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Old 20-09-2022, 06:25 PM
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The 17" TufTex balloons were my all time favorite! They would get huge after a few inflations and become extremely soft and squishy. I ordered a bunch here recently and blew up a bunch and made a balloon room. The new ones are hard as a rock, nowhere as strong and smell different. They just pop on their own. I have reinflated some and don't get much bigger and don't get that much more squishy. Also when they pop they leave big pieces unlike the old ones where they would shatter into shards.

Anyone else have the same experience? Was this just a fluke or is this a new and "improved" formula? Purple was one of the colors that gout HUGE on re inflationů Not anymore.

I am now on the hunt for a replace balloon that is like the old 17" ones. Does anybody have any suggestions?

Brands I have tries but not a fan of...

CTI 17" too hard
BSA 17" also too hard
Kalisan 18" Nice and soft but NOT strong. They will pop just placing a finger on them
Decomex 18" Too hard and too small
Sempertex 18" I did not like the powder that coated the balloons
Walmart 17" too hard.

Qualatex 16" I do like these but too small and not the same shape. The have the silkiest smooth feel when brand new... Just wish they where bigger.

I missed a few brands but I want to see what others are recommending.
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Old 20-09-2022, 07:25 PM
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I just got my new bag of Tuftex 17 inch balloons and when I blow them up they seem to be a smaller than before and harder, idk , maybe it's just me
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Old 20-09-2022, 08:43 PM
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This just about sums it up. Bought a few crystal blue 17" this spring and they feel small and hard. Difficult to get a good neck on them too.
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Old 20-09-2022, 09:54 PM
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Producers change their latex formulas all the time. It is something we have to deal with it especially since latex is a natural product and not synthetic. So quality in general is not constant.
Kalisan 18" seem very durable to me, maybe you had a bad batch.
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Old 20-09-2022, 09:55 PM
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Maybe the change isn't only in the formula, (by the sound of it they must have add something to make it stiffer, wich in decoration makes the rubber not only harder but shinier), but also in the amount of latex, (the thinner the initial balloon, it's at the same size of anothe thicker one) ,the harder will get, cause there will be less amount of latex to expand.

Also while it's true that quality in balloons isn't consistent, like at all, there are synthetic latex formulated to make things for those allergic to the proteins present in natural rubber.

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Old 20-09-2022, 10:38 PM
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I don’t know, I got a bag of crystal blue and a bag of crystal burgundy. But I can tell ya that those crystal blues get huge. Like scary huge. You might just have to go for the crystals
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Old 20-09-2022, 11:47 PM
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The 17" TufTex balloons were my all time favorite! They would get huge after a few inflations and become extremely soft and squishy. I ordered a bunch here recently and blew up a bunch and made a balloon room. The new ones are hard as a rock, nowhere as strong and smell different. They just pop on their own. I have reinflated some and don't get much bigger and don't get that much more squishy. Also when they pop they leave big pieces unlike the old ones where they would shatter into shards.

Anyone else have the same experience? Was this just a fluke or is this a new and "improved" formula? Purple was one of the colors that gout HUGE on re inflation… Not anymore.

I am now on the hunt for a replace balloon that is like the old 17" ones. Does anybody have any suggestions?

Brands I have tries but not a fan of...

CTI 17" too hard
BSA 17" also too hard
Kalisan 18" Nice and soft but NOT strong. They will pop just placing a finger on them
Decomex 18" Too hard and too small
Sempertex 18" I did not like the powder that coated the balloons
Walmart 17" too hard.

Qualatex 16" I do like these but too small and not the same shape. The have the silkiest smooth feel when brand new... Just wish they where bigger.

I missed a few brands but I want to see what others are recommending.
So I got some new new ones myself, I'm having perhaps 50% the issue you are having. Perhaps the bag you got they weren't stored correctly or old?

I've noticed in some of the balloons there are pin holes that go around the balloon and there four or five rows of them, but that only seems to be when I buy from Balloune-QC, with Bargin balloons there is hardly any like that.

Granted the 17" purple got wonderfully massive! I'm thinking the good old days of tuftex being overly massive are gone. I think they went with more pure latex if they pop in 3 pieces? more pure less massive?

The 24" ones seem to be same I think? But I'm not one for super over inflating my balloons so I can't tell you.

Smell? smell the same to me? Touch? I find the clear feel weird like to much powder on the outside.


CTI 17" too hard - I like them for looks but yeah too hard for riding unless you happy go popper :P
BSA 17" also too hard - aye but they look so pretty!
Kalisan 18" Nice and soft but NOT strong. They will pop just placing a finger on them - omg waste of money for me...nasty smell, pop for no reason sneeze? Kapow!
Decomex 18" Too hard and too small - same as the above.
Sempertex 18" I did not like the powder that coated the balloons - yuck left a bad taste in my mouth thought I was going to die!
Walmart 17" too hard. Too ugly for me lol

I've tried Belbal - again from Balloune-QC they randomly popped not sure if they where old or what! love the color so cute!!!

Rifco - same as above. Random popping, tasted weird.

I dunno know Tuftex for me are okayish wish they where the same prior to covid...but I wont go as far as to say they suck more like meh, perhaps they are focused on there newer colors?

If some random person handed me Tuftex I'll always say thank you and start blowing!

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Old 21-09-2022, 02:09 AM
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I want to mention that the Julian codes on the bags indicated fresh balloons made this year. Also they have the new logo on the bag so there that.

I did get some of the new colors and some are cool and some are meh. Its a shame that the are so much harder and smaller.
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Old 21-09-2022, 04:16 AM
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Maybe the change isn't only in the formula, (by the sound of it they must have add something to make it stiffer, wich in decoration makes the rubber not only harder but shinier), but also in the amount of latex, (the thinner the initial balloon, it's at the same size of anothe thicker one) ,the harder will get, cause there will be less amount of latex to expand.

Also while it's true that quality in balloons isn't consistent, like at all, there are synthetic latex formulated to make things for those allergic to the proteins present in natural rubber.
I think all good brands use natural latex nowadays so they can advertise them as bio degradeable
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Old 21-09-2022, 09:47 AM
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I've noticed the new formula, too. The rumour is that they partnered with Pioneer Balloons (Qualatex). The new formula are a bit smaller, but they're a lot more consistent. With the old formula, different colours would get to different sizes. Now, all the ones I've tried they're the same.

I am a bit sad they're generally smaller, though. They're not really 17" balloons anymore - more like 16".
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