Little Tikes vs. Intex Inflatable Bounce House

Today we will be comparing and contrasting the Little Tykes bounce house and the Intex bounce house. We’ll take a deeper look into the features of both and decide what inflatable unit would be better for your family while ensuring you have the best value–and your kids the most fun.

Little Tikes Inflatable Jump 'n Slide Bounce Review
Little Tikes

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Little Tykes

The Little Tikes bounce house offers outdoor fun for your children with an included heavy duty air pump to ensure you never have to worry about deflation during castle time.

A slimmed down industrial castle

This inflatable house has all the trimmings of an industrial bouncy castle but sized down to be compatible with the backyard. It’s made of material that is thankfully puncture resistant, and even boasts a little shoe cubby for safe and easy to find storage.

Intuitive assembly kit

This unit quickly inflates and includes a powerful air blower that emits high pressure air continuously so you don’t need to worry about the castle losing its shape during playtime. Featuring 4 blower machine stakes, 6 unit anchor stakes and handy repair patches in case things get a little rowdy.

Safety first

The Little Tikes bouncy house offers a protective mesh around 3 sides that allows your child to wrestle around and play without fear of having a serious fall and allows you to keep an eye on things while relaxing on the deck.

Impressively, this unit can house up to 250 pounds, which is roughly 3 or 4 children. This an excellent weight range and ensures that kids spend less time ‘waiting for their turn.

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Intex Jump-O-Lene

The Intex provides a unique and fun alternative to an outdoor bouncy castle, particularly useful for the frigid winter months, or if you don’t have a large enough backyard to set one up outside.

A unique design

The Jump-O-Lene has a very fleshed out castle and turret design, which one doesn’t often see in larger inflatable designs, which are more designed for function than form. The floor material is plush, soft and indoor friendly, with high walls and a small escape door that allows it to double as a playhouse rather than just a bouncing device.

Perfectly compact

This inflatable unit is perfect for the living room or a smaller deck. It’s capable of holding up to 120 pounds, which is about 2 children. This is an excellent weight range if you don’t want things getting too crazy in the living room.

Basic and safe

The Intex has a rough life span of about 6 years, and includes handy repair patches. The pump is not included, so you will want to ensure a separate purchase is made.

Also worth pointing out is that Intex prides itself on using non toxic materials that are easy to clean and safe for prolonged use.

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Little Tikes vs. Intex

Comparing and contrasting


There are some pretty clear design differences. The Intex has, of course, the more intricate castle and turret design with inflatable ‘walls’ and the Tykes has a more streamlined design with mesh fabric on the sides, with an additional slide.

Intex Jump O Lene Castle Review

One thing to note is that an air blower is not included for the Intex, and Tikes has a high powered, continuous air blower included as well as mounting stakes for both the blower machine and the inflatable itself. Also included with the Tikes inflatable is a handy storage bag, and is easy to fold up and store away for next time.


The inflatables do share some similarities. Firstly, the color scheme is very reminiscent of the classic fairground jump castles that most remember enjoying as children.

As far as longevity, these are both very comparable. The Intex Jump-O-Lene boasts up to 6 years of life and Little Tikes 8 years. Both are made of soft, durable and non toxic material.

Little Tikes Bounce House Review
Little Tikes

Of course, it’s always good to take extra care that no sharp objects such as keys or jewelry are worn inside the inflatable. However, accidents happen and both companies include convenient repair patches, just in case.


The wonderful thing about these units is that choosing between them is so easy, and more depends on your current housing setup.

The most significant difference between the two inflatables is that the Little Tikes is over double the size of the Intex, boasts a slide and is more suitable for older children while specifically designed for outdoor backyard use during the summer months.

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The Intex is compact, easier to assemble, and preferable for indoor living room or basement use or small deck space use and is designed for smaller children. It can also double as a playhouse and is particularly ideal for winter months.

Either way, both have potential for lots of fun and important physical exercise!

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