So, the beginning of 2017 and many people’s thoughts will already be turning to summer when we can put those long, dark nights behind us and spend some of our free days, enjoying the nice weather, in the garden and at other outdoor social events. We can start to think about having family and friends round for barbecues and, if children are involved, then no garden party is complete without a water slide!
This can also be true for bigger functions, such as village fetes and fairs or a sports or social club summer party, where many attractions for the children will be expected. They are also great for summer camps.
There are quite a few things to consider when buying an inflatable water slide, such as the age group and size of the children that it is intended for, whether it is just for a family garden or for larger events, such as fairs or summer camps, and also ease of portability. We will provide you with all this information, and more, so that you can make the best informed choice of inflatable water slide.
Below is the table which shows a quick summary of the top 10 best water slides for 2017. All of them are available on Amazon.com.
This has got to be one of the best inflatable water slides on the market today and it is so much more than just a water slide. It is, in fact, a water bouncer and the features include two slides, a climbing wall, a raised island rest area and a large splash pool.
There is even a dump bucket which catches the kids by surprise by pouring water on them as they are climbing up the inflatable rock wall in the middle of the bouncer. It is suitable for large gardens and parks.
This is quite a large inflatable and has to be anchored in place very securely with the large stakes provided. There are a recommended maximum number of children allowed on the inflatable at one time, which is 4, and the allowed weight limit is 350lbs.
The idea of the Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race is that the children can climb up the central rock wall to the massive slide and bounce house. Then they can slide down either of the 2 slides into the splash pool. The slides both have spray hoods to keep the surfaces wet and slippery at all times.
The Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race inflatable has a colorful design and is made out of very durable material. It comes with a heavy duty blower and GFCI plug, (Recommended for all electronic toys by the American Consumer Safety Committee) a storage and carrying bag and a repair kit, in case of any small punctures.
The size is 144 x 144 x 101 inches and it weighs 47 pounds. There is a ninety day warranty on the fabric, from the date of purchase and a year warranty on the blower, from the date of purchase. The recommended age group for use is 5 to 10 years of age.
The reviews on Amazon are mainly very good and it has a very strong rating.
Easily assembled and inflated.
Slightly on the expensive side….but you do get a lot for your money!
Would take up a lot of space in really small gardens.
It’s another great slide from the ‘Little Tikes’ brand. This inflatable slide is perfect for gardens but it can also be used for larger fairs and fetes and summer camps. There is a climbing wall, a curving slide and a large splash and wading pool. Another fun feature in the splash pool is a basketball hoop for even more fun.
The Little Tikes Slam ‘n’ Curve inflatable slide is supplied with stakes to anchor it securely to the ground and a heavy-duty air blower to give continuous airflow. The blower is also held down by stakes and has to run continuously while the slide is in use.
This inflatable is suitable for use by 3 children at one time and, again, the design is such that parents and supervisors can see everything that is going on, thus cutting down on the risk of any mishaps. The combined weight limit on the inflatable is 350lbs.
Children enter the inflatable via an easy access step-down in the side wall. Then they can climb up the inflated rock wall, up to the slide which is kept constantly wet and slippery. Then it is a fun ride down the curved slide into the spacious splash pool for a quick game of basketball!
The Little Tikes Slam ‘n’ Curve come supplied with heavy duty blower with GFCI plug, repair kit, storage bag, inflatable basketball and stakes for the blower and the actual inflatable.
The size is 168 x 108 x 84 inches and it weighs just over 44lbs. The recommended age range is for children 5-10 years of age.
There is a year’s limited warranty on the blower from the date of purchase and ninety days limited warranty on the fabric. The user reviews on Amazon are mostly good and the Little Tikes Slam ‘n’ Curve Slide has a current very good rating.
Portable and easily assembled.
Debatable as to whether it is actually puncture proof, according to some reviews.
Not many children allowed on at a time
The Intex Surf ‘N Slide Inflatable Play Centre look like a very basic inflatable water slide and indeed it is. Saying that, judging by the user reviews on Amazon, it is a lot of fun and keeps the children amused for hours on end.
It will be great for everything from garden parties to summer camps.
The design is very simple but it is a fact that sometimes the simplest idea is the best idea and this certainly seems to be the case here. It looks just as you would imagine an inflatable water slide to look, without any additional features.
Underneath the water slide there is a landing mat to give that bit of extra padding when the children reach the bottom. Two ‘surf riders’ are included with heavy duty handles.
The Intex Surf ‘N’ Slide inflatable Play centre, although very simple in its design, is very colorful and attractive to look at. The dimensions are 174 x 66 x 64 inches, so it is suitable for even the smallest of gardens. It weighs just over thirty lbs.
On Amazon it says that the water slide is suitable for ages 6 years and over but the manufacturer recommendation is for 3 months and upwards, so a bit of confusion there. Babies would definitely need to be carefully supervised. A manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer services.
There is a puncture repair kit provided with the water slide and, going by some of the reviews, this could be needed. The reviews on Amazon were mainly quite good, scoring a good rating. Some people, however, did complain about the durability of the product, saying that it did not last very long and that the fabric tore very easily.
On the whole, though, people seemed very happy with the Surf ‘N’ Slide Play Centre, saying that it gave their children hours of fun every day throughout the summer. If you are looking for a cheap and cheerful water slide, this could be it.
Easily assembled and operated.
Maybe not very durable.
Simple design with not many features
The Banzai Slide ‘N Soak Splash Park is a large inflatable water slide with some nice features. It is suitable for the larger garden and fairs and fetes as well as summer camps. It really is a very attractive and colorful water slide and the design is really cool.
There is a wall to climb on the side and the actual water slide has a cushion effect. There is also a nice and refreshing overhead shower sprinkler and the splash pool which you slide into is in a stylish lagoon shape.
The Banzai Slide ‘N’ Soak is made from really heavy duty Dura-tech material which gives it strength and durability. It weighs just over forty-five lbs and is nearly 8 feet in height, nine and a half feet wide and fifteen feet and four inches in length.
The water slide comes with a continuous airflow motor blower which inflates the whole assembly in less than 2 minutes. Also included in the package are a GFCI plug and anchor stakes and anchor bags to make the whole thing very stable, a puncture repair kit and a detachable, water spraying, hose assembly.
It has a fairly good rating and most of the reviews on Amazon are quite positive.
The only really negative comments were about how long it takes to dry out after use, which is not surprising considering how big it is. Saying that, some people did say that it wasn’t as big as they thought it would be when they received it! By the way, it is among the most expensive water slides.
If the price is not too off-putting, then the Banzai Slide ‘N’ Soak Splash Park Water Slide is a great feature to have for children’s parties, fairs, fetes or just to keep the kids amused in the garden, all summer long.
Nice, attractive design.
Safe and comfortable features.
Large enough, really, for all sizes, just about!.
A bit too big for the smaller gardens.
Apparently takes a long time to dry out before packing away.
Blast Zone are promoting the Great White Water Slide as their best quality water slide and it certainly has some good things going for it, not least that it can be used all year long, summer or winter, whether it is wet or dry!
In the summer it is ideal for keeping the kids cool while they play outdoors and, in winter, the Great White can be used dry, with blankets or sheets. It is fantastic for garden parties, summer camps, fairs and larger social events.
The Great White Water Slide has a unique design in the form of a great white sharks head, which the kids will love. It is quite a size, too, being a massive twenty one feet in length, six feet high and six feet wide.
It inflates in 2 minutes and, when the party is over, folds down into a really handy sleeping bag size pack which makes it easy to carry and for storage purposes.
The children climb up the back of the shark’s head which has an inflatable platform for added safety. Then they slide down the 5 foot, sloping drop and land in the White Water Rapid Pool. For added fun you can always fill the pool with balls (available separately.)
The material used for this water slide is commercial grade PVC which gives added strength and durability. The recommended age group is from 3 to 12 years of age but is certain that plenty of adults will be able to enjoy themselves on this slide as well! The package comes with a blower and repair kit. Enquire on Amazon about a warranty.
The reviews on Amazon are mainly very good and the Great White Water Slide scored a very strong rating. It is a bit on the expensive side but thoroughly worth the extra cost considering the value for money you will be getting.
Strong, safe and attractive design.
Easy to inflate and pack away.
All year round usage.
Not really suitable for smaller gardens.
The Kidwise Double Water Slide is another sturdy-looking slide with quite a basic, but attractive and colorful design. Again, it is quite large, being twenty feet in length, seven feet wide and eight and a half feet high.
The actual seat of the slide sits at five and a half feet and the actual slide is seventeen feet long. Children can quite easily and safely climb up the back of the slide to the seat.
There is a weight limit of two hundred lbs and it will comfortably take two children at a time on the double slide.
Once inflated, it is just a question of hooking up to your garden hose, turning the water on and letting the fun begin!
Assembly and dis-assembly is very easy. The Kidwise Double Water Slide inflates in less than a minute and packs away again into a neat and easily transportable carrying pack.
The supplied UL blower is very strong and has an especially long fill tube which is six and a half feet in length. This allows for the blower to be placed much further away from the water slide than on other similar models. Unfortunately the blower is designed only for the US market.
The Kidwise Double Water Slide is made from a very heavy duty, puncture-resistant material, although there is a repair kit supplied just in case of any slight mishaps. It is also double and quadruple stitched to give extra strength and durability. Stakes are supplied for securing the whole assembly to the ground and there is a storage bag supplied, of course.
The reviews on Amazon are mostly very good and this water slide scores an excellent rating. It is recommended suitable for children aged from 3 to 9 years of age but, again, there are bound to be older and much bigger kids who will enjoy the ride just as much!
It is a bit pricey but well worth it for what you are getting. A manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service.
Strongly made with a safe design.
Attractive design in multi-colors.
Easy to assemble and pack away.
Too large for very small gardens.
All of the Blast Zone water slides are fairly easy to set up and use but this one is especially so.
It only weighs forty lbs and a single adult will have no trouble in setting it up and getting it in position.
It is twelve and a half feet long, five and a half feet wide and Five and a half feet tall. Ideal for the smaller garden as well as bigger spaces.
Just attach the continuous blower and the whole thing inflates in less than a minute. Attach the garden house for continuous water flow and you are good to go. When it comes to taking it down, it deflates in the same amount of time when you detach the blower.
The Tropical Splash is especially tough when it comes to the construction. It is made from commercial grade vinyl and exclusive x-weave material for extra strength and durability and is double and quadruple stitched. The actual impact surfaces are also commercial grade to give extra safety for the users.
There are plenty of anchor points, safety netting and the slide height is not that high and there are no sharp-angled climbing points.
The design is attractive and colorful and the whole Tropical Splash assembly will give the children hours of fun at an easily affordable price.
Included with the assembly are the UL blower with GFCI, carrying straps, anchor stakes and an instruction manual/dvd. It is recommended for children of 3 to 8 years of age and over and up to 75lbs in weight.
The reviews are mostly very good and the Tropical Splash has quite a good rating score.
Very easy to set up and use.
Ideal for smaller spaces.
Safe and attractive design.
Tough and durable.
The splash pool is quite shallow.
Must be completely dry before packing away which can take a while.
Possibly only suitable for smaller children.
From Bounceland comes their Single Inflatable Water Slide which, again, is one of the more simplistic designs of water slide on offer. Also again, this takes nothing away from the fact that simple, basic water slides are fine for many people, especially those with smaller gardens or backyards.
Children often have just as much fun, if not more, on these water slides as they do on the more elaborate ones.
Simplicity seems to be the keyword with these smaller water slides, in that they are very easy to set up and also to put away when you have finished with them for the foreseeable future.
The Bounceland Single Inflatable Water Slide is eighteen feet long with width and height both being seven feet.
Included with the package is a powerful UL blower with a twenty-five foot cable and GFCI plug, (only suitable for the US market,) a hose assembly with a spray nozzle, stakes for securing the water slide to the ground, a puncture repair kit, just in case, and a carrying bag for ease of transportation. There is also a six and a half foot long fill tube which enables the blower to be placed further away from the actual water slide
Assembly and dis-assembly is easy and takes less than a minute to inflate and deflate. The water slide must be completely dry before packing away, however.
The recommended age range is 3 to 8 years old and a weight and height limit of 100 lbs and 5 feet respectively. The manufacturers recommend that only one child should be on the water slide at any one time.
There is a sixty day limited warranty on the water slide and a one year limited warranty on the blower.
The consumer reviews on Amazon are not bad and the Bounceland Single Inflatable Water Slide scores a nice rating.
Updated May 2017: this item is currently unavailable
Nice size for smaller gardens.
Nice colorful design.
Strong, safe and durable.
Easy to set up and use.
Water does not recycle, requires continuous flow.
Some reviewers said that the stowing bag is too small.
Not really suitable for bigger children.
For a cheap and cheerful water slide to use as an addition to a sunken or above ground swimming pool, the Intex Water Slide is ideal. It can transform your pool into some sort of mini water park with the minimum of effort and cost.
The Intex Water Slide is made of heavy-duty, 20 gauge vinyl material and has extra strong fused seams to give the assembly much better durability and strength. In addition to this, there are 7 separate air chambers which also adds to its durability as well as giving an extra safety aspect.
There are also 8 heavy-duty handles so that the assembly can be climbed safely and carried much more easily. The coloring is a nice blue and white design.
This water slide is early four and a half feet tall and ten feet long. The climbing wall is at the rear and the handles make it easy enough to climb, even for the smaller children. Once inflated and assembled, all that needs to be done is to attach your garden hose to the slide.
There are then two water sprayers that keep the slide wet while the kids are using it. There are also carrying handles on the side which allows the slide to be moved around with ease. Two stabilizing chambers, also on the side, make sure that the slide stays in place whilst in use.
The slide can either sit on the edge of sunken swimming pools or on the pool deck of an above ground pool. A repair kit is included with the Intex Water Slide in case of any emergencies and a pump for inflating the slide is an optional extra. It is not a bad idea to buy the pump with the slide, because of the size of it.
The water slide is recommended for children aged six and upwards. It received mixed reviews on Amazon with some reviewers even saying that it is unsafe after some bad experiences. It scored a fair rating overall.
Nice addition to an existing pool.
Strong and durable.
Easy to set up and use.
Some reviewers had problems with poor workmanship resulting in punctures.
Some reviewers claim that it can be easily damaged.
Not really suitable for bigger children.
It is also King when it comes to the set up time, taking about fifteen minutes to get everything up and running.
This water slide is made of a really thick, strong and specially formulated UV protected plastic. The surface area is, however, very smooth and apparently will take weights of up to 256lbs per square foot.
Obviously the Wahii Waterslide 50 is not made for the smaller gardens or backyards but if you have a large garden or if you are using it for an outdoor event such as a fair or a summer camp, then it is perfect.
The design is actually the simplest of all the water slides that we have reviewed and the Wahii Waterslide 50 is basically a big plastic sheet that you slide down when it is wet. There are absolutely no additional fancy features but it is amazing the amount of fun that you can have with such a simple idea. All you need is the space and a hill or an inclined slope.
Obviously, again, not every garden or back yard will have this, but the Wahii Waterslide 50 is easy enough to transport to where the party will be!
The whole thing is, also very simply, held down by US patented Zulu-Stik Fasteners. There is no hose attachment to the slide so a constant water supply is desirable.
This water slide has been on the go since 2007 and is still immensely popular all around the world. It is absolute proof that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.
It is recommended for every one of 5 years of age and upwards. On Amazon, reviews are mainly positive and the reviews have a solid score.
Simple to set up.
Suitable for most age groups…above 5.
Although easy to set up, takes time as it is very large.
A slope or incline is required.
Possible need of extra securing points according to some reviewers.
Water Slide Buyer’s Quick Guide
So, there we have it! Reviews of, possibly the ten best water slides on the market today. There are, of course, many others out there but we hope that this selection will help you to at least narrow down your search somewhat. It was not so long ago that all children had to play with, when the weather got hot, was a garden hose and buckets of water. Nowadays they are really spoilt for choice.
Also, remember, never leave children unattended when they are playing on the water slide. You never know when there could be a minor accident such as a slip or a fall. This could soon turn into a major disaster if an adult or responsible older teenager is not present.
How much space you have is also another important consideration when choosing your water slide. Only you can know this so it is important that you get it right. There are so many different shapes and sizes of water slide available that it can be a bit confusing when it comes to sizing up your choice.
If you are lucky enough to have a large garden or if the water slide is to be used for a summer camp or a large outdoor social event, then you obviously will have much more scope. It is definitely something to bear in mind, though.
Not so important, but still a consideration, is the theme for your very own mini water park. Again, there is a lot of choice out there or you might already have something in mind as to how you want it to look. You may have this water slide for years so it needs to be something that you are happy to see in your garden or wherever you are going to erect it.
Also, the choice is not only yours. The water slide has to be something that your family, and maybe even your friends, will be pleased to see. If you are buying one for a club or a school, this would probably be a committee decision anyway.
So, we really do hope that this guide has been of some help to you. There are still a few months left until summer but they will soon pass. Don’t rush into anything just yet but if you are looking for a water slide it might be an idea to start thinking about it now and having a look at the various options. Enjoy yourself looking around and remember that the end result should be, and will be, lots of fun for everyone!