Getting kids to play outside can be challenging, but get them some good Super Soakers and they’ll be outside for hours on end. My kids have a great time chasing each other and their friends with water guns or Nerf guns. It makes me a bit nostalgic for my own childhood of Super Soaker fun. However, today’s line of soakers is much improved from the options I had as a youngster.
If you want an outdoor toy for teens, tweens, or younger kids, check out the high quality water guns listed below.
Water Gun Play to Keep Kids Active
On a hot summer day, nothing is better than cooling off in the water. And for kids, nothing is better than spraying each other with a Super Soaker. I know my kids love getting together with their friends, splitting up into teams, and having a Super Soaker war. They love that they can socialize and have a great time, and I love that they can get some exercise and get away from screen time.
Some other fun ways to keep kids active are fishing and swimming.
What to Look for in a Good Super Soaker for Kids
- Water tank capacity. Kids don’t want to run out of ammunition before their opponents. Choose a water tank that will outlast everyone else. Typically, you want a tank with at least 25-ounce (739 mL) capacity. Otherwise, you will have to reload multiple times during a water battle.
- Shooting range. A short shooting range means you have to stand closer to your competition. And that means getting even more soaked. Look for a soaker with long range (anything with 30 feet (9 m) or more is good).
- Volume of streams. The volume of water coming out of the gun makes for a powerful water gun. No one wants to shoot a Super Soaker with just a trickle of water coming out. Also, some guns have more than one stream of water.
- Accuracy. Firing an inaccurate water gun isn’t much fun. To find an accurate water gun, look for a narrow stream with high velocity.
- Ease of use. Your child won’t be excited about playing with even the biggest Super Soaker if it is hard to fill up and use, and you don’t want to be stuck reloading or helping your child fire in the middle of a water fight.
14 Fun Super Soakers for Kids
|Freeze Fire 2.0|
|Super Soaker Hydra|
|Super Soaker Barracuda|
|Super Soaker Soakzooka|
|Nerf Super Soaker HC-E|
|Zombie Strike Revenge|
1. Super Soaker Breach Blast
This soaker holds a whopping 50 ounces (1.5 L) of water, which is one of the largest capacities of any Super Soaker. You won’t have to refill as often as with other options, and that is a definite advantage in a water war. The Breach Blast is compact, shoots 38 feet (11.5 m), and accurately hits with a powerful continuous stream of water. You’ll keep your competition retreating over and over again.
There is no trigger on this model; it works just through the pump action. It also tends to leak around the water tank if you don’t tilt the gun. We recommend filling the water tank outside for this model in case it leaks.
What we like: continuous water stream, huge water tank
2. Freezefire Blaster 2.0
For a fun twist on a water gun, try the Freezefire Blaster 2.0. In addition to spraying water, the Freezefire Blast allows you to add ice for extra freezing blast. Surprise your opponents with an icy spray of up to 38 feet (11.5 m).
A wide tank opening makes it easy to fill with water and add ice, which is good because there is only a 20-ounce (591 mL) water capacity. You will want to have a bucket, hose, or kiddie pool nearby to refill.
This model is not as accurate as others, but it is fun to hit your opponent with a stream of freezing H20!
What we like: easy-to-fill tank, capability of adding ice
3. Super Soaker Hydra
If your objective with a water gun is to absolutely drench your friends as soon as possible, this gun should be at the top of your list. The Hydra is tons of fun. In order to shoot this blaster simply pull on the white handle at the front. Warning: this gun will unload all of its 65 fluid ounce capacity within just a few seconds if you pump full the whole time.
This can be really good and really fun if the objective is maximum drenching in a short amount of time. If you need to last a long time, you will need to be more strategic with this gun. In order to increase efficiency with your shots, simply fire partial shots where you do not pull the trigger down all the way.
To fill the Hydra, use the cap at the top to load the gun. This is pretty easy with a hose or something that you can put the water directly into the filling hole once the cap is removed. It can be difficult to fill this in a bucket or sink because of the size of the gun. Ultimately, this gun is a lot of fun and is one of the most fun soakers out there.
What we like: large storage capacity with 65 fluid ounces, water gun absolutely drenches
4. Super Soaker Barracuda
The Barracuda has two separate barrels so you get two streams of water for double soaking! The water tank holds 35 ounces (1 L) and has a large opening so it is easy to fill. This gun shoots 25-30 feet (8-9 m).
While some pump water guns are hard to pump, the pump action on this model glides well. There is no trigger on the Twin Tide; just pump and spray two powerful jets. The Barracuda is a new model and doesn’t disappoint.
What we like: easy to pump, dual water streams
5. Nerf Super Soaker SplashMouth
The Super Soaker SplashMouth gives two options for getting someone wet. You can either pump the gun and spray water or open the hatch on the top of the gun to dump water on your opponent.
This model is great for kids of all ages. The pump action moves easily and there is no trigger. To fill the gun, just flip the hatch open and dunk the gun in a bucket of water or put it under running water. It holds 20 ounces (591 mL) of water.
Some tanks are hard for young kids to fill, but this one is very simple for anyone to fill. This is our choice for best Super Soaker for young kids.
What we like: spray or dump options, great for young kids
6. Floodfire Blaster
This is the perfect choice if you don’t like having to stop to refill the water tank. The Floodfire Blaster can be attached to a hose for unlimited firing and is the most powerful Super Soaker. Or you can use the 43-ounce (1.27 L) tank without the hose and still get good use before refilling.
This gun has pump action and a trigger. Handling both mechanisms at once can be tricky for small hands, so young kids might need help working it. The Floodfire Blaster shoots up to 38 feet (11.5 m) and is heavier than most of the options on this list.
What we like: hose attachment capability, shoots far
7. Scatterblast Blaster Double Pack
This blaster is great for kids of all ages. The pump handle is easy for anyone to use, as the pump moves easily. With a water tank that holds 22 ounces (650 mL) as well as five streams coming out of the gun, the only negative to this option is that it runs out of water fairly quickly. However, if you have a bucket of water close by or use the Scatterblast Blaster in a pool, you can refill quickly.
The Scatterblast Blaster shoots up to 33 feet (10 m). While this gun is great to use as a toy, some have even found it is powerful enough to deter varmints or even help with cleaning projects. So, get creative and see how the Nerf Super Soaker Scatterblast Blaster can potentially make your life easier!
One of the best things about this gun is it comes in a two pack!
What we like: 5 streams, easy to use
8. Super Soaker Soakzooka
OK. This is the king of all water guns. Think bazooka with water. Not only is it extremely powerful, it also holds 55 ounces (1.6 L) of water. You will be able to keep spraying your friends while they have to stop and reload. The larger volume single stream drenches your competition while they have to reload.
The biggest drawback of the Soakzooka is that it only shoots 25-30 feet (8-9 m). Rather than a trigger or a pump, the Soakzooka has a handle. Simply pull the handle and the water shoots out. It is easy to operate and so fun to use!
What we like: awesome power, huge water tank
Themed Super Soakers
9. Fortnite TS-R Super Soaker
The Fortnite TS-R Super Soaker is easy enough for a young child to use, but also fun for older kids and adults. This is personally my favorite of the themed guns.
Get ready to load up on your water gun enemies with this gun with pump action you can easily soak those around you.
The TS-R can hold around 36 fluid ounces (1L) of water. To re-load the gun simply open the cap and fill the gun through the cap at the top.
This is the best of the Fortnite Super Soakers and can shoot almost 50 shots without reloading. It doesn’t have great shooting distance, but it makes it up in consistency. This gun is made for a Super Soaker battle.
What we like: fun theme, top cap loading, holds 36 fluid ounces of water
10. Star Wars Chewbacca Bowcaster
For the Star Wars fan, join the Wookie force to fight the First Order with the Super Soaker Chewbacca Bowcaster. It is made to like Chewbacca’s crossbow, and kids love it! This fun themed gun shoots up to 38 feet (11.5 m) and is easy to use, even for young children.
The gun holds 17 ounces (502 mL) of water. The water cap is hard to close so a child might need help to do that. It has good power and is the best themed Super Soaker.
What we like: Chewbacca themed, shoots far
11. Super Soaker Storm Trooper
The Super Soaker Storm Trooper is a powerful gun that makes a fun addition to a water fight or as a prop for a costume. It shoots up to 35 feet (10.7 m) and holds 16 ounces (473 mL) of water. Unfortunately, you will have to reload fairly often.
The pump action is easy for anyone to operate, and the gun is accurate. The Storm Trooper gun is so fun to use with the Chewbacca Bowcaster and the Han Solo Blaster.
What we like: Storm Trooper themed, accurate and easy to use
13. Fortnite RL Water Blaster
Nerf has done it again with this fantastic Fortnite version Super Soaker Rocket Launcher. The rocket launcher is themed perfectly in Fortnite styling with a Nerf color twist. This gun feels like a rocket launcher because of its large size but is still light. To fire, simply pump the front of the launcher back towards the back of the gun. Simply put the nose into a bucket or pool to fill with water.
This water gun is similar to a lot of the pump action water blasters out there. Although this is not an original water gun concept, this gun is still fun. The gun will fire a lot of water at once, but requires a refilling station after just one shot. The Rocket Launcher holds around 9 fluid ounces or 275 milliliters of water. This launcher is a must have for Fortnite fans, but ordinary Nerf fans can probably find another water blaster to be more effective. I’d recommend using this blaster in a lake or pool for the most fun as the small water amount can be a problem in a Super Soaker battle.
What we like: Easy to load, Fortnite themed, easy to fire
12. Fortnite Super Soaker HC-E
This hand cannon is inspired from the incredibly popular Fortnite game series. The water blaster just looks like the game in shape, but the silver and grey coloring has been changed to purple, light blue, and off course the signature orange Nerf accents. This gun is really fun in style and shape. It is very easy to carry and run around with. Because of its size it isn’t recommended as a primary soaker in a water gun fight.
Young kids three and up are going to like the light weight nature of the hand cannon. The HC-E holds 7.4 fluid ounces or 219 milliliters of water, which is just enough to get someone wet, but not really soak them. If you are just looking for a good water gun, pass on this one. However, the low cost makes this a must have for Fortnite fans. It is simple to reload using the cap on the top.
What we like: Great Fortnite themed gun, easy to carry, easy to reload
14. Zombie Strike Revenge Infector
What kid wouldn’t love the combination of a water gun and zombies? The Zombie Strike Revenge Infector is a well-made gun and is easy to use. It gives kids a fun imaginative scenario to use while having a water fight.
The Zombie Strike Revenge Infector shoots quite far, up to 38 feet 11.5 m). The only negative we found with this gun is that it only holds 12 ounces (354 mL) of water. That means an awful lot of refilling, unless you have multiple guns you can trade off using.
What we like: Zombie theme, shoots far
Fun Games You Can Play with Super Soakers:
- Target Practice. Set up some cups so the kids can shoot from a set distance.
- Last Man Standing. In this free-for-all every kid is for themselves. Every kid starts with a set number of lives. The game ends after only one person is remaining.
- Red Versus Blue. In this game the kids are given a jersey and into a red team and a blue team. The two teams run and shoot at each other until they are ready for a switch. With games like this, it helps to have some ground rules such as safe zones or refilling stations. It also helps to put time limits on the game and gives you an option to end the game.
- Simon Says. In this game a grownup gives the kids various tasks to do with their water guns. Be careful, as this can get out of hand if kids are in charge.
- Freeze Tag. This game plays like a normal game of tag except hands are replaced by blasts of water from a Super Soaker or water gun.
For a memorable birthday for your child, plan a water gun birthday party.
Our Recommended Super Soaker for Kids
Best Super Soaker for Young Kids: Super Soaker SplashMouth
Most Powerful Super Soaker: Super Soaker Floodfire Blaster
Best Themed Super Soaker: Fortnite TS-R
Best Overall Value: Super Soaker Freezefire 2.0
Water guns are great toys for kids. They help provide exercise, interaction, and entertainment. For those long, hot summer days, there’s nothing better than cooling off with an exciting Super Soaker water battle. Get your kid one or more of these high quality guns and you’ll be the best parent on the block!