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      15.08.2013 13:00
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      cheap and cheerful, good design.

      Paddling pools are something that we don't have much look with. We buy a new one every year, and every year, they get popped and end up in the bin before the end of summer. Last year we bought quite an expensive one from costco that had two section and a slide between the two sections. It was fab, but lasted less than a week, so I decided to replace with a Tesco paddling pool. I bought this when I saw it last year - I think at the time it cost me about £8. It was certainly not what I would call expensive.

      The version we have is not the smaller one which came in a plastic packaging which was abundant on tesco shelves a few weeks ago - it came in a cardboard box, and has three rings that are different colours.

      The pool is made from the usual plasticky material, and has dimensions of 1.5m wide by 0.4m depth. The three rings each have the sort of stopper that you get in arm bands. Blowing this up would take some time if a person did it. My husband decided to use a pump attached to the car cigarette lighter, and the job still took a good 15 minutes. I like the fact that each ring has got its own source of air. One of our rings on this pool has got a puncture, but because the other two are still inflated, the pool is still functional.

      The rings are not that sturdy compared to a more expensive pool. They cannot be stood on or sat on without collapsing and letting water out the pool, but if they are stepped over, they are perfectly sufficient.

      We didn't fill this up to capacity due to being on a water meter. We filled it so it came up to just below my sons knees.

      We found that my two children could play in this quite comfortably if they were just running about hopping in and out, but for actually sitting in and playing, it was a bit on the tight side. Luckily they don't really want to sit in icy water anyway, they both enjoy just paddling about getting their legs cold with an occasional dip under the water.

      I have found that this pool is as well made as any other plastic pool. It has been used a few times during the hottest part of the summer, but at the end of the season, it is not something we will be able to keep.

      I think that the puncture might be partly down to us. We have to leave it outside. Although we have tried to keep it covered with tarpaulin, I think that our cat must try and get the water as it is the top ring that has popped.

      For the price, I have been very pleased with the product, and I feel that the three ring design is actually better than some other pools we have owned as a puncture hasn't rendered it unusable.

      I would happily replace this pool with the same one for my children next summer.

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      23.07.2013 11:15
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      Cheap and cheerful fun

      Tesco Out There -Three Ring Paddling Pool
      I bought two of these recently, one for my ex Homestart family with twin girls who I like so much that I visit regularly still and one for my granddaughter as we have her over at our house at least one day a week.

      This was an unplanned purchase inspired by two things, firstly the lovely hot weather we have had over the last week or so and secondly the amazingly bargainous price of these.

      Where else can you buy a swimming pool for £3 I ask you?

      Now having heard the price I bet you are thinking, 'this must be rubbish!' and indeed I wasn't too sure but felt it was worth trying. Even if it lasted one afternoon, I have paid £1 for rubbish toy bags in the past that lasted five minutes so it was worth the try.

      I blow both up!! Yes not at the same time but in the same week. Luckily each ring sort of filled gradually and they were not big or wide so it didn't take too long. I was seeing stars by the end but it was worth it.

      Now bearing in mind the price this is thin plastic and not designed to be used by older children. I was aware that the girls would be sitting in the pool and so chose a sort patch of grass , checking there was nothing sharp hidden there first.

      I filled the pool with the hose and added about three kettles of hot water to take the chill off the first fill. They were so excited and jumping around waiting to get in. My granddaughter and her little friend ( yes we had two of them one morning) loved it, splashing each other and playing with buckets and containers.

      One day when my granddaughter was her by herself we added som bubble bath which she also enjoyed ,making herself beards like grandpa and so one.
      The next time we added some colour just to make it a bit more entertaining. Only food colouring and by the time it was diluted really it was hard to tell but she enjoyed it.

      With my Homestart twins I had no extras and we only had margarine tubs etc to play with . Initially they were not too sure despite adding hot water to take the chill off. They spent a lot of time sitting on the edge which meant we had to keep on re filling it but that seemed to be part of the game.

      I am not expecting these to last more than this summer, if they last that long but having used them pretty constantly over the last couple of weeks I would thoroughly recommend them.

      Children love playing with water and they learn so much. You can extend their vocabulary by talking about splashing, noisily, quietly, quickly and so one. You can pour into wide and thin containers comparing which you think might hold the most and so on. Using sieves and funnels also adds to the fun and education. You don't need fancy toys as a lot of kitchen stuff will suffice and be just as fun.

      Children can drown in 2 inches of water so NEVER leave children alone with any water in a container like this . They could slip, bang their head and end up face down. Having said this a little pool like this can give hours of fun and lots of learning for children so I would thoroughly recommend spending the money on one of these.

      If you look after it and don't put it anywhere where there are hard bits then I am sure you will get more than your £3 worth of value from this.

      Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.

      ©Catsholiday

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        21.07.2013 22:23
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        One of the best value buys we've ever made!

        First and foremost lets be clear, this is a cheap pool in both price and quality.

        We bought this as a total impulse buy, our little girl isn't quite 2 yet so we were going to leave paddling pools until she was well and truly steady on her feet, but for the money, and given the fact we've been sitting in the garden most of the week, we threw one in the trolley.

        I've seen reviews with this pool priced as cheaply as £1.50 and up to a fiver. We paid £3.00 for this marked up as reduced from £4.99 - though frankly I think Tesco make it up as they go along.

        Ours is the same colour as the one in the picture but not nearly as vivid, it's quite a washed out looking pale blue with a darker blue plastic base.
        It is comprised of three stacked rings sealed together and has a very flimsy feeling plastic sheet on the bottom. Each ring blows up separately which is actually very smart. I sincerely doubt this will last the summer, but at least if one ring gets a puncture there will be two more in support so it'll still be functional until we can pick up a replacement. That said, I didn't really expect it to last a weekend and so far it's survived two days at my in-laws on quite a coarse lawn and another session today on the paved section of our garden.

        The pool is pretty small, but we guessed that from the pouch it came in. Inflated it's under a metre edge to edge, giving about 70cm diameter across the actual body of water (I'll measure it actually and get back to you on that!) Luckily, our little girl is very petite and her three year old cousin isn't much bigger - it was plenty big enough for them to sit and mess with bath toys and squirters, though not really big enough for them to start the Olympic lap training I had in mind...
        In its favour, being small means it's easy to fill and doesn't feel wasteful when it has to be emptied out at the end of the day. We had the hosepipe on it for a few minutes and a couple of kettles full of hot water to counter the COLD cold water from the outdoor tap. By the time the kettle had boiled it was over half full and deep enough for them to play in.

        The pool is safe with no pointy edges (often with inflatables I find there are quite sharp seams) and it felt firm and secure even though we didn't inflate it fully (we left it a little bit spongy), but the base got extremely slippery as play went on. We hadn't put anything other than water in there so I'm not sure quite why it was slick, but it felt as though it was coated with something and it made standing up a bit of a challenge - there were a couple of bruises after day one!


        Frankly, for the cost, I'm happy to have had a weekend out of it.
        3 days play for 3 quid is already superb value - it gave us more value than that in smiles and laughs - but I'm pleased to say it shows no signs of giving up just yet and with more sun forecast I can safely say it'll be out again this week.
        Tesco will be shifting these by the bucketload this year, but the shelves were well stocked when we were in there, so don't rush down there in a panic! I can't find them on the Tesco website for some reason, but they're still about.

        Nothing else to say! If you want a pool for any more than sitting and playing in then you'll need to shell out for something bigger, but this one fits the bill for a small childrens one as far as I'm concerned.

        K

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          20.07.2013 13:05
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          A cheap and cheerful paddling pool, that will hopefully survive the summer

          Although we do own a large family-sized paddling pool, the combination of being heavily pregnant and the ridiculously high temperatures led to me begging my partner to buy me a smaller pool, that would be easier and quicker to put up and fill and yet would still be big enough to accommodate both myself and my three year old son so that we could cool down. What my partner came home with is this Tesco Out There Three Ring Pool, that cost him a fairly reasonable £9, when I asked him why he chose this particular pool, the answer was a very blunt "it was the only one they had left". It appears that this pool is (or has been) available in more than one size and several colour schemes, with the smaller pool having been vastly reduced in price. This, however, is the bigger pool with a diameter of approximately 150cm (about 5'), height of 40cm (approx) and features multi-coloured rings.

          The box the pool is supplied in is suspiciously small and indeed suspiciously light, before even opening the box I could tell that this pool was not going to be of top quality or nearly as robust as one bought from, say, the ELC. Once removed from the box each of the pool's three rings need to be pumped full of air and water added before play can commence. Normally I would have been the one to pump it up, but as I was already far too hot to exert myself I allowed my partner to do the honours. The valves are of a standard size, meaning that most pumps will fit, himself used a foot pump and it took him less than ten minutes. If no other method was available I would imagine that you could blow this up by mouth, I'm just not sure that I would attempt it. Filling the pool took around half an hour using a hosepipe, but should you have a hosepipe ban in place, be warned that with a maximum capacity of approximately 700 litres (if my maths is right) it will take somewhere in the region of 70 10 litre buckets to fill to the top. By inflating and filling the pool in the morning, it then gave a good couple of hours for the water to warm during the hottest hours of the day (it's advised to keep children out of the sun between 11am and 3pm) ready to play in the afternoon.

          The first thing I noticed about this pool is how thin the material making up the outer wall is and how flimsy it is. With our large pool, we can lean on the sides without them buckling, but with this pool even the weight of my three year old is enough to cause the wall to push outwards and allow the water to leak. I'm also not that convinced that this pool is going to last beyond this year, the material just does not seem tough enough to survive any of the rougher play young children are renowned for. The second thing I noticed is how the pool is deceptively large, I can sit comfortably (well as comfortably as anyone can at six months pregnant) with my legs extended and there is still plenty of room for my three year old to splash and play. The pool is also nice and deep, the water comes over my bump which I find extremely soothing and cooling on a hot day.

          My three year old loves this paddling pool, although the flimsy side wall does mean that he can't manage to get in and out on his own. Once in the pool the water comes up well above his knees while standing and up to his chest when sitting. He loves to splash about in the pool and there is enough space and depth for him to even attempt to swim. There's also plenty of room for lots of toys for him to play with and explore, he has several boats, funnels, pots and balls and there's still room for him (and me). The first thing the little man asks to do each day is to go in this pool and he looks forward to being allowed to go in each afternoon. (He's not that happy today as it's cloudy and a lot cooler so we won't be using the pool).

          When it comes to emptying the pool there is a "handy" plug in the base for easy emptying, but I have to admit that most of the water in our pool is recycled by being used on the plants. As with any larger pool, the amount of water held in this will do a good job of flooding and "soggifying" the grass it is sat on when allowed to empty, so recycling the water not only makes good ecological sense, but also means that you'll be able to walk on your lawn a little sooner. As far as durability goes, the pool has survived a week of daily use without coming to harm, but I'm still not convinced it will survive beyond this summer and I'm trying to keep the dog out. One slight problem is that the air does seem to leak a little from the rings overnight, meaning that they need topping up every couple of days (which can be awkward if the pool is still full of water).

          Overall this is a reasonably big pool at a reasonably cheap price, it's easily large enough for a couple of young children or even an older child (adult) and young child. Yes it does feel a lot cheaper and less durable than our larger pool, but at the same time it is a lot quicker to pump up and fill. As for the recommended age, the box states it is suitable for those over the age of three, but as I would never leave any child unsupervised I would be happy to allow a child over the age of eighteen months or so use the pool as long as they could walk unaided. If the pool survives that long, I may even use it to introduce the new baby to paddling pools next year, by adding less water and sitting him on my knee. As for stars out of five, I'm giving the Tesco Out There Three Ring Paddling Pool four stars out of five as it is a good size but a little on the flimsy side but this is to be expected at such a low price and I'm recommending it as long as you aren't expecting it to last beyond a season.

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            14.07.2013 11:09
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            A good cheap pool but small

            At the end of last summer, we had two paddling pools so when the hot weather recently arrived, we quickly got them out of the garage cleaned them up so we could fill them up. Unfortunately, both of them had holes in and wouldn't stay inflated (I have no idea how but I suspect that my cat had clawed at them!). Although one was still usable to a fashion, I decided to buy another one. Yesterday, after a look online and realising everywhere appears to have sold out, I went to Tesco's to see what the have available. These were the only ones in the shop and the price was less than a couple of pound so I decided to buy.

            The pool is also available from Tesco Direct but I believe most Out There products can also be ordered to come with your weekly shopping (both if stock permitting). The RRP is actually £3, but I paid £1.50 as it is currently reduced. On the shelf, the pool is only available in blue, so not the most attractive looking; I do believe however Tesco also do the pool in pink.

            Inflating the pool was really easy, the pool has three rings and each one has a valve which has a push in stopper (the type which are on most inflatable products). I like the push in versions as not only does it mean Lauren wont be tempted to play with them and end up deflating the pool, it also means she wont catch herself on them as she gets in and out of the pool (I sometimes find they can be a little sharp). Inflating the pool was really easy and it only took me about 5 minutes to do so.

            Although the dimensions were on the packaging, I didn't really take much notice and just looked at the image (which is the same at that above) and although the pool wasn't going to be the biggest, I assumed it would be sufficient enough for Lauren to play happily in. Once fully inflated, the pool has a diameter of approx 90cm, although I haven't measured this, I would say this is definitely on the generous side.

            Filling with water literally only took around 5 minutes which is great (especially if like me you are on a water meter), so once full, Lauren went and sat in the pool, we then realised that there wasn't much room to fit anything else in. Although she is only 5, she nearly fills the whole pool, Lauren normally likes to put her slide and toys in but the pool was too small. On the plus side, the water warmed up really quickly.

            The sides of the pool measure around 20cm high, despite the low price, the sides to feel quite robust and haven't deflated at all through the weekend. Lauren has also been quite 'rough' with the walls of the pool, lying over them, pulling at them etc.

            Despite the pool being small, because of the low price, I would say we definitely have 'had our money worth', the pool has been out all weekend and we have had fun jumping around the garden. Because the water is warm, we tended to stand in this one when we wanted to 'splash daddy' (especially when he started to snore!).

            The pools does remind me of one I had when Lauren was younger which we used as ball pool so I would say based on the size and durability, this is more suited to either being used for this or for a younger child. I would also say if you have any pets, they might also like this.

            Overall, for £1.50, I can't really complain but to be honest, because of the size, I would only give 3 out of 5 stars.

            Thanks for reading.

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            12.07.2013 17:26
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            A decent pool for the price

            With the recent hot weather we've been enjoying spending time out and about and in the garden. My daughter loved sliding down her slide into a paddling pool last year so I purchased another paddling pool so she can do the same again this year. I picked up this one from Tesco.

            I picked up this three ring pool from my local Tesco store for £3, it is also available to buy online but a delivery charge may apply if you aren't ordering with their free click and collect service. We have this in the pink colour but blue ones are also available to purchase.

            The pool definitely isn't anything special and isn't suitable for more than one child at a time. It is quite small with a height of around 20 centimetres and a diameter of 90 centimetres. The pool features three rings which have to be inflated separately, it doesn't take very long at all and I had no troubles in puffing it up and running out of breath. Once it's fully inflated it is difficult to get it into a proper circular shape, it sort of bends a bit in places but on the whole, represents a circle type shape. I don't have a hose so filling up the pool took some time getting washing up bowls full of water and taking them outside. It does take quite a lot of water, I filled it up around three quarters full and I seemed to be in and out filling up the bowl quite often!

            My three and a half year old daughter has no problems in climbing in or out as the sides are only 20cm high, she can lift her leg over without any trouble. My boyfriend's five year old daughter also had no problems and both girls enjoy running up and jumping in the pool and it doesn't compromise the quality of the pool and it is still in one piece despite some vigorous play. The main reason I bought this is to put the end of my daughters slide in to make it into some kind of water slide and there was enough room in the pool to fit the toddler slide in so my daughter could go whizzing down it.

            I'm really pleased with the quality of this three ring pool, at only £3 I was a little worried about how it would withstand my daughters slide inside but it is fine. It was a pain to fill up but that's only because I don't have a hose. I'd definitely recommend this for some cheap water fun in the garden.

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              09.07.2013 16:55
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              A bit of summer fin for children or pets.

              I recently ordered one of these from Tesco at a price of £4.31. Do to a number of mix ups, it took me two weeks to get the pool, and I was slightly miffed to see another dooyooer had bought hers for £3, and yet another for only £2. Checking the Tesco website just now, they have been reduced even further to only £1.50 so if you have an interest in this item - I'd suggest nipping down to get one asap, though they may already be gone.

              I thought I was ordering a blue pool, but mine ended up a very bright pink. Thankfully this was not for my sons. at ages 4 and 8 this pool would be useless for them. My sons have had larger pools from age two, but we did have something like this when my oldest was only one, and it is nice with only a few inches of water for a very young child to play in supervised of course. At that age my oldest used to enjoy having the pool 3/4 of the way full and just leaning over with toy boats and rubber ducks as well. I have a few friends who have said their little ones are frightened of the water and I always suggest letting them sit outside the pool and pour water, splash their hands and float toys about. Toddlers can have a brilliant time with a set of rubber ducks and a net alongside this pool. These are also brilliant as a second pool alongside a much bigger one. You have the children stand in this before getting in the big pool, and this gets all the grass and much keeping your larger pool clean for much longer.

              Our pool is currently in use for our pet salamanders. I've always felt a bit guilty keeping anything in a cage, but the salamanders had been rescued by a reptile shop owner who didn't really want them himself and didn't have the space for them. They were living in a Chinese take away box when I got them., but they had been used as breeding pair in the juvenile axolotl form before morphing into the adult form which would mean far more space is required for breeding. I've had them about 6 years now. It isn't warm enough for them to live outside most of the time, but this pool means they can have a really proper swim, soak in the water or climb about on their island. We filled the pool with mosquito larvae as well which are now all gone, so they've had a good snack, and whatever flying bugs are foolish enough to visit. I think it gives them a somewhat more natural environment - if you can call neon pink natural.

              Of course most people won't have anything like salamanders to enjoy the outdoors for awhile, but this would also do for a turtle to have a day in the sun. Dogs love these as well, although they usually don't last long with dogs nails, at this price it might be worth buying just for a few days respite form the heat. I have a heavier plastic one for our dog though. I especially like having a pool full of water if leaving the dog outdoors when we will be out for the day. Of course since this can pop, you would need to leave a bowl of water as well - just in case.

              These pools come in green, blue and pink. If you order online - you will have no choice in colour, and I imagine the choices are getting quite limited by now even in the shops. The pool is meant to be 90 centimetres across. Maybe I am doing something wrong, perhaps it could have been inflated just a tad wrong but I am getting 33 1/2" or 85 centimetres when I measure it. I measure 20.5 centimetres as opposed to Tesco's 22 centimetres as well. I am assuming Tesco's measurements reflect a pool inflated to the absolute maximum. This is fairly thin material, and the last one of these I owned did only last for one summer. This isn't a pool you will be able to use year after year, even with little creatures like salamanders playing in, but at this price I feel this is fair enough and most children will outgrow it quickly. Considering the price - I am giving this a full 5 stars. True, you can find much better pools, but you won't find many for less.

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                08.07.2013 21:33
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                great value pool

                With the recent spell of good weather predicted to last for a good few weeks, we decided that we should try and get a new paddling pool for our two year old son to try and help keep him cool as the temperatures rise. Last year he had a baby pool which he has now outgrown so we were looking for something in the next stage up. We didn't want to spend a fortune as we are unsure how much use we would get out of it so when we found this one in Tesco for £3, it seemed ideal!

                The pool is 90cm in diameter and has a three ring design around the sides, as pictured above. We purchased it in blue but it is also available in pink and green. The pool is recommended for children aged 3-4 years but I think it is an ideal size for our two year old and would say it would be on the small size for most 4 year olds. The pool takes about ten minutes to inflate - the rings inflate separately and 5 - 10 minutes to fill with water (it can also be used as a ball pit). It is also quick and easy to deflate after use.

                It holds the water well and is a nice size for my son to get in to and out of independently. He manages this without compressing the sides and letting any water out but at the same time does not trip over the edges. The pool is also quite resilient - he can splash about in it without moving it (much!) and hit the sides with a certain amount of force without bursting them.

                For the price we paid this pool really is exceptional value. It is great for younger children/toddlers and at the price paid, it really doesn't matter if it only lasts us one summer! The price of paddling pools available varies dramatically but there are not many that can be found this cheaply and, for the price paid, it is very good quality. This has already provided my son (and friends) with much fun, laughter and entertainment so was definitely £3 very well spent!

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                  07.07.2013 22:26
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                  Great Little Pool

                  Me being me, I waited until the heatwave was definitely upon us before deciding to buy a paddling pool. It never occurred to me that such a thing would sell out in early July given that there were so many on the shelves just a matter of days ago, but it really should have! I bought this pool as a 'just in case' from Tesco for £1.50, as by that point I'd been to three different shops and come out without a decent sized paddling pool. The only ones left in stock anywhere in my area today were little toddler sized ones like this. Fortunately, later on I DID manage to get a slightly larger one, but I decided to use this one as well anyway so my feet could have their own pool.

                  As I said above, I only paid £1.50 for this as Tesco launched a half price summer sale this weekend on some items, and this is one that was included. Even for the full price of £3 this is cheap though to be fair. It comes flatpacked in a clear plastic pouch, and I could see two colour choices available today - blue and yellow.

                  Getting this set up was a lot easier than the larger pool was. It only took me a few breaths to fill each of the three inflatable rings, and I did this in a matter of minutes. Because it's such small pool (90cm diameter, 22cm high), this doesn't take very long to fill with water either. My water pressure isn't great but this was still half full in about ten minutes.

                  It lasted being stepped in and out of all day (by me mostly) and being bashed around and knocked into by the kids too. The sides remained fully inflated during use with no signs of slow punctures or leaks from the valves. If I was using this for a toddler or baby, I'd be happy that it's capable of standing up to a bit of bashing.

                  Definitely a great bargain buy. It's not the big, fancy 8ft quick set pool I was hoping for when I scoured the shelves this morning, but it certainly did a grand job of keeping my feet cool today! I'm glad I picked this up as our 'just in case' pool, my feet will continue to appreciate it throughout the hot summer days I'm sure, as will my friend's toddlers and babies when they visit us next.

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                    fine!

                    I bought this paddling pool this week for just £5 and it is fantastic!

                    It is quite quick to blow up as it is only small so your little ones won't get bored waiting whilst you set it up! Because it's small it doesn't take much water so it's fast but also cost effective too and environmentally friendly!

                    It has three rings which make it interesting to look at and provides support so little ones can lean against it. It is quite sturdy too.

                    The one I bought was bright pink so my grandchildren love it!

                    I used a foot pump to blow it up, it suggests that this is the best method and that you should never use an electric, pressure pump. The instructions about filling it up were quite extensive and a bit unnecessary for example "Do not put paddling pool on ground where there could be a pipe several foot underneath...!"

                    It only took a few buckets of water and it was deep enough to create some fun!

                    There isn't much room so two children took up almost all of the space but this was fine it didn't stop them from having ample amounts of fun!

                    It deflates well and can be folded up so that storing it isn't a problem. I really am glad I got this as it does provide lots of fun for children and was also quite nice and cooling for me to put my feet in too! For just £5 I really cannot fault it at all!

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                    10/10 Tesco, for once!

                    Of course as the current round of summer holiday, child-related accidents would have it, you might as well leave a steel-jawed, jelly-baby-baited bear-trap permanetly set up in your back garden, as put out a filled paddling pool these days. "They" seem to want kids permanently socketed into the freakin' 'WII' only PRETENDING to be playing outdoors, or otherwise plugged into a pay-as-you-go Club-blasted-Penguin subscription don't "they"- but then again maybe that's just what I think.

                    Pride's probably going to be coming before a fall - probably involving, one of these days, my finding sprog #2 floating face-down in said two quid paddling pool, just like William Holden at the beginning of 'Sunset Boulevard' (only without the gunshot wounds - or Hollywood location obviously, since we live in darkest suburban Gloucestershire) - but personally I'd like to think that used with extreme caution - possiblyh involving the kind of before-and-after safety evaluations that are more usually associated with the handling of anthrax-contaminated material and / or radioactive nuclear waste - a blow-up paddling pool can still play its part in healthy, outdoor, back-garden fun.

                    So you want to know what the Tesco three ring paddling pool is like. Well it's a heck of a lot smaller than it appears in the picture accoumpanying this review for starters, that's what. That kid they show you splashing about in the pool - they've obviously photoshopped him in because the scale looks all wrong to me. This paddling pool, inflated, is only 90cm across - but actually, given the hazards inherent in having a body of standing water set up in a garden that small children have access to, I'd say smaller, and shallower, is definitely the best way to go here. The water capacity from the product blurb on tescodirect says it's 81 litres - so the pool is relatively quick to fill with a garden hose too (within 10 minutes, according to that accompanying product info again). The height of the pool when inflated is said to be 22cm - which seems a wee bit shorter than ours is, but it's certainly in that ball-park. Possibly they're referring to the depth of water you can get in it, which if you filled it fully would be about right. Given the small size, this isn't one of those 'family' back-garden temporary pools that you're going to see mum or dad lounging about in (look for pictures in the Argos catalogue - it's ridiculous) but paddling pools are for younger kids really, anyway, and this is fine for fun getting their feet wet and general splashing about.

                    This pool inflates via three separate rings on the side, that you can blow up by mouth easily enough. These have the usual push-in stoppers that you get on water wings, etc. and once inflated, the pool seems to stay up quite well over time. Of course the sides aren't rigid, but this is a good thing as kids tend to fall on them while running in and out of the pool and the inflated edges cushion the impact a bit.

                    As the Tesco paddling pool only costs £2 it's not the most robust structure you're ever going to find, but as garden paddling pools in my experience only tend to have a life-time of about one summer at most, this is more than good enough to do the job. I wouldn't pull it through a thorny bush, for example, and expect it to come out unscathed, nor would I set it up on a hard surface like tarmac or concrete for fear of puncturing, but on grass, it's perfectly adequate.

                    Did you register that when I said the paddling pool only costs £2? You could buy five of them for a tenner - get one in each colour - they come in bright yellow, blue and pink - and still have the opportunity to double up with two of the colours at the end of that. They come flat-packed in a smallish approx. A4 sized package that weighs a mere (approx) 500g - so it's easy to carry home.

                    This paddling pool probably for safety reasons is only recommended for kids aged three and up. Our sprog #2, aged just under two does like to go in our one but is watched constantly like a hawk throughout, and we empty it out the minute the 'paddling pool fun' is over for the day in case he falls in it when we're not there and gets into difficulties. Again the small size makes it easy to tip the water away - and as it doesn't hold all that much, the quantity that spills out doesn't totally flood the lawn either.

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