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Best Motorized Nerf Blasters - The Ultimate Buying Guide with Reviews

Nerf guns are the best toys for showing your kids how to play, fight well with others, and wage general household, fort, and yard warfare without any harm coming to anyone. It’s fun, it’s fast, and it’s a blast in both winter and summertime.

We’ve compiled the highest quality and best user-rated battery-powered nerf guns for your perusal and we’ve carefully filtered them so that you know what each one is best for and why each one is so good. We also give you carefully filtered user feedback synopses so you know what you’re getting with each nerf gun and where its strengths and weaknesses lie.

1. Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster (Best Overall-Rated and Best User Reviews!)

Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster

The Strongarm Blaster comes with awesome machine-gun-like loading and has battery-powered add-ons available, but the blaster itself does not have this capability. It is the best reviewed Nerf Gun on the market today and users love how the manual reload allows you to move around the house and yard, pick up your darts, and keep firing.

The slider enables you to pull back and fire individual shots or to simply hold the trigger down and slide the shots off one after the other in rapid-fire succession.

Things We Liked

You can use this gun without needing batteries, but some battery-powered accessories come with it and are recommended.

Things We Didn’t Like

The nerf gun does not come with more than the 6 pellets that you can load into it at one time. We think that it should come with a lot more darts so that you can have them available strapped to your leg or something like that.

2. Dart Zone Super Commando Gatling Blaster

The Dart Zone Gatling Blaster comes with a lot of cool accessories, like two belts with 18-rounds of ammo each, 3 targets (all foam), and 36 Gatling-like super darts (all foam, of course).

This lean, green machine has the ammo belts which automatically load the darts so that you can get off a record-breaking 18 shots at the same time through the motorized, rapid-fire action. The power grip handle keeps the awesome plastic machine gun steady while you fire your pellets at the other side. Protect your fort and keep it safe from invaders.

Things We Liked

We love all of the ammo capacities and the fact that it loads and feeds like a real Gatling gun. This gives an awesome edge over the less-realistic nerf contenders. Next, we liked that it came with extra rounds so that you can get everything in order before you start your nerf war. We also liked that the Universal Super Darts were compatible with other major brands.

Things We Didn’t Like

We didn’t like that it didn’t come with back up replacement ammo belts (minus the ammo) in case the original ones get snapped or broken.

3. Evader Modulus Nerf Motorized Light-Up Toy Blaster

Nerf Modulus Ghost Ops Evader

The Evader Modulus is a clear, see-through, light-up nerf gun that you can use at night! It makes for great gameplay in the dark with flashlights and high fences (so pellets don’t go over the fence!). The gun comes with a barrel extension that lights up in the evening if you put it on light-up mode. But, you can take it off and store it safely for daytime blasting!

12 nerf bullets are included and a 12-bullet clip is easily attached so that you can fire a dozen shots at the same time! The see-through design allows you to see exactly how much ammo you have and it’s harder to see during the day and at night, so you have instant camouflage!

Things We Liked

We like the see-through design and how hard it can be to see in the sunlight. This makes for excellent fort protection and sniper attacks. We also like the light-up barrel extension for evening play. 

Things We Didn’t Like

We didn’t like that it only came with a dozen-hold clip. It should have more clips with it. You will have to buy those separately. 

4. Infinus Nerf N-Strike Elite Motorized Blaster with Speed-Load

The Infinus comes with speed-load capabilities which make it easy to load all 30 darts all at the same time. Quickly reload and get back to blasting! The machine-gun construction gives you the ability to shoot 30 darts in rapid-fire succession for intense nerf-gun battles. This is a really cool gun and it looks pretty awesome, as well. 

This power blaster has a really fast rapid-firing capability which gives a really intense barrage of nerf bullets. This is a great gun to use in 3 or 4 person battles or even the really large battles, with everyone using the same gun! Why? Because you can reload without opening the barrel, so you can load and blast at the same time! 

Things We Liked

We love the 30-round capacity of this nerf gun and we also love the super-fast-loading technology that allows you to reload and fire at the same time. This is great for nerf wars where you are getting ammo landing around you that you can quickly turn around and use back at your opponents. 

Things We Didn’t Like

We didn’t like that it’s not easy to see how many pellets you have left. However, the 30-pellet capacity really makes it last a while before you need to reload. 

5. Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K

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The Rival Nemesis has a high-capacity yield (yellow foam balls) and a hopper that makes feed into the chamber quick and easy. You can get it along with an extra rechargeable battery pack and an extra 100 foam bullet balls added onto your purchase.

NOTE: All Rival Nemesis parts and balls should be compatible with Nerf Rival products.

This battery-powered gun makes it easy to pick the red team or blue (comes in either color) and to quickly switch guns and switch teams. The yellow foam balls make it easy to always have the right ammo for your gun by moving around the property and picking up ammo as you go along. It’s great for full family fun and it’s great for large group parties.

Things We Liked

We like that it’s a part of the Nerf Rival series, which has a lot of mega-packs like rechargeable battery packs and 100’s of extra yellow foam balls to play with. We also like that it has such a large capacity and can go for hours on a single play. 

Things We Didn’t Like

We didn’t like that it’s a single-shot gun. The battery-operation makes it easy and quick, but it’s not a quick succession like the machine gun darts available in other Nerf and nerf-like guns. 

6. Nerf N-Strike Elite Stryfe Blaster

Nerf N-Strike Elite Stryfe Blaster

The Elite Stryfe comes with a motorized shooting action and a 6-pellet load capacity, along with 6 pellets. You will need more ammo to go along with this nerf gun. This is a great gun to use with sniper-like activities, like defending a treehouse or long-range shooting (it goes up to 90 feet).

The clip loading system is compatible with all major universal systems, so you can buy ammo and extra clips whenever you want. You will want to have extra ammo on you at all times, though, because it runs out pretty quickly.

Things We Liked

We like the Universal Clip system, so you can buy more ammo and more clips without having to buy more nerf guns. We also like the fact that it shoots so far and on battery-powered rapid fire.

Things We Didn’t Like

We didn’t like that it only holds 6 darts or pellets at the same time. You will always have to carry extra ammo with you to use with this gun, but it’s great for treehouse defending. 

7. Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster

Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster

The N-Strike Hyperfire Blaster is a fantastic dart gun and fires really fast (up to 5 darts per second with new batteries in it) and has a 25-dart drum. It comes with instructions, the 25-dart drum, and 25 nerf darts. This pellet gun is one of the more affordable battery-powered nerf guns on the market. It fires fast and far and it’s cheap in price for what you get.

It requires 4 D-batteries, but that’s what most battery-powered nerf guns need to get that super-far 90-foot range. It’s a little smaller than some of the other machine gun-like nerf blasters, so it’s great for younger boys and girls.

Things We Liked

We like that it has a 25-pellet capacity. That’s nice and large. We also like that it shoots really fast on a full battery. 

Things We Didn’t Like

We didn’t like that it’s not as big as the Mega Blaster (listed below), but that just makes it ideal for younger hands. 

8. Nerf N-Strike Mega Mastodon

The Mega Mastodon is the first battery-powered Mega Blaster in the Nerf series. Its huge capacity comes with huge pellets. This enormous nerf gun even has a shoulder strap (complete with power-grip handle and easy-to-use trigger) to make sure that you make your point and you make it in a big way.

The Mega Mastodon nerf blaster is amazing in every way. It’s huge, it looks badass, and it shoots giant darts. What more could you ask for?

Things We Liked

We like how gigantic it is. We also like that it shoots giant darts. And that it looks so cool. 

Things We Didn’t Like

We did not like that its giant size did not also equal 60 or 90 more pellet capacity. The fact that it shoots about the same amount of pellets as other nerf guns made it less impressive. 

9. Nerf Elite Rayvenfire Motorized Rapid Fire Gun

The Rayvenfire holds 10 darts, has motorized, quick-response, rapid-fire blasting, and even has an acceleration trigger. If you hold the acceleration trigger down, you can shoot all ten shots in quick succession. You should have two or three of these nerf guns. Then, you can fire one really fast until it’s completely empty and then pick up the next and then the next. Cool, huh?

This one is different from the other nerf blasters because it doesn’t use D-batteries. It only uses AA-batteries (4 of them) which makes this one a lot more kid-friendly and a lot more usable in cabins, over weekends, on holiday and in other locations where specialized batteries are not easy to find.

Things We Liked

We really like the acceleration trigger. This makes the battery-powered part of this nerf blaster so much better. We also like the small (reasonable) battery size which is so much more universal. 

Things We Didn’t Like

We didn’t like that it only shoots ten nerf bullets. What you really need are four clips of 10 pellets each and then you’re set. 

10. Nerf CS-18 N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike

Nerf CS-18 N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike

The Rapidstrike CS-18 is a really cool nerf gun that comes in a wide variety of options. You can get the gun itself. You can get the bundle (gun and pellets and clips and such). You can get just the clip or just the dart refill or the gun coupled with a Rapidstrike vest.

It comes with a very cool clip of 18 darts. That’s the kind of firepower we like! The Rapidstrike CS-18 also has a clear clip so that you can see how many darts you have left while in the middle of your nerf war. And we love that it shoots the darts 90 feet. Not for indoor use!

Things We Liked

We love that the Rapidstrike CS-18 comes with so much ammo. Each clip has 18 nerf bullets and we think that is definitely the right amount. We also like that you can buy more ammo and clips separately and that it is so easy to check how much ammo you have left. 

Things We Didn’t Like

We didn’t like that the nerf pellets for this gun were not universal in nature. Some users found it difficult to use other brands of nerf bullets in this gun. That’s just inconvenient. 

Buyer’s Guide

For Parents (kids section below)

Is it better to get a nerf gun that has darts or yellow balls?

First, only shoot nerf guns in dedicated family rooms or game rooms. Pictures can be knocked off of walls and shelves, vases can be knocked to the floor and smashed, and all kinds of other things can happen. 

Second, use yellow balls when inside because these have less directed firepower. When you and your kids use dart and pellet guns, you should probably use them outside. However, these distinctions only have a small amount of difference between them. You should use whatever precautions make you feel good. 

Is this really an indoor toy?

Yes, it can be. As long as you fire the nerf blasters in a room with bare or protected walls, it can actually be quite fun to play inside. However, sometimes people just feel better to only use them outdoors because they don’t have to worry about which direction they point the nerf blaster. 

If you play inside, make sure that babies and small children are in another area of the house being supervised by an adult. Then, have at it and see how you like it! 

If a dart hits my kid in the eye, can it harm him or her?

This is not very likely. First, kids eyes are small and hard to actually hit. Second, unless the dart actually damages the cornea of the eye, they will be fine. Let them hold their hand over their eye for a while, blink their eyes a few times, and then see if their vision is still as it was before. If in doubt, see your family physician. This is very unlikely, though.

If my kid plays outside, will lost darts harm our pets?

You may be concerned about pets chewing on and swallowing all or parts of lost nerf balls. Nerf darts and balls are actually pretty firm so, unless your pet really likes the taste of them, they are not likely to be interested in them.

Secondly, it would be very difficult for even a large dog to choke on a pellet. They would chew it up first and then swallow or they would simply not bother with it at all. Your pets are safe from nerf bullets.

Can some of these nerf guns really shoot 90 feet?

Yes, they can. Some nerf blasters even shoot up to 90 feet. This is really great, but you should know that it doesn’t mean that this will cause any harm. Nerf guns are specifically designed to give your kid a maximum shooting range without causing even the smallest amount of harm if hit at close range. 90 feet is actually a small distance and the ball loses velocity as it travels through the air. This means that the farther away the shooting is, the softer the hit. 

What happens if my toddler swallows one of the foam darts or balls?

Nerf darts and balls are large enough that this would be very difficult to pull off. However, if your toddler is ambitious, do not try to get it out yourself! You are more likely to accidentally push it further down their throat. Drive them to the hospital right away and make sure your kid can breathe the whole time. 

How do we keep from annoying our neighbors?

Neighbors won’t really have a problem with the occasional pellet flying over the fence. However, if an all-out nerf war breaks out and their yard is pelted with yellow foam balls, this might annoy them. In this case, simply construct a net (or use a basic tennis net) and angle it slightly in toward your back yard. Put this on top of your fence and your family should be able to play nerf wars to their heart’s content without bothering the neighbors. 

Can my family use nerf guns for target practice to prepare for real, live hunting during hunting season?

Not as much as you would think. You can use them for very, very short range target practice but you can’t use them for target practice more than 50 feet away. The reason why is based on how the air affects the foam balls and darts. Even with a real firearm, the bullet would lose position in a slight arc from where you pointed your gun. With a nerf blaster, the air really slows down the foam dart and causes it to have a very large arc. So, that means that nerf target practice is only good for short range hunting practice. Very, very short range practice. 

What if one of my pets gets hit?

First of all, this is very unlikely to happen. However, if they are hit, it will not hurt them at all. Even very small chihuahuas are safe from nerf blasting. The only animals which could really be hurt are birds and kittens and puppies (and only with repeated blasting). This is not something that kids are likely to do. Simply keep an eye on neighborhood pets so that you don’t get any complaints and tell your kids to respect animals. 

Do nerf guns teach my kids violence?

No. In fact, they do the opposite. Everyone has a little bit of aggression in them. We should all learn to control this, not squelch it down and suppress it completely. Channeling their aggression into age-appropriate activities is very good for them. This promotes family bonding and facilitating and maintaining friendships. It also helps them to channel the small amount of aggression they have inside of themselves, rather than trying to force them to control it 100% of the time. As they age, they will control it more on their own, with your careful and loving guidance, of course.

For Kids

Which nerf blaster is the best?

We love the Mega Mastodon the most. We love how big and amazing and badass it is. Now, you should know that it does not come with extra ammo, even though it is so big. It just shoots bigger pellets. So, that is a drawback. But, we still love it the most because it is so huge and badass looking. Also, it is more likely to break the 90-foot range that most nerf blasters have.

Which one shoots the farthest?

Many of the nerf blasters above have a 90-foot range. However, you should keep in mind that this is only on brand new battery power. On partially used battery power, they may not get that far. Want to give yourself an edge in the next nerf war? Load your blaster with brand new batteries every time. Save the used batteries for backyard play with your siblings and friends on an everyday basis. 

Can I load other things into my nerf blaster?

No, they are only made for foam pellets which fit them exactly anything heavier can cause serious harm to someone and, even if you use it for target practice, heavier objects can seriously run down your battery power fast. You might as well just keep using the foam darts that come with your nerf blaster. 

Is it safe to use on my little sister?

No, it is not. You should be nice to your little sister and not constantly pelt her with nerf balls.

However, if you want to make it fair, set her up behind the couch so that she can rest her nerf blaster on the couch as a gun stand and show her how to fire back. This is a great way to get play and practice in when your friends aren’t around. This is also a great way to train your little sister in the ways of nerf warfare. You gotta give her experience.

Can I poke somebody's eye out if I shoot them from my treehouse?

No, this won’t happen. However, you should only nerf-shoot people when they know they are being fired upon. Never surprise anybody with this. It will not be pleasant. 

Your nerf darts will decrease in velocity as they travel through the air. It would pretty much be impossible to poke anybody’s eye out, even from a treehouse. 

If I dunk the darts in water and then freeze them, can I shoot them?

No, and don’t try this with anyone. Shards of glass can cut someone open and really slice them up. Don’t hurt people like this. Instead, just use regular, dry, foam darts. Sometimes, kids come up with some creative ways to modify their nerf shooting experience. This one you have to watch, though. 

First of all, ice shards and being hit with a really hard dart can actually cause someone damage. This should be avoided at all costs. 

Second, by the time you shot the dart, it would have melted most of the way down, anyway. You would have to take it out of the freezer and immediately load and shoot it for it to be effective. Either way, you have a big mess on your hands. Don’t do anything special in your nerf warfare. 

How high will they go if I shoot them straight up in the air outside?

They will go the same distance as when they go sideways, up to 90 feet. However, on a windy day, they won’t go as high because the wind will push them off of their original course and slow them down. That’s okay, though. You can still shoot them straight up in the air to see how high they will go. It’s pretty fun. 

Other Things to Consider

Nerf guns are safe, but only if used as directed.

Kids can get creative then they get into toys and playing, especially outdoors. It’s pretty easy to come up with creative solutions and jerry-rig things to do what they want. However, this can sometimes make those same toys unsafe. Make sure that your kids are following the directions on their nerf guns at all times. Also, make sure that they are only using foam darts in their nerf blasters. Safety first, especially when it comes to your beloved offspring. 

Universal foam darts are the best things in the world.

Get your kids all fixed up with blasters which only shoot universal foam darts. This gives them an advantage over kids who get nerf blasters which can only shoot specialized ammo. If they can only use specialized ammo, they can’t pick up darts off the ground that their opponents have shot at them. They have to keep circling around, gathering up their own lost darts. Make sure your kids always have blasters which use universal foam ammo at all times. It increases their status in the nerf world. 

Nobody will judge you for having nerf wars with your kids (or parents).

We all know that you had kids so that you could play with their toys without looking like an idiot. Well, now that you’ve had them, play with them! You can have as many nerf wars with your kids as you want. 

If you live out in the country, you can get nerf guns with light-up barrel extensions and hide out and play nerf wars at night. Just make sure that everyone is accounted for when you all come in for supper (or dessert) afterward. If friends were invited, ask your kids to help you gather them up. 

Motorized nerf blasters are better than water guns in the wintertime.

During the winter, you’re not going to want to use water guns, anyway. However, nerf guns are all-year-round toys. That’s why they’re always so popular. You can get them for Christmas and immediately begin to play with them! Make sure that everyone in the family has one, so that you can all participate in the fun. 

In conclusion, your nerf blasters are fantastic will afford you hours and hours of playtime. They’re also really resilient so they will last you a long while. Pick up some extra balls or darts and show your kids how to aim and fire to get their Uncle Joe right on the back of the head. Just make sure that Uncle Joe has a nerf blaster, too. Happy playing!