Pool floats and pool toys for kids are essential summer accessories. That’s because pools — and lakes and rivers and ponds — are essential to summer. Sure, you could buy your standard old pool float and drift around on a slowly sinking neon plank. Or you can opt for something with a little more pizzaz, such as a glorious unicorn pool float, your own floating island, mythical creature or slice of pizza… In addition to being unique, the best pool floats are also durable, and easy to inflate and deflate.
So when your kids tire of playing child-friendly games on their water tables, the whole family can set sail on one of these fanciful, cool, stylish, and fun pool floats.
Best Pool Floats for Kids and Adults
This pool float lounger is like having your own La-Z-Boy in the water. The contoured design brings the comfort and the cup holder brings the refreshments. Or ice cream.
If you can't go on safari, bring the safari to you with this elephant pool float. This whopper of a pool float can hold up to 500 pounds of weight. It's 4 feet wide and almost 3 feet tall.
If any other pizza hit the pool it would be an unabashed tragedy, but once you toss this jumbo slice into the water the fun can begin. Your kids can keep their cold drinks secure with the twin beverage sheaths on the 75-by-61-inch float — and you can keep your cold beers at hand once you commandeer the float from them. Beyond that crucial feature, this float is made with thicker (0.27-mm) material that's fade-resistant and non-toxic. Just don't try to eat the pepperonis.
No ugly duckling here. This 74-inch-wide swan is big enough to hold up to two people, and its five separate chambers mean it's likely to hold air for longer than a single-chamber design would. While not as flashy as some of the mythical creature pool floats out there, the pristine white this swan still looks great. You can sit on it, hugging the neck for support, or lean back on the tail and wing sections for a more relaxed day floating around the pond or pool.
Your pool will be a desolate realm without this majestic unicorn pool afloat in it. Not only does this unicorn float bring the magic, it's also practical and is designed to hold two adults (weighing a total of 400 pounds).
This giant pool float has two air chambers and two cup holders. Clocking in at 71 by 53 inches, this giant pool float chair is everything you ever imagined, for lazy days spent sipping beers and cruising around in the water.
This 7-foot-long pool float is all pink flamingo, all the time. Two adults can comfortably lounge together on this giant inflatable float, shaped like one of our favorite birds, the flamingo. It has two safety grab handles on the neck for easier balancing and maneuvering.
If you're not into playing beer pong, then use this giant pool float as your own aquatic bartender. This pool float has a built-in cooler to keep your drinks cold and slots for your cups. Bottoms up. It's 6 feet long. Bottoms up, again.
This 65-inch-long avocado float comes with a bonus beach ball in form of its removable pit. Ideally paired with a giant inflatable onion, lime, and tomato (for pool float guac), this avocado float from Sunba Youth is the perfect amount of silly. It's also nice and heavy-duty, with a weight capacity of 600 pounds and a quick-inflate valve to get you into the water faster.
This inflatable floating chair has two built-in cup holders that hold drinks of all sizes. By drinks, we mean beer. The Lazy Buoy is a chair that won't tip over. It also includes built-in grommets on its sides so you can tether yourself to other rafts or anchor to a fixed spot. This float is made from raft-grade vinyl with an oversized fill spout.
Sloths have perfect lazy summer energy. Channel it with a few hours floating around the pool on this float. One arm has a cupholder, which can fit plenty of tree leaves, the sloth's principal calorie source, but is really built to hold a beer or cocktail that's being lazily sipped by a human with a more varied diet.
Yeehaw! Grab that proverbial bull by the horns with this insanely cool and coolly insane float. It includes its very own mini-bull drink-holder float, and can hold two adults, or a few kids (maximum weight is 500 pounds). It's made of premium UV treated vinyl.
We're guessing if this dragon pool float was available way back when, Daenerys Targaryen would be using it. When fully inflated, this dragon pool float is 103 inches long, and has a recessed seating area suitable for two people, at a maximum weight of 400 pounds.
Name one single reason not to buy this motorized pool lounge chair, which has dual 66W motors with independent joystick controls at the end of each armrest. So now, instead of swimming to the bar, you can motor up to it.
If cost isn't a consideration, forgot pool floats and get an entire floating dock instead. Life really is more fun on the water, especially if you can live it on this luxe 10-by-6-foot extended swim platform. It can hold 1,500 pounds, inflates in eight minutes, deflated in five minutes, and is easily stored. Load it up with loungers, beer, coolers, you name it.
If an island is more your speed, look no further than this inflatable island, which can hold six — yes, six — people, enough for your own reality show. It has extra-wide pillow backrests, six cup holders, a cooler bag, a removable sun shade and a mesh bottom. In short, it's perfect.
Induct your littlest ones into the wonders of summertime pool time with this covered baby pool float. Recommended for babies 9 months and older, this baby pool float features a very sweet octopus that turns 360 degrees, as well as a squeaker, rattle, stacking rings, and soft touch star. It also provides UPF 50+ sun protection.
Exile kids to their own inflatable island, which comes equipped with its own removable inflatable coconut beach ball, and can hold up to 500 pounds.
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