Once you have a pool in your yard, it can be hard to know where to go next. Most people want to add some toys or add a hot tub to create that balance between the hot and cold, but we are here to tell you that the one thing you need is a pool slide for your home. If you want to add some fun to your pool, and your backyard, then a backyard pool slide is the way to go.

The best pool slides can add hours of fun to your pool for your friends and your family, and the great news is that they are becoming more and more accessible. There are a variety of sizes and a variety of prices. We have compiled all the information you will ever need to choose the best pool slide for your backyard pool. All you have to do is choose one.

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How To Choose The Best Pool Slide – Buying Guide

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Space

A large slide will have a large footprint, but it does not mean that they will necessarily have a larger footprint than a smaller slide. When you are looking at your options for the best home pool slide, one thing you will have to think about is how much space you have for your slide. It generally follows that a larger pool will have more space around it, but that is not always the case. The footprint of the slide will depend on two things. If the slide is straight, then the angle of the slide will determine the length of the footprint. If the slide is curved, then the angle of the curves will decide the footprint.

For the smallest footprints, you will be looking at slides which curve, especially those which curve in circles. Lots of modern pool slides come with full 360-degree curves in them, and that can save you a lot of space while bringing excitement to whoever is riding down them. If you have a little more space, then you can opt for a slide which has a smaller curve and does not loop around in a circle. For those who have a lot of space, you can choose a slide which is completely straight and generates the most speed.

Most manufacturers will provide the measurement of the slide’s footprint so that you can plan whether or not the pool slide will fit into your usable space.

Water supply

An important thing to think about when you are buying a pool slide is adding some water to it. Pool slide can be used without water, but as skin is covered in water, and swimsuits become wet, they can cause friction on a plastic slide. This friction can inhibit the speed of the user and detract from the fun of the slide. We would recommend adding a water supply to your pool slide where you can.

It is an additional cost to think about, but now which we think is worth it. At its very cheapest, you could hook up a garden hose to the top of a slide and have the water run down the slide. You can also find slides which hook up to a water supply and may need professional installation. A slide which can hook up to the pump of the pool is recommended so you are not constantly adding water to the pool, which, in time, will begin to overflow.

Safety

Safety is paramount whenever you are near water, and before anyone uses your pool slide, you should make sure that they know how to swim or that there is someone capable there with them. The first step in ensuring that your pool slide is safe is to install the pool slide correctly. We talk about installation a little more in a later section, but you should always follow the installation instructions exactly when you are installing the slide, or call in a professional if you are ever unsure.

Many pool slides come with inbuilt safety features, and one thing you can look for before you buy a slide is that the slide is CPSC complaint. If it is, then it means that the slide has undergone rigorous testing and stress tests before being allowed on the market.

If the pool slide is to be used by young children, or people who are not sure-footed, then you may want to look for steps which have a larger tread. You could also look for handrails on the stairs. For the flume, high walls will ensure that people do not come off one of the sides if their speed gets too much. For very small children, you can opt for stairs which are completely enclosed.

You should also look at the water safety envelope. This will tell you the required depth you need for your pool slide. This will vary from pool slide to pool slide. You will also need to make sure that the pool slide has an adequate overhand at the side of the pool.

Size

When you are buying a pool slide a lot of the decision will rest on the size of the slide you want. A bigger slide will cost you more money, while a smaller slide will cost you less. The size will mainly depend on what you are looking for in a slide. If you have infant children, then you are not going to want to buy the biggest and fastest slide on the market. Instead, you want a slide which matches the age of the user. The same is true if you have older kids. Teenagers are not going to want to slide down a small inflatable slide into your inflatable pool.

When you are buying your slide, you should tailor it to the size of the users, and we would recommend buying a slide on the bigger side. If your child is not big enough to use a larger slide by themselves, then the chances are that they are not a good enough swimmer to be in the pool by themselves. This means that you can help them down the slide or place them halfway up it to slide down. As they grow, they will be able to use the slide more and more without becoming bored of it.

The other thing which will affect the size of your slide will be the size of your pool. You do not want to have the longest slide possible and for it to end in your tiny circular kid’s pool. A longer slide will generate more speed, and that means that the rider will go deeper into the water. A big slide which goes into shallow water can pose a hazard to the user of it. You should also look at the weight capacity of the slide and make sure that it can handle adults if adults are going to be using it.

Material and Surface

Pool slides are made from a variety of materials, and, as always, we would recommend spending a little more to get higher-quality materials. The better the material, the longer the slide will last. Slides take a lot of punishment, and spending a little more when you buy your slide will often save you money. Better quality materials will also make the slide more fun, with less friction and less drag. The materials we recommend are fiberglass gelcoat and rotationally-molded polyethylene. These two materials are durable and hard-wearing while generating minimal amounts of friction as you slide down them. They are also chemical resistant (and we know that pools can have a lot of chemicals in them), and rust resistant.

If you cannot find a slide with these materials, the look for materials which have coatings to protect them from chemicals, rust, and the UV rays of the sun. You should also be thinking about the color of the slide. White slides will absorb more of the sun’s UV rays and will become hot. On really hot days, a white slide can become uncomfortable to ride down. Choose darker colors to avoid this, and try to match the color to its surroundings. Browns and grays are always popular choices.

Installation

Almost all pool slides can be installed yourself. If you can follow a set of instructions, then you can install a pool slide. The larger the pool slide, the more complicated the installation will be so we would recommend having a few friends round to help you, and if the slide if particularly big or complicated, then you may want to call in a professional to do the installation for you, especially if you have to hook up extra water lines or anything else.

Most slides, even the smaller ones, will need you to drill some holes to attach the slide to. This is the most important part of the process. Taking the time to drill the holes correctly will ensure that your pool slide is secure before anyone uses it. The holes will allow you to place anchors which will keep the pool slide fixed to the ground. Once you have the base of the slide attached to a solid surface, the remainder of the pool slide installation should be a breeze.

The water can also be plumbed yourself if you are confident enough, but depending on where the water is coming from, it may be better to call in a professional, especially if you have to hook the pump up to your pool’s pump system.

FAQs

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Q: Why Get A Pool Slide?

A: It almost seems like an arbitrary question. The real question should be: why would you not get a pool slide? If you have a swimming pool at your home, then the most common addition to that is a pool slide. If you have kids, then it is almost a must, just to see their faces when they go down it, and to keep them out of your hair for longer when you want to relax. Of course, you do not need to have kids at all, or want kids in your pool; a pool slide is a perfect addition for adults too. As much as we do not want to admit it, there is something about a pool slide which brings a smile to all of our faces.

There are many pool accessories, and you may opt for a net to play volleyball with, or some other form of water toy, like a float or a beach ball, but nothing screams fun quite like a pool slide. When it comes to choosing an accessory for your pool, there are many pool slide options. The only choice you have to make is what kind of pool slide you would like. Are you a daredevil? Do you want a fast slide? Do want a small fun slide? Our list has it all.

Q: What Are The Most Common Slide Shapes?

A: The most common type of pool slide is a straight slide. This slide starts up high and angles down into the pool. A taller slide allows you to add more gradient to the slide or to make the slide longer. When you ride this slide, you slide straight from the top and into the pool at the bottom. These slides need a big footprint as a longer slide will mean that you need more space at the side of your pool.

A straight leg slide is similar to a straight slide, but at the bottom, there is a slight curve before the slide hits the water. The curve at the bottom makes the slide more fun, and it is a slide which is enjoyed by smaller children. The curve takes away some of the speed from the rider before they get into the pool, but it also disorientates them a little to create a bigger splash when they get in.

A molded leg slide is similar to a straight leg slide, but the curve is more curved and steeper. The curve at the end can cure to the right or the left. The hight of the slide can also be as high as you want to create more speed and more fun.

An elephant leg slide comes in two varieties. The first is a shape which curves around a central post. If you start at the top, you will complete a loop of two loops before you hit the water. This type of pool slide is not as fast as a straight slide, so it is better for your get kids. The second design can be a straight slide or a curved slide, and the main difference between these slides and this one is that the slide starts steep and flattens out near the end. This slide generates a lot of speed which is usually maintained until you hit the water.

Q: What Do You Put On Pool Slides To Keep Them Slick?

A: Over time the surface of your pool slide may become less slick. There is one surefire way to make the pool slide slicker again, but it will cost you a bit of money. You can buy a kit to refinish the slide or hire a professional to come in and do it for you. The chances are that you are not going to want to do that, and, yes, there are cheaper options. Here are some things which you can try to revitalize your pool slide.

The first thing to do is to make sure that you are taking care of your pool slide. By regularly cleaning your pool slide, you will keep the material in good shape and stop it from wearing as quickly, which will keep your pool slide slicker. Try to clean your pool every week you remember. Use a cleaner which will not damage your slide and a cleaning sponge which is not abrasive. Use a mixture of soap and water to clean down the slide and remove any grime. Make sure to wipe off the soap when you are done and try not to get any in your pool.

Any major cracks in the surface of the pool can slow people down (and let the water though). Use a filler on any cracks and let it dry before you use the slide again. A high-quality polish will keep your pool slide slippery, and you should consult a local pool store for the best type of polish to use, and the tools to apply it with. In a pinch, you can take some wax paper and rub it over the slide. This will increase the slickness, but will only last for a short while.

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Even looking at pictures of pool slides is fun. The top-rate pool slides, like the ones on our list, will bring hours of fun to the kids and the adults in your life. You probably never thought that you would have a pool in your backyard, and you probably never even thought about slides until now, but you can have both, and not only that, you can have one of the best slides out there.

From small inflatable slides to monster ten-foot slides, there is a slide on our list for every person. Use our buying guide to find what you need from a slide, and then choose one of the best slides from our list. The only thing to do after that is to have all the fun in the world.

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I love that you have combined both inflatable and hard shell options to choose from. I wanted a pool slide for my grandchildren but I really don't need it when they are not staying with me so I choose the Swimline Inflatable Super Slide. Thank you for your advice!

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My name is David Hamburg. I am an avid water sports fan who enjoys paddle boarding, surfing, scuba diving, and kite surfing. Anything with a board or chance I can get in the water I love! I am such a big fan I decided to start this website to review all my favorite products and some others. Hope you enjoy!