It’s water squirter season! With the temperature reaching almost 100 degrees yesterday, we decided to have some family fun and get wet with some water squirters in our backyard after dinner. We bought five different kinds of water squirters from the Dollar Tree and compared them. Here’s what we found.
Just to give you a background on our observations, you should know that our kids are ages 3, 5 and 7. That might help you better relate to some of their reactions to each water squirter.
What we liked about it was it was very easy for kids to squirt and fill. (However the cover is hard to close and open, but you could just let it open and still use the squirter fine since the cover is on the top of the squirter.) It took less pull strength with your finger and it felt good in your hand. The fill hole was bigger than the others and so it was easier to fill up with a hose or dipped in a bucket.
What we didn’t like about it was it didn’t squirt as far away so if you’re playing squirt tag you have to get pretty close to your opponent. It also doesn’t hold as much so you fill it up more often.
Who is good for? Great for all ages, but especially little kids. Children 18-24 months and older should be able to squirt it well.
What we liked about it was it squirted really well. It seemed to have more squirting force than the other water squirters.
What we didn’t like about it was the cover for fill hole is hard to open for a child.
Who is good for? Best for any age kid to squirt, but a parents help will likely be needed to loosen the cover when it is ready to be filled.
What we liked about it was it squirted really well and far. The fill hole cover was also very easy to open.
What we didn’t like about it was it was pretty hard for the kids to fill up on their own because the fill hole was so small. While the cover was easy to open and close, it seemed like it could come open easily while in use. It never did for us, and it might not matter much since the fill hole is on the top of the squirter.
Who is good for? Best for slightly older kids, about 5 and up.
Our Final Thoughts
Overall we pretty impressed with all of the squirters. They were good quality considering they are only a dollar at the dollar tree! The triggers had tension and we didn’t see any reason why they wouldn’t have a long lifespan. For the value, I don’t think you are going to find any cheaper than this at another store. The downside of all of them is that they are small and don’t squirt huge streams of water (but to people like me, that’s more of a positive!)
We’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you agree with our observations? Does your Dollar Tree have other varieties of squirters that you like more or less?