Best water guns for kids
Water gun safety
Before your child is handed any toy, they must be taught how to properly use it. A water gun, for instance, should never be aimed at the face of another child or any other living creature.
Additionally, there are a few factors that you need to consider before purchasing a water gun. Is it age-appropriate? Does it have any tiny parts that could be choking hazards? Are there any sharp edges? Are the materials used in the manufacturing process safe and nontoxic?
With summer around the corner, your kids may want to play with water guns. This guide is designed to help you find the best, safest water gun for your child.
How to check if a toy has been recalled
New safety and recall notices are issued every day. Regardless of the type of toy, it is important to be proactive and register every toy you buy your child, if they can be registered. This way, the company can be in direct contact with you if there are any safety issues. Alternatively, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website to search for recall notices.
Types of water guns
Not all water guns function in the same manner — some release a light spray while others shoot a powerful, focused stream. To help make the shopping process easier, for this article, we will be breaking water guns down into three popular categories: squirt guns, syringe/single-pump guns and pressurized guns.
Best squirt guns
These models are the classic design: pull the trigger to squirt a small stream of water.
Best of the best squirt gun
Fun-Here 9-Inch Water Guns (6-Pack): available at Amazon
Our take: This affordable six-pack contains enough squirt guns for the whole family.
What we like: These slightly larger-sized guns are made of nontoxic materials and can shoot up to 20 feet.
What we dislike: The durability of these models is not exceptional, so kids must be careful while playing with them — a bit of an oxymoron.
Best bang for your buck squirt gun
30-Piece Water Gun Set: available at Amazon
Our take: A cornucopia of squirt guns that is best suited for a summertime birthday party or an outdoor gathering with lots of kids.
What we like: The 30 squirt guns in this set come in a wide variety of shapes and colors so every kid can choose a favorite. The price is extremely appealing.
What we dislike: Many of the squirt guns in this set are smaller, so they do not hold much water.
Honorable mention squirt gun
Our take: If your kids love the "Baby Shark" song, this trio of squirt guns is perfect.
What we like: The familiar Baby Shark design on these squirt guns is what makes them a winner.
What we dislike: These tiny squirt guns only hold about two ounces of water.
Best syringe/single-pump water guns
Instead of a trigger to fire these water guns, you use a sliding action to propel water from the gun. The stronger the user, the further the stream goes.
Best of the best syringe/single-pump water gun
Nickelodeon Paw Patrol Water Rescue Pack: available at Amazon
Our take: If your kid is a fan of Paw Patrol, this backpack water soaker will let them have fun pretending to be Marshall.
What we like: This large-capacity tank straps onto your child's back and allows them to play for extended periods of time between refills.
What we dislike: The firing on this single-pump water squirter can require a little bit of muscle to operate, making it more difficult for younger children.
Best bang for your buck syringe/single-pump water gun
AstarX Water Blaster (6-Pack): available at Amazon
Our take: This affordable six-pack of syringe squirt guns is best for use in a pool.
What we like: These soft, foam toys are the most powerful and affordable models in this category.
What we dislike: Because of how the unit operates, you get one blast of water per fill.
Honorable mention syringe/single-pump water gun
Prextex Fireman Backpack Water Shooter and Blaster with Fire Hat: available at Amazon
Our take: If your child likes playing pretend, this firehose water squirter is a great option for letting them feel like they're actually a firefighter.
What we like: This set comes with a water tank, a fire hose gun and a fire hat, making it easy to play pretend.
What we dislike: This model is a bit pricier than the other water guns in this category.
Best pressurized water guns
The user pumps these guns to build up pressure inside of a tank to make them the best design for distance shooting.
Best of the best pressurized water gun
Our take: For kids and adults who are fans of Fortnite, this replica water gun is a definite pleaser.
What we like: This powerful pump-action gun makes it feel like you're playing Fortnite for real. It holds 36 ounces of water and has an impressive range.
What we dislike: When filled, this larger water gun can be heavy for smaller children.
Best bang for your buck pressurized water gun
HITOP Water Soaker (2-Pack): available at Amazon
Our take: A top-selling, no-frills, pump-action water gun that is best for slightly older kids.
What we like: The back opening is large enough for easy filling at the hose or a sink, and the gun shoots water roughly 30 feet.
What we dislike: A few users had issues with these models leaking.
Honorable mention pressurized water gun
Balnore Water Gun Soaker: available at Amazon
Our take: The clever design of this water gun allows the user to squirt four streams at once.
What we like: This water gun is made with nontoxic plastic, holds 40 ounces of water and can shoot over 30 feet.
What we dislike: As with many other water guns, this one has its share of leaking issues.
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