Disclosure - we were given the Jooki player free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.
Miss J is 8 years old now and she's getting to the age where she likes to spend more time in her bedroom, playing with her toys, reading books and listening to music. She's still young enough that I like to keep an eye on what she is listening to so a player like the Jooki Player is perfect for that.
What is a Jooki?
A Jooki is a portable music player for children. It is brightly coloured in blue and orange and feels very sturdy. It is also splashproof which is good to know in case your little one spills something near it! It plugs in via a USB charging cable and once it is charged it claims up to 8 hours of battery life (I haven't tested this myself though!) It comes with a micro SD slot so you can buy as much storage as you need. You will need to purchase a micro SD card though as it doesn't come with one in the box which is a shame. It can be used online or offline, it plays different types of media files such as iMusic and MP3 and it also has a headphone jack so your little one can keep their music choices to themselves.
How Does a Jooki Work?
The Jooki comes with 5 little characters, a ghost, dragon, fox, whale and knight. You can upload playlists to the characters and then pop them on the top to play. When you place the character on top the playlist starts, and it stops when you remove the character. There are also controls on the Jooki itself.
You will need a Spotify premium subscription for this which is an extra cost to consider. You can also stream via Deezer which I haven't used before so can't comment on. We made some playlists and they are easy to add to the characters using the app on your mobile phone. This works well as you are able to supervise which songs are put onto the playlists and your child has the freedom to play them as they please without needing your phone or app.
You can also use the Jooki as a bluetooth speaker, providing that they are in range.
Jooki as an audio-player
The feature that I love most about Jooki is that you can use it to play audiobooks which is a great extra. Simply add them to the characters using the app. You can add recorded messages on there from yourself or loved ones which is a nice touch if you are going to be away.
How to set up your Jooki
The Jooki is relatively easy to set up. It comes with everything you need in the box, you will need to plug it in and connect it to your wifi. This is a little tricky and it took me a couple of goes. You can buy extra tokens from Jooki and you might also want a micro SD card for more storage.
Where can I buy a Jooki?
You can buy a Jooki from their website (currently sold out) or Amazon (affiliate link). It is currently retailing at £169.99.
My opinion on the Jooki
The Jooki is a great, sturdy piece of kit and Miss J loves having it in her room. It has great longevity as when the child is younger they will use the tokens and playlists and when they are older they might use it more as a bluetooth speaker. The one thing that lets it down is that you have to have a subscription to a music service to use it properly as this is an extra cost.
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