There’s no better way to keep cool on hot summer days than spending time at the pool.
And while swimming, floating on a raft, or lounging poolside are all great ways to have fun in the sun, some pool toys can add a little more excitement to your time in the water.
Whether you’re hosting a pool party, entertaining kids, or simply want to add more fun to your regular swimming routine, toys and games designed for the pool can liven up the experience.
But since there are a lot of toys, games, and accessories out there, we’ve done the research and found some of the best ones that you can use at your next gathering to make your pool the place to be.
Keep reading to see which ones made the list.
The 7 Best Pool Toys for 2020
|· Heavy-duty vinyl construction|
· Ideal for all ages
· Includes anchors
|· Each set comes with two log flumes and two boppers|
· Super-sized flumes
|· Large diameter rings|
· Great for swim training
|· Ball bounces underwater|
· Extremely durable
|· Brightly colored details|
· Large, sturdy design
|· 28 cup holders|
· Built-in cooler
|· Sturdy construction|
· Easy to fill
Intex Pool Volleyball
About Intex Pool Volleyball
Intex Pool Volleyball is an inflatable, floating volleyball net and ball that’s just as much for adults as it is for kids.
The large, sturdy base is made from 10-gauge vinyl to prevent rips or tears, and the ball is made from 7-gauge vinyl for durability. It comes with anchors that you can fill with rocks or other heavy objects to keep the net from floating away and a repair patch just in case.
This volleyball set is bigger than expected, and that’s a good thing if you want to play with several people. It’s also easy to assemble, so you can quickly set it up and get playing in no time.
The set is very inexpensive at about $10, but one thing to note is that the anchors don’t always hold the net in place. Some users have had to set the anchors along the sides of the pool instead of under the water.
- Ideal for children and adults
- Very inexpensive
- Anchors don’t always hold net in place
Swimline Log Flume Joust
About Swimline Log Flume Joust
The Log Flume Joust set from Swimline allows you to battle it out with an opponent while you both try to keep your balance on floating inflatable logs.
Each set comes with two inflatable logs as well as two inflatable boppers for dueling. Each piece is made from heavy-duty vinyl for extra durability.
While the manufacturer doesn’t list a weight limit, we’ve found that this set can hold at least up to 240 lbs., so kids and adults can both enjoy it.
Getting onto the logs is challenging, since it’s very difficult to stay on them without flipping at first.
You’ll definitely learn some new ways to balance, and have a plenty of laughs while attempting to do battle with the boppers.
And while this might seem like a children’s toy, this jousting set is a lot of fun for adults, too.
The set can easily take a beating without tearing or popping, too, so it’s definitely worth its price, which is less than $25.
- Fun for kids and adults
- Challenging to stay on the logs
Aqua Dive Rings
About Aqua Dive Rings
If you’re looking for a simple, affordable pool toy that’s great for kids, beginner swimmers, or just about anyone who likes to dive underwater, the Aqua Dive Rings could be a great choice.
These large, brightly colored rings are 6 inches in diameter and weighted to float to the bottom of the pool.
Kids can use them to play a toss and retrieve game, or beginners can use the rings as encouragement to swim underwater. They also make a great swim training tool, since you can toss and retrieve one at a time as quickly as possible.
Regardless of how you choose to use them, these inexpensive rings are a great addition to any pool.
These rings are a classic toy, and one that’s just as good for learning as it is for playing. Kids love using them and creating their own games.
The rings work exactly as described, and the colors are vibrant under the water. At less than $10, this simple toy isn’t something you want to pass up for young children.
- Low price
- Easy to use
- Ideal for playing and swim training
- No cons
About Watermelon Ball
The Watermelon Ball isn’t an ordinary inflatable ball. This ball looks just like a watermelon, and it’s designed for playing underwater.
You fill it with water instead of air to keep its buoyancy neutral, then let the fun begin.
You can kick it, bounce it, pass it, or dribble it underwater at a depth of up to 10 feet without it floating up to the surface.
This ball comes with a garden hose adapter for easy filling, and it’s made from thick PVC so you don’t have to worry about it tearing or popping.
The Watermelon Ball can be a lot of fun for kids, teenagers, and even adults. Its unique structure makes it a lot of fun for just about any water game, and it would be a major hit at any pool party.
The ball is very durable, too, and it can hold up to a lot of use without any wear or tear.
One thing to note is that the ball can be quite heavy outside of the water, so make sure the kids don’t throw it at each other’s heads.
The Watermelon Ball costs around $25, which is somewhat expensive for a ball, but it’s very unique and a fun toy that you’ll most likely get a lot of use out of.
- Ball doesn’t float
- Very durable
- Somewhat expensive
Jasonwell Unicorn Float
About Jasonwell Unicorn Float
The unicorn trend is here to stay, and one way to embrace it is with this giant unicorn float by Jasonwell. It’s great for lounging in the pool, and it makes a fun prop for pictures.
This oversized unicorn float holds up to 400 lbs., plus it’s big enough to fit two adults or four children at a time.
The unicorn’s details and colors are vibrantly colored, and it has handles along the neck for support. It comes with repair patches and a carrying bag.
The Jasonwell Unicorn Float is quite an impressive raft, and it’s very easy to fill with an electric or hand pump. We don’t really recommend trying to fill it by mouth, since it takes a lot of air.
The material feels very sturdy and soft, and the float holds up well without deflating.
The carrying bag makes it easy to tote the unicorn to the pool, lake, beach, or anywhere you want to take it.
It’s also relatively inexpensive considering the size, at about $30. And if you’re an adult taking it to the pool, expect to get a lot of attention from kids.
One downside is that the colors can fade after a season of use.
- Large, colorful design
- Holds up to 4 kids
- Durable material
- Colors fade after one season
GoPong Beer Pong Float
About GoPong Beer Pong Float
We couldn’t have a pool toys list without including something for adults only. This GoPong Beer Pong Float can be used for playing beer pong, as a lounging raft, or even just to hold drinks.
It’s 6 feet long and 3 feet wide, and it has 28 built-in cupholders. There’s also a cooler spot in the center, which has enough space for ice and up to 18 beverages.
The float also has four grommets, so you can anchor or tether it so it stays in place. It also comes with 6 pong balls and a repair patch kit in case of any leaks.
The GoPong Beer Pong Float is a nice addition to any pool, especially for social gatherings. Even if you aren’t into drinking games, the float makes a nice cup holder so your drinks are always within reach.
The float feels very sturdy, and the material can stand up to heavy use without worrying about tears or leaks. It’s also very large, so it might not be ideal for smaller pools.
Another thing to note is that the cooler section in the middle of the float isn’t really insulating, and it does get filled with water easily.
You can find this float for around $40, which isn’t too bad considering the size and the amount of cup holders included.
- Lots of cup holders
- Built-in cooler
- Comes with pong balls
- Doubles as a raft
- Cooler doesn’t insulate well
Jilong Inflatable Water Wheel
About Jilong Inflatable Water Wheel
The Jilong Inflatable Water Wheel is a giant wheel that floats on the water, and kids love it! They can get inside the wheel and try to walk or crawl across the water, similar to a hamster wheel.
This toy is great for exercise or just having fun, and it’s also a nice spot to get in just to relax and float on the water.
The material is made from thick, clear PVC with brightly colored nylon tubes, and it doesn’t leak or tear easily. It comes with a repair patch, too, just in case.
This wheel is large enough to hold two small children at a time, but even older kids or adults can use it.
This water wheel is easy to fill and really fun to use. While its intended use is for using as a hamster wheel, some kids like to turn it on its side and use it as a fort, or try to jump or dive through it.
Regardless of how you plan to use it, this water wheel can provide a good time for everyone.
One thing to note, however, is that occasionally people have said theirs came with leaks right out of the box, but this isn’t a common occurrence.
For about $30, you’ll get plenty of enjoyment out of this water wheel.
- Good exercise
- Fun for kids
- Nice spot to relax
- Occasionally new products have leaks
Best Pool Toys for 2020
We’ve chosen the Intex Pool Volleyball set as the best overall pool toy. This set can provide the entire family with hours of fun, and it’s great for people of all ages. It’s also sturdy enough to hold up to a lot of abuse.
If you’re looking for something more affordable, the Aqua Dive Rings are simple but fun toy that kids of all ages can enjoy. They also do double duty as a swim training tool, so they’re great for novice swimmers, too.
Whether you’re hosting a pool party or just trying to keep the kids busy over summer break, any of the toys in this guide can help you beat boredom and add some excitement to your time in the pool.
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Spending the last 10 years researching and writing about various home, garden and electronics topics, Shelley is more than qualified to write for Meccano Home. Her work has been featured on eBay, Pottery Barn, SFGate, TheKnot, Williams-Sonoma and various other blogs and websites.