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ABST Bubble Playpen 18+2 ABST-BL20 review

Priced at $170.

CHOICE Expert Rating

18%

What is the CHOICE Expert Rating

CHOICE Expert rating

This is the product's overall performance score, based on key tests conducted by our industry experts in the CHOICE labs.

Good points

• Has a gate, so there's no need to lift the child over the sides.
• No tool is needed to assemble or disassemble.
• Can be reconfigured into other rectangular or square sizes.
• Has a toy panel.

Bad points

• Serious safety failures: 1. Laminated adhesive decors are supplied unattached and pose ingestion and inhalation hazards. 2. Gate is insufficiently childproof and lock does not engage automatically when closed. 3. Major finger, limb and head entrapment hazards at numerous points on and between panels (including gate and toy panel). 4. Structural inadequacy as the panels can be separated by applying a vertical force quite easily.
5. Potential footholds which could be used for climbing out of the enclosure.
• Minor issue: Too easy for a child to lift.
• Up to 40 individual pieces to put together.
• Feels heavy, large, tends not to keep its form well (easily misshaped) and some panels separate easily.
Recommended View more details.

Products we've recommended have passed all our safety and durability tests. We sometimes find that no products pass all our safety tests, so that we can't recommend any, but usually find some models with only minor failures that are still worth considering.

No
Performance score View more details.

Whether the playpen passes our safety requirements. We look at footholds, head/limb entrapment, security and more.

0%
CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

Overall score consists of 70% performance score (including safety tests) and 30% ease of use score.

18%
Ease of use score View more details.

How easy the playpens are to set up and pack up, and how easy it is for a carer to access a child in the playpen.

60%
Passed key safety requirements View more details.

Models that pass key safety requirements have no serious issues. Ones that score around 60-65% for performance may have minor hazards such as a door that doesn't self-close or edges/projections that could injure if a child runs into them. Serious failures include detachable small parts, snagging/strangulation hazards, clmbing footholds or failure of the limb or head entrapment requirements of both Australian cot and European playpen standards.

No
Availability
Tested model
Price View more details.

This is a typical retail price, but you may find it cheaper by shopping around.

$170
Origin View more details.

Claimed country of origin.

China
Shape View more details.

The main shape of the playpen. Some can be configured into different shapes. We generally test with the largest shape.

4-sided
Material
Plastic
Height (cm)
65
Width (cm)
188
Length (cm)
225
Dimensions when set up (H X W x D, cm) View more details.

Our measured dimensions, which can vary if the playpen has multiple configurations.

65 x 188 x 225
Weight including accessories (kg) View more details.

Overall weight of the playpen. Individual panel specifications may vary.

18.3
Contact
Ausway Pacific (crazysales.com.au)
Mattress View more details.

A padded base adds comfort and may be an optional extra.

No
Gate View more details.

A gate is handy to avoid bending over to take your child out. Unsafe playpens don't have sufficiently childproof gates.

Yes

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