Bounce houses are a safe and fun way to let your kids get their energy out. However, if you live in a colder climate, or just prefer having an entertainment option indoors, it can be hard to find the right unit.
In this post I'll go over a list of some of the best bounce houses for your basement.
Before we dive in, here's the master list of bouncers that I've found will more than likely fit indoors in your home. Take a look at the list, and continue on for my opinion on the best of the bunch.
First, a quick summary. These are the top 9 best bounce houses that will fit in a basement:
RankLittle Tikes Jump 'n Slide Inflatable Bouncer Includes Heavy Duty Blower With GFCI, Stakes, Repair Patches, And Storage Bag, for Kids Ages 3-8 Years
RankBlast Zone Little Bopper - Inflatable Bounce House with Blower - Indoor/Outdoor - Portable - Sets Up in Seconds
Name6' x 6' x 5'
RankBlast Zone Magic Castle - Inflatable Bounce House with Blower - Premium Quality - Indoor/Outdoor - Portable - Sets Up in Seconds
Name11' x 8'6" x 8'
RankBlast Zone Big Ol Bouncer - 15x12 Inflatable Bounce House with Blower - Huge - Premium Quality - Great For Events - Holds 6 Kids
Name15' x 12' x 7'
Name12' x 9' x 7'6"
Little Tikes Offers the Best Bouncers for the Basement
With three models standing five feet high or less, and another coming in around 7 feet, you're basically guaranteed to be able to fit one of these in your basement. And with overall good reviews for all of the models listed here, you can be sure you'll get a quality product.
There's some bad that comes along with the compact size of so many of these models. The downside is that Little Tikes bouncers are generally designed for smaller kids, so if you have older kids (age 10 or older), Little Tikes is probably not the brand for you.
Another negative aspect of the Little Tikes brand is that their units do not come with sand bags. Several other brands, including Blast Zone, ship their inflatables with sandbags that can be used to secure your unit to the ground. Realistically, is this a huge issue? Not really. But safety is always a concern when it comes to bounce houses, so it's something to keep in mind.
My boys are 3 and 5, and even the five year old loves our Jump n Slide Bouncer. Honestly, he'll probably only get another year or two out of it, but with the amount of use we get from it, it's definitely worth every penny.
Blast Zone Comes in a Close Second Place
With three units coming in at eight feet tall or under -- one of them coming at a modest five feet -- Blast Zone has plenty to offer in the category of best basement bounce house. Coupled with their overall high quality, these units are sure to last your family a long time.
One additional perk of a Blast Zone bouncer is that they're designed to be used indoors. All of their units ship with empty sandbags -- all you have to do is buy a bag or two of sand (a couple dollars at any hardware store) and you'll be able to safely tether your bounce house to the ground indoors.
Safety is always the most important concern, and so for having the sandbags alone, Blast Zone is one of my all-time favorites brands of inflatable bouncer. You can even check out a post on their blog here where they walk you through the process of anchoring one of their bounce houses indoors. How's that for helpful customer service?!?
Cloud 9 and Bounceland Round out the Bottom
Both Cloud 9 and Bounceland have some solid offerings, but the relatively low popularity of their models speaks for itself. If you're on a budget and want to give one of these brands a try the odds are that you'll still be very happy with your purchase, but based on the information I've seen you'd be better off going with one of the other brands.
Extra Point: Don't Forget the Supply Hose
It's especially important when you're buying a bounce house for the basement that you consider the supply hose that comes off of the side of the unit. It's not always clear before you buy which side the hose is on, and it's a good three to four feet that you end up needing to keep one of these units inflated. One problem I've seen is where the bouncer moves around in the room as the kids are jumping. After a while if it moves too much it could kink the supply line. It's never a fun surprise when the bouncer starts to sag and deflate in the middle of fun. Then again, our boys do kind of like when it happens. They like being inside it when it fills back up.
Second Extra Point: Anchor it Down!
One of the things I always harp on when it comes to using a bounce house in the basement is that you MUST anchor it down! This will help prevent problems like I mentioned above - where the supply line gets kinked because the unit bounces around the room. Do yourself a favor a pick up some sand bags like these so that you can hold it down inside. A sangbag and some rope is all you need to do the job. Usually two is enough to hold things securely in place. And in the absence of sandbags you can at least set it up next to a couch or something like that. Just something to make sure it can't move freely around the room, because it will (little by little)!
Alright, so you've ordered your bounce house from Amazon and you know it'll fit into your basement. What now? I get a lot of questions about the specifics of actually using one of these things indoors. Let me try to answer some of the most common ones.
Can you put a bounce house on concrete?
This is probably the most common question I get, and for good reason. Concrete floors tend to be very abrasive. Since we've been letting our kids play in our unfinished basement we have been going through socks like crazy.
For that reason, I say that you can absolutely use a bounce house on a concrete floor if you put some form of protection underneath. If you don't use something underneath you will end up wearing out the material of the bounce house prematurely.
How do you anchor a bounce house indoors?
The proper way to anchor down a bounce house indoors is with sandbags that are often included with the product when you first buy your bounce house.
If you didn't get any with your original purchase, then I highly recommend the Extra Durable Strong Vinyl Sand Bag | Red PVC | 21" x 21" | Used to Support and Anchor Inflatables, Bounce Houses, Water Slides, Tents, and More | Holds Up to 50 Pounds | 4 Pack. They have strong, durable construction and offer solid anchor points for you to attach them to your bounce house. You will need to buy your own sand with any of these options, but for a couple dollars per bag at your local hardware store that is the easy part.
To wrap it up, let me just say that there are plenty of bounce houses that will fit in your basement no matter the shape or size. Any of the ten units you've seen in this article will be a ton of fun for you and your kids, but always remember that safety is the most important thing! Anchor those bounce houses!