I love the blue & white pattern of color on the ball. It makes me want to use it because it's fun! I used an electric pump to inflate and I have found it a little mushy but I will just inflate it again. Overall, I like that it has a 600lb weight limit and does not burst easily since my 98 lb dog wants to play with it. There was no noticable odor when I unpacked the ball. I think this is a great value for the price.