Nothing kicks off summer break like a siege of Super Soaker streams from the neighborhood kids. You might be a grownup now, but there’s no need to let adulting interfere with your aquatic action. We’ve compiled a list of the best water guns for kids - and kids at heart - so you can engage in some serious water gun warfare whenever the mood strikes.
Water gun fights liven up pool parties, barbecues and trips to the beach. They’re fun for the whole family, whether you’ve got a trio of toddlers or a competitive wife or teen.
But wait, we know what some of you are wondering right now…
And the answer is no, water guns do not promote violence. The Toy Association debunked this belief back in 2018, and CNN took a similar stance when it interviewed psychologist Michael Thompson. Toy guns, whether they’re water guns or Nerf guns, encourage creativity - not violence.
With that being said, aquatic attacks are one of the best summertime activities no matter how old you are. So go ahead - check out the best water guns for your next backyard battle below. We’ve got something for every summer soldier, from blitz-inducing blasters to toddler-friendly squirt guns.
Attack water-gun warriors from up to 35 feet away with the Super Squall Surge. It boasts a pressurized firing system that delivers a barrage of water at your opponents.
This gun holds less water than most other guns we've researched, but that's understandable due to its sleek design.
Compact yet effective. This slim water gun holds less water than larger models, but it gets the job done. The pressurized air chamber lets you fire continuous streams of water rather than dealing with delays.
Send water soaring up to 35 feet with the pressurized firing system of this powerful water gun.
Kids age 6 and up can unlease maximum soakage action with this easy-to-use water gun.
This water gun isn't too expensive, but it costs slightly more than some of our other top picks.
Surprisingly resilient and effective for a budget-friendly gun. A 90-day money-back guarantee protects your purchase if anything goes wrong during the first few months.
No major flaws, though one user complains the trigger doesn't work. That's because you're supposed to use a built-in pump for water distribution, not the trigger.
Like the Nerf Super Soaker Scatterblast Blaster, these MOZOOSON guns have a classic design. The trigger is just for show, which irks some users, but aside from that there are no major design-related flaws.
The guns are lightweight and colorful, so you can easily spot them at a crowded beach or pool. We love that you get 3 guns in the set so you can share them with family, friends, or fellow water-gun warriors.
Surprisingly long for an affordable set of guns like these. You can shoot streams of water up to 32 feet.
Great for kids and adults
You can get 3 water guns for less than $20. This set is a steal compared to other guns on our list.
Perfect for drenching your opponents rather than just drizzling them. Holds up to 1.6 liters of water for major soakage action.
This toy is heavy compared to other water guns, and there's a learning curve with the trigger.
Bulky and awkward, but still a crowd pleaser. It definitely takes time to get used to this heavy water gun if you usually use smaller ones, but once you get the hang of it you'll have a blast. Literally.
This Soakzooka doesn't have much of a range, but that's because it's designed for massive blasts of water, not secret sprays.
The company says this Super Soaker gun is great for kids ages 7 and up, but younger kids may have trouble operating this heavy unit.
Expect to spend approximately twice as much for this Super Soaker Soakzooka as most of the other water guns on our list.
Includes a backpack for hands-free fun. Rapid-fire water power catapults liquid toward opponents.
This gun costs approximately 10 times as much as other guns on our list.
This well-made gun and backpack set holds more water than most other popular water guns. The backpack holds up to 100 oz. of water, and the gun's water tank holds up to 17 oz.
Aquatic antagonists appreciate that the quick-fill can doesn't have a twist-off lid. They also like that this gun doesn't leak or make a mess all over the person using it like many water guns do.
Range varies depending on the mode you select. There are 3 different blast modes that unleash powerful jet streams toward your enemies.
Unlike most other water guns, this Hasbro unit is geared toward older kids and preteens. It's best for kids age 8 to 12, but adults like it too. Younger kids may struggle to transport the water-filled backpack.
This is a fun water gun and backpack duo, but it's definitely not cheap.
Fun Fortnite-inspired design appeals to fans of the popular game. It's easy to grip, fire and fill this colorful water gun.
There are paper stickers at the end of the rocket, which really doesn't make much sense for a water gun.
This water gun doesn't shoot very far, but most users don't seem to care.
Kids age 6 and older will have a blast destroying enemies with this Fortnite-inspired water gun.
This reasonably priced water gun will keep Fortnite fans entertained for hours - no iPad or TV time required.
Easy to use and refill. Lightweight and comfortable to hold.
It's longer than most of the water guns we've reviewed, so younger kids may struggle to grip and aim this big gun. The gun doesn't hold much water, so it's best to use it near a pool, lake, or river where you can quickly refill it.
This water gun looks more like a rifle than Nerf water guns. It has a long 29-inch barrel and measures nearly 3 feet total. Adults say it's easy to grip and use, but younger kids may find it difficult to wield such a large water gun.
When you're ready to reload the gun, just dip it in a body of water. The downside of this is that the gun doesn't hold much water. That's why it's best to use it when you're at the beach or pool instead of running back and forth to the hose or sink.
This gun easily outshoots pretty much every water gun we've found. It sends a 3/8-inch wide stream of water flying as far as 70 feet, making it ideal for sneak attacks.
Kids ages 8 and up will have a blast surprising fellow swimmers or beachgoers with this long-range water gun.
For $20 or less, you can dominate the neighborhood pool with this easy-to-use water gun.
Surprise brave battlers with 5 powerful streams of water from this Super Soaker Scatterblast Blaster. The flip-up sight helps you easily identify aquatic antagonists during water wars.
Some customers complain that it leaks all over the place, so make sure you've got the plug sealed as well as you can.
Compared to other water guns, this Super Soaker Scatterblast Blaster doesn't necessarily look impressive. However, that's part of what makes it so great.
The Scatterblast Blaster is a simple water gun that's easy for users to hold and operate. Just slide the pump handle forward, then release it and take cover as your opponents get covered with multiple streams of H20.
Send 5 streams of water soaring as far as 34 feet when you blast enemies with this powerful water gun. It holds up to 22 ounces, so you can sneak in several good hits before it's time to refuel.
Ages 6 and up, but adults also love this classic water gun
For just $10 to $20 you can wage water warefare around the block.