Are you stuck inside because of bad weather?
Do you need a way for your child to burn off steam when you can’t go to the park or watch them in the garden?
If you don’t have any outdoor space available, then an indoor slide might be for you.
In this guide we’ll show you exactly how to find the best indoor slide for kids.
- Extremely stable
- Easy storage and transport
- Non-slip material
- Non-toxic and safe
- Bright colored
- With basketball and ring toss game
- Non-skid steps and adhesive
- Works indoors or outdoors
- No tools required for assembly
- No sharp edges
- Sturdy design
- Non-slip ladder
- No tools required
- Good for wide age-range
- Great for indoor & outdoor play
- Bright multicolored design
- Easy to clean
- Wide ladder base for stability
- Feels extremely sturdy
- High side handrails
- Great for multiple children
- Minimal tools needed for assembly
- High weight limit
- Designed for long play
- Fun, bright, multi-colored
- Safe bucket seat
- Easy to assemble
- Neutral colors
- High weight limit
When Can Kids Use Indoor Slides?
While there are one or two foam slides designed for children under the age of 1, these have a minimal slope and should only be used when there is an adult available to hold the child as they slide down.
The exact age your child will be able to climb the steps of a slide and go down safely will vary. On average, this will be between 18 months and 2 years, but some children as young as 12 months can manage this while others cannot do so until 3 years (1).
With toddlers, they may have limited climbing ability, so you’ll have to make sure the steps to the slide are toddler-friendly.
With older children like preschoolers or elementary school children, you’ll have to ensure they continue to follow the rules and don’t get hurt while trying to show off.
Can Bigger Kids Use Indoor Slides?
Bigger kids can use indoor slides, as long as they do not exceed the manufacturer’s recommended age range or weight range.
How Do You Choose the Best Indoor Slides for Kids?
If your child is old enough to safely use a slide, you should consider:
The vast majority of indoor slides for kids are made of plastic. Look for a slide that can be easily and safely washed down with hot soapy water to keep it clean or disinfected after other kids use it.
If it’s possible you’ll use the slide outside, look for UV resistant plastics and minimal metal hardware that may rust. Do not use a wooden slide outside.
Ask yourself how much room you have for an indoor slide. Will your child be able to stand at the top of the slide without being in danger of banging their head? Is there plenty of room around the slide so if your child does fall, they will not fall onto or against something?
If space is at a premium, look for a slide that can fold and slide under a bed or tucked into a cupboard. There are also slides that do double duty as seats.
If you plan to move the slide between inside and outside, look for a model that will fit through the door or can be easily assembled and reassembled in different locations.
You should make sure the slide is appropriate for your child’s age and always supervise their use. Teach your child to play safely, to step carefully to the top, and to sit down on their bottom as they come down the slide.
You can find resources online in which fun characters will give them a lecture-free way to use a slide properly.
Other safety features to look for include:
- Wide ladder bases.
- High sides to prevent falls from the top of, and along the length of the slide.
- The bottom of the slide should even out to a flat surface (2).
Look for a slide with a wider age range to get the most use out of your investment. If you decide to buy a used slide, be sure to check the features in the same way you would a new model, and ensure it is in no way damaged.
Number of Kids
If you have more than one child or are likely to have visiting children, look for a slide that can accommodate multiple children at a time. You may be able to find a model with a double slide.
But be sure the children using the slide are in the correct age range, and combined, they do not exceed any weight limits.
If you want to add other elements to the standard slide, some models will let you.
If you want a slide, you can use it with a pool. Check that the top of the triangle formed by the underside of the slide is high enough to accommodate the side of the pool.
For slides that are part of a jungle gym, look for ranges that can be added to as your child grows.
You may want to consider whether a slide has a non-slip underside, or if you will need to buy one for safety.
Finally, try to get the most bang for your buck by looking for slides with additional features such as basketball hoops, swings, and play structures. Extra features can make a slide much more interesting for children, so they’ll get more use out of it.
The Best Kids Indoor Slides of 2021
Here are our top indoor slides for kids.
1. Radio Flyer 500 with Ramp
Radio Flyer 500 is number one on our list because of its multi-functionality. It can be used as a slide, a miniature race track, or a ramp for a ride-on car.
This slide is also part of a small climbing frame that is incredibly sturdy and can be easily put away for storage when not in use.
Moreover, its stable step and raised guard rail will enable your child to have fun and safe play. Because of the built-in race track, the slide can be used for a mini car race should your little one runs out of energy.
There are no metal elements in the entire structure, so you can also use it outside without being concerned about rusting parts.
The product can be folded down, or put up in under a minute. When it is folded, it is small enough to fit into the base for a comfortable storage.
- Extremely stable.
- Easy to clean.
- Ships as a kit, so it needs assembly before first use.
- Good for the little ones with 50 pounds weight limit.
|Length x Width||29.88 x 14.75 inches|
|Age Range||3 to 5 years|
2. ECR4Kids Little Me Climb and Slide
The Little Me Climb and Slide is an excellent first slide for both play and physical development in children as young as 6 months.
The best indoor slides for toddlers focus on safety since kids this age are still pretty wobbly on their feet. The firm foam construction means there are no hard or sharp areas to hurt little ones who take a tumble, although there isn’t far to fall. The highest point is just 8 inches off the ground.
This means that as soon as your child is coordinated enough to safely climb up, they can do so without you having to panic they’ll fall and hurt themselves.
The non-toxic, vegan vinyl covering is easy to wipe down and keep clean. It is also simple to sanitize after any diaper accidents, or food and drink spills. Just wash with hot soapy water, wipe dry, and rub with a disinfectant wipe if needed.
- Non-slip material on the underside.
- Attaches to other pieces in the ECR4Kids product line.
- Bright colors that appeal to this age group.
- Not suitable for children over 2.
|Length x Width||32 x 16 inches|
|Age Range||6 to 18 months|
3. WhitSunday Giraffe Slide
This cute and fun giraffe slide is more than just a slide. It has a range of fun features. One is the attached basketball hoop. Kids can use this from the ground, or they can climb up the steps to make a slam dunk. Another awesome feature is the ring toss game on the other side. Kids can play ring toss while waiting for their turn on the slide.
Other features that parents will love include the climbing guard which prevents kids from falling to the side as they climb the ladder. Parents also love the non-slip steps which makes it easier for their little ones to explore. Don’t forget about the non-skid adhesive so the slide can work indoors. You can also use this outdoors during good weather!
The slide is made from non-toxic PE; it’s both safe and eco-friendly. It’s a durable slide that will last for years to come. If you’re not a fan of the yellow and grey giraffe design, it comes in three other colors as well as a t-rex design!
- Included basketball and ring toss game.
- Non-skid steps and adhesive.
- Works indoors or outdoors.
- Eco-friendly and safe material.
- Unclear assembly instructions.
- The giraffe’s tail is a trip hazard.
|Length x Width||74.8 x 14.5 inches|
|Age Range||8 months and up|
4. Uenjoy 2-in-1 Toddler Slide and Rocking Toy
When dollars are tight, it can be difficult to know which play item to pick for your child. But the Uenjoy slide is not only affordable, but it also does double duty as a sit-on rocking toy.
The rocking toy seat is affixed to the underside of the slide so you don’t need to reconfigure the parts to swap uses. In the rocking toy position, it is designed to be difficult for a child to get their feet caught under the rocker. And the handles for the slide become stoppers to prevent the rocker from tipping too far forward.
Bright colors and double the fun for less than you might pay for a basic indoor slide, this is easily the best budget indoor slide our research turned up.
- No tools are required for the initial assembly.
- Chunky, rounded design with no sharp edges.
- Sturdy so your child can engage in rough play.
- Doesn’t fold down for storage.
|Length x Width||31 x 20 inches|
|Age Range||2 to 5 years|
5. Uenjoy Kids’ Slide With Basketball Hoop
Larger than many of the other slides on our list, this one is still small enough to be used safely indoors. But, it is big. However, it’s large for a good reason — safety.
The wide ladder base and the width of the slide chute makes this a reassuringly stable indoor slide. I didn’t have any concerns about this one tipping over, even when the little ones insisted on trying to make it rock from side to side.
Unlike some of the other indoor slides with basketball hoops, this one also has a net for the hoop. This may seem like a small detail to some, but it gives the entire thing a greater feeling of quality by making it more than just an afterthought.
- It has non-slip grooves on the ladder rungs.
- The slide slots together without tools
- Good for a wide age-range.
- It cannot be folded down.
|Length x Width||49 x 14 inches|
|Age Range||12 months to 5 years|
6. ECR4Kids Activity Park Playhouse for Kids
Some manufacturers put a couple of blocks on the side of the ladder and call it a slide and climber. Not so with ECR4Kids. The Activity Park Playhouse has four sides, all of which have spaces for your child to climb and play.
It has plenty of windows and nooks for curious kids. The slide itself can be removed, flipped over, and reattached to make an additional climbing location. There is a bar on top where your little ones can swing.
Although it is a larger, more complex structure than most, it is simple to put together and there are no tools required. The pieces slot together, which makes it super easy to build, and if you want to move it to another location, you can take it apart again.
- Designed for indoor and outdoor use.
- Bright multicolored design.
- Easy to clean with warm soapy water.
- Difficult for the under 3-year-olds to enjoy.
|Length x Width||66 x 33 inches|
|Age Range||3 years and older|
7. Baby Joy Folding Slide
This folding slide is available in four configurations. There is the basic plain slide, and one with a flower shape at the top of the ladder. The flower design is also available with an integrated basketball hoop, or with a traditional basketball hoop on a stand.
In all four options, the ladder section can be pushed under the slide chute for quick clear away and storage.
The side panels at the top of the ladder prevent kids from toppling off too easily and also have large handholds for little hands. There are no hinges or other folding mechanisms in which your child can trap or pinch their fingers. That means fun time won’t suddenly turn into a traumatic event.
The slide is shipped in pieces that clip together without the need for tools.
- Wide ladder base for stability.
- Feels extremely sturdy.
- Higher handrails on the sides to keep your child safe.
- Not suitable for taller children at the top of the age range.
|Length x Width||43.5 x 21.5|
|Age Range||3 to 6 years|
8. Step2 Play Up Double Slide Climber
This slide is listed as an outdoor item, designed for use on a proper play surface, but it is also usable as an indoor slide.
The platform climber has two tiers for twice the fun and that extends to the double slides, one on each side. This means if you have twins or two children close in age, they can both play, climb, and slide without mom or dad having to oversee and keep the peace.
The slide and climber are rated to hold up to 180 pounds, so you can be comfortable when your children and their friends climb onboard.
A toddler-sized climbing wall, two sit and rest platforms, and a rotating steering wheel round out the play opportunities on this double slide and climber.
- Great for families with multiple children.
- Minimal tools needed for assembly.
- It can handle the weight of many small children at once.
- Not made for easy disassembly if you want to move it outdoors.
|Length x Width||61 x 53 inches|
|Age Range||18 months to 5 years|
9. Costzon Toddler Climber and Swing Set
An indoor slide with a toddler swing attached, this Costzon product is designed to provide an experience that is as safe as it is fun.
The swing has a high backrest and a T bar across the front for safety, and handles to hold onto for a feeling of security. The T bar can be removed when your child is old enough to sit in the swing without it.
The basketball hoop and net provide an opportunity to develop hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills. You will have to buy a ball separately, as one does not come with the set.
The elephant trunk that doubles as a post for the ring toss game does come with the large plastic rings included.
- Designed for many years of play.
- Fun, bright, multi-colored design.
- The swing is a safe bucket seat for babies and toddlers.
- It takes up a lot of room.
|Length x Width||59 x 47 inches|
|Age Range||Up to 6 years|
10. Jupiduu The Lovely Kids’ Wood Slide
This premium slide is designed and made in Germany from composite wood and is available in either a natural or white finish.
The same slide Prince George received for his first birthday, the Jupiduu has a timeless, sophisticated design that will hold up to 110 pounds. A 24-degree incline angle is steep enough to be enjoyable but shallow enough to be safe for the smallest of sliders.
The high side walls prevent your little ones from tipping over the edge of the slide, as they could from some other models.
One thing some buyers mention is that the wood is a well-painted particle board, which can chip if you are not careful during assembly. And if you’re not the handy sort, be aware there are no instructions for assembly included.
- Easy to assemble.
- Neutral colors.
- Holds a lot of weight.
- Not especially affordable.
|Length x Width||57 x 17 inches|
|Age Range||18 months to 4 years|
|Radio Flyer 500 with Ramp||Racing Experience||20.5″||29.88 x 14.75″||19 lbs||Plastic||3 to 5 years|
|ECR4Kids Little Me Climb & Slide||Toddlers||8″||32 x 16″||7 lbs||Vinyl, foam||6 to 18 months|
|WhitSunday Giraffe Slide||With Extra Features||28.35″||74.8 x 14.5″||21.4 lbs||Polyethylene||8 months and above|
|Uenjoy 2-in-1 Toddler Slide & Rocking Toy||Budget Slide||18″||31 x 20″||8 lbs||Plastic||2 to 5 years|
|Uenjoy Kids’ Slide With Basketball Hoop||Basketball Hoop||29″||49 x 14″||10 lbs||Plastic||1 to 5 years|
|ECR4Kids Activity Park Playhouse||Climber||39.76″||66 x 33″||37.7 lbs||Plastic||3 years & older|
|Baby Joy Folding Slide||Foldable Slide||27.5″||43.5 x 21.5″||9 lbs||Plastic||3 to 6 years|
|Step2 Play Up Slide Climber||Double Slide||84″||61 x 53″||78 lbs||Plastic||1.5 to 5 years|
|Costzon Toddler Climber & Swing Set||Swing||66″||59 x 47″||46 lbs||HDPE Plastic||Up to 6 years|
|Jupiduu The Lovely Kids’ Slide||Wooden Slide||27″||57 x 17″||32 lbs||Particle board||1.5 to 4 years|
While some slides are more affordable than others, choosing one that is cost-effective yet safe and long-lasting is not an easy thing to do. But when you do find the best indoor slide for your kid, you’ll know it — your child will want to play with it every day.
You’ll love seeing them engaging in active play and learning new skills.