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Baby Activity Centers: Ratings of Sources

Total of 21 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
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Baby Activity Centers
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentThis buyer's guide provides information on types of stationary activity centers, features, shopping advice and general safety tips. Editors don't conduct testing or provide ratings, instead, this guide lists major manufacturers in alphabetical order. The report does include specific models in its discussion, based on the features offered. The report is the most comprehensive coverage of stationary activity centers we found.
2. Baby Bargains
Eighth edition, 2009
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by Denise and Alan Fields
Our AssessmentConsumer advocates and authors Denise and Alan Fields discuss baby activity centers in the latest edition of their popular baby-gear book. Their coverage primarily focuses on bouncer seats, which we don't cover in this report, although they do recommend one floor mat-style activity center.
3. BabyGizmo.com
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Activity Centers
by Editors of BabyGizmo.com
Our AssessmentThis comprehensive buyer's guide to activity centers includes a list of five editor's picks. While it's not clear what methodology was used in selecting the top five, the overall article is packed with valuable information, and each recommended model has a detailed description and review.
4. Tibesti.com
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Best Infant Activity Centers
by Carley Roney
Our AssessmentCarley Roney, editor-in-chief and cofounder of baby website TheBump.com, offers her top picks for infant activity centers. There are no comments beyond the product name, however.
5. Amazon.com
As of Dec. 2009
Baby Activity Centers
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentMore than a dozen baby activity centers are reviewed on Amazon.com, with most models receiving at least 10 reviews. For instance, the Graco Baby Einstein Discover and Play Activity Center gets an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 based on more 80 reviews, while the Bright Starts Tropical Fun Around We Go Activity Station receives an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 based on 150 reviews.
6. Amazon.com
As of Dec. 2009
Baby Play Mats
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAbout two dozen baby play mats are reviewed on Amazon.com, with a few models receiving several hundred reviews. The Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies & Lights Deluxe Gym gets an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 based on 170 reviews, while the Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe Lights and Music and Graco's Baby Einstein Seek and Discover Activity Gym both receive an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 based on more than 540 and 370 reviews, respectively.
7. ToysRUs.com
As of Dec. 2009
Gyms and Playmats
by Contributors to ToysRUs.com
Our AssessmentToysRUs.com offers consumers the opportunity to post reviews of products that they've used. While many play mats on this site have only a few reviews, a handful have accumulated several hundred reviews. The Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe Lights and Music Play Mat and Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym each have an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 based on more than 400 and 520 owner-written reviews, respectively. The Fisher-Price Precious Planet All Around Musical Playtime Gym has accumulated more than 45 reviews but has an average rating of only 3 stars, while the Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Discovery Gym has an average rating of only 2 stars, based on more than 30 reviews.
8. Babies 'R' Us
As of Dec. 2009
Stationary Entertainers
by Contributors to BabiesRUs.com
Our AssessmentMore than 15 stationary entertainers are available on BabiesRUs.com. The Evenflo SmartSteps ExerSaucer Mega and Graco Baby Einstein Stationary Entertainer (Discover and Play Activity Center) have accumulated over 220 and 250 reviews, respectively, and each has an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Most of the reviews here are highly positive, and most models average a rating of 4 stars, although some have more reviews than others.
9. ConsumerReports.org
April 2007
Baby Walkers
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentWhile this roundup is related to baby walkers rather than the stationary activity centers we cover in this report, the testing includes one stationary activity center with a walk-around feature. In general, the editors advise using stationary activity centers rather than walkers due to safety concerns.
10. Target.com
As of Dec. 2009
Baby Gear: Gyms and Play Mats
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentTarget.com offers a useful navigation feature that displays all available products in a category as well as the average rating, number of reviews and price. More than 50 gyms and play mats are available. The Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe Lights and Music has more than 200 owner-written reviews and an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. The Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl and Fisher-Price Rainforest 123 Musical Gym have 150 and 215 reviews, respectively; each has an average rating of 3 stars. The Infantino Happy Hippo Gym has an average rating of only 2 stars, based on more than 115 reviews.
11. Target.com
As of Dec. 2009
Baby Gear: Entertainers
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentThe search results on Target.com are easy to navigate, because all available products in the category appear with the average rating and number of reviews clearly visible. Among entertainers, the Bright Starts Tropical Fun Around We Go Activity Station is the most favorably reviewed, with an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 based on nearly 130 reviews.
12. TheFamilyGroove.com
Jan. 2009
The ExerSaucer Files
by Erin K. Butler
Our AssessmentThis brief review lists Erin K. Butler's favorite exersaucers and stationary entertainers. The article doesn't include much background information, but each recommended product does get a descriptive paragraph.
13. LilaGuide.com
As of Dec. 2009
Activity Centers
by Contributors to LilaGuide.com
Our AssessmentLilaGuide.com is owned and operated by the same company that owns the popular sites TheKnot.com and TheBump.com. Consumers are able to post reviews of a wide variety of baby and parenting-related products, including activity centers. Favorably reviewed stationary activity centers include the Graco Baby Einstein Discover & Play Activity Center and the ExerSaucer Mega Active Learning Center, which both have an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 based on 125 and 150 reviews, respectively. Floor-style activity centers receiving positive reviews include the Graco Baby Einstein Discover & Play Activity Gym and the Gymini Super Deluxe Lights and Music, which also each have an average rating of 4, based on 180 and 235 reviews, respectively.
14. Walmart.com
As of Dec. 2009
Baby Activity Centers
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWhile only five products appear in the search results for baby activity centers, the volume of owner-written reviews makes this a valuable stop when searching for overall opinion on a particular model. Most activity centers have a few dozen reviews, while the Graco Baby Einstein Discover & Play Activity Center has more than 85 reviews with a perfect 5-star rating.
15. About.com
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Top 7 Stationary Play Centers for Baby
by Heather Corley
Our AssessmentHeather Corley, About.com's guide to baby products, recommends seven stationary play centers. She doesn't describe what criteria she used to select these particular models, and it appears that no formal testing was conducted. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
16. About.com
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Top 8 Play Gyms and Play Mats for Baby
by Heather Corley
Our AssessmentAbout.com's guide to baby products provides a list of the top eight baby play gyms and play mats. The recommendations appear to be based on the features offered by each model, although specific methodology isn't described. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
17. ConsumerGuide.com
May 2006 May
Baby Activity Center Reviews
by Editors of ConsumerGuide.com
Our AssessmentThree activity centers receive full expert reviews on ConsumerGuide.com. The Graco Baby Einstein Discover and Play 4635BEE is named a best buy, with an expert rating of 4 out of a possible 5. This particular model was the subject of a recall in May of 2007 due to a choking hazard, but newer model numbers are identical other than missing the plastic covering on the soft toy tower, which was the focus of the recall.
18. Viewpoints.com
As of Dec. 2009
Baby Activity Centers
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com is a newer consumer review site that also provides a useful snapshot of information on each individual product page, including a summary of the reviews and the percentage of reviewers who recommend the product. While the volume of reviews isn't as significant here as it is on some other consumer-review sites, the Graco Baby Einstein Discover & Play Entertainer has accumulated more than 60 owner-written reviews and has an average rating of 4.69 stars out of 5.
19. Viewpoints.com
As of Dec. 2009
Baby Activity Gyms
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentA search for baby activity gyms on Viewpoints.com results in more than 15 play mats, although most have garnered only a few reviews at the time of our visit. The Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies & Lights Gym has an average rating of 4.75 stars out of 5, based on a dozen owner-written reviews.
20. GaltTech.com
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Baby Exersaucer Reviews and Buying Guide
by Editor of GaltTech.com
Our AssessmentThis buyer's guide to baby exersaucers and activity centers provides general background information on stationary activity centers and includes recommendations for the best exersaucer, top rated play center and budget stationary baby activity center.
21. About.com
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Graco Baby Einstein Discover and Play Activity Center
by Robin Elise Weiss
Our AssessmentRobin Elise Weiss, About.com's guide to pregnancy and birth, reviews the Discover & Play Activity Center by Baby Einstein, giving it a perfect 5-star rating. The only drawback she lists for this model is that the music sounds canned; otherwise, the review is very positive. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)

Baby Activity Centers Runners Up:

Evenflo ExerSaucer Mega Farmyard *Est. $60

2 picks by top review sites.

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Evenflo ABC SmartSteps ExerSaucer
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Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym
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from Amazon.com
New: $69.99 $58.88   
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Evenflo Farmyard Mega ExerSaucer
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New: $69.99   
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