In this guide we’ll take a look at the best inflatable water slides for the UK market.
I’ve compared appearance, fun, safety and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Inflatable Water Slide?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Incredible inflatable playground offering a whole world of fun!
This BeBoP Spin Combo Large Bouncy Castle and Water Slide is an incredible inflatable playground suitable for children aged 3 – 10. Made of high-quality PVC and nylon it’s hard to puncture, and features a water cannon, sprinkler, splash pool, bouncy slide, and more! It measures 400 x 350 x 240 cm and comes with a blow fan, pegs and puncture repair kit.
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More Detailed Inflatable Water Slide Reviews
BeBoP Spin Combo Large Bouncy Castle and Water Slide Review
This BeBop combination bouncy castle and waterslide is tons of fun for kids aged 3-10. It wins top spot for the best inflatable water slide on the UK market, and after looking at it I’m sure you’ll understand why!
This enormous water slide turns your garden into a theme park. It’s the largest of my recommendations, with several different play zones to enjoy. The kids are seriously going to love this giant-sized inflatable.
It measures 400 x 350 x 240 cm, which is more than enough room to allow four kids to enjoy bouncing, splashing and laughing to their heart’s content.
You simply inflate the unit and the connect it to a hosepipe for a full-on water slide. Plus, when summer is over, it can be used as a bouncy castle without the water – a 2-in-1 outdoor toy! What more could you ask for?
There are plenty of features to stop kids from getting bored and allow for a variety of games: a water cannon, climbing wall, sprinkler that sprays water across the canopy, large splash pool (measuring 170 x 200 cm), a bouncy slide and a target. Phew!
Be-bop is a great make, so safety anchor pegs are included. It’s important to keep inflatables pegged to the ground so they don’t blow over in high winds. Make sure yours isn’t going to budge no matter how boisterous the fun gets.
This kids inflatable water slide comes with a blower fan included in the price which is essential because it takes a lot of air to get this one up. Reviews suggest the blower fan inflates the waterslide within a few minutes.
It’s made from tough PVC and nylon, so it’ll take a lot to puncture the high-quality materials. However, a repair kit is included just in case someone jumps aboard in shoes.
There are very small pinpricks in the material to relieve pressure points and ensure the waterslide doesn’t burst at full capacity – a sign of good quality.
It has a storage bag which is strong and protective, keeping this inflatable playground secure when not in use.
Taking into account all of the safety features, as well as the quality of the design and its astronomical fun-potential, this is the best inflatable water slide around!
BeBoP Total Wipeout Inflatable Water Slide Combo Review
This Bebop Total Wipeout Waterslide combo is sure to encourage fun between friends and even competitive siblings.
This is another large bouncy castle and waterslide combo by Bebop; however, this slide has queue-beating twin-lanes that allow several kids to race at the same time.
The extras are impressive too. It also includes an all-important water cannon, a canopy water spray, splash pool, and climbing wall to keep kids entertained for hours!
It’s a touch smaller than the Spin Combo above, measuring 330 x 245 cm. But it can still by used by four children aged 3- 10.
High-quality lightweight PVC and durable nylon protect against tears. But, if a puncture were to occur, a repair kit comes included. The Total Wipeout castle also comes equipped with a blower fan for easy inflation – a must for inflatables of this size.
As far as safety goes, this unit is made from good quality materials and comes with the extremely-important anchor pegs. Peg the castle down hard and check it regularly as all the bouncing and excitement can work them loose.
When it’s not sunny enough for waterslides, you can still inflate the playground and use it as a bouncy castle instead – a great way to relieve boredom during the holidays and get the kids away from the PlayStation.
This kids inflatable water slide is a fun-packed sturdy slide that will be sure to keep all the kids entertained for hours!
BeBoP Neptune Towers Inflatable Water Slide Bouncy Castle Review
This BeBoP Neptune Towers Inflatable Water Slide Bouncy Castle is a great inflatable waterslide play area! It’s a bit less expensive than some of the other products I’ve reviewed so far, making it ideal for smaller budgets and quick set-ups.
It has twin waterslides, so kids can race each other, as well as a water cannon that aims at the sliders. This is really well thought-out (by someone who surely has kids of their own!) because it means three kids can all be engaged with one another, rather than arguing about whose turn it is!
Also, a canon aimed solely at the water slide will mean you and the cat will be protected from the possibility of unexpected water jets hitting you!
Along with the twin slide lanes and water canon, there’s also an easy-climb wall and a large splash pool.
It’s a pretty hefty size at 420 x 300 x 230 cm so allows plenty of room for kids to play.
The included blower fan is more powerful than most at 450 w; you’ll get the slides inflated in no time!
Safety features are important, so it’s good to know this is made from high-quality, laminated PVC and nylon. Punctures are unlikely, but if one does occur you can simply fix it with the enclosed repair kit (or a bicycle inner tube repair kit if you get more than one puncture).
As with my other recommendations, you can it as a water park on sunny days, and as a ‘general’ bouncy castle when it’s dull out. They are really useful, versatile pieces of kit.
BeBoP Pirate Boat Inflatable Bouncy Water Slide for Kids Review
This BeBoP Pirate Boat Inflatable Bouncy Water Slide is the best kids inflatable water slide for the young and young at heart.
Bebop has great ideas for waterslides, and they haven’t left out wannabe pirates.
This inflatable waterslide measures 457 x 292 x 284 cm and will welcome aboard three pirates aged 3-10.
It’s ship-shaped in bright attractive colours with a water cannon pointed at the sliders. Good thinking Bebop – parents can keep dry out of the way of jets, plus the water runs down the slide into the splash pool so there’s less wastage.
It’s a cinch to set up too – after inflation, simply attach your hosepipe to the water tubing and you’re off on the high seas, me-hearties!
Extras include the pirate flag (of course!), a netted canopy for safety. and an easy-climb wall with foot holes and handles.
Back to the practical stuff – it also comes with a blower-fan which stays on continually during use, and anchor pegs to keep everyone safe. I keep saying it, but make sure these are used properly!
The all-important patch repair kit is included in case you spring a leak, and there’s a smart carry bag too.
This is a great pirate-themed inflatable water slide that your kids will love – they’ll be charging around on it for hours!
Things to Know Before Buying an Inflatable Water Slide
An inflatable water slide provides an incredibly fun playground for kids to use in the garden. I think we all wish we had one of these growing up!
There are so many different designs, offering so a number of possible features: water cannons, climbing walls, splash pools – the lot! And, what’s more, these playgrounds can be used as bouncy castles on days when its too cold to use them with water.
There’s quite a lot to consider when buying an inflatable water slide, so I’ve put together the following pointers to help you make an informed decision. It’s certainly better to do some pre-planning than discover something’s wrong when you’re already halfway through inflating the slide!
The bigger the better, right? Well, not necessarily!
The size of the waterslide you should buy will of course be dictated by the size of your garden. Specifically the flat area of your garden – you certainly won’t be able to put these inflatable playgrounds on any slops or uneven ground.
It’s better to be safe than sorry, so you should physically mark out the suitable available space in your garden using a piece of string or skipping ropes to get an accurate measurement.
Remember that you want to leave a border, as you don’t want the inflatable slide pressing right up against your shrubs and flowerbeds. Also, allow for extra room around the edges that’s ok to get wet – kids are capable of projectile splashing water for many miles, and you won’t want it anywhere near the washing line!
It goes without saying but ensure you have enough space to keep it well away from flower borders, pet enclosures and fence lines. The neighbours won’t be happy if they have unwanted peepers looking into their garden all day.
It’s great when all the kids can get into the waterslide at once, but hold on.
Too many kids on the waterslide will cause to either burst a seam or tip over. The manufacturer’s instructions will recommend a maximum capacity and if it says three kids aged 3-10 then stick to it – or you may watch your investment deflate before your eyes.
Once everyone knows you have a waterslide they’ll all be angling for an invite, but don’t invite four kids if the waterslide will only hold three. Imagine the fallout – a horrible argument that makes it a waste of effort and money.
You’re better off spending more on a bigger size waterslide so everyone gets a turn, and definitely don’t turn a blind eye to the manufacturer’s capacity recommendations.
The best inflatable slides are manufactured with strong PVC material that’s difficult to puncture. Inflatables take a lot of punishment from excitable kids, so they need to stand up to the test.
Look for good quality PVC material or a heavy-gauge vinyl. Commercial strength nylon is a suitably tough material for waterslides too.
The tubing that connects the waterslide to your garden hose should be good and thick, and the connectors need to be of top-notch quality. It isn’t a waterslide without water, and connections that keeping falling apart will quickly put a dampener on everyone’s fun.
Any material, no matter how tough, will perish if you leave it outside for months on end. Sunlight damages PVC, so once the kids are done playing with their inflatable slide, allow the material to dry and then pack it away. Store it somewhere dark and cool.
Think about how often you’ll use the waterslide and be honest.
If it’s so much of a faff that it’s left packed away or makes an annual appearance at the birthday party then you’re better off saving your money for days out.
However, if you have kids that are packed with energy, or you’re an outdoor kind of family, getting the inflatable out on a regular basis is a great idea.
You might end up spending a few hundred pounds on an inflatable water castle, so you should compare that with how much money you’ll spend taking your kids out over the summer.
Days out might cost at least £100 a day, if not more. So a waterslide can be pretty good value in comparison if it’s used time and time again and means you’ll stay closer to home.
Parents with constraints in the holidays, such as work-at-home days or grandparent babysitters, might find a waterslide gives peace and time to accomplish tasks without the dreaded electronic babysitter taking over.
Pay particular attention to age or weight limits on the manufacturer’s instructions.
Waterslides are great fun for all ages, but too much weight makes them dangerous, toppling over or violently bursting a seam.
Most inflatables will accommodate 3-10-year-olds, but bear in mind that a ten-year-old weighs much more than a three-year-old! If you have three 10-year-olds on the inflatable it’s pushing the boundaries and there might be an accident.
Ah, the age-old problem of storage!
Many good quality inflatable water slides are sold with their own carry cases. However, it’s almost impossible to fit them back in unless you have the patience of a saint.
If like me you tend to lose interest after 4 minutes you’re going to need a bigger box or a shed to store it in.
Make sure the waterslide is completely dry before packing it away or it’ll grow mould and become unusable. Keep it stored away from extreme temperatures and bright lights too because they thin the materials making it more likely you’ll experience a deflation next time around.
Inflatable Water Slide FAQs
Most of the better quality waterslides are sold with a blower to make light work of inflation. If yours doesn’t include a blower you’ll need to get one – blowing it up with your bike pump or lungs will take all eternity!
If it’s made according to accreditation and used as the instructions indicate waterslides are safe. That goes for all outdoor equipment.
There is the extra issue of water and small children to contend with, so make sure they behave sensibly and never leave them unsupervised.
With good quality inflatables punctures are rare, but they can happen. That’s why the top makes include a decent puncture repair kit.
There are three main ways to avoid punctures:
- Never wear shoes, remove watches and jewellery including hair slides, and avoid playing with hard toys. Don’t let your dog join in either – sharp claws and PVC do not mix.
- When you set up the waterslide check thoroughly beneath it for stones or pieces of wood – anything that could rip the material. Try putting children’s foam carpet tiles down first it.
- Don’t drag it along when deflated as this increases the likelihood of a puncture.
Inflatable waterslides attach to a hose pipe. The water is not recycled but collected in the splash pool. Any overflow will therefore soak into your grass.
This is good news during droughts or hot days, but repeat sessions may make the area muddy. Think about moving the waterslide around or setting a time limit on how long the hose can run for.
Inflatable water slides are tons of fun for kids because they universally love playing in the water.
From adventurers that throw themselves down the slide to quieter kids who like to float and splash in the pool section – it’s all fun.
And let’s not forget the peace they can bring a harassed parent – that’s priceless.