The LeapPad Ultra is one of the most popular gifts for kids this Christmas. Last year the LeapPad 2 sold out long before Christmas so where’s the best place to buy a LeapPad right now? [Updated November 14, 2013, for latest cheapest prices.]
Both the LeapPad Ultra and LeapPad 2 (including the LeapPad 2 Power) are on sale, and some of the pricing we found makes the larger Ultra more attractive than the older but still capable LeapPad2.
Both of Leapfrog’s LeapPad tablets for children offer lots of great software without the parental fear of handing over a full-bloodied, web-enabled tablet to their kids. See our LeapPad 2 review and watch our LeapPad 2 video reviewed by a six-year old child. Also see our LeapPad Ultra review and watch our LeapPad Ultra video reviewed by a seven-year-old and a five-year-old.
Both tablets are available in either green or pink models. Which LeapPad is best? Read our helpful Which LeapPad to Buy article.
Leapfrog has now announced new models, the LeapPad3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi.
Prices for each differ depending on the retail outlet you look at. See also: Best tablets for children
The LeapPad 2’s recommended retail price (RRP) is £69.99, the LeapPad2 Power is £89.99, and the LeapPad Ultra is priced at £119.99, but you can find these much cheaper online.
So we shopped around for the best online and retail places to buy the LeapPad Ultra, LeapPad 2 and LeapPad2 Power, and evaluated the best deals available today.
Best place to buy LeapPad: Amazon
One of the first places parents will go to look for the best LeapPad deal is online retail giant Amazon.
Despite its reputation Amazon isn’t always the cheapest place to buy products, and that’s true with Leapfrog’s LeapPad.
In the past pink versions of kids’ tech toys commanded a premium price. With the LeapPad this seems not to be the case.
As usual with Amazon you can opt for free delivery, but you need to opt out of First Class (up to two business days) and click “Free Super Saver Delivery” (3 -5 business days). First Class delivery via Amazon adds £3.30 to the price. One-day delivery costs a hefty £7.99. Express delivery is £8.99. Evening delivery is a whopping £14.99, so if you can't be at home find a daytime address where you can pick it up.
So unless you’re desperate to start wrapping up extra early go for the slightly longer but free delivery option.
Best place to buy LeapPad: Argos
Argos doesn't sell the LeapPad 2 but does offer the LeapPad 2 Power model (same as the LeapPad 2 but with rechargebale batteries) for £69.99 (green and pink).
Argos sells the LeapPad Ultra for £86.99.
Delivery costs an extra £3.95 – pushing the total price to £90.94 for the Ultra and £73.94 for the LeapPad2 Power..
However, you can opt to Reserve To Collect In Store, which saves you the delivery charge. You’ll need to input your postcode to check on your local store availability of the item.
Best place to buy LeapPad: Toys R Us
Giant toy retailer Toys R Us sells both the green and pink LeapPad Ultra online for £86.79, and the LeapPad 2 Power models for £69.99.
Toys R Us also sells a Disney Princess version of the LeapPad 2 for £89.99 and a Monsters Universiry bundle for £99.99.
The delivery costs depend on when you want the LeapPad delivered. Not around for delivery during the week? Saturday delivery is the near-tenner shocker. Standard delivery (8am to 9pm Monday to Friday) is free. Next working day 8am to 9pm costs £8.95. Named day 8am to 9pm is £6.95, and Saturday 8am to 1pm will set you back £9.95
As with Argos you can choose to Click & Collect from a Toys R Us store, which takes away this delivery charge. But that’s not a help if you don’t live near a Toys R Us store, obviously.
Best place to buy LeapPad: Early Learning Centre
ELC is one of the more expensive retailers of the LeapPad, selling the children’s tablet for its sull RRP – £119.99 for the Ultra, £89.99 for the LeapPad 2 Power.
Delivery (within 4 working days) is free, and you can also opt to collect from an Early Learning or Mothercare store.
Best place to buy LeapPad: Tesco
Every little helps, says Tesco – which of course offers Clubcard points when you purchase from its stores. The LeapPads are included in Tesco's Clubcard Boost range, where the value of your Clubcard points is doubled when purcahsing. So if you have a load of Tesco Clubcard points this could be your cheapest deal.
Tesco Direct sells the green and pink LeapPad 2 Power for £70, and the LeapPad Ultra for £90.
If you don’t opt to Collect from Store there’s a £3 delivery charge for standard 2-5 days delivery or £5.95 for Express (next day) delivery.
Best place to buy LeapPad: Smyths Toys
Smyths Toys sells the LeapPad Ultra for £88.49, and the LeapPad 2 Power for £67.49.
UK customers who order by 3pm get standard shipping (within 3 – 5 working days) free for orders over £39.
Best place to buy LeapPad: elsewhere
Of course the LeapPad models are available from other online stores and smaller independents. The massive buying power of the above retailers means that these will likely be the cheapest, however.
Best LeapPad deals
The cheapest LeapPad 2 we could find is Amazon's £49.99, but only because it's one of the few places that sells the non-Power version. If you already own a battery recharger then this is a good deal, but a battery charger (cost around £15-20) will save you money in the long run – so consider the LeapPad2 Power model, which has a rechargeable battery built in (as does the Ultra).
The cheapest LeapPad 2 Power we found cost just £56 from Amazon, but at the time of writing that was just for the pink version (sorry, boys). The green version cost £64.99 – still a little cheaper than the other retailers.
The Tesco prices are slightly higher but Clubcard members might save money with the Boost option.
Please note that all the prices we found might change at the time you go searching for the best LeapPad deal, but we expect general prices to remain consistent – depending on stock availability.
One thing we do recommend is to buy early before – as last year – stocks run out.