Best water gun 2021: the best Super Soakers and other water pistols

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

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The best water guns and Super Soakers are probably going to be wildly popular this year, as kids (and, er, certain adults we know) take any hot day as an opportunity to go wild outside, having been trapped indoors for so long. Even better, you can do it all from a safe distance!

Our guide to the best water guns and Super Soakers has been updated for summer 2021 to help you find cheaper stuff you can distribute across a big group, as well as powerful individual weapons of wet warfare. That said, while we'll pick some favourites in the list below, we know that a lot of people will want to choose based on price and whatever happens to be on offer that day, so here are direct links to browse the current ranges at key retailers.

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There are so many great water pistols and Super Soakers now – whatever size and type you can think of is available, and because we're fond of a good water fight here at T3 (though, uh, away from all the electronics generally), we've filtered through the lot of them to deliver you a selection of the absolute best.

If you're wavering about the wiseness of a water pistol, we also have drier pursuits. Our guide to the best Nerf guns delivers plenty of foamy goodness, while we have the best board games and best Lego sets for more indoorsy adventures.

Best water guns & Super Soakers 2021: the list

Super Soaker FloodinatorT3 Award

1. Super Soaker Floodinator Water Gun

The best water gun for serious soakers

Reasons to buy
+Decent water tank size+Easy access filler cap
Reasons to avoid
-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.

Best water gun: Joyin 2 Pack Water PistolT3 Award

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2. JOYIN 2 Pack Water Pistol

Two kids? Two water guns. Easy

Reasons to buy
+Great value for two pistols+Good capacity and range
Reasons to avoid
-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 it sprays water – what more do you want!?

Reasons to buy
+Everybody loves Fortnite+Good water capacity
Reasons to avoid
-Too large for small kids

Bring Fortnite from the screen to outside! Its 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.

Best water gun: Super Soaker SoakzookaT3 Award

4. Super Soaker Soakzooka Water Gun

For when you're serious about getting someone else utterly drenched

Reasons to buy
+Robust, solid design+Good water capacity
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most accurate

Taking Super Soaker design off in a new design direction is this interesting looking piece of kit. And, by interesting we’re alluding to things worthy of a double take from others, like quirky headwear or a pair of bright shoes – yes, we just stuck a blaster into a fashion parade. 

As well as offering a good stream of water output produced from the handle on top it commands a certain amount of swank. We’ve tried walking normally with this in hand but no, it just gives you the urge to walk with a ten-degree tilt.

Best water gun: Super Soaker Freezefire 2.0T3 Award

5. Super Soaker Freezefire 2.0 Water Gun

The best water gun for sending a shiver down the spine

Reasons to buy
+Compact and concealable+Large filler cap
Reasons to avoid
-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.

Super Soaker XP100T3 Award

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6. Super Soaker XP100

The classic Super Soaker made new

Reasons to buy
+Glorious nostalgic design+Trigger-based spraying
Reasons to avoid
-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
+Can fire 5 Nerf darts+11.5-metre range
Reasons to avoid
-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 also 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 accessories

Best water gun

Bunch o Balloons

Take down the heat and overwhelm the enemy

Reasons to buy
+Fills up over 100 balloons in a minute+Head-slappingly simple to use
Reasons to avoid
-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.

Splash Out

Splash Out

Pass the perilous parcel

Reasons to buy
+Safer than Russian roulette+Childish fun
Reasons to avoid
-Getting it back from the kids could be tricky

An update on a classic plaything that has been around a couple of decades, this latest version of Splash Out is the most reliable and compact version yet. In one sub-tenner box you’ve action, suspense and a modicum of hilarity – now that’s value! Stick a water balloon inside, wind the timer and begin the passing around. And so, as the timer counts down the passing will likely speed up, the player holding Splash Out when the ticking has tocked gets a good old soaking. Not a massive soaking, true, but combined with the surprise it feels more tidal like than you would think.