’re going to help you find the best of the best so you make the right decision for your event, business, or photoshoot. Here we go.
If you’re looking for a high-performance machine, check out the American DJ Bubble Tron. It’s really easy to use, all you do is add the bubble solution in the easy-access front fluid tank and turn it on. This machine makes hundreds of bubbles every minute and uses a high-velocity fan to scatter them quickly and effectively around the room and the wired on/off remote make it easy to turn off without having to constantly bend over. This machine also comes with a large bottle of bubble solution to get you started. That said, they do recommend using the bubble solution made by the brand and say that using inferior products can cause damage to the machine so it’s a safe bet that using a homemade bubble solution with this one is not a good idea.
NOTE: Best for bubble blower for kids and toddlers!
The Baisun Bubble Machine With Led Lights is a perfect choice for kids’ parties. It’s exceptionally affordable and you can use it indoors or outside. The LED lights add a fun pop of color that your kids will love. This device has two speed settings so you can control how many bubbles it produces and conserve battery power and bubble solution when necessary. Another cool thing about it is that it can be powered by batteries or you can plug it into an outlet when there’s one nearby. This offers a lot of flexibility. You can take it out into the backyard when you need to or plug it in on the porch when there’s an outlet nearby. Another thing we really like about this machine is it’s praised for its safety and child-friendliness. Keep in mind that these children’s models are less durable than professional models. If you’re looking for something you can use over and over again, you may want to look for something at a higher price.
This next battery-operated device is great for indoor and outdoor parties, discos, holiday events, and anything else you might dream up! The great thing about this one is its portability - it’s lightweight and has a fold-down handle so it’s easy to maneuver around and take from place to place and the ABS plastic build is tough enough to transport without worrying about it breaking or cracking.
We like that it produces a constant stream of bubbles so you can fill up a space pretty quickly. The large fan blows the bubbles high into the air and helps spread them out over a larger area. It’s designed for indoor or outdoor use While this machine has a very high bubble output, although keep in mind that the “whirring” sound produced by the motor may be a turnoff to some consumers. It requires two C batteries, which are not included, but you can also use the included power adapter when you find yourself close to an outlet. Just make sure you remove the batteries before you plug it into the outlet. Using both at once could cause the machine to burn out.
Made and manufactured by Creative Motion, this battery-operated bubble blowing machine is a great option that would suit your outdoor or indoor needs. This model is also great for parties and weddings, especially in the hot summer, though may not be powerful enough for larger venues like a stage performance or in a bar. It’s a good choice for a kids’ party, too, because it’s lightweight and made of durable plastic. Plus, it’s pretty affordable at around $37.
Like the Lightahead model, the Creative Motion product requires two C batteries, which are not included. The machine can hold up to 10 ounces of bubble juice and shoot bubbles into the air at about one to three feet, depending on the strength of the liquid. The Creative Motion model has a comprehensive set of easy instructions written right on the side of the box and comes at a very affordable price.
Here’s another model that comes highly rated and recommended that was created by the company iTeknic and given the coveted “Amazon’s Choice” label. This model is safe and durable, made from high-quality ABS plastic so it’s really tough and you don’t have to worry about rust. It has one-touch controls that are really easy to use and is a safe choice to have around kids. The lightweight design features a detachable handle so it’s super portable and convenient. There are two speed levels to choose from, just press the button one time to cycle between them. Both the high and low settings can create thousands of bubbles per minute. You can use this one indoors or outdoors as well.
One of the things we like the most about the CrtWorld LED Bubble Machine is that it has a rechargeable battery and can also be powered with the included AC adapter. This is basically the best of both worlds as you get the portability you want from a battery-powered machine without having to worry about constantly buying new batteries.
The included remote control is really convenient and the lightweight build and handle make it easy to transport. You can use this bubble maker both indoors and outdoors and the fan not only creates a lot of bubbles but also circulates them nicely around the room. Another little touch you’re going to love is the simple LED lights that turn the bubbles into a bit of a light show.
This one comes with a 12-month warranty as well as a 30-day return policy so you’re covered if something goes wrong. You can use any bubble solution with this machine. In fact, the company actually recommends a few homemade recipes that their customers have had success with.
Now that you know a little more about bubble machines, we hope you decide to try one. There really is no better way to add a bit of fun and whimsy to a party or make your photos a little more dream-like. Bubbles are fun for people of all ages and having your own bubble machine lets you take your parties to the next level.Battery-powered bubble machines are great because you can take them wherever you want. Do you want some bubbles in your backyard? Out by the pool? By your tent while you’re camping in the middle of nowhere? With a battery-powered bubble machine, you can make it happen. Just don’t forget to bring some extra batteries along so you can keep the party going.