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By Danika Miller, Copywriter

The Best Slime

Our quest for the best slime started with a blast to the past. We examined the inception of the goopy green spectacle, its 1990s Nickelodeon boom, and its evolution through today’s “oddly satisfying” movement. Then we consulted some slime-savvy scientists and enlisted a panel of expert kid testers. Our six favorite slimes will satisfy a wide array of aspiring slimers.

The 6 Best Slimes

Nickelodeon Slime Bucket

Messiest
Slime

Nickelodeon Slime Bucket
Nickelodeon
The legacy brand doesn’t disappoint with its 3-pound bucket of mess.
Pros
Now THIS IS SLIME
Lots of slime
Cons
A big mess
Seriously, a BIG mess

Why we chose it

Now THIS is slime

No other product embodied the true spirit of slime like the Nickelodeon Slime Bucket. It was the unanimous favorite among our young testers for its perfect degree of stretch, smoosh, bubble, and drip. “I love this …because it is a good slime,” Sophie said. What more do you need to know?

Our kiddo testers had a blast with how messy the slime was. It’s soft to poke and prod, and didn’t leave any residue. With the slime spread out on the table, you could make and pop large bubbles remnant of bubblegum. And it smells like the soapy kind of wand bubbles. While its density really responded to every impression and attempt to mold, it didn’t pretend to be Play-Doh. The Nickelodeon slime quickly slinks back to its true form.

Lots of slime

It’s a 3-pound bucket.

Points to consider

A big mess

Our parent testers were just as horrified by the mess as the kids were elated by it. This slime stuck to everything — hands, face, hair, clothes, the table. It essentially turned the children into slime monsters. To be fair, they were happy and smiling slime monsters. One of our child testers had enough after a bit and didn’t care for how it stuck to his clothes. Buyer beware, this slime is best enjoyed in a hazmat environment.

Katzco Glow in the Dark

Slimiest
Slime

Glow in the Dark Slime
Katzco
A surprising favorite, but don’t expect a great glow.
Pros
Satisfying slimey-ness
Great noises
Cons
Weak glow (blue the most?)
Bad smell

Why we chose it

Satisfying slimey-ness

The Glow in the Dark Slime is a wetter variation of slime, in comparison to the Nickelodeon bucket. It’s a bit slippery and our testers found it great for squeezing. It was a drippier experience and Connor told us it felt “like water splashing on your face.” Its jiggle factor reminded us of 1997 Robin Williams box office hit “Flubber.” With these slimey perks though, you sacrifice pokability and any chance at manipulating the slime’s shape. It’s essentially like playing with Jell-O.

Great noise

The taller container made it possible to create fun flatulent noises. You can blow raspberries into its slimy form too. Even dropping it in and out of its container made for some fun and mysterious liquid sounds. Some of our kid testers even used that container to press circles in the slime, making slime “pancakes.”

Points to consider

Weak glow

For a glow in the dark product, we were pretty disappointed to find it didn’t really glow. Even after deliberate light exposure, we found its glow closer to a firefly in the daytime than the kind of toxic waste that creates a Hulk.

Bad smell

Despite the liquid softness of the slime upon your face, it stunk. Perhaps it’s the substances that make it glow in the dark — but we found this slime to smell like chemicals.

Gak

Most
Nostalgic Slime

Gak
Gak
A 1990s staple of the slime boom, this stretchy slime has survived.
Pros
Been around since the '90s
Soft and Stretchy
Cons
Hard to buy
Bad smell
Not great storage (no noise in comparison to the older containers)

Why we chose it

Been around since the ’90s

Gak arose as one of the powerhouse slime brands of the 1990s. Turns out, it’s still kicking. We appreciated the nostalgia that would evoke for older fans of slime, and the tradition it could create for younger generations. Unfortunately, the Gak smelled like it was from the ’90s; like, purchased and forgotten about in Grandma’s closet since the 1990s. Our testers came up with a number of colorful ways to describe its smell: old potatoes, a dirty old lake, old tires, and 20-year-old carpet cleaner. Basically — it smelled old.

Soft and stretchy

This was by far our stretchiest and softest slime. Its Crayola-inspired colors will feel satisfying to squish your hands into, like lotion. If you’re looking to channel Mrs. Incredible, Gak can probably stretch around buildings too. One expert kid panelist, Abby, also gave Gak high marks for its slime beard abilities.

Points to consider

Hard to buy

Turns out Gak isn’t actually in production anymore. While you can still purchase Gak online, it’s not the simplest nor cost-friendly buy.

Lame storage

Gak’s idea of storage is slapping a lid onto its plastic packaging. You can’t create any good noise with this kind of container. We didn’t have much faith in its ability to sustain fresh-ness either, especially if you’ve damaged that packaging when opening it.

Fluffy Slime - Meland 6 OZ

Parents'
Favorite Slime

Meland Fluffly Slime
Meland
A mess-free fluffy slime for more practical play.
Pros
Fluffy slime
Nice soapy smell
No mess
Cons
Too practical
Poor color mixing

Why we chose it

Fluffy slime

The Meland slime had a texture unlike any other slime we tested. It’s much more airy and has a density that really resists manipulation. It resembled a foam stress ball or pizza dough. Because of this unique texture, the sponge-like slime held its shape better than others. You can actually shape it and stretch it like rubber taffy. The Meland slime was the closest slime we tested to the kind of slime featured in the “oddly satisfying” videos.

Soapy smell

Usually, slime doesn’t smell good. And we were typically pleased when a slime lacked odor. But the Meland actually presents a pleasant scent. It reminded us of tropical lotion or a spray tan. If you’d like to squish your face into a slime, we recommend choosing this one.

No mess

Not a single drop of slime or filmy residue was left behind. This slime is truly mess-free. It could even survive a quick spill onto the carpet (but don’t try this at home.)

Points to consider

Too practical

While its lack of mess will be considered a good thing to many, our kid testers were not so impressed. In comparison to our favorites, it simply wasn’t fun enough. This fluffy slime almost feels too adult-centered in how practical it was.

Poor color mixing

The Meland slime comes with four sectioned off colors — green, pink, purple, and blue. In the online product photos, it seems to encourage you to mix all the colors together into a unicorn-poo pile. However, mixing them together produces a mediocre seafoam green.

ChefSlime Fluffy & Stretchy Egg Slime Putty

Best
Travel Slime

ChefSlime Egg Slime
ChefSlime
These little eggs of slime are great for on-the-go entertainment.
Pros
Moldable marbled colors
Easy to take on-the-go
Cons
Limited play

Why we chose it

Moldable marbled colors

The ChefSlime had a nice marbling of blue, purple, and yellow colors. It wasn’t quite as extravagant as the Galaxy Slime, but still a step above the simplicity of primary colors. It took quite a while for the colors to eventually blend into one shimmery blue. But its nice lavender soapy smell more than made up for it.

We also enjoyed how easy it was to mold and manipulate the ChefSlime. Though it reverted back to its shape, we found it more pliable than the Galaxy Slime and the Glow in the Dark Slime. Our kid testers also discovered a bounciness that was pretty fun.

Easy to take on-the-go

With its pod container and mess-free nature, this slime is super easy to travel with. The product is pretty small too, smaller than your traditional Easter egg. It’s a good slime for just fidgeting with, like Silly Putty. You could bring this slime as entertainment for the car, plane, or train.

Points to consider

Limited play

Because the ChefSlime comes in such a small amount, you simply can’t do as much with it. It’s not a very stretchy or goopy slime. And there’s little opportunity for noise-making. Even its response to molding is too limited to create fun shapes.

Galaxy Slime

Juiciest
Slime

Galaxy Slime
Galaxy
A slime that looks like the Andromeda and sounds like raindrops.
Pros
Wet, slimy, and pretty
Sloshy sounds
Cons
Poor function

Why we chose it

Wet, slimy, and pretty

Our young testers immediately cringed when they experienced how wet and slimy the Galaxy Slime is. They said it felt like water or seeping guts. But when you pull your hand away, there’s no evidence of its damp nature. The enigma of such a slime species was entrancing.

“When you squeeze it, it’s just eww.”

Sophie

Pairing that texture with its sparkling spectrum of galaxy colors was like you’d captured something other-worldy. Its midnight background is accompanied by raspberry auroras that streak and swirl, without breaking when you manipulate the slime.

Sloshy sounds

Due to its watery texture, the Galaxy Slime can make some interesting noises. Jiggling the slime in its container can produce a symphony of water drips and sloshy sounds. It sounds like if water could snap its fingers.

Points to consider

Poor function

Playing with the Galaxy Slime proved a bit difficult. When we broke it apart, we had a really tough time to get it to rejoin. And even once it was one form again, we could still notice the line where it broke. It was a lot like when you pull a worm apart into two separate worms. Because of this texture, it was really floppy and hard to control.

Guide to Making Slime

How to DIY a sticky and satisfying slime

You’ll want to research a specific recipe for amounts, ingredients, and your preferred slime style. One of experts, Trevor Zuroff, offers up a guide from Home Science Tools that details four ways to make very different slime. In the meantime, we’ll walk you through the basic components to making your own.

Base

The base of a great homemade slime will include your simple craft glue and water. Some other common additions include shaving cream, baking soda, liquid starch, contact lens solution, and Borax. The exact concoction will depend on the texture you’re going for. A fluffier slime will use shaving cream, for example, while a goopier one will likely include Borax. An edible one will include neither, and likely substitute with gummy bears.

Color

Adding color to your slime is a great time to get creative. You can use pretty much any liquid color — food coloring, paint, glow-in-the-dark paint. Pigment powders or eyeshadow can be used to color your slime too; you’ll just have to add it in with the liquids of your experiment. You can also purchase glue that is already colored or glittery.

Add-ins

To level up your ASMR Instagram story, add some interesting texture. Common add-ins include: glitter, beads, styrofoam balls, craft sand, and pearl swirl concentrate. Really, there’s nothing you can’t mix into your slime. Go wild and add plastic bugs, fabric flowers, fragrance oils, or toy fish.

Slime FAQ

How can I get slimed?

Probably the most accessible way to get slimed was at Nickelodeon Studios in Florida. Unfortunately, it closed in 2005. One of our researchers, Brett Benningfield, was lucky enough to be slimed at Nickelodeon Studios as a child. Brett told us, “Getting slimed felt like a childhood dream come true, until I had to wash it out of my hair.”

You can also be officially slimed by winning a Kids Choice Award, or audition to compete on the slimy TV game show “Double Dare.”

Is slime edible?

While most slime recipes and products are non-toxic, they’re not exactly edible. Most slimes are made with glue, Borax, shaving cream, and other gelling agents. Whatever the ingredients, it’s not a good idea to eat slime. However, you can find specific edible recipes for homemade slime if you’ve really got a hankering for the goopy green stuff.

My mom is mad at me, how do I remove Slime from the carpet?

Don’t give up hope! Cleaning up slime is not totally impossible. Start by pulling as much slime from the carpet as you can. Then mix 2 parts vinegar to 1 part warm water in a bowl and pour some to soak on the slime spot for a bit. You’ll want to use a scrub brush or rag to rub the solution further into the carpet until the slime has been scrubbed out. If there’s still some slime or stain left, you can try using carpet cleaner solution too. When you’re satisfied, vacuum the area to help remove any remaining residue.

The Best Slime: Slimed Up

Price
Quantity
Colors
Smell
Texture
Nickelodeon Slime Bucket
Messiest Slime
$10
3 lb
Three color surprise: blue, orange, green, pink, or purple
Subtle Soap
Sticky
Glow in the Dark Slime
Slimiest Slime
$14
12 pack
Green, Blue, Pink, and Yellow
Tires
Gummy
Gak
Most Nostalgic Slime
$12
2 pack
Blue and pink, or green and orange, or red and yellow
Old Lake
Stretchy
Meland Fluffy Slime
Parents' Favorite Slime
$11
6 oz
Blue, Purple, Green, and Pink
Tropical Lotion
Foamy
ChefSlime Egg Slime
Best Travel Slime
$16
24 pack
Multi-colored marble
Floral Soap
Bouncy
Galaxy Slime
Juiciest Slime
$10
6 pack
Multi-colored galaxy
Neutral
Jiggly

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