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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 Water Wheel Activity Play Table

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

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’ divided sand and water table

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 with umbrella

Best themed kids’ water table

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The Best Kids’ Water Tables, According to Reviews