Looking to buy the best Nerf gun? Whether it's for a child or for yourself to enjoy, we can help. We've rounded up 12 top Nerf gun options – for Nerf wars, smaller children, pet owners and more – so that you spend your money on something you (or they) love.
Nerf guns are the ultimate toy and they can be used indoors or out (we prefer the latter for obvious reasons). They can provide hours of entertainment, and some can fire bullets so they land 90 feet away. Impressive. Some Nerf guns are motorized so require batteries, while others are manual – choose your preference. Quite a few options below have on-board bullet storage to prevent you from losing the bullets, too. And, different Nerf guns are compatible with different bullets. What else? Keep scrolling for our top-rated recommendations and surprise the kids with something fun to play with during lockdown lunchtimes.
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What is the best Nerf gun?
Overall, we think the best Nerf gun to buy right now is the Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster. Not only do you get a lot of gun for your money, but its impressive firing distance and sturdy appearance will appeal to children of all ages.
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The best Nerf guns
1. Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster
The best Nerf gun for quick drawing and fast-firing
Size: 18.8x32.4x7cm | Weight: 454g | Recommended age: 8+ | Batteries required?: No
Easy to load
Holds up to 6 darts
Fires up to 90ft
Good colour range
Can be stiff to pull back and reload
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster is a relatively lightweight, compact Nerf gun, making it easy to wield, even for younger children.
With on board bullet storage and an easy to pull trigger, this small gun is easy to handle and it doesn't require batteries to work. It comes with six bullets included, though it's worth buying plenty of spares as its impressive firing range can make for fair few lost ones. Reviewers have said it's powerful, fast and a good price – we couldn't agree more.
Its rotating barrel holds six darts, all of which can be fired up to 90ft away. You can either fire them one at a time or use the Slam Fire function to fire them in super-quick succession.
2. Nerf N-Strike Elite Jolt Blaster
The best small Nerf gun
Size: 16.8x15.8x2.8 cm | Weight: 122g | Recommended age: 3+ | Batteries required?: No
Suitable for young kids
One-handed operation possible
Range not as impressive as other models
Single shot only
Not great for Nerf wars
Proof, if ever it was needed, that bigger is not always better — we give you the Nerf N-Strike Elite Jolt Blaster. Great for smaller kids who can't yet hold a larger Nerf gun, but still want to join in on the fun.
With its small size comes a lack of bullet storage – only one can sit inside the gun at any one time. Though the fact it is small means it's easier to store away (it fits in a pocket), and easier for them to operate. And it's quick to reload – you can do this one-handed too.
It comes with two Elite darts and is also available in green and orange.
3. Nerf Ultra One Motorised Blaster
The best for Nerf wars
Size: H33, W60.96, D8.09cm | Weight: 1.81kg | Recommended age: 8+ | Batteries required?: 4 x C
On-board dart storage
Can be used indoors and out
Comes with 25 Nerf Ultra darts
Darts can fly up to 120 feet away
Works only with Nerf Ultra darts
Eyeware not included
The Nerf Ultra One Motorised Blaster is the king of all Nerf guns. Not only is it motorised, but it can hold a whopping 25 darts at once making it great for use in Nerf wars.
With a high capacity dart drum that can hold 25 Nerf Ultra darts at once, this Nerf gun allows you to fire and reload fast. Not just that, but it only holds Nerf Ultra darts – the furthest flying Nerf darts ever as they can land up to 36 metres away once fired. Though it should be noted that it's motorized, so it needs batteries to work, and it comes at a high price tag – as expected.
As mentioned above, the Nerf Ultra One can only hold Nerf Ultra darts. These darts can fly up to 36 metres away, to take your Nerf games to the next level.
4. Nerf COS1221792 Megalodon N-Strike Blaster
The best Nerf gun with sound effects
Size: 50.8x73.7x88.9 cm | Weight: 2.5kg | Recommended age: 4+ | Batteries required?: No
Long firing range
No batteries required
Reassuringly chunky design
Could be heavy for younger children
Screeching darts? Not for everyone...
Part of the Nerf Mega series, the Nerf COS1221792 Megalodon N-Strike Blaster comes with 60 Nerf Mega Whistler darts that emit a bonfire night-worthy screech as they fly through the air.
There are no batteries required to use this Nerf gun. Simply crank the impressive-looking handle to send darts whistling towards your target – or hold the trigger down and crank that handle at the same time for slam-fire action. It comes with 60 darts included, too.
This model has a 20-dart rotation drum, and fires darts up to 85 feet. It also has two firing modes.
5. Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire Blaster
The best double barrel Nerf gun
Size:: 14.9x85.9x40.3 cm | Weight: 3.4kg | Recommended age: 8+ | Batteries required?: Yes
Tripod allows for steady shots
Holds up to 50 darts
Six D batteries required
Takes a while to reload
This is definitely a Nerf gun that will draw looks of envy from friends far and wide. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire Blaster comes complete with 50 darts.
This design comes complete with a detachable tripod, allowing for accurate and steady firing from a stationary spot – when required.
The twin barrels each hold 25 bullets (which come included) and the motorised blasting means you can engulf opponents up to 90ft away with a shower of darts in seconds – no escape from this one.
6. NERF C2016102 Rival Star Wars Battlefront Apollo XV-700 and Face Mask
The best Nerf gun for Star Wars fans
Size: 7.3x67.3x26.7 cm | Weight: 1.36kg | Recommended age: 14+ | Batteries required?: No
Comes complete with Mandalorian insignia fabric patch
Bullets and breathable face mask included
Mask may not fit smaller 14 year olds
Only seven rounds included
One of a handful of official licensed Star Wars products from Nerf, the NERF Rival Star Wars Battlefront Apollo XV-700 and Face Mask is the ideal addition to any Star Wars fan’s memorabilia collection.
Supplied in a reusable display box it could just sit happily in all its glory in a collector’s cabinet – but with so many fun features to get stuck into it would be a real shame…
Along with the breathable face mask and fabric Mandalorian insignia patch it comes with, the blaster also fires at 100 feet per second and has an easy-load magazine, a trigger lock, tactical rail, adjustable strap and a ‘ready indicator.’
7. Nerf Super Soaker Soakzooka Multicolour
The best Nerf water gun
Size: 6.7x53.5x23.8 cm | Weight: 798g | Recommended age: 7+ | Batteries required?: No
Holds lots of water
Easy to use
Doesn't have all the bells and whistles of some of the other models
A bullet-free Nerf gun this time – the Nerf Super Soaker Soakzooka Multicolour is the perfect way to get kids outside in the summer – just make sure you stay locked inside if you want to remain dry.
Forget the puny water pistols of old, this is one serious soaker. The tank holds 1.6 litres of water and unleashes an awesome blast of water over its victims.
Simply move the handle back and forth to blast jets of water. Invest in a couple of these for soggy fun all summer long.
8. Nerf Fortnite AR-L Elite Dart Blaster
The best motorised Nerf gun
Size: H26 x W76.2 x D6.7cm | Weight: 1.4kg | Recommended age: 8+ | Batteries required?: Yes
Capture the look from Fortnite
Motorised to fire darts faster
For fans of Fortnite, this is the best Nerf gun for you. It replicates the looks and colours of the video game so your kids can feel like they are playing in real life.
The design is based on the popular video game, and the colours mimic that. There's a stock for when you really get into it and need to brace the gun against your shoulder.
Because this Nerf gun is motorised the firing range is even further, you can power up the motor with the acceleration button and pull the trigger to shoot a dart. It comes with a 10-dart clip, plus 20 darts, so you have enough to fully load the clip and give you plenty of backup darts for reloading.
9. Nerf N-Strike Mega Magnus
The best budget-friendly Nerf gun
Size: H22.7x L34.5 x W6.6cm | Weight: 620g | Recommended age: 8+ | Batteries required?: No
Easy to use
Only three darts included
If you are after a simple but effective Nerf gun that's going to provide hours of fun but not break the bank, this is a great choice.
This Nerf gun is super lightweight and designed to be used with one hand so you can run around and not be weighed down. The look is slightly retro, and is really simple to use, just one click and the darts will go flying.
These lightweight darts fly up to 85 feet, which we think from a small toy is pretty epic. They have been redesigned too to be even bigger so they fly further. There is a build it clip so you can reload quickly too.
10. Nerf Alphastrike Fang QS-4
The best value Nerf gun
Size: H17.8 x W30.5 x D4.4cm | Weight: 0.3kg | Recommended age: 3+ | Batteries required?: No
Great for travel
Doesn't have all the features of the more expensive models
If you're new to the Nerf brand, Alpha Strike blasters are the best way to test them out for just a fiver!
This Nerf gun is super compact so they are great for taking on holidays or out for the day. Despite them being really tiny you can still fire four darts and reload really quickly with the extra six you get with the gun. You can play one handed, and they are really lightweight so perfect for running around with for hours!
For such a small gun this model can still blast out foam darts super quickly and the range is up to 25 metres! Pretty impressive.
11. Nerf Elite 2.0 Phoenix CS-6 Motorised Blaster
The best Nerf gun for quick firing
Size: H31.8 x W40.6 x D6.7cm | Weight: 0.8kg | Recommended age: 3+ | Batteries required?: Yes
Acceleration button for extra power
Fires six shots at a time
You can store 6 extra darts
Batteries required (not included)
This is a motorised Nerf gun so has even more power and can shoot darts even further. It also has space for six back up darts too, so games can last even longer without being interrupted.
The acceleration button is what makes this model such a great Nerf gun. You can use the motor to power the darts so they go even further. You can fire six shots in a row or, if you are being more tactical, one at a time. There's storage for six extra darts so you can reload quickly too.
This Nerf gun fires up to 27 metres, so great for big outdoor games. You get 12 darts with the gun too, so plenty to ensure the game lasts for a whole afternoon.
12. Nerf Dog Tennis Ball Blaster Dog Toy
The best Nerf gun for pet owners
Size: H43 x W23 x D10cm | Weight: 0.89kg | Recommended age: For adults | Batteries required?: Nope
One ball included
Also works with standard tennis balls
Only for pet owners
Dog owner? Tired of throwing tennis balls (and not very far, too)? You need the Nerf Dog Tennis Ball Blaster. This is how you play the ultimate game of fetch with your furry friend, without having to do too many steps, too. It also comes with one tennis ball included, and somewhere to store it on board.
Not only is this Nerf gun easy to use – simply pop a tennis ball in and pull back the orange part of the gun, aim and fire – but it's hands-free, too. When your dog brings back the wet (and probably heavily chewed) ball, just place the barrel on the tennis ball and it will pick it up.
This Nerf gun can fire a tennis ball up to 50 feet in the air – your pup will love this!
How to choose the best Nerf gun
Bear in mind the size of your home when it comes to choosing a Nerf gun, especially if you'll be letting them fire their new Nerf gun indoors as well as in the garden. Also, think about where it'll be stored when not in use. Consider your garden size, too –whilst Nerf guns with long firing ranges might sound impressive, if you have a smaller garden it's likely you'll soon tire of knocking on your neighbour's front door to retrieve lost bullets.
Before buying a Nerf gun do check what is included for the price you are paying – bullets, batteries, targets etc. are sometimes all part of the package, whilst other times you will need to buy them separately.
Check how many batteries and what size are required before buying, some models upwards of six C or D batteries which can prove very expensive to maintain.
Age, size and weight
Think about both size and weight when choosing a Nerf gun – one with a recommended age of eight and over might very well be safe for an eight-year-old to use, but if it is very heavy or large it could be difficult for them to play with. Finally, younger children tend to like Nerf guns that hold lots of foam bullets as they can find frequent reloading frustrating.