Product Type: Argos Outdoor Toy
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Argos Wavy Slide
Member Name: FairyG
Argos Wavy Slide
Date: 24/06/10, updated on 08/11/10 (83 review reads)
Advantages: Very slippery!
Disadvantages: Kids tend to whizz right off the bottom. A bit tricky to put the together.
My garden looks fabulous at this time of year. There are little apples growing on the apple tree, purple and scarlet surfinias trailing out of baskets, golden and violet roses.... and a blooming great nine foot blue and green wavy slide! Not the best feature of my garden.
Well, my fearless four year old twin granddaughters might not agree with that. I bought it with a hope of maybe wearing them out a bit while I sit peacefully on my swing seat (reviewed earlier), but instead I nearly have heart attacks when they balance on the platform without holding on, blowing bubbles, throwing polystyrene aeroplanes or squirting water pistols at their Granddad. Or sometimes the cat if he hasn't already hidden himself in the oregano patch. My neighbours can probably hear me yelling 'hold on!' every five minutes.
Who'd have thought a slide was useful for so many things? Now and again they even slide down it as well. This could be forwards, backwards, upside down, downside up, any old way really. They especially like climbing up the slide and then slithering down. Why bother with steps? And it's quite funny when they just lay down totally and just relax as they slither down, as their whole bodies just ripple along with the waves on the slide.
Although they do scare me silly with their antics, the slide does have quite high safety rails on each side of the platform, so they've never fallen off. It also has rails up the sides of the steps for them to hold onto. And there are no screws or anything for them to scrape their hands on, as these have plastic screw covers (more about those in a minute). See how I'm actually getting onto the practical stuff that you really want to know now? Such as the fact that it's been out there in all weathers for eight months and hasn't gone rusty and it's all still in good condition.
According to Argos website the slide is suitable for age three and over and the weight restriction is 50Kg. It's 169cm high, 150cmwide and 286cm deep. There isn't actually a choice of colours available so you just get whatever they send. Bear in mind it's self assembly. But, you might think, what's so hard about putting a slide together? Well, as we found, it's ideally a two person job. The rails in particular are a bit tricky to align with the holes, so it's quite a fiddly job putting it together. It helps if one person is there to push things together really hard, while the other one puts the nuts and bolts in. That's not to say one person couldn't do it on their own, but two is definitely easier.
We did run into problems when we found some of the plastic screw caps were missing, which was a bit of a nuisance, because I wouldn't want the girls to scratch their fingers on the screws as they slide down. Also the caps tidy it up and make it look nicer. I phoned Argos to complain and was told they can't send spare parts, but they could send a new slide, we could take the screw caps out and send it back. No kidding! I can't fault them for effort, but it did seem a bit daft. Instead, I found a manufacturers phone number on the instruction leaflet, gave them a ring, and they immediately put some spare screw caps in the post. Great service!
For four year olds, this is an ideal slide, and should last them for a few years yet. It's not for the timid though, as it's quite a fast slide and the girls tend to go whizzing off the end, so I have to put a mat at the bottom. Ours is on a slight slope which makes even steeper, so they can carry on down the grass a bit which they think is fantastic. I've tried turning it the other way round so it faced up the slope but then it's just not fast enough for their liking. See? Told you they were fearless.
It is recommended that the slide isn't used on a hard surface such as concrete and I totally agree with that, as children would get a very hard landing when they get to the bottom, or if they fall off. Apart from the missing bits, I've no complaints and I would definitely recommend it.
The nine foot slide is currently £99.99 at Argos and is home delivery only, so there's a delivery charge on top of that. I paid £5 at the time, so it's not bad.
So now you might be wondering, do I ever really get to sit on my lovely swing seat with a cuppa and just watch them? Noooooo! Who do think is running around picking up all the aeroplanes?
Update: A year after buying it, it's still looking good, and we've had no problems with it.
Summary: Reasonable value for money. Actually I paid a bit less than this as there was an offer on.