The Kelsyus Floating Water Hammock is our pick for the best pool inflatable. It is made from 35 percent PVC, 60 percent polyester and 5 percent steel. It is great for floating at the middle of a swimming pool or a lake and this water float pool inflatable is covered in a durable fabric. It also comes with side clips that allow it to be tethered to your boat or dock and it has a patented inner spring that has been sewn on the float’s edge outside to give stability and comfort while in the swimming pool or lake or any water surface.
Our step-up pick is the International Leisure Giant Swan 75 inches and it is capable of accompanying two people at the same time. It has a beautiful design and a perfect addition to any pool or lake. It measures at 75 inches and also acts as a spot decoration, a relaxation or lounging spot for adults or play time ride for kids.
The budget pick is the BigMouth Inc Gigantic Donut Pool Float and it is available in both strawberry and chocolate flavor designs. Being topped with detailed sprinkles, it is a great pool float for all ages and has been made with vinyl that is multi-colored and durable. It measures 4 feet in width.
A Little Background
Swimming pools are the life of the party when possible. Most birthday parties, occasions, celebrations, reunions or simple get-togethers with friends are often held in a swimming pool. Whether it is a public pool or a privately owned pool, the swimming pool is a good source of enjoyment for all ages. Kids can play around and swim. Teens and adults can socialize and dip in the water to relax. Seniors may just plunge themselves and relax as well. No matter what age bracket you are, plunging yourself in a swimming pool is a great thing, especially during the summer, as not only does it exercise you physically but it also helps cool down the human body in the heat of the summer season.
In addition, pools are also a fun activity center for kids, especially during the summer. Oftentimes, whether it is a private pool or a public theme park, kids will always go with floaters such as balls or rounded inflatable objects so they can have fun and learn how to swim at the same time. Both kids and teens typically have fun in the pool and this can also be a source of bonding time between parents and children, especially during the summer season. Whether you just want your kids to have fun or want to teach them how to seriously swim, swimming pools are no doubt a great summer activity for children that they should miss out during summer vacation.
Not all swimming pools are sized the same. Pools vary per location. For instance, some pools are for toddlers and are only very shallow and some are even for very young children. Most swimming pools, however, can accommodate most kids from 6 years old and above. Bigger swimming pools are usually deeper and are more for the adults and the professional swimmers. Nonetheless, regardless of size, all swimming pools have the same goal of enjoyment and fun activities throughout the summer season. However, if you do have inflatable toys, make sure it fits your pool. You wouldn’t want to put in a floating duck that is of large size or an inflatable island or water slide in a very small pool because there would not be enough space.
Aside from pools, lakes and rivers are also alternatives to summer vacation getaways. Swimming pools are okay, but if you plan to go somewhere in the mountains, you might want to also try lakes and rivers. In fact, some people who live by the lake also have inflatable boats and ride-able objects. They mostly look for these inflatable objects as a means to relax instead of riding a traditional or large boat. Inflatable objects are also a fun way to get around in the summer. Some inflatable boats and ride-able objects are also sturdy enough to be used on rivers when possible.
Pool inflatable objects are a great addition to any swimming pool and they might even work for lakes. As we said, these pool inflatable objects are really great and colorful. They add uniqueness and a sense of art in any swimming pool, lake or body of water. If you have a resort then a pool inflatable is a must, especially if you maintain one or more swimming pools and your target audience is the children. Kids generally love very colorful characters and floating designs. These can either be ride-able or just general toys such as floating games that use balls and many others.
These inflatable objects come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and designs. Some can be a cartoon character while others are everyday objects such as donuts or pizza floaters or even fruits. Pool inflatable objects are not just fun for kids but also fun for adults because of their interesting and unique designs. They add spice to any summer vacation regardless of where you are, as most inflatable objects will definitely float on any pool.
Pool floaters are very safe to use for kids. Children are the highest targets of any pool inflatable because of the fact that a pool inflatable is generally captivating when it comes to its design, colors, shapes and other features. Most pool inflatable objects can be attached to boats or other attachments and some even have drink holders to keep you cool during the summer. Some of them are in the form of fun toys so your children will not just learn how to swim but also have fun with their friends by playing games.
These pool inflatable objects are usually in the form of ride-able floaters. These inflatable objects usually take in the form or shape of an animal that rides above the water such as a turtle, a swan among others. If your inflatable object is intended to be ridden on, it should have a good weight capacity. You should know how many adults can ride on it and how many kids can ride on it as well. Most will accompany as much as 2 adults or equivalent to about 4 to 5 kids in general.
Some objects for pool toys can also be in the form of sporting and ball. Inflatable balls are not just found on the beach, but also on the swimming pool as a form of exercise and fun entertainment for kids, teens and adults or anyone who wants to have fun activities in the pool. If you are bored with the simple ball toss or pool volleyball, there are many floating games out there such as a shooting island to test your accuracy and timing while the target is floating and influenced by the pool waves.
Inflatable objects for your swimming pool may sometimes be not applicable to saltwater as it might develop small holes which can lead to unwanted deflation. Most pool inflatable objects only stay in the pool while some can be used even in lakes and in rivers when possible. Very few can be used in the ocean because of the effects of saltwater on the vinyl. If your pool inflatable is quite delicate then you shouldn’t probably use it in the ocean. Nonetheless, there are actually larger floaters, such as floating islands, that can even be used on saltwater other than big lakes and swimming pools, but there are quite expensive in general.
Often, pool inflatable packages already come with a repair kit. Holes forming in any pool inflatable are inevitable, especially because of the fact that the rays of the sun will definitely at some point damage your inflatable vinyl. This could also be caused by the fact that you have very hyper active kids who might accidentally poke holes in the inflatable. This is why a repair or patch kit is important.
Pool inflatable objects are not just for kids but also for adults when lounging above the pool or relaxing under the sun while the kids are playing while they are still watching over them. There are some pool inflatable objects that act like hammocks in which most adults can lean on or lie down on to relax luxuriously under the blazing sun while keeping themselves cool in the water.
How We Picked
A pool inflatable object should be just the right size for most pools or surfaces of water. Generally, you would want a pool inflatable that is neither too big nor too small for your swimming pool. If you intend to use it on a lake then size should not be a problem, however. If the pool inflatable is intended to be ridden on then you should know how many people can ride on it.
The durability of the pool inflatable must be top notch. Pool inflatable will take beatings not just from your kids or whoever will use them but also due to the extreme heat of the sun. While most pool inflatable are not recommended for use in the ocean, especially on rocky beaches due to the threats of forming holes, they should still at least be sturdy enough in both material and coloring, as some cheaper pool inflatable object colors can quickly fade away.
The pool inflatable should at least come with a mending patch kit for emergency purposes. As we mentioned above, a pool inflatable should be accompanied with a repair kit. This is so that when the emergency situation arises, you will have something to depend on when it comes to repairing and patching holes up in your pool inflatable, especially if the pool inflatable is intended to be ridden on by kids or other people.
It should take a fairly short time for the pool inflatable to inflate and / or deflate depending on its size. You do not want to have to spend more time in inflating or deflating the object than using it in the pool or any body of water, right? Even if you use a high quality air compressor, it should take only a few seconds to inflate or deflate it. Deflation, however, is a lot easier if you put weight over the object.
A unique feature pool inflatable is something to look forward to. For instance, some pool inflatable objects have cup holders so you can hold your drinks there while dipping in the pool. Some even have attachments so you can attach it to a boat during the summer in a lake or so. A pool inflatable with a unique shape and concept design will definitely be eye-catching for children and people in general.
Design is everything – a pool inflatable must be appealing to kids if you intend it for them, or versatile and easy to get on and off if adults and teens intend to use it. As we said, anything goes when it comes to a pool inflatable’s design – from animals to objects to food to virtually anything you can think of. The pool inflatable should be steps further than just regular floaters – they should be eye-catching and unique so that the general audience will love them.
Safety concerns should be considered when buying a pool inflatable. If the pool inflatable is intended to be ridden on, you should know how many people are advised to ride on it and also know the weight limit of the inflatable. Also know the contents and materials used for the pool inflatable to see if it contains harmful chemicals or not.
Do know if the pool inflatable is okay to use on lakes, oceans and saltwater or even rivers. While most pool inflatable objects are only meant for swimming pools, it is also best to know if they will also work on other bodies of water so you can get the best out of your summer experience.
Know if the pool inflatable has attachments that allow it to be attached to a boat or such. These attachments will definitely help if you intend to use the pool inflatable over a lake and pull it by a boat.
The material used for the pool inflatable should be of high quality. Vinyl must be of heavy duty and the color should not fade right away even during a very harsh sun. But as a precaution, you should also limit the time of exposure of highly colorful pool inflatable objects under the sun so that they do not discolor very quickly.
Know if the pool inflatable can accommodate kids only or adults. This is applicable for a pool inflatable that it intended to be ridden on, such as a floating swan or turtle.
Also know the weight capacity of the pool inflatable if it is designed to carry people on its back. At the very most, a pool inflatable can accommodate two adults or four kids at the very most.
Top Pick: Kelsyus Floating Water Hammock
Our best pool inflatable is the Kelsyus Floating Water Hammock which has a patented inner spring that has been sewn on the float’s edge outside to give stability and comfort while in the swimming pool or lake. It comes with side clips that allow it to be tethered to your boat or dock and it is great for floating at the middle of a swimming pool or a lake.
Being made from 35 percent PVC, 60 percent polyester and 5 percent steel, this water float pool inflatable is covered in a durable fabric. It has a mesh bed that makes you feel more comfortable above the water. It easily folds flat when storing so you do not have to worry about space and it can support weights up to 250 lbs.
The Kelsyus Hammock has a length of 69 inches when fully inflated and it also gives you a very luxurious experience while under the sun while keeping cool on your swimming pool or any surface of water.
Furthermore, it also has an inflatable half moon shaped pillow that is oversized to keep your head dry while floating above the water. The inflation and deflation is very easy and quick due to its jet valve technology so you can spend more time on the pool rather than inflating or deflating it.
Moreover, it works just like a hammock except that it is used above the water surface to keep your back cool even during the hot summers and the size fits most average sized adults.
Flaws but Not Dealbrakers
Most people only notice that with the Kelsyus Floating Water Hammock, the middle of the mesh is a bit fragile so it is not meant for kids to avoid tearing apart.
International Leisure Giant Swan 75 inches
The International Leisure Giant Swan 75 inches is our step-up pick and it is capable of accompanying two people at the same time. It has a beautiful design and a perfect addition to any pool or lake and it measures at 75 inches. It also acts as a spot decoration, a relaxation or lounging spot for adults or play time ride for kids.
The International Leisure Swan has been made with heavy duty vinyl and it has a weight capacity of 140 lbs and has a height of 12 inches. In addition, the pool inflatable also works for the ocean and on lakes, other than in swimming pools.
It takes only about 5 to 10 minutes when used with any regular 120v air compressor and it can hold up to 2 adults or many kids. As a warning, you only need to watch for the wings as it can potentially lose air when damaged.
BigMouth Inc Gigantic Donut Pool Float
Our budget pick is the BigMouth Inc Gigantic Donut Pool Float which measures 4 feet in width. It is readily available in both strawberry and chocolate flavor designs and it is a great pool float for all ages. Being topped with detailed sprinkles, it has been made with vinyl that is multi-colored and durable.
The BigMouth Donut Pool Float even has a realistic looking bite part of the donut. As a matter of fact, its color and design makes it a beautiful and fun addition to any swimming pool. It is fit for ages 5 years old and above and it measures 48 inches in diameter.
The max weight of this pool inflatable donut is around 200 lbs. Despite its vibrant color, you should not spend it a lot of hours under the sunlight as the color might fade.
Best Seat Pool Inflatable
Swimline Fabric Covered U-Seat Pool Inflatable
Being covered in nylon, the Swimline Fabric Covered U-Seat Pool Inflatable is a great pool inflatable which has a single cup holder for drinks and such. It is a great inflatable that keeps you comfortable above the pool and it is coated in blue and black. It has a u-shaped seat with a supportive backrest.
It also has armrests for improved comfort and it has a width of 28 inches. The weight limit of this pool inflatable is around 200 pounds and it accompanies children and some adults that have smaller frames.
Pretzel Designed Pool Inflatable
Swimline Giant Pretzel Swim Fun Inflatable
The Swimline Giant Pretzel Swim Fun Inflatable is made with heavy duty vinyl material and it can take up to 3 kids in its holes. It looks like a legitimate large pretzel that is coated in sugar but it is actually a pool inflatable and it is a pool inflatable that looks unique and eye-catching. It also has a diameter of 60 inches which is quite large. It may also fit small adults.
A Pool Inflatable that Holds Drinks
GoFloats Inflatable Palm Island Drink Holder
A useful pool inflatable for drinking is the GoFloats Inflatable Palm Island Drink Holder which comes in a pack of 3 and can fit up to 3 regular-sized drinks. You can float your drinks in a luxurious style as the floater even has decorative palm trees to make it look more tropical.
It does not tip over because of its incredible buoyancy and it is very okay to use for most pools and even hot tubs, oceans and lakes. It is a great addition to any pool or summer party. The inflatable measures only 10 inches and it is a small but useful pool inflatable.
Pizza Shaped Pool Inflatable
Greenco Giant Inflatable Pizza Float Connectors
The Greenco Giant Inflatable Pizza Float Connectors has a colorful design that looks like a real pizza that kids will love. It also comes with bungee connectors for attaching to more floats and it has been made with high quality vinyl material.
As this is a unique pool inflatable, it comes with 2 cup holders on either side. It measures 75 inches in length and 61 inches in width and it is ideal for children 6 years old and above. This is an awesome addition to pool parties, lounging, playing or as pool decoration which is easy to inflate and also to deflate. It also comes with a repair patch kit. As a matter of fact, some Amazon reviewers said that even small dogs can float on the giant inflatable pizza.
Pool Inflatable with Turtle Design
Intex Lil’ Sea Turtle Ride-On 3+
The Intex Lil’ Sea Turtle Ride-On is large at 59 inches by 50 inches when inflated and it is suitable for ages 3 years old and above. It also comes with a repair patch kit for easy mending when it loses air and it makes a great pool inflatable that the kids will surely enjoy.
Having a very detailed green turtle design, it can accommodate most kids around the toddler age. If you want your kids to ride on a giant turtle then the Lil’ Sea Turtle by Intex is your best bet.
Pool Inflatable for Ball Shooting
Swimline Giant Shootball Inflatable Pool Toy
The Swimline Giant Shootball Inflatable Pool Toy is an innovative water game for kids of all ages and it includes 1 ball and multiple shooting ports. The floater stands at 45 inches in height and it is a pool inflatable that will surely entertain kids for hours.
The object has a diameter or width of 36 inches. It has been made from heavy gauge vinyl for durability and it weighs only 5 lbs when inflated. True to its stability, it does not tip over due to its sturdy mechanism and it is a great way to exercise the motor and social skills as well as the critical thinking and flexibility skills of your children and youngsters.
Pineapple Designed Pool Inflatable
BigMouth Inc Giant Pineapple Pool Float
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? The BigMouth Inc Giant Pineapple Pool Float will make you feel like SpongeBob Squarepants as it is a uniquely shaped giant pineapple in full details. It measures up to 6 feet in length.
The pool inflatable can take as much as 200 lbs of weight and it is very easy to clean due to its durable and high quality material. It is also very quick to inflate and deflate and store when not in use. You can lounge in style with this awesome pineapple pool floater. It is recommended for ages 8 and above and it can be inflated with a compressor at only about 30 seconds.
In addition, it can fit average sized adults as well and it can be even used on rivers due to its durability, according to some Amazon reviewers. Be like Sponge Bob and live with a pineapple during the summer with this awesome giant pineapple pool inflatable!
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What makes pool inflatable objects appear attractive to kids?
A: Children love any inflatable object in general. As a matter of fact, inflatable toys have unique and colorful designs. Moreover, kids can ride on them or play with them as they wish. In fact, most pool inflatable objects mimic animal designs or object designs and are very vibrant in colors.
Q: What are the benefits of inflatable objects for your child’s health?
A: According to Bumper Jumpers , children will benefit from pool inflatable objects as they will engage in more physical activities and will get them more interested to go outside. In addition to that, coordination and balance as well as social skills are learned when two or more children ride a pool floater such as a big swan or boat at the same time. Last, but not the least inflatable objects are also very safe for children in general.
Wrapping It Up
To wrap things up, the Kelsyus Floating Water Hammock is our best pool inflatable that will definitely make a great addition to any swimming pool, whether you own a resort, a private pool or just want to take it to vacation with yourself or your family and friends.
Jen Miller is a former electrical engineer and product specialist with more than 20 years of product design and testing experience. She has designed more than 200 products for Fortune 500 companies, in fields ranging from home appliances to sports gear and outdoor equipment. She founded Jen Reviews to share her knowledge and critical eye for what makes consumers tick, and adopts a strict no-BS approach to help the reader filter through the maze of products and marketing hype out there. She writes regularly and has been featured on Forbes, Fast Company, The Muse, The Huffington Post, Tiny Buddha and MindBodyGreen.