Oh the slides you have to choose from! A spout! A spout! Would you like it with a spout? Do you want it big or small? Do you want it here or there? Yes! Pool slides go anywhere!
Here are some things to consider when choosing a swimming pool slide:
Not all pool slides are just for the kids! Pool slides range from small to tall! While the smallest slides are intended only for children, there are many larger pool slides on the market that can easily accommodate most adults. If you are looking for a pool slide that everyone can enjoy, look for a weight capacity of at least 200 lbs., a wide flume with deep walls, and comfortable curves that aren’t too tight.
Traditionally, pool slides had a simple runway with one curve… but today, pool slides are available with all kinds of dips and curves, from gently sloping to a full 360° turn! If you are adding a pool slide to an existing pool, you may be limited by the amount of deck space you have, but if the slide is going on a new pool you can have your pick. Your pool builder can help you find a pool slide that will work in the space that you have.
Some pool slides are available in solid colors like white and blue, but advances in materials have also allowed manufacturers to offer products in many textures and blends that mimic natural elements, like stone.
Most modern pool slides are made of either fiberglass gelcoat or rotationally molded polyethylene plastic. Both of these are beautiful materials! They are both extremely durable and impact resistant, chemical resistant, corrosion and rust resistant, and will not fade over time in the sun.
Some pool slides are still made of acrylic, but they have a tendency to become faded from the sun after just a few seasons.
Ease of Assembly and Installation
You can obtain information about the assembly and installation process by reviewing all of the manufacturer’s installation documentation before purchasing the slide. Is the assembly and installation process well-documented with detailed explanations and clear visuals? Are there videos available for you to watch online? Note: it is always a good idea to consult a pool professional to ensure proper installation of a pool slide.
Top of mind for most pool owners is often safety! Luckily, today’s pool slides are loaded with safety features. First, you should verify that the pool slide is CPSC compliant. While the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) doesn’t actually “approve” products as compliant, they author the mandatory federal safety standard that pool slides are tested against. Third-party agencies around the country physically conduct the testing on the product and publish the results. With a CPSC-compliant pool slide, you know that it has undergone 48 unique performance tests. For more information on CPSC testing, please see our Safety Tips for Pool Slide Owner’s post.
In addition to CPSC-compliance, you can also look for features like wide ladder treads, appropriately spaced handrails that are easy to grip, and high walls on the slide flume.