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We bought this slide for our eldest daughters 5th birthday last year and purchased it from Amazon for around the £70 mark with free delivery, I was actually a little apprehensive ordering something like this without being able to see it but the purchase went without a hitch and the product was exactly as described.
The slide came packaged in a heavy duty cardboard box with was fastened with the really string staples so there was no way to open it and see what was inside without making it obvious it had been opened. When we first received the parcel we opened it and made sure all pieces were there before packing it back away until the night before her birthday when we built it up.
The slide when built measures about a metre in height and a metre and nearly 2 metres in length and is meant for children aged 3 and up, my youngest daughter was a few months off turning 2 when her sister was given this slide and she was playing with it and managing to climb up the slide herself even then although she was always supervised. The slide is apparently suitable for ages up to 10 but I would have to say I cannot see a 10 year old having any fun with this or being small enough to play with it really, my daughter is now 6 and when she sits at the top of the slide her legs are about a third of the way down the slide.
The slide wasn't exactly the easiest to build, it has a lot of screws and each one was dictated on the instructions by a different letter, what we didn't realise to begin with was that the lengths of the screws only vary by a few mms each so I would suggest if you buy this you line all the screws up before you begin and work out which ones are which as we didn't do this and it would have made the job a whole lot easier. We didn't find the instructions very easy to follow and at one point we had a couple of the pieces connected backwards which led to lots of cursing from my husband, we were building this on the night of the Queens Jubilee concert and it took us the entire concert to get it built.
The slide has a bright orange plastic slide area which is wavy so has a couple of little humps in it which both my girls find funny, it's base is build it with navy blue metal poles and each one is connected to another with a series of screws. The slide once it is built is really good, it is hardwearing and very safe and I have every confidence in it when my daughters are playing. The steps to the slide are wide so they are easy for young children to stand on and they are bright orange in colour, the steps up to the slide are rather slanted making it easily for young children to climb up without it being too steep. The slide itself has raised sides by a couple of cms in height as an extra to keep children safe whilst using it.
On the morning of Sophie's birthday we threw a sheet over the top of the slide and she wasn't allowed to look what was underneath until she opened the rest of her presents, it was a good job we had done it that way as when she saw what it was we couldn't get her or her sister off it. The slide has been going for over a year and even though it is kept outside it has very little signs of wear in fact all that you can really see is that the orange colour has lightened in places due to the sun. The slide is easy to clean which is great as I always rub it over before the girls play on it with it being permanently outside.
I think the slide is great value as in our family it will probably last for about 5 years and my girls both love playing on it and of course there is the added bonus of it's extra exercise. I would say the only drawback of this slide was the building of it but if you lay all the parts out first I think it would be much easier, it gets 4 stars from this household.
Features and benefits for Hedstrom Wavy Slide This fun wavy chute slide from Hedstrom is made from a strong and sturdy plastic and a long-life coated steel frame with steel supports for extra durability. The 6 foot wavy slide has specially designed steps with friction pattern, ensuring a better grip and a safer climb, and a broader stabiliser bar and high handrails give this outdoor toy added safety.Colours and styles may vary.