Where to Buy Latex-Free Balloons: Party City? Walmart? etc

Short answer: Latex-free balloons are made out of Mylar, plastic, or vinyl. Craft stores like JOANN, grocery stores like Kroger, and superstores like Walmart sell latex-free balloons for $3 and up. Your cheapest option is Dollar Tree, where Mylar balloons are $1. For more details of where to buy latex-free balloons/non-latex balloons, see below.

Where to Buy Latex-Free Balloons/Non-Latex Balloons

Latex-free balloons can be made out of Mylar (also listed as “foil”), plastic, and vinyl. Mylar balloons are the easiest to find, as they are often available at craft stores, dollar stores, superstores, and grocery store floral departments.

Latex balloons have a powder inside and out that can spread latex molecules through the air. If you, your child, or someone else has a latex allergy, it’s best to choose a latex-free option to avoid an allergic reaction.

The following retailers sell latex-free balloons. We called several store locations of each chain to confirm the availability of non-latex balloons, but, keep in mind, in-store availability will vary by location and helium filling may not be available at all stores due to the global helium shortage.

Albertsons

  • Latex-free options: Mylar
  • Price per balloon: $3 to $5, depending on the size of the balloon
  • Cost to fill: Varies by size; usually $5 to $6 for balloons up to 18 inches

Dollar Tree

  • Latex-free options: 14- to 18-inch foil balloons
  • Price per balloon: $1
  • Cost to fill: Dollar Tree will fill balloons purchased in-store for free, a corporate customer service representative said. Dollar Tree will also fill balloons purchased online from DollarTree.com for free when you show your receipt.

Family Dollar

  • Latex-free options: 18-inch Mylar balloons
  • Price per balloon: About $2 for most styles
  • Cost to fill: Helium availability at Family Dollar is limited; only one of the stores we contacted said it has a helium tank. However, a store associate told us that where available, Family Dollar will fill any balloons purchased in-store for free.

Hobby Lobby

  • Latex-free options: Foil
  • Price per balloon: $2 to $13; most foil balloons (including letters) are about $3 each
  • Cost to fill: Hobby Lobby does not fill balloons, as previously reported.

JOANN

  • Latex-free options: Mylar
  • Price per balloon: About $10 for most designs
  • Cost to fill: JOANN does not fill balloons

Kroger

  • Latex-free options: 18-inch foil balloons with seasonal/holiday and special occasion messages
  • Price per balloon: $3 to $5
  • Cost to fill: An additional $2 to $8 per balloon

Meijer

  • Latex-free options: Foil balloons up to 35 inches, some of which are pre-filled and include a weight
  • Price per balloon: $3 to $7, depending on the shape, size, and design
  • Cost to fill: An additional $3 to $8 per balloon

Michaels

  • Latex-free options: 18- to 36-inch foil balloons
  • Price per balloon: From $2 to $10 for single balloons and $12 to $25 for balloon bouquets
  • Cost to fill: Michaels does not fill balloons

Party City

  • Latex-free options: Mylar
  • Price per balloon: $1 to $3 for 18-inch Mylar balloons
  • Cost to fill: Varies by location and balloon size. Some Party City locations will fill standard 18-inch Mylar balloons for free when you purchase them in-store; however, larger sizes may cost an additional $3 to $16 to fill. See our article for details on how much Party City charges to blow up balloons.

Party Depot

  • Latex-free options: Foil and plastic
  • Price per balloon: $2 to $10 for most single balloons; $15 to $20 for balloon bouquets; up to $25 for jumbo balloons
  • Cost to fill: An additional $1 to $4 per balloon, depending on the size

Publix

  • Latex-free options: Mylar, some of which are prefilled
  • Price per balloon: Up to $10
  • Cost to fill: Additional $2+ per balloon, depending on the size

Ralphs

  • Latex-free options: Mylar
  • Price per balloon: Varies by size, but, in general, $3 to $5
  • Cost to fill: Additional $4+, depending on the size

Smith’s

  • Latex-free options: Mylar
  • Price per balloon: Usually around $5, though prices vary by size and design
  • Cost to fill: An additional $1 per balloon

Target

  • Latex-free options: Mylar balloons in sizes up to 54 inches
  • Price per balloon: $2 to $15
  • Cost to fill: Target does not fill balloons

Walmart

  • Latex-free options: 9- to 52-inch plastic and foil balloons
  • Price per balloon: Varies by size and design, but, in general, between $1 and $5
  • Cost to fill: Walmart only fills balloons at select locations; see our dedicated article on Walmart’s helium policy for details.

If none of the stores listed above sell a balloon that suits your needs, Amazon sells unfilled latex-free balloons. Mylar, plastic, and vinyl options are available — but be sure to search by material rather than searching for “latex-free,” as the search results for “latex-free” includes latex balloons. Balloon prices on Amazon vary by size, material, and quantity; many of the balloons Amazon sells come in multipacks. In general, price ranges from $5 to $10 for a Mylar balloon up to about $35 for a pack of reusable plastic or vinyl balloons.

In Summary

You can buy latex-free balloons — usually made of Mylar — at stores like Albertsons, Dollar Tree, Kroger, Party City, and Walmart. Prices and styles vary by store, but you can generally buy non-latex balloons for $3 to $5 each and you can have them filled with helium for an additional $1 to $8. If the stores near you don’t have the style of balloons you want, Amazon sells a wide range of unfilled latex-free options.

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