In this guide we’ll take a look at the best kids slides for safe and fun play.
I’ve compared design, safety, build quality and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Kids Slide?
More Detailed Kids Slide Reviews
Little Tikes Easy Store Large Kids Slide Review
This Little Tikes Large Kids Slide is 5-foot-long with a gentle slope and wide, easy to climb steps making it suitable for children aged from 3 to 6 years. The slide is nice and chunky and made from durable materials.
It has a nice wide sturdy base and a locking support arm runs from the slope to the steps for extra stability. It has smooth, rounded corners and high sides for added safety.
This large kids slide is easy to assemble and also folds flat for easier storage. The dimensions of this product are 33.5 x 51 x 150 cm and it is suitable for children weighing up to 34 kg.
While this kids slide is suitable for indoor or outdoor use, it is a little on the large size for indoor use unless you have a big playroom. Even when folded it takes up quite a lot of space so you should consider where you are going to store it if you plan on using it indoors. This slide is a really good size for outdoor use and is suitable for a wide age range meaning you will get years of use from it.
This kids slide is sturdy, safe, great for a wide age range and will give many years of fun and exercise. It is great value for money for such a durable toy.
Little Tikes First Kids Slide Review
This Little Tikes First Kids Slide is suitable for toddlers for the age of eighteen months up until around four years.
This kids slide is sturdy and stable and suitable for indoor or outdoor use. The compact size means this is more suitable than the previous product if you plan on using it as an indoor toy. It folds easily for storage when not in use. The product is well made from lightweight yet sturdy plastic.
It is easy to assemble and does not require any tools as it simply clicks together. It is recommended for children up to 27.2 kg in weight.
While this kids slide is suitable only for younger children, it is a perfect safe, stable and colourful first slide. It is sturdy and easy to store and offers great value for money.
Smoby Garden Kids Slide Review
This Smoby Garden Kids Slide is a metre tall with a 150 cm slope making it ideal for younger children from 3 years old. The item is sturdy in use and has a bar between the steps and slope for extra stability. It is made from weather resistance plastic making it suitable for use indoors or out.
The cut-out steps are safe and easy for little ones to use and the extension at the end of the slide means there is no bump when little ones reach the bottom. The handles are also easy for small hands to hold.
The slide has a drop at the beginning which helps children slide a little faster, so they really enjoy using this toy and it is fun for even slightly older children.
This kids garden slide is easy to assemble, and the dimensions are 159 x 100 x 68 cm. This is a fun slide that is perfect for children from 3 to 6 years old.
Outdoor Playground Wavy Kids Slide Review
This Outdoor Playground Wavy Kids Slide is a slightly larger outdoor slide that is suitable for a wider range of ages than the small toddler versions. The manufacturer’s recommendations are for children aged 3 and up, though confident toddlers could use it with supervision. It is suitable for children up to about 7 years old.
This kids garden slide has a 5.8 ft slope with a double bump and provides a nice fast ride. The steps are sturdy, and the slope has nice high sides to prevent small ones from slipping off halfway down. The frame is made from powder coated steel for strength and weather resistance and it comes with anchor pegs for extra stability.
The slide is a bit tricky to put together and is easier to do if you have two people. Once constructed, the dimensions are: length x 177cm, width x 102cm and weight x 110.5cm.
This is a good quality kids slide that will provide years of fun, especially if you buy it when your children are still quite small.
Things to Know Before Buying a Kid’s Slide
Getting your kids outside and into the fresh air is a whole lot easier if you have a garden filled with fun toys and activities! One of the simplest and best value toys for kids is a slide, offering hour after hour of fun for kids of all ages.
Slides have been a popular playground attraction for years, but smaller garden-friendly versions are readily available – so you can keep an eye on your kids from the comfort of your favourite deckchair!
There’s a range of slides on the market to suit varying budgets and kids of almost any age. If you’re considering purchasing a kids’ slide for your garden, take a look at the following tips to help you make an informed decision.
The Benefits of Having a Slide at Home
Slides have been popular in playgrounds for a long time, and now you can have them in your garden! Large slides at the park are often too high for the little ones, plus they are often crowded with older and bigger children!
Having your slide at home means you can bring all the fun of the playground into your own garden (or even your own living room!). Your child will be able to play safely and you can keep a closer eye on them.
When the weather is warm, a slide provides hours of entertainment and exercise outside for the little ones in the fresh air. Your child’s motor skills, balance and coordination will improve, while climbing the ladder can build strong leg muscles.
Kids slides are available to suit kids of any age, and the smallest models can be used both indoors and out. They are generally safe and durable, and they can be passed down through the family as your child grows, develops and moves onto bigger things.
When choosing a slide, you should first look at safety. Ensure you only purchase from a reputable manufacturer, and I recommend spending a little more on a quality model. Look for a strong and sturdy frame, and purchase a slide to suit the age of your child.
It is worth putting some safety rules in place to ensure that your child stays safe. Teach your child how to climb the steps safely.
Choosing the Right Size and Design
The shape and height of your slide should be chosen according to your child’s age. Each slide is designed for a specific age range, and it’s important you don’t exceed the maximum weight capacity.
Slides for very young children are usually made from brightly coloured plastic and they can be used both indoor and out. Slides for older kids usually have a longer and steeper slide, so they can descend even quicker!
For added excitement, look for a slide with waves or twists. You may need to pay more for these models, but they are even more fun for the kids.
If you plan on leaving your slide outside, it’s essential that it’s weatherproof. Kids’ slides are usually made from weather resistant plastic, and some may come with a protective cover.
Slides for older kids are generally made from powder coated steel for strength and weather resistance, and they can usually be left outside overnight.
In the winter months, you may want to consider storing your slide undercover.
Are slides safe for toddlers to use?
Toddlers should only be allowed to use slides that are an appropriate size for them as they could fall from large slides and hurt themselves. Even with toddler sized versions, it is important that your child is supervised. Teach your child how to climb the steps safely and hold on the handrails at all times when climbing. As long as you follow these guidelines, slides are a safe way for toddlers to have fun and get some exercise while learning valuable physical and motor skills.
How do slides help a child’s development?
Slides have a range of benefits for a child’s both physical and mental development. First and foremost, climbing and sliding is a great form of exercise. Your child will learn to use their body and develop strong muscles. Their little bodies will produce those feel-good endorphins to help brighten their mood and boost their energy.
Climbing the ladder can develop motor skills, coordination and strength, while sliding itself is huge amounts of fun. If you have more than one child, taking turns on the slide will teach them to share!
What do I put at the bottom of a slide?
If you have a slide for older kids, the descent is likely to be a lot steeper. This means you’ll need to think carefully about what you have underneath the slide, to help protect your child when they reach the bottom.
My top recommendation is to install a few rubber safety mats at the bottom of the slide. These can be purchased online and offer great impact protection. They are durable and shock absorbing, helping to reduce the risk of injury if your child has a bumpy landing!