Mylar Balloons Vs. Latex Balloons: Their Benefits And Drawbacks To Help You Decide Which Ones To Buy

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Blog

Balloon decorations are popular and almost essential to every party. If you have ever walked into a party supply store, you have probably seen entire sections of balloons–deflated mylars and bags of latex balloons. Given the numerous decorative options of both types, how do you choose? Here are the benefits and drawbacks of mylar and latex balloons to help you decide which ones to buy for your next party.

Mylar Balloons

Mylar balloons are incredibly fun because they are made of a thin foil polymer that can be imprinted with just about any image and molded to just about any shape. If you want balloons in the shapes of your favorite cartoon characters or superheroes, they are probably there on display on the store wall. Mylar balloons are highly reflective, and can help bounce party lighting around the room. They are extremely durable and difficult to pop, unless you use a large and very sharp instrument. They are also allergen-free, which means that nobody at your party is going to break out in hives or go into shock. 

Latex Balloons

Latex balloons are the old rubbery standby balloons. They inflate quickly and easily, even if you do not have a helium tank and are relying on lung power to inflate them. Because of the latex, they are super-stretchy, almost see-through when fully inflated and can even be used for neat balloon tricks like toy surprises inside or balloons-within-balloons. They bounce well and lend themselves to party games of all kinds (e.g., “keep away” and balloon volleyball). Latex balloons can be imprinted with special greetings or personalized for the recipient or for the person you are celebrating with this big party. The drawbacks to latex balloons is that many people are now allergic to them, including kids, and it does not take much more than a poky bit of grass or a dressmaker’s pin to pop every balloon in the room.

Which Ones to Buy

Latex balloons are often the cheapest of the two balloon types, even when you ask the party store to inflate them with helium for you. However, their ability to send people running for their anti-itch creams and epi-pens tends to put these balloons on the no-buy list when you have invited guests that may or may not be allergic. Mylar balloons are extremely attractive, cost a little bit more to a lot more (if you buy the jumbo-sized character balloons), but will never make any of your guests sick.

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