The Best Water Guns for Kids 2017 Summerfest!
There is nothing more captivating than a child’s imagination. An action movie can get them emulating their favorite characters, shooting at each other with water guns and playing dead. I remember when my father promised to buy me a water gun if I passed my tests. I was highly motivated and passed the tests with flying colors, and I still remember the day I finally had the water gun in my arms. Fast forward, and a few decades later I now own a blog dedicated to kid’s stuff and merchandise.
As a memorable throwback, I dedicate this article to any parent/babysitter who’s having a hard time choosing the best water guns that their budget can allow.
But first, here are the top 5 best water guns in a nutshell.
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The Switch Shot Blaster can shoot water up to 25 feet and has different modes of attack. Your kid will not only shoot a Jetstream of water at an opponent but also a scatter or triple shot, all by the twist of a knob.
The Switch Shot Blaster is also one of the best guns under the Super Soaker series to have hit the market. This water gun comes with a banana clip capable of holding up to 20 ounces of water. You can purchase extra clips separately if you want to save your kid some reload time.
The Switch Shot Blaster also comes with a detachable stock, a feature you won’t find in most water guns. It helps your kid increase their accuracy. As much as water guns are used to shoot water, hitting someone with a stream when they are trying to do the same can be a hard task.
Still, this feature seems a little too much for a product that only brings out laughs and a lot of jumping and shrieking as every water stream hits the body.
- Many shooting modes
- Detachable stock
Another water gun from Super Soaker, the Freezefire Blaster requires no assembly or batteries and is relatively cheap compared to other guns on the list. Still, this water gun has so many useful features and packs a punch that it should be used under adult supervisions.
I bet most adults also use this gun due to its ability to accommodate ice cubes. The result is a super-cold soak that can come in handy during a hot summer afternoon. While this might be a good idea for adults, it’s not advisable to have your kids playing with ice cubes without supervision.
This water gun also has an impressive 38-foot range rather enables kids to hit their targets from far away. I once saw my boy trying to imitate a sniper and shooting a water stream while lying close to the pool while his brother was on the other side. Such features are what make water guns so dear to kids.
With a water capacity of 23 ounces, the Nerf Super Soaker Freezefire Blaster can serve your kid for a couple of sprays before demanding a refill.
- Cool design
- Large opening that accommodates ice cubes
- Can hold up to half a liter of water
- Only for kids over six years
The Stream Machine might have an unusual design for a kid’s water gun, but its performance is without a doubt among the best of all the items on this list. Its most impressive feature is its ability to shoot water as far as 70 feet away. Not many water guns can brag of wielding the same shooting range.
The long barrel might be a giveaway if your kid is trying to hide, but it provides an easy way to reload the water, gun. All that’s required is for them to submerge the barrel’s snout in water and pull the handle back. This water gun is perfect for the beach, a boat, and the backyard during sunny days or the poolside.
However, the Stream Machine QF-2000 35-Inch Water Launcher Gun releases water at high velocity so your kids shouldn’t play with the toy up close. It’s no wonder the manufacturers deemed this product ideal for anyone above eight years of age.
- Made from high-quality polymers
- Comes in a variety of colors (multiple kids)
- Long shooting range
- Quick reload
- Doesn’t hold much water
If you are looking for a colorful water gun that will have your kid feeling like a hero in their movie, then the Max Burst Super Blaster Water Gun Soaker is your ideal choice. Other than the streams of water that they shoot, kids are also fascinated by bright colors on a water gun. The water gun experience is more realistic as much as it is dreamy to a kid than you can imagine.
The Max Burst Super Blaster serves kids aged above three years and can guarantee up to 30 streams before a refill. However, the streams are only guaranteed when the water is used sparingly seeing the Max Burst Super Blaster’s water reservoir isn’t that big.
Its pump action system helps build pressure up and shoot water up to 25 feet away. It might not be as impressive a range as the stream machine, but it makes up for it with different and outstanding features.
More so, you do not get one but two Max Burst Super Blasters with every purchase, and the price is also unbelievably low.
- Colorful and attractive
- Pump action system
- Comes in Twos
- Small water holding capacity
The HIG water gun is a hit with most kids because it is small and very stylish. In fact, it resembles those small guns that famous actor Rowan Atkinson, popularly known as Mr. Bean used to showcase in his hit comedies.
This water gun is made from high-quality materials and can be used by both adults and children aged six years and above. The manufacturers also showed their concern for the environment by making the water gun out of ABS plastic. It is also the cheapest on the least and has a very eye catching design.
The HIG water gun has a quick fire trigger, but its shooting range is wanting, it averages seven to ten feet. Unlike most guns, the HIG water gun has a rather loose trigger that makes shooting water easy. It might not project streams of water over long distances, but it is enough to add some excitement into your kid’s life.
This water gun also has a stylish design that makes it irresistible to children. Adults would prefer it to thanks again to its simple, mature, yet alluring design. The only other problem with the HIG water gun is its inability to hold up a lot of water, meaning regular refilling is required.
- Made from Environmental protection ABS plastic
- Quick-fire trigger for comfortable shooting
- Classy design
- Short shooting range
Verdict: The Winner
Ever watched a music video or an advertisement and saw people playing with water guns and wondered how they were so happy? They might be more popular with the kids than they are with adults, but water guns are the best way to spend the hot summer afternoons. For kids, it is a chance to get creative and imitate their favorite superheroes whereas, for adults, a cold stream of water might just be what the hot summer sun requires.
Of all the water guns listed above, none tops the Super Soaker Switch Shot Blaster. Its sleek design standout features such as the detachable stock make it the best. Also, there are very few water guns with extra banana clips.
With the Super Soaker Switch Shot Blaster, your kid does not need to run to a water reservoir every time they run out of ‘ammo.' They can simply pull an extra clip from their waist, reload, and keep playing.
That Aside, What Are Water Guns?
Water guns are water shooting devices mainly used for recreational purposes and mostly by kids. They can also be used by adults for various purposes such as spraying pesticides or cheap pressure washing. According to a recent survey by supersoakerwaterguns.com, most water guns target children, but some such as the Super Soakers in the CPS series target adults and teenagers as well.
Speaking of the Super Soaker, did you know it was the first water gun to be invented? Water guns have a rather funny history. Back in 1982, a man named Lonnie Jackson witnessed his heat pump shoot water across his bathroom and thought it a good idea for a water gun.
The first gun to be released was called the Power Drencher. It was released in 1989 and paved the way for what we know today as the Super Soaker. According to the toysplash.com, as much as people like to associate water guns with violence obtained in films, the only purpose of this wonderful invention is for recreational uses.
The same excitement that struck the founder when he saw that stream of water accidentally shoot from his heat pump is what kids experience with a water gun in their hands. The only difference is, they do not think of making other inventions off of it or making a profit, all they want to do is spray water at their friends starring in their fun movie.
What Are Some Of The Advantages Of Water Guns?
I know many adults would prefer paintball, Nerf or even airsoft when asked to choose an alternative sport as opposed to water 'gunning.' Admittedly, it feels more of an adult sport. However, water guns have more advantages compared to any of these sports.
All the games named above require ammunition, so to say, to make the gun work properly. Water guns only need water, which happens to be a natural resource. More so, it is free and a lot safer compared to nerf darts or paintballs.
I remember playing paintball with a friend of mine some time ago, he accidentally hit me in the neck with a paintball, and that was one of the most painful ordeals my body had to witness. I was lucky it wasn’t that serious as there have been reports of serious injuries sustained during paintball or some of the other games mentioned above.
On the other hand, water is mostly harmless. No injury sustained from a water gun has ever been reported. Some of these stemmed from streams shot off of guns with extremely high pressure and instances when the ray might strike the unsuspecting child somewhere serious and exposed such as the eye.
Even then, you cannot compare a paintball to the eye to a stream of water. More so, most water guns are specially made for kids and as such are safe. If meant for any other role other than fun water games, the water guns have warning labels.
Anybody saying water games are not fun and enjoyable would be lying through their teeth. The fun in water wars lies not only in the amount of water that each gun can hold but also the short range that the streams cover. Refilling your water gun and finding new trajectories to shoot your opponent from are among the things that make these guns fun for kids.
Unlike paintball guns or nerf darts, you can never know how much water one stream constitutes let alone let the exact amount go out every time you pull the trigger. As such, there is constant need to refill the water gun fast while keeping an eye on the opponent. Seeing that water guns weigh more than most paintball guns, the illusion of a heavy gun that needs to be refilled with water after a few sprays makes the child feel invincible.
This game also enhances their creativity as they find new ways to project the streams of water further without being ‘hit.’
The only cost you will incur when introducing your family to water gun wars is only while purchasing the gun. Even then, seeing that most of them are made from plastic, you won’t part with a lot of money. Paintball guns require regular maintenance, and you need to purchase the paintballs to keep playing.
More so, you do not need to do any laundry after water wars since the water will just dry off. For a kid, nothing is cooler than a water gun fight on a hot day in the summer. Hell, even I enjoy being sprayed with a cold stream of water when relaxing on a hot day by the pool.
Some parents deny their kids a chance to enjoy the fun that comes with water guns out of fear that they might develop a love for actual guns. Again, a child might think it a 'weapon,' but thousands if not millions of people can corroborate to having grown up playing with water guns and still matured into influential and respectable men in society.