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What To Look For in an Inflatable Water Slide

When it comes to inflatable water slides, the most important factors to consider are safety, suitability and fun.

Starting with safety, make sure the inflatable has at least six anchoring points and comes with large, metal ground stakes that are rounded at the top. It’s also important to ensure that the inflatable meets current UK safety regulations, such as the British Standard BS EN 14960.

Large inflatables should run with a continual airflow, to avoid pressure build up, which is a feature of all the slides on this page. You’ll find that the best inflatable water slides will come with a fan blower already included. Also, inflatables made from nylon are generally lighter than those made from PVC and are therefore easier to move around before inflating.

You’ll need a reasonably large garden to fit an inflatable water slide. If your garden is narrow, consider options under 300 cm wide; however, you’ll still need to leave plenty of clearance around the edge. All inflatables need to be placed on level ground.

Choose a model with a hose connector over the slide, so that water will flow continually. A large splash pool will make sure the water stays within the confines of the pool area!

If you’re keen to avoid arguments between kids, it can help for the slide to have several sections to keep children entertained. Look out for two slides instead of one, a bounce house and a water cannon as fun additions. Keep an eye on the inflatable’s weight capacity though. Generally speaking, an inflatable with a lower capacity of around 114 kg can accommodate up to three young children, and a higher weight capacity of 152 kg is suitable for up to four young children.

I’ve recommended the BeBoP Canyon Large Bouncy Castle and Water Slide as my top choice. With space for up to four children at once, as well as a water cannon, splash pool, sprinkler and climbing wall, this inflatable water slide offers incredible value for money.

For more details about this slide, plus other great alternatives, see the reviews below. 

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B01H0IJ3HA
5060365745119
Best inflatable water slide
BeBoP Canyon Large Bouncy Castle and Water Slide
Top Pick

Best inflatable water slide

  • Where to buy
  • Our Scoring
    Design
    Features
    Installation Ease
    Ease of Storage
    Value for Money
    Overall
    5 4.48
  • Suitable Age
    3-10 years old
  • Max. No. of Children
    4
  • Max. Weight Capacity
    152 kg
  • Dimensions
    400 x 350 x 240 cm
  • No. of Slides
    1
  • Time to Inflate
    5 Mins
  • Fan Power
    450 W
  • Anchor Pegs
    Yes
  • Fan Included
    Yes
  • Repair Kit Included
    Yes
  • Our Review

    One of the best inflatable water slides for keeping kids entertained is the BeBop Canyon Large Castle and Water Slide. This inflatable water slide has lots of appealing features including a water cannon, climbing wall, sprinkler, splash pool (measuring 170 x 200 cm), large curved slide and wall targets.

    It’s an enormous water park, and, with several different zones for kids to play in, it’s one of the largest and most varied inflatable water slides featured here. It’s a great choice if you have a larger garden, but will be unsuitable for smaller outdoor areas.

    Measuring 400 x 350 x 240cm, this water slide has enough room for four kids to enjoy bouncing, splashing and playing to their heart’s content. It has a lot more sections than most inflatable water slides featured here, with an entire ‘bouncy house’ segment where kids can bounce and jump, separate to the wading pool and slide. Only the BeBop Total Wipeout Slide also shares this feature.

    As with most inflatable slides, there is a climbing wall for children to access the slide. It’s relatively small, but will still require children to have a reasonable amount of strength to scramble up.

    This water park is made for kids in the age range of 3-10 year old, so unfortunately older kids and adults won’t be able to join in on the fun.

    It’s a great item to use in the summer heat. You simply inflate the water slide and connect a hosepipe in order to make the surface of the slide wet. Plus, you can also use this as a bouncy castle once summer is over, using it without water and turning the wading pool into a ball pit. This provides a bit more value for money as well, as this water park isn’t exclusively for summer parties.

    BeBop is a trusted brand, so safety anchor pegs come included. It’s extremely important to make sure the slide is firmly secured to the ground so that it doesn’t blow over in high winds.

    This inflatable water slide also comes with a heavy duty blower included, which is essential because it takes a lot of air to get this one up. The air blower inflates the water slide within a few minutes, so you won’t be waiting long.

    It’s made from tough PVC and nylon, so it’ll take a lot to puncture these high-quality materials. However, a repair patches are included, just in case someone jumps aboard in shoes.

    There are very small pinpricks in the material to relieve pressure points and ensure the water slide doesn’t burst at full capacity. This is a sign of good quality. It also comes with a storage bag which is strong and protective, keeping this water park safely stored when it’s not in use.

    This water park doesn’t require a ground sheet to go underneath. However, if you want to keep the inflatable water slide clean overall, you could buy one separately.

    Pros

    • Can be set up and taken down in just 90 seconds
    • Use both wet and dry making it suitable for less sunny days
    • Accommodates up to four kids at once, and each child will have plenty of room
    • Large size with lots of engaging features

    Cons

    • Ground sheet not included and may need to be purchased separately to stop the bottom from getting dirty
    • The very large size means it’s not suitable for small-medium size gardens

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5060365743801
Best with two slides
BeBoP Total Wipeout Inflatable Water Slide Combo 
  • Where to buy
  • Our Scoring
    Design
    Features
    Installation Ease
    Ease of Storage
    Value for Money
    Overall
    5 4.4
  • Suitable Age
    3-10 years old
  • Max. No. of Children
    4
  • Max. Weight Capacity
    152 kg
  • Dimensions
    546 x 300 x 240 cm
  • No. of Slides
    2
  • Time to Inflate
    5 Mins
  • Fan Power
    680 W
  • Anchor Pegs
    Yes
  • Fan Included
    Yes
  • Repair Kit Included
    Yes
  • Our Review

    When you take children to playgrounds or parties, tantrums can spark over taking turns and sharing the equipment fairly. The BeBop Total Wipeout Water  Slide Combo has a long, curved slide with twin-lanes that allows several kids to take part in the fun at the same time.

    This inflatable slide could therefore help you dodge those fights about taking turns by focusing the children on all playing at once. For this reason, it’s also one of the best inflatable water slides for parties, as multiple kids can join in at the same time.

    This large bounce house/inflatable water slide combo has lots of engaging features to keep kids occupied for hours. It’s a very comprehensive water park all round; not only does it have a double slide, but a water cannon, wading pool, climbing wall and water sprayer. The climbing wall is positioned at the back of the slide itself, and is the route that children need to take in order to get themselves up to the slide.

    Even if children don’t want to use the slide, or can’t get up the inflatable climbing wall, they can still use the splash pool as a paddling area until they gain more confidence.

    Measuring 546 x 300 x 240 cm, this inflatable water park is almost 1.5 meters longer than the BeBop Canyon Slide which is also featured on this page. In fact, this BeBop Total Wipeout Slide is the biggest slide featured here, making it one of the top inflatable water slides for larger gardens. It’s can accommodate four children, aged 3 – 10.

    The construction is a combination of high-quality and lightweight PVC, and durable nylon. These resist tears well, but if a puncture were to occur, repair patches comes included. The Total Wipeout Water Slide also comes with an air blower fan to for easy inflation – an absolute must for an inflatable of this size.

    As far as safety goes, this inflatable slide is made from good quality materials and comes with decent ground stakes. Make sure to peg all parts of the water slide down securely and check it regularly, as all the bouncing and excitement can work them loose.

    When it’s not sunny enough for water slides, you can still inflate this 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.

    As with all inflatable water slides, you should make sure to dry the inflatable properly before storing it away. If it is folded away whilst damp, mould can grow.

    Pros

    • Huge range of fun sections - twin lane water slide, cannon, water sprayer and climbing wall
    • Handy storage bag included
    • Use wet or dry in summer and cooler months
    • Blower fan, water tubing and puncture kit all included

    Cons

    • Some users have reported material cracking after around a year of use
    • Large size is not suitable for small to medium size gardens

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B01H3SQZT6
5060365744730
Best mid-priced option
BeBoP Neptune Towers Inflatable Water Slide Bouncy Castle
  • Where to buy
  • Our Scoring
    Design
    Features
    Installation Ease
    Ease of Storage
    Value for Money
    Overall
    5 4.42
  • Suitable Age
    3-10 years old
  • Max. No. of Children
    3
  • Max. Weight Capacity
    114 kg
  • Dimensions
    420 x 300 x 230 cm
  • No. of Slides
    2
  • Time to Inflate
    5 Mins
  • Fan Power
    450 W
  • Anchor Pegs
    Yes
  • Fan Included
    Yes
  • Repair Kit Included
    Yes
  • Our Review

    This BeBoP Neptune Towers Inflatable Water Slide Bouncy Castle has all the main, essential features that you’d want in a water slide, but at a slightly lower price than most BeBop models. For this reason, it’s one of the best inflatable water slides to buy on a budget.

    Even with its smaller price tag, this inflatable water slide doesn’t scrimp on features. It has two slides, so kids can race each other, as well as a climbing wall, splash pool, and a water cannon that faces towards the slides.

    This is 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 cannon aimed solely at the curved slide means water is kept (mostly) within the confines of the water park, so you’ll hopefully be protected from water jets hitting you.

    Even though there’s no bounce house included, this water slide park still offers a lot of room to play. In particular, the large wading pool provides kids with a soft landing, and acts as a paddling pool in its own right. Then there’s the climbing wall as well, which is a little longer than the one featured on the BeBop Canyon and Total Wipeout inflatable slides.

    The climbing wall is slightly angled, and it’s the path that children have to take to access the slides – there are handles and foot holes to hold onto.

    Overall, this inflatable slide is a decent size at 420 x 300 x 230 cm, providing plenty of room for kids to play.

    The included air blower fan is also more powerful than most, at 450W, so you’ll be able to get the whole unit inflated very quickly.

    In terms of safety considerations, this inflatable slide is made from high-quality, laminated PVC and nylon. Punctures are unlikely, but if one does occur you can simply fix it with the included repair patches. You could also use a bicycle puncture kit if you get more than one hole.

    As with my other recommendations, you can use this model as an inflatable water park in the summer heat, and as a bouncy castle when it’s dull outside.

    Storing your inflatable water slide away when it’s still wet is a big risk, but fortunately this slide’s material is quick drying to help reduce the probability of storing it away when damp.

    Pros

    • Cheaper than other options on the market
    • Quick drying after use
    • Compact design - better for smaller gardens
    • Use with or without water in summer or during cooler months

    Cons

    • The material is thinner than others on the market so may tear/puncture more easily
    • Accommodates just thtrr children
    • Relatively low weight limit at 114 kg
    • Quite unstable so ground pegs must be put in securely

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B073RNQ7ZC
5060365745942
Best for younger kids
BeBoP Pirate Boat Inflatable Bouncy Water Slide for Kids
  • Where to buy
  • Our Scoring
    Design
    Features
    Installation Ease
    Ease of Storage
    Value for Money
    Overall
    5 4.5
  • Suitable Age
    3-10 years old
  • Max. No. of Children
    3
  • Max. Weight Capacity
    114 kg
  • Dimensions
    457 x 292 x 284 cm
  • No. of Slides
    1
  • Time to Inflate
    5 Mins
  • Fan Power
    330 W
  • Anchor Pegs
    Yes
  • Fan Included
    Yes
  • Repair Kit Included
    Yes
  • Our Review

    The BeBoP Pirate Boat Inflatable Bouncy Water Slide is perfect for pirate-themed parties. If your little one has an affinity for all things ‘pirate’, this is without doubt one of the best inflatable water slides to go for.

    This water park measures 457 x 292 x 284 cm. It’s relatively long and narrow, making it a good choice for medium/large gardens and it can welcome aboard up to three pirates in the age range of 3-10 years old.

    It’s ship-shaped, in bright attractive colours, with a spray cannon pointed at the curved water slide. This seems like good thinking from Bebop – parents can keep dry out of the way of jets, plus the water runs down the slide into the large splash pool so there’s less wastage.

    It’s also a breeze to set up. After inflating the slide using the air blower included, you simply attach your water hose to the supplied tubing which sprays down and makes the slide wet. Once that’s done, you’re off to the high seas, me-hearties! The air blower continues to constantly push out air, keeping the inflatable play area fully inflated during use. One thing to bear in mind is electricity costs, as this does naturally mean that quite a lot of electricity is used to keep the slide inflated.

    A few additional extras come with this themed water slide, including a pirate flag (of course!) and a canopy with mesh walls for safety. There’s also a basic climbing wall with foot holes and handles; this climbing wall is how children get up to access the slide. It’s relatively steep (although there are plenty of holding places) so it’s possible that younger children will find it a little harder to use the climbing wall and slide initially.

    This inflatable water slide comes with anchor pegs to keep everyone safe. Make sure these are used properly as it can make all the difference. Also, given that this pirate ship can only hold three children, it does have a lower weight limit than others available. So, you should be extra careful to make sure it isn’t overloaded.

    The all-important repair patches come included in case of a puncture and there’s a smart carrying bag too. As with all water inflatables, be sure to dry this slide before packing it away.

    Pros

    • Can be used in the cooler weather without water
    • Very easy to inflate and set up
    • Pirate theme adds an extra element of fun!
    • Large splash pool helps avoid water wastage

    Cons

    • Only accommodates three children at one time
    • Relatively low weight limit at 114 kg
    • Uses a lot of electricity

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How to Choose The Best Inflatable Water Slide

An inflatable water slide provides an incredibly fun playground for kids to use in the garden. But they can be an expensive purchase. When making such an investment, you’ll want to ensure you’re choosing the right one, with good features and quality materials.

There are so many different designs, offering several possible features: water cannons, climbing walls, splash pools – the lot! Inflatable water slides can be very versatile too, used with water on hot summer days, or as dry bouncy castles when the weather is cooler.

There’s quite a lot to consider when buying a water slide, so I’ve put together the following pointers to help you make an informed decision.

How to Pick the Right Size Water Slide

The bigger the better, right? Well, not necessarily!

The size of inflatable water slide that you should buy will be dictated by the size of your garden. Specifically, the flat surface area of your garden – you certainly won’t be able to put these inflatable playgrounds on any slopes or uneven ground.

It’s better to be safe than sorry, so you should physically mark out the 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 pressing against your shrubs and flowerbeds. Also, allow for extra room around the edges that are OK to get wet – kids are capable of projectile splashing water for many metres, and you won’t want it anywhere near your washing line!

It goes without saying, but ensure you have enough space to keep the inflatable water slide well away from borders, pet enclosures and fence lines. The neighbours won’t be happy if they have unwanted peepers looking into their garden all day.

Keeping an Eye on Maximum Capacity

It’s great when all the kids can get onto the water slide at once, but this can come with some risks if the inflatable isn’t up to the job.

Too many kids on an inflatable water slide may either burst a seam or cause it to tip over. The manufacturer’s instructions will recommend a maximum weight limit, as well as maximum capacity. If it says three kids aged 3-10, then stick to it – or you might watch your investment deflate before your eyes.

Once everyone knows you have a water slide, they’ll all be angling for an invite, but don’t invite four kids if the waterslide will only hold three. The consequences could be serious.

High-Quality Materials to Look Out For

The best inflatable water slides are manufactured with strong PVC that’s puncture resistant. Inflatable water slides take a lot of beating from energetic kids, so they need to stand up to the task.

Look for good quality PVC or a heavy-gauge vinyl as well as double stitched seams. Chemical grade nylon is a suitably tough material for inflatable water slides too.

The tubing that connects the waterslide to your garden hose should be thick, and the connectors need to be of good 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 pack it away. Store it somewhere dark and cool.

Deciding if a Slide is Worthwhile Investment

Be honest and really think about how often you’ll use the inflatable water slide.

If it’s so much of a faff that it’s left packed away or makes an annual appearance at a 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 water park out on a regular basis will give you lots of value for money.

You might end up spending a few hundred pounds on an inflatable water slide. So, you should compare that cost with how much you’d spend taking your kids out over the summer.

Days out with the family often cost at least £100 a day, if not more. So, an inflatable water slide can be pretty good value in comparison, especially if it’s used many times over the years.

Parents with work commitments over the holidays, like a work-from-home day, might find that a waterslide gives them the peace and time to accomplish their tasks whilst keeping the kids occupied.

Paying Attention to Age Range Limitations

Pay particular attention to age or weight limits on the manufacturer’s instructions.

Inflatable water slides are great fun for all ages, but too much weight makes them dangerous, toppling over or violently bursting a seam.

Most water slides will accommodate kids between the ages of 3 and 10, but bear in mind that a 10-year-old weighs much more than a 3-year-old! If you have three 10-year-olds on the inflatable, it’s likely going to be pushing the boundaries and there might be an accident.

Also, be aware that many inflatable slides require children to access the slide via a climbing wall. Although the climbing walls are usually relatively easy to scale, they will require children to use hand and foot holds. If young kids can’t use the climbing wall, they can still enjoy the rest of the water park. until they gain more strength.

How to Safely Store Your New Slide

Ah, the age-old problem of storage!

Many good quality inflatable water slides are sold with their own carry bag. 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 big waterproof garden storage box or a shed to store it in.

Make sure the water slide 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, otherwise the material will perish, making it more likely to deflate in the future.

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Inflatable Water Slide FAQs

How do I blow up my inflatable water slide?

The best inflatable water slides 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 an eternity!

Blowers are electrically charged, so you might require an extension lead if the inflatable is placed away from your house.

Are inflatable water slides safe?

If it’s been made made according to the required accreditation and used as the instructions indicate, inflatable water slides are safe. That goes for all outdoor equipment for kids.

There is the extra issue of water and small children to contend with, so make sure they behave sensibly and never leave them unsupervised.

It’s really important to adhere to the age limitations given by the manufacturer, as well as the weight limit. If it says it’s suitable for an age range of 3-10 year old, don’t let a 2-year-old on.

Although the inflatable water slides featured on this page are large, they have limits on the number of children for a reason. So, avoid letting on lots of kids at once, as it increases the risk of deflation whilst it’s being used.

Make sure to use ground stakes where possible to hold inflatable water slides down. These are also vital in helping to prevent accidents.

Will an inflatable water slide puncture?

Most good quality inflatable water slides are strong and puncture resistant, but punctures can still happen. That’s why the top makes include a decent puncture 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 – sharp claws and PVC do not mix.
  • When you set up the inflatable water slide, check thoroughly beneath it for stones or pieces of wood – anything that could rip the material. Try putting children’s foam carpet tiles down, underneath the inflatable.
  • Don’t drag it along when deflated, as this increases the likelihood of a puncture.

Will an inflatable water slide make my grass muddy?

Kids inflatable water slides 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 repeated sessions might make the area muddy. Think about moving the water slide around or setting a time limit on how long the hose can run for.

Putting some tarp down will reduce the damage to your lawn. However, you should make sure the type of tarp you use will not damage your inflatable, as some materials are not a good match for each other.

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