Updated: May 9, 2015
Pool Float Reviews:During the hot months of summer there is nothing better relaxing in a swimming pool. Even better is floating on a pool float and letting the suns rays rejuvenate you. We recently moved to a home in the desert that has a pool so I looked into buying the family some pool floats to enjoy the water. They have advanced in the last decade as I remember the blowup mattresses that we used as kids. Today you will find swimming pool loungers, recliner pool floats, and tubes. The pool float chairs make it so you almost never have to get wet while basking in the sun on top of the water. I prefer the floats that let you just barely submerge part of your body so you can stay cool while still being in the sunshine. Most swimming supply stores carry pool floats as well as stores like Sports Authority, Walmart, Target, Frontgate and online at Amazon.com. Many stores will only carry these summer items on a seasonal basis, but you can always buy them year round on the Internet. Pricing is all over the board - minimum cost is about $15 while the high end floating chairs go for $100. Look for brands like Intex, Swimline, Swimways, PoolMaster, Aqua Leisure, SportsStuff, Kelsyus and Texas Recreation.
Chaise loungers for swimming pools are the best for luxury floats. You literally rest on the waters surface - many have cup holders so you can have your favorite beverage at arms length. Pool floats and loungers are often inflatable, but many of the newer models have part blowup and part mesh. Your body is supported by the mesh, but at the same time you are submerged into about a foot of water - your head stays dry on one end and your feet are out of the water as well. Some of the pool floats for kids are similar, except instead of lying down, the smaller kids stay upright with their feet and legs in the water while their shoulders and heads remain above water. One of the classics in this category is the Texas Recreation Sunray Pool Float which features a raised headrest, while your body gently floats along the surface of the water. It gives you enough buoyancy to feel comfortable, but also to get cooled off in the water. Great for lounging on the water - priced at $90. Pool float chairs like the Poolmaster Water Chair Lounger are just as popular - 2 armrests make you very relaxed while your neck, head, and body are fully supported. The Intex Floating Recliner Lounge is another top seller - features 2 air chambers, 2 cup holders, and 18 gauge vinyl. Perfect for pools, lakes, etc. One step up from the Intex lounger is the sportsstuff Siesta Lounge (see below for full review). It's slightly more expensive but offers a more durable design and built to last whether used in lakes or swimming pools. The last of the "best" loungers is the Kelsyus Floating Lounger - it sells for under $50 but reviews say it's the best value as it's durable and comes with an easy to use carrying bag. Pool float reviews are abundant on websites like Amazon.com. You can browse the most popular pool floats here.