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The Best Backyard Water Slides for Kids

Save yourself a drive to the water park.

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

As its name suggests, the Kahuna has a large footprint -- with an 11-by-13-foot space, this is not the toy for small yards. But if you've got the space, it's a ton of fun, with three sprinkler-wetted slides, a splash pool, and two basketball goals. It inflates in about two minutes via an included blower.

This three-by-three-foot mat with sprinkler is great for little kids not ready to go zipping down a slide (yet, at least). Elmo is ready to great him or her, while a gentle mist shoots from a friendly porpoise.

Whether your family is quarantining or you're just looking for some alone time, this one-person slide is fun even without friends. Its 15-foot length is designed to be suds-ed up for foamy fun.

No complicated setup or air pump nozzles. Just screw in your hose and turn the spigot to start the stream of water. Adjust the angle of the spray up to 45 degrees for tailored fun.

Combining the Slip N Slide concept with foam ups the ante on fun. This kit sets up in five minutes and requires zero tools. Let the bubbles begin!

Just attach the three-by-three-foot mat to your hose and let the water do the work. Once connected, it sprays a fine mist that's not as scary for children still new to the outdoor water life. It also includes a tactile and sensory area that engages children so they don't get bored and wander off.

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.

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.

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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