7 of the best water soakers

Water blasters are the perfect way to have fun and keep cool during sunny summer days in the garden. So, here's our guide to the best water pistol to buy right now...

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Kids playing with water soakers

Nothing says summer like a water fight in the garden, right?

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Kids love soaking each other, getting swept up in the fun, staying active and thinking on their feet – if they’re not practising strategies for how to completely drench mum and dad, that is.

Whether it’s survival of the driest or just a bit of a laugh on a hot day, there are a variety of brilliant water soakers that’ll suit your needs: from heavy duty water and slime blasters, to mini pistols for little ones, and alternatives to the typical gun-shaped soaker.

Here are 7 of the best water soakers available to buy now…

1. NERF Super Soaker FreezeFire Blaster, £23.16

nerf super soaker

Age: 6 – 18 years

What it is: A water blaster which can be filled with ice and water. Shoots water as far as 38 feet (11.5 meters), and the tank holds 20 ounces of water.

Why we love it: For us, the NERF SuperSoaker is really a classic. Everything from the colours, to the shape. We’re a little torn on the icy water – only when our kids end up soaking us, that is.

Available from: Amazon

2. Zimpli Slime Blaster Gun, £13.50

Slime blaster gun

Age: 5 years +

What it is: A water gun that shoots (non-staining) slime. Pour the pre-measured slime powder into the water tank, fill with water, shake, wait – and fire!

Comes with 12 sachets of slime powder (200 slime ‘shots’). The slime is non-toxic, safe on the skin, and environmentally friendly. A refill pack of 30 sachets (500+ ‘shots’) costs £7.99.

Why we love it: This slime-tastic twist on the traditional water gun was a out-and-out success with our child testers, who were all gobsmacked at how far it could shoot.

As one tester’s mum put it, it’s every child’s dream! We loved that the slime didn’t stain or harm animal or plants, and that the water-gun could be used with just water if you run out of powder sachets.

What our child testers made of it:

  • “I love that it shoots real slime! It goes really far and I could squirt my brother from the other side of the garden!” Tyler, 6
  • “The slime is really cool. My favourite part is that it shoots 7 metres.” Oliver, 6

Available from: Tesco and Amazon

3. HydroStorm Water Blaster Pack of 6, £9.98


hydrostorm water blaster

Age: 3 years +

What it is: A set of 2 water blasters that operate with a pump, and shoots water a distance of up to 6m. They need to be fully immersed in water before they’ll fill up, though.

Why we love it: We like that they’re mostly a softer, foamy fabric rather than hard plastic – which may be easier for smaller children to handle. No toy is accident-proof but the fact it’s softer might help limit any potential accidents.

Things to note: Similar foamy blasters are fairly easy to find in toy shops and on holiday – there also seem to be loads of different styles and brands out there on the web.

Make sure you check the specific age recommendation on the pack, and ensure any you buy carry the CE mark – which is the European standard toy safety mark.

Available from: Amazon

4. Zuru X-Shot Typhoon Water Guns with X-Shot Balloons, £21

zuru x-shot

Age: 5 years +

What it is: A water pistol that does more than shoot water, it shoots water balloons! Comes with 2 micro soaker guns, and 100 ‘self-tying’ water balloons. Blasts water up to 16ft (5m).

Why we love it: This is a great option if you’ve got several kids hoping to do battle together in the back garden, as each pack comes with 2 smaller guns.

We know how quick your child needs to be in a water fight, so it’s handy that the self-tying balloons should all be sorted and ready to blast in 60 seconds, too.

Available from: Argos

5. NERF Super Soaker Rebelle Dolphina Bow Blaster, £9.99

nerf rebelle

Age: 6 years +

What it is: A bow-shaped water blaster that comes in blue, white and pink. Holds 25 ounces of water.

Why we love it: Firstly, this design from NERF is really gorgeous, and perfect for children who aren’t so keen on the dark blues, neon greens and oranges we see in a lot of water soakers.

We also really, really like the fact that it’s shaped like a bow and arrow. It’s an alternative to a gun-shaped blaster, which is ideal if you’d rather not have pistol-like toys in the house. And it gives your water fight Katniss Everdeen vibe.

What mum testers made of it: One mum bought the Rebelle for her daughter’s water fight birthday party, and was very impressed with how the functionality differs from most other water pistols.

“We bought this rebel water gun for our daughter who is very small for her age. Most water guns with the pump action she cannot use due to not having the strength,” she began.

“This one squirts the water while pulling the lever out instead of when pushing in, it was much easier and had a long range. My daughter loves it and fair to say she wet all of us at her party!”

Available from: Amazon

6. Storm Blasters Jet Sream Water Blaster, £2.50

storm blaster jet stream water blaster

Age: 3 years +

What it is: A 30cm-long water pistol, available in either yellow, green, pink/purple or blue. It can hold 500ml of water, and water can shoot as far as 6m.

Why we love it: These water soakers are no-fuss, there’s a good range of colours to choose from, and have a good range on them given that they’re not as big as some of the others in this list.

Most importantly, they’re cheap enough you can buy in bulk. So, we reckon they’re perfect for kids birthday parties, sleepovers and playdates. Might be an idea to keep a few in back garden in case a family water fight breaks out, too…

Apparently, they’re a hit with kids of all ages, too. We’ve heard kids aged 3 – 4 year olds enjoying them, as well as a party of 15 year olds.

Available from: The Entertainer

7. Fuze Cyclone Water Blaster, £11.98

fuze cyclone blaster

Age: 2 – 13 years, according to the manufacturer. But we’d say use your judgement on this one!

What it is: Not your average water pistol. In fact, it’s a motorized blaster that attaches to the handlebars of your child’s bike. Water reaches a distance of 25 feet (7.5m). The soaker can hold 6.75 ounces of water. Four AA batteries are needed, but not included.

Why we love it: Confident cyclists will enjoy having this little extra attached to their bike. It operates with a simple ‘fire’ button, which is mounted on the handlebars.

Things to note: Obvs your child should wear their helmet while using this one. Probs best for when they’re playing in the park or on a field, not when they’re on concrete. Definitely one to supervise, too!

Available from: Amazon

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