Remember when you were a kid, and you had to swim with two orange bands wrapped around your upper arms? And when you got older, maybe you upgraded to a dinky blowup circle for your waist that wouldn’t support anyone weighing more than 50 pounds? Like your childhood, those days are a thing of the past.
Now, if you want to make a totally amplified entrance at a day or nighttime pool party or lake outing by riding in on a light-up swan, as any reasonable — and magical — person would do, you totally can. Because today’s pool floats are ginormous, up to 9 feet or longer, and meant for all-day lounging and making a spectacle no matter how old you are.
Extravagant, over-the-top pool floats gained traction in 2016 thanks to Instagram and celebs like Shay Mitchell, Bella Hadid and Aimee Song, and their popularity is still going strong. So, if you want to be known for making an entrance at any pool or beach party you attend, then an overstated, conversation-starting pool float is the way to go.
These are the best super duper extra pool floats to shop this summer, along with floating games to play in between breaks atop a fabulous float:
17 Best Oversized Pool Floats for Adults
FUNBOY x Malibu Barbie Oversized Pool Float
Barbie is one of my favorite girls and this super adorable limited edition float commemorates her 50th Anniversary. The Malibu Barbie Private Jet Float by FUNBOY will transport you to the Barbie-esque lifestyle of the ’70s where it’s always sunny and the fun never stops. This oversized jet float features a cup holder, dual handles and a front tether point for easily tying up your float.
Measures: Over 95 inches long
Price: $99 at FUNBOY
Floating Pool Chair
The Rainbow Glitter Chair Pool Float lets you float around the pool surrounded by a rainbow and glitter — as life should always be. It features an inflatable strip to support the back, a sling seat for a refreshing dip when you need it and a built-in drink holder. With super vinyl durability, this rainbow float can hold up to 250 pounds.
Measures: 48 x 38 x 11 inches
Price: $25 at Urban Outfitters
Inflatable Glitter Elephant Pool Float
This Glitter Elephant Pool Tube from PoolCandy is an adorable addition to any pool party. The Jumbo Glitterfied pool float is filled with holographic silver glitter that sparkles and changes color in the sun. That’s pretty darn extra!
Measures: 48-inch tube
Price: $29.99 at PoolCandy
Unicorn Pool Float
The Giant Inflatable Unicorn Pool Float is 9 feet of magicalness by dreambuilderToy. You can relax your noggin on its rainbow-colored tail as your bum dips into the cool water. It also comes with a company guarantee for a refund and/or replace if anything happens to your unicorn for up to a year.
Measures: 9 feet
FUNBOY x Bark Private Jet Dog Float
Your good boy (or girl) can enjoy flying beside you in adorable style with the FUNBOY x Bark Private Jet pool float. This dog sized float is designed with the experts at Bark to give your pup the ultimate poolside experience — right alongside you.
Price: $59 at FUNBOY
Dog Pool Float With Toys
Don’t forget to let your four-legged bestie in on the outdoor fun with this cute set of dog pool floats. You’ll get a Rainbow Cloud Pool Float for your doggo, coconut tree, pineapple and flamingo inflatable drink holders, plus a dog toy with five balls.
Price: $26.99 on Amazon
Shark Saddle Seat Float
Finally — A pool float for any guy who turns a regular floating pool lounger into a straddler. Now that annoying habit the owner of said lounging pool float feels is all but a thing of the past. This bright shark saddle seat by Big Mouth Inc doubles as a straddler and lounger for enjoying the warm sunshine and refreshing water.
Price: $34.99 at Big Mouth Inc.
Flamingo Pool Float
This 45-inch pool float by Pool Central will get the pool party started this summer. The majestic oversized bright pink flamingo is probably the most fabulous inflatable you’ll ever own and will be the envy of all your neighbors. Its heavy-duty vinyl holds up to 175 pounds and will last for many summers to come.
Measures: 2 x 45 x 45 inches
Giant Flamingo Pool Float
If the 45-inch inflatable flamingo just won’t do, then how about this 78-inch one? It features an oversized design for catching up on your rays and perfecting your tan. It has handles to steer it any direction you want to go.
Measures: 78 inches
Price: $40 at Swim Outlet
Target Jumbo Lollipop Pool Float
For anyone who wants to make a statement, this 70-inch Multi-Color Jumbo Lollipop Pool Float will help you do just that. It has two air chambers and is made from a heavy-duty, durable pretested vinyl that’ll make it last for many summers to come.
Measures: 79 x 49 x 5 inches
The Lips Pool Float
FUNBOY does it again with The Lips pool float. In a delicious metallic pink hue, this pool float will be the talk of the summer because it’s literally the cutest one ever!
Measures: 6 feet long
Price: $69 at Revolve
Inflatable Tank Pool Float With Water Cannon
The Inflatable Tank Pool Float is made for summer fun with its built-in squirt gun, letting you dominate the pool in the ultimate water battle. It holds up to 300 pounds and comes with a hose for attaching to the cannon.
Measures: 5 x 4 x 2 feet
Price: $89.99 on Amazon
Pool Float Lounger
This Ice Cream Mesh Hammock Float makes lounging a treat and adds to your cute summer look. It has a lifted headrest and soft mesh to keep you cool for the perfect amount of support all summer long and beyond.
Price: $49.99 at Big Mouth Inc.
Giant Balloon Dog Pool Float
Now you can get the cute balloon dog sans the creepy clown! This gigantic 5-foot bright red balloon dog float will make quite the nostalgic splash at any pool party.
Measures: 58 x 55 x 46 inches
Price: $29.99 at Big Mouth Inc.
Fun Giant Inflatable Pool Float
The Sunnylife Camper Van Pool Float brings fun to any outdoor activity in any water — at the lake, pool or beach. This retro-style camper van makes lounging in the sun comfy and cool and comes equipped with patches to repair punctures.
Measures: 70.8 x 39.4 x 7.1 inches
Note: Available for pre-order and expected to ship by May 17.
Price: $68 at Urban Outfitters
Giant Swan Pool Float
Because who doesn’t want to chill out on a fabulous gold swan? This FUNBOY Inflatable Swan Pool Float is 6 feet long and will make you stand out from the crowd.
Measures: 6 feet
Price: $79 at Revolve
Rolling Stones Pool Float
Express your fandom with the Sunnylife x Rolling Stones iconic pool float collab. The deluxe sit-on float is making its way through social media stardom and will inflate your summer to the next level.
Measures: 59.06 x 62.99 x 41.34 inches
Price: $85 at Sunnylife.com
Best Floating Pool Games
PoolCandy Floating Tennis Table Set
Bring your A-game to the pool when you play a game of tennis with your best buds on this floating tennis table set from PoolCandy. Equipped with a long tabletop made of foam with a rigid court top, two paddles and a high-bounce ball that also floats in the water.
Price: $100 at Urban Outfitters
Swimline Game Station Set With Waterproof Playing Cards
This set includes two inflatable sling seats with drink holders and an inflatable game table with waterproof playing cards for up to four people.
Inflatable Volleyball and Basketball Pool Float Game Set
If you don’t have a volleyball net in your pool, is it even summer? This inflatable pool float set gives you two popular pool games, including an inflatable volleyball court with two weight bags, an inflatable basketball hoop and an inflatable volleyball and basketball.
Price: $29.99 on Amazon
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