Product Type: Argos Outdoor Toy
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Argos Wavy Slide
Member Name: abbadabbado
Argos Wavy Slide
Advantages: looks nice, sturdy
Disadvantages: long base pieces
Last summer we struggled with what to get our daughter for her third birthday. She has far too many toys and we didn't want to add to cluttering up our home. Instead we opted to clutter up our garden instead and upgrade her toddler slide to a "big girls" slide.
After looking around and comparing prices, we eventually settled on the wavy slide from Argos. This was mainly because it had £5 off bringing the price down to £49.99 instead of £54.99. Looking back today, the slide is at the same price with the same offer, so perhaps this is a seasonal thing.
The slide arrived with us flat packed, so hence an hour or so of bickering with my husband on which bit went where. Essentially it was easy to place together (once I had worked out which way round the metal pieces went), but I did find some of the places that required the screws difficult to line up. Each piece that we connected together was sturdy, and the plastic slide area was thick and felt strong.
When we were looking for the slide, the height was a big factor. We didn't want it to be too tall as our daughter was only going to be three, but at the same time we wanted her not to think it was a baby slide either.
This slide is 115cm from floor to top, and whilst that seems high, I think the fact that the slide is wavy helps disillusion the actual height of it. We watched our daughter climb with ease and no fear the first time she went on it, so we needn't have worried about the height after all.
The base of the slide has two pieces of the metal that stabilise the slide, but they do appear quite intrusive against children running around the slide. My daughter hasn't tripped over them yet, nor has any other child who plays on the slide, but they look in the way.
I was however pleased with the width of the slats to climb. They aren't too thin and they have a gripped effect on the plastic to steady small feet.
Once at the top of the slide, the bars bend round in a curve. This appears to give extra support as a smaller child climbs up. It appears to be standard design on all the slides you can buy however.
Fast forward one winter and we have found the slide has weathered very well. We don't have enough storage to be able to put it away over the cold months, so it has had to stay outside in the garden. There are no rust spots on the surface and neither has it faded in the sun from last summer.
Overall we have been very pleased with the slide. It feels sturdy as our daughter climbs it and shoots down in all directions.
Maximum weight of the slide is 40kg and suitable for children 3 years and over.
Summary: a reasonable priced sturdy slide