The Top 150 Most Popular Stuffed Animals

Since the origin of the teddy bear in 1902, a variety of plushies has been created resembling anything from legendary creatures to pop culture characters and from fruits and vegetables to planets and airplanes. If you are planning on buying a stuffed animal, it can be difficult to choose which of all the many fluffy creatures you should buy. When you have to buy the plushie as a gift, it can become even more difficult to choose. Which stuffed animals would be the best one to get?

Research to find the best stuffed animals

To find out which type of stuffed animal is the most popular, Dutch content creation company PPJR Productions conducted an independent online research for The Bite-Sized Backpacker and The Instaplushies to find out which plushies are the most wanted. The research utilized a dataset of 174,382 “plushie” and “stuffed animal” related search terms used in online search engines, amounting to approximately 2,098,010 active monthly searches by users in the United States. It was determined that 526,580 of those monthly searchers actively sought out specific types of stuffed animals, such as a monkey, giraffe or elephant. These searches were grouped per plushie type, resulting in a list featuring the 150 most sought-after stuffed animals.

This list does not include popular plushies targeted by name, such as Mickey Mouse, Pikachu, or Marvel characters.

Stuffed animals having a plushie party
There are hundreds of types of stuffed animals (Credit: PPJR Productions)

Which stuffed animals are the most popular?

The classic teddy bear is still the most popular stuffed animal out there, with 23.48% of all targeted plushie searches asking specifically for a bear. This figure does not include pandas, koalas or polar bears. Mankind’s domestic friends take the other two top spots: dog plushies and cat plushies respectively make up for 9.21% and 6.76% of all searches. The list continues with bunny plushies (3.39%), elephant plushies (3.20%) and non-specific monkey plushies (2.74%). This last category excludes all specific monkey searches, such as gorillas and orangutans. After the monkeys we see two mythological creatures, namely the unicorn plushies (2.68%) and dragon plushies (2.33%). The top 10 is rounded off by panda plushies (2.10%) and fox plushies (1.90%).

The Top 10 Most Popular Stuffed Animals

In list form, the top 10 best plushies for enhancing your life are:

  1. Bears
  2. Dogs
  3. Cats
  4. Bunnies
  5. Elephants
  1. Monkeys
  2. Unicorns
  3. Dragons
  4. Pandas
  5. Foxes
The Top 10 Most Popular Stuffed Animals
The top 10 most popular stuffed animals (Infographic: The Bite-Sized Backpacker / PPJR Productions)

Buy one of the best Top 10-plushies

It can be hard to find the best plushie for your child, friend, or partner, or even for yourself. There are types of stuffed animals out there, and it’s not an easy choice to decide which one you’ll get. Based on the Top 10 most popular stuffed animals, we’ve selected the best plushies you can buy!

Plushie Facts: a Cuddly Infographic

The research revealed many wonderful details about popular stuffed animals, strange favorites and the popularity of several unique plushie designs. Did you know pets – such as our very own cats and dogs – are just as popular as plushies as they are in real life? Find out everything about the plushie research in our beautiful infographic!

Stuffed Animals - A Complete Infographic of Plushie Facts
A collection of amazing facts about popular stuffed animals (Infographic: The Bite-Sized Backpacker / PPJR Productions)

The Top 30 Most Popular Stuffed Animals

Rounding out the Top 30 plushies are recognizable animals such as the tiger, giraffe, penguin and the lion, as well as the sloth, which was popularized as a plushie over the course of the last decade. A few legendary creatures appear, such as the monster (which included ghosts, demons, skeletons and other creepy creatures), the alien and the long extinct dinosaur. In terms of domesticated animals, the horse takes the top spot after the top 10.

In list form, positions 11 to 30 are taken by the following stuffed animals:

  1. Horses (1.77%)
  2. Sloths (1.69%)
  3. Tigers (1.61%)
  4. Giraffes (1.42%)
  5. Penguins (1.37%)
  6. Owls (1.35%)
  7. Pigs (1.32%)
  8. Llamas (1.26%)
  9. Monsters (1.26%)
  10. Wolfs (1.08%)
  1. Turtles (1.03%)
  2. Lions (1.00%)
  3. Frogs (1.00%)
  4. Aliens (1.00%)
  5. Dinosaurs (0.97%)
  6. Sheep (0.92%)
  7. Hippos (0.83%)
  8. Otters (0.83%)
  9. Koalas (0.74%)
  10. Cows (0.73%)

The Top 30 Most Popular Stuffed Animals
The top 30 most popular stuffed animals (Infographic: The Bite-Sized Backpacker / PPJR Productions)

Buy one of the best Top 30-plushies

Not everyone is satisfied with buying a teddy bear, or a plushie elephant. The Top 30 highly diversifies your choices, yet still offers some amazing stuffed animal designs. Based on the Top 30 most popular stuffed animals, we’ve selected the best plushies you can buy on Amazon.com. From plushie horses to plushies cows, these are some of the best options out there.

Llama plushie Llama With No Drama visits London
The llama plushie ranks 18th in the Top 250 plushies (Credit: Llama With No Drama, @llamawithnodrama)

The Complete Top 150 Stuffed Animals

Dipping below 1,00% of all searches, the sheep plushie at position 26 still receives 4,860 searches every month. Within the top 50 we also see some of the more obscure plushies popping up, such as the food-and-drinks plushies (including, among others, the beer plushie and the sushi roll plushie), the plushies shaped like a body part and the caterpillar, the platypus, and of course: the leopard plushie!

  1. Foods and Drinks (0.70%)
  2. Hedgehogs (0.61%)
  3. Seals (0.58%)
  4. Snakes (0.51%)
  5. Spirits (0.50%)
  6. Sharks (0.49%)
  7. Reindeer (0.48%)
  8. Spiders (0.47%)
  9. Chickens (0.47%)
  10. Bison (0.45%)
  1. Ducks (0.44%)
  2. Caterpillars (0.43%)
  3. Polar Bears (0.40%)
  4. Goats (0.39%)
  5. Platypuses (0.39%)
  6. Squirrels (0.38%)
  7. Red Pandas (0.38%)
  8. Body Parts (0.33%)
  9. Moose (0.32%)
  10. Leopards (0.32%)
Leopard plushie Fluffy visits Parcul Central in Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Taking the 50th spot: the leopard plushie! (Credit: PPJR Productions)

Going for the full top 100 stuffed animals, the list continues with non-specific bird plushies and bats. Here, the avocado plushie shines at number 59, which had a large enough amount of monthly searches to be separated from the “Foods and drinks” category at number 31. The avocado plushie became popular as a result of the large growth in avocado consumption since the 2000s. Consumption tripled, and the plushie thrived.

Other notable mentions within the top 100 are the classic zebra plushies, and alternative soft toys such as robots, blobfish, jellyfish, isopods and microbes. The snow men plushies at number 68 mainly earned their position thanks to Disney’s happy-go-lucky snowman Olaf from the Frozen franchise.

  1. Birds (0.31%)
  2. Bats (0.31%)
  3. Octopi (0.31%)
  4. Turkeys (0.30%)
  5. Zebras (0.30%)
  6. Raccoons (0.29%)
  7. Mice (0.28%)
  8. Cheetahs (0.27%)
  9. Avocados (0.26%)
  10. Gorillas (0.26%)
  11. Donkeys (0.25%)
  12. Whales (0.25%)
  13. Bees (0.24%)
  14. Alpacas (0.24%)
  15. Robots (0.21%)
  16. Opossums (0.21%)
  17. Deer (0.21%)
  18. Snow Men (0.20%)
  19. Blobfishes (0.19%)
  20. Rats (0.19%)
  21. Manatees (0.18%)
  22. Alligators (0.17%)
  23. Panthers (0.16%)
  24. Rhinos (0.15%)
  25. Groundhogs (0.15%)
  1. Roosters (0.15%)
  2. Lizards (0.15%)
  3. Jellyfish (0.14%)
  4. Narwhals (0.14%)
  5. Geckos (0.13%)
  6. Hamsters (0.13%)
  7. Walruses (0.12%)
  8. Guinea Pigs (0.12%)
  9. Flamingos (0.11%)
  10. Snails (0.10%)
  11. Eagles (0.08%)
  12. Armadillos (0.08%)
  13. Dolphins (0.08%)
  14. Badgers (0.07%)
  15. Isopods (0.07%)
  16. Rams (0.07%)
  17. Microbes, viruses and bacteria (0.07%)
  18. Seahorses (0.06%)
  19. Chameleons (0.06%)
  20. Geese (0.06%)
  21. Whale Sharks (0.06%)
  22. Hyenas (0.05%)
  23. Buffalos (0.05%)
  24. Bulls (0.05%)
  25. Chipmunks (0.05%)
Hamster plushies Flinki and Flora at the beach
Hamster plushies Flinki and Flora at the beach (Credit: Flinki and Flora, @flinki.flora)

After the chipmunk plushies in position 100, the results showed another 50 plushie types which are frequently searched for, earning them a honorable mention on this list. The percentages here range from 0.05% to less than 0.01% which translates to roughly 310 to 10 monthly searches.

In this final list we find many unique entries, such as pangolins, axolotls, quokkas, ants, moths, and the creepy looking anglerfish. Inspired by nature, plants, trees, flowers and planets also appear. The inanimate objects at number 105 include U.F.Os, emoji’s, guns and cable cars.

  1. Fish (0.05%)
  2. Pangolins (0.05%)
  3. Skunks (0.05%)
  4. Moles (0.04%)
  5. Inanimate Objects (0.04%)
  6. Kangaroos (0.04%)
  7. Orcas (0.04%)
  8. Bugs (0.03%)
  9. Camels (0.03%)
  10. Jaguars (0.03%)
  11. Lobsters (0.03%)
  12. Orangutans (0.03%)
  13. Peacocks (0.03%)
  14. Yaks (0.03%)
  15. Plants. Trees and Flowers (0.03%)
  16. Crocodiles (0.03%)
  17. Butterflies (0.02%)
  18. Catfish (0.02%)
  19. Chinchillas (0.02%)
  20. Clownfish (0.02%)
  21. Cougars (0.02%)
  22. Coyotes (0.02%)
  23. Fawns (0.02%)
  24. Ladybugs (0.02%)
  25. Lynxes (0.02%)
  1. Ostriches (0.02%)
  2. Parrots (0.02%)
  3. Quokkas (0.02%)
  4. Ravens (0.02%)
  5. Seagulls (0.02%)
  6. Seahawks (0.02%)
  7. Storks (0.02%)
  8. Swans (0.02%)
  9. Axolotls (0.02%)
  10. Crows (0.01%)
  11. Moths (0.01%)
  12. Squids (0.01%)
  13. Planets (0.01%)
  14. Scorpions (0.01%)
  15. Meerkats (0.00%)
  16. Ants (0.00%)
  17. Crabs (0.00%)
  18. Red Koi (0.00%)
  19. Salmon (0.00%)
  20. Toads (0.00%)
  21. Stingrays (0.00%)
  22. Cuttlefish (0.00%)
  23. Goldfish (0.00%)
  24. Anglerfish (0.00%)
  25. Mammoths (0.00%)

Buy the best plushies

If the Top 10 stuffed animals and the Top 30 stuffed animals didn’t satisfy you, and you want to buy a truly special stuffed animal, you’ve come to the right place!

From the oddly shaped food plushies and celestial plushies to tiny woodland critters and giant mammals, in this section, we’ve collected some of the very best alternatives for buying unique stuffed animals!

Lobster plushie Pinchie hasn't lost his love for the sea
Pinchie the Lobster’s plushie family can be found at number 111 (Credit: Pinchie the Lobster, @pinchiethelobster)

One final entry: the shrimp plushie!

The final bonus entry on this list is the shrimp plushie, with 0.00002% of the total amount of targeted searches. That translates to roughly 10 monthly searches. The “top 150” might make for a nice round number, but why would we only leave out the little guys?

  1. Shrimps (0,00%)

This concludes our list of the “Top 151” most popular stuffed animals. Because we love supporting the little guys, we’ll wrap up by saying: if you truly want to be unique, buy a shrimp plushie!

The shrimp plushie is numbe 152 in the op 250 stuffed animals
Last, but not least: the shrimp plushie (Credit: Shrimpie, @shrimpieontour)