Best garden sprinklers for kids: guaranteed to give them a fun-filled summer

We’ve found the best garden sprinklers for kids. And we won’t tell anyone if you want to pop on your cossie and join in...

Best garden sprinklers for kids
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If you've got children, then the best garden sprinklers for kids should be at the top of your shopping list. They provide hours of entertainment and are the perfect way to cool the family down on a hot day. These bad boys are all about wet and wild play, rather than anything as boring as watering your lawn or beds (although you can guarantee your garden will get drenched in the process!). 

A normal sprinkler isn’t a patch on these six models, which are all designed especially for kids with loads of different jets and features to ensure they get well and truly soaked. A quick word of warning, please don’t use them if there’s a hosepipe ban in place. And make sure little ones wear beach shoes when they play to prevent them slipping over.

If you’re looking for more ideas, check out our garden games buying guide, or check out our favourite water play table or the best outdoor toys for toddlers.

The best garden sprinkler for kids

Bestway Kids Inflatable Limber Limbo Sprinkler

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1. Bestway Kids Inflatable Limber Limbo Sprinkler

Best sprinkler for kids (and adults): challenge your limbo skills and get soaked in the process

Specifications
Material: Vinyl
Measurements: H175xD71xW150cm
Recommended age range: 3+
Reasons to buy
+Fun for all the family+Stable, water-filled based+Adjustable limbo bar+Comes with repair patch
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn't spray water around as much as some garden sprinklers for kids

Want a sprinkler the whole family will enjoy playing with? You can't go wrong with this giant limbo set. It's the perfect choice for garden parties.

What does it do?

Attach a hosepipe and the base chambers will fill with water to keep your giant limbo secure. A built-in sprinkler will then drench whoever is trying to see how low they can go. The limbo has four difficulty levels, making it suitable for children and adults alike.

Longevity

This is made from durable vinyl and comes with a heavy-duty repair patch. We love how small it packs down between uses. Just make sure you dry it out before stashing away and it'll last for years.

Buy the Bestway Kids Inflatable Limber Limbo Sprinkler

Intex Friendly Caterpillar Sprayer

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2. Intex Friendly Caterpillar Sprayer

Best sprinkler for kids who aren't so water confident: this sprinkler has less spray than the others so is perfect for kids who don't love getting drenched

Specifications
Material: Plastic
Measurements: W18xD17xH27cm
Recommended age: 1+
Reasons to buy
+Less extreme than some sprinklers+Fun and friendly design+Water sprays in all directions+Good quality
Reasons to avoid
-Won't drench older kids enough

Lots of kids have a phobia of getting their heads wet, so ease them in to water play with this friendly caterpillar. Because the leg tubes are narrow, the water doesn't shoot out as much as on some other sprinklers.

What does it do?

Plug in your hose and watch the caterpillar spin around as water sprays out of its legs. Turn the tap up or down to control the speed of spin and intensity of the jets.

Longevity

This garden sprinkler comes from a reliable brand and is built to last. Unlike some of the other models, it has a solid plastic body, which can't puncture. Will last until they lose interest in it.

Buy the Intex Friendly Caterpillar Sprayer

Fotsoy Sprinkle and Splash Water Play Mat

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3. Fotsoy Sprinkle and Splash Water Play Mat

Best garden sprinkler for group play: up to four kids can easily play with this sprinkler mat at the same time

Specifications
Material: PVC
Measurements: Dia.170cm
Recommended age range: With adult supervision
Reasons to buy
+Can be used by lots of children at once+Eye-catching colours+Easy to use+Folds down easily for storage
Reasons to avoid
-Needs good water pressure for high jets

If you want a garden sprinkler that promises hours of entertainment with minimal effort, then this is the perfect choice.

What does it do?

Simply plug your hose into the side of the mat, the edge of the mat will fill with water and then the sprinkler jets will begin to spray. The mat itself has a fun underwater theme and kids will love running across it and seeing who is brave enough to sit in the middle for the longest.

Longevity

This play sprinkler has lots of positive reviews, with parents saying it entertains children up to the age of 12. If you let it dry out before storing, it will last for summers to come.

Fotsoy Sprinkle and Splash Water Play Mat

Banzai Aqua Splash Garden Sprinkler Ball Toy

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4. Banzai Aqua Splash Garden Sprinkler Ball Toy

Best garden sprinkler for sports fans: bat the giant ball around and avoid the jets of water

Specifications
Material: Plastic
Measurements: Dia.46cm
Recommended age: 3+
Reasons to buy
+Can be used by multiple children+Easy to set up+Eye-catching colours+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Made of cheaper plastic than some play sprinklers

Looking for an affordable garden sprinkler for kids? This giant beach ball sprays out water in all directions and costs less than £15. Bargain.

What does it do?

Attach your garden hose to the base of the inflatable ball and water will spray out in all directions. Your little ones can then bat it around between them.

Longevity

This sprinkler is at the cheaper end of the market and isn't as durable as some. It'll provide great fun for a couple of summers but the hose attachment is likely to come loose after heavy play sessions.

Buy the Banzai Aqua Splash Garden Sprinkler Ball Toy

Bestway Kids Pineapple Water Sprinkler

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5. Bestway Kids Pineapple Water Sprinkler

Best garden sprinkler for younger kids: run under the water jets and toss the ring onto the pineapple

Specifications
Material: Vinyl
Measurements: H82.5xW40.6xD77.5cm.
Recommended age: 2-5 years
Reasons to buy
+Fun pineapple design+Cheapest of the bunch+Includes a ring toss game+Water chamber at the bottom for stability
Reasons to avoid
-Having only one ring for the tossing game can lead to squabbles

Pineapple accessories have been on-trend for the home for yonks now, so it's time to get your garden in on the action. This fun sprinkler is aimed at younger kids.

What does it do?

As well as water shooting out of the top when you attach your garden hose, this also has a built-in ring-toss game to help your little ones improve their hand-eye coordination. The base fills with water for added stability.

Longevity

This is the cheapest garden sprinkler for kids on the list so don't go expecting it to last them through to graduation. It'll last a summer or two but the plastic isn't as durable as some of the others.

Buy the Bestway Kids Pineapple Water Sprinkler 

Bestway H2OGO Single Slide

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6. Bestway H2OGO Single Slide

Best multi-purpose garden sprinkler for kids: launch yourself down the slide, jump over the jets or simply run across it to get wet

Specifications
Material: Vinyl
Measurements: L488cm
Recommended age: 3+
Reasons to buy
+Fun for all ages+More than just a sprinkler+Minimal assembly+Fold down for easy storage
Reasons to avoid
-Needs quite a large garden

If you don't see this sprinkler slide and want to launch yourself down it then you're either a) pregnant or b) needing to reconnect with your inner kid. We love that it’s super easy to set up – just connect a garden hose and start sliding. 

What does it do?

Plug your hose into the slide, wait for it to get wet and then launch yourself along the ground on your belly. You'll career through the built-in sprinklers and end up in the mini drench pool, which is inflatable for a cushioned landing. Once they're fed up of sliding, your kids can play at jumping over the jets, instead.

Longevity

At less than £20 this is great value for money. Make sure you let it dry out properly before storing it away and it should last a few summers.

Buy the Bestway H2OGO Single Slide

How to buy the best garden sprinkler for kids

Okay, so you could just pop on your standard garden sprinkler and let the kids run around in it, but these models are far more fun. Choose a garden sprinkler for kids that does more than just shoot jets of water up in the air. We love sprinklers that double up as games for all the family to enjoy.

How long will it last?

Kids grow up fast, so consider whether the sprinkler you choose will still interest them next summer. The best models have games that will appeal to their competitive side. As a rule, the more you spend, the better the quality of the plastic, and the longer it'll last.

Maintenance

The sprinklers will need rinsing down to get rid of any stuck-on grass or leaves after every play. Make sure you leave them to dry out thoroughly before you pack them away for winter to stop the plastic from splitting.

What is the best outdoor sprinkler for kids?

If you're in need of a quick recap, we’d recommend the Bestway Kids Inflatable Limber Limbo Sprinkler as the best garden sprinkler for kids. It's suitable for the whole family and the limbo game is great fun. When you're not playing limbo, simply set it up and let the kids run underneath it and get soaked. We love that the base fills with water to keep it stable and it's made from durable vinyl that will last for years.

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