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RESIDENTIAL

COMMERCIAL

 

In the process of purchasing an inflatable bounce house? There are some things you should know before making your purchase. When comparing Inflatables, the first thing you want to consider is the purpose in which it will be used, residential or commercial? Depending on this there are big differences on how inflatables are manufactured and how long they will last. Usually residential inflatables are sold at large retail outlets like Wal-Mart, Toys-R-Us and other similar stores and are meant for personal, short term use. On the other hand, commercial inflatables manufactured by Magic Jump are meant for a wider range of uses and last much longer.

Below is a list of some factors to compare inflatables manufactured for residential versus commercial use.

Fact Comparison List


Residential Inflatable

Commercial Inflatable

MATERIAL:
Oxford Cloth Fabric, no PVC coating and missing strong base fabric

MATERIAL:
18 ounce Commercial Grade PVC Coated Vinyl

SIZE:
About 3 feet to 15 feet long

SIZE:
About 10 feet to 80 feet long

NUMBER OF RIDERS:
About 2 - 4 at a time

NUMBER OF RIDERS:
About 4 - 10 at a time

LIFE OF INFLATABLE:
About 6 months - 1 year

LIFE OF INFLATABLE:
About 3 years - 5 years

WARRANTY:
Limited Warranty, usually about 3 months

3mos 2yr

WARRANTY:
1.5 to 3 Year Warranty

Business Purposes Business Purposes

GOOD FOR RENTAL COMPANY USE?

GOOD FOR INDOOR CENTER USE?

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GOOD FOR RENTAL COMPANY USE?

GOOD FOR INDOOR CENTER USE?

Safety Features Safety Features

SLIDE STOPPER:
Usually not included

SLIDE STOPPER:
Usually included

TOP COVER:
Not included

TOP COVER:
Included and usually removable

INFLATABLE WALLS:
Not high enough

INFLATABLE WALLS:
High and sturdy walls

BLOWER:
Low pressure & fragile

BLOWER:
Commercial Grade Heavy Duty & high pressure

Accessories Accessories

ANCHORS:
Plastic Stakes

ANCHORS:
Metal Stakes

REPAIR KIT:
Flimsy, not really usable

REPAIR KIT:
Includes Industrial Glue and Vinyl Material

TARP:
Not Included

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TARP:
Industrial Tarp

SLIDE LININGS:
Not removable, if it becomes worn out, product becomes unusable.

SLIDE LININGS:
Include removable slide linings for easy replacement and upkeep.

CLIMBER LININGS:
Not removable, if it becomes worn out, product becomes unusable.

CLIMBER LININGS:
Include removable climber linings for easy replacement and upkeep.

Residential vs. Commercial

MATERIAL

Oxford Cloth Fabric, no PVC coating and missing strong base fabric

18 ounce Commercial Grade PVC Coated Vinyl

SIZE

About 3 feet to 15 feet long

About 10 feet to 80 feet long

NUMBER OF RIDERS

About 2 - 4 at a time

About 4 - 10 at a time


LIFE OF INFLATABLE


About 6 months - 1 year

About 3 years - 5 years

3mos

WARRANTY

2yr

Limited Warranty, usually about 3 months

1.5 to 3 Year Warranty

Business Purposes

×

GOOD FOR RENTAL COMPANY USE?

×

GOOD FOR INDOOR CENTER USE?

Safety Features

SLIDE STOPPER

Usually not included

Usually included

TOP COVER

Not included

Included and usually removable

INFLATABLE WALLS

Not high enough

High and sturdy walls

BLOWER

Low pressure & fragile

Commercial Grade Heavy Duty & high pressure

Accessories

ANCHORS

Plastic Stakes

Metal Stakes

REPAIR KIT

Flimsy, not really usable

Includes Industrial Glue and Vinyl Material

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TARP

Low pressure & fragile

Commercial Grade Heavy Duty & high pressure

SLIDE LININGS

Not removable, if it becomes worn out, product becomes unusable.

Include removable slide linings for easy replacement and upkeep.

CLIMBER LININGS

Not removable, if it becomes worn out, product becomes unusable.

Include removable climber linings for easy replacement and upkeep.



So what does it all mean? When you compare inflatables you find out that one is built to last a short period of time and the other is built to last longer. So ask yourself, what purpose will this be for? If you intend on using an inflatable only once or twice, it might actually be better to rent it instead of purchasing it. If you are looking to buy a commercial inflatable or indoor play center then you should really consider the differences and choose a commercial bouncer that is built to last longer and is safer.

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