The 8 Best Pool Toys of 2019

Score the best floats and games for summer fun

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Intex Pool Volleyball Set at Amazon

"A game that both kids and adults will be obsessed with."

Best Budget: Aqua Dive Rings, Set of 6 at Amazon

"For under $10, you'll get six colorful rings that sink to the bottom of the pool."

Best for Adults: GoFloats Inflatable Pool Drink Holders at Amazon

"These mini rafts are buoyant and will hold your drinks without tipping."

Best for Toddlers: SwimWays Baby Spring Float Activity Center at Amazon

"A raft and interactive play station that has child safety valves."

Best for Kids: Fin Fun Mermaid Tails Swimming Monofin at Amazon

"The mermaid tails feature colorful designs and a shiny scale texture."

Best Inflatable: GoFloats Unicorn Pool Float at Amazon

"A fun unicorn float that is safe for both kids and adults."

Best Game: 12" Emoji Inflatable Beach Balls at Amazon

"This pack comes with 12 different balls, each one with a different emoji."

Best Lounger: Intex River Run Sport Lounger at Amazon

"A spacious lounger with a built-in backrest so you can cruise in comfort."

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    Best Overall: Intex Pool Volleyball Set

    Intex Pool Volleyball Set

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    The Intex Pool Volleyball Set is an Amazon #1 Bestseller and it takes our best overall spot because it’s not just an amazing addition to your party—this is the party. It’s rare that you’ll find something that both kids and adults will be obsessed with, but this 94" x 25" x 36" volleyball set will be just as popular with your kiddos (ages 6+!) as it will with your friends. The pole bases come equipped with anchor weights to keep it in place during play, while the inflatable net will float in your pool. It comes complete with an inflatable volleyball, as well as a box to store it on your shelf, and a repair kit, in case of any unexpected mishaps. Set it up and watch the good times roll.

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    Best Budget: Aqua Dive Rings, Set of 6

    If you don't use your pool frequently enough to justify spending a lot of money on a pool toy, the Aqua Dive Rings from Aqua Leisure will provide hours of fun and encourage swimming and diving skills. For under $10, you'll get six colorful rings that will sink to the bottom of the pool. Use them to hone your diving skills, or create a game out of who can pick up the most. Kiddos can also use them in the bathtub, or toss them in your bag to take on vacation.

    Even though it's a simple toy, it's a great way to encourage nervous swimmers to dive in and work on their water confidence. One reviewer said that these rings encouraged her five-year-old son to blow bubbles for the first time and dive downwards. The colored rings are vibrant, even underwater, and multiple children can dive into the pool for the rings together. These rings are for meant for children ages 5 and up.

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    Best for Adults: GoFloats Inflatable Pool Drink Holders

    Not only is this pool toy an inflatable drink holder (trust us, a party game-changer), it’s also a flamingo. Say no more, right? But it gets even better—for an affordable price you will get a set of three, so it’s definitely budget-friendly. The mini rafts are buoyant, so you don’t have to worry about your drink tipping over unexpectedly. According to online reviewers, “the fit is snug and we couldn't get the drink rafts to tip even when we tried in the pool." Nothing kills a party vibe like spilled drinks, so you can be assured these GoFloats flamingos will keep everything secure. Not only are they great for the pool, but you can also use them in the hot tub, lake, and even the ocean. If flamingos aren’t your jam, you can choose from a variety of different styles, including palm trees, dragons, and cheeseburgers.

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    Best for Toddlers: SwimWays Baby Spring Float Activity Center

    When buying a pool toy for your toddler, you want to make sure they’re both safe and entertained. That’s why the SwimWays Baby Spring Float Activity Center is your best bet. This Amazon Bestseller is a raft and interactive play station in one. It features child safety valves, and an inner spring to give your baby extra stability in the water. The canopy helps keep the sun off their face, and it folds up for easy storage. Octopus or lobster arms in the activity center hold toys your baby or toddler can play with a squeaker, rattle, stacking rings, and a soft-touch star. It’ll give your baby an introduction to the water, and it will provide parents with peace of mind while their child is in the water. This toy is ideal for ages 9-24 months.

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    Best for Kids: Fin Fun Mermaid Tails Swimming Monofin

    If your kiddos are obsessed with mermaids (or even if they’re not, to be honest), they’re going to flip for this. The mermaid tails feature colorful designs and a shiny scale texture, so it feels like the real deal. This model is great because you don’t have to strap your feet into the monofin, instead, it stays securely on your feet, and can be easily released in the water. It features fade-resistant premium fabric that stretches four ways, and you can choose from a myriad of color options. But it doesn’t just look pretty—these mermaid tails will actually help you swim faster in the pool or ocean, and they mimic a natural mermaid motion. Jealous? We don’t blame you, but good news—this one also comes in adult sizes!

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    Best Inflatable: GoFloats Unicorn Pool Float

    It wouldn’t be a pool toy roundup without a unicorn float on the list. This one is the trend that’s never going to die, and we aren’t exactly mad about it. The GoFloats unicorn inflatable raft is the stuff Instagram dreams are made of. It’s sizable at 45 inches wide, and it’s made of premium UV treated raft grade vinyl, so it’s incredibly durable. According to online reviewers, “We went over some rapids, bumped on rocks and branches and it's still in perfect condition. Highly recommend this.” Not only will it hold up in a variety of conditions and situations, but it rings in at under $20. Blowing up a float this large is a huge inconvenience, but thanks to rapid valve inflation, you can inflate this float up to 10x faster. This one is safe for both kids and adults and can hold 500+ pounds.

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    Best Game: 12" Emoji Inflatable Beach Balls

    If fun in the sun for you means getting active and playing games, you need to add these Kangaroos Emoji inflatable beach balls to your pool toys collection. Trust us, you won’t regret it. Beach balls are classic, but these adorable 12” balls take them to a totally different level. This pack comes with 12 different balls, each one with a different classic emoji, from heart eyes to sunglasses. If you can’t text without sending emojis, these are going to be the ultimate addition to your summer pool party. These balls are inflatable, so they’re safe to use in the pool, and they’re recommended for ages 3 and up. They’re cute, colorful, and totally full of personality. Another way to use them? They’d be a totally fun addition to a pool party favor bag.

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    Best Lounger: Intex River Run Sport Lounger

    Games are cool and floats are fun, but if relaxation is the name of your game, you need a pool lounger, and the Intex River Run is the best of the best. It’s super spacious with a 53” diameter, and it’s designed with a built-in backrest so you can cruise in absolute comfort. A mesh bottom keeps you cool in the summer heat, and it’s also got two heavy duty handles, which will come in handy if you choose to use this in the ocean or river, as well. The best part? It’s got two built-in cup holders, because what is relaxation without a drink (or two) in hand. This model comes in blue/gray, and it also has a grab rope, making it even easier to use. Make sure you keep this one away from your toddlers, though, because it’s only recommended for those ages 8 and up.