What is the difference between the rainbow loom and the cra-z-loom?

The Rainbow Loom is the original, authentic rubber band looming toy created by Cheong-Choon Ng in 2010, and patented in 2011. It is manufactured to strict quality and safety standards. The pin bars can be arranged in several different configurations for various looming projects. Additional pin bars, replacement parts and accessories are available through the Rainbow Loom website. For creative users looking for lots of options and high quality, the original Rainbow Loom is a good choice.

The Cra-Z-Loom is a less expensive imitation, made by a different manufacturer. It is made of a solid plastic piece so the pin bars can only be used in their original configurations. But for young children who are prone to losing small parts or might shift their interests frequently, this might be a more practical choice.