I searched around for a maternity ball, as I needed to get the right height as I am 5'9 this one is perfect. It does have a sweet smell to it which at first was a bit strong but I think it's a lot better than that horrible plastic smell most others have. It doesn't deflate as much as others too. I have had mine for 3+ weeks & have only just needed to repump it. I say buy it you won't be disappointed!