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16 April 2019

Bubble Column vs Hurricane Column

by Alexandra Hooson

Are you considering buying a sensory column but not 100% sure whether to go for the bubble or the waterless version- hurricane tube? We can help you decide!

Bubble and Hurricane Columns are centrepieces of every multi-sensory environment. Using a sensory tube will immediately catch the attention of the person in the room.

Therapeutic benefits of Sensory Columns:

  • Calming: Tthe tubes are very calming, and the columns’ sound will encourage relaxation and ease anxiety. They’re perfect for de-escalation spaces to make the user feel more settled and happier in their environment.
  • Stimulating: The column’s changing colours and bubbling water effect creates a wonderfully stimulating visual effect, distracting and capturing attention.
  • Development: Interaction and movement are key elements of the tube’s experience, helping to develop tactile, visual and social skills.

Bubble Column VS Hurricane Column

Explained in more detail:

1 . What goes inside the columns?:

  • Bubble Column: The Bubble Column is filled with water and water treatment additive. You can add Floating Fish and Ball Effects, which float in the water for additional visual stimulation.
  • Hurricane Column: The Hurricane Column is filled with specially treated polystyrene beads which are circulated by an air fan.

2.  What do the columns sound like?

  • Bubble Column: You can hear the bubbles and sound of flowing water; it’s very relaxing and may remind some of being on holiday or sat in a warm, bubbling bath or hot tub.
  • Hurricane Column: The sound of the pitter-patter as the beads hit the top cap and the calming hum of the airflow. This sounds like rain tapping on a window and gives a relaxing and comforting sound.

3. How do you maintain the columns?

  • Bubble Column: The water inside the Bubble Column should be replaced every 6 – 8 weeks. If the temperature of the room is really hot, the column may need to be emptied more frequently. When the column is empty, the tube may also need a scrub to clean off any scum deposits. See our full cleaning instructions here: https://www.rhinouk.com/how-do-i-clean-my-sensory-bubble-column/.
  • Hurricane Columns: No maintenance, but the beads can be replaced for infection control purposes annually.

4. Are both columns available in different sizes?

  • Yes, both are available in a variety of sizes, starting with the tabletop columns. Tabletop Tubes are smaller, portable and practical for busy spaces. You can move it around with ease and pack it away in a carry bag when you’re not using it.
  • Sizes then start from 120cm tall to 200cm tall.
  • The size you decide on depends on the space you have available, and our team is more than happy to advise.

5. Can you put a podium or bean bag around both kinds of columns?

  • Yes, both columns can be fitted into a podium. A podium creates a comfortable padded seat around a sensory column where you can get up close and experience it fully. The column’s base is safely contained behind wooden panels covered in mirrors which again create a lovely visual effect.
  • Beanbags can be placed around a Bubble Column, but they cannot be put around a Hurricane Column as they can block the fan’s airflow. So please, please don’t do this!

6. Can you use interactive controllers in bother sensory columns?

Yes, both sensory columns are available in an interactive version, whereby a variety of controllers can be used to; change the colour and stop/start the bubbles or beads.

The Hurricane Column has one feature the Bubble Column doesn’t!

If you hold your hand over the top cap of the column, it will stop the airflow. When you let go, the beads will WOOSH up like a volcano! It’s a simple but effective cause and effect interaction.

 

We hope this short blog has helped you make your mind up on which column to buy but, please get in touch if we haven’t answered all of your questions or if you want to find out more.

Email: sales@rhinouk.com    Tel: 01270 766660