Aldi and Lidl go head to head in cheap paddling pool price war

With the mercury reaching record highs over the past few days, many of us will be looking for ways to cool off in the heat, or keep our kids entertained now the long summer nights have kicked in.

Many of us have rushed to pick up a paddling pool and pool inflatable’s this summer to keep them cool, so much so that Amazon have reported that sales of pool inflatables doubled month on month this summer – in particular their shell-shaped pool inflatable which has seen a sales increase of 500% from April 2018 to July 2018.

And every year, there seems to be a new favourite paddling pool, with a £30 offering from Asda selling out almost immediately last year (it’s now back in stock for 2018), to this year’s steal: a £12.99 bargain from none other than Aldi.

If you don’t have an Aldi near you then don’t worry, we’ve tracked down some of the rest of the best paddling pools out there right now, ranging from cheap as chips pools for kids, to the best prices on actual swimming pools and hot tubs.

1. Asda, £30

Featuring four comfy air-filled seats and holding a whopping 836 litres of water, this paddling pool has enough room for all the family (and two cup holders for their drinks).

So it’s no surprise that this was the big paddling pool of the moment last year, selling out in all Asda stores across the nation. But now it’s back for 2018…

Get it from George at Asda for £30

2. Aldi, £12.99

You can always rely on Aldi to come up trumps with the cheap goods. And it seems paddling pools are no exception.

The discount supermarket are currently stocking two bargain options, both for £12.99, with one rectangular, and one hexagonal pool. Due to their mass popularity, it seems both pools are now out of stock online, although you still may be able to pick one up in store if you’re lucky.

Get it from Aldi for £12.99

3. Chad Valley Aquarium Activity Pool, £29.99

If you’re after something a little more exciting than just your average paddling pool, Argos currently have an exceptional deal on this, potentially a little over the top number, that includes a palm tree, octopus and mini slide.

Inflating in just ten minutes, this fits around three or four children, and keeps them entertained for hours, rather than the minutes some get from being in a bog standard circular pool.

Get it from Argos for £29.99

4. Amazon, £24.88

Very similar looking to Asda’s £30 offering, but this one is a fiver cheaper. It still features the same two cup holders, as well as seating for four people, making it perfect for families.

Sadly a pump isn’t included in this offering, so you will need to buy one of those on top, which will set you back £12.99

Get it from Amazon for £24.88

5. 8ft Inflatable swimming pool, £26.99

This is the no-fuss swimming pool for those who don’t want to spend hours setting up, when you inflate the top ring and fill the pool with water, it will stand up by itself.

Get it from Amazon for £26.99

6. Intex easy set swimming pool, £24.99

Whether you want a quick dip or to lounge about all day, this pool also works on the premise of blowing up the top ring only, and then filling the rest of it with water – and voilà.

Get it from John Lewis for £24.99

7. Steel frame swimming pool, £72.99

If you want a pool that you can keep up all through summer, pick up this steel-framed option.

However, the filter isn’t included in this offering, so you’ll need to buy that separately if you fancy it.

Get it from Amazon for £72.99

8. Lay-Z-Spa Vegas inflatable hot tub, £398

For all out luxury, treat yourself to this big, bubbly hot tub, that will have you sitting outside all day long. Change the temperature and get the jets going, for pure indulgence.

Get it from Amazon for £398

9. Intex Lazy Fish Baby Paddling Pool , £21.95

If you’re looking for a paddling pool solely for a little one to keep cool, this fun fish option may just be the one.

Get it from Amazon for £21.95

10. Disney Princess 3 ring pool, £11.59

Young kids will love playing alongside their favourite Disney characters in this themed pool, which features princesses including Jasmine, Cinderella and Snow White.

Get it from Amazon for £11.59

Outdoor toys

Sand and water fishing table, £14.99

Kids can splash the water, create sand sculptures and fish for toys – all in their own back garden.

Get it from Smyths for £14.99

Rocket kids play tent, £12

This fun themed tent will have kids dreaming of space under the stars at night time, and shielding their skin from the sun during the day. Once winter comes, you can move the tent to their bedroom instead.

Get it from Halfords for £12

Chad Valley double slide, £17.99

With two separate coloured lanes, kids (and adults) can race each other along slide, ending in the wet drench pool at the end.

Get it from Argos for £17.99

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Chad Valley Flower Water Spray, £11.99

Connect your garden hose to this colourful and unassuming flower, which will spray you with water as you run past it.

Get it from Argos for £11.99

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