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What Size Gumballs Should I Buy?

Gumballs are available in several different sizes. Please see the graphic below for a visual approximation of relative sizes. Please do not use to determine actual size:

Gumball Size Chart

We also created this video to show off the different sizes of gumballs and to make it easier to learn which size you should buy.

How you plan to use your gumballs -- vending in a gumball machine, home use machines, decorations, party favors and more -- will determine what size gumball you need. The size of the gumball also determines how many come in a bulk case, with small gumballs having a higher case count and large gumballs having the lower case count.

The smallest sized gumball is a half inch (.5") in diameter. These small gumballs, along with the .56" sized gumball, work well in candy vending machines with an adjustable dispensing wheel if you would like to dispense a small handful of gumballs. The smaller gumballs also look great as decorations.

The .62" gumballs are the gumballs that work in novelty machines for home or office use, including all of the Carousel Gumball Machines. It's about the size of a peanut M&M. The gumball sizes between .62" gumballs and 1" gumballs can be used in candy machines that have an adjustable dispensing wheel. You will need to experiment with your machine to determine how to adjust the dispensing wheel to ensure the gumballs drop through the opening without getting crushed.

The 1" gumball is the standard size gumball for commercial gumball vending machines set with a gumball dispensing wheel. 1" gumballs come in the most flavor varieties and are typically available in 850 count cases. 1" gumballs are also available in a wide variety of colors and are popular as decorations. If you plan to use 1" gumballs in a vase and are not sure how many you will need, it is helpful to know that about 50 1" gumballs fill a two cup liquid measuring cup.

The larger 1.13" gumball will NOT dispense from a machine set up for a 1&" gumball. This size gumball WILL dispense from a vending machine set up for a 1" toy capsule. 2" gumballs, the largest sized gumball offered, will only dispense from a 2" toy capsule vending machine.