For younger kiddos, having a combo sprinkler and splash pad is most fun. They can run through it or just sit in a couple of inches of water and splash.
Here’s how it works: you attach a hose and the water inflates this sprinkler, spraying out of a dozen holes on the perimeter. Hint: turn up the water slowly. If there is too much water pressure, the sprinkler will aim outside the pad—which isn’t the goal.
What We Liked
• Large 68″ wide pad works well for multiple kids.
• Can sit or run through sprinkler. Our testers like that flexibility—younger kids liked sitting and splashing, while other ones could be more active.
• Easy to set up.
• The more water pressure, the higher the sprinkler goes! Of course, you don’t want to over do it, as you could split the vinyl.
What Needs Work
• Seams can split under high water pressure. We didn’t have a problem with this in our testing, but we’d advise slowly raising water pressure—and keep it from going full blast if you have high water pressure at your home.
• Takes some effort to drain. Since water is inside the splash pad, you need to make sure it is drained completely for storage. On the plus side, this sprinkler folds up into a small space for storage.