Pool slides are a great way to boost the fun and excitement of your swimming pool. Read on for a detailed look at the best pool slides for every budget and pool.
Let’s just come right out and say it: pool slides are a blast!
You climb up the ladder, feeling the anticipation beating in your chest, give yourself a little countdown, hurl yourself down the flume, wind blasting by your ears before launching into space.
Slides are an excellent addition to your swimming pool, for both adults and children.
Whether you are looking for a slide for an above-ground swimming pool, something that is on the budget-friendly side, or you want a corkscrew-shaped permanent slide for your inground pool, there is a slide out there for you.
Let’s slide right in.
Choosing the right slide for your pool
There is a lot of things to look into when choosing the right pool slide for your backyard swimming pool.
🔑 Space. Slides require deck space for installation. Some have larger footprints than others.
🔑 Anchors. Depending on whether you are using an inflatable slide or a more permanent solution, you will want to be able to anchor the slide to something so that it doesn’t slide (ha!) around when being used.
🔑 Color and flume direction. The right pool slide should match the look of your pool, whether you have an Intex above ground pool or a 50’ inground swimming pool. Some of the slides here have options with color and direction of the flume to match the look and design of your pool.
🔑 Cost. Pool slides are all over the map in terms of price, with inflatable slides costing $200-400 and the larger, overbuilt one’s costing in the thousands.
Let’s take a look at the best pool slides on the market.
Intex Inflatable Pool Slide
The Intex Inflatable Water Slide is designed for endless summer fun. With an inflatable stepping mat, climbing steps and handles, and a quick attachment to your garden hose for sprayers on the slide, it’s a quick way to turn your backyard into a water park.
Intex ships it with a repair kit, and users note that with moderate to heavy use you will have to reinflate the slide every few days to retain its shape and form. Weight limit is listed at 175lbs and the shell is made of heavy-duty 20-gauge vinyl.
When it’s in stock, it costs just under $400 (check Amazon for current pricing and availability) so pick one up when you have the chance and crank up the fun.
WOW Watersports Inflatable Water Slide
Best pool slide you can take to the lake
With the WOW Watersports Inflatable Water Slide you can increase the amount of fun being had—the slide is wide enough that a couple riders can go down at the same time, making it ideal for impromptu races (loser gets the next round of drinks?).
Made with heavy-duty, puncture-proof PVC nylon, the slide has guardrails, bright, impossible-to-miss graphics for easy visibility, and several different options when it comes to colors and graphics.
The best part about this waterslide is that you can use the grommets to lasso it up to your dock or boat, making this nine-foot, two-lane slide ready for the lake and the pool.
The slide can also be easily attached—with its zippered connection system—to other WOW Watersports products like their Water Walkway or Water Mat for even more summer fun.
Available from Amazon for $249 (check Amazon for current pricing and availability), pick up a WOW Watersports Inflatable Water Slide and crank up the fun at the pool and the lake.
Inter-Fab Water Pool Slide
Best water slide for inground pools
The Inter-Fab Water Pool Slide has a more classic design and shape, with swimmers doing a quick drop, slope, and shooting out the lip of the slide. The slide starts at a height of six feet, and heavy-duty and corrosion-resistant aluminum is used on the handrails and steps to give swimmers young and old a sense of stability when climbing the slide.
The slide is rated for swimmers up to 225lbs and is available with a right or left curve. Additional customization options include color choices (white, blue, gray or tan) and an additional adapter kit that allows you to hook up a garden hose to add spraying splashes to the side.
The Inter-Fab Water Pool Slide is designed for inground swim pools (installation instructions are included and available on Inter Fab’s website), is made in the United States, and is backed by a twelve-month warranty.
S.R. Smith Rogue2 Water Pool Slide
Another inground pool slide comes from S.R. Smith and the Rogue2.
S.R. Smith makes a range of extraordinarily well-built pool slides, including a full corkscrew slide (the TurboTwister) and a smaller, removable pool slide (the SlideAway—we’ll look at it next).
The Rogue2 is your classic pool slide, taller than the Inter-Fab Slide, with a 7ft height and a 9ft flume, which is extra wide. A garden hose can be easily attached to the side and can deliver up to 30 gallons of water per minute. Conversely, you can attach it to your pool’s plumbing with PVC pipe (sold separately).
Available in four different color options (gray, blue, white, and taupe) and with the option of left or right-facing flumes, the Rogue2 combines a retro look with a modern flume that will take your backyard pool to the next level.
One thing reviewers note is that the Rogue2 does not come with the anchors necessary to bolt the water slide to your pool deck.
S.R. Smith backs the slide with a three-year warranty and the slide can handle kids and adults up to 250lbs for endless summer fun in the backyard.
S.R. Smith SlideAway Removable Pool Slide
Want a pool slide that you can wheel out for those hot summer days and then tuck it away when the pool isn’t in use?
If so, S.R. Smith’s SlideAway Removable Pool Slide is exactly what you are looking for.
While not as tall as the Rogue2, this child-focused water slide comes with a dolly inside of the slide that you can use to roll it off of the pool deck between uses.
Available in taupe and gray, the slide is perfect for kids (the slide is designed for children up to 125lbs) and requires 3’x7’ of pool deck to properly set-up.
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