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Eight of the best paddling pools

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With temperatures finally starting to rise, it appears summer is on its way. Paddling pools are one of the best ways to keep your little ones cool in the hot weather and have some family fun at the same time.

It can be hard to know which paddling pool to invest in as there are so many options on the market but it’s important to take a few things into consideration when choosing the one for you. The age of your children, the size of the pool, the durability of the material or lining, how easy it is to store and whether it comes with an all-important pump are all key.

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Jojo Maman Bébé Pop-Up Paddling Pool

Not only will your baby love cooling off in this pool but they’ll be protected from harsh sunlight too thanks to the overhead sunshade and UPF 50+ protection cover. Best of all, its pop-up design means you won’t have to mess around with fiddly pumps and it folds away into a 40cm carry bag when not in use which is ideal if you want to take it on holiday or to a friends’ house.
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Chad Valley Aquarium Activity Pool

Little ones will have endless fun in this eye-catching play pool that comes complete with a blow-up dolphin, clown fish, octopus, slide and palm tree sprinkler. There’s plenty of space for three or four children to enjoy playing in and it all folds away nice and flat for easy storage when playtime is over.
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Intex Lazy Snail Paddling Pool

Another great option for younger children as they will love the colourful and playful design. The inflatable floor is super comfy and mean it works well on harder ground like a patio or decking, while the built-in sunshade will keep them safe from UV rays. This could even double up as an indoor ball pit when the weather isn’t great.
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Bestway 8ft Fast Set Paddling Pool

If you’re after a model that won’t take forever to inflate, fast set pools are the way to go. Only the upper ring needs blowing up as the rest can be filled with water, so you and your family will be splashing about in to time at all. It’s just as easy to put away too thanks to the built-in drain in valve and space-saving storage box. Another bonus is the heavy duty TriTech material which is super durable.
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Intex Swim Centre Family Lounge Pool

The whole family can cool off in this fabulous lounge pool that comes with an inflatable bench so adults can sit back and relax while the kids paddle about. There are even two cup holders, which is a nice touch.
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Bestway Splash and Play Three Ring Pool

It may only set you back less than a tenner but this three ring inflatable pool, which comes in three different colours, provides all the water fun your toddlers need. It’s quick to inflate and won’t take long to fill up either. It’s only 45 inches in diameter so perfect if your garden is on the smaller side. Reviewers say it’s excellent value for money too.
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Chad Valley Activity Pool Play Centre

There’s lot of fun to be had with this inflatable play centre, which can be used as a ball pit and a paddling pool at the same time. Tots will also love the slide and palm tree sprinkler. With its vibrant and colourful design and focus of play, your little ones will be able to enjoy this pool for hours.
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Intex Mystic Unicorn Spray Pool

Kids will adore the magical unicorn design of this paddling pool, which has a built-in sprinkler to keep them extra cool as they splash about. This also wins major brownie points for its convenient drain plug.  

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