The first thing to consider is how you’ll be using your spinning prize wheel. Do you intend to use if for Conferences? Learning? Marketing? Employee Engagement? Your answer to this question will help you weigh the 5 Ss: the size, space, number of sections, swapping prizes, and sizzle:
- Size: If the game wheel needs to be visible from afar and draw lots of attention, get as large a wheel as you can. 31” diameter is ample for most situations. For smaller groups, a 24” or 20” wheel will be ample.
- Space: Do you want to set your spinning prize wheel on the floor, or will a tabletop wheel work for you? If you want flexibility, several models are convertible from floor to table.
- Sections: Of course, there’s no right answer here, but prize wheels are available with 8 to 24 pie “slices.” Wheels with more slices can look super splashy, but it might also mean that you have to come up with more content and ideas to fill those sections unless you’re okay with repeats. You’ll find that some wheels have “12 or 24” slots. For those, you have the option to fill each of the 12 sections with either 1 or two “prizes.”
- Swapping prizes: Some prize wheels are customized by drawing on brightly colored pie shapes with a black dry-erase marker. To customize other prize wheels, users must print the prizes out on paper, using pie-shaped templates provided by the manufacturer. Then, the printed content is cut to size and inserted into slots. Using templates (as well as good graphics and an available color printer), facilitators can make these look very exciting. This method can require more preparation and work, to get looking as you want it. Another option, if you want to convert the slide-in style to dry-erase, simply insert plain paper into each slot and use a dry-erase marker to write on the clear plastic covering.
- Sizzle: If you want to add more pizazz, select a while that offers flashing lights. Expect to pay a premium, but they look great!