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Our 10 Favorite Inflatable Water Slides You Need This Summer

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The dog days of summer are almost upon us. And if you don’t want your kids glued to their tablets and video games all day, you’re going to need something to motivate them to get off their tiny tushies and go outside.

As it turns out, an inflatable kid’s water slide could be the perfect call to the great outdoors – or at least your backyard. Also known as water parks, they’ll help your little ones beat the summer heat while also encouraging them to get some much-needed exercise.

Of course, there are some important factors to consider when picking a water slide for your family, and we’ll cover that a little later. Let’s dive right in and talk about our 10 favorite inflatable water slides for kids.

Our Favorite Inflatable Water Slides:

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Blast Zone Pirate Bay Inflatable Water Park

Blast Zone Pirate Bay Inflatable Water Park

Bestway Hurricane Tunnel Blast Inflatable Water Park

Bestway Hurricane Tunnel Blast Inflatable Water Park

Costzon Inflatable Water Slide

Costzon Inflatable Water Slide

WELLFUNTIME Inflatable Water Slide Park

WELLFUNTIME Inflatable Water Slide Park

Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Slide Bouncer

Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Slide Bouncer

BOUNTECH Inflatable Water Slide

BOUNTECH Inflatable Water Slide 

SUNNY & FUN Ultra Climber Inflatable Water Slide Park

SUNNY & FUN Ultra Climber Inflatable Water Slide Park

Little Tikes Slam 'n Curve Slide

Little Tikes Slam 'n Curve Slide

Bounceland Jump and Splash Adventure Bounce House

Bounceland Jump and Splash Adventure Bounce House

Intex Rainbow Ring Inflatable Play Center

Intex Rainbow Ring Inflatable Play Center

1. Blast Zone Pirate Bay Inflatable Water Park 

Blast Zone Pirate Bay Inflatable Water Park 

Price: Around $700

Capacity: 5

Dimensions: 12 x 20 x 8 feet

Age Range: 3 and up

Maximum weight: 500 lbs

Blower Included: Yes

What We Like About It

This pirate-themed water park may be pricey, but it’s loaded with features to keep your little maties entertained for hours. It includes not only a water slide but also a bounce house with a basketball net that will have your kids literally jumping for joy. We also like that it has a nice, large wading pool.

Other fun features include a climbing wall that leads to the slide and a crawl tunnel to get into the bouncy house. And what pirate-themed water slide would be complete without a couple of water cannons to boot? 

Things to Keep in Mind

Besides the high price tag, kids also have to exit the water park to access the climbing wall and crawl tunnel, which means they could track in dirt and grass. Arrrrgh.

2. Bestway Hurricane Tunnel Blast Inflatable Water Park

Bestway Hurricane Tunnel Blast Inflatable Water Park

Price: Around $415

Capacity: 7

Dimensions: 13.9 x 10.6 x 8.6 feet

Age Range: 5 to 10 years old

Maximum weight: 840 lbs

Blower Included: Yes

What We Like About It

Made from PVC coated polyester, this Bestway Hurricane Tunnel Blast is extra strong and puncture-resistant. And though it’s pretty large, it blows up in just two minutes. The slide is nice and long and includes a spray tunnel to soak the riders as they pass. 

Another plus is the mesh encircled tower for added safety.

Things to Keep in Mind

Although this water park has a nice wading pool, the slide does not empty into the pool. And that means the water will empty into your grass or whatever surface you place it on. And the rather steep climbing wall that leads to the tower means that this slide isn’t appropriate for very young children.

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3. Costzon Inflatable Water Slide

Costzon Inflatable Water Slide

Price: Around $580

Capacity: 6

Dimensions: 18.6 x 16.9 x 7.9 feet

Age Range: 3 months to 10 years

Maximum weight: 298 lbs (on the inflatable portions)

Blower Included: Yes

What We Like About It

We love the crocodile design of this dual-slide water park from Costzon, where kids can woosh through a crocodile’s mouth or down its scaly back.  And because the slides empty out on opposite sides of the pool, children can slip on down without bumping into their friends. 

Other fun features include a climbing wall, a basketball goal, a crawl tunnel and a water cannon for extra entertainment. 

Things to Keep in Mind

Like the other large slides on our list, this one inflates easily but does take some time to break down and dry. 

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4. WELLFUNTIME Inflatable Water Slide Park

WELLFUNTIME Inflatable Water Slide Park

Price: Around $640

Capacity: 4

Dimensions: 16.3 x 13.1 x 8.3 feet

Age Range: 3 to 10 years

Maximum weight: 464 lbs

Blower Included: Yes

What We Like About It

This large inflatable water park will help kids pack in the fun with two water slides, a climbing wall and multiple sprayers. We also like that it includes a separate, deeper wading pool in addition to the wading pool that the slides dump into. 

Extra perks included in the package are a water dumping bucket,  three inflatable balls and four water guns that will definitely keep your little ones entertained. 

Things to Keep in Mind

This slide is pricey. And though it inflates quickly, its larger size with the double lane water slide does mean a longer breakdown and cleaning time. 

And despite its bigger footprint and maximum weight capacity, the maximum number of kids is only 4, according to the manufacturer (which seems a tad low).

5. Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Slide Bouncer

Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Slide Bouncer

Price: Around $450

Capacity: 4

Dimensions:  13.4 x 14 x 8.5 feet

Age Range: 5 to 10

Maximum weight: 350 lbs

Blower Included: Yes

What We Like About It

We like the dual-slide design of this Little Tikes Rocky Mountain water park and the fact that they empty out onto opposite sides of the wading pool. Another nice feature is a large cushion at the base of the climbing wall that softens the fall for kids who may slip down unintentionally. 

This water park also has a dump bucket and a pair of sprayers to keep the slides nice and slippery. 

Things to Keep in Mind

Although this slide is relatively large, it has a smaller sized wading pool compared to some other options. Be aware of the dual lanes, though, when multiple kids are in the pool area. It might be easy for them to collide if they are not careful!

6. BOUNTECH Inflatable Water Slide 

BOUNTECH Inflatable Water Slide 

Price: Around $399

Capacity: 3-4 kids

Dimensions:  13.1 x 11.8 x 8.3 feet

Age Range: 3 to 10

Maximum weight: 350 lbs

Blower Included: Yes

What We Like About It

Made from high-standard 840D oxford cloth, this water park gets high marks for durability. And at around $399 with the blower, we think it gives you a good bang for your buck.  The two water slides are accessible by a climbing wall with buffer steps and dump into a large wading pool.

This slide also features a basketball net, a water cannon and two water sprayers.

Things to Keep in Mind

Although this slide doesn’t exactly have a tiny footprint, it only accommodates 3 to 4 kids, according to the manufacturer. 

7. SUNNY & FUN Ultra Climber Inflatable Water Slide Park

SUNNY & FUN Ultra Climber Inflatable Water Slide Park

Price: Around $480

Capacity: 3

Dimensions: 13.1 x 11.2 x 7.9 feet

Age Range: 3 to 16 years old

Maximum weight: 350 lbs

Blower Included: Yes

What We Like About It

We love that this water park features two slides that empty into opposite sides of the wading pool. It also has an extra big climbing wall that can be used wet or dry. Other nice features include a water gun and two sprayers to keep your kids extra chill.

And because it’s made from heavy-duty nylon, you can even join in on the fun with your kids if you like.

Things to Keep in Mind

Larger water slides automatically imply a longer breakdown and cleaning time. And while made of heavy-duty nylon, it’s puncture-resistant but not puncture-proof. Fortunately, this slide comes with four puncture patches for any water slide emergencies. 

This splash water park also encourages racing slide activities, so make sure they keep an extra eye on your kiddos when they get the idea to become at-home American Ninja Warriors.

8. Little Tikes Slam ‘n Curve Slide

Little Tikes Slam 'n Curve Slide

Price: Around $391

Capacity: 3 kids

Dimensions:  14 x 9 x 7 feet

Age Range: 5 to 10 years

Maximum weight: 350 lbs

Blower Included: Yes

What We Like About It

While not exactly minuscule, the medium-sized footprint of this slide makes for easy setup, and it also folds up quite compactly. This water park also includes a climbing wall, wading pool and a basketball ring.

Things to Keep in Mind

This backyard water slide can only accommodate three kids, but it could be just what you’re looking for if you have a small family. 

9. Bounceland Jump and Splash Adventure Bounce House

Bounceland Jump and Splash Adventure Bounce House

Price: Around $300

Capacity: 3 kids

Dimensions:  11.5 x 9 x 6 feet

Age Range: 3 to 10

Maximum weight: 300 lbs

Blower Included: Yes

What We Like About It

Though it does have a smaller footprint, this water park does double duty as both an inflatable bounce house and a water slide. The bounce house has a basketball net and is also surrounded by a net so kids won’t tumble out.

The slide comes with a sprayer and leads to a 6.5 by 5-foot wading pool. This water park is also easy to set up and comes with its own repair kit. 

Things to Keep in Mind

The bounce house itself can only fit two children at a time. And because of its smaller size overall, the water park capacity is only three kids. But considering the price, this is a great bounce house for small families or playdates.

10. Intex Rainbow Ring Inflatable Play Center

Intex Rainbow Ring Inflatable Play Center

Price: Around $60

Capacity: 4 kids

Dimensions:  6.4 x 9 .9 x 4.5 feet

Age Range: 2 to 7 years

Maximum weight: 178 lbs

Blower Included: No

What We Like About It

If you have a toddler that you need to keep a close eye on, this smaller and very economical water park makes a great choice.  Despite its scaled-back size, it also has some surprising features, including two wading pools, a small slide and sprayer, and a ring toss and ball game (including the balls and rings). 

Things to Keep in Mind

This water park does not come with a blower, so you’ll have to purchase that separately. And a few clients complained that the rainbow didn’t stand up after a while. Despite those drawbacks, we still think this is a great buy for families with very small children. 

Things to Keep in Mind When Buying an Inflatable Water Slide

Here are a few important factors to consider before buying an inflatable water slide this summer! 

Size

First and foremost, you’ll have to measure the area where you plan to set up the water slide. Be sure to check the slide’s dimensions in the manufacturer’s specifications. And don’t forget about height! That could be important when it comes to surrounding trees or balconies.

Also, keep in mind that you’ll have to break down the water slide at some point too. So make sure you have enough space to store it. 

Blowers

These inflatable water parks require a powerful blower to inflate them and keep them at the proper pressure. In fact, the blower has to run the entire time the slide is being used to avoid dangerous collapses.

Many slides include their own blower, which can inflate the slide in just minutes, but be sure to check. If the blower is not included, you’ll definitely need to purchase one that is compatible with the model you choose. 

Materials

Be sure your water slide is constructed of quality materials to avoid tears and punctures. PVC and chemical grade nylon are two of the most durable options. 

Construction is also important for the longevity of slides, so look for things like double layers and extra stitching.

Safety First

Water slides are all about fun in the sun, but you also want to keep your children safe. First, be sure to pay attention to the manufacturer’s guidelines on the maximum number of occupants and weight limits of the slide.

Different slides are also made for different demographics, so be sure the water park you choose is age-appropriate. 

And, of course, never leave your children unattended while they’re using the water park. Also, make sure to set clear rules in the beginning about your inflatable splash pool.

Splish Splash, They’ll Be Taking a Bath

There’s no doubt that inflatable water slides are a pretty good initial investment, but they also have some great advantages. First, they’re a fun way for your kids to cool off and get some exercise. And secondly, they’ll actually save you a few bucks on water adventure parks and trips to crowded public pools. (Not to mention they’re a lot more entertaining than your average kiddie pool!)

Though it may be tempting to go for a cheaper model, keep in mind that you generally get what you pay for. Be sure the water park you choose is constructed from quality materials to avoid tears and punctures. 

And also, pay close attention to its size and recommended weight and age limits to ensure it’s appropriate for your home and family. From blow-up water slides to bounce house water slides, these are all a step up from your standard backyard slip n slide or small kiddie inflatable pool.

The right backyard water park will give your kids hours of entertainment. But as we mentioned before, always be sure to supervise your tikes while they’re splish-splashing around. Here’s wishing you a happy and cool summer with your little ones!

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The 10 Best Inflatable Slides For Kids:

  1. Blast Zone Pirate Bay Inflatable Water Park
  2. Bestway Hurricane Tunnel Blast Inflatable Water Park
  3. Costzon Inflatable Water Slide
  4. WELLFUNTIME Inflatable Water Slide Park
  5. Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Slide Bouncer
  6. BOUNTECH Inflatable Water Slide 
  7. SUNNY & FUN Ultra Climber Inflatable Water Slide Park
  8. Little Tikes Slam ‘n Curve Slide
  9. Bounceland Jump and Splash Adventure Bounce House
  10. Intex Rainbow Ring Inflatable Play Center

Sherry De Alba

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