Whirlpools are hazards found in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, and the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy remaster of the second and third games. In Cortex Strikes Back, they appear in jet board sections of the river levels Hang Eight, Air Crash, and Plant Food. If Crash rides his jet board into them, they will suck him in, resulting in death.

In Warped, whirlpool machines appear in Deep Trouble, where they periodically create vertical whirlpools. Crash must either wait for the whirlpool to stop to pass, or sacrifice an Aku Aku mask, the latter of which is often useful in time trial mode.

Both versions of the Whirlpool return in the N. Sane Trilogy where they reprise the roles they had in the original versions of the respective games they appeared in.