The Zhu Zhu Hamster Review and Giveaway

November 4, 2009 | Posted By: Laura Smith
At first mention of the name zhu zhu, you might respond with “gesundheit”, but many of you know it’s a scurrying, talking hamster that is out of stock in-stores everywhere. They come with different colors, names and personalities, have a nose “sensor” to move around obstacles, different modes for “sleep” or “play” and have several different accessories sold separately. Let’s take an up-close look at this wish-listed item.

Once I got it out of the box (it’s adult-proofed, secured and meets toy-packing regulations), my kids were excited to play with it. My youngest cuddled it and my oldest decided to call it Jerry, a.k.a. Pipsqueak. Here is my first impression of the zhu zhu hamster in-person and the reactions of my kids, ages 2 and 4.

1. He’s cute and squeezable. I like the idea of giving him batteries rather than hamster pellets and you don’t need to give the “don’t squeeze him too hard” speech.
2. He’s funny and entertaining. Although the noises and sounds are not too realistic and included the musical “charge” chant you hear at sporting events, they made the kids and me laugh.
3. He maneuvers pretty well. He did get stuck on objects once in a while, but it was fun to see him scamper, back up and move his way around the room. He did have one moment of unstoppable spinning, not sure if it was a blip or he was excited.
4. You must get one hamster per child. To avoid fights, hair pulling and other shenanigans, I would recommend giving each child it’s own pet.

Let’s wrap it up with the good, the bad and the free.

The Good: It’s an entertaining gift for your child and scurries around like the real-deal without the extra maintenance. It has accessories sold-separately, including it’s own, no-mess home with many additional attachments, but they are not necessary for the fun.

The Bad: Watch for warnings, like keep away from hair. Make sure you have enough room to display the house if you purchase accessories and enough time to assemble it. Also, all of the accessories can add up.

The Free: If you want to become the proud new owner of Pipsqueak (feel free to call him Jerry too), comment on this blog for a chance to win him and the Surfboard and Dome accessory. Or if you need one now, you can buy your own on our Gift Ideas - Toys page.


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November 4, 2009 | Posted By: ChuckWits
Would it make a good toy for a cat? :D
November 5, 2009 | Posted By: FrugalFreaky
I have an ex-stepfather, he was a rat. He never comes around grandkid anymore so this would be ideal for my young nephew. Guess my Ex-step's name? YEP Jerry
November 5, 2009 | Posted By: frodolives7
My daughter wants one of these, with 2 cats and a large dog I don't think a real hamster would make it long so faux-hamster seems like a good idea. Now if I could just find the elusive little fuzzballs!
November 5, 2009 | Posted By: LilMissOpinion
I would LOVE to be Jerry's new owner! My daughter is 3 and she's been begging for a pet for months. The problem with that being, she has many allergies + KP & eczema. Every time she sees the Zhu Zhu commercial she gets overly excited! I've been searching for them in stores for 2 months, but never find them anywhere. It would make her day! Thanks :)
November 5, 2009 | Posted By: milocoman
I have a 2 and 5 year old that would love to fight over this little monster!!
November 6, 2009 | Posted By: niki4h
Awesome & adorable.
November 6, 2009 | Posted By: Jmo2009
Looks like fun. :)
November 7, 2009 | Posted By: mdcats
Love it! This little guy would drive my cats absolutely nuts!!
November 11, 2009 | Posted By: dogmaratt
Awesome! My six year old daughter REALLY wants these for Christmas!
November 11, 2009 | Posted By: dogmaratt
Awesome! My six year old daughter REALLY wants these for Christmas!
November 11, 2009 | Posted By: dogmaratt
Awesome! My six year old daughter REALLY wants these for Christmas!
November 11, 2009 | Posted By: dogmaratt
Oopss...sorry for the triple post.
November 12, 2009 | Posted By: byudawn
Yay! This looks so cute! It seems like you don't even HAVE to have all the tunnels, but can enjoy watching it scurry on the floor!
I would love to win one for my daughter, and we'd be so grateful! Thank you for offering!
November 12, 2009 | Posted By: cruser1
so cute. Have been trying to find these rodents for months now. Thanks for the opportunity. My mom wants to give to my son for his bday.
November 12, 2009 | Posted By: lacie13
The perfect pet. No mess, no smell and totally adorable!
November 12, 2009 | Posted By: jas48
We need something Papa, a 100% disabled Vet (Marine Corpsman served two years in Viet Nam) and our beautiful little grand daughter can do together and this would work great for him to play with her. Thank you.
November 12, 2009 | Posted By: DiDi67
I need one for my girls to share. One will do since they are hard to find and impossible to afford 2 at a $30 price tag for a $10 toy.
November 12, 2009 | Posted By: DiDi67
I need one for my girls to share. One will do since they are hard to find and impossible to afford 2 at a $30 price tag for a $10 toy.
November 12, 2009 | Posted By: DiDi67
I need one for my girls to share. One will do since they are hard to find and impossible to afford 2 at a $30 price tag for a $10 toy.
November 12, 2009 | Posted By: DiDi67
I need one for my girls to share. One will do since they are hard to find and impossible to afford 2 at a $30 price tag for a $10 toy.
November 15, 2009 | Posted By: chilegirl
Looking for Zhu Zhus for a friend... can't believe how hard it is to find 'em!!!
November 15, 2009 | Posted By: FruitMachine
Cute! I'll name him Little Jerry Seinfeld (like the cock-fighting rooster!) and I'm gonna love him, and hug him, and squeeze him to PIECES!!!!!
November 15, 2009 | Posted By: lulugig3
OOOO A ZHU ZHU
November 15, 2009 | Posted By: lulugig3
OOOO A ZHU ZHU
November 15, 2009 | Posted By: lulugig3
OOOO A ZHU ZHU
November 15, 2009 | Posted By: lulugig3
OOOO A ZHU ZHU
November 15, 2009 | Posted By: DHAMBLOCK
I don't even want to see his little face on Christmas Morning, when he wakes up and realizes... Santa DIDN'T bring him a Zhu Zhu. Breaks my heart ;( ... Oh Santa, bring us a Zhu Zhu)
November 16, 2009 | Posted By: soxfan2004
My daughter loves hers...my dogs...not so much
November 16, 2009 | Posted By: lolajean
THE WINNER of Pipsqueak (a.k.a. Jerry): Congrats niki4h!!!!
May 19, 2012 | Posted By: paulclymer
Thanks for posting, definitely going to subscribe! See you on my reader.
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