At the time of writing this the summer holidays are just around the corner, a great opportunity to spend time having fun with your friends and family, and there’s no better activity then being in the water.

Whether you’re at the beach, in a nice lake, or fortunate enough to have your own pool, you just can’t beat taking a dip to cool off from the sun. How do you make it even more fun? By bringing along some inflatable pool toys of course! Inflatable pool toys can be used for games, as a floatation aid, or simply somewhere to lay back and soak up the rays.

Back when I was a kid, the only type of these toys available was the standard inflatable lay-lo beds that every man and his dog was carrying around the hotel swimming pool. Nowadays, there is a huge range of products in untold shapes and sizes, so you can be sure there is something out there for you, or an especially themed toy to spark your kid’s interest.

Read on to see the best inflatable pool toys reviewed for you with links to more information and images, should you like to know more and just a gentle reminder that an air compressor will have a lot of huffing and puffing here :).

1. Wave Rider Ride-On

Wave Rider Ride-On

Wave Rider Ride-On

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Our first inflatable toy review is of the Wave Rider Ride-On. Fully inflated it measures 117cm long and 77cm tall, so it is suitable for kids 3-8 years old, maybe a little older depending on how big they are.

It is shaped like a jet-ski and has very wide base on it to help keep the toy stable. I’ll admit, it does take a few tries to get used to it, but once kids find their balance, it’s easy to sit upright on the seat and hold on to the strong plastic handle for support.

The bright and vibrant colour scheme looks great and you certainly won’t have any trouble picking your kids out in a busy pool on this inflatable toy. Sometimes, with low priced inflatables, the plastic is of low quality and tears easily, but this product offers you great value for money at only £8.48.

  • Suitable for ages 3 and up
  • 117cm x 77cm when fully inflated
  • Large base helps to stabilise the toy
  • Vibrant colour scheme
  • Strong plastic handle
  • Good quality for a low price

2. Intex – Giant Mega Inflatable Flamingo

Intex 56288 - Giant Mega Inflatable Flamingo Island Pool Float 218 x 211 x 136 cm

Intex 56288 – Giant Mega Inflatable Flamingo Island Pool Float 218 x 211 x 136 cm

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We have chosen this giant inflatable flamingo for our next review because of its huge size of 218 x 211 x 136cm, which can comfortably fit two adults or a whole bunch of kids. It’s actually hilarious finding out how many of you can get on to this inflatable toy before it tips over or sinks.

There is also a smaller version of this priced at £9.99 and measuring 142 x 137 x 97 cm, but I prefer the larger model as I can dive onto it from the side of the pool and it holds my weight easily. If you’re not the type who enjoys diving onto pool toys, there are two durable plastic handles to help you mount it instead. The Intex giant inflatable flamingo is made from very good quality vinyl and can withstand a fair bit throwing around.

  • Massive size of 218 x 211 x 136cm
  • Easily fits two adults, one could sprawl out completely
  • Made from good quality vinyl
  • Two plastic handles to help you mount it
  • Also available in a smaller size

3. Intex 58504NP Floating Hoop Game

Intex 58504NP Floating Hoop Game

Intex 58504NP Floating Hoop Game

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Priced at only £6.74 at the moment on amazon, this floating hoop game will provide you with hours and hours of fun just make sure you get the lawn mower to trim up first so the grounds nicely prepared as this game benefits from being level.

Whether you are using it in the pool or the back garden, with a little imagination, you can use this inflatable toy and ball for all sorts of games.

The toy stands 55cm tall and the base is 67cm wide, but when deflated it can be folded up and carried in a bag or suitcase easily.

The materials used are durable and the toy inflates easily and stays that way without leaks or puncturing.

  • Low price
  • Can be used in the pool or on dry land
  • Ball included
  • Inflates easily
  • Excellent fun for large groups or alone

4. Bestway Star Wars X-Fighter Inflatable

Bestway Star Wars X-Fighter Inflatable Rider Toy - White

Bestway Star Wars X-Fighter Inflatable Rider Toy – White

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If your child is into Star wars (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) their face will light up when they have their very own X-wing fighter to sail around the pool on. While inflating the toy may take a little while initially because of the 6 separate sections, this also means that if one section is leaking air, it won’t affect the others, which I think is worth it.

Measuring 1.50 x 1.40 metres, the x-wing inflatable pool toy is big enough for children all the way up to 13 years old to enjoy. The wide base keeps the centre of gravity low and the product stable in the water.

The vinyl used in this toys construction should hold up well if it is used as intended, but like all inflatables, care has to be taken not to damage it with misuse.

  • Great for star wars fans
  • 6 separate sections means leaks won’t affect the product overall
  • Low centre of gravity for stability
  • Heavy duty plastic handle
  • Includes free repair patch just in case

5. Bestway Inflatable 18 Pocket Fashion Sun Lounger

Bestway Inflatable 18 Pocket Fashion Sun Lounger Lilo Swimming Pool Air Bed Beach Mat 2 Colours Pink Or Blue (Pink)

Bestway Inflatable 18 Pocket Fashion Sun Lounger Lilo Swimming Pool Air Bed Beach Mat 2 Colours : Pink Or Blue (Pink)

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You can’t go wrong with a classic ‘lilo’ inflatable sun lounger. Especially one that has 16 coloured ‘pockets’ for you to sit your drinks in, and costs less than 9 pounds.

To help the lilo keep its shape, it has been designed with a coil beam construction and the pillow section is also well supported by the I-beam build. The plastic used feels nice and resilient and when inflated the bed has a springy feel to it.

Measuring 74 x 28 inches, the Bestway inflatable sun lounger should be big enough for most average sized adults.

  • Low price
  • Coil beam construction means it holds its shape well
  • I-beam pillow is comfortable and springy when inflated
  • 18 multi-coloured pockets
  • Resilient plastic material

6. Intex Dinoland Play Centre

Intex Dinoland Play Centre 57135NP

Intex Dinoland Play Centre 57135NP

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Turn your garden into a mini dinosaur themed waterpark for your kids with this low priced inflatable play centre, suitable for ages 3+.

This play centre has a clever design that incorporates various features that can used to play a good selection of games such as Dino hoops and volcanic ball roller. The moveable orange dinosaur can be used to play basketball in or out of the pool. There is a paddling pool with a small slide with landing mat for younger children, and the blue dinosaur arch acts as a hose fed water spray as they come down the slide. This arch is also moveable. The pool is easily emptied thanks to the draining plug.

The play centre measures 333 x 229 x 112 cm and costs just £39.99. There are other designs from the same company, such as a pirate ship or fantasy castle. These vary in price and features though so I would suggest clicking on the link provided to view them in more detail.

  • Very good value for money
  • Multiple features will keep kids entertained all summer
  • Paddling pool with slide and landing mat
  • Dino hoops included
  • Can be used as a basketball game
  • Moveable water spray arch
  • Easy to drain

7. Peradix Baby Swimming Pool Float

Peradix Baby Swimming Pool Float Boat Trainer Seat Inflatable Swim Rings with Repair Patch and Adjustable Sunshade Kids Inflatable Pool Toys for 6 to 36 Months (25Kg) (Orange-With Repaire Patch)

Peradix Baby Swimming Pool Float Boat Trainer Seat Inflatable Swim Rings with Repair Patch and Adjustable Sunshade Kids Inflatable Pool Toys for 6 to 36 Months (25Kg) (Orange-With Repaire Patch)

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If your child is 6 months to 3 years old, they should love riding around in this inflatable pool toy from Peradix that costs just under £15.

Peradix have made sure this is a quality product and have used 2.5mm thick, 3 layer, good quality PVC, to ensure that the toy stays airtight. The blow up valves have also been designed to prevent leakage and the seams are excellent. The ‘cockpit’ has a backrest to keep your baby comfortable, and a moveable steering wheel and horn for them to play with.

This inflatable toy is very stable, thanks to the large outer ring that sports two large safety hand grips and the ‘whale fins’ on the side, so even if your child gets excited and moves around a lot, the toy will retain its stability.

Also included is an inflatable canopy to protect the child’s skin from the harmful rays of the sun and this can be adjusted or removed as you see fit. As an added bonus, Peradix have thrown in 3 inflatable beach toys that can be used in or out of the pool. The product’s dimensions are 73cm x 68cm and it weighs 650 grams.

  • Excellent toy for young children
  • Very stable and safe thanks to large outer ring and whale fin design
  • Cockpit area has back rest for comfort and a moving steering wheel with horn to keep the child entertained
  • Made with 3 layer, thick PVC to make it airtight and strong
  • Removable canopy to protect the child’s skin from UV rays
  • Inflatable beach toys included

We hope you have enjoyed reading this page of inflatable pool toy reviews and that you have found them helpful, other fun activities in the garden we’ve reviewed for are badminton sets and garden golf nets and I hope these help too. Please take a moment to take a look at our other pages on this site that review other products when you have the time.

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