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We firmly believe that the best way to enjoy a day in the water (and make all your Instagram followers a little jealous) is to lounge on a swimming float. Nothing says “life is good” quite like a sunny day leisurely drifting in a brightly colored, inflatable day bed – preferably with a built-in cup holder to hold your piña colada .
That’s why we’ve put together a quick list of some of the most stylish floating pools to really make the most of summer. Before you ask, yes, we’ve included the ubiquitous unicorn raft (we still think it’s cute AF), as well as some other playful, quirky options. But we also have a slightly more mature, practical side, which is that you’ll also find some snappy basics on our list. These include vintage tubes, padded benches, multi-purpose floating hammocks and even some oversized rafts perfect for you and a few friends to spend the afternoon on the lake.
We’ve picked rafts from a variety of styles, sizes and prices to make sure there’s something for everyone, whether your vibe is more than that of Singer Ramona Wrestling with Pool Noodles in Mexico (for all) all of you The real housewives of New York fans) or Kylie Jenner showing off her huge pool in her actual backyard. Check out our top picks below.
1. Funboy Clear Blue Chaise Lounger Floating Pool
Known for hosting epic Coachella parties, Funboy’s summer prep life jackets are regularly spotted at Hollywood pools (Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Shay Mitchell, and Vanessa Hudgens) floated on the brand’s colorful floats). The Los Angeles-based company’s loungers come in two — enough to kick off a pool party.
Funboy Clear Blue Chaise Lounger Floating Pool
2. Original Suntan Tub Inflatable Floating Lounger
Whether you set it up in your backyard as a mini soaking station or you toss it in the pool, Swimline’s colorful inflatable loungers let you bounce while soaking in the rays of the sun (of course). lots of SPF and your favorite pair of sunglasses). UV resistant vinyl measures 70 inches long x 46 inches wide x 8 inches high.
Original Suntan Tub Floating Lounger
3. Ban.do Please Beach! Buddy Heart Innertube
Grab your BFF and immerse yourself in this fun heart-shaped swim float for both.
Ban.do Beach Please! Buddy Heart Innertube ($48 subscription)
4. Funboy Funbaby Golf cart Floating pool
For the little ones, Funboy’s inflatable kids golf cart (also available in adult sizes) keeps kids and caregivers happy gliding around in the water.
Funboy Funbaby Golf cart Swimming Pool Floats
5. Mushroom floating swimming pool
This mushroom-shaped swimming pool is right in your next home Alice in Wonderland-themed bash. The oversized inflatable measures 48 inches in width and height, and topped with a compact stool for shade.
Mushroom swimming pool
6. Mansour Lie-On Terra Cotta Pool Float
We think simple, stylish lounge chairs like these are underrated. It may not make as big a visual statement as something brightly colored or shaped like an avocado, but this bohemian western print gives it a subtle bold look. than. Plus, the fabric is cotton laminated PVC, which is softer and more luxurious on the skin.
Mansour Lie-On Terra Cotta Pool Float
7. Sun Squad Donut Boxer Tube
Love donuts and dogs? Sun Squad’s 40-inch pool ring combines both of your obsessions in one super cute design.
Sun Squad Donut Boxer Tube
8. Funboy Disco Dome
Whether you place it on the lawn or in the water, Funboy’s party-ready inflatable Disco Dome makes the perfect setting for a tropical summer soirée. It fits about two to three people, and you can add a matching 20-inch inflatable disco ball (sold separately) to complete the set.
Funboy Disco Dome
9. Sunnylife Rainbow Pool Float
Designed in collaboration with Indigenous Australian artist Natalie Jade, this fancy rainbow swim float provides a colorful accent to your next poolside barbecue. It measures 63 inches long by about 41 inches wide.
Sunnylife Rainbow Pool Float
10. GoFloats Unicorn Pool Float
We’ve had a slight for the unicorn swim float since it first popped up all over our social media feeds a few years ago. If you want to do a little bit of amateur influence for yourself, this is a great option. It’s cute, cheap, and big enough to lie around on without getting too tight.
GoFloats Unicorn Pool Float
11. Bestway Hydro Force Tropical Breeze Raft
If you really want to give your best, we’re also fans of the buddy group. This inflatable float seats six comfortably and comes complete with cushions, cup holders, removable shade and a hole for you to drop your feet in the water. It’s the perfect water toy for days on the lake with the crew.
Bestway Hydro Force Tropical Breeze Raft
12. Sunnylife x Smiley inflatable pool rings and balls
The Australian brand’s Sunnylife and Smiley collaboration includes this dreamy pool ring with a cloud-like tie print. It also comes with a matching beach ball.
Sunnylife x Smiley Inflatable Pool Ring and Ball
13. Intex Inflatable Canopy Island
Your overwater tent awaits with this covered swim-up float, which has room for two and has ropes on the side so other swimmers can literally hover. It comes with a quick-fill electric air pump that has three nozzles to inflate more than just this stylish recliner (think of the rest of your pool accessories as well as air mattress and exercise ball).
Intex Floating Canopy Island Float
14. Funboy Tie-Dye inner bushing
You can’t go wrong with a good old fashioned inner tube. We especially paid attention to Funboy’s playful inflatable feature for a colorful tie print that brings back the nostalgic style in a very trendy way. Bonus, it also comes with that all-important mug.
Funboy Tie-Dye Inner Tube
15. Golden Dragon Luxury Float
The mother of all inflated dragons is ready for your next one Game of Thrones– attractive summer soirée. Made of heavy-duty vinyl, this 103-inch golden dragon swim float features two built-in neck handles and can hold two 400-pound pieces.
Luxury Floating Golden Dragon Swimming Pool
16. Sun Squad Lazy Lounger Water Float
When it comes to the best floating pools, sometimes you don’t have to go (or spend) big – and this relaxing lounger from Target’s summer-ready Sun Squad line is proof. It comes equipped with two cup holders and two heavy duty handles on each side for maximum relaxation.
Sun Squad Lazy Lounger Water Float
17. AQUA 4-in-1 inflatable swim float
If you don’t trust us, at least trust the other 40,000 Amazon users who agree that this versatile swim float is the GOAT. It’s a hammock, a water slide, a chair, or even a piece of exercise equipment if that’s your type. It also gets extra points because, unlike a lot of its competitors, the submerged seat makes it always easy to get out.
Aqua 4-in-1 inflatable swim float
18. Funboy Yacht Pool Float
It’s not a luxury charter yacht like the one you see above Below the table, but this yacht-shaped float is still an upscale (and daring) way to relax in the pool. It also comes with two side cup holders, four handles and a tie and lanyard to help keep you from floating.
Funboy Yacht Pool Float
19. Joyin inflatable peacock pool float
Instant mixing is inevitable as you soak in the sun on this peacock-shaped swim float, which can accommodate up to two people and is made of UV- and tear-resistant raft materials.
Joyin Inflatable Peacock Pool
20. Front floating mesh pool chair
The next best thing to throwing your most comfortable lounge chair in the water? Frontgate’s plush floating mesh pool chair brings comfort to your living room, thanks to its padded back, oversized armrests and included ottoman.
Front floating mesh pool chair ($149 sign up)