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Best claw machine 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated March 1, 2019
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Charlie OliverHELLO! I’m Charlie Oliver. After more than 40 hours of research and testing, which included using 17 different claw machine in five cities and interviewing product teams at five major companies, I made a list of the best claw machine of 2018

I will go through the main features and what you should consider when deciding which one to pick over the other. Now I’m going to recommend a few claw machine you can pick from to get started quickly and easily.

Let’s get to it!

Best claw machine of 2018

The rating is based on multiple factors: The 3 metrics ‐ Design, Materials, Performance, and other indicators such as: Popularity, Opinions, Brand, Reputation and more. There is a wide range of products available on the market today, and below I have reviewed 3 of the very best options. Many brands have introduced claw machine on the market. These brands have resulted in a variety for the user. These require that the consumers be well aware of what they are buying so as to make the best choice. I am going to specify each good-to-buy feature as much as possible for your references.

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Style
5 points
4 points
5 points
Materials
5 points
4 points
4 points
Durability
5 points
5 points
4 points
Quality
4 points
5 points
4 points
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How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the claw machine by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

№1 – The Claw Mini Arcade Toy Grabber Machine with Sounds and Coins

 
The Claw Mini Arcade Toy Grabber Machine with Sounds and Coins

Pros
Mini Arcade Game Will Encourage creativity, build fine motor skills, And Make Your Little One Happy
Just Like The Real Thing : With this classic game, a successful try is rewarded
Great Christmas Gift For Kids of all Ages
Cons
I didn’t notice a single drawback yet
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this claw machine win the first place?

I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse.

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Style
5

5star

Materials
5

5star

Durability
5

5star

Quality
4

4star

 

 

№2 – The Claw Toy Grabber Machine with Bright LED Lights and Playing Music – Insert Coins for Real Arcade Play & Sounds

 
The Claw Toy Grabber Machine with Bright LED Lights and Playing Music - Insert Coins for Real Arcade Play & Sounds

Pros
FUN ACTION – Flashing Bright lights and music just like the arcade game
3 JOY STICK CONTROL – Moves The Claw up, down, left, right, forward and backward
FILL CLAW with lightweight candy or toys: CLAIM your prize as many times as you can before the music stops!
Cons
Heavy and big.
A bit pricier.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this claw machine come in second place?

I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture.

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Style
4

4star

Materials
4

4star

Durability
5

5star

Quality
5

5star

 

 

№3 – Electronic Claw Arcade Game – Classic Toy Vending Machine w/ Grabber Claw Bright LED Lights and Carnival Music – Candy and Toy Surprise Grabber Interactive Vending Machine with 10 Replaceable Balls

 
Electronic Claw Arcade Game - Classic Toy Vending Machine w/ Grabber Claw Bright LED Lights and Carnival Music - Candy and Toy Surprise Grabber Interactive Vending Machine with 10 Replaceable Balls

Pros
PARTY FAVOR | DECORATIVE: Brings your favorite arcade game to the comfort of your home, providing immense hours of fun and amusement for your kids. Also a super cool idea for decor, the colorful playset can be used to create a unique kids carnival type party theme.
Cons
It’s a lot heavier than expected.
Higher priced than many of our other picks.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this claw machine take third place?

This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.

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Style
5

5star

Materials
4

4star

Durability
4

4star

Quality
4

4star

 

 

claw machine Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy claw machine, right? No!

Things to look for when someone else is playing

When does the claw stop gripping? Look for what prevents the claw from closing. Some power through resistance and others stop when there’s a strong gust of air. This is particularly true of prizes like plushes that are often stacked.

When does the claw lose its grip? All of them do, it’s just a matter of how much strength is lost and often on which side. See if you can spot a weak and a strong side and factor that into how you position the claw. Very rarely does “straight down the middle” actually work.

Does the claw change position? You’ll often experience the claw twisting slightly and/or moving forward or backward while descending. Something else to account for when lining things up.

Keep your eye on the prize! How did it react when the claw hit it? Is it light or heavy? Very rarely does someone completely miss touching the prize, so by observing the ‘lose’ state you can start to look at different ways it might be winnable.

Downward pressure can be your friend

To put it another way, there are sometimes less obvious ways to win. For some machines the strongest push comes from the claw descending, not gripping or lifting. As an example, for the Kirby cell phone case I positioned one of the claw blades to hit the back edge of the case on the way down, flipping the whole thing over and into the prize bin. This also goes for a lot of UFO Catchers where the prize is balanced on something and it’s easier to win by banging on it with a downward claw blade rather than relying on a weak grip. Watch other people play and you’ll get an idea as to whether or not it’ll work.

Set a limit

Seriously, limit how much you spend on one machine. The Sunk Cost Fallacy makes people irrational and I’ve seen countless players pump tons of money into a game to either win at an insane cost or walk away frustrated and empty handed. Not everything is easily winnable and I’d argue in some cases winning is virtually impossible. My personal limit is around 500 yen which can net you plays on most machines.

Watch the employees

There are always attendants around and occasionally you can spot one of them going from machine to machine, opening the coin door, and looking in. They’re checking to see how many plays there have been since someone last won. If the number is too high you’ll see the employee reset the prize in an easier to win configuration by placing it closer to the edge or shifting the prize slightly. Once they’re done you probably have a better chance than before.

Talk to the employees

This is very hit or miss and it depends largely on the person you talk to and your language skills. You can ask employees what’s the best way to win and they’ll usually give you a pretty good explanation, sometimes even opening up the glass to show you where to grip. For the bold you can even ask if they will place the prize so it’s easier to win and I’ve seen employees comply. I don’t ask a lot and have had mixed results, so your mileage may vary.

Become a vulture

Probably the most controversial of tips, but it is a strategy. There are some games that are impossible to win on one go and require a number of attempts to move the prize into winning position. Frequently players make progress but then give up after a few tries. It’s at that point you can swoop in and finish the job. Most often it’s machines where a prize is dangling from a platform balanced on a peg. You need to scoot the platform back and forth off the peg because the claw isn’t strong enough to pull it off the first time.

See the man or woman roaming around the game center with a bunch of bags full of prizes? They’re likely employing this strategy.

You have to get it home

While it’s exciting to win a giant plush Dragon Quest Slime the size of a beach ball, remember at the end of the day you’re going to have to find a way to get it home. Compression bags (space bags, packing cubes) can help with plushes but figurine boxes chew up tons of luggage space if they even fit at all. Also, you’re going to have to lug it around the rest of the day so now’s a good time to remind you of the rental lockers often found near metro stations.

Have fun!

Even if you don’t win a prize it’s playing the game and that anticipation, the experience, that you’re paying for at the end of the day. You’ll see a lot of groups playing in game centers helping to line up the crane, trading strategies, having friends around to cheer they win, and commiserate if they lose. I love seeing people win, especially if they’re with little kids who get incredibly excited.

The 35-year-old man from China won 15,000 stuffed animals from “claw” machines last year alone.

Zhitong’s unique talent has drawn the ire of some business owners who operate the machines and fear his skill set.

Zhitong breaks down the machinery into two categories: skill-based and simply unwinnable (he says the latter are “programmed” for players to lose).

The gamer said that when he plays the claw machines, he completely focuses on his goal.

As such, he breaks it down into “several key parameters to winning.” One is the claw’s holding capacity. He says the claw needs to grip the toys tightly.

The third is the layout of the animals in the machine.

Zhitong also adds that his immense winnings have cluttered his apartment.

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How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the claw machine by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your claw machine wisely! Good luck!

So, TOP3 of claw machine

 

 

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