No matter why you are shopping for sparklers, it can be incredibly tempting to buy the cheapest ones you find. After all, every sparkler is created equally, right? Wrong. In reality, there is a huge difference in quality between the various sparkler brands out there. Additionally, if you plan to use your sparklers for a specific purpose, there are key attributes that you should look at when judging their quality. With those things in mind, here are some things to consider when you’re shopping for sparklers to get the best overall value, not just the cheapest price.
It can be really tempting to pay a little extra for sparklers that are packaged very well, but in truth it makes little difference to what you’ll find inside. There have been plenty of studies on how packaging increases perceived value in consumers, and all too often companies will use that to their advantage to trick you into paying more for cheaply made sparklers. Some of the highest quality sparklers you can buy come in very generic looking boxes, so make sure you don’t judge a book by its cover when you’re doing your shopping.
While it may seem like a matter of preference, there are many differences between metal handled sparklers and those with a wooden handle. First off, the reason some companies use wooden handles is because they are a fraction of a penny less expensive to manufacture. When dealing in big volumes, this can add up to a lot of extra money. The worst part is that those savings are not passed onto the consumer, sparklers are typically priced the same regardless of what the handle is made from.
Additionally, while common convention would make you think metal handle would get hooter than wooden ones, this simply isn’t the case. There is virtually no difference in heat retention between the two materials. However, wooden handles can smolder or break apart as they burn, not to mention the create ash and smoke. Overall, your best bet is to choose metal handled sparklers, particularly if you want them to be smokeless.
Most people would assume the difference between gold and color sparklers is purely, preference, and for the most part that is true. However, if you want to get sparklers for weddings or to use indoors, gold is the only color option that makes complete sense. Gold sparklers won’t produce any smoke because there are no added pigments while color sparklers will create a lot of smoke as they burn. This is a big factor if you’re shopping for wedding sparklers, but less of a factor if you plan to use them outdoors.
Lastly, the thickness of the sparkler plays a big role and will help you to judge their quality. Thin sparklers are dipped only once and will burn unevenly, be harder to light, and can potentially flake apart as they burn. Thicker sparklers are usually double or triple dipped, so they will burn evenly throughout the entire duration.
In summary, if you want to use your sparklers at an indoor wedding, you should buy gold ones with metal handles. If you plan to use them outdoors, you can buy any color your heart desires. I just suggest you stick to sparklers with metal handles regardless of your intended use because they are always a better value versus the lower quality wooden handle sparklers.2017-04-04