Is there anything that screams summer louder than a a long, wet plastic ramp on which kids can slide belly first? Probably a lot of things. Like a man in a foam ice cream cone costume riding a surfboard and screaming SUMMER!!. But you get the idea: Classic backyard Slip ‘N Slides or water slides, if you prefer the un-trademarked name, are a totem of the season, and a blast for sweaty kids and adults alike.
First thing’s first you need to know how to set one up safely. Number one: find the perfect spot – ideally, a good hill (the steeper, the better), but a flat surface will work too. Number two: make absolutely that there are no rocks, roots, or tree stumps in the sliding path. You want a clean and clear path to the end. Number three: soften the ground beneath your mat with a little bit of water, to add some natural cushion beneath your tarp. Finally be sure to supervise kids as they slide. Once all those steps are checked off, you can use any one of these setups to slide into summer.
WOW Super Slide
This oversized 25’ x 6’ lawn launcher features a unique zigzag construction sprinkler system that runs the length of the slide, It also connects easily to your backyard hose spigot to flood the runway – made of extra-thick, heavy-duty PVC. The Super Slide comes with two 36” x 24” “Super Sleds”, too, which offer water park-style fun.
Wahii WaterSlide 75
It claims to be the “world’s biggest backyard water slide.” Hyperbole? Maybe. But, with the Wahii Waterslide’s beastly length of 75 ft and a width of 12ft, it’s hard to argue. The slide is constructed of specially-formulated, UV-protected plastic, making it extremely smooth, and rated to hold 256 pounds per square foot. A patented fastening system keeps the slide securely in place.
Banzai Grand Slam Baseball Water Slide
If standard backyard baseball is a little too dry for your tastes, try the Banzai Grand Slam Baseball Slide – a functional baseball diamond, slicked with sprinkling water all the way around. Step up to the plate, knock one out of the park, then give new meaning to the phrase “slide into first”. The diamond measures 14’ x 14’, so you’ll have plenty of room to soak in an afternoon at the ballpark. Price: $49
Wham-O Slip N’ Slide Triple Racer
The Triple Racer by OG Slip N’ Slide manufacturer, Wham-O is a three-way splash-fest. Featuring “hydroglide” technology, which Wham-O says offers smoother, more effortless skimming, the Triple Racer has three 16 foot runways linked side-by-side. Hook up a hose, and see who can reach the water wall firs.
Speed Blast Waterslide
For those backyards on a budget, this simple Speed Blast slide is really all it needs to be – a 16ft long sliding surface, featuring durable PVC construction and universal garden hose compatibility.
H20go! Slide N’ Splash Bowling
You’ll love watching your kids launch themselves down the 18’ Slide N’ Splash water slide and trying to score strikes by knocking down the included inflatable bowling pins. The tough, inflatable speed ramp ensures a smooth landing, even on those tricky 7-10 splits. There are no bumpers though, so be sure to watch out for those gutter balls.
Intex Surf ‘N Slide Inflatable Play Center
Short of building an actual water park in your backyard, there’s not much that can top the Intex Surf ‘N Slide – a 15 foot, portable, inflatable water slide. It comes with two “Surf Riders” (mini, inflatable boogie boards, really) that have heavy duty handles, so your little daredevil can hold on tight all the way to the landing pad.
Slip ‘N Slide XXL
No hose? No problem. With the Slip ‘N Slide XXL, all you need is a bucket of soapy water to lather up the double-lane runway, and you’re good to go. At more than 30 feet long, it’s designed for record-breaking rides, and features a pegging system to keep it in place. A soft cushion at the end of the ride also helps minimize any aquatic after burn.