10 Best Piñatas Reviewed & Rated in 2019

Pinatas are pretty much a birthday staple these days. Kids love getting to try their hand at opening fun, colorful pinatas to unload a treasure trove of candy and toys. Whether you’re interested in a pull-string pinata or a classic pinata, you deserve a range of options to find the style that best fits your family. Below, we’ve gathered ten of the best pinatas on the market. Stock up on goodies to fill them with and get ready for some fun!

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These pinatas are anything but a swing and a miss! In fact, they’re such a hit that we’ve had to replace four low stock or unavailable items in this round of updates. Check out our latest additions: Hello Kitty, the Ya Otta Tank, the Ya Otta Tractor, and the Blue Panda Mini Unicorns!

10 Best Piñatas Reviewed

 

1. Hello Kitty

1. Hello Kitty
“Hello Kitty, hello dear friend! Your smile is pretty as a flower that’s in bloom. Love is in your heart, you feel so happy too, hey!” If this catchy little jingle rings any bells for you, you likely have a Hello Kitty enthusiast in the house.
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Surprise them on their birthday with their favorite Sanrio friend! The Ya Otta Hello Kitty pull-string pinata can be played with one of two ways: hit it like a traditional pinata, or use the strings at the bottom. One string will open the pinata to reveal the candy but all others are just loosely attached strings. This way you can keep the darling Hello Kitty pinata around for a few days after the party!

Benefits

Pinatas are a great social activity for kids. It gets everyone together in a group and working towards the same goal. This Hello Kitty Pinata is the perfect party accessory for any feline fans out there!

What We Like About It

It’s nice to have the option of pull strings if you want to opt out of a bat or stick. Plus this pinata is, by all accounts, sturdily made and ready to party with your sweet peas!

Cost and Value

This pinata is pretty moderately priced and is well made. The Hello Kitty design is cute and executed with detail; you’re not getting a weird knock-off cat that looks out of proportion.
Pros

Well made

Pull string option

Cute Hello Kitty Design

Sturdy

Can hold about 2.5 pounds of candy

Cons

Poor packaging; some pinatas arrived damaged

Small/thin fill-hole, so it takes a while to put the candy and goodies in

2. Mermaid Unique Industries

2. Mermaid Unique Industries
She looks like an extra from the movie Aquamarine but she's actually filled with candy. This goodie-filled mermaid is sure to bring a splash of fun to any summer-themed party.
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Summer parties really are some of the best, but what happens when you want to bring a little bit of summer indoors during those cold winter months? This mermaid piñata is the perfect way to add a little splash of tropical fun to your child's party. This cute little Mermaid has all the features of a traditional seafaring woman, complete with bright pink hair and a vibrant teal tail. Even her facial expression is highly detailed and she's wearing a look that's almost as if to say, "Surprise! I'm filled with goodies". At least that's what we think, anyway! The unique aspect to this piñata is that you don't actually need to whack it -- There's a pull-string at the bottom that allows kids to release all of the candy in one hard tug. Don't worry, this piñata is definitely not an easy one to pop open... The string is designed to release the goodies hiding inside only when the string is pulled hard enough at the right angle!

Benefits
There are multiple ways to release all the treasures hiding inside which is great for those parents who want to put their own goodies inside. It comes empty and with two options to expose the filler inside, you'll have free reign over what's hiding inside for your little ones.

What We Like About It
This fanciful mermaid is a ton of fun and super versatile for indoor and outdoor parties as well as good throughout any time of year. It's also incredibly age-friendly since the pull-string allows for little kid participation without dealing with a bunch of kids swinging sticks and potentially injuring each other.
Pros

Pull-string allows for easy release

Comes empty so you can choose the filler

Highly detailed and colorful

Large size

Perfect for beach-themed parties

Cons

It can be tough to break open with a stick

3. Fire Engine Unique

3. Fire Engine Unique
Did someone call the fire department? Because we think this decoration is on fire! It's sure to be a hit at any party, especially if you have fans of fire safety there. Firefighters are tres, tres cool.
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Whoa, talk about holding a fire truck's worth of candy! This brazen truck can hold up to two pounds which is much more than most parents need for one party, but it sure does allow for options. This is the ultimate in parties for little boys or even for girls who love playing with cars. The truck is incredibly detailed for being a decorative candy-holder and even features characters and a tiny dog, characteristic of old-school fire trucks. This bright red would catch any child's attention and we wouldn't be surprised if they simply won't be able to wait to tear into this vibrant rescue engine. The truck can be hung with a loop string that's found on the top and can be placed indoors or outdoors. It's the perfect addition to any party since it can hold any variety of candy you choose, included themed candies for parties and celebrations. You could even store tiny prizes in here since the weight limit is so allowing of heavier items!

Benefits
This piñata is huge which means you can fit just about anything inside of it. That also means that it will be put to good use at larger parties and won't look small and inconsequential at rented halls or in large gathering rooms or spaces.

What We Like About It
The theme of firefighters is something that many kids fall in love with at a young age. It's neutral but also something that's fun, colorful, and easy enough to plan a party around. It also goes hand in hand with some popular children's television shows as well.
Pros

Vibrantly colored

A popular theme for young kids

Can hold two pounds of candy

Larger than most products

Comes with a loop for easy hanging

Cons

It could be stronger in order to hold the maximum amount of candy

4. Rhode Island Novelty Mini Donkey

4. Rhode Island Novelty Mini Donkey
You don't get one but three options to send candy spilling down below with this option. It's traditional, yet three times the fun.
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For a more traditional spin on children's birthday parties, these donkey piñatas are a perfect place to start. They're not oversized and since there are three to a set, they'd still be great for larger parties and kids can count on having three candy-holders to burst open. Each one of these donkeys is brightly colored and can be filled easily through an opening on each of the legs, making for a sturdy and solid container to hold all of your candy. They can be hung indoors or outdoors and fit with most themes, as they're neutral and traditional in design. Each donkey is attached via a streamer that runs down the center so this decorative element can also be used as a hanging decoration to add a bright burst of color or a pop of fun to any party. They're great for any age, kids or adults, and their high quality makes them the perfect option for a general game of "pop the piñata".

Benefits
This is about as traditional as traditional gets when it comes to trying your best to cause a candy-filled explosion. These donkeys are adorable and are sure to incite giggles of glee when it comes time to start a sugar rush and a mad dash to see who can get the most candy.

What We Like About It
We love that these donkeys come in a set of three. You have the option for turning them into a fun decoration or you can have your kids descend on all three at once -- The more candy collecting, the better!
Pros

Set of three

Cute and colorful

Traditional style

Can be used as a decoration

Neutral for any party theme

Cons

They're somewhat small

5. Ya Otta Tank

5. Ya Otta Tank
Roll out with this awesome Ya Otta Tank pinata! If you’ve got a little one that’s all about tank and army action these days, throw a themed party they’ll love. This tank pinata is perfect for GI Joe parties, or even Toy Story ones (think of the little green army men).
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It measures about sixteen inches wide, six and a half inches high, and nine inches deep. It’s a pull string pinata so you can opt out of a bat or stick if you feel that the traditional pinata customs might be a little too dangerous for a rowdy or really young group.

Benefits

Pinatas can help to develop hand eye coordination. Pull string pinatas are more about luck than athleticism or aim but they’re also more age-inclusive. Toddlers might have a hard time swinging something heavy enough to break that pinata open but even tiny tots can manage a pull string.

What We Like About It

It’s a cute, simple little tank. And if you have a child that is easily attached to their toys, you can keep the tank around for them to play with after the party as long as you’re not smashing it to pieces.

Cost and Value

The Ya Otta pinatas are pretty well priced. They are a little small and they take a little longer to fill (unless you cut a bigger hole), but they’re well made and will hold up under some rough play.
Pros

Durable

Fun tank design

Pull-string option

Can hold a moderate amount of candy and toys

Cons

Small fill hole, hard to find

Pull-strings don’t always work

6. Ya Otta Tractor

6. Ya Otta Tractor
Ride on in style with the Ya Otta Tractor pinata. Have a little one that loves cars? Or maybe your birthday bash is centered around farms with cute little animals and fun barnyards decorating the event.
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The Ya Otta tractor is a darling addition for any tots interested in vehicles or farm life. It measure roughly ten inches high, six inches wide, and sixteen and a half inches long. It’s small enough that it won’t be a hassle to hang or fill, but it still holds a decent amount of goodies.

Benefits

This tractor pinata is heavy-duty on the bottom, so brace it appropriately and get ready for some heavy hitting! Pinatas can help develop motor skills, hand eye coordination, and social skills.

What We Like About It

It’s cute and unique. Kids will be jumping at the chance to take a swing at this old tractor and plow through the candy and goodies inside.

Cost and Value

The pinata is small but it really is durable. Everyone will likely get a turn hitting at it as long as you brace the top properly. (Lots of families have had success with zip ties.). Given the quality, we think it’s a fair price.
Pros

Awesome tractor design

Durable; kids will get a turn

Traditional pinata (no pull-strings)

Helps develop hand eye coordination and motor skills

Cons

Small

Bottom is extremely durable (difficult to break, even), but top breaks off easily with weight of candy

7. Dragon Aztec Imports Inc.

7. Dragon Aztec Imports Inc.
As far as the mythical and medieval go, dragons are definitely the top contender when it comes to driving home the theme. However, they are also represented in the Chinese culture as well, making this poppable party bag totally versatile.
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Ready to spice things up a bit? Dragons traditionally have roots in Chinese culture but this one finds its place with Aztec Imports Inc. as a fiery little dragon. In fact, the company claims you can "set the party on fire" with this dragon. While that's not something you want to do in a literal sense, it will definitely bring a sense of wonder and amusement to your child's party. When your little one walks in with their friends, their eyes will immediately widen at the sight of this crazy themed piñata, complete with tiny horns, large glaring eyes, and vibrant colors. You can choose either red or green and it's up to you to fill it with your child's favorite candies. It's a large dragon and can hold up to two pounds of candy, making it ideal for big parties.

Benefits
This crazy cascading dragon holds all the magic and wonder that kids look for in that one party surprise. It'll be a crowd pleaser as well as a statement piece for any birthday party or holiday celebration.

What We Like About It
The vibrantly colored tissue paper that adorns this dragon is what makes it stand out in the center of a room. It can be used indoors or outside for a grand celebration and will have no problem taking center stage.
Pros

Super vibrant

Adorned with dragon-themed details

Holds up to two pounds of candy

Good for large groups

Doesn't break too easily

Cons

The green option looks more like a dinosaur

8. Blue Panda Unicorn 3 Pack

8. Blue Panda Unicorn 3 Pack
These mini unicorns are full of magic! Constructed with white tissue paper, these authentic mini pinatas are a fun little event for any celebration. At 5.25” by 8.7”, these little guys are extra cute and won’t take up a whole ton of space while you wait to be able to hang them.
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They’re strong so everyone can take a whack at them; they won’t break open super easily and leave party-goers with a turn. Shaped like little unicorns, these are sure to add some spark and pizzazz to your special day.

Benefits

These traditional pinatas help promote hand eye coordination and motor skills all while being tons of fun! Children will learn to take turns, be patient, and enjoy their spoils for good behavior and teamwork.

What We Like About It

They’re so little! That might not. Be ideal for every party, but it does give you the opportunity to set up multiple areas and have three rounds going at once, or cycle through pinatas in the same area until all party goers have a shot.

Cost and Value

These little guys are a great value. They’re smaller, but you’re getting three for the price of one, and they aren’t cheaply made; they’ll hold up while taking a beating.
Pros

Three pinatas per pack

Cute unicorn design

Durable

Traditional pinata (no pull-strings)

Cons

Small

A little tougher to break open

9. Reusable Party Goodie Gusher

9. Reusable Party Goodie Gusher
We'll bet you didn't know that you could be so eco-friendly when it comes to party favors, but it's true. This Goodie Gusher will continue gushing goodies until it completely falls apart, which isn't likely to happen anytime soon.
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The beautiful thing about modernizing traditional party games and favors is that they get much-needed updates that can help in a plethora of ways. Believe it or not, this is a reusable piñata that can be strung up for multiple parties and still be used just like it was the first day you opened it. This cute little pink cylinder works in a slightly different way than most piñatas, so let us explain. For starters, there's no need for a bat or stick in order to break it open. Rather, kids will take turns pulling the little tabs found throughout its exterior in the hopes of being the one to make it rain candy. It's playfully adorned with emojis which are relevant to the current generation and make it super trendy. It's perfect for all ages but works very well for younger kids who might not be old enough to swing a bat in the hopes of hitting their piñata.

Benefits
This is a nearly accident-free way of enjoying all the traditional fun that comes with swinging a bat and releasing a wave of yummy candy. It's a safe and effective way to incorporate this fun tradition into your child's party without worrying about coordination and timing.

What We Like About It
The fact that this product is reusable is one of our favorite things. Not only is it eco-friendly, but it's a great way to continuously throw parties while having a great element of fun and something kids will surely love.
Pros

Reusable for multiple parties

Eco-friendly

No need for a bat or stick

Friendly for younger kids

Eye-catching

Cons

The cardboard can tear easily if kids pull on the tabs too hard

10. Vampire Coffin Unique Industries

10. Vampire Coffin Unique Industries
Stumped as far as how to provide entertainment for a Halloween party? Don't worry, we've got you covered! With candy and a bit of spook, that is. Muhahaha!
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There is absolutely no reason as to why candy can't come from a piñata rather than a bowl on Halloween! This vampire is super cool and just awesome enough to be deserving of your next Halloween party. It can be used any time of year for any type of horror-themed party and can be filled with up to two pounds of delicious candy. The product itself is shipped flat to save on space but is easily set up by pulling the colored strings on either side. The front of this coffin features a creepy-looking vampire that's been painted in stunning detail for something your kids will smash to bits, but wait -- They won't need to with this one! What do we mean by that? You'll notice a string coming from the bottom of the coffin. By pulling this string in just enough in just the right way, your child will be seconds away from a candy waterfall, no sticks necessary. Kids are going to have a blast taking turns pulling the string that's guarded by this eerie-looking vamp.

Benefits
A stickless piñata is a safe one and we love that pulling a string is all it takes to send candy flying. It's thoughtful and inventive and definitely creates a safer environment for younger kids.

What We Like About It
We love that this vampire has been adapted to fit a specific theme and possibly even a specific holiday. It just goes to show that piñatas really can be found for any party and any celebration.
Pros

Great for Halloween

Stickless fun makes for a safer game

Can be filled with two pounds of candy

Features up to eight strings that can release candy

Spooky without being too scary

Cons

It can be challenging to fill

Criteria Used in the Evaluation of the Best Piñatas for Kids

Many of us have taken a swing at those magical piñatas without knowing where they came from or what their significance is, and this is something we’ll get into in a bit. For now, we want to thoroughly explain how it is that we arrived at this list that we’ve presented here for you. You might think it’s easy to inspect a cardboard box covered with decorative paper and make a “yes” or “no” decision but, in reality, our research process was much more thorough than that. Before we write about anything, we must first learn all that we can about it in order to make the best decisions possible based on our gathered knowledge. Along with the history and purpose of a product, this also includes its benefits. So, you ask, what is beneficial about a candy-filled cardboard shape? Let’s discuss.

Most obviously, it’s a fun game to play complete with great party favors that kids will be walking away with after playing it. However, piñatas are so much more than that. They’re a means for social interaction and for getting kids involved because there’s no particular skill needed in order to be the one to cover the room in candy. All you need is a good sense of direction and a lucky shot in order to be the “winner”. That’s the other wonderful thing about this game — There really is no “winner”, per say. Once the box is broken open and candy has spilled out, it’s fair game for any around to jump in the middle and grab what they can. This is a game meant for celebration, not for competition, and that’s part of why we love it so much. It will encourage kids to work together in order to achieve their goal which is, of course, getting all the candy possible!

In order to determine what was “high quality” for products such as these, we needed to ensure that each piñata would last and wouldn’t just explode on one hit. While there are products on here that are a bit easier to break into than others — and have been listed as such in each summary — there are plenty on here that provide quite a bit of a challenge. Overall, each of these items has been deemed worthy of a party and suitable for several rounds of smashing.

You wouldn’t be interested in something that doesn’t look pretty, right? Right! That’s why all of these options, whether colorful, traditional, or themed, have been evaluated based on their appearance as well. Each one came in a delightful design that we thought would be appropriate for any age, at any type of celebration.

A Little History of the Piñata

What began as a Mexican tradition has now found its way into the hearts of many a party-thrower. Posada is the actual name for the “breaking of the piñata” and is still a popular tradition in their culture for celebrations and holidays. Contrary to what’s believed today, it’s traditionally a game that is played as long as possible. Children take turns in order of the oldest to the youngest in order to ensure that everyone can have a shot at being the one to release the candy inside. There is also a specific rule about how long a turn can last, which is based on how long it takes to sing the “piñata song”, which is translated into English as the following:

“Hit-it hit-it hit-it, don’t lose your aim,
Because if you lose it, you will lose your way.
Now you’ve hit it once,
Now you’ve hit it twice,
Now you’ve hit it three times,
And your time is up.”

Once this song is over, so is the turn of the current player, and the stick is passed along to the next person in line. Of course, you don’t have to sing this song — It just adds to the fun! It would be difficult to do this with stickless products but is a fun way to incorporate original customs into your own party game. Traditionally, very young children are not blindfolded like the older kids in order to even the playing field. The trick to reaching the candy without it becoming a one-shot deal is to choose the correct type of stick; this is also another component that remains traditional in Mexican culture. A baseball bat is not used as it is too heavy and will shorten the game so instead, a broom handle is the appropriate stick of choice. It’s fairly lightweight, thin enough to add to the challenge, and easy to swing without being unevenly balanced or too heavy. Let’s talk about filling — Normally, a Christmas piñata would be filled with healthier prizes than a regular one and can contain tiny oranges or tangerines and even bits of nuts and occasionally some candies. Regular piñatas do contain a variety of candies but can also hold little toys as well. The good news is that you can put whatever you want into yours, including tiny prizes, small party favors, candies, little snacks, glow sticks, dress-up jewelry, craft supplies, or even money!

FAQ

Q: What is the safest way to hang the piñata?

A: Our suggestion would be to hang it from the sturdiest tree branch you can find or in a wide doorway. Most of the smashing should take place outdoors or in a larger space in order to prevent damage or injury to others. With a long enough line (such as cable or fishing line), it can be hung in the middle as well, if the cord is attached at either end to a point in the room.

Q: Where can I find tiny prizes to act as a filler?

A: You can easily find filler products at places like the dollar store or a department store, but Amazon also has plenty of fun goodies if you search for “party favors”.

Q: Is this safe for all ages?

A: Yes! This is definitely a game that is age-friendly. Our suggestion would be to go with a product that features a stickless option in order to ensure that everyone can play and that there’s no risk of injury.

Q: Would these be suitable for older kids as well, for example at a graduation party?

A: Any of these would make a perfectly fun addition to any type of party. These products are timeless and ageless and are appreciated by everyone. Depending on what your filler is, they can appeal to a wide variety of age groups.

Q: Is it reusable?

A: There is only one product on our list that’s reusable, and it’s produced by Goodie Gusher. This can be reused as long as it holds up and doesn’t take on too much wear and tear and it’s also stick-free for risk-free fun.

Q: How far should kids stand when someone is taking a turn?

A: This is a great and important question. In order to maintain a safe distance, we’d recommend positioning kids in a circle at least four to five feet from the person who is taking a swing. It’s suggested that you steer them in the right direction before giving them the okay, but every child should be alert and aware so that they can move, should the swinging become too far off-course.

Sources

  1. Unknown Author, History of the Piñata, Informative Article, Jan 15, 2019
  2. Diane Selkirk, The Mysterious Origins of the Pinata, Travel Article, Jan 12, 2019
  3. Justin Cecil, Interesting facts about the piñata, Blog Article, Jan 04, 2019