Pool parties. Beach days. Backyard barbecues. All these highly anticipated events take place in the summer, and the only thing that can make them better is having the latest and greatest gear to show off to your friends.
Whether you’re an avid adventurer or more of a patio lounger, here are some of the hottest up-and-coming products that are going to be incredibly popular this summer—so snatch them up to stay ahead of the curve!
1. A compact, waterproof Bluetooth speaker
If you’re hanging poolside or relaxing at the beach, it can be annoying to dry off your hands every time you want to adjust your music. That’s what makes the JBL Go 2 so convenient! This pocket-sized Bluetooth speaker is compact enough to bring anywhere, and it’s water-resistant up to 3 feet.
Reviewers say this little speaker delivers impressive audio, and the battery lasts up to five hours per charge—perfect for all your summer adventures. Plus, you can’t beat the low price at under $30. JBL also makes our favorite Bluetooth speaker of 2019, so if you want something a little fancier, check out the $70 JBL Flip 4.
2. Super comfy outdoor bean bag loungers
Have you ever noticed that most lounge chairs aren’t exactly comfortable? Some nice ones are, but cheap ones are often hard and made from uncomfortable materials—and who wants to lounge on that?
This common problem is what makes the Jaxx Arlo Bean Bag Sun Loungers so brilliant. Not only do they look chic and modern, but they’re incredibly comfortable to sit or lie on! They have a removable Sunbrella cover for easy care, and they can be used both indoors and outdoors.
3. A condiment caddy for your next cookout
Pretty much anything Target sells becomes a hit, but we especially love this Sun Squad Hamburger Grill Caddy—you’re definitely going to be seeing it at cookouts this summer! The cute hamburger-shaped caddy lets you store all the essentials in one place, and it comes with quirky ketchup and mustard bottles, and salt and pepper shakers.
The little hamburger has a handle on top, making it easy to bring along on picnics or other food-focused summer outings, and reviewers say it’s fun, adorable, and festive—all for a great price.
4. A gadget that quickly cools down your drink
No one wants to drink warm soda or beer on a hot summer day, but don’t worry—the Chill-O-Matic is here to save the day! This automatic beverage chiller claims it can cool down canned drinks in just 60 seconds.
The Chill-O-Matic works by spinning cans over ice, and it can bring a drink from room temperature to ice cold in about a minute. It runs on batteries, and while reviewers say it’s kind of loud, this cool gadget is compact enough to bring along to the park, the beach, the big game, or any other summer destination.
5. A rotisserie attachment for your Kamado Joe grill
There’s something about rotisserie chicken that’s just so good. It’s moist (sorry if you hate that word), flavorful, and perfect for summer. If you have the same obsession with rotisserie chicken as I do, you’ll absolutely love this product: a rotisserie attachment for your grill!
The Kamado Joe Classic JoeTisserie attaches to 18-inch ceramic kamado grills, and all you have to do is slap a chicken onto the spit and turn it on. The powerful motor will spin your bird over the coals to bring out all the delicious flavors, and a wedge-shaped ring provides a tight seal with the kamado lid for optimal heat retention.
6. A special water bottle for your pooch
If you regularly go hiking or exploring with your dog in the summer, you know it’s essential to bring along water for both of you. However, it can be cumbersome to bring along a water bowl, as it takes up room in your pack and usually ends up wasting water if your pooch doesn’t drink it all.
There are a few products that solve this problem—like collapsible bowls—but you can also make adventuring a little easier with the Tuff Pupper PupFlask. This stainless steel water bottle comes with a unique silicone lid that flips down into a cup that your dog can drink from. It’s super convenient and lets you give your dog a little water at a time so you can make one bottle last a full hike.
7. This summer’s hottest lawn game
Corn hole will always be a classic summertime game, but if you’re ready for something different, get yourself Ladder Toss. It’s another iconic lawn game that’s experiencing a resurgence in popularity this year, and it might just be the perfect addition to your next summer gathering. What’s great is that people of all ages can play it, and the AmazonBasics Set is easy to break down and store in your garage.
8. A folding skateboard for easy travel
Full-size longboards are, well, long, making them cumbersome to bring along on public transportation or even in the car. If you want to do more skateboarding this summer, you should look into the BoardUp longboard, which folds in half to make it easier to travel with.
The unique board has a specially designed mechanism to ensure the deck doesn’t fold while you’re riding, and it folds into a 16.5-by-8.5-by-4-inch form that makes it perfect for commuting or traveling. Reviewers say it’s super convenient and works well—a must-have for traveling skateboarders.
9. A flattering, affordable women’s swimsuit
It’s honestly outrageous how much women’s bathing suits cost—last year, I paid $90 for a plain black one-piece! If you’re sick of shelling out that much cash for a swimsuit you’ll only wear for a year or two, you’ll definitely love the trendy Tempt-Me Off-Shoulder Swimsuit, which costs roughly $20!
This one-piece bathing suit, which has over 1,200 glowing reviews, comes in a variety of stylish prints, and you can wear it with or without straps. Reviewers say it’s super flattering on a variety of body types, and some even use it as a maternity bathing suit.
10. A quirky avocado pool float
Swan and mermaid floats are so last year. This summer, the next big thing is going to be the avocado float—because who doesn’t love avocados?
What’s cool about the LetsFunny Avocado Pool Float is that it’s technically two pieces. The body of the avocado is perfect for floating on, and the seed pops out and doubles as a beach ball. Reviewers say it’s high-quality and makes for the ultimate summer Instagram picture.
11. These stylish outdoor poufs
If you’re outfitting your patio or porch, skip the boring look of traditional furniture and get these cool, stylish accessories instead. The Keter Urban Knit Pouf Set includes two all-weather seating poufs, as well as a coordinating storage table.
They’re made from durable resin, and the table provides hidden storage for toys, extra pillows, or whatever else you want to have close by. Reviewers say these stylish seats are beautiful and surprisingly comfortable considering they’re made of hard material.
12. A bright, seasonal doormat
Welcome visitors into your home this summer with a bright, cheerful watermelon doormat. This inexpensive piece of decor from Target is guaranteed to be a hit, as it’s vibrant and oh-so-seasonal.
The mat is made from coir-blended fabric, making it tough enough to scrape off your shoes, and it has a sturdy back to keep it in place as people walk over it. It’s the perfect piece to brighten up your entryway and make it more festive for summer.
13. Hanging planters for your porch
As more and more people learn to appreciate real plants, they’re looking for new ways to display greenery around their homes. If you want to get your plants up off the floor, you should look into the La Jolie Muse Large Hanging Planters, which come in sets of two and make a beautiful addition to any outdoor space.
The resin planters are lightweight and supported by adjustable ropes, and their durable construction won’t rust, peel, or fade, even if they’re in the sun. They’re a great way to hang up ferns, spider plants, or other flowers you might have snatched up from your local nursery.
14. Cooling towels to bring to the gym
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have someone bring you a cool towel after your summer workout? While a butler might be out of the budget, you can get the same experience with the BOGI Cooling Towel.
The checkered towels are made from bamboo fiber, and they’re naturally anti-bacterial. To use them, you just wet the towels then wring them out and snap them a few times to expel excess drops. They will stay cool for up to three hours, and reviewers say they actually work—some even go so far as to call the cooling towels a “godsend” in the hot summer weather.
15. A machine that turns fruit into “ice cream”
Ice cream is a quintessential summer treat, but if you’re trying to eat healthier, you might be looking for a more nutritious alternative. Enter the Yonanas Healthy Dessert Soft Serve Maker. This ingenious product turns fruit into delicious frozen treats, and it’s fast and easy to use.
All you have to do is put a frozen banana or other frozen fruit into the chute, then press down using the plunger. The machine will churn your ingredients then dispense a tasty dessert that you can feel good about eating.
16. Quaint patio lights for your outdoor space
Turn your patio, porch, or deck into a romantic nighttime oasis with these beautiful string lights. The heavy-duty, waterproof lights include LED bulbs so they won’t run up your electric bill but they will last a long time. And each strand is 48 feet long, so you can drape it back and forth across your outdoor space. Reviewers say these string lights are absolutely stunning, and many recommend using them with a dimmer so you can set the mood accordingly.
17. An affordable inflatable kayak
While fun to use, standard kayaks are notoriously annoying to store and transport, not to mention rather pricey. If you want all the excitement of kayaking on the open water without the investment and hassle, you’ll love the Intex Explorer K2 Kayak—an inflatable boat that’s just as functional as a “real” model.
This inflatable kayak is made from puncture-resistant vinyl and can accommodate two people and up to 400 pounds. It’s best for use on small bodies of water and gentle rivers—read: don’t use it in the ocean or for white water rafting—and it even comes with two paddles and an air pump. It’s convenient, affordable, and overall ideal for your summer adventures.
18. A card-based drinking game for adults
Spice things up at your next adult party with this popular new drinking game. Buzzed includes 180 cards, each with a prompt. If the statement on a card applies to you, you have to take a drink. The concept is simple, and you can play with anywhere from three to 20 people. Many of the cards are quite funny, so you’ll have a great time as you laugh, tell stories, and get tipsy with your friends.
Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.