Best Pool Floats

Review & Comparison, Last Update January 15, 2020
Pool floats are fun, comfortable, and even sometimes exciting. The best pool floats let you even ride them and spread out as much as you want. Sometimes, you can even use these floats as rafts. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

Using expanded polyethylene (EPE foam), the people behind this product have been able to make the floating against basically immune to cuts and scratches. There are four holes that can be used as cup holders or to connect multiple flotation devices. 

CONS

The float cannot be rolled up once unpacked. 

OUR VERDICT

Big Joe Island Foam Float can be used for floating on, playing on, or nothing more than lounging around. You can bring this thing to lakes and pools. You won't have any issues getting this float into the water and out of the water. The island can even be used as a floating table. 

detailed parameters
Suitable For

Children, adults

Materials

Expanded polyethylene (EPE foam) 

Max Load

Up to 250 lbs

Extras

4 holes for connecting to other Big Joe islands (can be used as cup holders)

Dimensions

70.5" x 46.5" x 2"

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The octopus turns 360 degrees. Holding toys in its arms that babies are able to touch and activate, the octopus entertains babies/toddlers. The canopy protects kids from harmful UVA and UVB rays. You can also remove the canopy when it is unnecessary. 

CONS

The supplied toys fall off quite easily. 

OUR VERDICT

SwimWays Octopus Baby Float will be able to make sure that your little one is having fun, letting you off the hook for some time. At the same time, fitted with dual air chambers and this robust inner spring, the float ensures the necessary stability to provide peace of mind to the parents. 

detailed parameters
Suitable For

Babies and toddlers (9 - 24 months)

Materials

Vinyl

Max Load

Up to 30 lbs

Extras

Dual air chambers and a patented inner spring for greater stability, Inflated octopus head with 6 toys, canopy (removable), carry case included

Dimensions

34" x 30" x 20.5"

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

Incorporating heavy-duty vinyl, the float is tougher than you would think. The supplied patch kit will let you quickly fix small cuts. The pool float will have no issues supporting most adults under 200 pounds. 

CONS

The float loses its colors quickly. 

OUR VERDICT

BigMouth Donut Inflatable Pool Float looks delicious enough to take a bite. We wouldn't recommend doing so though. We would, however, recommend taking this donut to the pool and chill there remaining as comfortable and relaxed as these floats can make you. 

detailed parameters
Suitable For

Children (8+ years), adults

Materials

Vinyl

Max Load

Up to 200 lbs

Extras

Patch kit included

Dimensions

48" x 48" x 14"

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The flamingo measures 86" x 83" x 53.5", meaning that you should have enough free space to lie, spread, and get as comfortable as floating islands allow. The heavy-duty handles will let you comfortably ride the island without falling into the water. 

CONS

The product takes some time to inflate/deflate. 

OUR VERDICT

Intex Mega Flamingo Inflatable Island will let you ride, play, and lounge. The 14-gauge vinyl construction means that this floating island will be able to meet sharp objects and, more often than not, come out unscathed. The UV-coating will make sure the bright pink paintwork lasts. 

detailed parameters
Suitable For

Adults

Materials

Vinyl

Max Load

Up to 280 lbs

Extras

Handles, patch kit included

Dimensions

86" x 83" x 53.5"

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The float should be able to support ~500 pounds. The UV-treated, raft-grade vinyl the float is made from is as thick as they get. The Rapid-inflate™ valve will let you quickly (somewhere between 5 and 10 times quicker compared to standard valves) inflate and deflate the float. 

CONS

The patch kit won't be able to do much. 

OUR VERDICT

GoFloats Unicorn Pool Float Party Tube is a unicorn from all perspectives. The tube looks fun and stylish. At the same time, there's nothing funny about its abilities/capacities. This thing can be brought to lakes and rivers without any worries about its safety. 

detailed parameters
Suitable For

Children, adults

Materials

Vinyl

Max Load

500+ lbs

Extras

Rapid-inflate™ valve, patch kit included

Dimensions

45" x 45" x 36"

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

Big Joe Island

A Floating Island

Big Joe Island Foam Float is an awesome floating island for adults and kids alike. Measuring six feet by four feet, the island float is huge, huge enough to accommodate multiple people at once. It is able to support up to 250 pounds, so you can hang out and have some fun with friends and family.

The island is pretty lightweight, making this product an excellent on-the-go solution. At the same time, it is surprisingly durable. Made from expanded polyethylene (EPE foam), this thing is more resistant against cuts and scratches than most floats. You won't have to worry about being especially gentle with this floating island.

Also, the float is stiff enough to be used as a floating table but not too stiff to make it uncomfortable. You can also use them as pool loungers.

The product comes fitted with four holes. You can use these holes to connect multiple Big Joe islands and create this one enormous floating thing. You can use them as cup holders too.

The jury is still out on the product's mobility though. Once unpacked, the island cannot be rolled up, making transportation sometimes inconvenient.

Besides that, Big Joe Island Foam Float will be able to keep things fun yet chill. Bar transportation concerns, you can take this high-quality thing with you anywhere you want.

Review of Big Joe Island Foam Float

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SwimWays Octopus

Engaging and Entertaining Babies

SwimWays Octopus Baby Float is cute. It is also surprisingly functional. First though, the product's been designed with babies, infants, and toddlers (9 - 24 months) in mind, which is reflected in its size (measuring 34" x 30" x 20.5") and maximum load that the float is able to support (30 lbs).

Babies get bored quite easily and demand to be engaged. The float will be able to sometimes do that for you though.

The adorable octopus that's built into the product is able to turn 360 degrees around the child's face child. The octopus' arms hold toys that babies can touch and activate, including this little squeaker, rattle, stacking rings, and one soft-touch star.

The somewhat upsetting factor here is that these pool toys fall off the float quite easily but that's understandable and not something you can fix without making the entire device impractical.

Apart from that, the dual air chambers and the company's patented inner spring enable enhanced stability, providing the necessary peace of mind to the parents. At the same time, the float comes equipped with a removable canopy that boasts UPF 50+ sun protection and mesh sides to make sure the canopy does not obstruct the view.

In short, this is the best float for toddlers and babies we've looked at.

Review of SwimWays Octopus Baby Float

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BigMouth Donut

Delicious Enough to Eat

BigMouth Donut Inflatable Pool Float looks fun, we can say that much. We all like donuts, so floating inside one sounds alright to most. This floating donut will be able to support children and adults alike. We're talking about children 8+ years old though because, measuring 48" x 48" x 14", the hole inside the donut will prove too large for small children. At the same time, the product will be able to support up to 200 pounds, so you probably won't have to worry about its load.

Made from high-strength vinyl, the float is surprisingly tough. Sure, we would recommend avoiding sharp objects anyway but the device might still be able to survive meeting them. When that's not the case though, you can use the patch kit that comes supplied with the package to patch the float up.

As far as we're concerned, the product's downsides are pretty much limited to the fact that the bright, fun colors that the float comes painted with fade with time, especially when subjected to UVA rays on a semi-regular basis.

Aside from that, you can bring this donut to any pool. You can even choose between cholocate, strawberry frosted, and strawberry heart donut. The float will make sure you're standing out in the most fashionable manner.

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Intex Mega Flamingo

Ride the Bird

Intex Mega Flamingo Inflatable Island is pretty awesome. Sure, the swan-ish bird form makes the float attractive and at least somewhat interesting. That's not where the product's advantages end though.

The float will have no issues supporting up to 280 pounds, meaning that there are not too many adults that won't be able to use this floating island.

The size takes the maximum load into account too, adding up to 86" x 83" x 53.5" and making sure that you'll have enough space to lie and feel comfortable there.

Generally speaking, vinyl floats are not that rugged/durable. That's not necessarily the case here though. Constructed from 14-gauge vinyl, this thing is as tough as pool floats get. You can take product anywhere you want, from lakes to pools without worrying about facing sharp objects. More often than not, the float will be able to survive without getting cut. When that happens though, the patch kit that comes with this floating island will let you quickly patch things up.

The island takes some time to inflate and deflate, which is understandable considering its size. On the upside, the float comes equipped with handles, so you can ride the float without worrying about falling.

Review of Intex Mega Flamingo Inflatable Island

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GoFloats Unicorn

Unicorns Rule

GoFloats Unicorn Pool Float Party Tube is, indeed, a unicorn compared to most pool floats. Its unicorn status stems from its max load.

Sure, we haven't been able to test the advertised 500+ pounds maximum load due to obvious reasons but we can say with certainty that this tube will have no issues supporting most adults.

Partially, that is the case because the float is made from UV-treated raft-grade vinyl that's 25 percent thicker compared to most vinyl floats.

There's very little chance you'll be able to accidentally cut this float deep enough to cause any issues, which is great since the provided patch kit is not as effective as it could have been.

Setting the underwhelming patch kit aside though, nothing about this float disappoints. The company's Rapid-inflate™ valve enables 5-10 times faster inflation/deflation compared to most inflatable floats with conventional valves.

From the size standpoint, this unicorn measures 45" x 45" x 36", so most children and adults should feel comfortable enough using this float.

All things considered, the adorable unicorn will be able to please most customers. You can bring this float with you to lakes, beaches, pools, and even rivers without worrying about much.

Review of GoFloats Unicorn Pool Float Party Tube

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What Is a Pool Float?

Chilling by the pool is fun. Chilling inside the pool is more fun though. Of course, you have to swim and balance there when you haven't brought a pool float with you, so make sure to avoid making that mistake.

More often than not, people associate these floats with children. That's not always the case though. There are floats made for children. There are pool floats for adults. There are also floats that will usually prove comfortable for both. Come summer, kids can use these things to learn swimming, while adults will be reading and relaxing on these floats.

What separates these floats before anything else is the size and the maximum load that the float is able to support. As you would imagine, small floats won't be enough to make adults comfortable, while large floats, especially the ones with a one in the middle, won't be able to ensure kids' safety.

Apart from that, these things sometimes come equipped with handles that you can use to ride the float and holes that can be used as cup holders. Also, pay attention to the construction because these things can be pretty fragile when made from subpar materials.

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Publish Date: 2020-01-15 19:44:04