10 Of The Best Water Guns for Summer
If you’re looking to have some super-soaking fun this summer, not only do you need an awesome garden pool, but, you’re going to have to know what kind of water gun to look for. This guide will tell you all you need to know about shopping for a water gun and give you a list of the best water guns on the market today.
Contrary to what their name says, these squirt guns are not super-soakers, but they are popular because of their long shooting-radius. Most squirt guns had a terrible shooting-radius and even less accuracy, so the fact that Zipfires can shoot about 2 metres accurately is an impressive feat for a squirt gun.
The quick-fire trigger is nice because it allows you to get more of a continuous stream of water going. And because it is a gentle stream, you can expect one, that no one will get hurt by getting shot in the face like they could using guns with more powerful streams, and two, that it would make a great animal deterrent.
The only cons about the Zipfires are that they might leak and they tend to break easily. But I’ve found the same to be true of most squirt guns.
Despite these two drawbacks, however, these guns could be ideal for younger kids who do not have the strength to use pump-actions or carry pressurised ones, but older kids and adults could have fun with the Zipfires, too.
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This pump-action water blaster comes with a large tank that holds about one litre when full. The backpack has easy-slide straps, which means your children could easily adjust it themselves. It has two stream settings that you can change with the twist of the nozzle. The first is a concentrated, powerful stream and the second is a wider, gentler stream. Both streams are capable of soaking people.
The recommended age for this product is three or older, but since the backpack can get heavy for smaller kids when it is filled all the way up, it may be better for kids who are at least five. However, if you are going to use it for a three-year-old, you don’t have to fill the tank all the way up. You would have to refill the tank more often that way, but your three-year-old would be able to use it.
Another issue to watch out for is that sometimes the hose that connects to the bottom of the backpack could drip water down the user’s back. If you get one that leaks, though, I would wager that some tape could fix that quickly.
This product is marketed towards the audience of Paw Patrol, but it really can be used and enjoyed by kids of any age for as long as the backpack fits them.
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This pressurised water pistol is a great bargain in my opinion because it is one of the few pressurised guns that kids as young as two years old can operate. In my experience, pressurised pistols are usually hard for younger kids to pump up and too heavy for them to carry, but this Thomas and Friends pistol only has a .32 litre capacity, which makes it light enough for even a toddler to carry when it is full.
This product has an extended range of fire which is ideal for having water wars because you don’t have to get super close—and risk getting hit with water from the other person—to hit your target. The only potential setback with this gun is its durability. Some of the pieces may break or wear out after only a few uses, but I think that issue is due to faulty products and is not necessarily true of all of them.
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This water pistol game combines the adrenaline rush and strategic play of games like paintball and laser tag with the unceasing fun that comes from spraying another person with water. This is a great feature because it gives kids who are still too young to go paintballing or laser tagging a fun thing to do that is similar.
While playing, shooting the targets on the vests with the water guns will turn the vest from white to red. When the game is over, all you have to do to reset the vests for the next game is let them dry.
The product comes with two colour-changing vests and two water pistols. The water pistols are small and could break easily, but there wouldn’t be anything stopping you from replacing them with different water blasters that are stronger. Kids of all ages as well as adults can enjoy this game, but if you choose to replace the blasters, what you replace them with can limit the age range.
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One of my favourite features about this super soaker is that it has three shooting modes. The first is flood mode, which shoots out a straight stream of water and is useful for shooting one person in front of you. The second is scatter mode, which shoots several bursts of mini-streams and is useful for spraying multiple people at once. The third is distance mode, which as its name implies, can shoot long distances.
It has a twist-off cap to make refilling the blaster easy. But be careful, because when you are holding the gun vertically or upside down, water may leak out from the cap.
It holds almost two and a half litres or water and can shoot as far as eleven and a half metres. The downside to having such a huge water reservoir, though is that it takes a while to fill up and after it’s full, it can be heavy. This means it is not the best option for younger kids, as they may not be strong enough to hold it up unless you don’t fill it up all the way.
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The XLR Water Cannon would make a good water gun for the pool or a deterrent to keep unwanted animals out of your yard or garden. It uses a pump-action system, as you must pull the pump out to suck in water and push it in to expel water, but because it holds so little water, it would be easy for people of all ages to use.
The cannon is only two main pieces so taking it apart to clean it is as simple as pulling the two pieces apart, and it is just as easy to put back together, too. How powerful the stream of water is and how far it goes depends on how fast the user pushes the pump in, but it could go as far as 20 feet.
The only drawback to this water cannon is that it is not made to hold water for extended periods of time. So if you are going to use it for an animal deterrent, you wouldn’t be able to leave water in it, but a plus side is that the manufacturers do tell you about the leaking in the instructions. As a solution, I would recommend putting a bucket of water by the door, so you can just suck water up and fire.
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This pump-action water gun can shoot up to 7.6 metres, but the unique thing about this super soaker is that you don’t have to use the water tank that is given. The given tank can hold about a quarter of a litre, but because the nose of the tank that connects to the gun is the same size as every standard bottle, you could easily replace it with a bigger bottle if you wanted it to hold more water.
But if you were to a bottle that was a litre or more as a replacement, keep in mind that you would likely have to use your shoulder to support it to prevent the neck from collapsing. Also, unless you replace the tank with a different bottle, the Bottle Blitz Super Soaker would not be the best gun to use for water wars because the original tank holds significantly less water than other super soakers do.
One thing to watch out for with this gun is that the washer in it may distort quickly, which may make it leak. Other than that, this water gun would be enjoyable for any age, especially since you can make the water tank bigger as your children get bigger and stronger.
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The Simrex is made with high-quality plastic, which means it won’t break as easily as other water guns. One thing it comes with that I haven’t seen on many other water guns is a trigger pin that acts as a safety. This feature is great because kids can put the trigger pin in the gun before they come inside and you wouldn’t have to worry about them accidentally pulling the trigger and getting things wet that shouldn’t be wet.
The box it comes in is entirely enclosed, which means if you save it, you will have a place to store the blaster when you are not using it. This will help protect it from dust, dirt, and insects.
Since it is pressurised, to get the water to go the full distance listed, you would have to pump the pressure up as high as it will go. And while the tank is quite large, holding up to 450 millilitres, it doesn’t take very many squirts to empty the tank, so you would need to refill it often. It also has a stylish scope attached to it, which is mainly for show, but you can look through it.
Most pressurised water blasters are too heavy for younger kids to manage when they are filled with water, but this one is well-balanced. I would say that this gun is appropriate for all ages.
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The Super Soaker Double Drench Blaster is a pump-action water gun that has two barrels for twice the soaking and shoots six streams of water with each pump. It is smaller than other super soakers, which means it is lighter and easier to maneuver. It holds approximately .8 litres of water and can shoot said water 27 feet maximum.
There are two things to be aware of, though. One is that the lid can be leaky. The second is that the gun may not shoot as far as the box claims it can. The second one isn’t as big of a deal as the first one, but it is something you should know before you open it and start playing with it.
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