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Water pistols are the ultimate tool for summer fun.
What could be better than dousing your friends in a jet (or five) of cold water on a scorching hot day? Or engaging in a group water fight?
The tactics, the strategy, the surprise; there's nothing quite so fun or exhilarating as a proper water fight, and the perfect water gun is the first thing you need to get started. A toy water pistol is a plastic gun-shaped vessel that can be filled with water to squirt at an unsuspecting victim. They come in all shapes, colours and sizes, some with varying special features that set them apart. We've gathered together a range of different models so you can pick the best for your family.
It should come as no surprise to those in the know that Nerf Super Soakers take up a good few of the top spots. We found the Nerf Fortnite to be the most powerful water pistol, whilst the Twin Tide double-barrelled model allowed for twice the water-soaking fun.
A good water gun is the perfect toy to encourage kids to get outside, and a water fight provides the opportunity for plenty of fun family bonding. Take a look at our pick of the best water guns below!
Kidadl's Top Pick
Whilst all the water guns on our list come highly recommended, we found this one to be the best on the market.
1. Nerf Fortnite TS-R Super Soaker Water Blaster
Inspired by the video game Fortnite Battle Royale, this slick blue and orange water gun will have opponents drenched in no time. We found this to be the best of the Nerf super soakers; it has a great range and fires a super powerful jet. The water tank has a solid 1 litre capacity so you won't be filling it up too often and it is operated with a fun pump-action slider (cue plenty of frenzied pumping back-and-forth). It's well made and feels a lot more durable than others on the market, too. A worthy addition to your next summer water fight.
- Price: £17.69
- Age: 6+
- Capacity: 1L
Best Water Gun For Range
2. Nerf Super Soaker FreezeFire 2.0
This Nerf Super Soaker claims to reach targets an impressive 11.5 metres away, so rivals will be hard-pressed to escape its icy jet. And icy it will be; this super soaker has a tank designed to hold ice cubes as well as water, so you can douse your victims in a freezing spray. This one also has a pump action fire and the tank is a little smaller than the Fortnite, so expect more refills.
- Price: £9.99
- Age: 6+
- Capacity: 591ml
Best Water Gun For Capacity
3. Nerf Super Soaker Floodinator
This chunky pump-action super soaker has a whopping two litre capacity, perfect for longer water fights or for households without easy access to a refill station. It's also got great range, a nice powerful jet and that classic Nerf style that will have your child feeling like a pro. It can leak a bit so do make sure your child empties it fully when they're done.
- Price: £27.95
- Age: 6+
- Capacity: 2L
Best Slime Gun
4. Zimpli Kids Slime Blaster
If you're looking to up the ante, this Slime Blaster from Zimpli Kids will add a gloriously gloopy element to your next water fight. Simply fill the tank with water, add the included slime powder and shake - the gun fires up to 7m, so you'll be coating your enemies in a deluge of sticky slime in no time. The slime itself is 100% skin safe and biodegradable, and when the sachets run out, the gun can be used as a regular water gun - bonus!
- Price: £11.99
- Age: 5+
- Comes with 12 Slime Blaster sachets (200+ Slime Shots)
Best Double Jet Soaker
5. Nerf Super Soaker Twin Tide
Soak your victims in not one but two jets of water with this double-barrelled super soaker! Perfect for scorching hot days when it doesn't matter if the kids end up completely soaked, this two barrel pump-action water gun shoots two streams simultaneously, really giving the user an edge in a competitive game. Great range, easy to use, good pressure and the casing is nice and sturdy, too, so it should last.
- Price: £14.64
- Age: 6+
- Capacity: 975ml
Best Water Gun For Siblings
6. Lenbest Kids' Water Gun 2 Pack
This pack of two kids' water guns is perfect for siblings; giving each child an identical gun ensures it's a fair fight, and prevents squabbling or jealousy over who gets the flashier model. They've got a really good-sized water tank, too; at 1.2L, your children won't be constantly running back and forth to fill the tank. They've got a decent range (they fire further with every pump) and are relatively leak proof, too.
- Price: £20.99
- Age: 6+
- Capacity: 1.2L
Best For Family Water Fights
7. KT Set Of 6 Foam Water Blasters
This set of six foam water blasters are the perfect set to buy for a family foray into water fighting. They may not be as powerful as a proper super soaker (at just £7.09 for six, you'd hardly expect them to be), but they're certainly good enough for an afternoon of fun in the sun. They're super easy to use, too; simply submerge in water and pull back the lever to fill it, then shoot by pushing the lever back. Great, affordable family fun for the garden or pool.
- Price: £7.09
- Age: 5+
Best For Families On A Budget
8. Hanmulee Kids' Water Pistols 3 Pack
The cheapest water guns on our list, these little pistols may not pack the punch a Nerf water gun does, but they do the job and they cost next to nothing. They're nice and small, too, making them easy to fill in a regular kitchen sink and a great option for younger kids who don't have the strength to carry or fire bigger water guns. There are three fun colours to choose from and the range is surprisingly good considering their size.
- Price: £6.99
- Age: 3+
Best Water Gun For Style
9. Aovowog Water Pistol 2 Pack
These retro water guns really look the part; they remind us of the guns used in vintage arcade games. They're also not as big as a lot of the other models on this list, making them a good option for younger kids. Like a lot of the cheaper models, they can be a bit leaky and may not last forever, but at less than £8 for the pair, you're not investing too much in toys that may only get occasional use. Perfect for a summer's fun in the garden.
- Price: £7.99
- Age: 3+
10. Faburo 1000pcs Multicoloured Water Balloons
Okay, so you've read our pick of the best water guns on the market and you've made your decision. But what water fight would be complete without that ultimate drencher, the water balloon? Add a little extra excitement to your child's next water fight with this set of multicoloured water balloons; the pack contains a whopping 1000 units, so you'll have enough to last the entire summer. And at £4.99, they're amazingly good value.
- Price: £4.99
- Age: (we recommend) 6+
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