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Review: Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier

Over the last few years I have noticed that my allergy to dust mites has got steadily worse and I’ve started to suffer with hay fever during the summer months. Not only that, but despite having dogs for most of my life, it appears that cuddling our new puppy makes me wheeze. I’m never more than 2 metres away from a packet of antihistamines these days, and sometimes even they are not enough to cure my itchy eyes and tight chest. I needed to find a long term solution to cure my ills, so we’ve been putting the Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier to the test.

Review: Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier

The Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier is a stand alone air purifying unit which is suitable for use in rooms up to 18m². The purifier is white with grey accents and has an easy to use touch screen panel. It comes with a carbon filter and a True HEPA filter which are easy to fit. It is also supplied with an easy to understand instruction booklet.

It boasts a four-stage purification system which captures 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns, including pollen and other allergens, dust mites, mould spores, pet dander and cigarette smoke.

Review: Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier

The air purifier looks like a stand alone fan heater and wouldn’t look out of place in a home or office. We set our purifier up in our living room, which is the room I spend most of my time in at the moment. During the peak hay fever months in summer I expect it will move upstairs to my bedroom so I can sleep better.

The air purifier is easy to set up. Before you plug it in for the first time you need to fit the filters. To do this you pull out the grey side drawer, remove the filters from their packaging and put the carbon filter in first, then the True HEPA filter. Push the drawer back in until it clicks and it is ready to use. 

To use the Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier, plug it in to a wall socket and switch the unit on. It will spend the first four minutes assessing the air quality in the room and then start to purify it. The AeraSmart Sensor monitors the air quality and adjusts the fan speed to keep the air purified. The Aera+ mode is designed for use during peak allergy season.

The operating panel on the Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier is very easy to understand and use. For the most part for us the display has been blue, which is a sign of good air quality and that the filters are fine to use. If the AeraSmart Sensor light is anything other than blue, that means your air quality isn’t what it should be and the purifier should automatically adjust to the conditions and works to purify the air. If the filters are ok and not needing to be replaced, their lights should also be blue.

Review: Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier

The Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier emits a low hum which I stopped noticing after a couple of minutes. It has been designed to be ultra quiet and we thought it was as quiet as it could be. We all got used to it very quickly and even the dog was completely nonplussed by it working away in a quiet corner.

Each morning since we got the Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier I’ve switched it on and had it running for the day whilst I’ve been sat working in my living room. Since its arrival I’ve not had to take an antihistamine, this could just be a coincidence as it’s not hay fever season, but over Christmas I was taking them daily. I’m looking forward to putting the purifier through its paces in the summer.

I am pleased with my Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier so far. Living with allergies can make you really miserable and uncomfortable. Having this air purifier in my armoury makes me feel that when the itching, sneezing and wheezing starts, I’ve got something other than pills to make life more bearable.

For more information about the Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier, visit their website.

Review: Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier

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Review: No Hassle cleaning services from Hassle.com

We’ve been without a cleaner for about a year now. We’ve haphazardly tried to tackle this much hated chore by ourselves, but for some months now I’ve shuffled around the house trying not to look too carefully at the dusty corners and the dirty marks on the walls. A couple of times a year we like to properly blitz the place, one of these times is before the Christmas tree goes up. So this week we bit the bullet and booked four hours of cleaning services through Hassle.com.

It was ridiculously easy to book cleaning services through Hassle. You just enter your details and a shortlist of potential cleaners pops up. You then go though and vet them, so if you’ve got a dog and there’s a cleaner who doesn’t like pets you can strike them off your list. This takes a couple of minutes, tops. Once you’ve got your shortlist, just pick the time and day you want them to come, click submit and wait for one of your shortlisted cleaners to accept the job. Simple.

Review: No Hassle cleaning services from Hassle.com

Within 15 minutes of clicking submit I had a cleaner accept my job and Hassle emailed me to confirm everything. They’d taken my bank details so no cash needed to exchange hands on the day. Perfect.

I had a tidy up a declutter before Elizabeth my cleaner arrived. Having a six year old means my house often resembles a toy assault course, so I think it’s only polite to have a tidy up. I got a box of cleaning products for her, with some gloves and cloths and waited for her to arrive.

Elizabeth was really professional. She arrived on time and was really lovely. I gave her a tour of the house, outlined what I’d like her to do and I just left her to it. I sat working in my office as she quietly cleaned my house. 

Review: No Hassle cleaning services from Hassle.com

After the four hours were up I went to chat to her and have a look at how she’d got on. Everything I’d asked her to do she had done, she’d even cleaned things I’d stopped noticing, like my kitchen bin. I think all cleaners are different and have slightly different things they like to focus on. I was very happy with her work and I think my house looked about 300% better for having her visit. 

I think Hassle.com offer a really easy to use, well priced service. For a one off clean (which I had) it was £12 per hour, with no booking fees or extras added on top. If you book a regular weekly or fortnightly clean it is £10 per hour. 

We really miss having a regular cleaner, so once New Year swings around we will be turning to Hassle for some extra help around the home.

Hassle.com is the leading online marketplace for cleaning services. It’s incredibly simple to book one of their vetted and approved cleaners and it really is no hassle at all.

We received a complimentary clean, but all opinions are our own and we will be making a regular booking in the New Year.

Review: Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure

With the much anticipated release of Rogue One – the next installment of Star Wars, everyone has gone Star Wars mad this Christmas. The small boy is no exception, though he’s far too young to watch the film just yet. This month we have put the new Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure to the test. Is it a rogue or a winner?

The Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure is a 12-inch tall Stormtrooper with more than 65 different sound effects and phrases. He uses a motion sensor to respond to specific movements and has several different play modes.

Review: Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure

This is a sturdily built figure, and it’s a very fine example of an Imperial Stormtrooper.

“Stormtroopers are elite shock troops fanatically loyal to the Empire and impossible to sway from the Imperial cause. They wear imposing white armor, which offers a wide range of survival equipment and temperature controls to allow the soldiers to survive in almost any environment. Stormtroopers wield blaster rifles and pistols with great skill, and attack in hordes to overwhelm their enemies.”

The Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure comes with a set of detailed instructions and it’s suitable for ages 4+.

Review: Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure

 The Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure needs two AA Batteries, but he comes with batteries included and they’ve already lasted a couple of weeks.

Review: Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure

When you first get him make sure you switch it from ‘Demo’ mode to ‘On’. The switch is on the back of his neck. Once he is switched on and fully activated, he starts using some of his 65 sounds, if he’s in Demo mode he just repeats himself.

Review: Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure

The Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure has three modes – Blaster, Jetpack and Dual.  To activate the blaster mode, put the black E-11 blaster in his hand, his chest plate will light up with the Imperial insignia and his phrases change to battle sounds.

To activate the jetpack mode, put his jetpack on his back to activate the yellow light on his chest.  Fly him around and he will make jetpack style sound effects. When the chest plate changes colour to reveal the imperial logo, he is in dual mode.

Review: Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure

The Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure can also be used with an app which is suitable for ages 6+. We haven’t played with the free to download Hasbro Star Wars Studio FX app yet, but more and more toys these days can be linked to apps to make the play experience more interactive.

So was Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure fun to play with? Yes. My son really enjoyed playing with him. Something he’s very keen on is playing with toys and making his own battle sounds, so this figure is one he can really enjoy playing with. I would say that to get the full benefit of playing with this Stormtrooper he could do with another figure to do battle with.

The Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure is available from a wide range of toy shops and online stores including Amazon. He retails for around £30 but discounts and deals are available if you shop around.

Disclosure: We received the Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure for the purposes of writing this review, all opinions and images are our own. Contains Amazon affiliate links.

Toy Review: Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies

One of the most fun things about Mummy’s iPad is the Facetime app. The boy loves to Facetime his dad, or his cousin, or anyone really. I remember walking to the phone box at the end of our road to make a phone call, so all of the communication technology available today is almost a thing of wonder to me. Even now there’s something a bit extra special about being able to video chat with someone. The video chat loving boy and I put a set of Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies to test. What did we think of this latest accessory for junior spies?

Toy Review: Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies

The Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies from Spinmaster are compact and easy to use. The set comes with two walkie talkies which just need batteries adding before use.

They have a long range (up to 160 feet) and allow you to communicate with video and audio without using Wi-Fi or data. The walkie talkies are simple to use and quick to set up. Each handset uses 3 AAA batteries and they’re suitable for children aged 6+. 

Toy Review: Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies

The Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies are really easy to set up, just get them out of their packaging, put the batteries in and switch on. To sync the two walkie talkies, when you switch them on press the bottom of the three buttons on each walkie talkie at the same time. The video should show a full screen of the person you are talking to, and in the top left should be your picture – just like on Facetime!

Toy Review: Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies

They come with detailed instructions, but they’re really straight forward to set up and use. Just don’t forget to sync them when you switch them on and make sure to turn them off when you’re done.

Toy Review: Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies

Once they are synced you can start your spy adventure – we tested them all over the house and down the street. The picture was crisp and the sound was pretty good too. The small boy really loved the Spy Video Walkie Talkies, he’s had normal walkie talkies before and has liked them, but these are next level spy fun.

Toy Review: Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies

These Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies are around £59.99 and are available from a wide range of retailers including Amazon. They are well made and good quality, small enough for my six year old to comfortably use and without too many confusing buttons.

I can see my boy having a lot of fun with these and his friends. These walkie talkies would be great for siblings to play with and should keep them occupied with serious spy business for quite some time. 

Disclosure: We received the Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies for the purposes of writing this review, all opinions and images are our own. Contains Amazon affiliate links.

Toy Review: Silly Sausage – the funniest game this Christmas

The first time I saw a Silly Sausage was when one of my friends spotted one in a toy shop and Instragrammed it in a tongue in cheek style. It is a bit of an eyebrow raiser and I did scoff a little at first glance. Then I got to try one and that bright orange plastic sausage quickly became a bit of an obsession. 

Silly Sausage is the new super speedy reaction game from John Adams. The sausage is really easy to use, switch him on and wait for his instructions, but you will need to be fast. The aim of the game is to twist, shake, dip, stretch and poke him and to keep up with the sausage as he shouts out his commands.

Silly Sausage

Featuring ten fast paced reaction games, and three play modes – single, party and turbo, Silly Sausage is suitable for solo or competitive play. Silly Sausage made its debut at a family dinner for the small boy’s birthday over the weekend and everyone wanted a go. 

As you can see from our video, Silly Sausage is fun to play with solo…

 

The higher the level, the faster the sausage goes, so your reactions have to be super-fast in order for you to keep up with him.

There are three different games to play –

  • Chipolata – a speed and reaction game
  • Banger – a pass and play reactions game
  • Jumbo – Memory and reaction game

And there are three modes – single, multi play (party) and super fast play (turbo). I liked the “Chipolata” game, which suited me, a solo speed and reaction game.

I’d be naive if I didn’t acknowledge that a lot of people are a bit nudge-nudge-wink-wink about it, but it is completely innocent, and any Carry On style connotations go completely over the kid’s heads and it’s just the adults who sit quietly smirking.

There will be the minority of people who find the sausage too noisy for them, especially as the music speeds up, but bah-humbug to them. You can’t adjust the volume, which may be a problem for hearing impaired people, and I had to be careful not to cover the speaker with my hand or I’d miss the instruction. 

Silly Sausage will power down if he’s not been played with for a while. If you need to wake him up you just poke the button on his belly. He needs 2 AA batteries and they seem to last a good amount of time (we’ve played with him for days and he’s still going strong).

Silly Sausage

Silly Sausage costs around £19.99 and is available from all good toy shops and in online stores such as Amazon. The game is suitable for ages 7+ but my boy who has just turned six had no trouble at all with it, though smaller children with smaller hands might struggle a little.

I am not underplaying it when I say I really love Silly Sausage, I think it’s hilarious and I’ve always enjoyed playing fast reaction games. For my money, Silly Sausage is the best and funniest game this Christmas!

Disclosure: We received the Silly Sausage Game for the purposes of writing this review, all opinions and images are our own. Contains Amazon affiliate links.

Review: Mr Tumble’s Christmas Party CD

Everyone enjoys a sing along at Christmas and children are no exception. The small boy loves to join in with a rousing chorus of Jingle Bells or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. So when I heard about the new Mr Tumble’s Christmas Party CD I knew he’d enjoy listening to it in the run up to Christmas.

CBeebies favourite and star of Something Special, Mr Tumble, has released an album full of much-loved classic Christmas songs, with a Mr Tumble twist.

Mr Tumble's Christmas Party CD

The festive hits on the Mr Tumble’s Christmas Party CD include –

  1. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  2. Jingle Bells
  3. Here Comes Santa Claus
  4. Do You Wanna Build a Snowman
  5. Winter Wonderland
  6. Sleigh Ride 
  7. White Christmas
  8. Frosty the Snowman
  9. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  10. I Can’t Wait for Christmas Day
  11. Silent Night
  12. Let it Snow
  13. All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
  14. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  15. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  16. The Twelve Days of Christmas
  17. Little Drummer Boy
  18. The Christmas Song
  19. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Time
  20. We Wish You a Merry Christmas 

The CD is a cheery collection of Christmas songs, recorded especially for children and liberally dusted with Mr Tumble’s giggles, honks, Tumble chatter and other embellishments. It’s the kind of album which we’ll listen to in the car in December, ideal for getting the whole family in the mood for Christmas.

Mr Tumble's Christmas Party CD

The selection of songs is really well thought out. From Christmas classics such as The Twelve Days of Christmas, carols such as Silent Night, to contemporary favourites like Do You Wanna Build a Snowman from the hit film Frozen sung by Mr Tumble and his  friends, Justin, Lord Tumble, Aunt Polly and Grandad Tumble!

There’s something for everyone and if you’re looking for a Christmas CD for all the family, something which will engage pre-school age children and Mr Tumble fans, then the Mr Tumble’s Christmas Party CD fits the bill perfectly.

Mr Tumble’s Christmas Party CD is released on 4th November 2016, you can pre-order on Amazon and it is currently priced at £11.42.

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Giveaway & Review: Snowy Leopard Microwaveable Hottie

Of all the rooms in the house, my son’s bedroom is probably the coldest, which is great in the heat of the summer, but not so good during the cold winter months. To counter this we bundle him up in cosy pyjamas, tuck him up under an extra blanket and we have a little heater in his room to give it a boost when the temperature drops. One of the things he likes the most is having a microwaveable hottie to hug in bed. 

We were sent a Snowy Leopard Microwaveable Hottie from Aroma Home to put to the test. Aroma Home have been the market leader for children’s microwaveable hotties since they started producing and designing them back in 2000. They have an adorable collection of lavender scented characters which include a snuggly husky, an owl, a penguin, a reindeer and this snowy leopard.

Snowy Leopard Microwaveable Hottie

Each snuggable hottie has a removable tummy which is gently scented with lavender that can be warmed up separately in a microwave. To access the microwavable pouch, there is a hidden strip of velcro underneath the hottie which you open to remove the pouch. Microwave this for up to one minute and then put it back inside the hottie ready for cuddling.

I always think microwavable hotties are a great alternative to hot water bottles, I have horrors of hot water leaking out and burning the small boy, microwavable hotties seem much safer and are great for children. The lavender fragrance is also good for helping him to relax and drift off to sleep.

Snowy Leopard Microwaveable Hottie

I really like the Aroma Home Snowy Leopard Microwaveable Hottie. I think the removable microwavable pouch is excellent and much better than having to microwave a whole bear (which we had been doing previously, not great if you’ve spilt beans in the microwave and you’ve forgotten to clean it up).

The Snowy Leopard is incredibly snuggly and very lovely to cuddle. He is made from 100% polyester and he shouldn’t be microwaved. The small boy loved cuddling him in bed at night, he obviously found his soft snuggliness and lavender fragrance very soothing.

I do like sending the boy to bed knowing he’s got something warm to cuddle up with on the cold winter nights. These Snuggable Hotties cost £12.99 and are available directly from the Aroma Home website, or from a range of other retailers.

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Charity: Children in Need Pudsey and Friends DVD

This year Children in Need is on 18th November. Our favourite fundraising bear Pudsey has teamed up with Cbeebies and Abbey Home Media to put together a very special Pudsey and Friends DVD compilation, featuring 15 episodes from some of CBeebies’ best loved shows.

Pudsey and Friends DVD

The Pudsey and Friends DVD has over 3 hours of pre-school fun and includes the following episodes – 

  • Twirlywoos – Turning
  • Peter Rabbit – The Tale of Old Rusty
  • Something Special – Circus
  • Bing – Hearts
  • Teletubbies – Conga
  • In The Night Garden – Upsy Daisy only wants to Sing
  • Mike the Knight – The Snoring Dragon
  • Charlie & Lola – I Can Train Your Dog
  • Timmy Time – Timmy’s Picnic
  • Sarah and Duck – Sarah, Duck and The Penguins
  • Chuggington – Trainee Camp
  • The Furchester Hotel – Peckity Woodpecker
  • Octonauts – Porcupine Puffer
  • Cloudbabies – Rainbows Orchestra
  • Q Pootle 5 – Pootle’s New Spaceship

The Children in Need Pudsey and Friends DVD is a great way to raise money to help disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK. A minimum of £2 from the sale of every DVD will go towards helping children and young people across the UK have a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their full potential. 

Pudsey and Friends DVD

Compilation DVDs are always very popular with us, and the Pudsey and Friends DVD is no exception. I think we both appreciate a DVD with a variety of things to watch on it, and this DVD is jam packed with Cbeebies fun. It’s great value too, it’s currently just £5 on Amazon (with £2 going to Children in Need).

The Pudsey and Friends DVD is a very special compilation and a great way of entertaining young children. The DVD is full of familiar, well-loved characters from a whole range of Cbeebies favourites, all brought together to help raise funds for a fantastic cause.

The Pudsey and Friends DVD is rated U, it runs for 180 minutes and is widely available online and in the shops now.

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Giveaway & Review: Voluspa Maison Candle

As autumn turns into winter I like to fill my house with festive smells. Cinnamon and spruce are my go to scents at this time of the year. I think scented candles, especially in the run up to Christmas are a simple way of creating a cosy and festive atmosphere in the home. We were sent the Voluspa Maison Candle scented with spruce cuttings to put to the test, but what did we think?

Voluspa Maison Candle

The two wick Voluspa Maison candle comes in a beautifully decorated tin, so you can take it wherever you go.  The “Spruce Cuttings” candle is made from royal Colorado blue spruce cuttings, so when you light this candle the room is filled with an authentic spruce fragrance. The tin is also useful for keeping your candle dust free. I always find you can never adequately dust your candles, so a candle with a lid or cover is always welcome.

All Voluspa scented candles are made with without phthalates, parabens and sulfates. This lovely two wick scented candle is made from 11oz of coconut wax and has a burn time of around 50 hours.

Voluspa Maison Candle

The “Spruce Cuttings” Voluspa Maison Candle would be a lovely candle to have in the same room as your Christmas tree, enhancing its natural tree fragrance. The candle has a good throw – meaning that it fills the room fairly quickly with fragrance. I’ve had it lit downstairs this morning and I can still smell it upstairs. A good throw is generally an indicator of a good quality candle.

Voluspa Maison Candle

The Voluspa Maison Candle costs £20 which compared to other high end candles of this quality is good value. It’s made with high quality ingredients and the tin looks lovely and is the kind of thing I’d keep and keep bits and bobs in afterwards.

The Maison “Holiday” range includes several different festive fragrances including Cinnamon Ceylon and Copal and Visions of Sugar Plum, as well as a selection of different candle types including gift sets.

Voluspa candles are available on their website and from a range of retailers including House of Fraser.

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Toys: Meet the new Furby Connect

I was a bit old for a Furby the first time around, I was too cool for school and didn’t really get the attraction. But now I have a small boy of my own I see things through his eyes and the new, all singing, all dancing, all action Furby Connect is possibly the most exciting thing he’s clapped eyes on for a while. 

He’s never seen anything quite like it, and neither have we. It’s like one of the Gremlins has come to life! We will try our best not to get him wet – who knows what would happen if we did!

Furby Connect

The Furby was launched this autumn in time for Christmas and although he costs around £80 (though as ever there are deals and discounts widely available online), he would make a good “big present” for someone.

The Furby Connect is Bluetooth enabled, and apparently this means it knows what day it is. I imagine it will have a thing or two to say on Christmas Day morning. 

Furby Connect

He is easy to unbox, though you will need to unscrew his base from the cardboard and insert 4 AA batteries. Once he wakes up his eyes open and the talking, singing and giggling begin. We’d never quite seen anything like it and we were all in stitches within minutes.

Each Furby has 150 expressive animations which he conveys using his big LCD eyes, wiggling ears and light-up antenna. He is also the softest, fluffiest toy I’ve ever cuddled.

Apparently each Furby is different and acts and reacts differently to how you treat them. Our Furby liked to sit on my knee while I gently massaged him, I knew he liked it because he kept crooning “Oooo deep tissue” and making a happy face.

Furby Connect

We downloaded the app onto my son’s iPad and between the Furby and the app he’s already had hours and hours of fun with it all. With the app you can feed him, play games or take him to the toilet. The Furby Connect World app keeps your Furby updated and apparently brings in new Furby phrases, music, and videos every week that your Furby can interact with.

When the antenna glows on your Furby Connect, it means it is getting an update from the Furby Connect World app and there is something new to discover next time you open the app.

One of the things my son had enjoyed most with the app is hatching and raising Furblings from egg. Another big hit was feeding his Furby who would then let out a large burp – this is not the toy you use to teach table manners, but it is a lot of fun.

I did wonder how I’d ever be able to get our Furby to shut up so we could all get to sleep. Thankfully he comes with his own sleep mask which you attach to his face. After 30 seconds or so of snoring and sleepy noises, he does settle down for the night, only waking when you take his mask off. I really like this feature, I’ve spent the last six years jumping out of my skin when a noisy toy sets itself off in an otherwise silent house at night, so being able to guarantee silence is a big plus for us.

Watch our “Meet our Furby Connect” video here…

I am surprisingly un-irritated by our Furby Connect. I’ve come to look at him as a pet I don’t have to clean up after, and one I can switch off if I need to.

The small boy absolutely adores him. It’s early days but he is enjoying looking after him and making sure he is happy. 

I like that the app keeps him updated and that there are lots of additional play options in the app with the Furby. We also like that he’s really snuggly and adorable. He looks at you with these big eyes, coos gobbledygook at you and you can’t help but be a little bit smitten by him.

The Furby Connect is available for around £80 and you can find them in Purple, Teal, Pink and Blue (ours is the blue one). They are suitable for ages 6+, though younger ones may need some help navigating the app at first. They are widely available in toy shops and through online retailers such as Amazon.

Furby Connect

Disclosure: We received our Furby Connect for the purposes of writing this review, all opinions and images are our own. Contains Amazon affiliate links.