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Are you ready to invest in a balloon stuffing machine and take your balloon business to the next level?
If you are unsure which balloon stuffer is best for you, read my reviews of the two most popular machines: the Classy Wrap and the Keepsake Stuffer.
If you are a small business owner and you own a shop that sells gift items, floral arrangements, candles, handmade goods, or local souvenirs, adding stuffed balloons to your products may be just the thing to boost your business.
What if you are a DIY person and just want to create the occasional stuffed balloon as a surprise gift for family and friends?
Then you don't want to miss the instructions of how to make your own balloon stuffing machine!
Before we jump into the reviews, let's answer the most basic question first...
They work by sucking the air out of the environment of the balloon, which expands the stuffed balloon and keeps it inflated. So it stays inflated despite the neck being wide open. Fascinating, right?
Each balloon filling machine needs an airtight chamber, which can be either round (Keepsake Stuffer) or rectangular (Classy Wrap).
They also need an electric pump or motor to suck the air out and create the required vacuum.
The Classy Wrap stuffing machine is being produced by a company called Gift In A Balloon® (GIAB). They've been around since 1988 and consider themselves as the pioneers and leaders in the balloon stuffing industry.
Classy Wrap Features:
Price starts at $999 for the machine alone. You can also buy the "Professional Package" complete with materials and a balloon display tree. Price for the "Pro Package" is $1,359.
Now let's look at some pros and cons of the Classy Wrap machine. After that, I recommend you watch the instructional video below to get a feel for how the stuffer works.
The Keepsake Stuffer is produced by KS International Inc., another one of the pioneers in the balloon stuffing industry, founded in 1989.
Keepsake Stuffer Features:
Price starts at $679 for the machine alone. Or you could purchase the "Beginner Kit" for $965. It includes all the materials needed to get started with selling stuffed balloons.
Let's again look at some pros and cons before moving on to my personal recommendation.
First, a disclosure: I have no personal experience with either one of those two balloon stuffing machines.
From watching instruction videos and checking out the respective company websites, my personal preference would be the Keepsake Stuffer.
For one, it's smaller than the Classy Wrap, as it is placed on a table, whereas the Classy Wrap is a floor standing machine.
I also like how you can tie the neck of the stuffed balloon while it's still inside the balloon chamber.
The demo video below shows what I mean.
In addition, when comparing the websites and YouTube channels of Keepsake Stuffer and "Gift in a Balloon" (the makers of the Classy Wrap), the team at Keepsake Stuffer do a much better job, which is reflected in the positive testimonials.
We looked at the two big players in the balloon industry, the Classy Wrap and the Keepsake Stuffer. Are there other brands of balloon stuffers to consider for your purchase decision?
Here are three machines worth exploring:
The first two are manufactured and distributed by the Canadian balloon wholesaler "Surprize Enterprize." The third one is from a Swiss company called Zibi (that's the same company where I bought my first electric balloon pump from!).
The Super Stuffer looks a bit like a modern version of the Classy Wrap, providing many similar features. For starters, it's also a floor standing machine with a built-in vacuum motor and floral tube.
The stuffing chamber is made of tough clear PETG plastic designed to fully inflate an 18 inch stuffing balloon.
The stuffer also includes a handheld balloon expander to ease the manual stretching of the balloon neck, and a protective sleeve.
Want to offer real flowers inside an 11 inch clear latex balloon? Easy to do with the Super Stuffer's integrated floral cylinder.
Retail price for this machine starts at $739.
At the time of this writing (January 2022), the Super Stuffer was out of stock in North America everywhere except at the manufacturer's website itself. I've also seen it offered by my friends at BalloonMarket.co.uk. You need to register a trade account (i.e. you are either a balloon business or a retailer) to purchase it there.
The Puff N' Stuff is Super Stuffer's little brother. You get the same sized clear stuffing chamber with 360 degrees of visibility.
The protective sleeve is also provided and an inflator hose.
Not included are the vacuum motor, the stand, the floral tube and the balloon expander.
To operate the Puff N' Stuff, you need to put the chamber on a table. You also need to have an external electric balloon pump.
Retail price starts at $359 for a new machine.
To learn more about the Super Stuffer and the Puff N' Stuff, check out the instructional videos at the Surprize Enterprize YouTube channel.
The Zibi balloon stuffing machine looks like Puff N' Stuff's identical twin sister, only that the chamber collar is in blue instead of pink and the protective sleeve is made of clear plastic instead of cloth.
It's also a table-top stuffer that you need to attach to an external electric air inflator via the included inflator hose.
At the time of this review (January 2022) it seems to be available only at the Zibi shop itself and at a few UK suppliers.
Retail price starts at €346 (approximately $396). Zibi throws in 10 stuffing balloons and clips for this price.
Watch this tutorial video if you're interested in the Zibi stuffer.
The cost of a balloon stuffer depends on the make and model and whether you buy a new or a used machine.
Prices for the stuffing machines that I reviewed on this page range from $359 to $999 when bought new.
The two cheapest models don't have a built-in motor to inflate the balloons. These make most sense if you already own an inflator or you plan on buying one anyway for other air-filled designs.
Pricing for used machines varies wildly. Check out the up-to-date eBay listings below.
If you don't want to spend the money on a balloon stuffer at the moment, but have the time and patience to make one yourself, you are in luck.
I found an excellent video tutorial. It's in Spanish, but you can enable subtitles and have them auto-translated to English.
To enable the subtitles, first click on "cc" at the bottom of the video. This will turn on the Spanish captions.
Now click the gear wheel icon to access the video settings. Select "subtitles," then "auto-translate" and choose English (or any other language of your choice).
And here's the tutorial for making your own balloon stuffing machine:
The items below are pulled directly from eBay and should always be up-to-date.