The 10 Best paddling pools
Most of us spent idyllic childhood summers splashing about in the family paddling pool. Here are the best modern versions...
Monday 29 July 2013
With a 10ft diameter, this sturdy inflatable pool is big enough for mum and dad to join in the fun. It may take longer to inflate and fill than a smaller option, but it’s worth the effort for children who want a proper swim, and can be left up for longer too. Comes with a filter pump and protective cover.
Children can take their imagination for a ride in this small racing-car pool complete with a steering wheel and – more importantly on sunny days – a sun shade. If you have room indoors, use it as a ball pool come winter.
A shallow paddling pool with a water-spraying rim is perfect for fun and games in the garden. It comes with a ball-toss game, six plastic play balls, a rainbow shade and a repair patch.
Turn the back garden into a (miniature) water park with this action-packed slide. It comes with two boogie boards to add an element of competition to proceedings, and wider models made for three are also available.
Always fancied your own Jacuzzi? This is the pool for you. It comes with a pump to turn boring old water into a bubbling whirlpool. The only downside? It doesn’t heat the water, so your spa session is likely to be rather invigorating.
Designed for hot dogs, this hard- wearing pool will cool your pet down on unbearably sweltering days. If you’ve ever seen what a dog’s claws can do to an inflatable pool, you’ll agree a dog-proof design is a smart plan (although a cheaper option is a rigid plastic pool).
No ordinary pool! This large circular inflatable has 3D effects on its inner side and comes with two pairs of 3D-enabled goggles so that children can discover a new world underneath the water. Nine feet of swimming space means that it’s also great for those who want to practice a few strokes.
Quick to inflate and deflate and with a fun animal design, this is a simple single-ring paddling pool for young children with a fun twist – push the elephant’s trunk and watch it squirt!
A classic design, this style of pool-meets-sandpit has kept tots occupied for decades. Dinky enough to fit on the most modest of patios, it folds shut when not in use. Get your pre-orders in now, it’s back in stock on Thursday.
OK, so it is a bit of a monster, but who wouldn’t like a splash in Intex’s pool on a hot day? It’s a whopping 16ft 8in x 49in and comes with a ladder, ground cloth, pool cover and a maintenance kit with surface skimmer and DVD. Last one in’s a rotten egg!
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