Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Backyard Waterslide

Turn your backyard into a wet racing lane for hours of fun.

Backyard waterslide
One of the most important features of any backyard slide is it delivers enough water for bodies to slide.Kelly Sikkema

With a backyard waterslide, starting a party is as easy as turning on a garden hose. Modern versions made with heavy PVC plastic resists tears and holes far better than the old thin plastic drop cloths of yesteryear. And with integrated water channels that keep the slide greased up, a modern backyard water slide is a carefree way to keep the kids occupied (and exercising) for hours. Think about these three things to make the best choice.

Wow World of Watersports Super Slide
The 8-inch tall inflatable sidewalls on this ride help prevent bodies from skidding off.WOW Sports

You can’t slide and glide without a super-slick, wet surface. Check to see how a water slide delivers the aqua. Some have perforated channels that run down the middle of the slide, while others rely on perforated tubes along the sides, and even slides with arcing cascades of water down the ride. Each method works well as long as it delivers plenty of water from top to bottom.

Banzai Triple Racer 16 Ft Water Slide-with 3 bodyboards included
This awesome ride has three racing lanes.Banzai

Many slides incorporate a small pool of water or an inflatable “crash pad” at the bottom of the slide. While it’s fun to end the ride with a splash, a crash pad can help prevent kids from tumbling off the bottom of the slide.

TEAM MAGNUS Slip and Slide XL - Inflatable Crash pad and Central Spray Channel for Races
This backyard ride comes with hard-plastic stakes to keep it all in place.TEAM MAGNUS

You can ride just about any backyard water slide by launching yourself on your back or stomach. Some backyard water slide manufacturers include bodyboards to help cushion the ride.