THE UK is set for a 31C heatwave over the next bank holiday weekend, so it could be time to snap up a paddling pool to help you stay cool.
The heatwave has been predicted for next weekend, as summer winds are forecast to blow in from the south.
A paddling pool gives the whole family a fun day out, without having to leave the house.
Some of the best paddling pools available cost as little as £3.99.
Below we’ve rounded up the cheapest ones available online, whatever your budget.
If you’re shopping online, make sure you shop around before you buy as you may be able to find similar options at a cheaper price elsewhere.
How to compare prices to get the best deal
JUST because something is on offer, or is part of a sale, it doesn’t mean it’s always a good deal.
There are plenty of comparison websites out there that’ll check prices for you – so don’t be left paying more than you have to.
Most of them work by comparing the prices across hundreds of retailers.
Here are some that we recommend:
- Google Shopping is a tool that lets users search for and compare prices for products across the web. Simply type in keywords, or a product number, to bring up search results.
- Price Spy logs the history of how much something costs from over 3,000 different retailers, including Argos, Amazon, eBay and the supermarkets. Once you select an individual product you can quickly compare which stores have the best price and which have it in stock.
- Idealo is another website that lets you compare prices between retailers. All shoppers need to do is search for the item they need and the website will rank them from the cheapest to the most expensive one.
- CamelCamelCamel only works on goods being sold on Amazon. To use it, type in the URL of the product you want to check the price of.
Google’s price comparison tool Google Shopping is free and easy to use.
Also make sure to factor in the delivery fees, which will vary depending on the retailer.
Less than £5
My First Pool
For £3.99 at The Range, you can get a paddling pool in bright colours for your little one.
It’s suitable for children in the ages one to three years old and has a water capacity of 15 litres.
In comparison, The Works is selling a similar pool for babies for £4.
Intex Blue Crystal Paddling Pool
If you don’t want to spend more than a fiver, this Intex pool by Smyths Toys may be another suitable option.
Available for £4.99, it measures 114cm x 114cm x 25cm and has room for 132 litres.
Smyths Toys is offering the cheapest price we could find, with Sports Direct charging just 1p extra at £5.
£18 or less
Chad Valley 4ft Crab Baby Ball Pit and Paddling Pool
This inflatable crab can be used as both a paddling pool and ball pit, ensuring your kids will have plenty of fun.
It measures 117cm x 101.6 x 71cm and has room for 285 litres.
The Entertainer is selling a similar pool for £20, so you’ll save £8 by shopping at Argos.
Intex Mystic Unicorn Spray Pool
Unicorn fans can order this paddling pool at Amazon for £15.
The pool comes with a sprinkler and measures 2.72m x 1.93m x 1.04m.
In comparison, Home Essentials charges a pricier £26.99 for the same pool.
Chad Valley 7ft Rectangular Kids Paddling Pool
This Chad Valley pool is 211cm long and 120cm wide, meaning it should be big enough for your kids to splash around in.
It’s suitable for kids above six years old and has a capacity of 400litres.
In comparison, B&Q is selling a similar-sized pool by Bestway for a pricier £22.
£40 or less
Bestway Aquarium Paddling Pool Play Centre
If you don’t mind spending a bit more, Smyths Toys is selling an aquarium featured paddling pool for £34.99.
It comes with a water slide, four inflatable toys, two rings and a movable sprayer that you easily attach to your garden hose.
B&Q has listed the same pool on its website for a cheaper £34, but it’s currently unavailable for home delivery and its store checker tool is not available either.
Bestway Pentagon Vinyl Family fun pool
This Bestway pool is perfect for cooling off on a hot day with the whole family.
It measures 213cm wide and 69cm tall, and comes with two cup holders, cushions and headrests.
Amazon is selling the same paddling pool for £42.99, so you’ll save cash by shopping at B&Q.
Inflatable Pirate Ship
Let your kids be pirates in the garden with their own inflatable ship on sale at Asda.
It comes with a turnable steering wheel, two swords and a cannon with a hose connection for spraying water.
The ship measures 160cm x 133cm x 340cm.
If you’re not keen to spend so much, you can get a smaller and more basic inflatable pirate ship at Argos for £25.
Last month, Morrisons also rolled out an inflatable dinosaur paddling pool for £35 – but it’s only available in stores as long as stocks last.
In other garden news, we’ve rounded up cheap patio garden furniture for under £100.
Plus, you may also want to check out our guide of the cheapest BBQs.