10 Best Bouncy Castles for 2021

Are you ready for the most comprehensive list of bouncy castles, bounce houses and inflatable castles you’ve ever seen?

We’ve covered everything from cheap and cheerful bouncers for toddlers, to mid-range castles with multiple slides that inflate in 60 seconds, all the way up to deluxe kids bouncy castles for sale from £500.

They are amazing fun, the kids absolutely adore them and the larger castles are even strong enough to hold the weight of an adult too!

Keep reading our free and helpful guide to help you find the best bouncy castle to buy this year!

Bouncy Castle Buyers Guide

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An Introduction to Bouncy Castles

Bouncy castles are known by many names, in the United Kingdom we tend to refer to them as Bouncy Castles, Inflatable Castles, Bounce Houses or Jumping Castles. Around the world and especially in America you may have heard the term Moon Bounce, Moonwalker or even Closed Inflatable Trampoline… (silly Yanks).

Bouncy castles are commonly seen at village fetes, boot sales, churches, pubs, school events, back gardens, birthday parties and thanks to advances in technology, there are an increasing number of inflatable obstacle courses and bouncers with that can be seen at the beach or in the park during the summer. They’ve come a long way from their humble beginnings in 1959!

You can view all our bouncy castles for sale here and read our comprehensive reviews which include price comparisons as well. Keep reading for our top 10 list!


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Best Selling Bouncy Castles

Before we start, take a look at the best sellers to see what other bouncy castles for sale, people like you are buying.

Everything You Could Possibly Want to Know About Bouncy Castles!

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The Complete Bouncy Castle Buying Guide

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Bouncy Castle Manufacturers

When purchasing a bouncy castle for home use, we recommend purchasing the following brands: Happy Hop, Intex, BeBop, Bestway & Little Tikes

These brands are CE certified and meet the stricter European safety standards. Don’t put your children at risk for the sake of saving a few pennies by buying off-brand!


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The Benefits of Bouncy Castles

Bouncy castles are great for developing motor skills and encouraging exercise in younger children. This is especially important at parties as they’ll help burn off any extra calories that may be consumed during the day!

They’re also known for their therapeutic value for children with autism or Asperger’s syndrome and other sensory impairments. The bright colours featured on bouncers in combination with an abundance of play balls, helps promote social skills and can offer stimulation to children on the spectrum.

Most bouncy castles also come with see-through sides, transparent mesh, or a dropped wall, so that parents or childminders can keep an eye on their children while they’re running wild in a safe and contained environment.

There should always be an adult supervising playing children, as bouncy castles come with a certain level of risk. According to Wikipedia, between 2000 and 2015 there have been 271 injuries and 10 deaths caused by wind and an average of 31 children a day are hospitalised (in the US) due to bouncy castle-related injuries!

Always make sure your bouncy castle is securely anchored to the ground and every precaution is taken to prevent injury. Ensure wherever possible that your bouncy castle has a protective groundsheet to prevent puncture and safety mats at any exit to prevent injury from falls or the inevitable high-speed ejections!


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The Difference Between Commercial and Residential Bouncy Castles

Bouncy castles come in all shapes and sizes, but the main difference between commercial and residential bouncy castles is the built quality. durability and quality of extras supplied.

Commercial bouncers will usually be made from thick high-quality PVC, whereas cheaper residential bouncers will be made from thin PVC or cloth fabric.

Warranties vary greatly, but most commercial warranties will be between 2 and 5 years. Residential bouncers may have a limited warranty of between 3 and 12 months for the airflow unit or pump.

Anchor pegs may or may not be supplied for residential castles, if they are, they tend to be made of plastic, while commercial bouncers will be supplied with heavy-duty steel or iron pegs.

Covers and groundsheets will usually be supplied with a commercial bouncer, while residential owners will have to source these separately.

Damage caused to commercial bouncers can usually be repaired with a re-thread or replacement of damaged linings. They can also withstand pinhole punctures and minor leaks. Residential bouncers are supplied with repair patches that sometimes work but can be temperamental, unfortunately, the majority are also unable to be repaired and will need to be disposed of if a major puncture or split develops.

Of course, there’s a reason residential bouncers have these failures and that’s the build quality, which is reflected in the difference in price between the two.


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How Much Should I Spend?

Unfortunately with retailers still struggling to source stock and shipping delays due to the pandemic you should expect to see the costs of inflatable slides and castles up by 20-100%.

Most castles that cost £150 are now hovering around the £220-300 region, castles that were £500 are now £700-1,000.

Summer holidays and half terms also “inflate” purchase prices, so don’t wait for a sale as we don’t expect to see bouncy castles for sale at their pre-brexit / pandemic price for a long time (if ever….)

I thought that perhaps retailers were charging excessively but the reality is that demand is vastly outstripping supply. I even went as far as to looking at importing them myself but with a lead time of 3-6 months and the costs of shipping through the roof, these new prices are an accurate reflection of the market as it stands.


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Small & Indoor Bouncy Castles

Small bouncy castles without an airblower that use a manual or electric pump (similar to one that you’d use to inflate an airbed) go for around £30-80.

These castles are pretty much disposible – the quality leaves a lot to be desired and more boisterous children will make quick work of them. If you have a 2-3 year old then you’ll probably get a few months use out of them before they puncture or the kids get bored.

If you are short on space then maybe consider a trampoline instead as they’re more durable and will entertain the kids for longer on the same budget.


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Small & Medium Bouncy Castles

These small to mid-range bouncers with airblowers start from around £150-200, although sometimes you’ll see the entry level little tikes or happy hop castles go for £100-120 when on sale.


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Large Bouncy Castles

Larger castles that can fit multiple children start from around the £300-350 mark and can cost as much as £800.

While this may seem expensive, they are incredibly durable and will last multiple years.

I have had a BeBop Splash Mountain (originally purchased for £449 2 years ago – now priced at around £699-799) and it’s showing no real signs of wear and tear except for bent anchor pegs!


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Commercial Bouncy Castles

Commercial bouncy castles, on the other hand, start at around £800 brand new, with top end versions costing £3,000+ and custom builds costing even more.

These can been purchased from vendors like Pineapple Leisure and Premier Inflate, although Happy Hop do have a limited selection of commercial castles too.

We are particularly partial to the dragon bounce house!


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Different Types of Bouncy Castles

There are a wide variety of different types of castles available on the market, depending on your needs or wants. Although the basic premise is the same, the activities available on the bouncer itself vary greatly.

Traditional castles offer a simple bouncing area with short or high walls, while newer castles offer an array of slides, climbing zones, bungee runs, water activities, disco areas with integrated speakers and LED’s, ball pits, sumo wrestling, gladiator battles, obstacle runs and if you’ve got the budget, you can customise any element of the bouncer to fit your needs!


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Sizes and Capacity

Bouncy castles come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Residential castles will state their maximum child capacity and weight limit. These should be strictly adhered to as exceeding the weight limit will result in leaks and will cause irreparable damage to your castle which will not be covered by your warranty.

Commercial castles are slightly more lenient with their capacity and weight limits. As a rule they most castles will fall between the below limits and capacities.

Approximate Size (ft)Approximate Capacity (# Children)
10 x 106
12 x 128
15 x 1512
18 x 1814

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Other Considerations and Extras

Almost there! Before you’re ready to use your bouncy castle you may need the following.


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Air Flower / Pump

Check to make sure your bouncy castle comes with an air flower. These come in two varities – Electric & Diesel or Petrol Powered. Smaller castles can be manually inflated, but larger castles will need high powered inflators to keep your castle bouncy!

When inflating your castle, ensure the inflation device is securely attached to the hose and that this hose is straight to prevent damage or puncture.


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Ground Preparation for Outdoor Castles

Indoor castles won’t need a protective sheet, but before setting up your outdoor bouncy castle, make sure the ground has been cleared of rubbish, sticks, rocks or anything else that may cause damage to your castle.

For added protection, you may want to consider purchasing a tarp or PVC sheet. This will substantially extend the life of your bouncy castle.


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Anchor Points

If your bouncy castle comes with anchor points, make sure you use them. Bouncy castles have the unfortunate tendency to take flight in windy conditions.

The last thing you want is an injury caused by poor preparation and end up having to claim on your liability or home insurance.


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Remove All Jewellery and Shoes Before Bouncing

This should go without saying, but to prevent damage to your castle and injury to users, every precaution should be taken to remove jewellery and shoes.


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Maintenance and Cleaning

When you’re ready to pack your bouncy castle away, clean away any dirt or debris that may have accumulated on the bouncer. You can use a hoover for this task if you want.

Then clean away any grime or dirt with a cloth and washing up liquid. If your inflatable has a water feature, make sure you air dry or wipe away any remnants of water to prevent mould growth.


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Extras

To make your party or gathering extra special, we highly recommend purchasing play balls for your bouncy castle.

Kids absolutely love them and these will keep them entertained for hours on end. Traditional bouncers won’t need this addition, as they may create a trip hazard but some residential bouncers come with basketball hoops or slides which lend themselves to additional toys!

Now that you’re properly versed in how to setup and maintain your bouncy castle. You’re ready for the list!

Patiomate’s Personal Favourites for This Year!

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Best Bouncy Castles & Bounce Houses for 2021

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Happy Hop – Best Small Bouncy Castle

Our favourite bouncy castle for toddlers and little children. This is a great starter bounce house suitable for smaller children and it’s budget friendly too!

£199.99 in stock
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Suitable For : Indoor & Garden Use (Residential Use Only) | Recommended Ages : 2 to 5
Capacity : 
2 Children | Weight Limit : 68kg
Supplied With : 
Bouncer, Airblower, Ground Anchors, Net Enclosure & Repair Patch


This entry level bouncer is perfect for toddlers and younger children. The colourful design will keep your young ones entertained for hours on end and this bouncy castle encourages development and exercise.

Ideal for indoor or outdoor usage. Suitable for 2 children with a max weight capacity of 68kg.

These happy hop bouncy castles inflate in around a minute and are loads of fun for younger kids.

Pros
  • Cheap
  • Great For Younger Children
  • Safety Netting for Younger Children
Cons
  • Great Under £200 – Be Wary Of Price Fluctuation

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Happy Hop Princess Slide & Hoop Bouncer

Perfect for your little price or princesses!

£187.77 £199.99 in stock
3 new from £187.77
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Suitable For : Indoor & Outdoor Use (Residential Use Only) | Recommended Ages : 2 to 6
Capacity : 2-3 Children | Weight Limit : 90kg
Supplied With : Bouncy Castle, Storage Bag, Anchor Pegs, Airflow Fan


The Happy Hop Princess 10ft Bouncy Castle is perfect for making your kids dreams come true. Designed with their favourite princesses and wrapped in a colourful pink design that stands out above over bouncy castles. Watch out for the jealous witches as your child becomes the most popular in the land. The Little princess bouncy castles has a large bouncing area creating plenty for room for your little ones to run, jump and bounce the day away.

What we love about this bouncy castle is the ease of use. From unpacking and preparing the ground, you’ll be up and running in under a minute!

This small bouncy castle is perfect for birthdays or just spoiling your younger children and can be used indoors or outdoors.

Pros
  • Cheap
  • Airflow Fan Included
  • Storage Bag & Extras Included
  • 60 Second Setup
  • 6-Month Warranty
Cons
  • None

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BeBoP Turret – Best Overall Bouncy Castle

Perfect for families with a mix of small and older children

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Suitable For : Indoor & Outdoor Use (Residential Use Only) | Recommended Ages : 2 to 10
Capacity : 3 Children | Weight Limit : 152kg
Supplied With : Bouncy Castle, Storage Bag, Anchor Pegs, Airflow Fan


This large turret themed bouncy castle from BeBop will keep your children entertained for hours on end. With high walls and see-through mesh you can let the kids run wild while you’re enjoying the summer sunshine, or keep the kids contained when you’ve got chores to do in the garden!

Supplied with everything you need in 1 storage bag, you can have this bouncy castle up and running in under 5 minutes.

We think you’ll love this bouncy castle as it’s for sale at a reasonable price, it’s suitable for multiple ages and has a fairly high weight limit.

Pros
  • Airflow Fan Included
  • Storage Bag & Extras Included
  • 60 Second Setup
  • 6-Month Warranty
Cons
  • None

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Intex Jump-O-Lene Playhouse Bouncer

Best small bouncy castle for indoors

£61.51 £69.99 in stock
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Suitable For : Indoor Use (Residential Use Only) | Recommended Ages : 2-6
Capacity : 2 Children | Weight Limit : 55kg
Supplied With : Bouncy Castle, Repair Kit | Recommended Extras : Air Pump


This small and affordable indoor bouncy castle is suitable for younger children and those who are short of space.

Traditionally we wouldn’t recommend bouncy castles that don’t have a constant intake of air as they are particularly vulnerable to punctures and going flat but this bouncer is durable enough for smaller children that we do recommend it as an alternative to the larger castles.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Space Saving
  • Comes With Repair Kit
Cons
  • Puncture Prone
  • Takes 20-30 Minutes to Inflate

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Little Tikes Junior Jump n Slide Bouncy Castle

Great larger bouncy castle for smaller children

£247.47 in stock
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Suitable For : Indoor & Outdoor Use (Residential Use Only) | Recommended Ages : 2 to 6
Capacity : 2-3 Children | Weight Limit : 70kg
Supplied With : Bouncy Castle, Storage Bag, Anchor Pegs, Airflow Fan


Made by a brand we can trust. The Little Tikes Junior Jump n Slide is the perfect childrens bouncy castle – it comes with a slide and 8ft bouncing area.

Perfect for toddlers and younger children. You’ll have this bouncer up and running in 60 seconds! The safety mesh means your smaller kids are less prone to injury and you can relax just a little bit more.

Don’t forget to buy some play balls to keep the kids entertained for longer.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Airflow Fan Included
  • Storage Bag & Extras Included
  • 60 Second Setup
Cons
  • Expensive but Worth It for Getting a Brand You Can Trust

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Little Tikes Jump and Slide Dry Bouncer

Larger version of the junior jump’n’slide with a double wide slide and extra bouncing area

£300.61 in stock
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Suitable For : Indoor & Outdoor Use (Residential Use Only) | Recommended Ages : 2 to 8
Capacity : 2-3 Children | Weight Limit : 113kg
Supplied With : Bouncy Castle, Storage Bag, Anchor Pegs, Airflow Fan, Repair Kit


This is where we start to get serious about our bouncy castles. The price goes up, but the quality and durability does too.

Great for children young and old, all your kids will be able to join in on the fun.

Pros
  • Airflow Fan Included
  • Storage Bag & Extras Included
  • Quick Setup
  • 12-Month Warranty
Cons
  • Fairly Expensive

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Happy Hop Obstacle Course Bouncy Castle With Double Slide

Perfect larger bouncy castle suitable for multiple children and birthday parties

£599.95 in stock
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Suitable For : Indoor & Outdoor Use | Recommended Ages : 3 to 12
Capacity : 2-4 Children | Weight Limit : 180kg
Supplied With : Bouncy Castle, Storage Bag, Anchor Pegs, Airflow Fan, Repair Kit


This extra-large bouncy castle with double slide and obstacle course inflates in just a few minutes. It comes with everything you need to get started right out of the box and the kids can be having fun within minutes.

Setup is a breeze and it’s easy to take down once the fun is over too!

Pros
  • Airflow Fan Included
  • Storage Bag & Extras Included
  • Setup in Minutes
Cons
  • Not the Most Budget Friendly

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BeBoP Neptune Towers Inflatable Water Slide Bouncy Castle

Water safe bouncy castle slide for the garden

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Last update was on: 20/10/2021 4:41 am

Suitable For : Outdoor & Indoor Use | Recommended Ages : 3 to 10
Capacity : 3 Children | Weight Limit : 38kg per child
Supplied With : Bouncy Castle, Storage Bag, Anchor Pegs, Airflow Fan, Repair Kit


BeBop have a great variety of bouncy castles and slides, they specialise in dual bouncer & water slides for maximum fun.

This bouncy castle with slide takes just minutes to put up and is fairly easy to put away. We do recommend buying a cheap wet-vac to help with the clean-up process when the fun is over.

We have one of the BeBop Splash Mountain slides and they’re amazing fun. This is a slightly smaller version of the splash mountain and doesn’t have the bouncer at the end of the slide but it’s still amazing fun and it comes with a built in water gun for getting the kids supremely soaked.

Pros
  • Airflow Fan Included
  • Storage Bag & Extras Included
  • Ready to Go in Seconds
  • Water Fun!
Cons
  • Not Budget Friendly

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Little Tikes Giant Slide Bouncer

Best bouncy castle with slide!

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Last update was on: 20/10/2021 4:41 am

Suitable For : Outdoor & Indoor Use (Residential Use Only) | Recommended Ages : 3 to 10
Capacity : 3 Children | Weight Limit : 113kg
Supplied With : Bouncy Castle, Storage Bag, Anchor Pegs, Airflow Fan


This little tikes giant slide bouncer is fantastic fun for the whole family. With its large slide and dedicated mesh-enclosed bounce area, you can rest assured your kids will be playing happily and safely for years to come.

Sure it’s expensive, but we have our bouncy castle out 50-100 times a year. They practically pay for themselves after the first year – just make sure you’ve got the strength to carry them in and out of the shed!

Pros
  • Airflow Fan Included
  • Storage Bag & Extras Included
  • Ready to Go in Minutes
Cons
  • Quite Pricey!

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Happy Hop 7 in 1 Kids Bouncy Castle Play House

Best all round bouncy castle

Suitable For : Outdoor & Indoor Use (Residential Use Only) | Recommended Ages : 3 and up
Capacity : 5 Children | Weight Limit : 180kg
Supplied With : Bouncy Castle, Storage Bag, Anchor Pegs, Airflow Fan


Our final bouncy castle is a show stopper. This 7 in 1 bounce house is the perfect kids bouncy castle – it comes with 30 play balls, repair kit, double to quadruple stitching on stress areas and is ready to go in under 2 minutes.

Perfect for children of all ages, with multiple activities that are sure to keep your kids happy come rain or shine.

Pros
  • Airflow Fan Included
  • Storage Bag & Extras Included
  • Ready to Go in Minutes
Cons
  • Expensive!

We also really like the following bouncy castles.


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Other Garden Toys You May Be Interested In

Bouncy castles aren’t for everyone, why not take a look at something else? We recommend trampolines as a compromise. I personally prefer bouncy castles as for the most part it’s easy to setup and pull down.

Trampolines are there all year round, require a certain amount of upkeep and take a lot more initial labour to install but they’re also a lot more fun for older children.

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