An inflatable water slide brings all the beneficial fun of water play to your backyard, but making sure you choose the right one is key – like all inflatables, the quality of some drastically outweighs that of others. There’s a lot of options on the market, which can leave you scrambling to compare features and find out which picks are actually good. We’ve saved you a little time by looking over the 10 best inflatable water slides to buy in 2019 to offer you some insight.

Our Top Picks

Little Tikes Slam 'n Curve Slide

Best Overall

Little Tikes Slam 'n Curve Slide

Blast Zone Tropical Splash Compact

Best Budget Buy

Blast Zone Tropical Splash

How to Pick the Best Inflatable Water Slides

1. Recommended Age

Whenever you’re buying clothes, gear or toys for kids, it’s important to look at the recommended age range. This is especially important when you’re buying toys that feature water – it’s very dangerous for children who are too young to be in water of an unsafe depth, and they shouldn’t necessarily play in the same splash pools as big kids. Take a look at the recommended age range to make sure the slide’s safe for everyone you’re intending to use it.

2. Size

Inflatable water slides are a pretty broad categorization, and as such, the size of the products listed here varies widely. Not everyone has a massive backyard with room to spread out, so if you’ve got limited space or need to confine water play to one outdoor area, make sure to note the dimensions of a product to make sure it will fit safely and comfortably into your outdoor space.

3. Weight Limit

All inflatables that kids play on have a weight limit in order to keep them safe. The materials that inflatables are made of can only withstand so much, so it’s important that you choose a weight limit that’s appropriate for the child or children who’ll be playing on it. Slides that are okay for multiple kids tend to have a significantly higher weight limit than those that are only suitable for one user.

4. Style

Again, as water slides are a broad categorization, we have a few different kinds here. There are single slides, double slides and slide parks – the latter two are generally safe for multiple children, but some can accommodate more than others(see weight limit). Your space confines and the number of kids that will be playing are two factors that might encourage you to focus on style when making your pick.

5. Colors

Bright, fun colors make outdoor toys even more exciting, and some on this list are more colorful than others. If your kids have favorite shades or you’re simply looking to coordinate with their other outdoor stuff(once you have enough non-thematic stuff, it kind of starts to look like a yard sale), it can be pertinent to know what colors a product features.

6. Multi-Kid Friendly

Weight limit, size and style all combine to create this factor that’s extremely important to parents with multiple kids. For the sake of ease, we’ve quantified this into three possible options – no, somewhat and yes. Slides that are somewhat multi kid friendly are generally good for two smaller children, but will no longer be suitable as they grow. Slides that are multi kid friendly have higher weight limits that can accommodate more than two small children, or two growing children.

The Winners

#1

Little Tikes Slam 'n Curve Slide

Best Overall

A great solo slide that has plenty of capacity for taking turns, the Little Tikes Slam ‘n Curve Slide features a 350 lb weight limit as well as a climbing “rock” wall, spacious splash pool and fun mini basketball hoop tucked into just the right spot – kids in the pool can play while leaving space for others to use the slide. Kids can enjoy this toy on their own or with friends, and like all LT products, it’s sturdy, easily stored and comes with a repair kit.

Recommended Age: 5 – 10 years
Size: 85 x 71 x 46 inches
Weight Limit: 350 lbs
Style: Single slide
Colors: Blue, green, yellow, purple accent
Multi-Kid Friendly: Yes

#2

Blast Zone Pirate Bay

Upgrade Choice

With inflation that takes less than two minutes, the Blast Zone Pirate Bay is a huge and way fun pirate themed slide park that features a climbing wall to allow kids to reach the top slide, letting them slide down into the generously sized wave pool featuring sprinkler cannons. A separated area acts as a mini trampoline with safe side netting, letting kids bounce safely for both exercise and fun. The netting is soft to prevent any abrasion in the event of a fall, and the slide height is very safe while remaining fun.

Recommended Age: 3+
Size: 20 x 12 x 8 feet
Weight Limit: 100 lbs
Style: Slide park
Colors: Blue and orange
Multi-Kid Friendly: Yes

#3

Blast Zone Tropical Splash

Best Budget Buy

The Blast Zone Tropical Splash is a small single kid slide with a weight limit that will accommodate kids up to about age 10, this inexpensive pick is great if you only have one little or are working with limited outdoor space. There’s not tons of features, but there’s a top sprinkler, an easy to climb rear wall and a small splash pool at the bottom for cooling off and playing. It’s a sturdy buy that holds up and can be transported easily in an enclosed carrying case or stored safely when not in use.

Recommended Age: 3+
Size: 12.5 x 12.5 x 5.5 feet
Weight Limit: 75 lbs
Style: Single slide
Colors: Blue, green, orange, grey
Multi-Kid Friendly: No

#4

Intex Play Center Water Slide

Best Inflatable Water Slide For Pool

The ideal pick for poolside, the Intex Play Center Water Slide  features no wading pool but is designed to work with an in ground pool. Pack it up and take it along to the pool or on vacation, or if you’re lucky enough to have your own in-ground, enjoy it in red or blue(whichever one better matches your outdoor furniture). A garden hose attaches easily to activate sprinklers which wet the slide’s surface, and the 176 lb weight limit means it’s safe for some adults, too. It could technically accommodate multiple kids, but it’s not indicated for it, so be cautious.

Recommended Age: 5+
Size: 131 x 81 x 46 inches
Weight Limit: 176 lbs
Style: Single slide
Colors: Blue/white or Red/white
Multi-Kid Friendly: Somewhat

#5

Bounceland Double Water Slide

Best double inflatable water slide

The unique purple and green color scheme seen here defies the generally dominant blue scheme seen in water inflatables. The Bounceland Double Water Slide is great for two kids and can accommodate up to 100 lbs, which is perfect for younger kids, but users should be careful as they approach the maximum age of 10. The toy inflates in under a minute, making it easy to set up and take down. A small splash pool at the bottom is a good space to relax on hot days, and the puncture proof materials keep the sturdy inflatable good to go.

Recommended Age: 3 – 10 years
Size: 20 x 7 x 8.5 feet
Weight Limit: 100 lbs
Style: Double slide
Colors: Green and purple, yellow accents
Multi-Kid Friendly: Yes

#6

Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River

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Little Tikes is a trusted manufacturer of play on toys for kids, and they don’t disappoint with the Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River. This huge, fun slide park with a weight limit of 350 lbs, one of the highest on our list. The park features two slides with top sprinklers, a bottom splash pool, a climbing “rock” wall and a dump bucket at the top to soak climbers. It accommodates a maximum of 4 kids with a frustration free setup, and includes a storage bag for safety when not in use.

Recommended Age: 5 – 10 years
Size: 161 x 169 x 103 inches
Weight Limit: 350 lbs
Style: Slide park
Colors: Blue, green, yellow
Multi-Kid Friendly: Yes

#7

BANZAI Sidewinder Falls

There’s lots of features on this large slide park, BANZAI Sidewinder Falls inflates in about three minutes. The Duratech materials keep the toy safe from puncture damage, and it features a storage bag to provide additional safety when not in use. Kids can climb to the large slide on top or play on the small one at the bottom, enjoying a decent sized splash pool and cannons for even more fun. The 200 lb weight limit is more generous than some slide parks listed here, but not as generous as others.

Recommended Age: 5+
Size: 15 x 16.1 x 10.5 feet
Weight Limit: 200 lbs
Style: Slide park
Colors: Blue, green, orange
Multi-Kid Friendly: Yes

#8

Intex Surf 'N Slide

A super safe inflatable play pick for younger users, the Intex Surf ‘N Slide features a short, easy climb ladder with a long slide rather than a steep one and a small splash pool at the end. It features a 176 lb weight limit, so it’s suitable for some adults – if they’re scared to start out, mom or dad may be able to go down with them the first few times. Even though this toy can accommodate older kids, they probably wouldn’t be as excited about it as some other picks here because it’s low to the ground and fairly simple, but there are two surf riders included that can be used at the pool or on vacation and enjoyed by the older set.

Recommended Age: 3+
Size: 174 x 66 x 64 inches
Weight Limit: 176 lbs
Style: Single slide
Colors: Blue and white with splash pattern
Multi-Kid Friendly: Somewhat

#9

Bounceland Water Slide with Pool

A great pick for 2 -3 younger kids, the Bounceland Water Slide with Pool features 2 slides, a tunnel and a large splash pool with plenty of room for kids to go town the slide safely(smaller ones can lead to collisions with oncoming kids – it’s not usually dangerous, but some tolerate it better than others). The park is made with puncture proof materials and inflates in under a minute with a long blower tube that allows the toy to be inflated from a distance if a power source isn’t nearby.

Recommended Age: 3+
Size: 16.5 x 16.5 x 7 feet
Weight Limit: 100 lbs
Style: Slide park
Colors: Blue, orange, green
Multi-Kid Friendly: Yes

#10

Sunny & Fun Deluxe Water Slide Park

The Sunny & Fun Deluxe Water Slide Park is a gargantuan slide park that offers many opportunities for fun, including a big climbing wall that’s perfect for multiple kids. The weight limit of 350 makes it one of the best on our list in that department, and it’s great for a party – no more expensive rentals. Made of puncture resistant materials, it features two slides, a splash pool, a climbing wall and top and bottom sprinklers as well as a “surprise” shower at the top. It includes a carrying case and is compact when deflated, so it’s great to bring to family reunions, a beach house rental or other trips where you’ll have some room to spread out.

Recommended Age: 3+
Size: 13.1 x 11.2 x 7.9 feet
Weight Limit: 350 lbs
Style: Slide park
Colors: Blue, green, red
Multi-Kid Friendly: Yes

FAQs: All you need to know

Q Why is an inflatable water slide a good toy pick for kids?

A Both outdoor play and water play are beneficial to children as they provide essential sensory and skill development opportunities. They also encourage cooperative play with friends during physical exercise, good for both the body and mind. If you don’t live anywhere near a pool, lake or ocean, it’s a great way for your kiddo to get in on the outdoor water fun.

Q How do I select the best inflatable water slide for my child or children?

A The right slide for your family depends on your needs! As a baseline, it should be durable and safe. It should have a weight limit that is sufficient for the children that’ll be playing on it as well as an age range that accommodates all of them. It should be of a size that can fit safely into your outdoor space, and it should have an appearance you find pleasing. If you’ve checked all those boxes, you’ve got the right pick for you.

Q What are some features I should look for in my inflatable water slide?

A Look for something that’s noted as durable, as weak inflatables can be both disappointing and dangerous. As far as fun features, kids absolutely love the sprinklers and cannons that are included on some models. Look for features that are unique – one of the slide parks on our list features a central play “rock” climbing wall.

DIY, Craft and Décor: Ideas for INFLATABLE WATER SLIDES lovers

DIY HOMEMADE WATER WALL

Kids who are too little to safely use a water slide will love getting in on the water play action with this DIY water wall from Little Bins for Little Hands – it’s also a fantastic STEM project that older siblings can help build(plus a great way to teach cause and effect).

heap and easy diy water slide

If you’re feeling creative, this twist on an old fashioned slip and slide by Jackie at Happy Hooligans is a fun “water slide” that’s super easy to clean up and makes use of items it’s likely you already have on hand.

DIY Water Blob: Tutorial

Want a water based DIY that will end with the kids completely dry? Check out this very cool and customizable water blob tutorial by Bobbie at Clumsy Crafter – it would be super cool in aqua, and like Bobbie suggests, full of glitter!

Quick Decision

Little Tikes Slam ‘n Curve Slide– Best Overall
There’s a lot of room to spread out and the b-ball hoop is really unique and fun

Blast Zone Pirate Bay – Upgrade Choice
The pirate theme and safety features are great, and the mini trampoline is unique to this park

Blast Zone Tropical Splash – Best Budget Buy
It’s a single kid slide that’s inexpensive and perfect if you have limited outdoor space

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