In this review of the ROMPA Maxi Bubble Tube we will explore everything about what I think is the best and most reliable bubble tube you can buy.
I will start off with a bit of back-story, when our son was first diagnosed with autism my husband and I agreed that he would need a sensory room, I myself am autistic, so I already knew what an autistic child’s sensory needs would be.
Long before we bought this excellent ROMPA bubble tube, one of the first things we bought for our son’s sensory room was a cheap bubble tube (I apologise, I cannot disclose the name of the seller or manufacturer of said bubble tube due to legal threats against us). We built up our sensory room around the cheap bubble tube assuming it was a quality item. After four months the cheap bubble tube started to leak! It had ruined about half of the special needs toys and equipment we had saved up for years for. Both my son and I had multiple meltdowns over weeks while my husband tried to obtain a refund and compensation while helping us deal with our meltdowns, eventually after around three months of much discordance and obtaining legal information from solicitors, the aforementioned seller and manufacturer paid out. I could write a book with the amount of excuses and lies they gave my husband during this time, but I wont go into that here as I want to move on to ROMPA’s amazing bubble tube and service.
My husband and I agreed that if we were to get another bubble tube, we would have to go for a quality retailer and manufacturer. We already knew a lot about ROMPA and had always wanted ROMPA equipment in our child’s sensory room, we thought things were a bit expensive at first, but trust me, you get what you pay for! We put the money that was refunded to us and saved up for months and finally bought the ROMPA maxi bubble tube, we went for the 2 metre one, because why not? We saved a lot of money by filling in the VAT relief form when going through the checkout, which your child is valid for if they are disabled, if you need more information on this, click here. There are also charities that may be able to help you afford this sort of thing for your disabled child, such as the Newlife charity.
When the bubble tube arrived it was already set up, no messing about with tubes and ties, it just came in one piece. We just put it in place, filled it with water, put the lid on, and turned it on, simple, just the way it should be.
This thing is tall, our son loves it, he hugs it every night watching the bubbles, plastic fish and cubes during his sensory time before bed.
The bubbles are nice and big and there are millions of them, when they start, the plastic fish and cubes bob up and down through the bubble tube weaving in and out of the bubbles. You can get the fish from here and the cubes from here.
It has a nice low pitched hum sound when its turned on, our son likes to mimic the sound.
The colours are very vivid and bright, perfect for children with special needs to help visual processing and colour recognition.
Speaking of colours, the bubble tube changes to many different colours, but we didn’t realise we could interact with it until I read more about ROMPA’s WIFI switches, we saved up for one and bought it (this one) but recently have upgraded to this one. We also got this cool talking WIFI cube here which also changes the colour of the bubble tube. the switches work with all our WIFI enabled ROMPA equipment. You can read our review of the ROMPA Deluxe 8 Colour Wirefree Controller here.
When the WIFI switch arrived it just worked, no setup, we literally opened the box, pressed a button, and the bubble tube changed colour! You don’t need any computer experience, it just works, here is a video we took of the different colours and the bubbles stopping and starting using the WIFI switch:
We have had the ROMPA maxi bubble tube for about 18 months now and its been perfect. No faults, no leaks, no problems, just what you’d expect from the makers of equipment for people with special needs.
We empty it once every 4 months to add fresher water, and in between that window of time we keep the water clean using BCB, which you can also get from ROMPA here.
Its really easy to empty too, just attach the drainage pipe that comes with the bubble tube, put the other end of the pipe in the sink, and turn the valve ….. that’s it!
If you have the money, I highly recommend this bubble tube. Our son has been so happy with his ROMPA equipment, as long as ROMPA keep pumping out quality equipment and keep up their fantastic customer service, I’ll keep buying.
If you want to buy it, click HERE.
We are not affiliated with ROMPA, we are just very happy customers – find out more about Perianne and her experience of using sensory products at http://specialneedsandsensoryplayideas.com/ or join her Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/300929950082444/.