What's the Best Inflatable Water Slide? [May 2019 Update]

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Inflatable water slides are loads of fun, and finding the best inflatable water slide is important.  You want to find one that'll stand up and be durable over time so that you can enjoy it and really get every penny out of it.  And finding the best one will maximize the joy your family and children get out of it.

I'll never forget the first time our neighbors set up their slide in the front yard.  All of the kids from around the neighborhood rushed over and had a blast.  It was one of the first times I realized that at-home inflatables (like inflatable water slides, bounce houses, etc.) were actually affordable and managable.  And let me tell you — my wife and kids are glad we realized it when we did!

The best inflatable water slides are:

1. Blast Zone Hydro Rush Inflatable Water Park -
2. Little Tikes Slam 'n Curve Slide $219.99
3. Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Slide Bouncer $229.88
4. Inflatable Double Water Slide with Splash Pool $359.10
5. Sportspower My First Inflatable Water Slide - Heavy-Duty Outdoor Slide with Water Cannon and Splash Pool - Air Blower Included $129.99

Below I'll walk through all the slides listed above and outline what I like and don't like about each.  And full disclosure — I haven't personally used all of the slides (well, my kids, anyway).  I'll point out which ones I have and haven't used. 

The things I generally look for when determining how to rank the units are durability, affordable price (relative to the quality) and features.  Although to be fair, I tend to favor models with fewer bells and whistles.  Perhaps it's because the number of features and the overall durability are inversely related, perhaps not.  In either case, the preference sometimes shows through. :)

Additional Resources:  What's the Best Bounce House to Buy?
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We've used one of the Little Tikes and one of the Blast Zone units here.  I could tell a lot based on their condition.  And, of course, I had to ask the parents plenty of questions.  Hopefully I didn't bother them.  Just say I did it in the name of science!.

Anyway, here's my detailed breakdown of the best in flatable water slides

The Best Inflatable Water Slides are...

1

Blast Zone Hydro Rush Inflatable Water Park

Blast Zone Hydro Rush Inflatable Water Park The Hydro Rush is a high quality offering from Blast Zone, one of the top brands in the business.   I've said it before, but their warranty and top of the line quality are what set them apart as a brand.  The Hydro Rush is a great first slide for your family, as it doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but it will give you a great introduction to what inflatable water slides are all about.  And with the quality of the unit you'll be able to enjoy it for many years.

Customer Reviews:   See what other customers have said about the Hydro Rush

WHY IT'S #1  To be honest, this unit gets my top ranking almost by default.  It's a basic, entry-level model from a brand that I am really a fan of (awesome quality, outstanding warranty - especially compared to the competition).  On top of that, it gets a ton of positive reviews online.  The vast majority of the reviews are overwhelmingly positive

The good  There are many good things about this model.  The durability and quality are mentioned pretty frequently, along with the light weight and ease of use.  And I think the simplicity is actually a good thing, as too many options can sometimes be overwhelming or unnecessary.

The bad  There aren't a lot of bad things to point out with this model.  If anything, you can probably say it's less entertaining than a bigger unit with a bigger slide and other features, but at the end of the day the lack of those things doesn't make or break this unit..

Blast Zone Hydro Rush Inflatable Water Park

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Blast Zone Hydro Rush Inflatable Water Park

Epic International Open Stock
  • Measures 18'L x 8'H x 11'W
  • Capacity 6 Kids
  • Waterslide and Sprayer incuded
  • Quality Constuction
  • For Ages 3 +
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2

Little Tikes Slam 'n Curve Slide

Little Tikes Slam The Slam 'n Curve slide is my second favorite on my list of best inflatable water slides.  It's a pretty basic model, like the Hydro Rush from Blast Zone, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.  It'll give your kids a chance to get accustomed to inflatable slides without too many distractions, or things to go wrong.  Little Tikes, while not quite as good as Blast Zone in my opinion, is still a solid brand, and is certainly one of the top brands in consumer-grade inflatables.

Customer Reviews:   See what other customers have said about the Slam n' Curve Slide

The Slam N Curve gets my second place vote, like the Blast Zone unit above, because it's a brand that people know an d trust.  And overall, this is one of the most widely available and widely purchased units that I know of.  It really is one of the best inflatable water slides.

The good  First and foremost, the ease of finding this unit is great.  It's sold on Amazon like most others, but you'll also see this unit at Target, Wal Mart and sometimes even places like Home Depot or Lowe's.  On that note, it's also very affordable.

The bad  Theonly real downside to this slide can be its size.  Although it offers a decent amount of space for one kid at a time, it might be hard for other kids to remain pateint enough to be safe while they're using it.  This is one of the units that we've used, and I've seen many impatient kids not waiting until things were clear before going down.  Needless to say that's not something that we want to happen.

Little Tikes Slam 'n Curve Slide

$219.99

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Little Tikes Slam 'n Curve Slide

Little Tikes
  • Challenging inflatable rock wall leads to a slippery slide with a gentle curve at the end for a fun ride into the refreshing, landing pool
  • Designed so parents can see all the action!
  • Fun basketball hoop in splash pool area
  • Stakes anchor the bouncer firmly in place, while a heavy-duty blower provides continuous airflow
  • Built of puncture-resistant material
  • Inside bounce area : 85.00L x 71.00W x 46.0H inches
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3

Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Slide Bouncer

Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Slide Bouncer With its second entry in the top five, Little Tikes comes in with the Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Slide Bouncer.  Overall this is a very popular unit.  It's very similar to both the Slam n' Curve from Little Tikes as well as the Hydro Rush from Blast Zone.  The obvious difference here is that it features two slides rather than one.

Customer Reviews:   See what other customers have said about the Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Slide

WHY IT'S #3  This is the Slam N Curve's bigger cousin.  It's literally a double version of the same slide.  With that said, this unit addresses one of the big problems I have with the Slam N Curve and that is the size / capacity.  With this unit you can have two kids sliding at once, which might not seem like a big diference but it can dramatically change your experience.

The good  There's plenty of good to go around here -- affordable price, large size, accessability (find it online or at a nearby store), and most of all your kids are guaranteed to love it.  Like I mentioned above, the double sliding area is a nice touch that really increases the enjoyment of the unit.

The bad  The real downside with this unit is the materials used.  With an all-nylon construction, this slide won't stand up to use and abuse as well as those made of both nylon and PVC.  And to top it off, the Little Tikes warranty isn't that great, coming in at 90 days (compared to a more typical one or even two yeard with other brands).  In this case I still think it's a pretty solid unit.

Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Slide Bouncer

$229.88

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Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Slide Bouncer

MGA Entertainment
  • Fun outside inflatable water bouncer includes climbing wall, two slides, and splash pool
  • Maximum number of kids is 4 and the maximum combined weight limit is 350 lbs.
  • Internal Box Size: 15.75''L x 28.75''W x 16.25''H (all dimensions are in inches )
  • A surprise dump bucket pours water on kids climbing up the center inflatable rock wall
  • Product Size 161.00L x 169.00 W x 103.00 H
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4

Inflatable Double Water Slide with Splash Pool

Inflatable Double Water Slide with Splash Pool I know what you're thinking.  "Double Water Slide?  What the hell is that?"  And I get it.  The reason I included this one in my list, albeit pretty low down on the list, is because a) it offers a bit of a different twist on what most of the inflatable slides are doing and b) it gets a lot of good reviews, despite being offered by a relatively unknown brand.  

Customer Reviews:   See what other customers have said about the Double Water Slide

WHY IT'S #4  You might think fourth is pretty high for a relatively unknown brand, but with a limited pool of competition and plenty of online reviews to back up their products, fourth is a perfect place for them to settle in.

The good  The price and the number of positive online reviews are the main selling points for this bouncer.  The brand is unknown but if you believe verified reviews on Amazon then that'll probably be all the assurance you need to buy this unit in peace.

The bad  The lack of a brand is a big red flag here.  That said, I personally believe in the verified reviews, and so I wouldn't hesitate to buy this unit.  I also believe in Amazon's return policy, however, and have used it liberally in the past.  Sure, it'll be pretty tough to swallow the shipping costs to return a larger item like this, but compared to the cost of the unit itself it's not so bad.

Inflatable Double Water Slide with Splash Pool

$359.10

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Inflatable Double Water Slide with Splash Pool

Bounceland
  • Inflated size 20'L x 7'W x 8.5'H
  • Features a climbing wall, 7.9"-9" splash pool, and dual slides with extra sliding surface
  • Heavy-duty puncture proof materials with double to quadruple stitches
  • Powered by strong UL blower (included).For U.S market 120V only
  • Easy set up and take down; inflates in less than a minute.
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5

Sportspower My First Inflatable Water Slide - Heavy-Duty Outdoor Slide with Water Cannon and Splash Pool - Air Blower Included

Sportspower My First Inflatable Water Slide - Heavy-Duty Outdoor Slide with Water Cannon and Splash Pool - Air Blower Included Rounding out the list, I've included another obscure brand with the Sportspower My First Inflatable Water Slide.  My first?  Are you kidding me?  This is a pretty advanced unit to be your first, but it's perfect to make my list of best inflatable water slides.

Customer Reviews:   See what other customers have said about the My First Inflatable Water Slide

WHY IT'S #5  As a unit from Sportspower, I was pretty skeptical of this slide.  But after reading the reviews I was convinced.  Plus it's substantially bigger than the other models I've listed here.

The good  It's a larger unit with a good sized slide.  It also has a cannon which can add a lot to the enjoyment your kids will get out of this particular model..

The bad  There's not much to say here that I didn't already say about the Double Water Slide above.  An unknown brand is the real risk here, although with the assurance of reviews and a solid return policy you can reat easy knowing that you'll, in all odds, end up with a perfectly fine unit.

Sportspower My First Inflatable Water Slide - Heavy-Duty Outdoor Slide with Water Cannon and Splash Pool - Air Blower Included

$129.99

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Sportspower My First Inflatable Water Slide - Heavy-Duty Outdoor Slide with Water Cannon and Splash Pool - Air Blower Included

Sportspower
  • OUTDOOR FUN: Kids inflatable outdoor water slide with 1 slide, 1 water cannon, and 1 splash pool
  • EASY SET UP: Air blower inflates in less than 2 minutes and has a ground fault circuit interrupter (gfci) in case it gets splashed by water
  • HEAVY DUTY: Constructed of durable, puncture-resistant polyester with PVC coating for added strength and toughness
  • SAFETY FIRST: Meets or exceeds ASTM safety standards and includes an anchoring set for increased stability
  • DIMENSIONS: Ideal for medium to large backyards; Measures 186"L x 80.4"W x 84"H; Maximum weight limit: 100 pounds total
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In Conclusion...

Finding the best inflatable water slide for your family can be a difficult task, but if you take your time and do the proper research, you'll find that it's well worth the effort that you put into it.  If you do it right you'll end up with an awesome source of entertainment that your kids will be able to enjoy for years.

Additional Resources:  Check out our guide to the best bounce house brands
Additional Resources:  See the bounce house buying guide for more reviews

With that said, I enjoyed putting this guide together and I hope that it helps lead you to that perfect inflatable water slide for you and your family.  Reach out in the comments if you have any questions, and check out some of my other articles for more info on inflatables and bounce houses.

Hold On!  Which is the Best Inflatable Water Slide for Adults?

That's a great question.  The truth is, when it comes to finding any inflatable that'll work for adults, you're automatically getting into the commercial-grade territory.  And when you talk about getting into commercial grade units, you're looking to spend probably $1000+ on a unit.

If you are really interested in finding the best inflatable water slide for adults I do have a few recommendations but these are pretty loose recommendations to be fully honest.  I've only found a handful of units online, none of them are very thoroughly reviewed, and none of them come from any of the top commercial inflatable brands that I know of.

UPDATE:  I'm currently working on the list.  Actually, I'm working on an ehnancement to my site that'll let me properly import some information about the commercial grade slides, but in any case I'm working on compiling the list as soon as I can and will update the site once the list is done.  Thanks for your patience.

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