Product Type: Tesco Outdoor Toy
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Tesco Out There Three Ring Paddling Pool
Member Name: wazza115
Tesco Out There Three Ring Paddling Pool
Advantages: Excellent price, good availability, easy to use
Disadvantages: Smaller than looks
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.
Summary: A good cheap pool but small
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