Best water gun 2022, with the best Super Soakers and other water pistols

The best water pistols will make your friends scream "H2-OH NO!"

The best water gun 2022, image shows boy playing with a Super Soaker
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If spring and summer were a noise, it'd be "splooosh!" or maybe "fsssssssssspt!" It already sounds like that round our way, where Super Soakers and many of the other best water guns are already out of storage to celebrate the lighter nights and warmer weather. Whether you're buying for your own arsenal or for your kids', this is a good time to invest in water guns: the weather isn't quite good enough to send Super Soaker shoppers to the supermarkets in droves, so you can still get a good deal before the prices rise with the temperature.

From low cost blasters to state-of-the-art soakers, our guide to the best water pistols, water guns and Super Soakers for 2022 will help you find the best water weapon for every age and every kind of user, from people who want to have some fun with their family to those who take their water fights super seriously.

If you can't wait to start soaking people, these links will take you straight to the soakers at some key retailers.

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If it's been a while since you purchased a water pistol, we think you'll be amazed by what's on offer now. Cheap and cheerful water pistols are still around, but they've been joined by all kinds of increasingly sophisticated soakers including high capacity, high pressure models that'll soak everybody you know before they even know you're there. And that means there are models for every age, every group and every budget.

If you'd rather your home entertainment didn't end up drenching you, we have guides for drier pursuits too: check out our guides to the best Nerf guns, the best board games guide and our collection of the best Lego sets for indoor adventures.

Best water guns & Super Soakers 2022: the list

Super Soaker FloodinatorT3 Award

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1. Super Soaker Floodinator Water Gun

The best water gun for serious soakers

Reasons to buy

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Decent water tank size
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Easy access filler cap
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High pressure stream

Reasons to avoid

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Pump-action is tough for younger kids

Sending a steady stream of water up to a satisfactory eight metres or so, this blaster should form the basis of your aqua unleashing arsenal. The pump action gets the flow in motion and with a generous two-litre capacity, targets will get wetter than the average washing machine rinse cycle. 

This Super Soaker is also the ideal and highly entertaining method of deterring un-wanted critters from your back garden. No, we’re not referring to BBQ guests. The only downside really is that you might want something smaller for younger kids, and the cap that seals it is quite stiff (which means no leaks, at least). Read more in our full, five-star Super Soaker Floodinator review.

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2. JOYIN 2 Pack Water Pistol

Two kids? Two water guns. Easy

Reasons to buy

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Great value for two pistols
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Good capacity and range
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Strong starter water pistol for younger kids

Reasons to avoid

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No cool branding

Water fights tend to be more fun with a second participant, so this two-pack makes it more economical to pick up multiple guns at once for a big spraying battle. They should be small enough for most kids to handle, as long as no one minds have unbranded guns instead of 'cool' Super Soakers.

The pistols here themselves are standard pump-action stuff, with a water capacity of 739ml (not bad for the size), and a promised reach of around 36 feet, which is a long way. As starter water gun packs go, it's perfect – as our full JOYIN 2 Pack Water Pistol review will tell you.

Fortnite Super SoakerT3 Award

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3. Fortnite TS-R Nerf Super Soaker Water Blaster

It's Fortnite-themed and sprays water – what more do you want!?

Reasons to buy

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Everybody loves Fortnite
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Good water capacity
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Reaches far

Reasons to avoid

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Too large for small kids

Bring Fortnite from the screen to outside! It's a pretty solid design in general, even beyond the branding – it offers a full litre of water to spray through pump action, reaching around 10 feet/3 metres. 

This makes it all a bit less extreme than the Floodinator above, which may be very welcome news to parents. Less water is easier for kids to handle as well – this is generally a great middle ground between water pistols and bigger, beefier spraying options.

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4. Super Soaker Freezefire 2.0 Water Gun

The best water gun for sending a shiver down the spine

Reasons to buy

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Compact and concealable
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Large filler cap
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Good size for smaller hands

Reasons to avoid

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Only offers a half litre tank

After a casual “would you like ice with that” comment from the host of the annual Super Soaker creative team’s BBQ, one attendee still had his work hat on. Within weeks the Freezefire was created, an oversized filler cap in which to stick cubes of ice and the ability to send a shivery stream during water gun wars. It’s a tidy little Super Soaker, and one small enough to conceal into a surprise soaking session. It is the most likely to be turned into a receptacle containing sangria, mind.

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5. Nerf Super Soaker Microburst 2 Blaster

The best water gun for surprising your opponents

Reasons to buy

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Small but powerful
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33-foot range
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Easy to hide

Reasons to avoid

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Small capacity

As much as we love big water pistols, sometimes the trick to winning a water fight is to have something so small that If your opponents notice it at all, they dismiss it as a little toy. That's when you blast them. This little and eminently affordable Super Soaker packs an impressive punch: it can shoot water up to 33 feet, enabling you to soak your target from a good distance. The combination of long range and the element of surprise means you can usually shoot and get away again before the other person has even had time to react.

The downside to a small, stealthy super soaker is capacity: this little pistol can only hold about 10 fluid ounces, which is just short of 300ml. On the upside the filling hole on the reservoir is nice and wide so you can refill it with a quick dunk into a bucket of water or a few seconds under a running tap. 

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6. Super Soaker XP100

The classic Super Soaker reinvented

Reasons to buy

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Glorious nostalgic design
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Trigger-based spraying
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Removable water bottle for easy refills

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than equivalents

Look familiar? The original Super Soaker is back, baby! In a slightly tweaked new form, but still with that all-important green removable bottle. This is also a water gun that doesn't just rely on pumping – you pump to prime it, and then pull the trigger to actually fire, which is more convenient than pumping alone.

It promises decent spraying power, and the capacity of 1.2l is good – plus it's not too large for most kids. There is a bit of a leak issue, but maybe you won't mind that – our full Super Soaker XP100 review explains it all.

Nerf Super Soaker DartFireT3 Award

7. Nerf Super Soaker DartFire

Fires water... and darts, too!

Reasons to buy

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Can fire 5 Nerf darts
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11.5-metre range
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Easy to switch modes

Reasons to avoid

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1.1 litre capacity

If soaking your opponent isn't enough for you, then you should consider the Super Soaker DartFire, which not only can fire jets of water at your foes but Nerf darts, too. You don't get a lot of darts to fire (just 5 in fact), however you can switch modes on the fly and once your opponent is thoroughly wet through, you can finish them off with a foamy coup de grâce.

Best water gun: bonus balloons!

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Bunch o Balloons

Take down the heat and overwhelm the enemy

Reasons to buy

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Fills up over 100 balloons in a minute
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Head-slappingly simple to use
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Good amount of packs in initial purchase

Reasons to avoid

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Your opponents will certainly stock up on them next time

If you’ve attempted filling regular balloons with water in the past then you’re already halfway to hitting the buy button. Whilst the satisfaction of hearing the drop of a normal latex water filled sphere is satisfying enough, the process of loading it is tedious. Step up Bunch o Balloons, three bunches in each pack, complete with attachment for hose attaching. Just turn on the tap and watch them fill up, get all 105 done in under a minute. This replenishing speed means you can now rely on them as part of your strategic water warfare arsenal. Time to darken the skies and rain down on your recipients with your H20-infused spheres of watery doom.

How we test water guns

T3 tests water guns by buying them from retailers, filling them with water, and then shooting our friends and family with jets of H2O.

During testing we rate Super Soakers and other water-spewing weaponry on build quality, water capacity, features and range, which we feel are the most important elements to a good water gun.

We're looking especially to see if manufacturer claims prove accurate in the real world, so if a product is advertised on its ability to fire water jets far, but in reality they go just a few meters, we'll tell you.

Each year during the summer T3 also has a big water gun battle royale, where the team lock and load before engaging in watery combat.

Matt is T3's former AV and Smart Home Editor (UK), master of all things audiovisual, overseeing our TV, speakers and headphones coverage. He also covered smart home products and large appliances, as well as our toys and games articles. He's can explain both what Dolby Vision IQ is and why the Lego you're building doesn't fit together the way the instructions say, so is truly invaluable. Matt has worked for tech publications for over 10 years, in print and online, including running T3's print magazine and launching its most recent redesign. He's also contributed to a huge number of tech and gaming titles over the years. Say hello if you see him roaming the halls at CES, IFA or Toy Fair. Matt now works for our sister title TechRadar.

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