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    21 Things You Might Want Immediately If You Have A Pool

    Including an avocado-shaped raft just makes every other inflatable raft look pitiful.

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    1. This inflatable mesh hammock to help you float around your pool if you just want to have an easy, breezy afternoon kicking back.

    A reviewer floating on the inflatable hammock in a pool

    Promising review: "I love this thing! And so does my 10-year-old son. It is very comfortable in any position and holds you in the water so you are mostly submerged with your shoulders exposed. My favorite thing about this is that you do not have to get on a ladder or have someone else hold it so that you can get on it. You can easily push the mesh fabric below your body and actually get on with some grace! The vinyl is heavy gauge and the item is well made, but I'm not sure how long the mesh fabric will hold up with exposure to the sun and chlorine. I'm guessing I will get two seasons out of it, which isn't bad for an item under 20 bucks." —Jen14

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in 18 colors/styles and with options for a one-person hammock).

    2. An inflatable avocado raft because your bland backyard pool was really the *pits* without it. Plus, the removable center can also act as a ball for tossing around while you relax.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love my avocado float! I was worried the quality wouldn't be that great, but once I received and inflated it, I was shocked at how awesome it is! Very thick material and exactly what is advertised. Coincidentally, the first time I got to use it was Cinco de Mayo, and everyone commented about how awesome it was. Perfect size, and the main piece was fairly easy to inflate. The seed or ball float was a little more difficult to inflate because of how small the nozzle was, but that was fine. I loved this so much, I plan to order more from this company in the near future!" —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    3. This netted skimmer if you seem to have misplaced the one you used last summer and don't want to use your hands to weed out the oncoming cluster of leaves that are sure to land in the water.

    Leaves inside the net of the skimmer

    Promising review: "I like the ease of using this along the edge of my pool. When it is breezy, I can easily grab this lightweight skimmer and gather up the debris without getting the long, heavier pole. I keep it on hand and use it before swimming, too. I also like that the handle is in sections so it can be adjusted to the link that is right for you." —S.S.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95+ (available in two styles).

    4. Or a clip-on skimmer attachment to save you the work of going after debris in your pool every morning. The clip attaches your net to your pool ladder and uses the natural circulation of your pool to catch leaves and sticks that slowly drift into it.

    Net attached to a pool ladder using the clip-on tool

    FYI, this JUST includes the clip-on attachment; you'll need to attach it to a net you already have on hand or purchase a net (like this one, $17.99).

    Promising review: "This is one of the best products for pool cleaning ever invented. I only wish I had one years ago. I installed it in two minutes, and the unit had cleaned my 20x40 in-ground pool in less than two hours. A storm had just completed its work, dumping all kinds of things in the pool. It works much better than my skimmer. I would give it 10 stars if it were possible!!" —Henry Fineman

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    5. This inflatable beer pong table so you and your siblings don't have to choose between chilling in the water and setting up for a round of friendly competition.

    Models in the water with the beer pong float

    The table is 6 feet long and includes cup holders along the sides and six pong balls (the cups aren't included).

    Promising review: "We live on a large creek and decided to purchase this — it is a great purchase for anyone considering it. The size and quality of the table is great, and it has extra cup holders on the sides for extra drinks. This also has hooks on the outer edge so you can attach rope to keep it in place!" —Leah T.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    6. A floating cooler to keep chilled drinks just within reach while you merrily float your way through the afternoon. Gone are the days of having to get out of the pool, throw on sandals, walk inside for a drink, and walk back out to get back inside the pool — such a process!

    A model in the water reaching into the floating cooler, which has water bottles inside

    Promising review: "It's a cooler that floats!! Let’s talk about it first. The quality is excellent. The drink holders are solid and hold well. The extra storage areas around the sides are perfect. And the cooler area is plenty big to hold a 12-pack, some food, and some water. Just fill it up with some ice and close the lid. The lid is solidly attached on one side and with Velcro on the other. It will stay in place, no problem, and provides protection for your contents. If you purchase another of the Intex floating tubes, you can connect this right to it with the special clips and rope that are provided. This keeps the cooler right where you want it. Do you have a pool? This is the perfect cooler for your pool." —Michael G

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    7. This towel rack that'll keep your towels and extra clothes off the ground and on standby for when you're ready to make your exit.

    The rack holding three towels by a pool

    Promising review: "Normally I'd have my husband make one of these at home, but he didn't have time to, so I ordered it on Amazon. This is pretty great; for a family of four and neighbor kids, it works perfectly with towels/swimsuits! There is a hole at the bottom to pour sand in to keep it sturdy, and at first I did not do this. You must put sand in it or it falls easily." —Rebekah P

    Get it from Amazon for $57.90.

    8. A set of drink floaties to keep your homemade frozen marg secure as you bob around the water pretending you're on a tropical island.,

    Promising reviews: "My intent was to leave a 1-star review because I was floating in the lake when a big gust of wind came and swept my palm tree holder with a full beer across the lake — too fast to catch it. However, the next day when the wind changed direction, we spotted the palm tree in the distance heading back toward us. Not much longer and it had reached the dock — with the full beer still in the holder. It’s fair to stay this flotation device earned its 5 stars." —Satisfied Customer

    Get a set of nine from Amazon for $12.99.

    9. This watermelon ball that you actually fill with water to add a little weight to it — it'll be perfect for bouncing and tossing if you and your fam are up for a game of underwater basketball.

    A model swimming underwater with the ball in their arm

    Promising review: "This product seems so simple, yet provides a lot of entertainment and activity. It doesn't quite float, doesn't quite sink, and can be slow-motion dribbled underwater. Adults and kids alike enjoy it, but it was the biggest hit with my 17-year-old son and his friends. I find myself playing with it even when I'm alone in the pool, and because of its weight, it works pretty well for in- or out-of-water arm workouts. It's sturdy and well made and will definitely remain a fixture in our pool. Three years later and we are still very happy with this ball. It basically lives at the bottom of the pool and has barely even faded. I'm very surprised at the durability, of both the product and my family's enjoyment of it." —Jennifer M.

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    10. A pack of water blasters you won't have to leave the pool to refill at the hose — this way, you can literally keep the good, clean fun inside the water at all times.

    A kid spraying water using the blaster

    Promising review: "I got these for my kids to play with in the pool, and they most certainly didn't disappoint. The maximum range on these (around 30 inches with a little elbow grease put into it) surpasses any Super Soaker that I've ever tried, and they're extremely easy to use. Granted, they have no water reservoir, so you have to use them in the pool, lake, ocean, etc., for them to be effective, but aside from that, they are a fantastic water toy. Plus, they're brightly colored and float on the surface of the water, so almost impossible to lose." —iEspresso

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $17.16 (also available as a pack of three and a pack of three in a different style).

    11. This pool fountain you can install on the edge of an in-ground pool to cool things down so you aren't left stuck on dry land because the pool water is annoyingly warm.

    The sprinkler on the edge of the pool creating a stream that lands back inside the pool

    This screws onto most 1.5-inch threaded return fittings, so you don't need any extra equipment to install it!

    Promising review: "We ordered and installed this once our pool water had warmed up to the point where it wasn't refreshing to get in the pool. We had 105-degree temps the week after we installed it, and it brought the pool down 4 to 5 degrees to where it felt less like swimming in soup. Now that the temps are down to the mid-90s, it's even better. It's probably still 86 degrees in the pool, but it's cool enough that I get goosebumps after being in it for a while. I should add, this is Dallas, where the humidity is pretty high most days, so it will work even better in lower-humidity places, but I can assure you, it's increased our late-summer pool enjoyment tremendously! Just wish we'd ordered it three summers ago!" —Anonymouse

    Get it from Amazon for $27.90.

    12. This set of underwater rings because your kids have already gotten bored just sitting and kicking around the pool. Make a fun game out of challenging your strong swimmers and divers to capture the rings in the water.

    A kid underwater swimming toward the rings

    Promising review: "They do just as advertised! They sink to the bottom of the pool, and once they are at the bottom, they are vertical for easier pickup! I use them to teach little swimmers how to swim to the bottom of the pool. They are easy for the little ones to pick up! They are also numbered, so it makes for a fun game AND teaches number recognition as well while kids are playing in the pool." —D. Leak

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $9.99.

    13. An all-purpose tarp to spread underneath your kiddie pool so your toddler can step out for a quick break without touching grass or concrete and bringing dirt back in the pool with them.

    An image of the folded tarp

    Promising review: "I use this tarp for under a kids blow-up pool. We lay it on the ground underneath the pool so the kids can walk around the pool without stepping on the grass. It works awesome for that purpose." —Shannon V.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes).

    14. This adjustable one-piece swimsuit that's comfortable enough for when you want to practice swimming laps in the pool. The racer-back straps improve your range of shoulder motion, and it's chlorine-resistant.

    A reviewer wearing a dark blue one-piece swimsuit

    Promising review: "This swimsuit fit perfectly. I love it — it doesn't discolor or distort, and it fits really snugly. It was kind of hard to get on around my behind, but after it's on, it's great. It does not ride up on me, and it's perfect for lap swimming." —grecia velasquez

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes 32–44 and 17 colors).

    15. Or an off-the-shoulder one-piece swimsuit because it's so cute that you'll be forcing your sibling to help you with a poolside photo shoot all afternoon.

    Model wearing the palm tree print swimsuit with ruffles

    Promising review: "I’ve never felt so compelled to review a product. This is my first review, and I’m only taking the time because this swimsuit is amazing and deserves praise! I’ve never felt so confident in a swimsuit. This swimsuit fits perfectly and is super comfortable. The fabric is light but not thin. I purchased the black suit with orange, pink, and yellow flowers all over. The black stays true and doesn’t fade or stretch out when I put it on. The colors in the flowers are vibrant and fun. I don’t feel frumpy or hidden in this. I feel great! Well done! Thank you for making this girl feel confident!!!" —K. Huxtable

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes L–22 and 20 designs; or you can try a similar one for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 42 designs).

    16. A floating basketball hoop and ball so you and your kids can really put your ball skills to the test while you move around the water.

    A kid throwing a ball into the hoop floating in the pool

    Promising review: "This hoop is expensive but worth the cost because it has no blow-up air sections, which deteriorate and leak over time. It floats by using three plastic rings that support the basket — not vulnerable air-filled chambers. The high-quality materials and construction should last a long time — even with two sets of 8-year-old and 10-year-old twin boys who play rough!! The two balls that come with the set are also well constructed and easy to grip and throw." —WD

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    17. A pretty pool float you can give to the person in your family who isn't as strong a swimmer but doesn't want to miss out on splashing around the pool — safety first, of course!!

    A model wearing the graphic fish scale-patterned pool float

    As cute as this is, floats shouldn't be used as a substitute for proper rescue equipment!

    Promising review: "I purchased this after our old floaties finally stopped holding air or popped. I only bought one because of the price and was unsure of the quality, but I wish I had gotten one more, because they are well made. It's thicker than my old ones, and the size is perfect for adults to sit in. I will be buying more in the future." —Brady4pac

    Get one from Amazon for $14.95.

    18. This swim trainer to help your toddler learn how to lean forward and paddle through your pool while you supervise and help them out.

    A toddler and parent figure in water where the toddler is wearing the trainer vest and float

    Promising review: "This trainer is AWESOME!!! My baby is 18 months old, and this fits her perfectly. She figured out how to balance the tube almost immediately and was swimming all around the pool her first time in it. She loves being in the pool now, and it is definitely teaching her swimming skills and giving her confidence in the water. It also allows me to relax in the pool more because I don't have to hold her the whole time we're in the water. I can swim right along beside her, and we have so much fun. She loves being able to swim with her older cousins, too!" —Erin Gormley

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two styles and three colors).

    19. A waterproof phone pouch because you'll definitely want to take all those #PoolSelfies without worrying about your phone being damaged if you accidentally drop it in the water. It doesn't interfere with the quality, so you can even take beautiful, clear pics underwater.

    An image of a turtle taken underwater

    A helpful trick I love for testing the effectiveness of a waterproof pouch: Stuff some paper towels inside the pouch and submerge it in your sink, bathtub, or pool. If the paper towels remain dry once you remove them from the pouch, you can have a little more reassurance that it'll do its job.

    Promising review: "It works great. I tested it in the sink first with my wife's junk phone, then I brought it to the pool, dropped it in the deep end around 11 feet for about five minutes, then dove down and got it. No water got into the bag." —Greg Peters

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49 (available in 14 colors).

    20. These floating, color-changing pool lights to add a little flair to your pool at night. Plus, these charge up using juice from the sun during the day and automatically turn on at night.

    Colorful, balloon-shaped lights floating on the water

    Promising review: "I have tried several different brands of floating pool lights, and they did not light up enough to make a statement and quit working after a few days. But these are big and bright and change colors. And the best part is, no batteries are required — just a few hours in the sun and they light up beautifully all night. I plan to get more to multiply the beauty." —mom2oz

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $38.99.

    21. And this floating tray to hold up your mimosa, fruit platter, and more if you've ever dreamed of having brunch poolside.

    The basket keeping a bottle of wine and two glasses afloat in water

    Promising review: "I love this tray! It floats perfectly in our pool and is very sturdy. We feel like we are in an exotic resort when we use this to serve our meals in the pool. I highly recommend this tray. We have gotten tons of compliments on it. It is worth every penny!" —Mrsjp16

    Get it from Amazon for $155.

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