Top 5 Best Pool Slides for Backyard Water Fun [2020 UPDATE]
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Adding a water slide to your outdoor swimming pool raises the bar on the amount of fun you and your family will have this summer.
Choose the correct slide and both children and adults can feel the excitement of whizzing down the turret and splashing into the pool.
But what is the best pool slide for the money in 2020? We’ve taken a close look and reviewed 5 top models to bring you the lowdown.
For our findings at a glance, just head to the table below. For a dedicated pool slide buyer’s guide plus full reviews of each of our picks, keep on reading.
The following pool slides, apart from their attractive looks, also provide a fantastic way to spend time in and around the water.
In our opinion, these are some of the best currently available. Select anyone, depending upon your needs and requirements and you’ll be in for a lot of backyard water fun in 2020.
1. TOP PICK: S.R. Smith 670-209-58223 Typhoon Pool Slide
The S.R Smith 670 Typhoon gets our top pick because it perfectly balances affordability with the size and capacity necessary to provide fun for the whole family.
While it is not the tallest slide in our top 5, it still comes in at a respectable 7’4’’ tall. More than sufficient to feel the wind through your hair as you rush towards the pool.
It has a wide and deep fume, with the capability to deliver 25 gallons of water per minute, (for hook up it also has the provision to be connected to a garden hose which is a great feature).
As long as you switch off the hose after use, the system is also eco-friendly and ensures that not much water is wasted while you play.
The is also salt pool friendly which means that you need not worry about the type of pool you have.
The slide is resistant to corrosion and other atmospheric conditions responsible for shortening the life span of your average pool slide. In short, your initial investment will provide lots of fun for many years to come.
It comes in two earth-toned color variants; Sandstone and Granite Gray.
The slide also comes in either left or right curve designs and can be ordered as per the demands of the consumer.
Ergonomics are good too. The Typhoon water slide has an inbuilt ladder and a molded handrail design for a better and firm grip allowing maximum safety.
2. Inter-Fab ADR1-CR-T Complete Adrenaline Pool Slide
The Inter Fab Water Slide has an interesting design. It is sleek and stylish and has a unique structure to enable greater comfort when you slide down.
It is also designed so that it appears as if it is made from ceramic.
It has high tensile strength and is extra durable, having the ability to withstand adverse climatic conditions.
The dimensions are impressive on this one. Measuring in at 10’ 1” tall, it also has a massive flume length of 16’8”. This is a slide where it is definitely possible to get a swift speed up before hitting the water.
It has a strong ladder for safe climbing to its top and also features a specially designed base for extra stability. This results in a capacity to sustain a maximum of 300lbs to accommodate most adults and children.
It has a pre-launch splash zone, which provides great thrill when you splash into its waters at such great speeds.
It is also salt pool proof with certain components made from Stainless Steel which gives it a long life span, even in harsh conditions and prevents it from corrosion and rusting.
It takes an assembling time of 2 hours and requires a continuous water flow of 15-25 Gallons per Minute while in use
It requires a deck space of 15’ x 8’ for proper installation and comes with a 3 year warranty.
Pros of the Inter-Fab Complete Right Turn Adrenaline Pool Slide
One of the largest pool slides in our top 5, (very tall with great 300lbs weight capacity)
Attractive finish, with some nice design touches throughout.
Durable construction also salt pool friendly
Comes in two models : Left turn and Right Turn.
Requires a continuous water flow of about 15 to 25 GPM.
If high thrills and good weight capacity are what you are looking for, this offering from InterFab is the water slide to go for. It doesn’t come cheap however.
Like the other slides in our list, the Turbo Twister is salt pool friendly.
It can hold a total weight of 275lbs meaning both adults and children can safely speed down the flume.
It is quite similar to the S.R. Smith 670-209-58223 Typhoon in design but the increased height (it comes in at 8’ 7” tall) and capacity does mean greater thrills are possible, (it is more expensive however).
The enclosed ladder design helps esnure safety while climbing to the top.
It has got a high volume water delivery system fetching in more than 40 Gallons of water per minute.
A very good feature sees water collected at the bottom of the shute and fed to the top to reduce wastage.
Its construction is such that it offers maximum strength and durability.
It comes in either Sandstone or Gray Granite giving the you the opportunity to opt for a color that best matches your backyard design.
The Turbo Twister also comes with a generous 3 year warranty.
Pros of the S.R. Smith TurboTwister Left Curve Pool Slide
Tall sepcs with heavy weight capacity of 275lbs (second largest slide in our list)
It has got a greater rate of water flow and can permit flow of up to 40 Gallons per Minute.
The same water keeps getting recycled and hence, is environmentally friendly.
It also comes in two different curve profiles.
More expensive than the S.R Smith 670 Typhoon with only a few inches extra height.
Assembly is somewhat complex and may need more than one person to complete the entire assembling.
Available in two models along with two different variants, this pool slide certianly delivers. Loses out to our top pick Typhoon mostly based on price.
An alternative small scale water slide is this offering from S.R Smith. Measuring in at 4’ 1” tall with flume length of 6’ 10” this will keep both adults and children happy in a pool area of limited space.
It features a reliable rotomolded design for added strength and durability.
It is somewhat compact in size and is perfect if you have a limited deck space available. It also complies with the US CPSC for swimming pool slides.
It is salt pool friendly too.
It has the capacity to accommodate a maximum weight of 175 pounds.
It comes with a wide and deep fume, ensuring the safe exit of anyone slip-sliding on their way.
The slide is available in three different color shades; Taupe, Sandstone and Gray granite to match the tone of your backyard design.
It comes with a warranty of 3 years.
Its features are similar to those of the Turbo Twister, listed above with the only difference that this one is somewhat smaller in size, and can accommodate in smaller areas too.
It requires an exclusive installation and it can be assembled easily within one hour with minimum workforce and labour.
Pros of the S.R. Smith Cyclone Right Curve Pool Slide
It offers all the great features in a smaller and compact area.
It has high safety features.
It comes with an enclosed ladder
The anchor belts may appear a little low on tensile strength.
Smaller in size and therefore has a lower weight capacity.
It is a great product, with ample strength and durability in what is a compact design. Highly recommended with those on a tighter budget and limited deck space.
As you would expect there is a wide range of pool slides available. However, it is possible to make your search easier by narrowing down on a few details.
The following points are what you should consider when buying a new water slide for your backyard swimming pool.
First and foremost you need to think about the size. If you have teenage children and also want to get some use and excitement from the slide yourself, you will probably want something large enough to gain a little bit of speed before you hit the water.
Conversely, if the slide is for small children a less severe slide will be the order of the day, (in fact you may even want to think about an inflatable slide if your aim is to please the little ones).
For the purpose of this article, we have looked at slides where adults can expect some fun too.
Fortunately, there are a lot of larger pool slides on the market that are designed to accommodate most adults.
Weight capacity of at least 200 lbs is what you should aim for if you want a slide fit for grownups. A wide flume with deep walls is also necessary so that the adult form can comfortably fit.
Finally, above all else, you need to consider safety. Thankfully, today’s pool slides have a lot of built-in safety features and are built to be CPSC compliant, (ensure you verify this before you buy).
With a CPSC-compliant pool slide, you can be safe in the knowledge that the product has undergone unique performance tests before it is available on the market.
Other safety areas to consider for peace of mind are features such as wide ladder treads and large secure handrails. High walls on the slide flume will also ensure even the most boisterous of user will not fling themselves from the slide before hitting the water.
Head here for our recent article on poolside safety tips.
Wrapping it up
We are sure that after reading the reviews about the topwater pool slides available in the market, you will have a clearer idea about which one best suits your needs.
Factors such as available space, weight, amount of usage of the slide per day, water availability and the height you wish to go for, will all play a part.
Whatever your decision there’s no getting away from the fact a water slide is a fantastic addition to any backyard pool. Roll on summer – that’s all we can say.