JW Pet Company Crackle Ball Review – The Cracklin Spirit!

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When they say large, they mean it. Our ball is almost too big.

Get crackalackin’! The JW Pet Co. Crackle Ball makes the best sounds. Exactly like an empty plastic water bottle when it’s being crumpled.  It’s perfect for Willie who is forever digging through my recycle bin, dragging out empty water bottles and scampering down the hallway hoping I won’t notice so he can snuggle in a bed and crunch, crimp and crackle his merry heart away.

I hesitated to buy this, thinking it would be weakly made and its insides would fall out after a minute of use. But this is one tough toy, for real.


JW Pet. Co. needed to get the rubber on this exactly right – strong enough to stand up to sharp teeth in strong jaws yet flexible enough that dogs can crumple and crunch it by themselves. They succeeded!

Willie was so happy when he got this ball. It shot right to the top of the chart of his favorite toys. It doesn’t squeak but it doesn’t need to because it makes a perfect sound all its own that Willie finds interesting and alluring. He will run with it in his mouth but he will also sit down and just chomp on it awhile, reveling in the sounds it makes.

Go easy on the sizing if you get one. Willie has a large size ball and as you can see in the photo, it’s almost a smidge too big for him. I guess I’m just so used to getting less than what I expect so I assumed “large” was going to be about the size of a tennis ball. That’s not the case. It is bigger than a tennis ball or the Kong Squeezz Ball.

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Just another day in the life, chomping my crackle ball.

I’ve given the ball four stars for now. If it lasts a long while, I will bump it up to five stars. For now, it is still too new. It’s too early to say it’s a tough toy that lasts with aggressive chewers because we haven’t had it long enough. I wonder how long the inside will crackle.


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Does everybody smell that, or is it just me?

One drawback I can’t fail to mention. It had a fairly strong plastic-y type smell when we first got it. It (mostly) went away fairly quickly and I have no worries about it whatsoever. People yammer on in reviews about how products smell when they first open them and I always wonder, jeez, have you nothing else to do with your life than fret over the way a book or photo frame smells? These things happen. Settle down. Put the pitchforks away. It wears off. I do wonder, though, if Willie’s keen sense of smell is what’s making this face happen in this picture:


But, come on. It’s a great toy. It is lightweight, making it easy to toss and fetch. The plastic inside is fitted well. Willie can’t reach it with his itty, bitty front teeth to tear it apart like I know he would do if he could. The plastic inside is all one piece and appears as if it will crackle along for a long, long time.

I believe that the way the ball crackles when Willie bites down on it satisfies his desire to hear things being destroyed, so it quells his urges and he doesn’t try to tear this ball apart. I would guess that he could tear it apart if he wanted to, though it wouldn’t be easy. What is easy is is to say that this ball is a super fun toy that Willie loves a lot!

Willie’s Review

Woo-hoo! No more Dumpster diving for water bottles for me! I got this really cool ball that makes the grooviest sounds AND I’m allowed to have it! Is it my birthday or something? This ball fills my whole mouth and I chomp it just a little bit to make a big crackle that makes me run around in circles. Don’t think for a second that I’m done nosing around in the recycle bin. Look what it’s got me so far!

Internet Reviews

Amazon:  3.7 out of 5 stars with 839 reviews.
Chewy:  4 out of 5 stars with 134 reviews.
petco:  4 out of 5 stars with 28 reviews.
Dog.com:  4.2 out of 5 stars with 9 reviews.

Low Reviews

24% of reviewers on Amazon give this toy one or two stars. Though it takes awhile, the inside will eventually collapse and when it does, it stops making its delightful sound. As I suspected, a determined dog is able to chew this toy apart if he really wants to.

High Reviews

85% of reviewers on Chewy recommend this toy and 63% of reviewers on Amazon give it four or more stars. Dogs really, really, really love this toy. A lot. Many consumers find it to be durable, lasting several dogs six months or longer. People comment that the noise is not as annoying to listen to as squeakers. Strong-jawed is a description that keeps coming up, as in: JW toys are great for strong-jawed dogs.

Overall Impression

Bottom line is if your dog likes plastic water bottles, he or she will definitely enjoy this toy. It is not very expensive if you get it at the right place. (See below.) Odds are in your favor on this one.

Product Specifications

From online product descriptions:

  • Rubber with crunchy bottle material inside
  • Ball has durable rubber body outside, crunchy water bottle material inside
  • Features the water bottle crackle sound that dogs love
  • Crunchy and safe fun
  • Suitable for large and giant breeds


Small:  2” x 2” x 6” (Suitable for puppies and small breed dogs)
Medium:  3” x 3” x 8” (Suitable for medium breed dogs)
Large:  4” x 4” x 13”  (Suitable for large breed dogs)


For the Small:
Amazon and Chewy:  $2.99
Dog.com:  $3.37
Petco:  $4.49

For the Medium:
Amazon and Chewy:  $5.90
Dog.com:  $4.12
Petco:  $5.99
Jet:  $13.01

For the Large:
Amazon and Chewy:  $5.82
Dog.com:  $5.62
Petco:  $9.74
PetSmart:  $14.49

Best Bargain

I have, for once, found a place (Dog.com) with a lower price than Amazon and Chewy. Twenty cents lower, in fact. But with shipping costs added, you pay more than enough to obliterate that savings. And what’s with PetSmart charging almost $15? I like PetSmart, but you really do have to comparison shop with the way they price things.

I hope you’ve found this review of the JW Pet Co. Crackle Ball helpful. Please feel free to leave your own review in the comment section below.

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6 thoughts on “JW Pet Company Crackle Ball Review – The Cracklin Spirit!

  1. Great dog!
    I have a ball and water bottle obsessed Jack Russell – I think I just might give this a go………

    1. Leah Presser says:

      I think it will work very well for you – good luck!

  2. So happy to see a toy that may hold up to the strong chewers. My dogs all love water bottles so this should be a toy that makes them as happy as it seems to be making your dog in the pictures. I find it very helpful that you list so many different places to buy.

    1. Leah Presser says:

      Good luck, Deena. If your dogs love water bottles, they’ll love this toy! Thanks for visiting!

  3. Hi Leah!
    Thank you for such a nice post!
    Is that your dog? It´s awesome! And he loves the ball, right?
    I have a small cocker spaniel that chew everything, even my shoes. So I need to buy him some toys to chew, and this ball seems great!
    It might be the small size and the price is great as well!
    Thank you so much.

    1. Leah Presser says:

      Yes, that’s my loveable, adorable aggressive chewer Willie! I always try to find the best priced dog toys. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

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