Best, Most Innovative Inflatable Pools for Summer

It’s summertime and pool days are here. If you’re looking to take a cool dip in a pool but don’t want to break the bank by installing an in-ground pool or deal with a semi-permanent above-ground pool, it may be time to invest in one of the inflatable pools you’ve been eyeing for the summer season

Inflatable pools are a simple, cost-friendly solution. Much more affordable than an in-ground or above-ground pool, inflatable options are great for lounging with friends as the summer temperatures climb.

Here are five of the most innovative inflatable pools on the market right now. (Links and pricing are accurate as of the date of publication.)

What to Know Before Buying an Inflatable Pool

When looking for the right inflatable pool, you want to consider a few things first. First, consider the size and ground area of your pool. Ask yourself: where will the pool go, is the surface smooth and flat, and will this surface support the weight of the pool when filled with water and people. 

When making sure you’re pool surface is large enough, it’s also a great time to check and make sure you have space for draining your pool. Some pools have a plug that will drain the pool when you’re ready. For others, however, you have to tilt the pool to pour the water out. Some of the pools listed below can hold hundreds of gallons of water at a time, so it’s important to make sure you have the space for that much water to be spilled when you’re done frolicking and relaxing. Keeping the water in the inflatable pool for a long period of time can lead to mosquitos and other bugs. 

Lastly, you’ll want to be sure to buy a good air pump to accompany your pool purchase. Inflating an entire pool by yourself, using just your lung capacity is exhausting and will take a very long time. 

1. Bestway Fast Ground Pool Set

First on a lot of pool lists, Bestway pools come in multiple sizes, ranging from 8×26 to 18×48 feet. This pool is very easy to set up. Just set it on the surface of choice and inflate the top ring. Once that is complete, you can fill the pool with water.

This above-ground pool potentially fits the whole family and likely lasts a long time. Made of lightweight PVC material, this Bestway pool comes with a 330-gallon filter pump and cartridge to keep your pool looking fresh and clean all summer long. Once pool season is over, just activate the built-in flow control drainage valve. The valve attaches to a standard garden hose.

You can find this pool in four sizes, ranging from $109 to $699.

2. Minnidip Pool: That’s Banana Leaves 

This Minnidip Pool is all over social media right now. It is much smaller than the Bestway pool above and is loved for its fun, summery print. This designer inflatable pool is pink and white and covered in banana leaves in shades of green.

Called the “adult kiddie pool,” the Minnidip is perfect for two or three people. This pool is 5 feet 5 inches wide and 18 inches tall. It’s easy to set this pool up using a standard air pump or a hair blow dryer.

You can find this pool for $69.99.

3. Bando Heart-Shaped Pool

Much like the Minnidip above, the Bando heart-shaped pool is incredibly cute and the perfect pool for cute pictures on your feed. The neon red pool is shaped like a heart and can fit two to three adults comfortably. 

This pool can hold twelve gallons of water, has four air valves, and includes a drain for emptying the pool when you’re finished. It also comes with patch repairs. Bando also encourages people to try using this small, heart-shaped pool as a giant cooler at their next pool party. 

You can find this pool for $85.

4. Members Mark Elegant Family Pool

If you’re looking for a larger pool with built-in seats and backrests, look no further. The Members Mark Elegant Family Pool is ten feet long and has two air-cushioned backrests and seats. This pool also boasts a two-in-one valve to make inflation and deflation much easier. 

For those with lots of space, this is a great inflatable pool option. This pool is great for families and is made of puncture-resistant material. But just in case, the box includes a repair patch with your purchase. 

You can find this pool for $65.88.

5. Intex Swim Center Family Lounge Inflatable Pool

The Intex pool is a great choice for lounging with friends. This pool comes with four inflatable seats and backrests and even has drink holders built into the pool wall.

The Intex Swim Center Family Lounge Pool is 7.5×7.5 feet and has a wall height of 26 inches. This pool also includes a repair patch.

You can find this pool for $71.25.

Buying the Best Inflatable Pool

There you have it — five of the best inflatable pools on the market right now. And last but not least — don’t forget the sunscreen.

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