Whether your kids want a mellow waddle in a few inches of water or an adrenalin-rushed water slide in their own garden, our paddling pool round-up has it covered.
From the Early Learning Centre Ring Pool (£4) to Little Tikes Slam N Curve Inflatable Water Slide (£299), we’ve catered for every budget and we’ve also been sure to include options that are both longstanding classics and brand new offerings for this year.
Sometimes it’s not just the kids that need to cool down on hot summer days. There’s good news here too as the Tesco Family Paddling Pool and Intex Easy Set Swimming Pool are roomy enough for Mum and Dad to get in too.
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10 best paddling pools
10 best paddling pools
1/10 Bestway Basketball Play Pool
The two inflatable basketball hoops and backboards mean children can perfect their ball skills at the same time as keeping cool. It’s wide and the walls have strong enough stability for children to splash and play sports at the same time. £37, littlewoods.com
2/10 Chad Valley Road Paddling Pool
This one will keep kids’ imaginations busy, thanks to the road features, stop sign, traffic lights and inflatable car and other accessories. If it’s raining, it can double up as a ball pit. £19.99, argos.co.uk
3/10 Little Tikes Slam N Curve Inflatable Water Slide
This is so much more than a paddling pool, as you’d hope with the hefty price tag. Kids can paddle about in the water and then scale the “rock” wall to reach the gentle slide. There’s a basketball hoop, too. £299.99, toysrus.co.uk
4/10 Bestway Castle Play Pool
This isn’t just a paddling pool – it’s a castle, complete with a push-button dragon water-sprayer, which you attach to a garden hose, and a water slide. There’s a repair patch if it gets damaged, but it’s pretty durable so you shouldn’t need it. £41.79, amazon.co.uk
5/10 Early Learning Centre Racer Pool
Little ones can splash, steer and pretend to drive in this racing-car-shaped pool, which also has a really handy sunshade. If it’s a bit chilly or there’s a hosepipe ban, you can fill it with six bags of Early Learning Centre playballs instead. £25, elc.co.uk
6/10 Slip N Slide Extreme Whitewater Blast
This back-garden water slide was invented in 1961. But sales are still strong, with original unique features including hydroglide technology and the waterwall, which enable children to start off on the huge inflatable launch ramp and end with a giant splash in the pool. £24.99, amazon.co.uk
7/10 Aqua Active Water Tent
Suitable for children aged four and above, this pop-up fabric paddling pool has an in-built water system that creates a sprinkler effect when you attach it to a standard garden hose. It’s easily foldable, so you can take it to other gardens. Use it indoors as a ball pit in the winter. £22, littlewoods.com
8/10 Early Learning Centre Ring Pool
Strapped for cash? This good-value pool is ideal for babies. There’s plenty of room to splash around in the water and the padded base keeps things comfortable. Young kids will love the bright fish design. £4, elc.co.uk
9/10 Tesco Family Paddling Pool
Kids fighting for space? This pool has plenty of room for all of your brood. The two-ring construction of the durable plastic vinyl is nice and sturdy and there’s an easy-empty drain plug. £15, tesco.com
10/10 Intex Easy Set Swimming Pool
If your children are getting a bit old for paddling pools, this is a great next stage. Parents can sit up and children can enjoy a deeper water experience in their own garden. It’s simple enough to fill with air, then fill with the hose in just 10 minutes. £20.54, amazon.co.uk
The Bestway Basketball Play Pool is a great variation on a theme as you get to do sport and have a paddle at the same time. We also love the Slip N Slide Whitewater Extreme Boogie, which will keep kids giggling for hours on end.
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