The Best Inflatable Pools to Buy Right Now
Your favorite store might be out of stock, but we've found the best under-the-radar pools for babies, kids, adults and even dogs that you can still snag before summer arrives.
Growing up, whenever I begged my dad for a pool, he would kindly and patiently explain to me that those took a lot of work. "They're expensive," he'd say. "They require regular maintenance," he'd say. And then finally, "Okay, kiddo, let's see the thousands of dollars you've been saving."
Well, the joke's on you, Dad! (Just kidding, you are wise beyond your years.) In-ground pools are a lot of work, but inflatable pools are both incredibly inexpensive and easy to set up; all you need is a pump. And though most places are out of stock right now, I've pulled together a few hidden gems — from kiddie pools to family-sized loungers — that you can still buy before summer arrives.
And if you're lucky enough to have a plunge pool? Well, I've tossed in a couple of fun floats that you'll want to grab while they're still available.
Pools for Babies & Toddlers
The Splash of Citrus Minni-Minni Pool brings all the fun of the original Minnidip but in a pint-sized package designed especially for little ones. At four feet wide and one foot tall, the Minni-Minni is just the right size for kids ages three and up to make a big splash.
Simple and easy to set up, this Intex Sunset Glow is the perfect starter pool for infants and toddlers ages one to three. (And it should only ever be used with adult supervision, like all of the pools on this list.) Large rainbow-colored rings will capture your baby's attention while providing a safe barrier for play, and the pillowy floor will gently cushion their feet or bottom. For less than $10, you just can't beat the price.
If you're looking for something even more exciting and engaging, then I suggest you check out this adorable Sunsquad Baby Cabana. Suitable for ages two and up, this pool comes with two parts: a removable canopy that offers shade from the sun and a lower basin for bouncing and splashing around. If you want to get mileage out of it year-round, you can always treat it like a play tent without any water.
A little pricier but packed with sun-protective features, this blue baby pool is a great option for any parents worried about sensitive skin. Crafted from heavy-duty vinyl with special UPF 50, it's resistant to tears and helps block harmful UV rays. It also comes with a removable canopy, a carry bag for easy transportation and storage, and an adorable fish print that will wow your toddler and infant. It's suitable for ages two and up.
Pools for Kids, Tweens & Teens
With this cheerful pool, summer days are even more fun. Printed with flamingos, pineapples, ice cream, coconuts and other tropical designs, kids will love splashing around in their own backyard. Perfect for ages two and up, the pool can hold up to 40 gallons of water and features seven inches of wall height.
The inflatable design makes it easy to place the pool where you want, while the durable nine-gauge vinyl liner and seven-gauge vinyl floor offer long-lasting use. The watermelon design makes this pool even more fun to splash and swim in.
Tweens, teens and adults alike will want to lounge in this bright red pool by ban.do. Made from heavy-duty vinyl and designed to look like a heart, this pool will add some serious style to your backyard or patio. (I've even seen friends from college set this up in their apartment. No judgment.)
Kids will love splashing and playing in the Intex Whale Spray Pool, designed to look like a smiling whale. The PVC construction withstands daily use, and the pool features a sprayer spout that resembles a tail and pours water on little ones for even more outdoor fun.
If you have a couple of kiddos between the ages of three and five, then you'll want to get your hands on this slightly larger Sunshade Pool by Intex. Capable of holding up to 74 gallons of water and crafted from PVC for maximum durability, this pool makes it easy for multiple little ones to make a splash. Plus, it has a canopy for added sun protection, which we love.
Pools for Families & Adults
Get ready to live large, either with the kiddos or on your own, in this Intex family-size pool. At 103" x 69" x 22", it's the most spacious setup yet. It holds about 14 gallons of water and is just what you need if you want to kick back and read or keep a close eye on your littles.
If you'd prefer to get in the water with your little one, then do yourself a favor and snag this slightly larger Summer Sunset Glow pool from Intex. It has the same rainbow-colored rings and padded floor but offers a little more room for baby and Mom or Dad. You can fill it with about 9.5 inches of water, which is perfect if you're just trying to cool off together.
This Minnidip Luxe Inflatable Pool brings tropic vibes wherever you dip — backyards, patios and rooftops. Just bust out your pineapple tumblers and feel the palm breeze. At 5.5 feet wide and 1.5 feet tall, the Original "Adult Kiddie Pool" is perfect for adults and children ages six and up.
Pools for Dogs
Why should humans have all the fun, right? If you've got a water-loving dog on your hands, spoil them with a pool from Alcott. Made from extra-tough PVC, it'll stand up to sharp teeth and nails, and it even has rounded edges and low dips for easy entry.
Teach your new puppy to swim, give your fur baby a bath or help your sweet senior cool off with this pool specifically designed for dogs. Since it's made out of PVC, which folds up and unpacks in literal seconds, you can trust that it'll last through the seasons.
Take a quick cruise around your in-ground pool via this fun float shaped like a luxury yacht. You can keep beverages in the double-reinforced bow, which conveniently serves as a cooler, and stretch out along the middle. It's definitely more of a splurge, but something tells me that everyone in your family will get great use out of it.