Best Pool Floats for Adults 2022 – Top 5 Picks

If there is one thing you should do this summer, it is to relax and unwind by the pool.  And one of the best ways to maximize your relaxation at the pool or the beach is using pool floats.

The best pool floats for adults are lightweight, durable, and come in shapes for you to lay back, sit upright, or sleep upon. You can use them as a chair or a hammock. Some pool floats even double up as exercise saddles – ideal for seniors and pregnant women. 

Pool floats are essential for a fun and relaxing pool day. They are great for lounging around the pool, reading a book, or taking a nap. Here are some of the best pool floats for adults that will surely make your pool day enjoyable:

Editor’s Choice – Aqua Original 4-in-1 Monterey Hammock Pool Float

We first used the Aqua hammock pool float while on vacation at a resort in Mexico. We like it so much that we ordered a couple for our pool. It’s a simple yet sturdy design made of patented PVC material and mesh, which is soft and durable and also thicker than other PVC floats.

The easy-on floatie from Aqua Leisure will help you relax in the pool without needing you to climb ladders or jump on them. You can easily take the lightweight float to the beach. It is ideal for pregnant ladies and senior citizens. You can use it as a chair, hammock, drifter, and even as an exercise saddle.


  • 10.25″ x 11.5″ x 1.5” and made of PVC + mesh in equal parts
  • Inflated size – 44 x 26 inches
  • Available in multiple colors and patterns
  • Suitable for adults between 4 and 6 feet in height; can withstand 250 lb. weight

What we like about it

  • Easy to inflate
  • Excellent support
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Affordable
  • Ultra-comfortable

What we don’t like

  • Some users found it cumbersome to inflate by mouth. (See tip below)
  • Most users could only figure out 2 positions (instead of 4)- leaning back and sitting upright.

Expert Tips

  • Use an electric air pump to inflate it quickly. We have one that has multiple tips, it’s worth its weight in gold.

Best Overall Pool float Lounger – Aqua Luxury Pool Float Lounge

Many pool floats cause your tush to sink or sometimes let the water enter your ears. With the Aqua Luxury float, you get a headrest, backrest, and footrest that prevents this from happening. You can spend hours floating in the pool on this luxurious float lounge.

It is ergonomically designed to support up to 240 lb. of weight. This cushioning lounge also offers the perfect support to your back and arms. Its footrest prevents your feet from going in the water. The easy-to-inflate/deflate pool float lounge is also portable and easy to take on vacations.

It is also sturdier than other pool floats as it is made of 20% thicker material. It also comes with a cup holder.


  • 54.32 oz. weight
  • 70-inch x 36-inch (length x width)
  • 300 lb. capacity
  • Vinyl fabric
  • Multiple color choices

What we like about it

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Ultra-luxurious
  • Includes backrest, footrest, cushion, and cupholder
  • Easy to inflate
  • Sturdy
  • Value for money

What we don’t like about it

  • The cup holder is positioned low – by the knees for an average-sized individual.

Expert Tips

  • Use a small air pump – the electric kind – to inflate it. It also can be inflated the old-fashioned way.

Best Wide and Spacious Pool Floats – Intex Tote-N-Float Wave Inflatable Air Mat

Intex floats are colorful and durable. The brand also makes inflatable boats, above-ground pools, spas, and other air furniture.

The Tote-N-Float air mat from Intex is made with sturdy vinyl. It comes with an in-built cushion/pillow to keep your head out of the water as you float. The best part is that it is wider than most floats – which makes them comfortable for larger individuals.

Intex Tote-N-Float mats are also easy to inflate and deflate. They are also lightweight so you can roll them up and carry them to the beach.


  • Several attractive (fluorescent) color choices
  • 2.4 lb. weight
  • Made with 10-ga vinyl

What we like about it

  • Durable and sturdy
  • Wider than most floats.
  • Easy to inflate
  • Value for money

What we don’t like

  • You cannot pick the color
  • The mats’ bright colors attract wasps.

Expert Tips

The blow valve through which you blow the air is a bit stiff. Use the plastic cap of a pen to push it down and then blow the air in.

Best Chair Float – Aqua Zero Gravity Chair Lounger

If you do not like laying down on a float in the water, are afraid of getting submerged, or wish to supervise your kids while staying upright in the water, this chair float from Aqua Leisure Store is just what you need.

You get a weightless and super comfy experience with this chair float. It is comfortable for all sizes and also adjustable to 3 levels of thickness depending on your personal preferences.

AQUA Lesiure’s zero-gravity chair float comes with a wonderful backrest that can give you the most relaxed feeling.

The chair float is covered with the brand’s trademark Soft Air Mesh which can keep you cool on the hottest of days.


  • 42 x 40 inches
  • Holds up to 250 lb.
  • 10 color/print choices
  • Duo-lock valves for easy inflate/deflate
  • Ultra-soft and cooling 3D mesh cover

What we like about it

  • Adaptable and adjustable for various sizes
  • Attractive
  • Comfortable
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Easy to inflate/deflate
  • Portable

What we don’t like

  • No drink holder included.
  • Not made for use in the river.

Expert Tips

  • You can connect your chair float to another.

5. Best Premium Pool Floats for Adults – Frontgate Pool Floats

Frontgate premium floats are sturdy, durable, and extremely well-made. They are available in beautiful colors and prints. The thick floats ensure that you remain out of the water irrespective of whether you lie on your back or on your belly.

Sure, they are pricier than most floats available on retail websites, but you get value for money. Their quality speaks for itself. You won’t be disappointed with Frontgate floats.

Made from the highest-quality marine-grade closed-cell foam, Frontgate pool floats for adults can be safely used in chlorinated pools as well as salty seawater. They are designed to float even if they get punctured.

In addition to the superior closed cell foam, they are dipped in sturdy vinyl coating (three layers!) to resist cracking, peeling, and fading. This also makes them easy to clean.

What we like about it

  • Attractive
  • Extremely well-made with the highest quality materials
  • Resist cracking, peeling, fading
  • Ideal for use in pools and sea

What we don’t like

  • There is an oily layer on the floats.

Expert Tips

  • If you do not like inflating your pool floats, Frontgate carries attractive floating mats that are ready to use

Picture of Aqua 4 in 1 pool float.

Factors to Consider When Buying Pool Floats

Here are some factors to consider when selecting pool floats for adults:


Always choose a float according to the size of the individuals who will use the float. The last thing you want is an uncomfortable float with a cramped design that leaves no room for your arms.  Also, bear in mind the size of the pool and storage when you buy floats.


If you plan to take the floats to the beach for use in salty water, then look for durable floats that are designed for chlorinated and salt water. Also, look for portable floats that you can fold and take to the beach.

Weight capacity

Most floats can hold up to 300 lb. some floats are even designed to carry two individuals so if you want to float with your partner, you can look for sturdier floats with higher weight-bearing capacity.

Ease of inflating

Some floats do not have to be inflated – they are ready to use. Some need special air pumps to fill them up. Others can be inflated with the mouth. Look for floats that you can easily fill up. There are floats that come with dual valves that prevent the air from coming out in reverse flow once it is inflated. These stay inflated longer.

Are Frontgate Pool Floats Worth It?

Frontgate pool floats are extremely comfortable. The brand is known for its premium floats, so there is no compromise on the quality and materials used. We have used Frontgate floats and really love their durability. They do not fade, warp, crack, or discolor in the hot sun.

We have been using our Frontgate floaties for several years now, and even our guests who have used them have complimented us on them. Frontgate also makes oversized floaties which are ideal for larger individuals. Some of their floats are filled with ultra-buoyant polystyrene beads, so you won’t have to worry about water splashing in your ears or getting submerged in the middle.

Frontgate floats do not deflate quickly, unlike the other floaties, because there are very few leaks. 

Picture of an adult pool float.

Do They Make Arm Floats for Adults?

Very few brands make arm floats for adults. They are a must-have for adults who do not know how to swim or are afraid of getting horizontal in the water. Arm floaties keep you vertical in the water in case you do not want to get your hair wet.

Arm floats – also called “swimmies” – are great for adults who wish to enjoy the summer months without the fear of drowning.

They are also perfect for adults taking swimming lessons and for senior or elderly users who take water resistance or water aerobic classes.

Conclusion – Best Pool Floats for Adults

Many top brands of pool floats for adults make really good quality floaties for adult users. Look for a float in a size suitable for you and other family members who will use it. Also, look for a size that is compatible with your pool’s size. 

We hope this guide helps you make an informed choice so you can have a wonderful relaxing summer this year!

Below is a YouTube video that reviews the best pool floats for adults.

FAQs – Best Pool Floats for Adults 2022

Should you leave pool floats in the pool?

No, I think it’s best to take them out of the pool because they could block your skimmers and restrict water flow. However, well-made pool floats are resistant to cracking, peeling, or accumulating mildew, so leaving them in the pool won’t harm them.

Are Intex Pool Floats Good?

Yes, Intex floats are versatile, affordable, and well-made. They are ergonomically designed and also come with wide surfaces for comfort for taller and wider individuals. Features like cupholders, armrests, backrests, and leg rests make Intex pool floats some of the most popular floaties on the market.

Picture of our swimming pool.

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