30 Best Pool Floats You Need This Summer To Make An #InstaWorthy Splash

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Summer means BBQs, extra PTO days, and hours spent lounging in the pool, lake, beach — or any body of water you can get yourself into. Whether going to your friend's pool party or heading on the other side of the world for Yacht Week in Croatia, there's a couple of must-have items to pack into your suitcase: a swimsuit, sunscreen, and some cool pool floats. 

But you want one that stands out, and these creative and picture-perfect ideas make some of the best pool floats. Read on as we take you through 30 of the most unique floats on the market, bound to rack up your Instagram likes and create indefinite FOMO. 

1. Unicorn

A post shared by Apollo Box (@theapollobox) on May 25, 2018 at 2:17pm PDT

What would a pool floats list be without mentioning the iconic Unicorn floatie? This has been blowing up our news feeds for the last couple of years, and guess what? The trend is not going to go away. Whether Unicorn pool accessories, festive recipes, or insane makeup trends, everything should always be sparkled and unicorn themed.

(The Apollo Box, $69.98)


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2. Everything Bagel

Embracing our inner Manhattan-inite by floating away in an Everything Bagel with Sh'mear. This floatie will be the only carb we'll want to be engulfed in while wearing our bikinis.

(Jet.com, $13.78)

3. Beer Mug

A post shared by PoolCandy (@poolcandy) on Nov 16, 2017 at 7:30am PST

While you're sipping a classic Bud Light or sporting the fancy craft beer, why limit the beer to our tummies? With this hilarious beer mug floatie, there'll be no second guessing what beverage you're asking the bartender for. 

(Pool Candy, $49.99)

4. Avocado

They say Millennials will never own homes because we eat too many avocados. I'm thinking this adorable avocado float is the only home I need until Labor Day weekend. Bonus: The pit acts as a ball and can be used for all sorts of pool games. Pool volleyball anyone?

(Amazon)

5. Yellow Rubber Duckie

A post shared by BLU (@bluthefrenchiebulldog) on Jul 20, 2017 at 12:51pm PDT

The perfect dream has finally come true and we can now reliving our childhood while lounging in the pool and soaking up the sun. Rubber duckies have moved out of the tub-a-dub and into our backyards. 

(Home Depot, $43.27)

6. Palm Tree Beach Oasis

With the palm tree beach oasis tube, everywhere can be your own private island — all you have to do is float! With the shaded tree, this cool pool float is perfect for those who like to read and splash their worries away. 

(FUN.com, $29.99)

7. Bottle of Rosé

​Taking the iconic title Rosé Queen to a whole new level. For those who permanently have a bottle of rosé attached to their palm at every summer party or gathering, this float is 100 percent for you. For those looking to really invest, match your floatie with a Rosé All Day swimsuit

(Home Depot, $55.27)

8. Seashell

A post shared by KOLOLO (@kololo.co) on Dec 31, 2017 at 10:33am PST

Feel like Ariel from The Little Mermaid as you take over your own shell, whether in the neighborhood pool or in the ocean. Added bonus: this float can double as a stylish lounge chair when out of the water. Plus, these floats have 30 percent more material and are toxin-free, so no worries about pokes, tears, or bad smelling chemicals ruining your fun. 

(Kololo Co, $78)

9. Donut

A post shared by Apollo Box (@theapollobox) on May 20, 2018 at 8:36am PDT

Who doesn't love frosting, sprinkles, and all things pink and girlie? The donut float is the perfect accessory to bring on your next tropical vacation. Guarantee there'll be an adorable photo session waiting to happen once you plop into it!

(The Apollo Box, $49.99)

10. Shark Week-Inspired

A post shared by brendasoriano (@brendaaa_s) on Jul 10, 2016 at 3:13pm PDT

To some, the best week of summer is when Shark Week takes over the Discovery Channel. Starting July 22nd, my television will be perpetually running 24/7. To hype up for this annual iconic event, why not sport a themed floatie? Plus, there has to be some sort of irony about getting hammered with a cocktail in your hand while on a hammerhead shark? 

(Walmart, $29.99)

11. Illuminated Buffet

A post shared by PoolCandy (@poolcandy) on Dec 28, 2016 at 7:51am PST

The biggest struggle during any pool party? The empty drink. Instead of bartering with your friends or waiting to fill up during your next bathroom break, keep one of these inflatable buffet floats in the pool with you at all times. More so than just a cooler for beer and water, the float is big enough for you to keep some snacks and apps for the whole gang.

(Pool Candy, $24.99)

12. Pineapple

A post shared by Floatie World (@floatieworld) on Aug 11, 2017 at 10:54am PDT

While pineapple doesn't belong on pizza, it does belong in the water (in floatie form, of course). During your next summer gathering or beach adventure, relax on this refreshing tropical fruit (preferably with a piña colada in hand). 

(Floatie World, $49.99)

13. Mermaid

For those who spent their childhoods dreaming of growing a fin and living life under the sea, now's your chance to fulfill those dream by spending the day floating on the water and channeling your inner mermaid on this festive mermaid float. Added bonus: the float comes in different colors, so there's a style for everyone. 

(Amazon)

14. Marble Tube

A post shared by KOLOLO (@kololo.co) on Mar 20, 2018 at 9:02am PDT

The trend that initially belonged on kitchen counter-tops have now made their way to iPhone cases, nail polish designs, and now, pool floaties. Create a classic and sophisticated beach vibe with these floats during your next vacation. The tubes come in the classic black finish, white finish, as well as pink finish.

(Kololo Co., $29.99)

15. Danica Patrick NASCAR-Inspired

A post shared by FUN.com (@fundotcom_) on Aug 21, 2017 at 11:38am PDT

All feminist rejoice because FUN developed a themed float dedicated to Danica Patrick, the female race car driver. Patrick is also the only women to win an IndyCar race series, plus she gets to mack on Aaron Rodgers. Can we say goals?

(FUN.com, $39.99)

16. Peacock

In the words of Katy Perry, "I want to see your peacock." While Ms. Perry was most likely not referring to a new pool decoration, it's safe to say she would approve of this adorable floatie that can carry both you and a friend out on the water. 

(The Apollo Box, $59.99)


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17. Pretzel

A post shared by Bikini.com (@bikinidotcom) on Aug 22, 2017 at 3:46pm PDT

And hold the mustard. This twisty and oh-so-deliciously-inspiring floatie will have you craving a salty snack as soon as you get out of the water. Additionally, this float can act as a big raft for one person or a tube float for three. Share or don't, either way you'll look adorable while doing so.  

(Jet.com, $13.21)

18. Glittery Flamingo 

A post shared by PoolCandy (@poolcandy) on Jun 6, 2018 at 5:17pm PDT

What's better than riding on a flamingo float? Riding on one that's filled with glitter. From Pool Candy, there are a huge assortment of glitter-filled pool floaties, including our favorite, the flamingo, which comes in both pink and white. 

(Pool Candy, $59.99)

19. Cactus

A post shared by Floatie World (@floatieworld) on Aug 11, 2017 at 10:59am PDT

What's more ironic than a cactus being surrounded by water and filled with air? This adorably themed cactus from Floatie World will bring a desert oasis to any body of water you drop it into.

(Floatie World, $59.99)

20. Giant Narwhal

A post shared by KOLOLO (@kololo.co) on Apr 8, 2018 at 9:23am PDT

While the unicorn is the majestic creature on land, the narwhal is the magical creature of the sea. Having a narwhal as a floatie might just be the most appropriate water accessory out there. If that wasn't inspiring enough, Kololo not only provides us with mystical creatures but helps save those we know and love as well. The proceeds from each float go to the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

(Kololo Co, $59.99)

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21. French Fries

Never skip the side of fries; in fact, make them super size! Cuddle up with your favorite potato form and float away on a lake, pool, beach, wherever your fry-loving-heart takes you. The best part? They won't add a single inch to your waistline. 

(Walmart, $14.97)

22. Angel Wings

Float away angelically on these pearl wings. As you glide through the water, don't be alarmed if you get envious looks of others wanting to snatch your floatie. Unlike street art or a design sculpture in a city far away, this floatie goes where you go, and the glamorous Instagram pictures will follow.

(The Apollo Box, $45.98)

23. Watermelon 

A post shared by Floatie World (@floatieworld) on Aug 11, 2017 at 11:12am PDT

Finally, a watermelon that you don't have to spit the seeds out. Embrace the melon as a whole and place it where it belongs: in the water. The half slice makes it a great pool accessory for lounging on your own or sharing it with a friend... or even two. 

(Floatie World, $44.99)

24. Eggplant Emoji 

One of the most awkwardly used emojis, the iconic eggplant, now can be seen outside our phone screens. Whether you need a gag gift for a friend this summer, or are looking to add some dropped jaws at your next pool party, the eggplant emoji float will not disappoint. 

(Amazon)

25. Diamond Ring

A post shared by KOLOLO (@kololo.co) on May 3, 2018 at 8:04am PDT

Perfect for either a bachelorette party or honeymoon, the diamond ring is the ideal statement piece for any tropical destination or water-based activity. Buy as either a gift for a bride-to-be, or pack it for you and your new hubby's romantic honeymoon.  

(Kololo Co, $39)

26. Swan 

A post shared by Apollo Box (@theapollobox) on Jun 16, 2017 at 2:57pm PDT

No ugly ducklings here, just all beauty and grace with this adorable and classic swan float. Like the unicorn, the swan has been taking over social media and sparked many swan-tastic Instagram photos. 

(Apollo Box, $49.99)

27. Poop Emoji

Welp it exists! There is an actual poop emoji floatie. And you know what? We couldn't be laughing harder. Perfect as a gag gift or for the friend who uses the poop emoji way too often. You'll certainly get raised eyebrows at the community pool with this one. 

(Amazon)

28. Pizza Slice

Bring on all the toppings, melted cheese and... the floaty crust? What's even better, while a slice can be used as a raft for one, join in with friends by bringing your slices together and creating one juicy pizza pie float party. 

(The Apollo Box, $49.99)

29. Big Juicy Lips 

A post shared by PoolCandy (@poolcandy) on Dec 23, 2017 at 10:58am PST

Nothing screams modern art and an Andy Warhol feel than sporting a pair of big juicy lips at your next summer gathering. For your upcoming pool party, bring out the lips and let the conversations, wide-eyes, and potentially awkward comments commence. 

(Pool Candy, $39.99)

30. Beer Pong Floating Table

We're all fans of drinking games, and what's even better? Bringing those games out into the water! With the beer pong floatie, not only do your beers stay in place with their respective holders, there's a convenient cooler in the middle, so refilling is a breeze.  

(Amazon)


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Elizabeth Blasi is a New Yorker. A lifestyle & travel writer, who is often seen with a suitcase in hand jetsetting to her next location. But as a true Digital Nomad, her love of writing and romance novels means her laptop is always beside her.

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