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The Best Pool Floats for Kids

From avocados and Millenium Falcons to giant dragons and water-gun equipped planes.

Be it the classic, donut-shaped ring or an homage to pop culture, the pool float is an undeniable summer accessory. It’s a golden age for these inflatable toys. There are more pool float varieties than ever, from emojis to unicorns, for adults and kids in need of some aquatic rest and relaxation.

Whether you’re looking for a giant three-person pool float or a toddler float with a big personality, check out the dimensions, safety features, and tools required to inflate it. (A pool float is only as good as your ability to actually inflate it.) No matter what you need, (or your kid wants) there’s a pool float on this list for you.

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.

Dinosaur lovers, rejoice: This is the ultimate tyrannosaurus rex float. It's 42 inches wide, has a great roaring mouth complete with sharp teeth, and is tailor-made for budding paleontologists.

Babies like the water too, and this floating activity center is a great way to get your little one in the water safely. It has dual air chambers and an inner spring for greater stability. There's a retractable canopy with mesh sides that offers UPF 50+ protection.

Kids 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.

Unless you're a Kardashian, you probably aren't going to spring for a jet ski. Get this float instead. It's more than 7. 5 feet long and rises a glorious 3 feet out of the water.

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.

Add sparkle to your summer with this multi-colored glitter pool float, which measures 46 x 44 x 13.75 when inflated.

This swan pool float easily fits two kids or one adult and makes for hours of fun.

All the fun, minus the carbs. This bagel pool float has one hell of a tasty price tag, and can be connected to other floats.

Floating hammocks keep your head above water while your body is slightly submerged. On the hottest of days, you'll appreciate this compromise. This float also folds flat and comes with a carry bag so it's easy to bring along wherever your next pool party is.

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.

Two summer essentials are combined: pools and ice pops. This colorful float holds up to 400 pounds, so kids can share it with adults too.

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.

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 handles on top make this gator a great choice for even the most turbulent of waters (like when your kids and their friends decide to try simultaneous cannonballs).

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.

Feed your travel bug with this adorable plane float that's over 6 feet long. Wings give it extra stability, so you have a better chance of staying on, which is essential when you consider the built-in cupholder for your drink.

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.

This wide and flat peacock float has extra space for lounging and can accommodate a few people hanging on the side too.

What's better than lounging in the pool? Doing it while sitting on an alien. This float is 48 x 48 inches and immeasurable amounts of weird fun.

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