Reviewed by Norman Totton
Well, summer’s almost upon us and we know what that means for our kids… hours and hours of playtime in the garden with paddling pools, water pistols but especially water bombs! We all know that filling balloons with water is a time-consuming chore that mums and dads get tired of very quickly but fear not, help is at hand. Bunch O Balloons is an absolutely wonderful innovation. We were sent a pack of around 100 balloons (RRP: £9.99) to try out, along with two BOB Filler / Soaker devices (RRP: £24.99), each of which was also packaged with around 100 balloons.
Bunch O Balloons seem like the ideal solution to speed up and automate the water balloon filling process, leaving more time for the kids to play and parents to relax! As you can see from the photo, Bunch O Balloons are literally bunches of balloons! Each bunch consists of around 37 balloons, with each having a thin plastic tube running between the balloon and an ordinary garden hosepipe connector. All you have to do is to attach the hosepipe connector on the bunch to the garden hose, turn on the tap and Hey Presto, a few seconds later you have a stack of water balloons with minimal effort! The balloons are self-sealing too, so no need to stand there tying off balloons! (Make sure the balloons are immersed in a container of water before filling as this will ensure the balloons will fill equally)
My two daughters (7 and 9) and their friends had a fantastic afternoon lobbing water bombs at each other and any innocent bystanders… me! The other great thing is that once you show your children how to fill the balloons they want to do it themselves, giving you the opportunity to grab a beer or glass of wine, deposit yourself on the sun lounger and attempt to top-up your tan… until the kids decide you make a great target!
Given as we had the Filler / Soakers as well as the girls were never going to be content with just throwing water balloons at each other (and me!). Oh no, instead, my afternoon relaxing on the patio whilst the children played was interrupted not only by the occasional splat from a well-aimed water balloon, but also with more stealth soakings than I can count from the Filler / Soakers! Because we have the outside tap, we didn’t really use them as fillers because it seemed to much easier to use the tap, but as soakers, they are very impressive and the kids were playing with them long after I said they had used enough of the balloons for one day. They are good quality, easy to fill and great fun to use.
Bunch O Balloons is a fabulous way of spending a sunny day watching your children and their friends having a wonderful time. I have absolutely no hesitation in saying that I and my kids think this a brilliant product and we have equally no hesitation in recommending to everyone. They allow the kids to get on with what kids do best – playing – without having to stop constantly to refill their arsenal.