Inflatable Toys For The Swimming Pool Have Become A Holiday Essential – We Pick Some Of The Most Fun!
There is nothing better than lying out in the sun, basking on pool floats, and sipping a martini.
Seriously, what could be more relaxing than that?
It’s what so many of us work our whole lives to be able to do. I love to just lazily float all around on the water, letting the warm sun hit me while the kids play nearby.
All of their shouts and yelps just fade into the background as I enjoy the feel of the mild breeze slowly rolling in off the Pacific Ocean.
Pool floats have been around as long as any other thing I can think of that you would use in a pool. Just imagine it: you’re sitting under an umbrella enjoying yourself, and then someone brings a float to you.
What do you do?
Well, I’ll tell you what I would do each and every time: I’d grab it and hop into the water.
Over the past few years, the inflatable pool toy has become the no.1 accessory for hard partying summer holidays.
Celebrities like Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Kendall Janner are among the millions of people who have littered their Instagram feeds with selfies of them sipping cocktails on an big inflatable swan drifting across a glittering pool surface.
These pool inflatables come in all manner of shapes and sizes – the latter being something to consider when you’re pushed for packing space.
The cheapest sell for $20 or even less – but be warned that at this price they are prone to deflate and puncture. As usual, if you spend a little more you will get a product that lasts longer than a week or 2.
Oh, and remember to budget for an electric pump like the one we recommend. It’s practically an essential requirement if you get one of the bigger inflatables.
Kelsyus Chaise Lounger
Texas Recreation Sunray 1.25″ Thick Swimming Pool Foam Pool Floating Mattress
Floating Recliner Inflatable Lounge
Kelsyus Floating Hammock
SwimWays Spring Float Recliner – Swim Lounger for Pool or Lake – Dark Blue/Light Blue
SwimWays Elluna Pool Lounge, Blue, OS
Blue Cup Pool Party Floating Beer Pong
Dimensions: 152.4cm(L) x 76.2cm(W) x 15.2cm(D)
Weight: 227g (excluding beer)
There’s only so much lounging in the sun sipping San Miguel you can do before you start to get a little twitchy.
So what better way to let off stem than with a competitive game of beer pong in the pool?
This inflatable table is a whopping 6 feet in size, so games demand some real skill especially as you’re paddling about as you aim.
Great fun, although get used to chlorine-flavoured beer. And remember to drink responsibly.
Note: the table doesn’t come supplied with cups or balls.
Jilong Inflatable Pool Bar with 4 Seats
Dimensions: 170cm(L) x 75cm(W) x 30(D)
Now you’re talking. An inflatable pool bar complete with drinks holder and chiller storage and to complete the set you get 4 pump-up chairs with mesh bottoms.
There are no unnecessary frills or design motifs – this is a bar you take into the pool and then then proceed to sit around it drinking beers in the sun.
Suitable for fresh and salt water – although you’d be tempting fate to take this ensemble onto the open sea.
Sunnylife Inflatable Flamingo
Dimensions: 130cm(H) x 154cm(W) x 115cm(D)
Our celebrity watchers tell us that no less than Miley Cyrus is a big fan of the pink flamingo inflatable pool float.
This model from Sunnylife is over 1.5m wide and is described as ‘rose gold’ rather than just pink. Very classy.
And the float itself is solidly built from heavy duty PVC so should last longer than your holiday.
Inflatable White Swan
Dimensions: 181cm(L) x 189cm(W) x 110cm(H)
The inflatable swan is the classic pool accessory, a mainstay of a million summer Instagram feeds after it was first popularised by Taylor Swift and Kendall Janner.
Can accomodate 2 friendly adults or up to 4 small children – under attentive adult supervision, naturally).
You’ll need an electric pump (see below) to inflate it but the results are worth it: you’ll be the king – or queen – of the pool!
So, how much do pool floats cost?
I can already hear you asking. Let’s just say this: a lot less than video games. Actually, they’ll probably cost you less than a case of beer.
I mean, they’re not made out of the most exotic materials, nor is their design super-complicated.
The manufacturers have had decades upon decades to bring down the price so that we all can have as many inflatable as we could every possibly want.
Anyway, have a great time this summer! See you at the pool. (And remember to always be safe while having a good time.)
Now, maybe you want to do some other things this summer, like some energy saving tweaks on your home. One way to do that is to make sure your home insulation is up to par.
Most people don’t realize this, but one of the major heat and air conditioning energy robbers is a poorly insulated garage door.
If you really want to maximize your home’s insulation, you have to make sure you properly insulate your garage all around. And you have to replace your garage door seals as well.
There is no point in insulating your garage if you are going to let cool air leak in around the door.