“ Manufacturer: Argos / Type: Outdoor Play Equipment / Size: 9ft „
We bought this slide for our 2 children (almost 4 and 2.5) about 2 months ago! We wanted to spend no more than £100 and it was on offer for £99 at Argos at the time.
I have to be honest I hadn't quite thought through how massive it would be.....it's huge!!!!!
And it took a good 2 hours for me to build with my 2 children clinging to my legs the whole time begging for it to be finished.
Anyway, there is no disputing that it's a great slide. Nice wide steps for little feet, handrails to hold onto as you go up and the waves make this slide really good fun. They do however come to a bit of a crash landing at the bottom, not something that would normally bother me (I am all for them getting bumps and scrapes) but just make sure that you leave plenty of space after the end of the slide for your child to continue 'sliding' for some metres forward!!!!!
All in all a great (BIG) slide, quite difficult to put up but the kids love it!
Last summer we struggled with what to get our daughter for her third birthday. She has far too many toys and we didn't want to add to cluttering up our home. Instead we opted to clutter up our garden instead and upgrade her toddler slide to a "big girls" slide.
After looking around and comparing prices, we eventually settled on the wavy slide from Argos. This was mainly because it had £5 off bringing the price down to £49.99 instead of £54.99. Looking back today, the slide is at the same price with the same offer, so perhaps this is a seasonal thing.
The slide arrived with us flat packed, so hence an hour or so of bickering with my husband on which bit went where. Essentially it was easy to place together (once I had worked out which way round the metal pieces went), but I did find some of the places that required the screws difficult to line up. Each piece that we connected together was sturdy, and the plastic slide area was thick and felt strong.
When we were looking for the slide, the height was a big factor. We didn't want it to be too tall as our daughter was only going to be three, but at the same time we wanted her not to think it was a baby slide either.
This slide is 115cm from floor to top, and whilst that seems high, I think the fact that the slide is wavy helps disillusion the actual height of it. We watched our daughter climb with ease and no fear the first time she went on it, so we needn't have worried about the height after all.
The base of the slide has two pieces of the metal that stabilise the slide, but they do appear quite intrusive against children running around the slide. My daughter hasn't tripped over them yet, nor has any other child who plays on the slide, but they look in the way.
I was however pleased with the width of the slats to climb. They aren't too thin and they have a gripped effect on the plastic to steady small feet.
Once at the top of the slide, the bars bend round in a curve. This appears to give extra support as a smaller child climbs up. It appears to be standard design on all the slides you can buy however.
Fast forward one winter and we have found the slide has weathered very well. We don't have enough storage to be able to put it away over the cold months, so it has had to stay outside in the garden. There are no rust spots on the surface and neither has it faded in the sun from last summer.
Overall we have been very pleased with the slide. It feels sturdy as our daughter climbs it and shoots down in all directions.
Maximum weight of the slide is 40kg and suitable for children 3 years and over.
When our daughter was three last June, Mark and I had absolutely no clue what to buy for her. Thanks to having two older sisters, she really is the epitome of a spoilt little madam and has everything she could possibly want. It was actually one of her sisters who came up with the idea of replacing some of her garden toys, as at three she was ready to make the transition from the small Little Tykes equipment to 'proper sized' toys.
This Wavy Slide from Argos proved to be an excellent buy, it's had enough use already to make it worth the money we spent on it and it has also weathered very well despite being left out in all the snow we had in Birmingham over the winter.
The slide I have is identical to the one in the piccie above, unfortunately I can't get you any exact measurements (can't find me blinkin' measuring tape!) but it is classed as a 9ft slide on the Argos website. This is the length of the slide itself, the height of it is roughly 5ft (ie. a shade shorter than me, but not much!).
You have to put it together when you get the slide home, as usual this was left to Mark but he says it was very straightforward and he managed without even opening the instructions. No surprise there then, the bloke NEVER looks at instructions! He said the bolt covers were the most awkward thing about it and eventually he left most of those off anyway, this isn't a problem as the bolts all fit flush to the edges of the slide frame so the covers are just to prevent rusting rather than to stop the bolts scratching your child.
Once erected, the slide is extremely stable. I'd recommend you place it on as flat a surface as you can find in your garden, this is common sense for most people but worth mentioning as (let's face it) not everyone has common sense. Straightaway I was impressed by how well moulded the slide itself is, it's made of a fairly thick plastic and is shaped with higher sides than a lot of other slides we looked at. This is important as although the waves aren't particularly high, when a small child whizzes down the slide it can raise their bum slightly off the plastic - if the sides were any lower I'm certain Hollie would have come off it by now.
There are five steps to climb in order to get to the top of the slide. Personally I think the gaps between the steps should have been a little smaller as Hollie struggled at first to get her little legs to boost her up to the next step, if Argos had added one more stepping stage I think this would have made life a lot easier for smaller children. The handles on each side of the steps are a good addition, it may take your child a while to get used to the need for co-ordination to grip the handles but eventually it will make it a lot simpler (and heart-stoppingly) fast for them to get to the top of the slide.
The platform at the top of the slide is perfect. It juts out enough that Hollie can comfortably (and worryingly!) stand on it before whizzing down the slide, it scares the life out of me when she jumps around up there but the raised handles at the top are likely to prevent her toppling off if she gets too brave!
Hollie has had so much fun on this slide that I'm glad we bought it. She used it throughout the summer last year, both as a slide and also by positioning it so she would land in her paddling pool when she slid down. One word of warning, the plastic does get extremely slippy once wet so if you're using it with water than you'll need to ensure your little one doesn't try walking back up the slide - we ended up with a three year old with a black eye and an eleven year old with a dislocated finger after they tried this so be careful!
This slide is suitable for children from three (with constant supervision), I've never been one for being too strict with 'recommended age' information but in this case I think Argos are spot on. Children younger than three would very likely hurt themselves if left to play on the slide, whereas at three they do have a slight idea about danger. Although you wouldn't believe it watching Hollie prance around at the top of the slide!
On the Argos website this slide is now £99.99. I can't remember how much we paid, but I'm certain it was less than this so it may be worth waiting until they have a special offer or reduced price on the slide. It's worth the money anyway, but a hundred quid seems a bit excessive for a basic slide such as this as the only distinguishing factor is the waved shape of the slide itself. And personally I don't think the wavy design is as groundbreaking as it could be.
My garden looks fabulous at this time of year. There are little apples growing on the apple tree, purple and scarlet surfinias trailing out of baskets, golden and violet roses.... and a blooming great nine foot blue and green wavy slide! Not the best feature of my garden.
Well, my fearless four year old twin granddaughters might not agree with that. I bought it with a hope of maybe wearing them out a bit while I sit peacefully on my swing seat (reviewed earlier), but instead I nearly have heart attacks when they balance on the platform without holding on, blowing bubbles, throwing polystyrene aeroplanes or squirting water pistols at their Granddad. Or sometimes the cat if he hasn't already hidden himself in the oregano patch. My neighbours can probably hear me yelling 'hold on!' every five minutes.
Who'd have thought a slide was useful for so many things? Now and again they even slide down it as well. This could be forwards, backwards, upside down, downside up, any old way really. They especially like climbing up the slide and then slithering down. Why bother with steps? And it's quite funny when they just lay down totally and just relax as they slither down, as their whole bodies just ripple along with the waves on the slide.
Although they do scare me silly with their antics, the slide does have quite high safety rails on each side of the platform, so they've never fallen off. It also has rails up the sides of the steps for them to hold onto. And there are no screws or anything for them to scrape their hands on, as these have plastic screw covers (more about those in a minute). See how I'm actually getting onto the practical stuff that you really want to know now? Such as the fact that it's been out there in all weathers for eight months and hasn't gone rusty and it's all still in good condition.
According to Argos website the slide is suitable for age three and over and the weight restriction is 50Kg. It's 169cm high, 150cmwide and 286cm deep. There isn't actually a choice of colours available so you just get whatever they send. Bear in mind it's self assembly. But, you might think, what's so hard about putting a slide together? Well, as we found, it's ideally a two person job. The rails in particular are a bit tricky to align with the holes, so it's quite a fiddly job putting it together. It helps if one person is there to push things together really hard, while the other one puts the nuts and bolts in. That's not to say one person couldn't do it on their own, but two is definitely easier.
We did run into problems when we found some of the plastic screw caps were missing, which was a bit of a nuisance, because I wouldn't want the girls to scratch their fingers on the screws as they slide down. Also the caps tidy it up and make it look nicer. I phoned Argos to complain and was told they can't send spare parts, but they could send a new slide, we could take the screw caps out and send it back. No kidding! I can't fault them for effort, but it did seem a bit daft. Instead, I found a manufacturers phone number on the instruction leaflet, gave them a ring, and they immediately put some spare screw caps in the post. Great service!
For four year olds, this is an ideal slide, and should last them for a few years yet. It's not for the timid though, as it's quite a fast slide and the girls tend to go whizzing off the end, so I have to put a mat at the bottom. Ours is on a slight slope which makes even steeper, so they can carry on down the grass a bit which they think is fantastic. I've tried turning it the other way round so it faced up the slope but then it's just not fast enough for their liking. See? Told you they were fearless.
It is recommended that the slide isn't used on a hard surface such as concrete and I totally agree with that, as children would get a very hard landing when they get to the bottom, or if they fall off. Apart from the missing bits, I've no complaints and I would definitely recommend it.
The nine foot slide is currently £99.99 at Argos and is home delivery only, so there's a delivery charge on top of that. I paid £5 at the time, so it's not bad.
So now you might be wondering, do I ever really get to sit on my lovely swing seat with a cuppa and just watch them? Noooooo! Who do think is running around picking up all the aeroplanes?
Update: A year after buying it, it's still looking good, and we've had no problems with it.