Summer is nearly here, and that means it’s time to break out the pool floats again! As the temperature rises, we’re spending more time outside in the backyard. Whether it’s on the swing set or in the swimming pool, our kids are going to want the coolest backyard gear this year, and that includes super fun pool floats. Pool floats, (just like kiddie pools, water tables, and everything else for the yard) are selling like hotcakes this summer. Us mamas are in a mad dash to pimp out our pools with the end goal of keeping everyone entertained. Aka no asking for snacks 24/7 or hearing the ever mind-numbing “I’m booooored!”
Pool toys for kids are just that, toys! We love a good pool float for laying around and relaxing on a hot day, but our kids, not so much. For kids it’s all about making up games and “shows” – igniting their creativity with whatever cute prop they can find, which gives us plenty of time to read poolside (while keeping a watchful eye of course). Since not all pool floats are created equal, when purchasing for kids we recommend inflatable pool toys (save yourself the trouble and get the pump too!).
We also love the idea of multi-person floats so there’s no fighting and plenty of space for everyone. Way to be the most fun mama in the neighborhood with a giant floating unicorn in your pool! We’ve rounded up 26 of the best pool floaties to accessorize the pool and keep the whining to a minimum (yup there’s something for everyone)!
Best Pool Floats
We all love pool games (Marco Polo anyone?) and Jasonwell’s Inflatable Avocado Pool Floatie is ripe for one. The removable pit is actually an inflatable beach ball that can be tossed around or into the center of the avocado for an afternoon of fun. When the fun and games are done, this turns into a comfortable pool float for kids, teens, and adults (yes all of them will fit!).
“Super fun, durable pool float at a good price!” one reviewer wrote. “This is by far the most popular float in our pool thus far! It is a decent size so it will hold a full adult. It was easy to inflate thanks to the multiple option/large inflate tube that other floats don’t have!”
This gigantic pizza inflatable comes with 8 individual pizza slices that are big enough to support your entire body (they’re 72″L x 60″) and are 12-feet long. One customer writes, “They inflated easily and also tied easily together with pre-attached bungee cord and plastic ball. No downsides. The only thing to be aware of is the giant size.” Yup, we are very aware of the size and are ALL about it.
One of the best selling pool floats is this adorable rainbow lounger here. I mean, it does look pretty comfortable doesn’t it? It has a back rest, a hole to dip your toes in the water, and cup holders! One Walmart reviewer even said that it can be used on the back side too! “We live at the lake and love this float. If you feel cramped between the arm rest just turn it over and lay on the back side. Very stable and comfortable.”
Another reviewer loved that it could withstand her (very) active kiddos. “I love this pool lounge float. I love the colors, I love how comfortable it is, and it even stands up to my boys (ages 8 and 5) jumping all over it. I especially love that i can dip my feet in the hole or keep them out and the cup holder! Wonderful!”
When you’re searching for a pool floatie, you want something durable and cute — with this PoolCandy Jumbo Pool Float you get both! This cool looking holographic design comes in an extra large size (42 inches!). You’ve also got your choice between rose gold glitter, pineapples, and the American flag. Relax for hours and look cool doing it!
Kick your feet up and relax in this pool chair float from Sunshine Mall. The huge back rest makes it extra comfortable and customers are raving! “Great for chilling in the pool and have held up with kids crawling on them. Love that the cup holders fit my large insulated cups!” said one fellow parent.
Another reviewer raved how it’s great for tall people too! “Love, love this float. Very easy to inflate and very sturdy. Great for adults. My 6’3” son is very comfortable using it. Cup holder is great too. Bought it late in the summer and excited for next year. Will definitely buy another one next summer.”
Need pool float for the whole family? This 3 pack of donut float from JOYIN will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. And the coolest thing about this trio is that they’re actually clear! So you’ll be able to see the glitter perfectly when it glimmers in the sunshine. One happy customer said, “First off these are adorable..love the donut & glitter theme. Not only are they delicious to look at they are ridiculously sturdy and fun to float in for average sized adults in freezing alpine lakes. They took us hardly any time to inflate & deflate. We took these backpacking and they kept us entertained for days. Will definitely bring them with us again next year.”
A pool floatie list would be incomplete without a unicorn, wouldn’t it? And this one is HUGE. It’s a 3X-Large in size, and can hold up to 400 pounds total! That means a ton of kids or a couple adults can enjoy this floatie together. One reviewer took it on vacation and said, “Twinkle (yes I named her) was a hit in Aruba! Adults loved her, kids wanted to play with her and I had a blast.”
If you’re looking for something nice and simple this pool float is the one for you. Choose between the blue, lavender, hot pink, or yellow strips — or go a little crazy with the leopard print (Yes, I’m talking to you, Mama!).
Fun Pool Floats
Is it really summer without the classic giant flamingo pool float? This one from JOYIN is only $20! And if that’s not a sign to get one for you and the whole fam, I don’t know what is. Take this cutie out in the pool, in the river, or chill on the lawn while you get some much needed sun — either way, this big guy will be there to carry you through.
“It is a really beautiful and high quality float. We have used it a couple of times on the ocean and on pools and it is still holding up great!” said one reviewer. Another raved about the cup holder feature (because who wouldn’t love a drink while relaxing in the water?). “It was the perfect size!! Not too large or small. Very comfortable and the cup holders were a plus!!”
Looking for a flamingo float without the hole in the center? JOYIN’s got that too! Find it here.
If camera ready was a pool float, it’d be this one for sure. Get ready for an Instagram-worthy summer with this adorable camera floatie! “I laughed when I first saw this product and thought it was the coolest inflatable float as it actually has Canon’s lens spec which is the kit lens that you get with a lot of beginner DSLR’s.” said one reviewer. “One thing I love about this inflatable float is that the opening to pump the area in is big so if you have an air compressor especially the flow is very easy to inflate and deflate. We’ve sat on it and so far no air has been leaking out so we’ll be using this real soon when we open up the pool.”
Although you won’t be moving quite as fast as a real jetski, this Funski Float from Funboy will bring just as much joy. This pool float is big enough for adults (because who are we kidding, we’d look awesome on this!), but a decent size for teens as well. Time to hit the wave pool!
Rosé all day! On a hot summer day, all you need is a nice glass of frozé and this pool floatie. Yes, our favorite drink has been turned into a pool float, so how can we not love it immediately? The collection also has other bottle options like Prosecco, Champagne, Beer, and Rum!
“Ordered this for a river float and it was awesome! ” said one reviewer. ” It stayed inflated and thanks to the simple design, it was easy to float with! It even had a cupholder which was an added bonus! “
Who doesn’t love a giant pretzel? At the mall, the movies, or New York City, giant pretzels are synonymous with having a good time. We love this fun and creative Giant Pretzel design from Swimline for kids because with 3 holes it will hold multiples or make a really great game! We can see them diving through the holes now. While this pretzel is big, it is sized perfectly for kids who can sometimes have a harder time with the bigger holes in adult style floats.
Swimline, (who is known for the original giant swan float), has been in business for almost 50 years making fun and durable swim gear, everything from pool liners to pool toys for kids. One mama we know had these pro-tips to offer, “make sure to spread it all the way out first before filling it up. It will loosen the pretzel.” She also suggested skipping the fancy pump on this one as she was able to use a bike pump to fill it! Way to go mama!
Jasonwell is known for designing creative toys and products for water leisure activities that are both well made and beautiful. Jasonwell’s Mermaid Tail Pool Float is no exception, this one is Instagram worthy from any angle. Our kids will love the bright color and creative design of the tail, while we try to capture the perfect IG photo of them in their summer glory. Available in green or pink, our kids can pretend to be their favorite Little Mermaid or their own version of one entirely. Equipped with fast inflation valves, the “is it done yet?!” won’t even have a chance to cross their lips before the tail is in the water.
One mama wrote, “I love this float! My girls are crazy about mermaids. This float has beautiful colors. Seems to be a strong inflatable to put up with all the climbing and jumping on it my kids do to it. It is bigger than I expected but that was a pleasant surprise.”
Inappropriate Pool Floats
This goes out to all the pranksters out there. Did you even know whoopee cushion floaties were a thing? This float is over 4 feet wide (huge!) and has room for multiple kiddos or one adult. It’s the perfect float that will have everyone laughing all day long.
Large Pool Floats
Everyone loves pizza, so before you have it for dinner you might as well relax on a slice! Big hint, Mama: seven of these slices will equal a whole pizza 😉 One reviewer said, ” It is a huge and very durable floatie that is EXTREMELY comfortable. My whole family used it at the lake from the smallest in our family weighing about 60 pounds and the largest weighing almost 290 pounds with absolutely no issues. It did not lose air or anything.”
Watermelon and summer go hand in hand. We have so many memories of biting into a juicy watermelon outside by the pool and letting it dribble down our chins, then jumping in the water to clean up. This giant watermelon float is a nod to our younger years while giving our kids a fresh take on summer fun. Ideal for multiple kids (or adults) to lay on at a time, this watermelon is 6 feet in diameter, which will give everyone plenty of space. (Aka “I’m not touching you!” will not be a thing this year.)
One reviewer noted that this isn’t just for the kids, take note mamas. “We bought this for vacation and the kids had so much fun on it but so did Mom soaking up the sun! You can bring it to the beach, pool or even fun at the lake! ! ! I would definitely recommend to anyone who likes to have fun in the water!”
Talk about a show stopper! This Peacock Pool Float by Intex is actually so large it’s considered a party island on Amazon. Measuring 64′ in length and 76’ across, this whimsical creature surpasses anything our young kids can dream up for their idea of a magical, mystical float. Perfect for an afternoon with friends in the pool or out on the lake, this float includes two handles and 2 air chambers for easy fill. Designed to fit up to a few kiddos at once, you’ll get less fighting over who gets to ride it. One reviewer said it’s a perfect size for her and her husband.
Another fan said, “I luv luv luv my peacock island so comfortable and if u don’t want to get wet u won’t, it’s b u t ful to watch in the water too! Really good quality. Just one more thing – Why did I wait all summer to get this??”
Also from Swimline, this Labyrinth Island Inflatable Pool Toy has us thinking of an afternoon playing Connect Four. Made out of heavy duty PVC, this super cool float is designed to hold up to 8 kids. More than just a lounger, this float invites creativity and games to be played. Kids of all ages will be going for dive rings, jumping, and flipping through the holes when they’re not laying out gossiping with their friends.
One reviewer wrote, “I bought this for our annual camping trip to Bucks Lake, California. Our group includes 6 teenage boys, 2 teenage girls, and 5 kids under 12. All of the kids had a blast on this thing. They lounged on it and did backflips off of it. We inflated it Wednesday when we arrived and it sat on the shore (when not in use) for five days and four nights. It stayed inflated the entire time. After one camping trip with many kids, I am impressed by the durability.”
This pool float thing is so not kids only, after all, we’re the ones paying for it all, right? A Tiki Bar in the pool, seriously, it’s perfect. This 7.5 ft wide inflatable gives you shade, a place to rest and is a real Tiki Bar! It has 3 ice storage bins and 6 drink holders, so it works for you plus 5. We’re not saying you can’t store fresh juice and sparkling water here, but we’re also not saying there can’t be wine spritzers or frozen margaritas either. Can you invite us, please?
2-Person Pool Floats
Pool float for two, anyone? This floatie has two seats and two headrests so that everyone can be comfortable while they’re along for the ride.
Pool Floats With Cup Holders
Ring ring — Summer is calling! This adorable pink retro phone pool lounge will make everyone put down the screens and soak in the sun. They’ll put all calls on hold when they see the included cup holder. Sounds like a pool day is calling your name!
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With a 4.7 rating and over 11,000 reviews — this River Run float should be your top choice for river chilling! It comes with a back rest, cupholders, handles, and a mesh seat perfect for relaxing on a hot day. One Amazon reviewer said, “Color me pleasantly surprised when this thing turned out extremely tough and really comfortable even after hours of floating. I dragged this tube over mostly smooth rocks, hit a couple rough stones along the way, brushed up against snaggy tree in the water, and half-rolled it down an unpaved path/boat launch. I’ve got more than a month of summer left ahead of me and it looks like this (and the red and white colored one I also picked up for a friend) are going to make it just fine.”
Luxury Pool Floats
Okay adults, it’s time to get fancy! In this B & D GROUP Motorized Pool Lounger, you can move around without actually having to move around. So, basically it’s a dream come true. It’s powered by two omnidirectional 66-watt motorized propellers underneath the float, and controlled by the buttons and control stick on the armrests. A reviewer raved about the motorized pool float and left everyone a nice tip: “This thing is fun! So many times in other floats it was a struggle to get to different spots in the pool where I wanted to go. This takes care of that issue completely. It’s easy to steer and quick and easy to put together. It’s strong and durable so not too awkward to get in and out of like some floats. Tip: Spray the exposed screw heads with WD-40 so that they don’t rust.”
This is the type of pool float you take on vacation. It’s your own personal cabana for you, your family, and your friends (yes, it’s that’s much room). Not only does it include a shade canopy for sun protection, it has cup holders and side ropes too. The possibilities this summer are endless.
Yes, four people can comfortable relax in one floatie. With this Intex Splash n Chill 4 Person Island, everyone will have the legroom to soak up the sun with zero frustrations about getting in someone’s way.
Finished accessorizing the pool? Check out all of our other mom approved kids gear for more summertime backyard fun.