Pros: end fills up with water not air, longer than a single slide
Cons: not as deep or sturdy as the other brand
The Bottom Line: A less sturdy product but costs less too, you decide whether you want to spend $20 on 1 season or $30 (Whamo's doubles price) on 2 seasons
After seeing the quality of Banzai by purchasing the Banzai Wild Waves Water Park and the Banzai Water Slide Slip and Splash I am ashamed to admit I bought this. My youngest daughter is 12 mo old, when the big kids aren't using the slip and slide she likes to crawl in the spraying water because it is so gentle but even moreso she likes to crawl into the splash pool, I think she likes the freedom of being able to just crawl in and out as opposed to the confinement of the kiddie pool. So I wanted to give her a larger area. I had been looking for a double slip and slide everywhere with no luck. I found this one at Walgreens and it was on sale 50% off so only $9.99. The sucker that I am, I bought it.
I must say though, I was the least dissappointed in this product. It is longer than their single slide, it is 20' TOTAL length. The end spash area is also deeper than the single, though not as nice as even a single Whamo brand. The walls of the end are 1 piece, therefore harder to locate a hole than in the 3 piece Whamo one. However the end fills with water, not air. Water is probably not as soft to crash into but probably a little more forgiving of a tiny hole as well as helping to anchor that end of the slide. The flag is a nice touch which the kids love. It even held up to my 60 lb niece sitting on it. The whole thing though is, again, much thinner plastic than any of the competition. The water for this one comes out of a tube in the center so it splashes both sides at the same time. It definitely isn't as long or large as it appears in the pictures on the packaging. But it is not as bad a deception as a lot of their other products.
The product, like most water slide toys is easy to set up, take it out of the package and unfold it. Once unfolded you fill the splash pool walls with water, this is easily accomplished because the hole was big enough to fit our hose. Then you attach the hose to the sprinkler inlet and stake down the starting end with the enclosed plastic stakes.
All in all I think we will enjoy this and get our $10 worth. Even at regular price it is a good bit cheaper than the Whamo double slides so I would be hard pressed to chose Whamo instead. However, I have not seen a double Whamo in person and if it is as nice as it's single it probably is worth the difference. But instead of being junk like other Banzai products, I'd give this an "average". Therefore I could cautiously recommend it to people, I would have to tell them the cons and let them decide if it was worth the price difference.
update April 2010: The last season lasted a while since we live in the south so it was over a month from our late summer purchase before we packed this away. We did rinse it and then roll it up for this season. Surprisingly most of it made it. The flag no longer held air so was done for but was not a necesity at all. We set the slide up though and it only lasted about 15 minutes. 15 minutes into use the hose inlet sprung a leak so the sprinkler no longer works. As most know, or could at least guess, without constant water on the slide it is not slippery. Not to mention we had bought this mostly for a 1, 3 and 5 year old so they used it as a sprinkler as much as they did as a slide. I do still think I got my $10 worth so am not going to lower the rating. However I will stick to Whamo brand personally so am not going to keep this as "recommended".
Amount Paid (US$): 10 Type of Toy: Other Age Range of Child: 6 to 8 Years
Special splash back feature at the finish line will douse the loser with a face full of water before landing in the splash pool. Product size- 20' long without tunnel, Recommended age group: 5 - 12 years, Manufacturer: Banzai