These are the Trendy Pool Floats That Will Earn You Insta-fame This Year

published May 6, 2018
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It is almost summer, and that means it is almost time for your friends to post pictures of themselves on Instagram, gracefully posed on top of some trendy pool float in some enviable location. Look, the rise of the statement pool float is one of the weirder things about Instagram, but I remember that, as an 8-year-old, I was once very, very excited about a pool float shaped like an alligator, so I have no room to judge. Instead, I will be presenting you with the most photogenic inflatables of the season, ones that will support you while drinking in the pool and make your friends jealous, too. And really, what more could you want?

As you are about to see, rainbows are a bit of a theme with this year’s pool floats. This design, which takes a traditional pool float and gussies it up with a cloud pillow and rainbow channels, might just be our favorite. FUNBOY For UO Rainbow Pool Float, $49 from Urban Outfitters

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I think my My Little Pony had this. Sure to add a certain sense of occasion to all your Instagram photos, it’s also Funboy’s largest floaty, at nine feet wide. Rainbow Cloud Daybed, $169 from Funboy

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We’re such big fans of plants that we even started a whole Instagram about it, so this one doesn’t come as a particular surprise. This leaf float has a certain whimsical quality to it, and at seven and a half feet wide, it’s big enough for two (or more). Leaf Pool Float, $60 from Urban Outfitters

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What’s better than a unicorn float? A unicorn float full of GLITTER, of course. FUNBOY For UO Glitter Unicorn Pool Float, $56 from Urban Outfitters

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Channel Jeff Koons at your next pool party. Bigmouth Red Dog Full Size Float, $29.95 at American Eagle

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This is your classic pool float, but rendered in rainbow stripes for a playful, modern touch. I think one thing that pool float devotees don’t bring up often enough is that, when using most of these cool floats, your body never touches the water. This is great for photos and all, but when I’m in a pool, I want to be in the pool. With a ring like this one, you can float but also submerge your body in the water—the best of all worlds. Rainbow Pool Ring, $30 from Sunnylife

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If you’re already tired of swans and flamingos and unicorns, why not try on a toucan for size? Luxe Toucan Ride-On Float, $70 from Sunnylife

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If you love the rainbow pool ring but are craving something to support your whole body, choose this oversized inflatable rainbow. Luxe Lie-On Rainbow Float, $60 from Sunnylife

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Feel free perch on this oversized whale float like the aquatic throne that it is. Whale Pool Float, $105 from Dolls Kill

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If you’ve always wanted a giant inflatable version of your favorite emoji, Thrice has got your number. There’s also a poop emoji float, if you fancy lounging around on a giant, friendly turd. Giant Fire Emoji Pool Float, $49.95 from Thrice

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This classic pool ring is full of glitter, and the price is just right. Pool Candy Glitter Pool Float, $10 from Forever 21

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This oversized heart will have your followers double-tapping all summer long. Beach, Please! Jumbo Heart Innertube, $24 from

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This sweet float is big enough to share with a friend. Big Mouth Giant Double Cherry Pool Float, $35.99 from Target

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The swan float gets a clubby upgrade. Giant Light-Up LED Swan Pool Float, $120 from Urban Outfitters

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It’s official: the avocado cannot get any hipper. Big Mouth Giant Avocado Pool Float, $24.99 at Dick’s Sporting Goods

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If you looked at all these pool floats and thought: I love this idea, but none of these nearly large enough—well then, have we got a float for you. I’m not sure this magnificent creature from Sam’s Club should be called a float—honestly, it’s more like a mystical boat. It holds up to six people, and has a built-in cooler and cupholders. I’m honestly unsure how you would get on this thing, since it has no stairs or ladder, or what you would do once you got there, but you’ll definitely look good doing it. Absolutely massive Party Bird Island, $149.98 from Sam’s Club