However, it isn't just the fireworks I look at. I spend just as much time looking at what people order. I do this to better understand what other people like, not just me! I know that I am a sucker for anything different or unique. I prefer a zipper cake like Paint The Sky over a 9 shot like King of Chrysanthemums. I like variety over sound and size. However, that is just me, and I can't let my personal preferences skew what we offer or recommend. So, I listen to what you guys have to say. I analyze orders and look at what items people tend to purchase together. That way, when somebody comes in and tells me they really liked Wrath, I know that they will probably really like Fire God or High Treason.
So, with that long preamble done, here are some items that I feel comfortable suggesting to anybody! Regardless of whether you like the huge breaks in the sky or an angled firework, these are items that I feel almost everybody will enjoy based upon value and performance. That is to say, items where you really get the most bang for your buck!
Keep in mind, most of the items below are in the the different Bulk Packages, making it much easier to get all of the items I recommend without taking a ton of time preparing your order - something that some people love to do, while others just want to get it done as quickly as possible.
200 Gram Aerial Repeaters
Mythical - $8
This firework has only 8 shots, but is only a 200 grams repeater. That means that each shot has 25 grams of powder. That is a large amount! One of the others later on the list is Pyroclastic, which is a 500 Gram firework with 25 shots (20 grams of powder/shot).
This amount of powder/shot results in a sharp bang and some of the largest breaks for this category. I always recommend Mythical. At $8, it is a fantastic option.
It is important to note that this fireworks is tall and narrow. That, coupled with the amount of power it shoots off means you absolutely must brick it. If you do not put bricks, or something to stabilize the firework, it will tip over.
Wiggly Tadpoles - $12.50
This 200 gram repeater has a really neat effect that sets it apart from the other repeaters. When the break goes off, the effects squiggle through the sky like little fishies (or tadpoles I guess). This is a great option to show the crowd something different and fun. The kids always love these!
Another option that the kids really like at this price point is Fox Howl, which has a three staged effect on each shot, with each stage whistling three times as it sets off multiple times in the air.
Jungle Fever - $15
Last year I was really, really excited bout Bring it On, which I called a mini-High Stepper. I love High Stepper, but I know that the $110 price tag is a very high one, so I was thrilled that Bring it On offered a similar effect on a much smaller scale and at a price tag of only $19.
This year however, I found Jungle Fever, and I like it just as much as Bring it On. The big difference however is that Jungle Fever is 20% less expensive! At $15, Jungle Fever is a mini-High Stepper at a very economical option.
Rocket Science - $25
For years, one of our top sellers in the $25 category was Rocketeer. It offered very strong and large breaks at a low price point for a 500 Gram firework. However, as firework manufacturers like to do, they decided to raise the price. One of the ways manufacturers make a price increase invisible is to re-brand the firework and sell it at a higher price. That is what they did here.
Rocket Science is in fact the packaging for Rocketeer. And while the price point for Rocket Science has increased, I have left it at the same price point as Rocketeer originally was - $25. While you may see it bump up to the $30 group in the future, be sure to take advantage of this while it is still at $25!
Jingle Jangle - $25
As the least expensive angled 500 Gram Aerial we have, Jingle Jangle shoots of multiple shots at a time, but sends them off at angles allowing the entire sky to. It provides a very different effect than the standard 12 or 16 shot aerials at this price point.
High Treason, Pyroclastic, Wrath - $34
The $34 to $42 price point is what I consider the sweet spot. There is a great variety of unique items, that work great as a finale. They haven't gotten to the Star Destroyer size or quality, but you can also get 3 of these for the price of one Star Destroyer.
These three items in the $34 category are all fan shape fireworks. This means that they shoot out at different angles to give a great effect of lighting up more of the sky. However, they each do this differently.
High Treason sends off 4 sets of shots, with each set doing a different effect. This, like Chaotic later in the list, provides a really nice variety within the same firework.
Pyroclastic is one of the most shocking fireworks we have. It is guaranteed to make your guests sit up and pay attention. The video of it isn't that impressive, as it doesn't have breaks. Instead, it uses all of it's energy very close to the ground, giving off a tremendous amount of light and huge loud pops. Since all the activity is so low, it makes the street look like daytime, and it always gets a huge gasp and a bunch of 'Wows' at the end.
Wrath is almost a combination of the two above. It has nice patterns/streaks as it goes up, then has breaks that really fill the sky from left to right. Another neat effect it has is the way the ash falls down after the breaks - it lightly floats down and appears to have a very cool glowing read effect as it falls. It is what I would imagine being near a volcano would be like.
Chaotic, Mardi Gras, Shockwave - $42
In my personal opinion, Chaotic and Mythical are the two best value fireworks we have. Chaotic has 63 shots that it sets off in sets of 7. Each set has a different effect, making this like a 9 fireworks in 1. It manages to mix in crackles, peonies, willows and even a row of zipper shots. Then, just when you think it is done, it keeps going!
Mardi Gras is a bit of a quick firework, but it has astonishing colors and really fills the sky with more activity than any other fireworks I can think of off the top of my head. It's quick pace helps to make it almost overwhelming with all the breaks, colors and effects. The only downside is that (a) it is quick, and (b) the packaging is a bit risque (I had one grandmother draw a dress on one of the Mardi Gras dancers).
Shockwave is the first 9 shot firework I have put on this list. I still remember the first time I set it off. I had lit it in the middle of the street and walked back to the sidewalk. Before I stepped up, the first shot had gone off, but my back was turned. It was so loud that I jumped. I even felt the vibrations from the shot go through the street and up into my feet. I knew that there were 9 shots, but everytime a shot went off, it scared me and made me flinch. Shockwave got my adrenaline going like no other firework.
The Big Boys
There are plenty of items in the "Big Boys" category that I would recommend, but I am also cognizant of the price in that category, so I typically try to stick with the items above.
However, when people ask for recommendations for a high end finalBadlandse, I invariably suggest:
Fantastic, High Stepper or Star Destroyer if you like the angled, past paced excitement
Unstoppable, Badlands or King of Chrysanthemums if you like the great big huge breaks
On a final note, if you know your budget, but don't have the time to sort through all of the items, feel free to send me an email with the amount you are looking to spend, and I can put together a great package for you. Just be sure to let me know your budget and audience (are there kids or just adults?) and a few fireworks that you know you do like. I will do the rest!