If you want to win summer, you need to spring for a gargantuan backyard kids’ water slide. A great inflatable slide combines all the pizzazz of a bounce house with the cooling power of a water park. Even the good old slick lawn slide transforms a humble, demure lawn and into a magical place of water-park thrills — for a fraction of what you’d pay to hit an actual one. And of course, throw in a quality water blaster and sprinkler for good measure because there’s no such thing as getting too wet.
As any enterprising parent with a tarp and a sprinkler knows, you don’t need a beach, stock tank, or pool built out of a shipping container to keep the kids cool and entertained. You just need a patch of grass and some running water for the aforementioned slides. You want to find water slides that are durable, and easy to inflate, deflate, and store. Make sure you pay attention to weight and size limits, and if possible, opt for ones on the higher end so they last longer. And it goes without saying that young(er) kids need to be supervised while climbing and sliding.
The Best Backyard Water Slides
So this slide is (relatively) small and (relatively) manageable, which is why it tops our list. In other words, It's a great starter slide. Only one kid uses it at a time, and it has a weight limit of 100 pounds. Kids insert their feet into the slots at the back of the slide to climb up, and get sprayed with water on the way down. Easy summer fun.
We're partial to Little Tikes, because the brand is known for the quality and durability of its outdoor gear. This particular slide has a climbing wall and a large wading pool area. So your littles climb up the inflatable and then slide right into a cold pool of water. The weight limit is 350 pounds.
A combo of bounce house, water slide, and mini pool, this one has it all. You just attach a garden hose to spray water; the blower is included to inflate the thing, to make things even easier. You can use it with or without water, so it's great to use during the winter or fall as well. The weight limit is 160 pounds.
Normally, this beast of a slide would set you back $642. And if it's not clear from the photo, this is one hell of a slide. It's got a climbing wall, an overhanging wave and a water-spraying hose, a spacious slide, and a splash pool. The weight limit is 150 pounds.
This slide has it all and then some. Let's start with its hefty weight limit of 350 pounds. That's a whole lot of kids. They climb an inflatable rock wall that leads to a slide with a curve at the end; and of course, there's a splash pool. There's also a basketball hoop in the pool area. There's a step-down in side wall for easy entrances and exits.
A sweet and affordable entry into the water slide oeuvre: You get an inflatable pool has a strawberry water slide complete with a landing mat for gentle entry into the four inches of water. There's also a ring-toss game. The weight limit is 180 pounds.
This water slide is 25 feet long. Seriously. But more than just a mere slip and slide, it also has sprinklers on the side to make sure all participants get fully soaked. The sprinkler has a zig-zag spray pattern. You connect it directly to the water hose; it comes with two mega sleds to make the ride even more slippery.
A sweet way for toddlers to cool off after you attach a standard garden house. Kids run through the gentle water spray, or roll around in it.
If you really want to amp things up, get this water slide, which has 2 slides, a climbing wall, and a splash pool. There's a water cannon that sprays kids because of course there is. And youngsters can slide down simultaneously, for the double the fun. The max weight limit is 440 pounds.
A climbing wall. A tunnel. A shark. A water slide. A splash pool. This gem has a maximum weight of 200 pounds.
This is essentially a waterpark in slide form. You can use it as dry bouncer with a basketball hoop and tunnel, but if you add water, it morphs into a giant slippery slide, water spraying tunnel, and a very cool splash pool. The max weight limit is 350 pounds.
Twenty-five feet long, and 6 feet wide, everything about this backyard water slide is a little amped up — the slide is made of extra-slick, heavy-duty PVC, so you won't feel every errant twig and pebble as you fly. Each slide comes with a connector, so you can keep adding on the feet, till you get to 100.
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