Inflatable Water Slide 101: 4 Factors to Consider When Choosing the Perfect Slide

  • May 14, 2024
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Inflatable Water Slide 101

When the warm weather is here to stay, the kids will play!

Keeping the kids entertained and out of the boredom zone is always a challenge in the summertime.

The good news? You can bring the fun to your own backyard and skip the pricey day trips around town thanks to inflatable water slides!

Inflatable water slides (aka: mega water parks) are a fun, affordable recreational item that your kids can enjoy in the comfort of your own backyard – for many years to come.

So, how do you choose the best water slide for your kids?

Here are 4 factors to consider before choosing one for your home:

1. Size of Your Backyard

The size and shape of your backyard is the most important factor to consider. While inflatable slides are generally larger in size, they do come in a variety of lengths, widths and heights, depending on their features.

Since slides need to be set up on flat, grassy areas (read: NEVER concrete) that are free from rocks and sticks, you’ll want to measure the available space you have in your yard.

While your slide should be at least 10 feet away from your house, garage, fence, tree or any other free-standing structure, you’ll still want to keep in mind how far away your garden hose hookup and electrical outlet are from this space, since you’ll need both for setup.

2. Special Features

Once you’ve figured out the size of slide that can fit into your backyard, you’ll want to look into the special features your kids will like.

Bestway inflatable water slides can have features ranging from water spray cannons, climbing walls and water sprayers/sprinklers to bounce houses, basketball hoops (and balls), surprise soak buckets, reusable Sponge Soakers™, multiple slides (for racing friends!), obstacle courses and crawl-through tunnels.

One Bestway® slide even has a shaded canopy area with a cup holder and a Built-in Point ‘n Spray Water Cannon, so parents can relax comfortably (or join in on the fun!) while they watch their kids play.

The best part is – all Bestway slides have a splash pool, so your kids are ready for a splashin’ good time! While every kid is different, you’re sure to find something they love with so many features to choose from!

3. Number of Users

The number of people you intend to entertain at one time is also a factor to consider when picking the right slide. Whether it’s your kids playing by themselves, with their neighborhood friends or for a birthday party celebration, there’s a slide to fit a variety of uses.

Bestway inflatable water slides specify all the important information you need to know as a parent: maximum user weight capacity for the entire slide, individual weight capacity per kid and maximum number of users.

Our largest inflatable water slides can even have up to 9 kids playing at one time – perfect for those fun, outdoor birthday parties!

Note: If you're looking online, please refer to the manual on the item's web page. If you're looking in the store at one of our many retailers, please refer to the packaging side panel.

4. Durability & Setup

Lastly, another very important factor to consider is the durability of the material and ease of setup.

Our inflatable water slides are constructed with a high-quality, durable, double-stitched material, and include stakes to secure the slide to the ground and a heavy-duty blower that inflates the entire slide in less than 2 minutes, so you can feel confident you have everything you need to get the party started!

With all of these tips available to be your guide, if you’re ready to make their summer splashtastic dreams come true, check out our current selection of inflatable water slides (aka: mega water parks).


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