How to Choose Your Inflatable Slide?

If you are reading this it means that you are struggling to choose an inflatable slide. You tried asking friends. You tried searching on the internet. But nothing seems to work. This post is for you.

What are dry, water, and dry-wet slides? You are confused by this question. Sorting them out quickly can be a real headache. This article will give you some inspiration and guidance.

Why did I write this article? Because I have had a painful experience and don’t want you to go through that too.

I will always remember my first day in the industry. I was a newcomer and knew nothing about the industry. I remember it particularly well, it was a cold, rainy winter day. When I walked into the office of my former company. There were already some people there chatting, talking, and laughing. I said, “ Hello, I’m new here”. Not one person responded to me. They continued talking and laughing. I had to stand there quietly and wait. After a long time, a few more people came in one by one. One person handed over a catalog and said to me, “here is our product brochure, take a good look at it to memorize it.” I took a look at the brochure and was crying inside, “Oh my God, what the hell is going on here, are you going to kill me”

I have to say, it’s a great book. The book is about 100 pages, thick, and full of beautiful pictures. There are thousands of different products, each with a strange name. You wouldn’t be surprised at my reaction if you’d seen the vendor’s catalog. I was out of my mind that day. The days that followed. I wish someone to tell me the difference between a bounce house and a combo. The difference between a water slide and a dry slide. Unfortunately, I never got the answers I was looking for. Over the next few months. I looked up information on the Internet while soaking in the production workshop. Over and over, comparison and comparison, finally all the information into one. Understand what is what. As the years went by, I got to know more and more about inflatables. I am grateful for all these difficulties that I have encountered. This made me an expert in the bounce house business.

Now I knew from my clients. They were in the same situation as I encountered. When they started up in the business, there was no one willing to teach them. They had a lot of trouble. “Emma, I would be very glad if I knew you earlier,” Dean said. Here, I want to share what I know with you so that you have a smooth transition into the industry.

Dry, water, and dry-wet slides? I’ll talk about the differences, advantages, and disadvantages in four points. Definitions, functions, storage, and Place of use.

Water slide

Point #1: Definitions

1.1 What is an inflatable slide?

A toy that children can climb on and slide down. It can bring more fun to children. Compared to bounce houses and obstacle courses. This is its clear advantage. Giving children sports with joy, and fun from exercise. It’s not hard to imagine spending a lot of physical effort to climb to the top, and whoosh, sliding down. It is a joyful experience for children.

It was super fun for the kids. They play on it over and over again. That’s why our designers have created an inflatable slide.

Considering the different application scenarios, such as indoor or outdoor. For different seasons, in winter or summer. And the different needs of customers. After many times optimizing. Finally, there are dry slides, water slides, dry and wet slides appear.

1.2 Composition 

It comes up with three parts: body, climbing, and sliding.

1.2.1 Body 

The body is the foundation, plays the stable support function. It is as important as the trunk of a tree or the base of a house.

1.2.2 Sliding 

We have single, double, and even multiple sliding. To add interest, it is sometimes designed to be straight, or curved. To make them smoother, we use sanded vinyl. Children can experience a variety of pleasures by sliding on different slides.

1.2.3 Climbing 

Usually placed in front, or behind. Sometimes place it by the slide. By climbing this ramp, you can up to the top of the slide. It is a good opportunity to strengthen a child. The curious child desire to go to the top to see what it’s like. The child’s flexibility and strength will be well developed through climbing.

1.3 Distinction 

1.3.1 Same place 

The design, construction, and general configuration are the same.

1.3.2 Difference 

The end product is different.

Water slides or dry-wet slides have a splash pool at the bottom of the slide. And there is an accessory near the top of the slide body to facilitate the installation of a hose. To keep the slide wet enough for sliding.

Dry slides have bumper pads, inflatable walls, or small ramps to ensure safety.

Dry slide

Point #2: Function

Wet slides are usually used in the summer. Place them on the lawn or connect them to the swimming pool in the backyard.

Dry inflatable slides are normally used in winter. Keep them indoors.

Dry-wet slides can be used in both summer and winter.

Connecting a swimming pool will turn it into a wet slide.

Removing the splash pool will turn it into a dry slide.

Point #3: Storage 

Wet units are at risk of mold or mildew if the water is not thoroughly drained.

Water slides are prone to mold.

Dry-wet slides are susceptible to mold.

Dry slides are less prone to mold and can be stored easily.

Point #4: Place of use 

Dry slides are generally not restricted by time or location. They can be used in outdoor areas such as schools, churches, communities, and backyards. And also be used indoors if space allows.

Water slides usually have some restrictions and are not suitable for indoor use. They can only be used outdoors in grassy areas, poolside, etc.

Dry-wet slides can be either dry or water slides. They can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Dry, water, and dry-wet slide


Dry, water, and dry-wet slides. All of them are really good slides. Each offers endless fun. After thinking through these 3 questions below, you can easily make your choice.

  • Budget

How much are you prepared to invest in doing business?

  • Usage

Do you want to use it in the summer or winter, or all year round?

  • Storage

Do you have a dry and ventilated warehouse?

Last but not least. Which one would you prefer?

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