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The Best Hatchimals You Can Buy

Hatchimals are the latest toy craze, and it’s no surprise kids love them so much. Each Hatchimal comes with an egg for a child to “hatch” into a cute furry friend with whom to play. Some even light up, dance, and play music. Here are three fun Hatchimals we recommend.

What Should You Consider in a Hatchimal?

There are two different subsets of Hatchimals: larger ones that bear a closer resemblance to stuffed animals and smaller ones that are more like playable figurines. Most Hatchimals play music, light up, dance, or even talk, so consider which combination of these features you are looking for in a Hatchimal. Also, consider if you want to know what type of animal will hatch from the egg or if you want it to be a surprise.

Premium Choice: Hatchimals Cheetree Hatching Egg with Interactive Pet Baby


This is perfect for children who love to be surprised. With two different potential Hatchimals—a boy and a girl—you’ll have to check the secret message to find out which one you got. Both animals have fluffy, colorful fur your child will love. Your child can burp, brush, feed, tickle, and snuggle your Hatchimal to see its responses. You can even teach it to play peek-a-boo, and you’ll unlock more surprise interactive features the more you play with it.

Premium Choice

Hatchimals, HatchiBabies Cheetree, Hatching Egg with Interactive Toy Pet Baby (Styles May Vary), for Ages 5 and Up

A speckled egg that hatches one of two cute, fluffy friends for your child to play with and care for.

Best Collectible Set: Hatchimals CollEGGtibles 12 Pack

This set of 12 Hatchimals comes with two pre-hatched critters and ten eggs, so you can pick out two Hatchimals you know your child will love in addition to a fun surprise. They’re easy for your child to hatch; all they have to do is rub the purple heart until it turns pink, then gently press down to open. The glittery egg carton and its molded nests are yours to keep for easy storage and transportation.

Best Collectible Set

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles, 12 Pack Egg Carton with Exclusive Season 4 CollEGGtibles, for Ages 5 and Up (Styles and Colors May Vary)

A twelve-for-one set of collectible, glittery Hatchimals that shine when placed on a light.

Best for Bathtime: Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Mermal Magic

Sure to please any ocean-loving child or anyone looking for a new bathtime toy, these little Hatchimals are half-animal and half-mermaid and come in seashell-shaped eggs. Four eggs have a surprise friend inside, with one pre-hatched. Each Mermal Magic Hatchimal changes colors when dipped in warm water, a feature unique to this specific set.

Best for Bathtime

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles, Mermal Magic 4 Pack + Bonus with Season 5, for Kids Aged 5 and Up (Styles May Vary)

This cute batch of mermaid-theme Hatchimals that change color when dipped in warm water is perfect for bathtime fun.

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Meghan Herlihy is a full-time writer for LifeSavvy and How-To Geek and has written across a wide variety of topics, genres, and formats, including radio talk shows, local sports journalism, and creative original fiction. She received her bachelor's degree in communications from Ithaca College and a master's in writing from Johns Hopkins University. When she's not writing, you're most likely to find her reading a book, petting every dog within eyesight, and indulging in her love of travel. Read Full Bio »
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