19 Best Pool Floats Reviews [For Maximum Pool FUN!]

You have a pool, but you or your kids don’t feel like swimming? Simply choose one of the best pool floats with the shape or size of your choice and you can lay back and relax.

There used to be only swim rings and swimming floats but now there are floats in so many different sizes, shapes, and purposes available on the market, it’s up to you to add some fun and chilling floats to your pool. Most floats are affordable, will last you one or more season and will provide lots of fun and relaxation as long as you take safety precautions, don’t get sunburnt and watch over the little ones while they are enjoying the floats.

ModelEditor RatingPrice 
Kelsyus
4.4$$
SwimWays Baby Spring Float Activity Center with Canopy
4.5$$
Swimline Giant Sea Dragon Inflatable Pool Toy
4.4$$
King Flamingo Pool Float, Huge Inflatable Pool Toy For Adults & Kids
4.5$$
Intex Floating Recliner Inflatable Lounge, 71 X 53-Inch (Colors May Vary)
4.2$
Swimline Tie Dye Island Inflatable Pool Toy
4.0$$
Intex Giant Gator Ride-On, 80" X 45", for Ages 3+
4.6$
GoFloats Inflatable Palm Island Drink Holder (3 Pack), Float your drinks in style
4.2$
Swimline 9078 - UFO 45 Inch Spaceship Squirter
3.6$
GoPong Pool Lounge Beer Pong Inflatable with Social Floating, White
4.4$$
Swimways Spring Float Papasan - Colors May Vary
4.3$$
Intex Mega Chill II Float Cooler
4.6$
International Leisure Sunchaser Padded Floating Lounger
3.3$$$
Intex Inflatable See Me Sit Pool Ride for Age 3-4
4.0$
Intex Recreation 48" Color Whirl Tube
4.3$
H2WHOA EXTRA LARGE RIDE ON AND LOUNGE FLOATS
4.0$$
Inflatable Swimming Pool Shock Rocker, Model # 9056
3.5$$$
Intex King Kool Inflatable Lounge, 63" X 33", 1 Pack (Colors May Vary)
4.3$

Buying guide

In our pool floats reviews we suggest that you look for floats which are comfortable, adequately sized to support your height and weight while you enjoy yourself floating in your pool. Cool pool floaties are not just comfortable but can be a great aesthetic addition which adds to overall pool enjoyment.

How are floats constructed and what are they made of?

Pool floats generally consist of one or more air chambers which are hollow enclosures bound by a soft and flexible airtight material (such as vinyl or PVC which is a vinyl polymer). The best pool floats are made of materials that do not stretch or deform once they are fully inflated. You can use a foot pump or electric pump to inflate them but most can conveniently be inflated with a good pair of lungs.

Pool floats can be inflated or deflated using valves (usually one on each air chamber). The fact that they float depends on the air-tight design and reliable materials used so the quality of material used and the build quality are of outmost importance.

A puncture or tear will result in the leak of the air inside and the deflation of the inflatable, which is one of the safety issues when the pool floats are used by younger kid or nonswimmers.

Although a float can act as a life preserver in case of an emergency, this is not their primary purpose. If adults or children cannot swim, a life jacket (insert internal hyperlink once jackets are published) is the most important floatation device that they will need.

Detectable leaks can be caused by holes caused by punctures or tears in the material, separating of seams, separating of valve parts, or an improperly closed valve. Even if you can’t see the leak because they are tiny, the air will slowly get out of the inflatable but at a much slower rate.

Though sturdy, floats are not completely resistant to small leaks and punctures. This is why you should have patch kits on hand. They are cheap, widely available and you may even find that some floats come with a patch kit when you buy them.

Who can use floats and how?

Everyone! Isn’t that cool? Adults, teenagers, kids and even toddlers can enjoy floating. The little ones and babies do need adult supervision at all times regardless of the fact how safe your float is.

They are mainly designed for fun and playing but can come in very handy if you find yourself too tired to continue swimming and are in the deep end of the pool. They are great if you don’t feel like swimming but want to relax in your pool, but can also be used in conjunction with the best pool toys and supersoakers for TONS of fun.

You can get your kids to love water and swimming from a very young age. You can enjoy playing with them and get the most of their happy laughter and smiling faces. They have a soothing and calming effect while you float.

Read about pool floats reviews which cover the best pool floats for all ages.


Best pool floats

1. Kelsyus

Editor Rating:

4.4/5

Kelsyus features a built-in cup holder, ottoman, and back rest. This fabric-covered pool float has a comfortable mesh seat with clips on the sides which allow tethering to boat, dock, or pool deck.

Kelsyus

Inner spring around the outside perimeter of the float provides additional support in the water and makes unfolding and folding fast. It is portable so you can easily fold it and take it anywhere you want. It’s also light-weight when inflated so it’s easy to carry it around in your pool area.

Kelsyus inflates and deflates quickly using jet valve technology. It’s sturdy and well-made and can support adults up to 250 lbs. It allows just about enough pool water though (depending on your weight) to keep you cool, but not totally immersed.

No leaks, holes, tearing, ripping or bursting of seams reported in pool floats reviews after one season. You can pack it nice and flat and the carrying case is relatively durable and could be reused.

Things We Liked


  • ​Nylon fabric cover will resist incidental pokes and scrapes
  • ​Easy to inflate in about one minute
  • ​The seat is a thick mesh fabric, strong and really comfortable
  • ​Foot rest and cup holder nice extra features

Things We Didn't Like


  • The cup holder gets uneven from the air pressure and weight of your body

Price:

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Editor Rating:

4.9/5

Giant Inflatable Unicorn by Captain Floaty will provide hours of fun and relaxing floating, playing and splashing around. If you want to stand out at the next pool party, this is pool inflatable for you.

At a massive 8’ in length and the weight capacity of up to 400lbs, it’s great for kids, teens and adults of any age looking to unwind and fool around in the pool. Whether you’re catching some sun or riding like the wind, this huge unicorn will ensure fun, comfort and another awesome and memorable summer!

Giant Inflatable Unicorn Pool Float Swim Toy Floatie by Captain Floaty

It’s super easy to inflate in just minutes. Made of durable PVC, this float is phthalate-free and features two ergonomic handles for safety. With bright colors and a matte finish, it’s the perfect pool accessory for everyone.

Things We Liked


  • ​Holds multiple people at once Inflates in less than 5 minutes
  • ​Made of thick phthalate-free PVC Easy to transport and store Features two ergonomic handles

Things We Didn't Like


  • No major cons except for the fact that your friends might envy you

Price:

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Editor Rating:

4.5/5

SwimWays Baby Spring Float Activity Center with Canopy

SwimWays Baby Spring Float Activity Center with Canopy will help you to introduce your baby to the water. This brightly colored inflatable baby floaty has fabric covered inflation and a soft mesh seat for durability and comfort. The rotating octopus character will provide a focus for play with each octopus tentacle holding a toy that baby can touch and activate.

The lower center of gravity, safety valves and separate air chambers ensure security and stability while in the water. You do have to be with the baby in the water at all times for safety reasons and in order not to miss the baby’s smiles and laughter as they happily splash around.

The removable, two-position canopy offers UPF 50+ sun protection, and the mesh sides of the canopy ensure that you can see your baby the whole time. Ultra-portable, the Baby Spring Float Activity Center and canopy can be folded flat into the included carry bag for easy storage and carrying with you when you travel - it's the best baby pool float for vacations!

Octopus tentacles hold multiple fun toys Portable and easy to transport and store Perfect opportunity to bond with your child in the water

Things We Liked


  • ​Safe and fun way to allow your baby to get familiar with water UPF 50+ sun protection

Things We Didn't Like


  • Sun shade needs improvements

Price:

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Editor Rating:

4.4/5

Swimline Giant Sea Dragon Inflatable Pool Toy is 115 inches long. It can hold up to 225 pounds so you can load on a few kids, or two teenagers. The dragon is made of heavy-duty vinyl and is sure to be the hit of your pool parties this summer.

Two handles ensure a stable ride, while the robust vinyl construction offers durability. All you have to do is blew it up and put it in the water. Due to its size, if you don’t have big lungs, better use a pump. This dragon holds a ton of air.

As for sturdiness, it will stand up to a rowdy bunch of youngsters. Very sturdy build at the price. The seams that connect air chambers are good quality. This dragon floaty has multiple air chambers, so you have to fill them all up separately. This offers more stability by reducing the pressures applied to the seams, but also makes it more difficult to deflate.

Swimline Giant Sea Dragon Inflatable Pool Toy

Things We Liked


  • ​A real attraction for your pool
  • Holds several kids or two bigger teenagers Two ergonomic handles for safety Made of durable vinyl

Things We Didn't Like


  • You may need some type of paddle to navigate in the water as the dragon is larger than some pool rafts for adults

Price:

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Editor Rating:

4.5/5

King Flamingo Pool Float is just the float you need for the next amazing summer party you will attend or for floating relaxation in your own swimming pool. It will also be perfect for a weekend at a lake or a vacation somewhere on the coast.

King Flamingo Pool Float, Huge Inflatable Pool Toy For Adults & Kids

Large enough to accommodate two people, it is also beautifully designed to show off every little detail that a real flamingo has. All that in the most adorable summer pool toy will certainly make you love the summer even more.

Made of the most durable plastic materials, this float will not deflate as long as it’s used normally. Your kids will love it, and you’ll like the added safety as they can hold on to the long neck of the flamingo. You can join them and have fun together as it’s big enough with the dimensions of 71.3 x 78 x 43.3 inches.

Things We Liked


  • ​Enough space for two average built people Super comfy and high quality
  • ​Made of quality vinyl Beautifully designed

Things We Didn't Like


  • Only three days to report a possibly defective float

Price:

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Editor Rating:

4.2/5

Intex Floating Recliner Inflatable Lounge, 71 X 53-Inch (Colors May Vary)

Intex Floating Recliner Inflatable Lounge features a chair-like design for added comfort and support. It is made of 18 gauge vinyl and has two convenient cup holders for refreshing beverages which you will surely enjoy under the hot sun.

This recliner has two air chambers and as it’s quite big we suggest using a pump. It has a cool design and will provide comfortable and enjoyable relaxation in your pool. In case you dose off, there are two heavy-duty handles to grab on to.

At 71-inches by 53-inches, it's has enough space to stretch out, layback and enjoy the float. Intex Floating Recliner Inflatable Lounge comes with a repair patch and a 90-day warranty.

Things We Liked


  • ​Enough space for comfortable floating Two handles for added safety
  • ​Made of quality 18 gauge vinyl Two cup holders 90-day warranty

Things We Didn't Like


  • Occasional leaks reported

Price:

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Editor Rating:

4.0/5

Swimline Tie Dye Island Inflatable Pool Toy is 65 inches in diameter and has retro tie-dyed design. Your kids will enjoy sunbathing, floating or fooling around on this floating island.

It’s made of heavy gauge vinyl and it will provide plenty of hours of fun. Adults can also sunbathe and float comfortably as long as they are 5’4” or shorter.

Awesome fun colors will make you want to chill out this summer on the Swimline Tie Dye Island. With its tie dye colors which are bright and eye catching, it’s definitely one of the grooviest and most chic pool rafts on the market.

Swimline Tie Dye Island Inflatable Pool Toy

As it’s quite large, use a foot pump or an electric pump to inflate the island. There are two separate air chambers: the outer rings and the inner rings. It has a soft rope that will slide through the attachments around the perimeter. You can used the rope to tie it to the ladder or you can tie more floats together and have even more fun

Things We Liked


  • ​Unconventional round shape Super-cool and colorful retro design
  • ​Tough and stable when inflated Great for tanning or chilling out

Things We Didn't Like


  • Could do with a repair patch kit as it seems prone to punctures

Price:

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Editor Rating:

4.6/5

Intex Giant Gator Ride-On, 80" X 45", for Ages 3+

Intex Giant Gator Ride-On measures 45 by 80 inches (W x D) and is suitable for 2 kids 3 years or older as there are 2 pairs of safety handles to hold on to. Green super-cool gator will be a fun addition to your pools.

As it’s light and portable, the kids can take it to another pool, on vacation or grandparents’ lake cabin. It’s made of durable, 12-gauge vinyl with two air chambers and can take quite a lot of riding and beating by the little ones.

In case of a puncture, a repair patch kit is included and Intex offers a limited 30-day manufacturer's warranty. So, if younger kids are going to ride it, keep a watchful eye on the kids and the Gator will make sure that the kids have plenty of fun in the water.

Things We Liked


  • ​Fun and colorful aligator design 4 safety handles for 2 riders
  • ​Includes repair patch kit
  • ​Reliable and backed up by 30-days limited warranty

Things We Didn't Like


  • Some punctured-on-arrival cases reported. Use the warranty.

Price:

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Editor Rating:

4.2/5

GoFloats Inflatable Palm Island Drink Holder (3 Pack) will conveniently float your drinks while you lay back and chill out in your pool. Extra buoyant rafts will not tip over and will work with almost any size beverage.

GoFloats Inflatable Palm Island Drink Holder (3 Pack), Float your drinks in style

It’s a convenient accessory to have on hand for pools, hot tubs or lakes as long as there are no waves. Palm Island Drink Holder can be inflated by mouth in seconds and will provide a buoyant and stable cup holder for a variety of sized drinks. So, no more frequent swimming to the pool deck to get your drinks!

GoFloats stands behind all of its products and will replace damaged or defective items for free so you can buy their drink holder with confidence. Inexpensive, convenient and cool, Palm Island Drink Holder is a no brainer.

Things We Liked


  • ​Convenient accessory for your pool
  • ​Easy and quick to inflate and carry around
  • ​Affordable three-pack

Things We Didn't Like


  • Cups or bottles that are a bit top heavy will tip over

Price:

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Editor Rating:

3.6/5

Swimline 9078 - UFO 45 Inch Spaceship Squirter

Swimline 9078 - UFO 45 Inch Spaceship Squirter is made from heavy gauge vinyl and equipped with a constant supply squirt gun for your kids’ amusement. Space battle in their own swimming pool? It doesn’t get more fun than that.

This retro single pilot inflatable is design for the kids to make use of an oversized arm and head rest. These make this float look like the command cockpit of a striking spaceship. Heavy gauge vinyl will withstand rigorous play, that is, heavy battles.

Measures 45 inches in diameter and is safe with 140 lb. weight capacity. However, there is a medium-sized opening in the center of the raft, so be cautious if you put a smaller kid or a poor swimmer in it as they could easily fall out.

Things We Liked


  • ​Fun and engaging spaceship design Squirt gun a nice touch
  • ​Comfortable and stable in the water

Things We Didn't Like


  • The gun tube slips out and is difficult to get back in
  • Cool idea but needs slightly better solution

Price:

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Editor Rating:

4.4/5

GoPong Pool Lounge Beer Pong is a solid 6ft floating beer pong table with built in cup holders for social floating. The 6ft x 3ft table includes 10 cup triangles on each end for full size pool pong play.

Each side of the raft is also lined with 4 cup holders for social floating, so you and your friends can float and socialize around the table between pong games. The Pool Lounge includes 3 pong balls and is retail packaged. The cups are not included.

GoPong Pool Lounge Beer Pong Inflatable with Social Floating, White

This is among the best pool rafts for fun and a must have for summer pool parties. It brings pool fun to a new level as you get to share laughs and spend quality time with your friends or family or both. We absolutely had to include it in our pool floats review.

All rafts are inflation tested and quality checked before they are packaged. In rare cases of a bad unit slipping the quality checks, the manufacturer will immediately send a replacement or issue a refund as customer service is their top priority.

Things We Liked


  • ​Reliable game floater
  • ​Fun and friendly atmosphere guaranteed Quality materials used
  • ​Premium one-way inflation valve for quick inflation / deflation

Things We Didn't Like


  • Smaller size than traditional beer pong table

Price:

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Editor Rating:

4.3/5

Swimways Spring Float Papasan chair has all the awesome features of larger in a smaller, sit-up style design for comfortable relaxation or family or friends time in water.

Swimways Spring Float Papasan - Colors May Vary

Swimways Spring Float Papasan is a low profile, travel-friendly float great for vacations and trips to the neighborhood pool, as well. When folded, Papasan will fit into most carry-on luggage. No matter where your next vacation is, you can be sure you have your favorite float for the water with you.

As for the home pool use, as long as adults are there to supervise, the kids will enjoy them as Papasan by Swimways provides safe but fun environment perfect for your kids to enjoy.

You can conveniently sit in them, or lay back and use the back side as a headrest.

Things We Liked


  • ​Round shape with comfortable mesh Quality build and safe
  • ​No air pump required
  • ​Great for chilling out

Things We Didn't Like


  • Not as comfortable for taller people

Price:

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Editor Rating:

4.6/5

Intex Mega Chill II Float Cooler does as the name says: keeps your drinks cool. The removable ice chest holds up to 72 cans and ice. More than enough, if you agree!

Intex Mega Chill II Float Cooler

Made of tough 16 gauge vinyl construction, this cooler is sturdy and features 3 air chambers which will keep it afloat. In addition, 4 heavy-duty handles make the cooler easy to transport, and, in case of punctures, there is a repair patch to fix minor tears and punctures included.

It can be used as a floating base for a cooler up to 48-Quarts cooler which is not included in the kit. Six built-in cup holders will also come in handy.

Intex Mega Chill II Float Cooler is one of the pool rafts specially designed for your maximum pool pleasure, convenience and fun. We suggest you get it!

Things We Liked


  • ​Will keep your drinks cool in the hot sun
  • ​6 cup holders for the whole gang
  • ​4 heavy-duty handles for easy transport
  • Repair patch included

Things We Didn't Like


  • The handles cannot always keep up with the load

Price:

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Editor Rating:

3.3/5

International Leisure Sunchaser Padded Floating Lounger is a luxurious way to lounge in your pool in maximum comfort and style. Intended for use by adults only, this pool float also comes with holders for your favorite beverages.

International Leisure Sunchaser Padded Floating Lounger

It’s 50L x 32W x 22.5H which will be more than enough space for memorable chilling in your pool. To make it even more comfortable, this premium floatation device is fully padded and features an extra-thick headrest. However, the headrest seems to lack that laid back position, which might make your float a little less comfortable than expected.

Assembly should be quick and easy, if you are patient. Some of us aren’t and expect it to be a tad easier to assemble. As for the material, it’s not the most comfortable for the skin.

Things We Liked


  • ​Will keep you safely floating
  • ​Cup holders on both armrests
  • ​Strong molded frame

Things We Didn't Like


  • The headrest could be more comfortable
  • The same goes for the material

Price:

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Editor Rating:

4.0/5

Intex Inflatable See Me Sit Pool Ride offers sturdy construction and bright colors to make this pool float safe and a fun way for your little ones to float. It’s 9.6 inches x 9 inches x 1.5 inches.

Constructed of 10-gauge vinyl, and designed for 3-4 year olds, this float is certified phthalate-free. Intex Inflatable See Me Sit Pool Ride features inflatable handle with squeaker and balls.

Intex Inflatable See Me Sit Pool Ride for Age 3-4

It features different animals design such as frogs, penguins, dogs and tigers and has two air chambers which are easily inflated. There are also smooth leg holes for the little ones to splash their cute little feet happily. Do watch over them at all times as a safety precaution.

Things We Liked


  • ​Safe and fun way for the little ones to enjoy water Certified phthalate-free
  • ​Beautiful animal designs Toys to play with attached

Things We Didn't Like


  • You get random animals/No choosing yourself option

Price:

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Editor Rating:

4.3/5

Intex Recreation 48" Color Whirl Tube

Intex Recreation 48" Color Whirl Tube is ideal for floating around in your pool, on the lake or even river. Designed with bright colors in a pinwheel formation, this tube is not only fun, but stylish.

Sturdy and durable, the tube consists of two air chambers for added safety, and two heavy-duty grab handles. A repair patch is also included.

Sturdy and durable, the tube is constructed with two air chambers for added safety, and two heavy-duty grab handles. If the outer chamber ever gets a hole, the device should still float using the air in the inner chamber.

You can inflate it using your mouth but a pump will save you the time and effort. It can easily be deflated and folded for convenient carrying.

Things We Liked


  • ​Safe for teenagers but even smaller adults can use it Sturdy PVC used
  • ​Bright colors add to overall enjoyment Two handles for added safety

Things We Didn't Like


  • The coloring from the tube rubbed off in some cases

Price:

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Editor Rating:

4.0/5

H2WHOA EXTRA LARGE RIDE ON AND LOUNGE FLOATS

H2WHOA EXTRA LARGE RIDE ON AND LOUNGE FLOATS has two air chambers and smooth leg holes for ease of use and comfort of the little ones, 1 year old being minimum recommended age.

This Intex floatie features the inflatable tail which acts as a sun shade making this the best pool float for toddlers to be entertained but also protected from the sun while floating in the pool.

Once the child grows bigger, the shade might be too low and get in the way but since floats like this are so affordable it won’t break the bank to buy one for the next season.

It guarantees fun for your toddler and yourself as long as you pay close attention to your child and stay close for safety reasons. Make sure you inflate it properly, too. It’s very easy to inflate it by mouth.

Things We Liked


  • ​Sturdy but comfy
  • ​Adorable float for toddlers
  • ​Two easily inflated chambers

Things We Didn't Like


  • The shade could be wider and higher

Price:

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Editor Rating:

3.5/5

Inflatable Swimming Pool Shock Rocker can accommodate up to 4 people and is a great choice for family fun time or when you have friends visiting.

It is made of extra strong PVC and features comfortable seats, headrests for support, and easy grip handles for stability and safety. Shock Rocker Pool Float has an open bottom so you will stay cool on a hot summer day.

It can hold up to 500 pounds and measures 75 inches in diameter. If used by children, never leave them unattended and bear in mind that Shock Rocker is a toy and not a life saving device and it is not recommended for children under 3 years.

Price:

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Editor Rating:

4.3/5

Intex King Kool Inflatable Lounge, 63" X 33", 1 Pack (Colors May Vary)

Intex King Kool Inflatable Lounge comes in 63" x 33.5" and in 2 assorted colors Clear top, blue or gold vinyl bottom.

This classic Intex pool lounger has a comfy back and arm rests and a drink holder, a convenient feature on hot summer days. Great for floating the pool in comfort, it’s one of the best pool rafts in the lower price range.

It features transparent top with multi-colored I beams. A repair patch which comes with it will be handy in case of accidental ruptures.

While the adults enjoy relaxing on one of the best pool floats with classic design, the kids can also use it and have fun as long as they are under adult supervision. As for the hole, it is there to keep your feet cool but it will also help you get on and off the float.

Things We Liked


  • ​Will keep you comfortably floating
  • ​Cup holder a convenient feature
  • ​Repair patch included

Things We Didn't Like


  • Overall quality could be better

Price:

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Laurie S.

As a multi home owner for 15 years I've tried out a ton of pool products and methods and have found out the best ones that work for me. I love helping out other people with real, honest advice and spending time with my family. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me in the about or through a comment.

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