It’s crazy that summer is already in full swing. It feels like just yesterday we were still braving the chilly winter winds and dreaming about the sun shining and days spent by the pool. Now that this dream is finally a reality, it’s time to stock up on warm weather essentials and products that will ensure a summer well spent. And what better way to soak up the summer sun than by lounging on a pool float?
Whether you’re trying to get the perfect Instagram on your trendy swan or unicorn floatie, or want to stretch out comfortably with a drink in your hand, here are some of the most popular pool inflatables that will have you drifting through summer in style.
1. A perfect lounger for lazy pool days
This float is a great choice for anyone who wants to work on their tan and laze in the water, but not actually be submerged. Its light, elevated design will let you drift around easily while you sip your drink or read a book, plus the sunset gradient of colors will make any pool scene look instantly more chic. While Funboy is a bit more expensive than other brands, the quality of construction makes it a worthwhile purchase in the long run. Plus Funboy is literally the master of trendy pool floats, so you really can’t go wrong with any of their products.
2. This Insta-worthy unicorn party float
Would it really be summer if you didn’t get the obligatory photo of you on a whimsical float, perhaps of a certain mythological creature? This noble steed will keep you comfortable in the pool all day long, offering a ton of space to relax and catch some rays. Made of super durable vinyl, it’s likely to last you many summers to come, and even comes with a repair patch in case of any leaks down the line.
3. A beer pong float to upgrade your pool party
One of the worst dilemmas at any backyard bash is deciding whether to stay in the pool or join in on the drinking games with your friends. But with this float, you can have the best of both worlds and bring the beer pong tournament to the water.
Reviewers sing its praises, with one remarking, “This is a great purchase for anyone considering it, and our crowd stayed entertained for hours! The size and quality of the table is great, and it has extra cup holders on the sides for extra drinks. This also has hooks on the outer edge so you can attach rope to keep it in place!”
4. A floating, waterproof speaker for music lovers
While they do make waterproof speakers these days, have you ever wanted to bring your tunes actually into the pool? This float makes it possible, and comes in the shape of an adorable rubber duckie. It features color-changing lights, glowing purple, yellow, green, or orange, and comes with wireless Bluetooth connectivity. Consider the soundtrack to your summer taken care of.
5. This mega-sized party float that’ll fit the whole crew
If you’re planning any group trips to the beach or lake this summer, this swan is a must-have to lounge with all your friends or family. You’ll be the envy of everyone on this majestic bird, which can fit up to six people with its bench seating (or you can just have it all to yourself). Plus, its long-lasting, heavy-gauge PVC material will extend its lifespan and not leave you stressing over possible wear and tear. It even features a built-in cooler so you don’t have to abandon ship for dry land just to top off your drink.
6. A safe pool floatie for your little one
For your baby’s first introduction to the water, this SwimWays Step 1 floatie will help you both feel comfortable and safe splashing in the pool. Recommended for babies aged 9-24 months, the float features dual inflation chambers that surround the seat to keep your little one secure, as well as a patented inner spring that helps stabilize the float. In the front, you’ll find five attached, baby-safe toys that will provide hours of entertainment, and in the back lies an adjustable canopy that offers shade on sunny days with 50+ UPF sun protection.
7. A floating bar for wine o’clock in the water
Taking the phrase “on cloud 9” to the literal level, this float allows you to transport your drinks around the pool with ease. It features five cup holders that fit your standard cans and bottles, and a large center section where you can put anything you’d like to be accessible in the pool—ice with chilled beverages, snacks, a waterproof phone, or even a small dog, as some reviewers have done.
8. This golden inner tube that’ll sparkle in the sun
This ring-style inflatable by brand Pool Candy makes the phrase “all the glitters is gold” come to life. Its 48” diameter makes it just the right size to either sit in and soak up the sun or wear hula-hoop style around your waist. With its fun design, it makes a great gift for tweens, and will make any pool sparkle, as one buyer commented, “Love this great eye popper for my pool. It's so me and makes me smile every time I see it.”
9. This comfy float that’ll have you going ham(mock)
For true relaxation on a hot day, there isn’t a float that can surpass a water hammock. This one by Outerdo has an ergonomic design and is made with a strong nylon fabric, so that it can hold up to 250 pounds without slipping or sinking. It also folds up easily if you want to transport it to the beach or simply save space in your pool shed.
Reviewers love that it offers the perfect amount of submersion in the water, with one shopper noting, “What I really love about this float is that it keeps your head and feet out of the water while allowing your body to be somewhat submersed. This keeps you from getting cold and still gives enough exposure to get some sun.” Bonus points if you rock your banana hammock while laying on your hammock float.
10. A float designed with couples in mind
Perfect for a couples vacation or if you simply want to relax with bae in your pool this summer, this float allows you both to lounge side by side, facing opposite ends so the conversation can flow along with the water. If you and your boo want to be extra and toast to a long-lasting relationship, it also comes with a fancy built-in pocket for an ice bucket and two cup holders. On top of that, this float inflates to 16 inches, so you’ll both be elevated above the water while you get a killer tan together. Couple goals, am I right?
11. A foam noodle for oodles of pool fun
Noodles are often cast aside for other, more grander pool floats. But if you appreciate the simple things in life, consider this noodle as your new pool buddy. The soft, cushiony foam offers great support and flotation, and it’s also coated with vinyl so it’s made to last years compared to those cheap, dollar-store noodles that tend to fall apart by the end of the summer.
12. This buoyant cooler so your drinks can float with you
The only downside to a beach or pool day is having to get out of the water for snacks and drinks, obviously. But this Intex cooler, which features six cup holders, four handles, and a connector system so it won’t float away, allows you to actually place a 48-quart cooler inside of it that can hold up to 72 cans of your favorite beers and sodas. You could stay in the pool for days!
With a near perfect 4.5-star rating out of more than 60 reviews, shoppers say this cooler exceeded their expectations, with one reviewer commenting, “The float is more durable than we anticipated and made it over the rocks and down the rapids with no problem. It was deep enough that the cooler was stable even when full and there was extra room to stash sunscreen and goggles.”
Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.