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Evenflo ExerSaucer review

DJ Maggie Moo laying down the phat beats from one til twoI’ll point out before you go much further into this that we do not have a currently manufactured Evenflo ExerSaucer. Ours, if I am guessing right, was discontinued a couple of years back but the basics are the same on any new models. The Evenflo ExerSaucer is a toy that brings joy to my baby, and as such I love it.

I’ll admit, when ITMama brought the thing home I asked her if she was attempting to get Maggie started early on her training for a mall information desk worker. The thing looked big, ugly, and the type of thing people think they need for their kids that ends up taking up space and never giving back.

I was wrong… well, not initially I wasn’t, but when Maggie reached about five months this thing started to be her jam. We call it her DJ booth as she looks a little like the first time I saw DeadMau5 on stage – twiddling with knobs over here, there, laying down the phat beats while spinning tracks.

Unfortunately, on our version at least, the tracks are The Itsy-Bitsy Spider (in an alternate key,) The Muffin Man, and various exclamations about what color a particular shape is.

So much so that I’ve got them almost memorized by now.

When Maggie’s cranky, we slap her in her DJ booth, sing the “Maggie’s a DJ” song which sort of goes to the tune of the KitKat jingle “Maggie Moo, Maggie Moo, laying down the phat beats from one til two.”

The only complaint I have about the Evenflo ExerSaucers is that the base where their feet end up is plastic instead of rubber. This makes a socked baby unable to turn properly, which leads to great frustration. I think I’m going to slap some yoga mat pieces down to give her more traction in the turns. It appears the base is the same in all of the newer ones.

ITMama has said that if she knew how much Maggie would have loved this thing she would have considered purchasing a new one. Ours is from a consignment sale and is missing one toy that we don’t know what it is due to it not existing in any form on the net any more.

The Evenflo ExerSaucers are available on Amazon between $60 and $130 depending on options. The one that appears to have the closest feature set to what we have is the Evenflo ExerSaucer Triple Fun Active Learning Center, Life in The Amazon which comes in at $96.30, and is also appropriately available at Amazon.

Evenflo ExerSaucer
Evenflo ExerSaucer Triple Fun Active Learning Center, Life in The Amazon

Should be noted that Maggie abhorred the thing when it first showed up, but her feet didn’t touch the ground at that point. Now they’re down and we’ve already had to raise it once.

4 / 5 stars     

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.