10 Best Ball Pits Reviewed for Good Home Romping

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  February 24, 2021

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Did you love the ball pit as a small child? They are now available at your home!

Your child will find a ball pit just as great to play in as you used to and it is also very good for the development of fine motor skills. It is also good for eye-hand coordination.

But how do you choose a nice one? Because there are a lot of nice ones, I'll go through them with you.

The 16 best ball pits reviewed

While there are more soft ball pits on my list, the best ball pit is this Intex inflatable ball pit become. Super easy to set up and nice and sturdy, and easy to store! My child doesn't want to be in the ball pit every day, so storage is also very important.

But there are more, including one more suitable for real babies. You can find my favorite ball pits in the table below:

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Best Inflatable Ball Pit: Intex Best Inflatable Ball Pit: Intex

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Cutest ball pit for your baby: Relaxdays Pop Up Jungle Cutest ball pit for your baby: Relaxdays Pop Up Jungle

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Cutest pink ball pit: Trend box Mii mi memory foam Cutest pink ball pit: Trendbox Mii mi memory foam

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Best round ball pit: Wonder Space Misioo Best Round Ball Pit: Wonder Space Misioo

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Best square foam ball pit: Wonder Space Misioo Square Best Square Foam Ball Pit: Wonder Space Misioo Square

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Best big ball pit: Ailsaya Pop-up Playhouse Best Big Ball Pit: Ailsaya Pop-up Playhouse

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Best ball pit with tunnel: Ailsaya Kiddzery spaceship Best ball pit with tunnel: Ailsaya spaceship

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Cutest ball pit from Paw Patrol: Nickelodeon Cutest ball pit from Paw Patrol: Nickelodeon

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Best ball pit with slide: Bounceland Happy Hop Bouncy castle with slide and paddling pool Best ball pit with slide: Bounceland Happy Hop Bouncy castle with slide and splash pool

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Best fabric ball pit: Little Dove Bo Jungle B-Ball Pit Best fabric ball pit: Bo Jungle B-Ball Pit

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Best Inflatable Ball Pit: Intex Best Inflatable Ball Pit: Intex

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When picking up the balls, your child looks at what his or her hands are doing. Ball pits offer kids the opportunity to develop optimally in a sometimes unstable, yet safe environment.

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It takes a lot of balls to fill a ball pit; Often the included balls are not even enough to cover the bottom.

However, you can also order only balls, without a container, so you can always refill. Please note that the balls are made of child-friendly material.

They also need to be flexible and keep their shape. The diameter of the balls should be at least six to seven centimeters. In this way dangerous situations, such as choking or swallowing for example, are avoided.

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Watch the top 4 in my video or read on for a detailed description of the top 16 best ball pits:

Best Inflatable Ball Pit: Intex

Best Inflatable Ball Pit: Intex

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Is your little one ready for a dip in the colorful Intex Inflatable Ball Pit 86 X 24 Cm? It will be very entertaining for your child to play among fifty colored balls!

This pink-yellow-green ball pit is simple, not too big and nice and clear; There is room for only one boyfriend or girlfriend. Suitable for children from one year.

A good choice when space is limited.

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Cutest ball pit for your baby: Relaxdays Pop Up Jungle

Cutest ball pit for your baby: Relaxdays Pop Up Jungle

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The Relaxdays ball pit is a colorful ball pit made of fabric! This container is suitable for babies from six months.

They can crawl around in it and play with the soft balls! The ball pit is open at the top so you can always keep an eye on your little one.

There are various cheerful animal friends on the tray and thanks to the pop-up system it can be placed in no time and cleaned up again in no time.

The ball pit comes with fifty brightly colored balls, but you can fill it with even more balls for endless fun. Highly recommended for very little ones!

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Cutest pink ball pit: Trendbox Mii mi memory foam

Cutest pink ball pit: Trendbox Mii mi memory foam

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It is a soft pink 'princess' ball pit, this Trendbox Mii mi play pit! It is made of soft memory foam and therefore very safe for your little one.

Playing with the balls is great fun and ideal for developing hand-eye coordination in your child.

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Read also: these are the 7 best ball games for toddlers

Best Round Ball Pit: Wonder Space Misioo

Best Round Ball Pit: Wonder Space Misioo

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Beautiful, this soft foam ball pit ball pool!

The foam outer edge is nice and sturdy, but the inside is wonderfully soft. Which child is not happy about this? And you are happy too, because it is a trendy toy to have at home!

The edge springs along and your little one cannot get hurt. The cotton cover of this unique ball pit is machine washable at thirty degrees.

The bottom is waterproof, so the ball pit is also suitable for outdoor use. The balls are child-friendly, they are flexible and comply with European and American guidelines.

Watch out for your little one, because the edges do not provide enough support when he or she starts pulling on it.

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Best Square Foam Ball Pit: Wonder Space Misioo Square

Best Square Foam Ball Pit: Wonder Space Misioo Square

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This gray foam Wonder Space Misioo Foam Ball Pit For Kids is a winner! The square box is safe for your little one and brings a lot of fun.

The inside feels nice and soft, but the wall is sturdy enough to lean against. The soft cover has an Oeko-Tex certificate and is therefore safe for babies and small children.

The tray is available in many other beautiful colors, so there is always a beautiful color to be found that matches in the nursery or living room.

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Best Big Ball Pit: Ailsaya Pop-up Playhouse

Best Big Ball Pit: Ailsaya Pop-up Playhouse

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The Children's Play Tent Safe Large, Pop-up Playhouse With Ball Pit is almost like a complete playroom for your little one! It will be a very special place for him or her to learn and play games.

The ball pit with tent house is also perfect for entertaining kids at a party. The set is easy to clean, the polyester material is strong and has the ability to filter bacteria.

The house with red roof and stars looks cozy and the beautiful front garden serves as a ball pit. A very nice gift for your darling!

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Best ball pit with tunnel: Ailsaya spaceship

Best ball pit with tunnel: Ailsaya spaceship

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This 3 in 1 Kids Pop-up Tent is a great spaceship with a crawl tunnel.

The tent, tunnel and ball pit can also be used separately from each other. The star-covered fabric is made of soft and durable polyester, the fabric is also breathable.

Your little one can enjoy themselves in this ball pit with cozy tent and they can also crawl through the exciting tunnel.

Also nice for toddlers or older children to spend the night in the rocket. The set is suitable for kids from one to eight years old.

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Cutest ball pit from Paw Patrol: Nickelodeon

Cutest ball pit from Paw Patrol: Nickelodeon

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Is your child ready to take a dive in the Paw Patrol ball pit with 20 soft balls ball pit? With the twenty colorful balls, the blue-red ball pit from Paw Patrol provides a lot of fun!

Your little one learns while playing and stimulates his or her hand-eye coordination. A very nice ball pit for the little ones.

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Best ball pit with slide: Bounceland Happy Hop Bouncy castle with slide and splash pool

Best ball pit with slide: Bounceland Happy Hop Bouncy castle with slide and splash pool

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Do you like to take it big? This huge Happy Hop Bouncer with slide and paddling pool 410x385x220 cm PV bouncer with ball pit will make your little one jump for joy!

Next to the inflatable slide is a ball pit with bouncy castle and there is also a splash pool. A more complete playset for your darling is actually not possible!

Your little one can jump, play hide and seek, throw balls, slide and splash. Several children can play at the same time.

The set is easy to set up with the supplied air pump. Thirty ball pit balls are included, but it is recommended to buy extra balls.

In the summer, the set can be used in the garden with water. In winter you can put it inside and also put balls in the pool.

This professional set comes in a handy carrying case. Very suitable for children's parties!

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Best fabric ball pit: Little Dove Bo Jungle B-Ball Pit

Best fabric ball pit: Bo Jungle B-Ball Pit

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This beautiful BO JUNGLE B-BALL PIT PLAY GYM GRAY ball pit is made of soft velvet. The box fits perfectly into any interior and will undoubtedly become your child's favorite toy.

The ball pit is made of foam and finished with a beautiful, soft velvet cover. You have to drape this cover over the ball pit yourself at home and then zip it up.

Make sure you do this correctly, with the convex side up. The shape fits exactly into the fabric. There are no corners or edges on the ball pit, so your little one can play in it safely and carefree.

The balls are child-friendly and CE certified. What a wonderfully soft bath for your child! You would almost lie in it yourself!

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How do you clean a ball pit?

There is a machine to clean the balls for professional ball pits. This machine is filled with water and a disinfectant.

The balls are sucked up by the machine from the ball pit. Inside the machine is a cleaning system with brushes to properly clean the balls.

After cleaning, all balls are collected in nets and set aside to dry.

This is how they do it at Monkey Town:

Cleaning the balls at home can be done with, for example, Dettol or another disinfectant and child-friendly agent. You can brush the balls by hand in soapy water and then put them to dry.

You can also put a number of balls in a pillowcase and wash them in the washing machine on a light program. You can also put them in the bath with a splash of detergent and brush them.

Then rinse them very well with warm water and let them dry. The inside of the ball pit itself must of course also be cleaned; this can be done with a damp cloth and again a disinfectant.

Ball pit cleaners

There are special cleaning products for balls and ball pits, these are of course child-friendly. As discussed above, you can also just go for Dettol or any other child-friendly cleanser.

Whatever you choose, it is important that the product disinfects well and contains no toxic substances. As you know, children often bring the balls and their hands to their mouths.

Outdoor ball pits hygienic?

You will often find ball pits in restaurants, shops and playgrounds. They are often thought to be unsanitary places full of bacteria. Sometimes hygiene indeed leaves a lot to be desired.

The Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority inspected a number of ball boxes a few years ago and came to the conclusion that these boxes near restaurants scored the worst in terms of hygiene, but the ball boxes in shops were all assessed as sufficiently hygienic.

Most ball pits are cleaned periodically, some monthly, others only annually.

When cleaned by an outside company, they generally have better hygiene than the ball pits cleaned by an owner or staff.

Your child will also want to play in those ball pits, while you might just be horrified! In any case, having one for your little one at home is a lot more hygienic.

After all, your little one can invite friends to come and play in the ball pit! You can keep the bin neatly clean yourself and that gives a good feeling of safety.

Conclusion

Maybe you already thought about buying a ball pit for your child and you are now completely convinced! In any case, you have read how pleasant it is for a child to play in it.

You also now know that it is a great way to develop the fine motor skills of your little one. Isn't it wonderful to have it all within reach?

Your little one can enjoy himself well indoors or in the garden this way and it is much more hygienic than a ball pit in a shop or restaurant.

In this day and age it is essential that our kids can move in a clean environment. It's nice that you don't have to be afraid of all kinds of nuisance bacteria that could make your little one sick.

Clean the balls and bake regularly and make sure that your little and all friends go 'clean' in the bin. Have fun everyone!

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child, he came into contact with everything around games when his mother started the Tin Soldier in Ede. Since 2016, he and his team have been creating helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.