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The Best Jumbo Stuffed Animals on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about kid’s furniture, outstanding kid’s products, and the best toys to buy before the holiday rush, here we break down the cuddliest oversize stuffed animals you can find on Amazon — in honor of the internet’s conflicted feelings toward this massive long-legged teddy bear. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best Giant Orca Whale

4.8 stars, 554 reviews

“WOW! I am beyond impressed! I spent over a week looking for the perfect oversized plush Orca online. Of the two I found that were as large as I wanted, they were nearly $100 or more and both had less than great reviews on quality. They also weren’t nearly as cute as this one. I was especially drawn to the eyes on this orca (and the price!) so I took a chance.

The size is perfect! It’s actually larger than I anticipated, but I couldn’t be happier about that, and perfect for cuddling or using as a body pillow. The quality and craftsmanship is superb, while the fabric is soft and easy to clean (it does seem to be a magnet for pet hair, but it wipes off effortlessly by hand or with a lint/hair roller). Its eyes/face are so realistic and it just has a ‘sweet’ look about it. I could go on and on about this whale!”

Melissa & Doug Giant Orca Whale

Best Giant Crocodile

Wild Republic Saltwater Crocodile
$55 at Amazon

4.7 stars, 193 reviews

“I have a lot of carefully chosen, realistic African animals for the grandkids’ bedroom when they visit, and this crocodile fits right in. It is well-made and very cute. When the grandkids aren’t around, I leave their bedroom door open with the croc positioned like it is guarding the room and about to come out if anyone breaches the space. It is cute beyond words. I gave it 5 stars for education because it has representative features of a real crocodile. It is exquisitely sewn, and is very soft and cuddly.”

Best Giant Tiger

Melissa & Doug Giant Tiger
$57 at Amazon

4.6 stars, 728 reviews

“How lifelike! My cat’s tail got huge when he saw me take this out of the box. Took him 15 minutes or so to slowly creep toward it. Then he pounced on it and ran off. Laughed so hard! Really a nice, big stuffed animal. The nose is so real-looking. They have really paid attention to details. Colors are just perfect. WOW. I think it is great; kids will love it. What an impression it makes.”

Best Giant Bear

Big Plush Personalized Giant Teddy Bear
$52 at Amazon

4.8 stars, 628 reviews

“I looked locally for a huge, sturdy, snuggly bear for my teenager. A regular-sized bear just wouldn’t cut it. After reading dozens of reviews, I decided to spend a little extra and ordered this bear. I am so glad I did!!! It arrived within days in a reasonable-sized box without damage. Pulling the bear out was a treat … it expanded into its full size immediately … no fluffing required. This bear is the PERFECT snuggling companion for reading, watching movies, and sleeping. A huge hit!!!!”

Best Giant Giraffe

Melissa & Doug Giant Giraffe
$74 at Amazon

4.8 stars, 1,671 reviews

“We purchased this giraffe for our son’s first Christmas last year. He was 4 months old at the time. This giraffe is very big almost as tall as I am! He has loved it from the beginning. Through most of last year, if he bonked his head or was sad for whatever reason, we’d take him over to see his giraffe and it would make him feel better instantly. So cute! He’s now 17 months old and the giraffe is in his room. He still loves it and makes sure to say goodnight to it each night. Because of the size, I can see him loving this giraffe for many years to come.”

Best Giant Cheetah

Melissa & Doug Giant Cheetah
$53 at Amazon

4.7 stars, 243 reviews

“Love it, and it was a hit with the child for whom it was purchased. Very sturdy and stuffed fully. Eyes are a bit creepy, but that’s because sometimes I run into it in the middle of the night and it’s dark and I frighten easily. May have kicked it a time or two in sheer terror but the cheetah doesn’t seem to mind and has held up well. I would like it even more if it did not take years from my life when I walk into the kitchen to find in placed in a chair at the table like a human.”

Best Giant Anaconda

Wild Republic Plush Snake Anaconda
$13 at Amazon

4.7 stars, 161 reviews

“My seven-months-old baby daughter saw this at an airport store and instantly fell in love with it. When we returned home I bought two of these (another one being the rattlesnake) and they became her bed buddies ever since. It’s been a whole year. The snakes have been washed and air-dried like a million times and there are no ripped seams. This green one is still her best buddy and the only stuffed animal she actually loves. Its diameter is also small enough not to suffocate a baby, so it posts no breathing risks.”

Best Giant Elmo

Gund Sesame Street Jumbo Elmo
$140 at Amazon

4.7 stars, 809 reviews

“One of our best purchases ever. Bought this for our two-year-old for Christmas. It instantly became his special toy. Elmo sleeps with our son every night. When he first started sleeping in his own room, we could remind him to hug Elmo as he went to sleep. It’s long, but still short enough that our son can carry him everywhere without tripping. His fur is very soft. I love that his eyes are fabric instead of hard plastic since it makes him easier to snuggle. His face has a cute, natural expression too.”

Best Giant Shark

Melissa & Doug Giant Shark
$35 at Amazon

4.8 stars, 554 reviews

“My son loves all types of dangerous animals. He loves snakes, spiders, and sharks. He had several awesome plush snakes. I knew when I saw this it would be perfect for him. It arrived in a very damaged box; luckily the shark escaped it unscathed. It is really soft and huge. It is nearly as big as my four-year-old. He chases people around pretending that the shark is going to bite them. It has provided many hours of play and I am sure that it will continue to over the next several months if not years.”

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The Best Jumbo Stuffed Animals, According to Amazon Reviews