It’s been a long, long winter, but sunshine and summer are finally gleaming on the horizon again. It’s time to invest in new swim gear, dust off the cooler, and take inventory of the inflatable pool toys. If your menagerie of kid and adult pool floats is looking thin, Summer 2021 is the time to go big: from giant inflatable dragons and buckin’ bulls for the adults, to pirate ships and cartoon sharks for the kids. A giant inflatable unicorn or T-rex can turn a simple Saturday-afternoon drift on the nearest pool or pond into the pinnacle of luxury alone time.
We’ve rounded up more than two-dozen spectacular inflatable toys for kids and adults. These all go big on imagination but are also well-engineered, durable, and easy to both inflate and deflate. When the kids tire of playing pool games, the whole family can set sail on a giant slice of cool watermelon.
Giant Pool Floats for Summer 2021
Nothing better than floating on a slice of summer. This watermelon island, seeds and all, is 6 feet in diameter and fits two adults comfortably.
Tyrannosaurs Rex may no longer roam North America, but he's still king of the pool floats. At over 10 feet long, from tail to teeth, this giant inflatable dinosaur eats other floats for lunch.
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.
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.
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.
This 63-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 is the perfect amount of silly. It's also nice and heavy-duty, with a weight capacity of 440 pounds and a quick-inflate valve to get you into the water faster.
A minimalist float that makes it easy to keep cool, even on hot summer days at the pool. Two inflatable pillows are connected by a stretch of comfortable mesh so you're truly floating on the water. Roomy for one but accommodates two, you can also re-finagle the water hammock into a lounge chair. Because it's mostly mesh, it's also easy to inflate and super portable. Weight capacity 250 pounds.
Had Jay Gatsby lived in our time of giant, fun pool floats, he almost certainly would've had a dozen of these floating on the pool — surprisingly elegant but just as fun as a rainbow unicorn, this oyster comes with a pearl-inspired beachball.
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.
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).
You will be obsessed with zooming around on this motorized lounger. This float has dual 66W motors with independent joystick controls at the end of each armrest.
Just add water! This ramen float fits a few kids and remains stable thanks to its width of over five feet. It's great for reading and sunbathing.
If your kid loves Ariel, this is the pool float for them. Jump in this pool float and keep your legs underwater and you'll look just like a mermaid. Singing lobsters, fish and problematic gender expectationsnot included.
You'll feel like the king of dragons on this golden float with a huge wingspan. This massive golden dragon float, which is 103-inches wide, will take up a sizable chunk of your pool.
The unicorn float to end all unicorn floats is glittery, pink, and comes with a tether hook that makes it easy to attach to anything from other floats to a boat.
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.
Inflatable Pool Toys for Kids Summer 2021
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 has dual air chambers and an inner spring for greater stability. There's also a retractable canopy with mesh sides that offers UPF 50+ protection.
From the gold horn to the rainbow tail, what's not to love about this unicorn pool float? When inflated, it's 82 x 40 x 35 inches. We're talking serious pool action here. It's made from premium vinyl.
This swan pool float easily fits two kids or one adult and makes for hours of fun.
It's the pool float Han Solo would use, and it's big enough to hold a Wookiee (we think). It won't make the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs, but this Star Wars-inspired pool float will allow you to unwind after a long day of space smuggling.
A giant version of everyone's favorite bath toy, complete with sunglasses and large enough to fit a group of three. Because water can't get inside it'll stay much cleaner than its miniature indoor counterpart.
This wide and flat peacock float has extra space for lounging and can accommodate a few people hanging on the side too.
For those times when relaxation gets boring, fire at will with these water gun-equipped floats with wings that make them stable floaters. These plane-shaped floats have a built-in water gun that draws water directly from the pool. If you don't buy at least two and have an aquatic dogfight then you're doing it wrong.
Floats shaped like this shark one tip easily - but that's part of the fun.
This pirate ship lets kids propel themselves forward with their legs, which remain in the water, while firing away at enemies with the built-in water gun. Kids remain in, instead of on top of the float, so it's a good option for more nervous swimmers.
Add some drama to your pool with this shark float reminiscent of jaws. It inflates to over 4 feet.
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