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15 popular pool floats to buy before they sell out this summer

Float on toward your best summer yet.

Left: Retro convertible pool float; Right: Golf Cart pool float Credit: FUNBOY

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Beach days, river floats, lake hangs, and afternoons spent by the pool have long been a summer staple. And, with all the water-centric fun, pool floats have grown in popularity over the years. In 2020, they became the be-all, end-all, with floats (and inflatable kiddie pools) selling out so fast that many folks had to simply dream of what it’d be like to float the summer away.

Given how fast the popular floats sold out last year, we decided to hop on things early. Ahead, discover 15 of the best pool floats for summer 2021—all of which are currently in stock. In other words, act quick!

1. This retro convertible float

Convertible Pool Float
Credit: FUNBOY

Embrace your inner Pink Lady!

Hoping to look like Barbie or perhaps a Pink Lady while floating on? This retro pink convertible float is for you. Shaped like a 1950s drop-top, this pastel pink float is long enough and wide enough for two adults or a few kids to comfortably relax on. What’s more, it features a handy cut-out that can be used to store bags or drinks, as well as two cup holders and four handles, should someone push you along and you need to hold on.

Get the Retro Pink Convertible Pool Float from Funboy for $119

2. This T-rex float

T-Rex Pool Float
Credit: Amazon

Have a wild time on this dino float.

For those who want something a bit more fierce, this T-Rex float has you covered. The giant float is designed to be ridden like a horse, so it has handles on both sides of the dino’s neck. The back is expansive enough that kids could sprawl out on it, or adults could lounge on it while using the neck as a backrest. Your options are pretty much endless with this fun T-rex float.

Get the Jasonwell Inflatable Dinosaur Pool Float from Amazon for $29.99

3. A very cheery rectangular pool float

Spritzer Pool Float
Credit: ban.do

You’ll want to sip your favorite spiked seltzers on this float.

Spritzers are one of the most popular beverages of summer, so it’s only fitting that this popular pool float is modeled after them. The rectangular float is just under 5 feet long and just over 3 feet wide. As such, this is one float that’s best for a single person to lay down on and float the day away. Don’t forget to take pics!

Get the Double Rainbow Float On Giant Inflatable from ban.do for $24.97

4. This delicious-looking pizza float

Pizza Pool Float
Credit: Walmart

Who doesn’t love to grab a slice?

Few things in life are as satisfying as the perfect piece of pizza, and we believe that your water adventures deserve that level of deliciousness. Agree? Then you’ll be stoked to know that this pizza float is the perfect lounger, complete with two cup holders—one for water (because hydration is important) and one for the tasty summer beverage of your choice. While kids could easily share a slice, we love the idea of getting a slice for each member of the family so that you can float around as one giant pie.

Get the Swimline Pool Pizza Slice from Walmart for $37.24

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5. This shaded lounger

Cabana Pool Float
Credit: FUNBOY

Because sometimes sitting in direct sunlight can be exhausting.

Looking for the most luxe pool float on the planet? Say hello to this cabana-inspired number. The shaded lounger has enough room for two adults to fully sprawl out. It comes with a removable sunshade, so you can keep it covered or opt for direct sunlight, as well as cup holders for maximum relaxation (and hydration) while floating.

Get the Funboy Bali Cabana Lounger from Amazon for $189.28

6. A woody boat float

Boat Pool Float
Credit: Amazon

We love the retro look of this wooden boat float.

If you can’t spend your summer out on a boat, you can at least spend it on this boat float. More than 8 feet long and designed to support up to 400 pounds, it’s the ultimate lounger for you and your pals. Since it comes with a built-in cooler, you can even use it to store your beverages out on the water.

Get the Joyin Giant Inflatable Boat Pool Float from Amazon for $34.95

7. This classic unicorn float

Unicorn Pool Float
Credit: ShopBop

You’re destined to have a magical summer on this unicorn float.

This unicorn float sold out quickly last year and we anticipate the same thing to happen in 2021. And hey, we get it. With handles on either side of the unicorn’s neck, it’s easy to ride. But, more than that, it’s undeniably picture-perfect, which is to say: Get ready to pose.

Get the SunnyLife Luxe Ride On Unicorn Float from ShopBop for $70

8. A pair of giant angel wings

Angel Wings Pool Float
Credit: Walmart

It’s like the cult-favorite wall mural in real life.

You know those colorful wings wall murals that seem to be in every city around the world, just begging for tourists to snag a picture? Well, this float, which measures nearly 9 feet across, is that in your pool. No, really. It’s designed by the same artist behind the Global Angel Wings Project.

Get the Intex Angel Wings Pool Float from Walmart for $28.98

9. A retro leopard print float

Leopard Pool Float
Credit: Urban Outfitters

You’ll dig the throwback vibes.

Designed to look like a pool float from the ‘70s, this leopard print lounger is the perfect pick for anyone who feels like they were born in the wrong decade—or anyone who simply wants to float in undeniable style. Also, this float is made with a mix of cotton and PVC, so it’s soft to the touch, unlike most other pool floats. It’s just over 5 and a half feet long, so keep that in mind when ordering.

Get the Leopard Print Lounger Pool Float from Urban Outfitters for $74

10. This motorized float for days when paddling doesn’t seem possible

Motorized Pool Float
Credit: Walmart

Steer your way to the pool’s edge.

Some pool days, all you want is to sit back, relax, and recover from the week (or night) before. This motorized pool float will save you from having to put any extra effort into moving around the pool. With just a push of a button, you’ll be able to steer yourself wherever you need to go.

Get the Poolcandy Splash Runner 2.5 Motorized Inflatable Pool Lounger from Walmart for $229.99

11. A sure-to-sell-out golf cart float

Golf Cart Pool Float
Credit: FUNBOY

Only, you can drink while “driving” this cart.

Fore! How fun is this golf cart-inspired float? Surely, birdie-lovers everywhere will want to snag this expansive lounger. It has enough room for two adults or a few kids to enjoy at a time. Best of all, it’s shaded, so no sunburns will occur in this bad boy.

Get the Funboy Golf Cart Float from Amazon for $129

12. This truly iconic ICEE float

ICEE Pool Float
Credit: Amazon

Who doesn’t love an ICEE on a hot summer day?

Is there anything more refreshing (or nostalgic) than an ICEE on a hot summer day? We think not. That’s why we adore this ICEE float. It’s 6 feet long and 3 feet wide, so there’s plenty of room for you and your pals (or kiddos) to lounge.

Get the ICEE Pool Float from Amazon for $30.97

13. A fun jet ski float

Jet Ski Pool Float
Credit: FUNBOY

But no, it’s not motorized.

We’re getting Baywatch vibes from this funky jet ski float. The pastel float is over 7 and a half feet long, so there will be plenty of room for photoshoots and lounging. While it won’t move like a real jet ski, it’s stable enough to hold two without tipping.

Get the Inflatable Funski Pool Float from FUNBOY for $99

14. An avocado pool float

Avocado Pool Float
Credit: Amazon

Because, yes, avo toast is still a must.

Pay homage to everyone’s favorite smashed toast with this fun avocado float. Just under 5 and a half feet long, this float features a removable pit that’s an added layer of fun since it can be used as a ball to toss around. With more than 4,000 reviews and a 4.4-star rating on Amazon, you can take your love of avocados to a whole new level with this top-rated float.

Get the Jasonwell Inflatable Avocado Pool Float from Amazon for $21.99

15. This photogenic mermaid float

Mermaid Pool Float
Credit: Amazon

Is there anything more magical than being a mermaid in summer?

Mermaids are synonymous with summer, so if you’re looking to embrace that magical spirit, you’ll love this colorful float. It’s just under 7 feet long from tip to tail, so you can stretch out or sit comfortably through the innertube.

Get the Jasonwell Giant Inflatable Mermaid Tail Pool Float from Amazon for $21.99

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