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The Best Kids’ Water Tables, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about kids’ toys before — including the best outdoor games, tech toys, and scooters — here we’ve rounded up the best kids’ water tables for every type of kid, backyard, and porch, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated kids’ water table

Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Play Table

Many of the over 2,000 reviewers said they like this water table because it is easy to set up, sturdy, and encouraged their children to experiment and share. “It was so easy to set up! And it’s great for social (cooperative play), physical (fine motor skills), intellectual (cause and effect) [development] — just to name a few,” writes one reviewer with several children. Another reviewer notes that her kids ask to play with this toy daily. “They have played with it everyday and request it still. I’m debating on buying another one with different features just so they will have more because it was so much fun.” One reviewer who tested several other water tables before this says, “Of all the water tables I’ve seen, this one captures the attention of kids the longest.”

Best-rated (less expensive) kids’ water table

Step2 Duck Pond Water Table

Reviewers like the simple design of this water table, as well as the lower price. “I chose it because of its simplicity. I like that it doesn’t have an etched design on the bottom that could get dirty. I like that it doesn’t have a lot of cranks and wheels taking up space. This way, my daughter can play with her favorite toys, both now and as she gets older. I also like that the simple design encourages creative play.” Another reviewer got straight to the point: “I think this is a fantastic product at a great price.”

And now for some micro-picks for every type of kids’ water table you might be looking for.

Best water table for toddlers

Step2 Water Wheel Activity Play Table

Reviewers like that this table is sturdy and low, and the right size for babies who are learning to stand. “Even a very young toddler can use [it] because it is sturdy enough to lean on when learning to stand,” says one reviewer who had a great idea for using this water table in cold weather “In the winter months, [it] can be taken inside and filled with other materials as a sensory table.” Another reviewer who bought it as a gift said her friend’s toddler is a huge fan of the table. “I purchased this for my friend’s 1-year-old daughter. From what I’ve heard and seen, she absolutely LOVES it. She splashes in it any chance she gets and will grow into more of the features, which is a huge plus.”

Best kids’ water table with multiple levels

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table Playset

“This is a great and very entertaining water table with multiple places to play,” says one reviewer, who notes that one of her children is not able to reach the top but still enjoys playing with it. Another reviewer was impressed with the amount of activities it features. “This water table has the most activities and parts of ALL the water tables we looked at. It rains from the top, pours down into spouts and moving parts, includes a toy frog flipper, a water wheel, cups, and buckets for pouring. I don’t think there is a table my child would enjoy more.” It’s also a great toy for dogs, according to this enthusiastic mom. “My 3-year-old and corgi love this!”

Best kids’ water table that’s also a boat

Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship

Parents who bought this table like that it has an easy-to-use drain and that it’s good for kids of various ages. “It’s easy to drain and they stay busy playing with all the pieces that come with it. They absolutely love it. The height is just right for my two youngest and even my 7-year-old comes over and plays with no trouble,” writes one reviewer. Her sentiments are echoed by another reviewer, a mother of two: “My 2-year-old daughter loves this, and her 6-year-old sibling plays with her occasionally, too.”

Best kids’ combination sand and water table

Step2 Dino Dig Sand & Water Table

Lots of reviewers mentioned using this table both indoors and outdoors, depending on the weather. “Just purchased this table today to use inside with a cornmeal/vegetable oil mixture. My son loves it! Perfect indoor activity for him that I can easily fill with water and put outside on the deck in the spring/summer months.” Others like that it is easy to clean and roomy enough for several kids to use at once. “I am impressed with this water table. I like the simple design that is easy to clean and big enough for a few kids to play comfortably.” Plus, many of the reviewers liked the overall design and the cute dinosaurs that come with it. “The dinosaur toys are adorable and squirt water out of their mouths.”

Best kids’ water table with umbrella

Step2 Spill & Splash Seaway Water Table

“Cutest water table ever! We chose this slightly more expensive model because of the umbrella, and let me tell you, it was worth it. Definitely will help shade her when the sun is beating down. Worth the extra 20 bucks and I HIGHLY recommend it,” says one reviewer who set this water table in her backyard. Another happy shopper writes, “I bought this for my daughter’s 2nd birthday. She loves playing with water and this is just the right toy for her. We placed it on a concrete pad in our backyard. We’ve used the umbrella and it is quite steady.” This reviewer also notes how sturdy the table is. “This water table is great quality. It is sturdy enough that even if the little kids decide to climb on it, it stays up and doesn’t wobble or tip.”

Best kids’ water table with cover and umbrella

Little Tikes Sandy Lagoon Waterpark

“What a great water play table!” writes one reviewer who goes on to sing the praises of its convenient cover. “It’s well-made and the cover that divides the sand from water or other substances is a great addition. This is the best sensory table I have seen.” Another reviewer, who also loves the lid, likes how engaging this table is for her son and his friends. “This is the best outdoor toy. I got it for my son for his birthday, he seriously wants to play with it for hours everyday, and so do all the neighbor kids. It’s a good-quality water table and I love that it also has space for sand, with the cover to keep it clean.”

Best kids’ water table for PAW Patrol fans

Step2 Paw Patrol Water Table

“My granddaughter, who is 3, loves PAW Patrol. I let her pick this out for her birthday on Amazon. It’s bigger than I thought, easy to set up, and comes with three characters, which worked out great because my two grandsons got to play with it, too,” writes one happy reviewer. “I think it’s a great buy especially during hot summer days — just set it up in the shade, sit back, and watch your kid fling water everywhere and hope they water your plants in the process,” says another who clearly likes the downtime this table affords him. Another reviewer, a grandmother, writes, “My youngest grandchildren have such a good time playing in the water in Grammy’s backyard on a hot day, and this water table has enough activities to keep them entertained and spark their imaginations.”

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The Best Kids’ Water Tables, According to Reviews