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    Updated on Aug 14, 2020. Posted on Aug 4, 2020

    22 Pool Products That Reviewers Truly Love For The Summer

    Floaties? Check. Clear water? Check. Decor? Check.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. This iconic giant inflatable unicorn so you can float around feeling like a true queen.

    A reviewer sitting up on the unicorn floatie, which is solid and has no hole

    Promising Review: "Twinkle (yes, I named her) was a hit! Adults loved her, kids wanted to play with her, and I had a blast. I, of course, had to get the biggest one. I got an electric pump that inflates and deflates it, too, which is a pain to carry but totally worth it." —Crystal

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

    2. This inflatable net and basketball hoop for you to enjoy a cool game of volleyball in the pool and not melt in the heat.


    Don't worry, an inflatable volleyball and basketball are included.

    Promising Review: "Our family loves this! We have never had so much fun. We’re using the volleyball set. It’s easy to set up, and you can tie it in place." —Terry Herrera

    Get them from Amazon for $46.99.

    3. Or, a super sturdy floating hoop if you're tryna dunk more than just your annoying sibling.

    A model about to dunk a ball into the floating hoop in the pool

    Promising Review: "We have always had pools and floating hoops for them all my life. They are usually flimsy, low quality, and just end up breaking. I could not believe the quality of this hoop! It is so well built. It comes basically put together, all you have to do is put three pieces on the bottom base. We have been playing in the pool with it and it is so sturdy! Absolutely love and would highly recommend to anyone !" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $40.24.

    4. This animal saving escape ramp because no one likes pulling dead frogs (or dead anythings) from the skimmer.,

    Promising Review: "Great purchase! We always have little animals and critters fall into the pool, and it's so difficult to help them (if we see it in time). One of the neighborhood duck's babies kept falling into the pool. It takes forever to get them out and stresses the mother duck. I bought this and filled the pouch with rocks. So simple. The baby ducks figured it out in less than two minutes. I'm really grateful for this contraption — especially since we also have outdoor cats. On rare occasions, animals that fall victim to them fall in the pool and almost drown. This would allow them to hold onto something until I'm able to get them out." —AshelyAJ

    Get it from Amazon for $14.49.

    5. A pack of 20 pool skimmer socks that will catch all the extra gunk floating around your pool (like leaves, hair, pollen, bugs — you name it) so that it doesn't clog your filter.,

    If you’re the one actually maintaining your pool, you know whatta pain it is to repair the filter and filtration system when debris makes it behind the pump basket. And it double sucks when that clogs the pump impeller, and the pump runs dry and leaks. That’s why the pool sock is so ingenious: it’s basically a net to trap all that debris! And to clean it? Just rinse it with your garden hose — or replace if it’s that soiled — every four to eight weeks!

    Promising Review: "My second summer using them and they are a life-saver! My pool is surrounded by trees and bushes that drop leaves, catkins, pollen, and petals into my pool all season long. I also have a golden retriever that loves to swim (and shed) in the pool. These socks collect even the smallest particles and keep them from mucking up the filters... saving me a lot of time and money!" —Hudson

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99.

    6. This watermelon ball so you can dribble and pass it around underwater, too — unlike volleyballs or other inflatable balls. Just fill it with water, and you're good to go!


    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, well-made and will definitely remain a fixture in our pool.

    Update: Three years later and under the Florida sun, we are still very happy with this ball. It basically lives at the bottom of the pool and it has barely even faded. When my now-20-year-old son has his friends over, it is still one of the first things they use. Very surprised at the durability, both of the product and my family's enjoyment of it." —Jennifer M.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    7. A floating pool thermometer that will greet you every time you swim and let you know the temperature of the water without having to dip a toe in.,

    Promising Review: "Bought this little fellow two years ago, and 'Sharky' is still swimming! Temperature readings are consistent with the digital ones on our salt-system pump, and we are very happy with him. It's always fun to yell, 'Shark in the pool!' and then point to this little fella!" —Teachlaw

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in six styles).

    8. A pack of six foam water blasters to have some fun and get revenge on your not-funny cousin who pushed you into the pool.

    Six foam water blasters that are straight, cylindrical tubes with pumps to suck in and blast water

    Promising Review: "I bought this water blaster for my friend’s pool. It is a very attractive water blaster that comes in different colors. It is very lightweight, safe, and easy to use. To shoot water from this water blaster, I just need to pull back the handle to load the cannon with water, aim, and then shoot a blast of water. It is a great water blaster for fun activities, indeed. It is a good one!" —Jay Po

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99.

    9. A floating beer pong table so you can get in a few rounds and stay entertained without having to leave the water! Plus, you can flip it over to use it as a pool raft.

    Four models play beer pong on the floating rectangular rafter with cup holders for solo cups

    Promising Review: "I love products that solve problems, and this is definitely one of them. Before receiving this table, there was a constant dilemma of should I play beer pong or should I go swimming. Thanks to this product, I can now move on to other life problems." —Jeff C.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    10. These three collapsible swim-thru rings that will let you test your underwater skills without having to swim through everyone's legs.

    A model underwater about to swim through the rings

    Promising Review: "Love this idea! The kids loved making an obstacle course and swimming through the rings at different depths in the water. Such a cool concept! I also like that you can twist-fold them to store them away. They come with a round mesh bag to store them between uses." —April

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99.

    11. A ramen pool raft for a relaxing time floating around your pool. Unfortunately, this ramen won't cook in the water.

    A large rectangular float shaped like an uncooked pack of ramen in a reviewer's pool

    Promising Review: "I just love it. It's a great size. Super cute. It seems like it's a good quality piece, with sturdy but soft material. It makes me smile. It took me about a half hour to blow it up myself. Once the feeling returns to my extremities, I'm gonna have myself a blast!" —bejenerous

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    12. This swimming baby float that will let your baby practice kicking and enjoy the cool water without needing to sit up or lay on their back. It also has a lil' headrest, so they can rest their head when they're pooped!


    Promising Review: "What’s not to love!!!! Does that look like a picture of an uncomfortable child? If so, then you must not have kids. I want one of these in an adult size with cup holders. My son was 6 months old, and this worked perfectly!!! Of course, you should always supervise your children in a pool and all that jazz, but this thing was a lifesaver! At the time, my son was not sitting unsupported, so those chair like things were not an option for him. Highly recommended!!!!!" —Grace Ruel

    (Editor's Note: Click their username to see the picture!)

    Get it from Amazon for $15.70 (available in three sizes and in two colors).

    13. This magical water clarifier to turn your murky, green swamp water into sparkling, crystal clear pool water — all without affecting the pH balance or chemicals!,

    Promising Review: "WOW! My pool has never been cleaner or clearer! It is so clear that you can’t even see the water! I love it! My pool had green algae, so I added an algaecide which left the water blue but very cloudy. I poured in the recommended initial dose, and, in two days, the cloudiness has gone away. Within another day or two, it was sparkling! Now, I add the maintenance dose every two weeks, and my pool has honestly never looked better! I’ve used other clarifying products in the past, but none have even come close to the results I got from this one." —Paula R K

    Get it from Amazon for $23.55+ (available in eight pack sizes).

    14. A four-in-one pool float that you can use all day in the pool. Seriously, it works as a hammock, chair, drifter, and exercise saddle — so you can float around without getting too stiff in one position, ofc.,

    Promising Review: "LOVE these floats!!! I purchased two colors. They are very easy to use, incredibly versatile, and really well made! They did their job and did it well. Fantastic price for a fantastic product! My parents loved them so much that they've already purchased their own!!! FYI, I'm 240 pounds and 5-foot-9, my husband and father are 280 pounds and 6-feet. These held all of us up in the water. Used these as a reclining float, a saddle style float, and a hammock style float. Loved them all!' —Kendall B.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.69 (available in 17 colors).

    15. These 16 floating LED pool lights so you can beautifully light up your pool at nights without needing to install a bunch of colorful bulbs.,

    Promising Review: "I LOVE LOVE LOVE these! They are built well and appear to put off a nice glow. These are going to look awesome this summer in our backyard." —Joshua Cline-Ciano

    Get 16 8-inch lights from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in four sizes).

    16. This essential chemistry test kit that will help you keep your pool's water chemistry in check and know exactly what's off without throwing off the whole thing out of whack.

    A product shot shows the five solutions and  clear test block included in the kit

    This handy dandy kit tests your water for chlorine, bromine, pH, acid demand, and total alkalinity levels.

    Promising Review: "I can't believe I waited so long to get a kit like this. It takes a few minutes longer but provides more accurate results. I like to test my pH and alkalinity more often, and this kit allows me to do so. Every time I have had pool chemical imbalances, it has been a result of one or the other. The chlorine is an easy fix. The right balance on the pH and alkalinity sometimes takes some work to get it just right. In the meantime, the color and clarity of the water suffers. I do love this kit already. With the strips, there were often readings that were not exactly the right colors, so I'd have too much guesswork. I will never use another kit, I'm sure of it. It's about time after 12 years of having pools, I finally got the right kit." —JKatz

    Get it from Amazon for $24.68.

    17. An inflatable serving tray so you can create a floating cooler or snack bar, enjoying your drinks and food as you drift alongside them.,

    Promising Review: "We really love this thing. We've used every weekend to hold our bottles, cups, ice, and etc. in our pool. Even our Chihuahuas use it as a raft. We have so much fun with this floaty! Hurry and get one, you won't regret it." —Freeman

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    18. This baby float with a sun canopy for keeping your baby protected from the sun while also letting them join you in the pool! Plus, the back lets your baby sit up a bit without having to hold themselves upright.

    The baby float is a rounded float with a baby seat on the center and an adjustable canopy overhead

    Promising Review: "I’m so glad I purchased this float for my 3-month-old. It’s so nice to be able to go to the pool and have him be safe from the sun while enjoying the refreshing water with us. The canopy keeps him safe from the sun, while allowing the nice breeze through. The float has two separate compartments that take only seconds to inflate. The incline is comfortable for the baby since he can’t sit up on his own. There’s a sufficient amount of water that baby sits in to keep him cool, too! Although we do buckle him in, this device is not one that will prevent him from drowning. The handle allows me to keep him close while wading or sitting in the shallow end of the pool. Tip: I unbutton the back of the canopy when the sun is overhead. He’s completely covered." —Kristin C

    Get it from Amazon for $33.45.

    19. A set of three inflatable drink holders so you don't have to swim back to the edge or a communal floaty every time you want a sip.,

    Promising Review: "Wow, just wow. By far my greatest Amazon purchase to date. These $10 floats held my $12 Moscow mule like a champ. No spilling, just floating. The three-pack made it easy for my family to join me in my flamingo float coolness — except that my selfish 5-year-old wanted them all to herself. Once I finally gave in, I noticed that even a crazy, splashy, insane child was able to keep her drink afloat (just a water) in this flamingo! I plan to buy these for everyone I know that has a pool and you should too! Also as a bonus: these are perfect for holding your drink steady on your pool chair or next to it, so you don’t accidentally knock it over with your poolside drunkenness! Seriously — buy these." —absolutkeg

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 17 styles).

    20. A super shock treatment that will kill the bacteria and algae in your pool so you can keep the water clear and not gross to swim in.


    For reference, one bag treats 13,500 gallons of water!

    Promising Review: "Love this product and will not buy shock elsewhere unless I can’t get it here. I keep it in the bag it shipped in, inside a small box, in my pool box. My pool box is not 100% water tight, but this shock is still great when I open the package. Quickest we’ve used the pool after treatment was probably two hours — no adverse smell and the water was fine." —Jarrod Council

    Get 12 one-pound bags from Amazon for $34.88+ (available in multiple pack sizes).

    21. This mountable skimmer to give your filter a hand and catch any floating debris before it sinks to the bottom.

    The skimmer mounted to the side of an above-ground pool

    Ok, the official product description says that this skimmer requires an Intex filter pump with a minimum flow rate of 800 gallons/hour. But, some questions and reviews say that it works fine with their non-Intex pools and equipment (like Coleman, for example!).

    Promising Review: "This is is genius!!!! I wish I would have gotten one last year!! We have the Intel 52-inch metal frame pool. It fits perfectly and was super easy to install. It works WONDERFULLY!!!!!! Very happy!! And it was nice not cutting a hole in the wall for the skimmer!!" —Emily K.

    Get it from Amazon for $64.99.

    22. A pair of floating dog toys so you can play a game of fetch with your pupper in the water — without worrying about the toy sinking or absorbing too much water!,

    Promising Review: "We have played in the water with this every day since purchasing. He LOVES this thing. He waits (im)patiently by the car for me to get it out once we arrive to our swimming hole. I tried giving him a break so that he wouldn't swallow too much salt water, but, after about 150 yards of walking, he ran allllll the way back to where we left it in the sand and raced back to give it to me. He just didn't want to stop playing! It's a great toy, is holding up awesomely, and is totally worth the $10." —Mad Cantoo

    Get them from Amazon for $12.49+ (available in five pack sizes).

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