Whether it’s LEGOs and other household toys, or noodles and boogie boards for the pool, toy storage seems to be a perennial problem, even for the most organized families on the block. The best storage solutions can help you establish order and ultimately make your belongings last longer, though. Pool toys, in particular, call for a solution that’s spacious, sturdy, and even portable—if you’re planning on rearranging your pool deck from time to time.
After a day of splashing around in the water, your family’s favorite noodles, floaties, rings, and more also need to be placed in an organizer that allows them to air out completely. “Pool toys can get moldy in a storage bin if they are not properly dried before storage or if the bin does not provide adequate ventilation," advises Michael Golubev, CEO of Mold Busters. You can always prop open the lid of an organizer to allow for airflow, if yours doesn’t have holes or an open-air design. On the same note, having an organizer that is waterproof, weather-resistant, and even UV-resistant is essential, since it will likely be exposed to the elements, or at least the water from your pool toys.
Our selections were picked for their size, material, functionality, durability, portability, and overall value. Some have wheels, others are more wallet-friendly, and all will help keep your belongings organized while you’re making core memories this summer.
Keter Brushwood 120 Gallon Resin Large Deck Box
Attractive faux wood design
Doubles as a bench
Lock not included
No dedicated compartments
The Keter Brightwood 120-Gallon Resin Deck Box is one of the best models available when it comes to both pool toy storage and deck boxes. The best deck boxes are versatile and water and weather-proof. They stand up to the elements, while protecting everything from gardening tools and grilling supplies, to kids’ toys and pool supplies. This pick does all of that, plus looks stylish enough to be on full display in your backyard or on your deck.
The resin deck box has an attractive, neutral, faux wood finish that’s UV and water-resistant. It also has a roomy interior with a 120-gallon capacity, for some of the larger items you’ll want to stash, including bulky floats and basketball hoops. (It does not, however, have any dedicated compartments.) There’s no worry about fingers getting caught in the lid. As you’d expect in a high-quality storage container, this one has a soft-close mechanism to protect you. When it is closed, you can add a lock (sold separately) for security.
Plus, the deck box doubles as a bench, thanks to an impressive 800-pound seating capacity. It is truly a versatile, functional, and spacious pick that does more than just storing pool toys. We feel, for that reason, that it would be a great addition to any household.
Price at time of publish: $200
Dimensions: 54.5 x 23.5 x 21.7 inches | Material: Resin | Storage Capacity: 120 gallons
Suncast 73 Gallon Water Resistant Deck Box with Wheels
Water, rust, and UV-resistant
Equipped with wheels and a pull handle
Doubles as a bench
Smaller than other options
Deck boxes—one of the most common forms of pool toy storage—are surprisingly expensive to add to your backyard. This one by Suncast is proof that you don’t have to spend a ton of money on a quality item, though. Sure, you will sacrifice a bit on overall storage space—this one has a smaller 73-gallon capacity—but, you actually gain some features that add to overall functionality.
This water, rust, and UV-resistant resin box is perfect for anyone who wants to be able to move their storage bin around their yard and trust that it can withstand the elements, including water coming from their pool toys. It has wheels and a pull handle, so you can more readily move the whole thing—even when it’s at full capacity. This is especially handy for off-season storage and moving it into your garage or a shed. (Since it doesn’t lock, you’ll likely want to wheel it into one of these spaces for the winter.)
And although it’s rather utilitarian in appearance, you will appreciate the 300-pound top weight capacity that allows you to use the organizer as a bench. One or two people can perch while kids swim nearby.
Price at time of publish: $129
Dimensions: 25.5 x 46 x 23.75 inches | Material: Resin | Storage Capacity: 73 gallons
Best Deck Box
East Oak 100-Gallon Large Deck Box
Can be used as a bench
Attractive wicker design
Assembly instructions are not very clear
No dedicated compartments
If you want a solid option for storing pool toys on your deck, don’t sleep on this 100-gallon box from East Oak. Though attractive enough to put on display in your eating and lounging area, it’s made of strong resin that's waterproof, weather-proof, and UV-resistant. That means, thanks to its durable material, the box won't fade, crack, peel, or age prematurely, no matter how severe the weather gets in your area.
It’s not divided into compartments, but the large capacity means you’ll have room to toss all kinds of things inside—even larger items like boogie boards. When you’re reaching inside, you don’t have to worry about the whole thing slamming down, either. It has soft-opening and closing hinges. It even comes with a padlock, so you can put everything under lock and key overnight. And the icing on the cake? It also has an impressive 660-pound weight capacity, so you can use the box as an outdoor bench when you need more seating during a pool party.
Just note: assembly can be tricky, but once you have everything set up, you’re bound to be satisfied with the fairly realistic wicker design.
Price at time of publish: $180
Dimensions: 48 x 21.5 x 25.7 inches | Material: Resin | Storage Capacity: 100 gallons
Lifetime 60186 Heavy-Duty Outdoor Storage Deck Box
Can be locked
Doubles as a bench
It may not look like all that much, but this pool storage organizer presents one of the best overall values. It’s made from a heavy-duty, high-density polyethylene material that won't fade, crack, or warp, even if you live in an area prone to extreme weather. It’s the perfect option for stashing all of your pool toys once you’ve closed your swimming area for the season. Not to mention, you’re able to add a lock for security—a feature lacking in other picks on our list.
Just note: if you plan to move the box to another spot, like the garage, for the off-season, you may want to move it before filling it up. Molded handles do make it easier to lift and move the box when needed, but it can get very heavy when packed to its 116-gallon capacity—plus, it doesn’t have any wheels.
When in use, you’ll appreciate the spring-hinged lid, since it won't slam shut on your fingers. Plus, the lid has a 250-pound weight capacity, so you can use it as a bench as well. If there’s any downside, it’s that this particular box is more difficult to assemble than some of our other choices.
Price at time of publish: $170
Dimensions: 50.3 x 23.2 x 26 inches | Material: High-density polyethylene (HDPE) | Storage Capacity: 116 gallons
Best with Wheels
Keter Capri Outdoor Plastic Storage Box
Easy to move
Doubles as extra seating
Not entirely waterproof
Smaller than other options
Because pool toy storage organizers tend to be heavy-duty to withstand the elements, and need to be large enough to store a lot of bulky items, they tend to be rather stationary. But, if you want something a little more mobile—especially convenient if you have a smaller backyard and need to rearrange things from time to time—the Keter Capri is a worthy option. Though smaller than most of the others on the list, the 80-gallon toy storage organizer has two small wheels at one end, plus a handle to help you pull it where you need it.
And although it has an attractive basketweave design, the box is actually weather-resistant and won't fade, warp, crack, or peel in wet or exceptionally warm weather. (It’s probably not the best choice for off-season storage, though, since it’s not entirely waterproof.) Adding to the pool toy organizer’s functionality, the lid has a high 550-pound capacity, so a couple people can use it as a bench while they supervise any swimmers or socialize poolside. There's also a spot for a lock.
Price at time of publish: $131
Dimensions: 48.43 x 21.06 x 22.44 inches | Material: Plastic, rattan | Storage Capacity: 80 gallons
Best with Noodler Holder
Pottery Barn Teak Outdoor Pool Float Storage
Has dedicated compartments
Not very portable
No enclosed area
It should come as no surprise that Pottery Barn makes one of the most stylish options for your poolside. The pool toy storage organizer is crafted out of solid teak wood to match the rest of your outdoor furniture and make your space look like a five-star resort.
The biggest drawback is that this option doesn’t have an enclosed storage area, which renders it unsuitable for off-season storage and won’t protect your toys in bad weather. If you just want a solid daily option that looks great, though, this is it. Not to mention, the open-air design will keep your belongings ventilated in between uses.
The storage piece has two dedicated compartments: one larger open area for big items such as noodles and boogie boards, and another large basket to corral smaller items like children’s inner tubes, rings, and other little pool toys. Again, it’s all ventilated, plus the teak dries out quickly, so your toys will receive plenty of airflow—read: great for preventing mold growth.
Price at time of publish: $399
Dimensions: 36 x 20.75 x 23 inches | Material: Teak | Storage Capacity: 88 pounds
Improvements Modern Blue Pool Storage Bin
Not very stylish
Flimsier than other options
If you’re worried about mold growth, and don’t necessarily need an enclosed option to protect your toys from weather, a simple mesh cart is a decent choice for storing your pool toys. While it’s not the most attractive out there, this pick dries very quickly and has plenty of ventilation to promote airflow. It also has a number of different compartments, including a larger basket, and multiple smaller pockets for loose items like rings.
The entire cart is highly portable, too, since it’s nice and lightweight. The nylon basket sits atop wheels, so you can push it around your pool deck. Go slowly, though, as this isn’t the sturdiest option out there, so it may tip if you go too quickly over any seams in your patio pavers. Overall, though, it’s a budget-friendly pick that’ll get the job done.
Price at time of publish: $60
Dimensions: 34.75 x 8.3 x 4.4 inches | Material: Nylon | Storage Capacity: Not listed
Suncast 22 Gallon Water Resistant Storage Bench
Easy to assemble
Can be used as a seat
Not as sturdy as other options
Not suitable for large pool toys
If your pool takes up the better part of your backyard or you only have a few small items to store, you can get away with a much smaller storage solution like this 22-gallon resin box from Suncast. The box is relatively attractive, thanks to a design that’s styled to resemble planked wood, plus is roomy enough to contain items like balls and a ring toss game or two.
It’s not fully waterproof, but it is weather-resistant, so it won’t fade, crack, or warp with extended outdoor use—especially if you follow manufacturer recommendations and clean it annually with a mixture of soap and water. The box is functional beyond storage, too. It has a hinged top that easily opens and closes, and the lid can support up to 150 pounds for use as a seat. Just be sure to keep this box filled at less than 10 pounds. It may tip otherwise.
Price at time of publish: $54
Dimensions: 22 x 20.5 x 17 inches | Material: Resin | Storage Capacity: 22 gallons
Zippity Outdoor Products Poolside Storage Organizer
Hooks for hanging towels
Water, rust, and UV-resistant
Multiple dedicated compartments
Requires a lot of space
Is your pool the party pool? You know, the one equipped with all kinds of large-scale floats and games? If so, you’ll appreciate this large-scale pool toy storage solution. The structure is big, so make sure you have the space for it first. But if you do, you’ll have no trouble stashing items both big and small in all of the various dedicated compartments. There’s a very large open area for bigger items, like floats, but there are also multiple smaller ventilated bins for ring toss games and the like. There are even hooks to keep towels at hand.
The whole thing looks a lot like wood, plus comes in a bright, attractive white color. However, maybe much to your surprise, it’s actually made of a water, rust, and UV-resistant PVC that’ll hold up to the elements. And while there aren’t any enclosed areas for off-season storage, you’ll appreciate how well-ventilated the whole thing is—no worry about mold growth. Your pool toy storage organizer is bound to look brand-new for years and years, even if you never move it from its spot on your pool deck.
Price at time of publish: $251
Dimensions: 38 x 36 x 64 inches | Material: PVC | Storage Capacity: Not listed
For a highly-functional pool toy storage box that’s both weather-resistant and large enough to store a number of items, you can’t beat the Keter Brushwood 120 Gallon Resin Large Deck Box—especially since it’s attractive and can double as a bench. If you’re looking for something more budget-friendly, and are willing to sacrifice a bit on storage space, consider the Suncast 73 Gallons Gallon Water Resistant Deck Box with Wheels. Though a bit smaller, it has most of the same functionality, plus the added benefit of wheels for portability.
What to Look for in a Pool Toy Storage Organizer
Size and Storage Capacity
For pool toy storage, capacity is one of the most important considerations, but don’t automatically assume you need the largest option at your disposal. Think about what you plan on storing, and go from there. If you have mostly smaller pool toys—like rings and balls—you can go for something that won’t take up as much room. But, if your kiddos have tons of boogie boards and noodles, you may want to opt for something more grand to corral it all.
Note that storage capacity, in the case of pool toy storage organizers, is usually measured in gallons. Smaller options hold up to 70 gallons—enough to hold some smaller pool toys. Mid-range options—such as our “best heavy-duty” pick, the Lifetime 60186 Heavy-Duty Outdoor Storage Deck Box—go up to about 100 gallons and are suitable for containing a decent collection of small to mid-sized pool toys. The largest options hold upward of 100 gallons and can house a large collection of pool toys, even noodles and floats.
Make sure any pool toy storage organizer you’re considering is made from sturdy materials like PVC, resin, or solid wood like teak. You need these storage solutions to be able to withstand outdoor weather conditions, so they can house your family’s belongings for a long time and not show damage or fading. Ideally, the material you pick is waterproof, weather-resistant, and UV-resistant for long-lasting use. The overall design of the storage organizer also allows for airflow, either through the lid or other available openings, so your organizer and pool toys don’t collect mold.
The exception to this? If you’re looking for something more portable—including our “best mesh” pick, the Improvements Modern Blue Pool Storage Bin—you may opt for a mesh material, since it’s more lightweight and easy to tote around. Also, note how important style is to you. Teak options—such as our “best with noodle holder” pick, Pottery Barn’s Teak Outdoor Pool Float Storage—are undeniably more elevated, but they’re also more expensive than plastic or resin options.
Generally, larger pool toy storage organizers aren’t very portable. Even if they have handles or wheels, they can be very heavy when packed to full capacity. Still, if you envision moving your storage box around your pool deck, you’ll want to look for these features. And if portability is exceptionally important to you—perhaps to maximize space in a small backyard, or for easier off-season storage—look for a smaller option on wheels, like the Improvements Modern Blue Pool Storage Bin, our “best mesh” pick.
Is it okay to leave pool toys in the pool?
It may be tempting to dash inside for the day without putting everything away—especially if the weather turns unexpectedly—but, it’s always a good idea to take toys out of the pool when you’re done. “To prevent mold growth, ensure pool toys are thoroughly dried before placing them in storage and choose a storage bin with proper ventilation, such as one with mesh sides or ventilation holes,” notes Michael Golubev, CEO of Mold Busters. What’s more, pool toys clouding the surface of the water can present a potential safety hazard, since it may obstruct your view of the water.
What is the best material for pool toy storage organizers?
The most common materials for pool toy storage organizers are plastic, resin, and wood—and each have pros and cons. Plastic storage solutions are generally the least expensive and the lightest, plus hold up well to weather. The downside? They are prone to fading and degradation over the years. Resin, a type of plastic, is just as durable and has the added benefit of better longevity, plus can be molded into more intricate shapes, lending a more realistic look. Wood pool toy storage organizers tend to be the heaviest and most expensive—such as our “best with noodle holder” pick, Pottery Barn’s Teak Outdoor Pool Float Storage—plus aren’t as weather-resistant, but they’re undeniably more elevated.
Will pool toys get moldy in a storage bin?
Mold can collect anywhere there is moisture. So, to avoid pool toys getting moldy in a storage bin, look for a well-ventilated pool toy storage bin to help protect against mold and mildew. But, also note the importance of washing, drying, and deflating items like floaties prior to long-term storage.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Brigitt Earley, a writer with nearly 15 years of experience writing for publications like The Spruce, Real Simple, and Good Housekeeping. Earley regularly writes about all kinds of household and outdoor products, including pool toy storage organizers. To curate this list, Earley scoured the most popular retailers to find the best, most highly-rated options. Then, she vetted each, reading all of the specs and hundreds of reviews. To make her top picks, she consulted experts like Michael Golubev, CEO of Mold Busters, and then used that guidance as she analyzed the size, material, style, functionality, and overall value of each product.