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Best paddling pools: children and family-sized pools for summer 2023

Paddling pools are an excellent way to keep kids cool, content and entertained during the warmer months. Here are the best paddling pools for kids and families to buy this year, tried and tested by parents.

By Lucy Cotterill | Last updated May 31, 2023

a collage of 3 paddling pools

This article was updated on 16th May 2023.

While British summertime is far from predictable, a paddling pool is one of the best kids' outdoor toys you can have up your sleeve, ready for when the sun finally makes an appearance. Far easier than taking them to the beach, cheaper than visiting the local swimming pool, and with the ability to entertain kids of all ages, the best paddling pools can easily last until your children outgrow them.

With the cost of living meaning many Mumsnetters are looking to save money on trips and holidays this year, a few carefully selected outdoor buys can help you make the most of your staycation. Whether you're considering which is the best trampoline for your garden, or you're looking for the best balance bike to help your little one burn off energy - we've got you covered. Drawing on authentic reviews from real UK parents, our writers are committed to including only the best products in our Swears By round-ups. 

When buying a paddling pool, it’s important not to wait for the heatwave to make an appearance, as paddling pools tend to sell out quickly with significant demand. Instead, buy your paddling pool in advance, stash it away in the shed, and reap the benefit of happy kids this summer before smugly watching others squabble over the last three ring pool left in Asda.

Whether you're after a smaller-sized first paddling pool for babies and toddlers, a fun play pool with inflatable accessories or a larger-sized pool the whole family can enjoy together, we've done the legwork so you don't have to, bringing you the lowdown on the best paddling pools for toddlers and children.

Here are the best paddling pools to buy in 2023. 

Best paddling pools - at a glance:

  • Best paddling pool overall: Bestway Steel Pro Paddling Pool £85.95 | Buy now
  • Best budget paddling pool: Swim Essentials Inflatable Paddling Pool £22 | Buy now
  • Best family paddling pool: Chad Valley 8.5ft Family Swim Centre £50 | Buy now
  • Best quick inflate paddling pool: Bestway BW57392 Fast Set Swimming Pool £18.99 | Buy now
  • Best paddling pool with seats: Intex 6475NP Inflatable Swim Center Family Lounge £40 | Buy now
  • Best paddling pool for toddlers: Chad Valley Crab Baby Ball Pit and Paddling Pool £24.99 | Buy now
  • Best framed paddling pool: Intex 12ft x 30in Metal Frame Swimming Pool with Filter Pump £112 | Buy now
  • Best paddling pool for dogs and kids: Pecute Paddling Pool for Pets & Kids XL £55 | Buy now
  • Best paddling pool with slide: Gald Garden Paddling Pool with Kids Toys £80 | Buy now
  • Best paddling pool for babies: Babymoov Aquani Anti-UV Paddling Pool Playpen £64.95 | Buy now
  • Best hard framed paddling pool: Bestway SteelPro 12ft Round Frame Swimming Pool £120 | Buy now

1. Best overall paddling pool: Bestway Steel Pro Paddling Pool

bestway steel pro paddling pool

Price on writing: £85.95 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: 259 x 170 x 61 cm | Age suitability: 3+ | Assembly: Easy to assemble frame, no tools required | Drainage plug: Yes | Capacity: 2,300 litres | Max user weight: Not specified

What we love

  • Strong and sturdy sidewalls
  • Room for siblings and friends to play together
  • Less risk of puncture compared to inflatable options
  • Easy to store and clean

What to know

  • Pricey
  • Takes a long time to fill with water

What Mumsnet users say

"We’ve had the Bestway/Intex frame ones. Pretty easy to assemble, as the frame slots together. The filter is straightforward and you can buy sets of the essential chemicals in tablet form to avoid the calculation of quantity. A cover is also essential to keep bugs and leaves out. The inflatable ones don’t look sturdy enough to me." (Recommended by Mumsnetter ChippyMinton)

"Ours isn't rigid but it has a metal frame that holds up the paddling pool material. We've had it for two years and not been punctured. We've got a 4 year old, 2 year old, six month old and a crazy border terrier who haven't managed to destroy it. Yet..." (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user stormelf)

Our verdict

With plenty of room for siblings of varying ages or a small group of friends to splash around together, this pool may look simple in size and shape, but it’s guaranteed to bring a lot of fun into your home this summer.

Mumsnetters say framed pools are less hassle and more robust than inflatable options, which is why we've named the Bestway Steel Pro Paddling Pool as Mumsnet's best overall paddling pool for 2023. While smaller versions are available for a lower price, the longevity of a frame paddling pool means it makes sense to invest in one that your kids can play in as they grow. The frame is easy to assemble - just thread the pieces through the edges of the pool and they click together securely. There's a repair patch included and Mumsnetters say it's a good idea to invest in a pool cover and chlorine dispenser so you can leave the pool up all summer.

Related: The best garden hoses for easy paddling pool filling and a gorgeous garden

2. Best budget paddling pool: Swim Essentials Inflatable Paddling Pool

swim essentials inflatable paddling pool

Price on writing: £22 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Size: H46 x W132 x D211cm | Age suitability: 3 years+ | Assembly: Inflate via mouth or pump (not included) |Drainage plug: Yes | Capacity: 350 litres | Max user weight: Not stated

What we love

  • Chunky and generously sized
  • Great value
  • Perfect size for younger children

What to know

  • Not the biggest pool

What Mumsnet users say

“A smallish paddling pool will still be fun - my 8 and 10 year olds still happily play in small paddling pools.” (Suggested by Mumsnet user SecretIsland)

Our verdict

If you’re keen to treat the kids to a paddling pool this summer but are trying to manage your spending in the light of constant price rises (aren’t we all!), then this Inflatable Paddling Pool from Swim Essentials offers plenty of fun for your kids without an eye-watering price tag.

At £22, this chunky paddling pool is suitable for children from age three and above. It's made from great quality plastic and reviewers say it can withstand use by young children and even dogs. Perfectly sized for little ones, it's deep enough for older children to cool off in too. There's no pump included so it's worth getting one to help set it up. 

3. Best family paddling pool: Chad Valley 8.5ft Family Swim Centre

chad valley 8.5ft family swim centre

Price on writing: £50 | Buy now from Argos

Key specs

Size: 8.5ft | Age suitability: 6 years + | Assembly: Pump (approx 13 minutes inflation time) |Drainage plug: Yes | Capacity: 950 litres| Max user weight: Not specified

What we love

  • Not just for the kids - big enough for the whole family to enjoy
  • Quick to inflate and fill

What to know

  • Doesn’t come with a cover, so you may wish to purchase one if you intend on keeping it inflated for several days

What Mumsnet users say

“It's great and still gets used every year. My daughter is 11 and plays in it whenever the weather is good enough. We had a cheap plastic slide that she (and sometimes her older brothers) used to slide down into it.” (Brand tried and tested by Mumsnetter Trillis)

Our verdict

This paddling pool is made by Chad Valley, the same brand as our best overall choice, but with an added extra benefit - it’s big enough for the grown-ups to get into as well! 

The Chad Valley 8.5ft Family Swim Centre inflates in just 13 minutes using an air pump. Filled just 23 minutes later, you can all jump in together to cool off or have an energetic splash about depending on your mood. With sturdy walls that are strong enough for you to lean back on and relax, this robust pool also comes with quick deflation valves, making deflating and packing it away a doddle when the rain (inevitably) comes.

Related: The best scooters for kids, tried and tested by Mumsnetters 

4. Best quick inflate paddling pool: Bestway BW57392 Fast Set Swimming Pool

bestway fast set paddling pool

Price on writing: £18.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: 183 x 51 cm | Age suitability: Not specified | Assembly: 10 minutes to inflate with a pump and the water filling it |Drainage plug: Yes | Capacity: 940 Litres| Max user weight: Not specified

What we love

  • Quick and easy to inflate
  • Easy to pack away and store

What to know

  • Some reviewers had trouble getting this pool to stand up correctly, although this may be down to user error

What Mumsnet users say

“We have a Bestway one where you just pump up the top ring, then the rest stands up as the water goes in.” (Recommended by Mumsnetter CacenCrunch)

Our verdict

Are your kids the impatient sort or do you tend to leave getting the paddling pool out until the very last minute? If so, you’re going to want a pool that’s quick and easy to inflate.

This Bestway Fast Set Swimming Pool is made from durable, puncture-resistant material and takes just 10 minutes to set up, simply needing the top ring inflating before self-standing as the pool is filled.  Just bear in mind that you do need a level surface for the inflation to work, so watch out for any sloped areas in your garden.

5. Best paddling pool with seats: Intex 6475NP Inflatable Swim Center Family Lounge

intex family centre pool

Price on writing: £39.89 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: 229 x 229 x 66 cm | Age suitability: 3 years + | Assembly: 5 to 7 minutes with electric pump |Drainage plug: Yes | Capacity: 990 Litres| Max user weight: Maximum seat weight 8 stone

What we love

  • Four integrated seats with backrests
  • Super spacious

What to know

  • Technically the seats aren’t recommended for adults weighing over eight stone, but many adult reviewers have used and enjoyed them.

What Mumsnet users say

“I liked the look of the Intex round family pool with chairs.” (Product considered by Mumsnetter PumpkinP)

“We have this one - felt a bit like I was on holiday and I loved the cupholders! My cousin spotted it on my socials and instantly ‘popped’ around for catch up (just happening to bring her bikini with her!)” (Reviewed by Mumsnet Writer Lucy Cotterill)

Our verdict

A paddling pool that's likely to appeal just as much to the adults as the kids, the Intex Swim Center Family Lounge is ideal for relaxation. With four integrated inflatable chairs with backrests and two handy cup holders; it’s a great way to cool down at the end of a hot and stuffy day at work.

A fun choice for a group of friends who want to chat as much as they do play, it’s also spacious enough for younger children to enjoy the water whilst parents simultaneously splash and supervise.

6. Best paddling pool for toddlers: Chad Valley Crab Baby Ball Pit and Paddling Pool

chad valley crab paddling pool

Price on writing: £25 | Buy now from eBay

Key specs

Size: 117 x 101.6 x 71cm | Age suitability: 1 year + | Assembly: Around 6 minutes to inflate with an air pump (not included) |Drainage plug: Yes | Capacity: 37 Litres| Max user weight: Not specified

What we love

  • Multipurpose
  • Shallow for safe, supervised splashing

What to know

  • The sunshade is not removable, unlike an older ELC version which has since been discontinued  

What Mumsnet users say

“I got one that looks like a crab with a roof! Great for a ball pond too.” (Type of paddling pool recommended by Mumsetter furryelephant)

Our verdict

If you want to introduce your child to a paddling pool for the very first time, it’s important to choose a pool that’s relatively small and shallow and ideally one that offers some protection from the midday sun on hotter days.

Suitable for children aged one or above, the Chad Valley Crab Baby Ball Pit and Paddling Pool is a versatile choice that can be used as either a toddler paddling pool or a ball pit/play pod. With a super cute crab character design, we love that it comes with an inflatable canopy to help provide some welcome shade from the sun.

7. Best framed paddling pool: Intex 12ft x 30in Metal Frame Swimming Pool with Filter Pump

intex frame paddling pool

Price on writing: £112.09 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: 12ft | Age suitability: 3 years + | Assembly: Around 30 minutes to mount the frame |Drainage plug: Yes | Capacity: 6500 Litres| Max user weight: 510kg

What we love

  • Substantial size for the whole family
  • Sturdy and easy to assemble

What to know

  • Cover not included
  • Takes a few hours to fill

What Mumsnet users say

“We’ve had the Bestway/Intex frame ones. Pretty easy to assemble, as the frame slots together. The filter is straightforward. Ours have been big enough for teenagers to use.” (Recommended by Mumsnetter ChippyMinton)

Our verdict

With the quick and easy assembly benefits of the Intex framed pools, this substantial 12ft paddling pool comes with the addition of a filter pump system to keep your water clean whilst removing dirt and debris such as grass and bugs from the water. Plus, it’s roomy enough to comfortably fit both adults and children.

Made from robust, heavy-duty three-ply material, this pool is relatively easy to look after and maintain, but you may also want to pick up a pool cover for additional peace of mind.

8. Best paddling pool for dogs and kids: Pecute Paddling Pool for Pets & Kids XL

pecute paddling pool

Price on writing: £55 | Buy now from eBay

Key specs

Size: 160 x 160 x 30cm | Age suitability: 3 years + | Assembly: A few minutes, no air pump needed |Drainage plug: Yes | Capacity: 6500 Litres| Max user weight: Not specified, but suitable for large dog breeds

What we love

  • Easy to assemble, simply unfold and open
  • Comes with drainage valve
  • No air pump needed

What to know

  • Small pins on the valve may rust
  • May spring a leak on a hard surface such as a patio
  • Doesn’t have a filter system

 What Mumsnet users say

“I have one. It's brilliant - no punctures and stored away really well over the winter. Just make sure it says suitable for kids.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnetter AbsoluteYawns)

“Look at dog pools, much more robust and come in various sizes. They fold rather than inflate.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Megan2018)

Our verdict

It’s no secret that little ones (and our beloved pets) are full of energy, so if you’re looking for a paddling pool fit for both on warm summer days, this one is made from non-toxic, durable PVC material with a non-slip, textured surface for safe paddling. 

The Pecute Dog Paddling Pool also comes with a host of useful features like a foldable crimp design for quick storage, a water drainage adapter which makes filling and draining a breeze, plus a handle to make set up, use, and fold up more convenient. On the downside, the pool doesn’t have a filter system, so you may find it can also fill up with grass pretty quickly as your children and pets repeatedly get in and out.

9. Best paddling pool with slide: Gald Garden Paddling Pool with Kids Toys

gald garden paddling pool

Price on writing: £79.97 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: 333 x 229 x 112cm | Age suitability: 3 years + | Assembly: around 20 minutes, air pump needed |Drainage plug: Yes | Capacity: 290 litres| Max user weight: 50kg

What we love

  • Padded matt landing at bottom of the slide
  • Has a sturdy slide
  • Comes with extra balls and hoops

What to know

  • Children will quickly outgrow it
  • Shallow for older kids

Our verdict

Whilst this pool doesn’t offer the depth of some more traditional paddling pools, there are so many fun elements that will literally keep kids entertained for hours. Who wouldn’t want to slide through a dinosaur’s mouth?

From mastering the Dino Hoops (the pool comes with three) to rolling Fun Ballz down the volcanic chute, you can even attach the garden hose to the inflatable rock to create a delicate water spray as your kids whizz down the slide. Gald has put some real thought into ensuring this pool is comfortable for younger kids too. We love the padded landing mat at the bottom of the slide to prevent bruised or bumped bottoms!

10. Best paddling pool for babies: Babymoov Aquani Anti-UV Paddling Pool Playpen

babymoov aquani paddling pool playpen

Price on writing: £64.95 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: 90 x 60 x 60cm | Age suitability: 6 months+ as a pool, from birth as a playpen | Assembly: Instant, no air needed |Drainage plug: Yes | Capacity: 75l | Max user weight: Not stated

What we love

  • Blocks 99% of UVA & UVB rays
  • Comes with a carry bag, mosquito net and mattress
  • Doubles as a playpen and tent for naps

What to know

  • Will be grown out of by around the age of 2
  • Pricey

Our verdict

Brilliant for the beach, park or in the garden, the Aquani Anti-UV Paddling Pool and Playpen from Babymoov has tonnes of features. It's suitable from birth as a playpen or tent, and comes with a soft circular mattress, sun-blocking canopy and mosquito net, making it perfect for al fresco naps. From six months, babies can enjoy it as a paddling pool - just remove the mattress. 

The canopy protects from 99% of harmful UVA and UVB rays, making the paddling pool perfect for getting very young children outside in the summer without risking burning their delicate skin. We think this is a fab buy for those planning frequent trips to the beach, or long afternoons in the garden, with a baby this summer. What's more, the canopy and net are detachable, so it can be used as a pool or ball pit as your little grows. 

11. Best hard framed paddling pool: Bestway SteelPro 12ft Round Frame Swimming Pool

bestway steel pro max

Price on writing: £116.49 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: ‎366 x 366 x 76 cm| Age suitability: 3 years + (with supervision)| Assembly: Under 30 minutes, no air pump needed. Seal and lock system. |Drainage plug: Yes | Capacity: 6,473 litres | Max user weight: Not specified

What we love

  • Can stay up as a more permanent feature
  • Rigid, durable side panels
  • Filter system included 

What to know

  • The cover isn’t included
  • Pricey
  • Requires regular maintenance 

What Mumsnet users say

“Look for the rigid frame pools. You can get rectangular, but I think the 12ft round steel one would be perfect. Plenty of room and you can still afford to get a ladder and possibly a solar heating panel too. Set up a foot bath to go under the ladder so they don't walk dirt into it and stay on top of the chlorine levels with a floating multi-function tablet and dispenser and you will only need to top it up every few weeks.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user ChiefBabySniffer)

Our verdict

Of all parent’s bugbears around paddling pools, wasting water, sodden grass and having to constantly refill and freshen up the water are pretty high up the list.  So, if you’re looking for a pool that can become more of a permanent fixture in the garden and don’t want to consider a hot tub, the Bestway SteelPro Round Framed Swimming Pool offers a significant 12ft round space for your family to swim in the comfort of your back garden.

With robust side panels that are puncture and corrosion-resistant, this is a high quality above ground pool that, despite its substantial size, is relatively affordable and easy to assemble with no tools required. Whilst it does come with a filter system to help keep the water clean and hygienic, we recommend you also invest in the Bestway pool cover and a chlorine kit to prevent unwelcome bugs or wildlife from going for a dip.

Read next: How to keep paddling pool water clean

What to look for when choosing a paddling pool

Paddling pools have come a long way in recent years and have now evolved into full-blown entertainment centres for children of all ages. But there are a few things to think about before you buy one. 

Safety - According to child safety experts at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), young children can drown in as little as 5cm of water. When it comes to using a paddling pool, parents must supervise children at all times, and make sure the pool is drained and packed away after use.

Your child’s age - Checking age suitability is vital when choosing a paddling pool. This will not only determine the size of the pool you end up buying (you don't want to get one that's too small for your children or which they will soon grow out of) but also general safety. Consider whether you have siblings of different ages who are going to want to share too.

Pool size - Paddling pools are a great way for kids to have fun at home, but you'll need to consider how much outdoor space you actually have before investing. There are a range of paddling pools to suit all kinds of spaces, whether that's a small terrace or a sprawling garden.

Garden suitability - Consider whether you have a suitable space to lay your paddling pool. Ideally, they should be on a flat surface, but you may want to avoid putting one on the patio in case your child was to slip or fall. A flat lawn is ideal, but if your garden is on a slope, you may prefer to take advantage of the benefit of gravity with a water slide instead.

Paddling pool lining - Budget-friendly paddling pools can be a great option for those not wanting to (ahem) splash out, but cheaper products often mean low-quality materials that are more likely to tear. For babies and toddlers, this might not be a problem, but for older children likely to play boisterously in the water, you may need something a little more sturdy that won't fall apart after a handful of uses.

Versatility - If you want to get the best value for money, you may want to consider pools that have multiple uses or additional accessories, such as the ability to use as an indoor ball pit. Does the paddling pool come with any extras such as inflatables or slides? These can often prolong the play and work out better value for money, particularly for younger children.

Sunshade - For younger children and babies, you may want to consider a paddling pool that offers the addition of a canopy or sunshade, helping to protect them from the sun’s harmful UV rays. It’s also worth remembering you should still avoid the midday sun where possible and regularly reapply sunscreen when your children are getting wet.

Do you need a pump? - These days, whilst a small number of paddling pools can be blown up via mouth, it's far more efficient (and much less tiring) to use a pump. If you don’t already have one, you may need to factor this into the purchase price.

Set up and ease of emptying - How easy is the pool to set up and inflate? Whilst the majority do, not all paddling pools come with a drainage valve, which can make them quite challenging to empty. It’s worth not only considering the speed of inflation but also how long the pool takes to fill and how simple it is to pack away and store once you’re done.

Keeping the water clean - If you’re planning on reusing the water, or keeping the pool up for a more significant amount of time, it’s worth considering how you will keep it clean, hygienic and free from debris. Do you need to invest in a cover or does it come with a filter and pump?

What’s the best way to keep a paddling pool clean?

Once all the water has been drained out, get rid of any surplus water by wiping the pool down with a rag or towel.

Use a cleaning solution (this must be at least one part bleach and five parts water, or equal parts vinegar and water, if you're making it yourself) to clean the sides of the pool. Use a scrubbing brush or broom to make this easier. Bacteria and algae can create slippery sections, so make sure you pay particular attention to those when cleaning.

Once cleaned, quickly rinse the paddling pool with a high-pressure hose.

What size paddling pool should I choose?

The size of the paddling pool you purchase will very much depend upon who is going to be using it. For a baby or toddler a shallow, small pool such as the Chad Valley Crab Pool is often the best bet, but you may want to invest in a larger, deeper pool for older children or for the whole family to enjoy. Larger pools do take much longer to fill however, so you may find on a really hot day the smaller size is perfectly sufficient.

What types of paddling pools are available?

As you can see from our list of best paddling pools, there are lots of different styles of paddling pools to choose from. The most obvious types include:

Small 3 ring inflatables (with or without a sun canopy) - best suited for babies and toddlers

Large, deep paddling pools - coming in a variety of sizes (round or rectangular) but normally suitable for older children and families to share

Play pools - normally shallow, these paddling pools offer additional accessories such as inflatables, slides or water sprays

Solid shell paddling pools - designed to be a more permanent fixture in your garden, these solid-walled paddling pools often come with a filter and pump to keep your water free from dirt and debris

Do paddling pools come with a pump and repair kit?

Most paddling pools do not come with a pump (some do!), so check you already have one before promising your children an afternoon in their brand-new pool. If you don't own a pump, they can be bought for as little as £10.

Does your pool also come with a repair kit? After all, paddling pools can puncture, so having tools to hand for a quick fix is always useful. Most of the pools on our list come with a repair patch included, but for extra peace of mind, look out for hard-wearing, puncture-free materials to ensure your paddling pool stands the test of time.

What age can babies go in a paddling pool?

Officially, there is no specific minimum age at which you can use a paddling pool with a baby, however, your child must be supervised at all times. Many paddling pools are recommended for babies aged one year or above, but you may wish to dip your babies' feet in and allow them to splash in the water.

It’s worth remembering to stay in the shade and avoid the midday sun due to babies’ sensitive skin and carefully consider the water temperature, ensuring it’s not too hot or too cold. 

What temperature should a paddling pool be?

For a baby under three months, 32 degrees is recommended, but even older babies can lose heat very quickly. Test the water yourself to make sure it feels warm and don’t let them stay in too long at one time. About 20 minutes is ample.

Have plenty of warm towels to hand too so you can get your baby dry and dressed quickly afterwards.

How to empty a paddling pool

The best way to empty a paddling pool is by using a garden hose.

Submerge your hose in the water until it fills completely, leaving no air bubbles. Pinch each end of the hose so that no water seeps out. While still pinching, take one end of the hose out of the water, carry it to the appropriate drainage location, and then release your fingers so that the water drains out.

What's the best paddling pool to buy?

You’ll need to pick a pool that’s suitable for the age of your children and, unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all option here.

But we think the best paddling pools to buy for families is the Bestway Steel Pro Paddling Pool. It will last a good few years, feels really robust and once it's filled you can leave it up all summer. Brilliant fun for a gang of school-aged kids on a hot summer’s afternoon.

How we chose our recommendations

Products tried and tested by real parents

Mumsnetters know only too well how a good quality paddling pool can provide hours of entertainment during the summer months, so first up, we headed to the Mumsnet forums to read about genuine real-life experiences from our users. We researched the pools they have bought and loved, and features that Mumsnetters felt mattered most when purchasing paddling pools for their children. We also looked out for any bad experiences, including the pools they found hard to inflate, that burst easily or were generally of poor quality.

Bestsellers and expert guidance

We want to ensure all the products we recommend are fit for purpose and good value for money, so we extensively analysed the bestselling paddling pools from reputable brands such as Intex, Chad Valley and Bestway, to ensure they were well-regarded and trusted within the industry. We also considered advice from experts surrounding pool hygiene and the steps involved in keeping a paddling pool clean on a more long-term basis.

Authentic consumer reviews

Finally, we trawled through a significant number of online reviews on retailer sites such as Argos, Amazon, Asda and Smyths Toys to research wider consumer experiences of the pools on our shortlist, looking out for any criticisms, weaknesses or factors you may want to consider when selecting the right paddling pool for your family.

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