30 of the Coolest Pool Floats Money Can Buy

By Corinne Kerston
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Summer is all about having enjoying yourself, relaxing and spending time with family and friends. And what better way to do all those things than hanging at the pool? If you add in an epic pool float, the fun in the sun gets even better!

Let’s take a look at 30 of the coolest pool floats you can buy to make your summer vacation one to remember.

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Inflatable Lounge Chair

Intex Rockin' Inflatable Lounge

If kicking back and lounging in those extra long chairs is your favorite way to enjoy a day at the pool, then the Intex Rockin’ Inflatable Lounge is the perfect pool float for you. Designed to look like a pool lounge chair, this float allows you to lay back, relax and enjoy a drink without having to wait to get in the water.

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The Intex Rockin’ Inflatable Lounge measures about 74 inches long and 39 inches wide and comes with a built-in drink holder to keep cans and cups from going under. This adult-sized pool float is perfect for anyone who wants to get in the water without actually getting wet.

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Dragon Party Tube

GoFloats Dragon Party Tube

If you’ve ever dreamed of riding a dragon, you can unleash your inner Game of Thrones character with the GoFloats Dragon Party Tube. Choose either the Fire Dragon, which is green with orange flames coming out of its mouth, or the Ice Dragon, which is a cold silver and gray with icy blue fire.

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Both party tubes are decorated with scales and made out of a thick vinyl that ensures these floating dragons are resistant to breaking and popping.

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Inflatable Volleyball Game

Intex Pool Volleyball Game

Not all pool floats are used for lounging. This fun inflatable gets the pool games going. The Intex Pool Volleyball Game can provide hours of fun for you and your friends by instantly turning the water into a court.

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This volleyball set comes with an inflatable ball and net alike. The base is also inflated, but grommets are included to add anchor weights if needed. Simply fill the included weight bags with rocks or something similar and tether them to the base of the net to keep it in place. The box also has a repair kit, just in case competition gets a little too heated.

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Shark Attack Float

BigMouth Inc. Giant Man-Eating Shark Pool Float

If you're looking for some irreverent fun, the BigMouth Inc. Giant Man-Eating Shark Pool Float provides the shock value of being devoured by a great white without the hassle of an actual shark attack. Swimmers sit in the shark's mouth in a manner similar to an innertube, and the upper portion of the mouth provides limited protection against sun and spray.

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This pool float stands at over four feet tall and can hold up to 200 pounds. It's made out of UV-resistant vinyl and comes with a patch kit on the off-chance that it springs a leak. If you have a fear of sharks, the company also offers a similar octopus model on the same page as well as a sloth that lets you sit completely out of the water.

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Giant Rideable T-Rex

Swimline T-Rex Giant Ride On

We can’t bring dinosaurs to life yet with modern science but, thanks to this state of the art technology, you can get up close and personal to the next best thing with the Swimline T-Rex Giant Ride On.

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Ride this fun inflatable dinosaur and become king of the pool. It can fit a couple of kids or even an adult in the mood for a prehistoric ride.

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Mermaid Tail Pool Float

Jasonwell Giant Inflatable Mermaid Tail Pool Float

This magical pool float is perfect for anyone who ever daydreamed about being a mermaid when they were young. With the Jasonwell Giant Inflatable Mermaid Tail Pool Float, you can live that childhood dream.

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This pool float is giant, measuring 82 inches by 45 inches by 43.5 inches. Not only is it large enough for an adult to lay back and stretch all the way out, but it can even handle more than one person! That’s if you feel like sharing, of course.

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Giant Flamingo Floating Island

Sun Pleasure Party Bird Island Giant Flamingo Float

The Sun Pleasure Party Bird Island Giant Flamingo Float is massive! This one is made to share, with enough space to fit six adults with plenty of room. It measures up to 10 feet wide by 10 feet tall, and the mesh floor lets you keep your feet wet while the rest of your body stays dry.

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The Giant Flamingo Float also has cup holders and a built-in cooler so the whole group can bring drinks along for the ride. And if you’re wondering how you’re going to inflate it or get it to and from the water, it comes with a pump and carry bag for easy storage.

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Private Island Float

Hill & Amber Palm Tree Pool Float

If you’ve ever wished for your own private island, then you may enjoy the Hill & Amber Palm Tree Pool Float. Sip a piña colada and bask in the sun under the palm tree on your private island without a care in the world.

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The tree on this float is about four feet tall, and the float can hold up to 500 pounds. If you’d like to take a break from relaxing, the coconut is detachable and can be used as a beach ball. This float can also be rapidly inflated and is made from durable material to keep it from popping.

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Floating Basketball Game

Intex Floating Hoops Basketball Game

When the sun beats down on a hot summer day, playing basketball on sizzling asphalt is not ideal. Take the court to the pool with the Intex Floating Hoops Basketball Game. It makes a great game for both adults and children. Go one-on-one or form teams!

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The base of the float is about 27 inches wide, and it stands on the water at about 22 inches tall. The base also fills with water for added stability if needed. The game comes with a small inflatable ball and a repair patch — just in case anyone goes a little overboard doing their best Michael Jordan impression

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Unicorn Pool Float

GoFloats Unicorn Pool Float Party Tube

Nothing gives off more magical chill vibes than the GoFloats Unicorn Pool Float Party Tube. What’s a better photo opportunity than a giant rainbow unicorn with a shimmering golden horn?

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This unicorn pool float is 45 inches wide and approximately three feet tall. Satisfied customers state that it’s made from durable material and super easy to care for and clean. If magic and mystical creatures interest you, then this is the perfect pool float for you!

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Flamingo Party Tube

GoFloats Flamingo Pool Float Party Tube

If you're into flamingos but looking for something a little bit smaller, the GoFloats Flamingo Pool Float Party Tube is perfect. This single-person pool float is a lot smaller but just as colorful and fun as its multi-person counterpart.

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This flamingo pool float is large enough to support a full grown adult but folds up when deflated for easy storage. When inflated, this pool float grows to about 45 inches across and three feet tall.

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Inflatable Floating Mat

Intex Giant Inflatable Floating Mat

This next pool float isn't flashy, but it is practical. The Intex Giant Inflatable Floating Mat is basically what it sounds like. But don't get discouraged by its simplicity — this float is really useful!

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This giant, inflatable floating mat is big enough to fit you and your closest friends, stretching nearly 10 feet long by seven feet wide. It's designed to stay on top of the water’s surface while allowing just a bit of water on top of the mat to keep you nice and cool. As a bonus, it comes equipped with connectors that can link up with more floating mats to create an island of any size.

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Inflatable Drink Holders

HLXY Inflatable Drink Holders

You can't have a list of the coolest pool floats without including these little floaties for your drinks —after all, what’s summer fun and lounging in the pool without a cold drink right next to you? The HLXY Inflatable Drink Holders 20 pack makes it easy for you and your friends to always have a cool drink on hand.

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This 20 pack comes with various fun designs. Pick from one of the donuts or fruit, or place your drink in a cactus or crab. There are enough to go around — an entire party can get their own personalized drink holders.

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Jumbo Donut

Play Platoon Jumbo Donut Pool Float

Donuts are a staple of life, and the donut pool float is a refreshing twist on a delicious classic. No side of coffee needed, because the Play Platoon Jumbo Donut Pool Float doesn't disappoint.

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Made from high quality, durable plastic, these donut-shaped pool floats can provide hours of fun. Measuring about four feet across, these floats are perfect for chilling on the water or hanging out with your friends. This particular donut pool float is easy to inflate and includes a patch kit, just in case.

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Sport Lounge Tube

Intex Red River Run 1 Fire Edition Sport Lounge

If a classic lazy river-type tube is more your style, then the Intex Red River Run 1 Fire Edition Sport Lounge is a must-have.

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Stylish and durable, this sport pool float gets the job done. It’s perfect for floating down a lazy river, kicking back in the pool, or even lounging in a gentle sea or lake. If red isn't your color, the Intex River Run comes in blue, too. It also features a grab rope all around the tube, making it easy to get in and out.

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Floating Papasan

SwimWays Spring Float Papasan

For those extremely hot days when you want to lounge outside while keeping cool, the SwimWays Spring Float Papasan is the perfect pool accessory to beat the heat! This partially submerged pool chair is the best of both worlds.

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The SwimWays Spring Float Papasan is a lightweight floating chair with a mesh seat. It suspends your body in the water while allowing your head to remain above water thanks to an inflatable ring that keeps the chair afloat and upright.

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Inflatable Canopy Island

Intex Canopy Island Inflatable Lounge

Talk about floating in luxury! This pool float is large; no wonder it's called an island! The Intex Canopy Island Inflatable Lounge features a round bottom wide enough for multiple people and a dome canopy to keep them all in the shade.

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This float holds up to 440 pounds total and has a backrest, cup holders and a grab line for getting in and out easily. It’s inflated using two air chambers, greatly reducing the chance it will completely deflate with you on it. The canopy is detachable if you decide you’re up for a little tanning while laying on your floating island.

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Pineapple Pool Float

Inflatable Pineapple Pool Float Raft

Want something a bit flatter than the average pool tube that’s still fun and eye-catching? The Inflatable Pineapple Pool Float Raft fits the bill. Who wouldn't want to float around on this bright pineapple?

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This pool float is about 76 inches long and holds up to 300 pounds. It’s large enough to hold two adults. As an added bonus, it can double as an air mattress for kids! Happy customers leave rave reviews on this float.

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Swim Mattress

Swimline Sunsoft Mattress, Red

If you find the gentle rocking of waves in the water to be relaxing, then this luxury lounge might be for you. The Swimline Sunsoft Mattress, Red comes with a soft fabric covering and feels like a cozy bean bag, perfect for dozing on the water.

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The fabric is comfortable and doesn't stick to your skin. Also, the level of inflation is customizable, so your water mattress can be as firm or soft as you like. In fact, this mattress can even double as an air mattress out of the water.

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Suntan Tub

Swimline Suntan Tub

Want to suntan in style? Try out the Swimline Suntan Tub. It's great for getting your tan on while floating on the water. As one satisfied customer raved, "This is by far the best float I have ever bought. It’s very comfortable, and you could definitely fall asleep in your pool."

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The inner portion of this pool float is sunken, allowing you to use it dry or wet. Simply lay on top and tan your body, and when you get too hot, either jump in the pool or pour some water into the tub for an instant cooldown! At 70 by 46 inches, this float fits kids and most adults with ease.

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Watermelon Raft

Swimline Watermelon Slice Island Inflatable Raft

What is more "summer" than a nice refreshing slice of watermelon? Nothing, that’s what! And with this pool float, you can take a slice out of summer! The Swimline Watermelon Slice Island Inflatable Raft is fun, playful and a perfect addition to your summer day on the water.

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Measuring 60 inches across, this pool float is large enough for multiple people to pile on or for one adult to stretch out and relax with plenty of room to spare. Sink into the middle of this round pool float and enjoy!

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Pizza Slice

Swimline Inflatable Pizza Slice Pool Float

Do you love pizza? Do you love the pool? Did we even need to ask? The Swimline Inflatable Pizza Slice Pool Float brings the two together for a mouthwatering slice of heaven without all that messy grease.

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This inflatable pool float comes with not one, but two cup holders in each slice. The giant slices also have bungee loops on each side, which allow you to connect to other pizza slices. Get a bunch of friends together and create a whole pizza for the ultimate pool party. Who knew people were the perfect pizza topping?

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Sunflower Pool Float

Swimline Sunflower Pool Float

Bold, bright and beautiful, sunflowers capture summer’s vibrant colors and happiness. You can bring those summer vibes to the pool with the Swimline Sunflower Pool Float and swim in a sea of sunshine … or a pool.

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The bold yellow is cheerful enough to brighten up any day, and the iconic sunflower shape floods any pool with a burst of colorful warmth. Measuring siz feet across, this inflatable is large enough to comfortably hold an adult or a couple of kids.

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Mega Duck Inflatable Island

Intex Mega Yellow Duck, Inflatable Island

When it’s time for the kids to take a bath, a rubber duck is a classic accessory for fun. More water means more ducky is a must, and the Intex Mega Yellow Duck, Inflatable Island goes above and beyond in that regard.

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This giant rubber ducky is more than just an inflatable pool toy. It's so enormous that it is (rightfully) called an island by its manufacturers. It measures an unbelievable 87 inches across, and is definitely large enough to fit a few friends ready for a fun ride.

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Floating Hammock

Aqua 4-in-1 Monterey Hammock Inflatable Pool Float

What's better than a summer nap on a hammock? A summer nap on a hammock in a pool, obviously. The Aqua 4-in-1 Monterey Hammock Inflatable Pool Float is perfect for taking a cool and refreshing snooze in the water. At 44 by 28 inches, it's just the right size for people between four and six feet tall.

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However, that's not all this pool float does. It can be folded into a chair, exercise saddle or a drifter for floating on your stomach. As one customer noted, it's also the “easiest pool float to get on and get off of while in the water.”

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Inflatable Rainbow Lounge Chairs

Intex King Kool Inflatable Lounge

Need a pool float for you and your bestie? The Intex King Kool Inflatable Lounge comes in a set of two, so you and your best bud can float the day away.

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Each float has its own backrest, armrests and cupholder, allowing you to relax without sacrificing your drink. Amazon says colors may vary, but no matter what color you get, this pool float is perfect in its simplicity and great for spending time with a friend.

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Reclining Pool Chair

SwimWays Spring Float Recliner XL Floating Pool Chair

The SwimWays Spring Float Recliner XL Floating Pool Chair marks yet another level of innovation in pool relaxation technology. An inner spring sewn into the edge of the float enhances stability and comfort in the water, while the mesh seat keeps you cool on hot days without getting wet by suspending you just below the water.

This pool float can hold adults up to 300 pounds as well as a beverage of your choice. The headrest ensures maximum comfort, while the end of the float lets you suspend your feet above the water or dunk them in for extra cool. It also folds up flat when deflated.

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Pool Lobster

Intex Lobster Ride-On

The Intex Lobster Ride-On may not be your typical pool float, don't let that discourage you. This giant crustacean measures in at 84 by 54 inches. Four grab handles make it possible to mount this majestic bottom-feeder.

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While it can be a challenge to make it on top of this pool float, once there, the tail makes for a great pillow. It's especially great for kids to play with and comes with an extra-wide repair patch in case their hijinks go too far.

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Six-Person Floating Island

Bestway CoolerZ Tropical Breeze 6 Person Floating Island Raft Lounge

Nothing brings the party out on the water like the boat-sized Bestway CoolerZ Tropical Breeze 6 Person Floating Island Pool Lake Raft Lounge. This large floating island has enough room for six people with one cup holder for each person.

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It also has a large, detachable sunshade roof and a cooler bag to make sure those cupholders are always ready to be restocked with more drinks. It also has wide backrests and a mesh interior to let a little water in. Think of this float as a cost-efficient inflatable yacht.

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Inflatable Air Mat

Intex Tote-N-Float Wave Inflatable Air Mat

As fancy and bizarre as some pool floats can get, there's something to be said for the classic design of the Intex Tote-N-Float Wave Inflatable Air Mat. WIth a sturdy and intuitive design, this pool float gets the job done.

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This pool float is easily inflated and deflated and rolls up for simple storage, saving you precious time when you just can’t wait to get out on the water. It also features a built-in pillow and comes with a repair patch.

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