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Information The Armoury Survey: Super Soaker vs. Water Warriors .:

By: martianshark

As you have probably figured out, the two most important water gun brands are Super Soaker and Water Warriors. If you're new to water guns, you might be wondering which brand is better. So I took a survey on WaterWar.net to find out our exact opinions on not only Super Soaker and Water Warriors, but also Banzai, X-Stream, Shield Blaster, Storm, Speed Loader, Water Worm, and more.

The first question in the survey was  the following:

In your opinion, which water gun brand do you think has made the best water guns ever?

  • Super Soaker
  • Water Warriors
  • Banzai
  • X-Stream
  • Shield Blaster
  • Storm
  • Speed Loader
  • Water Worm
  • Other

100% of the enthusiasts surveyed answered "Super Soaker." By this, they're mostly talking about the old 1990s Super Soakers, such as blasters from the Super Soaker CPS line.  These blasters by far had more power and range than any other water gun. They had even more power than any blaster today. On eBay, some people are willing to pay as much as $200 for a Super Soaker CPS 2000, although most members on WWn are not willing to pay that much.

The second question was the following:

In your opinion, which water gun brand currently makes the most powerful water guns?

  • Super Soaker
  • Water Warriors
  • Banzai
  • X-Stream
  • Shield Blaster
  • Storm
  • Speed Loader
  • Water Worm
  • Other

Every single member answered "Water Warriors." This proves my previous point; Every member of WaterWar.net believes that Super Soaker was the greatest brand, but is no longer. Super Soaker hardly even makes any pressurized water guns anymore. Most of them are battery-powered and have thin, weak streams. They also have much lower capacity than they used to due to the use of "water clips" and other gimmicks.

On the other hand, Water Warriors has been making quite a few high-performance water guns. In 2009, they released the Vindicator, which was as powerful as the CPS 1000. Unfortunately for them, Hasbro (the company that currently owns Super Soaker) sued them over a patent infringement in 2010. The lawsuit involved the CPS patent, which Water Warriors had used in the Vindicator and a few other blasters. This limited Water Warriors to the use of air pressure technology. Although this seemed bad at first, they persevered and did some impressive things without CPS. Buzz Bee Toys (the company that owns Water Warriors) released the Water Warriors Gorgon the year after the lawsuit. Although it wasn't nearly as powerful as blasters like the Vindicator, it was still quite impressive. As the iSoaker review put it, its largest setting is "almost CPS-like." It has higher range than any air pressure blaster ever, and is the 6th most powerful. Because of their persistence to make the best blasters, 100% of WWn members agreed that Water Warriors currently makes the best water guns.

The answers varied on the third question, which was a multiple answer question: Which water gun brands do you think are worth buying from at all?

  • Super Soaker
  • Water Warriors
  • Banzai
  • X-Stream
  • Shield Blaster
  • Storm
  • Speed Loader
  • Water Worm
  • Other

Although 100% answered Water Warriors, only 50% even thought that Super Soaker was worth buying from anymore. This 50% was probably considering that even though Super Soaker mostly releases gimmicks, they do release a decent blaster every once and a while. Their most recent was the Hydro Cannon.

Nobody put a check mark on Banzai or X-Stream. One person checked Shield Blaster, and a few checked Storm, Speedloader, and Water Worm. These brands, which are mostly discontinued, often made decent sidearms, but they generally aren't considered primary-worthy.

The fourth question: What water gun brand do you think would be the easiest and most fun for little kids to use?

  • Super Soaker
  • Water Warriors
  • Banzai
  • X-Stream
  • Shield Blaster
  • Storm
  • Speed Loader
  • Water Worm
  • Other

7% answered Water Worm, 14% answered Banzai, 36% answered Water Warriors, and 43% answered Super Soaker. Super Soaker won this question. Their motorized water guns are probably easier for children to handle since they're small, and don't require pumping. Although something like a Water Warriors Gorgon would be more powerful, a little kid would have a hard time pumping and holding it.

The ones who answered Water Warriors were most likely considering the blasters they made that were designed for kids. Under their "Water Blasters" line, Water Warriors makes animal-shaped squirt pistols, easy-to handle piston guns, and a small motorized blaster known as the "Jet". I personally have seen toddlers wielding the Jet, and it definitely is a good choice for them. It's small and somewhat powerful, and is very easy to use.

The fifth question: Which water gun brand makes the coolest-looking water guns?

  • Super Soaker
  • Water Warriors
  • Banzai
  • X-Stream
  • Shield Blaster
  • Storm
  • Speed Loader
  • Water Worm

The answer was almost unanimously Super Soaker, with one person answering Water Warriors. It's obvious to most that Super Soaker blasters look cooler. They look realistic due to gimmicks like the water clip. They also have shapes that are designed to look a bit like real guns, and their current white/blue/orange color scheme. is incredibly cool-looking.

The final question: Do you consider yourself an expert on water guns?

  • Yes
  • No

93% answered yes. This proves that almost all of the answers were from individuals who are highly knowledgeable on water blasters.

Conclusion:

From the survey results, it can safely be concluded that Super Soaker blasters look cool and are a good choice for children, but perform poorly these days. Water Warriors blasters are clearly the most powerful today, as can be proven by the stats. While their smaller blasters are a good choice for kids, the big ones are awesome for more serious water gun enthusiasts such as yourself.

From retail stores, you should mostly stick to buying Water Warriors blasters. However, Super Soaker guns aren't always worthless. You might be able to find a few decent blasters (such as the Hydro Cannon) in some stores. You can also look for older Super Soakers on online stores (such as eBay or Craigslist), and at garage sales and thrift stores. Keep an eye out for anything that says CPS or Monster, and for anything with a backpack. If it works, it's worth paying at least twenty bucks for it (or in the case of the XP 300, as much money as you have!)

So that's all. The results of this survey may be helpful to you for deciding what you think is good.