35 best pool floats 2021: Inflatable pool floats for adults and kids
Decorative pool floats have become quite the trend over the years, and it seems like they're becoming more extravagant and popular than ever. These days, you can't go on social media without seeing someone lounging around on a giant unicorn float!
If you want to get in on the fun with an Instagram-worthy float, look no further! Below you'll find the trendiest and coolest floats of the summer, from a rainbow cloud daybed to a pizza slice pool float. If you're less interested in hanging out on an inflatable flamingo and want a more practical option, we've found plenty of those too!
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Inflatable pool floats for adults
Funboy Giant Luxury Inflatable Yacht Pool Float
If drinking champagne on a yacht is on your summer bucket list, it may not be as hard to check off as you think! Two people can comfortably fit on this boat-shaped pool float that comes with a reinforced cooler and cup holders.
Sunnylife Luxe Unicorn Float
For those looking for a mystical pool accessory, consider this unicorn float. It can hold up to two adults and has colorful detailing to add a pop of color to any summer day.
Funboy Clear Pink Glitter Flamingo Float
This flamingo pool float is great for any poolside photo sessions! It’s budget-friendly and perfect for any family pool party this summer.
Intex Watermelon Inflatable Island Float
If you love eating watermelon in the summer, then you’ll totally enjoy lounging in this eye-catching watermelon float. It's designed to have plenty of room for two to three adults.
BigMouth Ice Pop Pool Float
This red, white and blue popsicle float will remind you of your favorite summer dessert. This is perfect for the Fourth of July and beyond.
Funboy Rainbow Cloud Daybed Pool Float
This inflatable rainbow cloud daybed float is as Instagram-worthy as it gets! You can share the spacious lounging area with friends, or simply relax all on your own.
Sunnylife Rainbow Pool Float
If the day bed is too big for your space, consider this fun rainbow float raft from Sunnylife. It’s the perfect way to add a pop of color without taking up too much space.
Jasonwell Giant Inflatable Mermaid Tail Pool Float
Calling all aspiring mermaids — this float's for you! This one comes in both pink and turquoise, and it has some rave reviews from customers.
Luxy Float Giant Inflatable Pineapple Pool Float
If you love pineapples, you can’t go wrong with this giant inflatable pool float that resembles your favorite fruit.
Swimline Inflatable Rosé Wine Bottle Pool Float
Who says you can’t have your wine and lounge on it too? This inflatable rosé wine bottle float is chic, fun and comes with a convenient cup holder for your favorite beverage.
Jasonwell Inflatable Avocado Pool Float
If you can’t stop eating avocado toast, you’re bound to enjoy this giant avocado pool float this summer. As an added bonus, the bit doubles as a beach ball!
Outera Seashell Float
You’ll feel like a queen in this glittery seashell float — and you’ll look like one, too!
Funboy Giant Luxury Inflatable Fun Ski Float
If you can’t ride a real jet ski, get the next best thing: this trendy jet ski pool float from Funboy.
Sunnylife Confetti Pool Ring
For those who enjoy some festive confetti from time to time, you’ll love lounging in this colorful pool ring.
GoPong Floating Beer Pong Table Pool Lounge
If you're 21 or older, you need to give this Beer Pong floating table a try. The spacious inflatable comes with 10 cups for each side, six beer pong balls and sideline cup holders.
Funboy Inflatable Jungle Pool Tube
To add some greenery to your pool setup, consider this jungle-themed tube that features a fun banana leaf pattern.
Sun Squad Strawberry Donut Pool Float
Don't worry, there's a float for donut lovers too! This large donut pool float is colorful, fun and the perfect way to enjoy a day at the beach or pool.
Joyin Giant Inflatable Pizza Slice Pool Float
For those who enjoy a slice of pizza, consider lounging on one, too!
Intex Strawberry Pool Float
Soak up the sun with this sweet inflatable strawberry float. Much like the real fruit, it's seeded!
Funboy Butterfly Pool Float
This butterfly float is larger than life! It comes in a colorful pattern that resembles a sunset and would make for a perfect Instagram shot.
Pool lounge floats
SwimWays Floating Swim Hammock
If you’re looking for something a little more practical than a unicorn float, consider this floating hammock that allows you to stay comfortably submerged in the water while soaking up the sun.
Aqua 4-in-1 Monterey Hammock Inflatable Pool Float
This four-in-one float acts as a water hammock, drifter, lounge chair and an exercise saddle.
Intex Inflatable King Kool Pool Lounge
For a colorful lounging option, this Intex float may be the choice for you. It has a built-in cup holder for refreshing drinks, an armrest and a backrest for extra comfort.
Intex Sit 'N Float Inflatable Lounge
If you’re looking for back support but don’t need the footrest, try these “sit ‘n float” loungers. They allow you to sit comfortably while your feet are free to float in the water.
Intex Rockin' Inflatable Lounge
For a rockin’ option, consider this Intex float that provides a comfortable structure for easy lounging.
Aqua Campania Ultimate 2-in-1 Recliner Lounge
If you enjoy tanning in the pool, you’ll love this float that has an adjustable backrest. This float also comes with an attachable caddy to hold drinks, snacks or other personal items while you spend time in the water.
Pool floats for kids and infants
Pool Central Inflatable Children's Pool Boat Raft
This mini boat raft for kids is perfect for ages 3 to 6 years old. It’s decorated with friendly sea creatures and has grip ropes for your little one to hold.
Joyin Inflatable Unicorn & Flamingo Pool Float
This adorable set of mini unicorn and flamingo pool floats is great for any kiddos who love everything covered in sparkles.
Sun Squad Lil' Canopy Unicorn Float
If you have a toddler, this baby unicorn float might just win them over with its colorful and comfortable design.
GoFloats Flamingo Jr Pool Float Party Tube
For a pretty and pink option, go for this mini flamingo pool float. It’s budget-friendly and great for ages 6 to 12 years old.
Pool Central Children's Inflatable Hippo Swimming Pool Rider
This hippo float will keep your child entertained for hours. It includes sturdy handles for a secure ride and comes decorated in a cute fish pattern with a cartoon-like hippo face.
SwimWays Baby Spring Float Activity Center with Canopy
This baby-friendly float comes with a variety of toys and a removable canopy for sun protection. Plus, this float has over 6,000 five-star ratings from verified Amazon shoppers.
Kidpar 4-Piece Inflatable Fruit Pool Floats
If you're looking to get a little bit more bang for your buck, consider this set of four swimming tubes for kids. They come in four different fruit patterns — and you can’t beat the price!
Big Summer Inflatable Pirate Boat Pool Float
Calling all pirates! This boat pool float is ideal for children 3 to 7 years old. It includes a built-in squirt gun and an inflatable pirate flag for imaginative play all summer long.
Topwon Inflatable Airplane Kids Swimming Float
If they can’t fly in a private jet, at least they can play in one! This inflatable airplane float promises durability and great buoyancy support for a fun-filled day in the sun.
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If it doesn’t involve a pool float, did you even go on vacation? Turn your hot vax summer up with these fun, playful inflatables you can take to the beach, pool, lake or river for maximum entertainment. From a $5 flamingo-print inner tube to an actual inflatable boat, there’s something for every budget and lifestyle. (Just don’t forget to grab an air pump, too!)
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A glamorous peacock island
Because swans are so 2015.
Promising review: "The raft is really bright and pretty and a lot bigger than I thought it would be. It has been floating in my friend's pool for about a month now in the central Florida sun and it is holding up very well. All of the other rafts they received at the same time are faded but the peacock is still very bright. It has been jumped on by children and adults so it must be decent quality plastic." -- Brian Richardson
Get it from Amazon for $49.99.
An avocado float with a pop-out beach ball
It's two pool toys in one: Remove the pit and you've got both a float and a ball to play with. And who doesn't love avocados? (Fun fact: Pregnant reviewers say they also used this for sleeping.)
Promising review: "I was really happy with the quality of this raft. We ordered these for the beach... They are very thick material and the ports to blow them up have the insert to use a pump so the air doesn't come right back out. They are very bright and colorful and HUGE rafts! The avocado is great because two people can actually use it at the same time and the beach ball pit makes for some laughs but also gave us something to toss around the pool so you actually have two things in one! ...It was a great time and I highly recommend these products!" -- LisaLoo
Get it for $20.69 from Amazon by clicking "save 10%" before adding it to your cart.
A versatile Monterey hammock
There are multiple ways to float around relaxing in this water hammock, a favorite of several HuffPost staffers.
Promising review: "LOVE these floats!!! Purchased two colors. I was looking for something perfect for drifting around a lazy river (which we did around 100 times over the past week of vacation! LOL) and these fit the bill. They are very easy to use, incredibly versatile and really well made! They did their job and did it well. Fantastic price for a fantastic product! My parents loved them so much that they've already purchased their own for our vacation NEXT YEAR!!! We left a day earlier than the rest of the family, but my parents begged us to leave these behind for their use. FYI, I'm 240 and 5'9", my husband and father are 280 and 6'. These held all of us up in the water. Used these as a reclining float, a saddle style float, and a hammock style float. Loved them all!" -- Kendall B.
Get it from Amazon for $15.04 or from Walmart for $14.97.
A massive dinosaur float
It's a huge, toothy dinosaur that's $31.99. What's not to love?
Promising review: "I am not one to write reviews however when something impresses me I have to mention it. This pool float has been inflated and floating on our pool for 2 months straight, the kids abuse it non stop, wind has blown it out of the pool a couple times but it stays inflated and has yet to spring a leak. At our house that is very impressive!!! Its quite large, our 10 and 7 year old usually are on it together no problem. Great buy!!" -- Chad Blythe
Get it for in blue or yellow from Amazon for $31.99.
A 3-pack of cute flamingo drink holders
What's a vacation by the water without a nice chilled drink by your side? Have your pool time and cocktail hour, too, with these adorable floating cup holders.
Promising review: "Wow, just wow. By far my greatest Amazon purchase to date. These $10 floats held my $12 Moscow mule like a champ. No spilling, just floating. The 3 pack made it easy for my family to join me in my flamingo float coolness except that my selfish 5 yr old wanted them all to herself. Once I finally gave in I noticed that even a crazy splashy insane child was able to keep her drink afloat (just a water) in this flamingo! I plan to buy these for everyone I know that has a pool and you should too! Also as a bonus - these are perfect for holding your drink steady on your pool chair or next to it so you don’t accidentally knock it over with your poolside drunkenness! Seriously -- buy these." -- absolutkeg
Get a 3-pack from Amazon for $12.15.
A blow-up bull ride for endless laughs
Can you make it 8 seconds on a wild wet steer? Fill your vacation with hilarious fun and hysterical spills with one of these inflatable bulls. Choose between a realistically-printed rodeo ring from Intex or a barrel-style steer from Banzai.
Promising review for Intex: "I bought this for an annual lake trip I take with my old college roommates. Many came but only few conquered the beast. Success rates radically vary based upon alcohol consumption. It survived multiple double decker waterslide mount attempts so it’s durable." -- Amazon customer
Get the Intex "Inflatabull" from Amazon for $139.94 or get the Banzai "Wild Water Rodeo" from Boscov's for $19.99.
A 2-person kayak you can fit in a bag
Don't have the storage space or a car rigged to transport kayaks? The Explorer K2 from Intex inflates in minutes with the included air pump. It comes with a carrying bag and two aluminum paddles and is designed for use in lakes and gentle rivers.
Promising review: "I love this kayak! You can go swimming in the middle of the lake. Re-entering is easy and it won't flip. When you remove both seats 2 people can comfortably sit on the inflated floor facing each other and enjoy lazy afternoon on the water. You can also buy a kayak anchor and enjoy sunshine without a drift." -- Sceptic Jim
Get it from Amazon for $180.95.
An ergonomic luxury lounger that's soft on your skin
Soft cool-weave fabric is the standout for this buoyant lounge. You'll love the headrest, width and cup holders, too.
Promising review: "Opened today, inflated and used for 2 hours in a river. It was awesome! I'm 6'2" 250 lbs and it held me easily! And it's actually really comfortable. Laying all the way back it felt like my recliner at home. It's a water hammock, so the bottom is mesh and let's the water through. Sitting down on it at first feels like your going to sink, but once you lay flat, it holds you up perfectly. The headrest is the best part! I highly recommend this. I'm ordering a second one!" -- Charles
Get it from Amazon for $46.99 or from Target for the same price.
A baby float activity center with protection from the sun
Little ones get to be in the pool with the big kids with this floating activity center that comes with its very own SPF 50 sun shade. Each tentacle of the inflatable octopus holds a toy, including a squeaker fish, stacking rings, fish teether and soft touch star.
Promising review: "Amazing!!! Using it for my 4-month-old. He's always been super strong and has been sitting on his own for a minute or two at a time. Before we used it in the pool we sat him on top of the seat area and he loved it! He could balance perfectly with the support and play with the toys. In the pool he was more leaned back but could also lean forward to play with the toys. The puffer fish squeaks and they all float. The shader was amazing and snaps into place. He also took a nap on it outside the pool. Perfect!!" -- Amazon customer
Get it from Amazon for $26.47.
The ultimate floating machine
OK, it's not a machine. But if you're just drifting down a river or floating on the lake, the Intex River Run series is the BMW of tubes. This has a mesh bottom, handles, water bottle holders, a back rest and a grab rope with a snap device you can use to attach two or more together.
Promising review: "We LOVE these tubes! Super fast shipping. My husband is 6'5, I'm 5'3. Both fit very comfortably in tubes. He'd never been tubing, and I took him on a quick 6 hour float to 'get his feet wet.' I was worried his back would be sore, but he said he was comfortable the entire time. Im pretty sure he snuck in a nap at some point. At my height, getting out in the river waters was a bit of a challenge, but I'd mastered it quickly. Bumped into quite a few rocks, but had no problems with the material holding up. We will certainly be getting a LOT of use out of these. Very highly recommend." -- Kayakchick76
Get it in blue from Dick's Sporting Goods for $22.99 or in red from Amazon for $41.99 or in blue from Amazon for $45.75.
The ultimate floating machine ... with an inflatable cooler
Dick's Sporting Goods
It would be an actual crime if we did not tell you there's also a two-person version of the tube above with all the same features plus A BUILT-IN COOLER.
Promising review: "The dual tube design was very comfortable, on the picture doesn't show but it has a space compartment in front of the cooler excellent to store cameras and a waterproof speaker to jam down the river; the cooler is a good idea although the ice melted pretty fast, the drain hole was a great feature, but on the bright side we used the cooler after draining the water to store our cellphones and shoes along with a few bottles/cans of choice to keep it dry. Total time used was 5 hours down the river. Kept the air pressure well, great quality product 5 stars. -- JPK2017
Get it from Dick's Sporting Goods for $39.99 (regularly $49.99). It is also available at Amazon.
An entire island for all your friends
This giant raft has a built-in cooler, six cup holders, an anchor, backrests, two boarding platforms and space for seven of your nearest and dearest. What more could you possibly want? (If the answer is "a sunshade," check out this option or this smaller island from Intex with a detachable canopy.)
Promising review: "Where to begin....we splashed, we chilled, we took a charcuterie board into the middle of Lake Anna... The lakefront houses surrounding us were full of people who were straight jelly at the amount of laughs being had during our splash and chill and meat and cheese sesh. Haters will say it’s fake. To those haters we will tell them you can splash but YOU CAN’T CHILL as our captain literally kicks them overboard. This was purchased for a bachelor party weekend and with a built in cooler full of Bud Light seltzer it was worth every penny paid." -- Elizabeth Regnitz
Get it from Amazon for $314.99.
A hot dog for hot doggin' on
Remember when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union rode the banana boat? This is just like that, except it's a hot dog and you're not famous.
You will, however, need a boat.
Promising review: "This thing held up to a 75 mph supercharged jet ski and let me tell you the faces of my brothers was priceless. Then we threw about 6 kids on this thing and changed their lives to where they will require thrill seeking at level 10 for the rest of their lives. I’ve never seen such a glorious sight at 75 mph. This thing just takes a lickin and keeps on... uh... wienering!" -- Kevin H.
Get it from Amazon for $158.79.
A sweet watermelon pool
Give small kids (or yourself) a safe place to splash with this juicy inflatable pool from Intex.
Promising review: "This was a great size, I was expecting it to be too small to be comfortable but I could sit down with my legs stretched out and hold my baby on my lap. I have a friend coming over with her baby and we will both fit comfortably. I'm sure it could hold several children on their own as well. Took a while to fill up, even with the electric pump I bought (not included -- make sure you get one!). Probably about 10-15 minutes in total... Great little pool for the kids in the back yard." -- Sebastian Wood
Get it from Amazon for $19.99.
A tube that's bananas
You can't help but feel sunny inside just looking at this banana-print float. It's about 47 inches wide, big enough for adults.
Promising review: "Great float at a great price." -- a Target customer
Get it from Target for $10.
A yummy sushi island for sunning and funning
Lounge in relaxation on a delicious 5-foot-diameter sushi roll while the kids play for hours with the inflatable chopsticks.
Get it from Amazon for $51.20.
An inflatable boat so sturdy you can even attach a motor to it
Stuck at the shore without a "real" boat for fishing or exploring? This inflatable version is so heavy-duty in super-tough PVC that you can even buy an optional motor mount and take things to the next level. As is, it comes with rotating oar locks (two aluminum oars included), fishing rod holders and a plastic slatted floor and inflatable reinforced keel for stability. Best of all, when you're done, you can just deflate this boat, roll up the floor and pack it all in your trunk for next time.
Get it from Amazon for $427.99.
A rowboat for when you need to vacation from vacation
Sometimes when you're at the lake with the family you need a few moments alone. Simply paddle away from them in this inflatable rowboat to grab a few moments of solitude and never spill the secret that it's actually built for two.
Promising review: "The Explorer 200 demonstrates superior performance as an inflatable watercraft far beyond the walls of the suburban above ground pool for which it was designed. This so called 'toy' valiantly charged through the choppy waters of Lake Powell, effortlessly deflecting plates of ice with its seemingly impenetrable rubber hull as I explored a vast network of narrow sandstone canyons. Some may call it the 'poor man's packraft', but I strongly disagree, as any man fortunate enough to call an Explorer 200 his own is a rich man indeed." -- Peter Brandon
Get it from Amazon for $49.99.
A floating mat that holds the whole family
Provide HOURS of fun with this floating pad made of closed cell foam. A tear-stop middle layer makes this mat extra durable, and a bungee tether allows you to anchor it in place. When you're done, just roll it up with the included Velcro straps.
Promising review: "The grandchildren and neighbors' children have had a great time with this mat all summer. Once is is in the water they do not want to come out. The children range in age from 3 to 14, with the parents getting in the act occasionally. They run, jump, flop, do cartwheels and flips, play king of the mat, etc. Always action except when they slow down a bit to catch a breath. This has clearly been the hit of the summer and given the looks as the boats swing by, we expect to see a few more on the lake this summer and next. We use a small mushroom anchor with it which works fine. In addition, I run a line from the anchor to the shore so if I don't want to get wet at the end of the day when it is time to bring it in I can simply pull it in with that line. One of the best parts is no inflation necessary. Simply unroll it; then roll it back up when finished. Using two to roll it does make it easier; I haven't tried rolling it up alone. The Rubber Dockie 18x6-Feet Floating Mat great fun!!" -- John
Get it from Amazon in two sizes for $399+.
And a bonus recommendation: A very American eagle for the 4th of July.
... because it’s what Uncle Sam would want.
Get it from Oriental Trading for $27.99.
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