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What's The Difference Between Helium Balloons Vs Air-Filled Balloons?

The time has come for the perfect celebration, and you’re stuck there thinking whether helium balloons or air-filled balloons will make your celebration pop. 

Whilst we all know the obvious difference between the two; one is filled with helium and can rise in the air on its own; the other falls to the floor unless it is tied to something; we are left to question what other differences there are.

So, before you decide on which one works best for you, let’s go through some of the differences, as well as the pros and cons of each. 

Helium vs Air-Filled 

Lasting Time

Most balloons, whether filled with helium or air, are typically composed of the same materials. However, unless finished with a special coating, you’ll find that air-filled balloons will last slightly longer.

Due to helium particle arrangement, they can escape through the material of the balloon, as they are much smaller than air itself. As the helium escapes – the balloon begins to diminish in size. 

 

Can I Refill Them?

Purchasing latex balloons and filling them with air before tying them off will restrict your ability to refill them when they start to lose their shape. However, helium foil balloons can start to be topped up with more helium as they start to dwindle in size.

 

Messaging and Graphics

As most balloons are made of similar materials, you can print messages on almost all types of balloons. The best balloons for parties, especially when you’re wanting helium balloons are Mylar balloons. Not only are they long-lasting, but they can be morphed into all kinds of unique shapes like dinosaurs and other animals.

 
Lots of Macaron Coloured Helium Balloons delivered for a great event.

Cost 

The cost of using helium balloons is always going to be slightly more expensive than your regular air-filled balloon.

However, considering they float in the air and can be made into funky shapes and eye-catching arrangements, makes the cost incredibly worthwhile.

 

Pros and Cons 

So now we understand the differences between Helium and Air-Filled balloons, we can begin to explore the positives and challenges of using them. 

Air-Filled Balloons

 Pros

  • Last longer
  • Cheaper

Cons:

  • Can’t always be refilled (foil balloons)
  • Restricted with shapes and sizes

 

Air filled balloon column and helium filled balloon bouquets.

Helium Balloons

 Pros:

  • Great for surprise parties
  • Can be refilled with a helium tank
  • Safe for the environment
  • Arrangement into bouquets looks fabulously good

Cons:

  • Cost
  • Some only last hours before needing refilling
Kidz Party Store delivers thousands of balloons weekly to celebrate the most important events and send out the most intimate gifts.

Conclusion 

Whilst the idea of helium balloons seems magnificent, creating cool shapes and having them hang in the air on their own accord, air-filled balloons also have their benefits. They are cheaper and can last longer.

Choosing between the two can be a tricky situation, but now that you know the differences between the two and some of their uses, hopefully, that decision has been made much easier.

Enjoy your celebrations! We hope your balloons are exactly what you need.

For more balloon selections, remember to check out our wide range of balloons at https://kidzpartystore.com/pages/balloons-collection

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