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Best cheap squishies: Squish them, squeeze them

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Squishy toys are what can only be described as the modern day stress ball. Invented in Japan, squishies are soft foam toys that can be squeezed, stretched and squashed over and over again but will always return to their original form.

As you’ll see from our guide of the best cheap squishies, these foam based toys come in a variety of cute and adorable shapes, sizes and even scents.

Most squishies are made from polyurethane foam but it is important to note the ingredients when choosing a squishy, as there are some brands that use triethylenediamine, which has been linked to breathing difficulties and eye irritation in users.

And don’t think that squishies are just for fun either. They can be used to relieve excess energy and stress through the repetitive motion of squeezing, and also help to improve strength and quicken reflexes in both adults and children.

A good squishy is cute, colorful and slow to rise. Check out our top pick of cheap squishies on the market today. 

Stress Squishy-Hamburger

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Stress Squishy-Hamburger

Relieve your stress without the calories when squeezing this hamburger style squishy

Size: 5.00 x 3.00 x 3.00 Inches | Weight: 3oz | RRP: $7.85 | Recommended age: 6+

Cute food based design
Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand
Should be used with supervision around children
No scent

You can’t take a bite out of this hamburger but you can squish it. This food-based design is perfect for taking out and about with you as it fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. This squishy also comes scent free so there’s no danger of you wanting to drive to get real hamburgers after playing with this toy. It is one of the pricier squishies in our list but for the hours of fun it will bring, it’s worth every cent.

Soft Whale Cartoon Squishy

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Soft Whale Cartoon Squishy

This squishy is not only insanely cute but it smells great too

Size: 0.64oz | Weight: 7 x 2 x 1.6 inches | RRP: $2.20 | Recommended age: 36 months +

A slow rising squishy 
Choice of scents including berry and melon
Cute design
Delivery time can be up to 15 days

The best squishies are the ones that rise slowly, and this whale squishy has a rise time of between 10 and 20 seconds. It also comes in a range of scents including berry, cream, melon and grape depending on which design you choose. It’s made from an environmentally friendly PU foam material, although there have been reports of cracking and fading happening over time. At just $2.20 it’s worth the longer than average delivery time for the hours of fun it will provide.

Aolige Jumbo Cute Panda Kawaii squishy

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Aolige Jumbo Cute Panda Kawaii Squishy

The smallest, lightest panda you’ll ever see

Size: 4.8oz | Weight: 5.6 x 6.7 x 5.2 inches | RRP: $8.99 | Recommended age: 3 years +

Very slow rising
Vanilla scent
Part of a collection
The ears can tear easily

Who doesn’t love a panda? This squishy is big, thick and extremely slow rising taking almost 20 seconds to fully expand again. The slow rise time makes it perfect for children to be able to slow down and focus whilst they’re waiting for it to get back to its original shape. The panda also has a distinct vanilla scent which is released every time the panda is squeezed. This squishy is also very friendly for children as it’s big enough to fit in a child’s palm so the choking hazard is minimized.

Areedy Squishy Gold Mango Colossal

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Areedy Squishy Gold Mango Colossal

You can’t take a big bite out of this juicy mango but you can give it a big squeeze

Size: 3.84oz | Weight: 6.3 x 3.54 x 3.54 inches | RRP: $6.99 | Recommended age: 6 years +

Attractive design
Brightly colored
Very slow rising
It can lose its shape 

This is a large, or as the name may suggest, colossal squishy which will take two hands to flatten. It’s perfect for relieving stress and keeping a child’s attention. It has a distinctive mango scent which makes it feel as though you’re handling a real mango fruit. The design also means that it shimmers when the light hits it and its larger size is perfect for younger children. It does need to stay away from high heat and water as these may cause it to become misshapen.

Rienar Jumbo Colossal Squishy Peach

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Rienar Jumbo Colossal Squishy Peach

Your very own giant peach to squash and squeeze

Size: 3.2oz | Weight: 4 x 4 x 2.5 inches | RRP: $5.98 | Recommended age: 6 years +

Requires two hands to squish
Very slow rising
Large size so ideal for younger children
Scent can be overwhelming

Another colossal squishy on our list, and for good reason. This satisfying soft squishy releases a delicious scent of peaches and cream upon the first squeeze. It’s a large size so it may be a good alternative rather than having several smaller squishies. Plus, the larger size makes it ideal for younger children who are likely to put smaller squishies in their mouth. The scent may be a little overwhelming for some children but it does fade over time and it makes the perfect accompaniment to the mango listed above.

Unicorn Horse Squishies

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3pcs Jumbo Squishy: Unicorn Horse Squishies

Add some color to your collection with these unicorn squishies

Size: 3.04oz | Weight: 2.55 x 1.96 x 4.7 | RRP: $9.99 | Recommended age: 3 years +

Good size for children
Pack of three
Soft, yet maintains shape
Prone to splitting easily

Have you ever wanted to squeeze a unicorn? Of course, you have! Well, now is your chance. This colorful set of squishies are perfect for kids and adults alike. These are slow rising squishies made from environmentally friendly PU foam. There is a scent but you will need to leave the squishy out of the packet for a few days after delivery for it to come through.

Soft Sloth Squishy

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Soft Sloth Squishy

Slow rising is the perfect description for this sloth-based squishy

Size: 3.52oz | Weight: 4.33 x 2.36 inches | RRP: $3.99

Fits in the palm of your hand
Good size for children
Cute design.
May tear with excessive use

Let’s face it, sloths are not known for their energetic movements. Which means that this squishy is the perfect representation of the animal in question. Designed with a high level of detail, this sloth is super soft and extremely slow rising. This is the perfect size for small hands and will definitely help with that all-important finger dexterity. Do watch out for some peeling and cracking as the squishy ages.

Maonet Cute Jumbo Soft Pink Yogurt Bottle

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Maonet Cute Jumbo Soft Pink Yogurt Bottle

This squishy is making milk cute again

Size: 2.24oz | Weight: 4.72 x 2.17 inches | RRP: $4 | Recommended age: 6 months +

A light ice-cream scent
Good price for the quality of the product
Good for all ages
May tear or peel after use

This is definitely a winner when it comes to the cute factor. This is a traditional kawaii squishy and with a scent of ice-cream that will take you back to your childhood with each squeeze. It’s a good quality slow rise so the little ones amongst us will find it fascinating watching it slowly come back to life. And at under $5 it’s an excellent buy that all the family will enjoy.

Soft'n Slo Squishies Prank Pals – Happy Poo

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Soft'n Slo Squishies Prank Pals – Happy Poo

Luckily this emoji-themed squishy comes without the pong

Size: 3.2oz | Weight: 11 x 8 x 4.5 inches | RRP: $6.99 | Recommended age: 8 years +

Part of a set of 5 so ideal for collecting
Well detailed design
Ultra soft texture
Shaped like a poo

This poo shaped squishy from Soft’n’Slo Prank Pals is slow rising and super soft. Perfect for the child (or adult) in your life who is still fascinated by the poo emojis trend. This squishy is one of the best quality on the market and its from a well-known brand. The brand offers more products that are ideal for pranking friends and family such as whoopee cushions and chattering teeth. Thankfully this squishy comes without the realistic smell and with 5 items in the collection, there are plenty of options to buy the set.

Kiibru Squishy English Bread

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Kiibru Squishy English Bread

This squishy may induce hunger pangs

Size: 2.4oz | Weight: 7.87 x 3.35 x 3.54 inches | RRP: $8.99 | Recommended age: 6 years +

Smells like freshly baked bread
Foodie design
Can be washed in the dishwasher
You won’t be able to stop smelling it

So if you’re a carb-o-holic and trying to recover, stop reading now. If on the other hand you love the smell of freshly baked bread and won't be sent into some carb-fuelled frenzy, this is the squishy for you. Almost good enough to eat, this squishy looks like the real thing. It’s not as slow rising as many others in this guide but the smell, the realistic design and the texture more than makes up for that. This is a jumbo sized squishy so needs two hands to squeeze making it perfect for kids (and grown-ups) of all ages.