10 Inflatable Sprinklers Kids Will Love This Summer

Beat the heat and bring on the summer fun with these sprinklers shaped like giant unicorns, mermaid tails, rainbows, sharks and more.

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June 03, 2022

When you're a kid, there's nothing better than that moment when your parent suddenly sets up the sprinkler in the backyard and gives you permission to scream, splash and play for hours. And when you're an adult with kids of your own? There's nothing better than that moment when you set up the sprinkler, sit back and let the little ones wear themselves out.

Seriously, it's the ultimate parenting hack. (And it doesn't hurt that sprinklers have gotten so much cuter in the last few years.) If you're on the hunt for something fun that will keep the kiddos cool and hold their attention for longer than an afternoon, these special inflatable sprinklers should do the trick. Though unbelievably large, most of them cost just $15 to $50.

What to Consider When Buying an Inflatable Sprinkler

Just like an inflatable pool, your sprinkler should be set on a flat, even surface. Most sprinklers don't come with an air pump, so you'll need to purchase one separately. (We suggest this top-rated electric air pump because it's affordable and will get the job done in minutes.) Because inflatable sprinklers are so lightweight, they tend to move with the wind — so you'll want to look for ground stakes or base pockets in the item's description. Ground stakes are often included and should be used to ensure that your sprinkler stays upright.

Once your sprinkler is inflated, you can hook it up to your garden hose, and you should be good to go. Remember to always supervise children around water, and deflate your sprinkler after each use to protect it from the elements. Inflatables are typically crafted from PVC, so you can easily wipe yours down or spray it off before putting it in storage.

Best Budget Inflatable Sprinkler

$18.95

Consider this the best $18 you'll spend this summer. Help your little ones stay cool and take a bite out of the break with this mega melon sprinkler. The green "rind" is crafted from durable and UV-resistant PVC and uses three spouts to spray water in every direction. Best of all? The sprinkler is easy to set up and easy to store in the shed or garage.

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Best Inflatable Sprinkler for Babies

$31.99

Give your little one the tropical treatment with this inflatable palm leaf splash pad. The monstera-shaped sprinkler is made from premium soft-touch vinyl (so it's gentle on their skin) with a raised edge that shoots out water. It's easy to set up and has enough room for the whole family to cool off.

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Best Inflatable Sprinkler for Toddlers

$15

Keep your toddler on their toes with this inflatable hopscotch sprinkler. The teal mat inflates in seconds and lets out a cool stream of water every time your child steps on a square. They can use the inflatable sprinkler to practice counting, identify animals (or pineapples), learn an exciting new game and beat the summer heat.

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Best Inflatable Sprinkler for Tweens

No pool? No problem. Help your little mermaids stay cool this summer with this sparkly mermaid tail sprinkler. The jumbo-sized fin is made from durable PVC vinyl and features pastel pink, blue and purple scales around the base. If someone has a play date or special birthday party coming up, this sprinkler will be a huge hit.

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Best Inflatable Sprinkler for Older Kids

$133.99 $111.98

Show your older kiddos a thing or two about making a splash with this inflatable sprinkler that doubles as a water slide. The extra-long mat caps out at 25 feet and features two lanes (and thick side bumpers) for racing. Two inflatable speed boards are included, too, so all you have to do is set up the hose and go.

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Best Inflatable Sprinkler Arch

They'll be all smiles and sunny attitudes when they see this giant rainbow sprinkler. The vibrant bands are crafted from PVC vinyl and feature water jets that spray in all directions. Meanwhile, fluffy white clouds stabilize the arch and complete the cheerful design.

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Best Inflatable Sprinkler Game

$40

Stretch out the afternoon fun with this inflatable limbo sprinkler game. Twin palm trees and a yellow bar form a natural arch, while water shoots out from the base of the trunks. You can throw on some music, invite the kids to run through and change the difficulty level as the game goes on. And yep! The sprinkler stands up all on its own.

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Best Inflatable Sprinkler for Imaginative Play

$30

Bring some serious magic to your backyard with this giant inflatable unicorn sprinkler. The whimsical creature stands at a whopping six feet tall and sprays water out of its rainbow horn. Your kids can run through the water, weave through the legs and enjoy hours of imaginative play.

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Best Inflatable Sprinkler for Parties

$22.37

Blast off to summer fun with this six-foot-tall rocket sprinkler. Four pegs anchor the spacecraft in place, while the "payload" creates a magnificent 360-degree spray for budding astronauts. You can adjust the height and intensity of the water, too, which makes this sprinkler a great choice for intimate gatherings and large parties alike.

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Best Inflatable Sprinkler for Photos

Pro Tip: Grab your camera, because this shark sprinkler makes for one hilarious photo op. Send your kids running right into the mouth of Jaws with this adorable, ocean-blue arch. The sprinkler is crafted from durable PVC (so it can handle many rounds of "Sharks and Minnows") with huge white teeth that drip with water. Or should we say drool?

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