The 5 Best Nerf Guns for Kids in 2017

5 Best Nerf Guns for Kids | Quick Guide

If you’ve made it to this page, you’re in search of the right Nerf gun!  We’ve narrowed down the dozens of Nerf guns on the market to the best 5 based on KidMaverick research and verified buyer reviews.  However, before we get to the top-5, it’s worth mentioning that the official name of these plastic toy guns is the Nerf Blaster.  These Nerf products are one of the most popular toys for kids, typically 8 and older.  They can be used indoor or outdoor.  They can be used to play individually or with a group of friends.  Nerf guns are fun for kids and adults alike.  We’ve seen parents, uncles and aunts, and grandparents get into the mix playing with these fun toys.  They are extremely popular as gifts on any occasion and you never have to worry about having too many Nerf guns.

With that said, we’ve researched all of the Nerf guns on the market and comprised the following list of the 5 best Nerf guns.

KM RankPictureNerf Gun Model# of DartsRangeAge
1Nerf Zombie Hammer ShotNerf Zombie Strike Hammershot Blaster5Up to 75 Feet8+
2Nerf Zombi Strike Crossfire Bow BlasterNerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow Blaster4Up to 60 Feet8+
3Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury BlasterNerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster12Up to 80 Feet8+
4Nerf N-Strike Elite Triad EX-3 BlasterNerf N-Strike Elite Triad EX-3 Blaster3Up to 75 Feet8+
5Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm BlasterNerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster6Up to 75 Feet8+

1. Nerf Zombie Hammershot Blaster

Nerf Zombie Hammer Shot

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Our top choice for this category, the Nerf Zombie Hammershot Blaster is a revolving type of toy gun and holds 5 Zombie Strike darts.  This Nerf gun allows one-handed blasting action and utilizes a hammer action revolver pullback also known as a priming handle.  The cylinder is designed nicely which is important for kids to reload their darts.  The product is made with high quality and safe material.  The Zombie Hammershot has some nice weight and does not feel flimsy.  It gives you the confidence that this Nerf gun will last for years.

Why We Like It

The Nerf Zombie Hammershot Blaster is sized perfectly for kids, especially 8 and up.  It is designed for one-hand action which is important for most kids during pretend play.  Furthermore, the cylinder design makes is very easy to reload dart which is of major importance while playing.  The editors at KidMaverick are wondering why its not being used on The Walking Dead!

2. Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow Blaster

Nerf Zombi Strike Crossfire Bow Blaster

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Our second choice for this category, the Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow Blaster is a crossbow type of toy gun and holds 4 Zombie Strike darts.  This Nerf gun is unique in that it requires a string pull back on the string to load.  The design makes is different, in a good way, compared to the other Nerf guns on the market.  The darts are positioned vertically in the chamber.  Like our top choice, this product is made with high quality and safe material.  The Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow has some nice weight and does not feel flimsy.  It gives you the confidence that this Nerf gun will last for years.

Why We Like It

It’s a completely different design and style.  For those Nerf gun enthusiast, the Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow will provide a unique look and feel.  For those that want a variation, you can easily remove the bow arm and the blaster will still function as required.  Finally, it’s only a matter of time before we see Norman Reedus with one of these!

3. Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster

Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster

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The Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster fires up to 12 darts without reloading!  This is one of the best features referenced by kids playing with this toy.   It has 2 flipping dart drums that hold 6 darts each.  Once you’ve emptied the first drum, you simply flip to the other drum.  The FlipFury  has great performance (highly accurate), solid build (lightweight, but not flimsy), looks ultra cool, and has superior capacity.

Why We Like It

We’ve said it a few times—12 darts without reloading is a dream for kids.  More darts means more fun and less time reloading.  This is a big MUST during nerf wars.  It is the largest dart capacity at this price range.

4. Nerf N-Strike Elite Triad EX-3 Blaster

 

Nerf N-Strike Elite Triad EX-3 Blaster

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The Nerf N-Strike Elite Triad E-3 Blaster is a single shot nerf gun.  It is one of the cheaper Nerf guns on the market.  Not only is it cheap, but it possesses great power and amazing range.  Because of the relatively cheap pricepoint, its perfect to equip each family member with the same blaster (power) for nerf gun fights.  Some parents have commented on the power of this little Nerf gun.  Don’t forget to wear safety googles!  This nerf gun requires a pull hammer for each shot.  It’s very easy to use and shoots remarkably far.

Why We Like It

It’s perfect for nerf gun fights equipping each participant with the same “power” capacity.  Furthermore, its relatively cheap.

5. Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster

Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster

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The Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster holds 6 Elite darts and fires up to 90 feet.  The Slam Fire slide lets you rapid-fire all 6 darts or use the trigger for single shot.  The rotating barrel flips open by pressing the barrel release button.  This makes is ultra easy to reload the darts and snap the barrel back into place.  Once reloaded, simply pull back the slam fire handle until it click, and you are now ready to blast away.  This nerf gun is highly accurate and therefore is one of the most popular Nerf guns used by kids for “target” practicing.  Like practically all Nerf guns, the Elite Strongarm blaster is built well and should last a very long time.

Why We Like It

Two primary reasons: 1) You can rapid-fire all 6 darts or use the trigger for single shots.  This provides kids a variety of uses based on their situation at hand.  2) Kids love this nerf gun because it is very easy to reload.

How We Choose the Top Nerf Guns

We comprised our top Nerf gun list based on verified buyer reviews and ratings as well as our personal experience using the toys.  We analyzed a number of important factors including:

  • Number of Darts (Capacity)
  • Range
  • Accuracy
  • Reload Mechanism
  • Trigger Function
  • Single fire vs. Rapid fire function
  • Build quality

The Bottom Line

With dozens of Nerf guns on the market, its difficult to find the perfect blaster for your intended use.  If you want to ensure you purchase the right blaster for your child, you can start your research by looking at our 5 Best Nerf Guns for Kids.  These Nerf guns have great user ratings and used by kids all around the world.