How we pick our products
A paddling pool is used when the summer is unbearably hot again. The quick assembly and comparatively low price make them particularly popular. Children like to use the garden gadget as a toy. Likewise, more and more adults are developing a taste for paddling pools. A paddling pool does not automatically mean a small size. It can be, but it doesn’t have to be. XXL paddling pools are available for this purpose. There are many different types, which we have summarised and compared here. Paddling pools with a slide or a roof are often bought for babies and children. Here you can find out how much money you have to spend and what to look out for.
- 1 Summary
- 2 The best paddling pools: Our Picks
- 3 Buying and evaluation criteria for paddling pools
- 4 Guide: Frequently asked questions about paddling pools answered in detail
- 5 Conclusion
- Paddling pools are available for all ages. The focus is clearly on babies and toddlers. There is even extra equipment for them, such as a special design with integrated slides and showers.
- The pools are offered in different sizes, so you should be clear beforehand how big the pool should be. Babies need a different size than toddlers.
- To make cleaning easier, you should only enter the pool with clean feet right from the start. Further cleaning is done with chlorine tablets.
The best paddling pools: Our Picks
In our guide, we have picked out our favourites and compared them with each other. You can find out which features are rated as good here.
Buying and evaluation criteria for paddling pools
It is not a good idea to buy a paddling pool without planning. You need to think about what to look for beforehand. The criteria for buying a paddling pool are as follows:
Whether round, square, oval or in a completely different shape. Paddling pools come in different variations and designs. Depending on your wishes, there are several options. A round paddling pool looks classic. However, if space in the garden is limited, it is a good idea to buy a rectangular shape. This almost guarantees that the paddling pool will fit in every corner. If you prefer something completely different, choose a design in the shape of a pirate ship or a mushroom.
Do you just want to dip your feet in the water in your paddling pool? Or are you perhaps considering a larger model in which you can swim? We speak of an XL or XXL paddling pool when the length and width are both approximately larger than 2 metres. It depends on what you want to use the mini pool for. If you want to swim a lane, the pool must not be smaller. Paddling pools are also available in smaller sizes. These are ideal if you only need a short cool-down. If you are looking for a paddling pool for your child, then also look for a smaller model. Lengths and widths start at around 70 cm.
The capacity is usually related to the size. Generally speaking, we say: The bigger the paddling pool, the more volume it has. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to the capacity. On the contrary. If you are looking for a pool that you can lie in, always take a close look at the volume. It’s no good if your paddling pool is just big. It must be able to hold a certain amount of water at the same time. The same applies when looking for a paddling pool for babies or children. You might want a large pool with plenty of room to run around. But it should not be deep. This is exactly where you pay attention to the capacity.
The material of paddling pools is usually divided into hard plastic and soft plastic. Hard plastic or a hard shell are generally more robust. This material is therefore ideal for very active children. Adults also benefit from this robust material. Soft plastic, on the other hand, is perfect for quick and easy assembly and disassembly. Fittingly, these pools are foldable. This makes storage generally convenient. In addition, paddling pools with slides are often available with this material.
Are you looking for a paddling pool for children or for a baby? Or rather a paddling pool for adults? Depending on this, there are different pools on offer. Most suppliers specify the age range directly, so you can save yourself a tedious comparison. For babies, a small and low paddling pool is suitable. The material should be hard plastic and without softeners. For adults, a robust paddling pool is required, which must also be considerably larger.
Guide: Frequently asked questions about paddling pools answered in detail
The most important questions about paddling pools have now been answered. Because just knowing the purchase criteria is not enough. We have summarised everything for this purpose.
Who is a paddling pool suitable for?
Older babies from the age of 9 months can usually already sit alone in the paddling pool. Toddlers of advanced age can also use paddling pools without worry. However, children should never be left unattended. Fun is guaranteed for toddlers from the age of 3. Generally speaking, anyone who has enough space in the garden or on the balcony can buy a paddling pool. Adults, too, accordingly. However, you must be aware beforehand of what you want to use the pool for. A pool for swimming has different requirements than a pool for relaxing.
What types of paddling pool are there?
For those whose children need a little more action, there are paddling pools with slides.
The slide is inflated together with the pool, using an air pump. There are also paddling pools with showers. These are directly integrated and are set up just like the slides. There are also paddling pools with a roof. Use this type if you or your children want to go swimming in all weathers. Because no matter whether it rains or the sun is strong. You are protected at all times.
What does a paddling pool cost?
|Price range||Available performance|
|Low-priced (10 – 30 €)||Mostly small sizes, no special shapes|
|Medium-priced (30 – 50 €)||Large selection of designs and shapes|
|High-priced (from 150 €)||Mostly more robust material, additional gadgets|
As you can see, the price categories are linked to the respective services. If you only need a small, simple cymbal, the low price range is ideal for you. If you want something more extravagant, then choose a higher price range.
How do I clean a paddling pool?
What do I have to consider when setting up the paddling pool?
At first, the many criteria and possibilities for error may seem like a lot. However, you don’t have to consider so much when it comes to buying a paddling pool. Make sure you know what you want to use your paddling pool for. Derive your requirements from this. Prepare early for the upcoming cleaning and use preventive measures. This way you can be sure that your paddling pool will last for a long time. And if you have followed our procedure, you will quickly find a suitable paddling pool. Image source: pixabay / webandi