Inground swimming pools across America are made more enjoyable with pool floats. These are some of the funnest swimming pool accessories available for your pool, and we all know there’s nothing better than taking a snooze out on the still waters of spas and pools. Pool floats allows you to drift lazily around the pool and soak in the hot summer sun. The right kind of pool float can offer the pinnacle of relaxation in the pool. Pool floats aren’t just any old pool toy; they are beds for the open water. If you’ve just been granted access to spas and pools and want to buy a pool float to experience those lazy summer days, there are a few things you should look out for.
Not all pool floats are made equal; some are much higher quality and will last much longer despite the harsh swimming pool chemicals they will be exposed to. As you begin to browse around your neighborhood pool supplies store you will quickly find that there are a ton of pool float options available to you. Pool floats tend to range in quality from the ridiculous and awful (cough, foam noodle, cough) to the expensive and luxurious. Ok, ok, foam noodles are fun for the kids.
Choosing the right kind of pool float for your pool will require you to balance your desires with your budget, so it is important to know what to look for.
To Float or Not to Float
Some cheap pool floats toys.
Be honest, the only reason you want to buy a pool float is to float around and do nothing all day. You want to exude lazy relaxation when you’re in the pool. You have no intention of using your pool float to splash people or make waves, you just want to sit back and enjoy the beautiful weather. So why would you buy a pool float that can’t support your weight?
The first question you have to ask yourself when you’re out buying a pool float is: Will this pool float be able to hold me above water? You have to be honest with yourself about your weight and you have to be careful to pick a swimming pool float that will stay on the surface of the water and not dip underneath it.
There are a few types of inflatable pool floats that will keep just about anyone above water but the heavier you are, the larger your pool float has to be. A floating pool chair is generally a good choice over the regular foam pool float if you’re worried about falling into the water. Floating pool chairs are generally made of special material that has much better buoyancy than your average pool float.
Will Your Pool Float Keep its Shape?
Pool floats lounges work for kids and adults!
The biggest concern when buying any pool accessories is durability. Pool toys, especially pool floats, are designed to get wet but extended use in the pool is going to wear just about anything out. The cheaper the pool floats, the more likely they will develop damaging holes and tears as you use it. The more beat up your pool float gets the harder time it will have staying above water and a pool float that doesn’t float is no good at all.
To ensure that you won’t be duct taping your inflatable pool float after the first couple days of using it, you can invest in a foam pool float. Foam is a porous material that doesn’t require you to blow it up in order to float on top of the water. Foam pool floats are generally more durable as well so they will last longer.
What Kind of Accessories Does Your Pool Float Have?
There are many colorful pool toys and floats to choose from.
There’s nothing better than an ice cold beer out in the middle of the pool. Pool floats are great because they will often come equipped with different accessories to add to the pleasure of relaxing out in open water (including *drum roll please* - a cup holder! There also many other fun pool floats including inflatable keg floats, pool floats with umbrella stands built in, baby pool floats that attach your own pool float, and others! There is even an inflatable pool float trampoline! The list of fun pool floats for your swimming pool is endless.
Note about the baby pool float: NEVER trust any of these types of floats to keep your baby safe.