The 10 Best Pool Toys of 2021


10 of the best pool toys available right now

Are you in search of the best pool toys for your kids? Pool toys can make time in the pool more enjoyable, encourage activity, and helps kids (and parents) to relax.

If you have a pool at your house, you are probably always on the lookout for toys to add to your collection. If you don’t have your own pool, rest assured — many of the toys on this list can also be used at the beach, at a lake, or at a public pool. 

In no particular order, here is our list of some of the best pool toys available right now!


The Best Pool Toys

1. Watermelon Ball – The Ultimate Swimming Pool Game 

Watermelon Ball – The Ultimate Swimming Pool Game | Pool Ball for Under Water Passing, Dribbling, Diving and Pool Games for Teens, Kids, or Adults | 9 in. Ball Fills with Water
  • A FUN UNIQUE SWIMMING POOL BALL ideal for water and dive games in the pool, lake, or pond. Players can dribble, kick, bounce, and pass this ball 10 ft underwater due to its near neutral buoyancy! The ball stays under the water unlike a volleyball or other types of water ball or inflatables.
  • EASY TO FILL AND PLAY – Unlike other inflatable toys, this ball must be filled with water. To fill Watermelon Ball, you must attach the included hose adapter to your garden hose and follow the included detailed instructions on how to fill the ball to ensure the ball floats properly. When placed in the water, the ball will sink then slowly float to the surface when it is floating properly.
  • MORE THAN JUST A POOL OR DIVE TOY - Watermelon Ball becomes a high intensity Sport when played in larger groups! Combining components of football, basketball, and rugby in the water, teams of players compete to score goals by setting the Watermelon Ball on the opposing team’s pool deck. A goal, hoop, and net items are not required!
  • EXCELLENT FOR POOL PARTIES - This is a ball for all ages! It will bring the kid out of you. Kids, teens, and adults can enjoy Watermelon Ball at any pool party with family and friends.
  • SWIM TOY THAT ENCOURAGES EXERCISE AND ACTIVE PLAY IN THE POOL - In today's digital world, getting kids and teens outside can be a challenge. Watermelon Ball gives them a pool activity that is so much fun they’ll constantly look forward to going outside to play.

The Watermelon Ball is hands-down one of the best pool toys out there! This toy mimics the flotation of a watermelon, sinking and then slowly rising to the surface when it’s thrown in the pool. Kids will love that this ball can be bounced, dribbled, kicked, and thrown underwater. The game possibilities are endless!

The Watermelon Ball needs to be filled with water and weighs almost 15lbs when full. It comes with a hose adapter and a fill needle to make the process easy. This toy is sure to be a hit in your pool all summer!


Manufacturer’s Specs

  • Product dimensions: 9 x 9 x 9 inches
  • Item weight: 1 pound (14.5 pounds when filled with water)
  • Recommended ages: 8 years and up

What We Like 

  • Affordable
  • Easy to inflate
  • Can be used for any game
  • Encourages activity
  • Durable

What We Don’t Like

  • Difficult to throw out of the water

2. Water Sports Itza Floaty Pool Pong Backyard and Pool Game 

Water Sports Itza Floaty Pool Pong Backyard and Pool Game - Floating Ping Pong Pool Games for Adults and Family
  • Grab a handful of friends, a few drinks and prepare for an entirely new spin on a party favorite
  • Includes all of the essentials needed to transform your pool into the ultimate party destination
  • This collection of floating multi-colored rings and foam balls is an ideal fit for standard sized plastic cups, providing an exciting new twist on classic beer pong
  • Twelve interlocking rings feature numbers to keep score, and they can be rearranged into a design of your choosing
  • Colors and packaging may vary

This Water Sports Itza Floaty Pool Pong Backyard and Pool Game is an excellent choice for anyone looking to play some games in the pool! This particular game can be great for kids and adults alike. The product includes six soft yellow pong balls, two red, four blue, and six yellow interlocking floaty rings. 

The game’s rings can be used with or without plastic cups. You could play this game as suggested in the directions or create your own. The interlocking pieces included with this game can create a variety of game shapes, so you can keep it interesting for years to come! 


Manufacturer’s Specs

  • Product dimensions: 14.5 x 2 x 14.5 inches
  • Item weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Recommended ages: 5 – 15 years

What We Like 

  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Easy to store and transport
  • Fun for kids and adults

What We Don’t Like

  • Might be frustrating for younger kids


3. Inflatable Swimming Pool Shock Rocker

Inflatable Swimming Pool Shock Rocker, Model # 9056
  • Large pool float for up to four riders
  • Four headrests for added comfort
  • 4 heavy-duty handles Let you hang on while you're rockin' And rollin'
  • Round-bottom design with cutout in the middle for your feet
  • High-quality vinyl construction with easy inflate valves

Are you looking for a large pool floaty that your whole family can enjoy together? Check out this Inflatable Swimming Pool Shock Rocker! This toy can hold up to four people as they lounge or rock. It includes inflatable headrests and a cut out in the center to dangle your feet. 

This toy is made with high-quality vinyl and includes heavy-duty handles. The valves are easy to inflate (although you might get light-headed if you attempt to blow this one up). 


Manufacturer’s Specs

  • Product dimensions: 72 x 72 x 32 inches
  • Item weight: 2.25 pounds
  • Recommended ages: 7 years and up

What We Like 

  • Can be used by multiple people
  • Good for play and relaxation
  • Easy to inflate

What We Don’t Like

  • Might not last for more than one summer


4. Swimline UFO Spaceship Squirter 

SWIMLINE ORIGINAL Inflatable UFO Spaceship Pool Float Ride On With Fun Constant Flow Laser Ray Gun Water Squirter For Kids , Cool Retro Style, For Beach Ocean Pool Lake , Extra Thick Large Floatie
  • SPACE EXPLORATION Encourage space imagination and education with Swimline's UFO Space Ship Pool Float. Built featuring a playful retro design, this floatie catches the eye of everyone around you while supplying not stop floating fun
  • CONSTANT WATER SQUIRTER With the spaceship's constant supply ray-gun squirter, this float provides hours of water fun. Just simply insert the tube through the float and into the water and get squirting
  • BUILT FOR COMFORT When it's time to take a breather and just relax under the sun, take advantage of the UFO's oversized inflatable backrest and armrests for additional comfort and support. This is the perfect float for fun AND on the water lounging
  • DURABLE INFLATABLE DESIGN Constructed with high quality durable UV resistant vinyl with a patch kit included. It’s easy to wipe down inflate deflate and store.
  • DIMENSIONS Measures 42 x 42 x 25 inches. If you are feeling adventurous, also use as a lounge chair in your backyard

The Swimline UFO Spaceship Squirter is a super fun toy for kids, especially those who enjoy all-things alien and space-related! This floaty is designed like a spaceship and is equipped with its very own squirt gun. And the best part about this squirt gun is that you never need to refill it!

This toy is made from heavy-gauge vinyl designed to withstand vigorous play. This spaceship is intended to be used by bigger kids and has a 140lb weight capacity. (Hint: You can also buy this set as a two-pack for twice as much fun — and a better value!)


Manufacturer’s Specs

  • Product dimensions: 12 x 10.5 x 3 inches
  • Item weight: 2.31 pounds
  • Recommended ages: Age range not specified but not for children under three years

What We Like 

  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Good for play or relaxation

What We Don’t Like

  • Somewhat difficult to inflate


5. Intex Pool Volleyball Game

Intex Pool Volleyball Game
  • The dimensions are 94" x 25" x 36"
  • Comes with an inflatable volleyball and the pole bases are grommeted to add anchor weights of desired
  • Includes a repair kit
  • Also has a shelf box
  • Made from sturdy 10-gauge vinyl with a 7-gauge vinyl ball.

The Intex Pool Volleyball Game is the perfect way to enjoy a classic pool game! This set comes with an inflatable volleyball and a net with grommeted pole bases. Kids will love playing volleyball for hours with this set!

This game is features sturdy 10-gauge vinyl and includes a repair kit in case of damage. It’s easy to inflate, easy to play with, and a great value for the money. This game is best for kids ages six and up.


Manufacturer’s Specs

  • Product dimensions: 94 x 25 x 36 inches
  • Item weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Recommended ages: 6 years and up

What We Like 

  • Affordable
  • Encourages activity
  • Easy to inflate
  • Includes repair kit

What We Don’t Like

  • Ball is very light (you may be better off using a regular volleyball


6. GoSports Splash Hoop PRO Swimming Pool Basketball Game 

Who wouldn’t love a game of pool basketball? The GoSports Splash Hoop PRO Swimming Pool Basketball Game is one the best pool toys out there, allowing kiddos to shoot hoops with their friends while beating the summer heat. It includes a hoop, two inflatable water basketballs, and a ball pump.

This basketball set is ideal for pool play, featuring a weighted base that you can fill with water for stability. It also has a modern design and makes a great addition to any inground pool.


Manufacturer’s Specs

  • Product dimensions: 16.77″ wide and 3.55″ tall. The base has a slight incline upward, making it a total depth of 26″ deep
  • Recommended ages: Not specified

What We Like 

  • Easy to assemble
  • Encourages activity
  • Sturdy
  • Good for a wide range of ages

What We Don’t Like

  • Don’t recommend dunking on this hoop


7. JungleRiverRide Multi-Sprinkler Inflatable Pool Slides for Inground Pools 

Giant slide, anyone? Kids will have a blast on this JungleRiverRide Multi-Sprinkler Inflatable Pool Slide, which is a 9-foot inflatable slide that lands right in your pool! It is equipped with two sprinklers to keep the slide supplied with a constant flow of water. This slide can be used with inground pools or with above grounds pools with decks. 

This slide can be set up in five simple steps, using a standard electronic air pump for inflatables. When the slide is fully inflated, it weighs nearly 40lbs and is approximately 7’ wide and 11’ long. This slide is intended to be used by kids five years and up with a maximum weight of 180lbs. 


Manufacturer’s Specs

  • Product dimensions: 133.85 x 97.65 x 49.2 inches
  • Item weight: 34.55 Pounds
  • Recommended ages: 5 years and u

What We Like 

  • Fun for a wide age range of kids
  • Easy to inflate
  • Durable
  • Encourages activity

What We Don’t Like

  • Need electronic air pump to set up 


8. 30-Piece Diving Pool Toys Jumbo Set 

JOYIN 30 Pcs Diving Pool Toys for Kids Ages 3-12 Jumbo Set with Storage Bag Pool Games Summer Swim Water FishToys
  • 30 Pcs Jumbo Diving Pool Toys splash great summer pool time
  • 30 Bright Color Swim Toys includes: 1 Bonus Storage Bag, 6 Diving Rings(5.5” DIA.), 5 Diving Sticks(7”), 4 Toypedo Bandits(5.2”), 2 Funny Face Squids and 2 Octopuses(5”), 3 Diving Balls(7”), 3 Diving Fish(3.5”), and a set of 5 treasures
  • Diving Rings and Sticks stand upright at the bottom of the pool which can be easy to grab. Excellent way to improve your diving skills and have fun with you family.
  • Swimming dive toys are perfect for beach pool water play or play them during bath time
  • CHILD SAFE: Non-Toxic. Meet US Toy Standard. ASTM Safety Test Approved

Are you just looking for a bunch of smaller toys your little ones can splash around with in the pool? Check out this 30-piece Diving Pool Toy Set! It includes 30 brightly colored toys, including diving rings, diving sticks, diving balls, fish, toy octopuses, squids, and a set of treasures. It also includes a storage bag to hold everything. The diving rings and sticks stand upright at the bottom of the pool, so your kids can enjoy diving to the bottom of the pool to get grab them. 

These pool toys are non-toxic and meet the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). These toys are recommended for children 3 years and up. 


Manufacturer’s Specs

  • Product dimensions: 10.35 x 7.91 x 2.91 inches
  • Item weight: 1.91 pounds
  • Recommended ages: 3 years and up

What We Like 

  • Affordable
  • Safety tested
  • 30 pieces
  • Fun for younger kids

What We Don’t Like

  • The treasure “gems” are very small 


9. Jasonwell Giant Inflatable Unicorn Pool Float 

Jasonwell Giant Inflatable Unicorn Pool Float Floatie Ride On with Fast Valves Large Rideable Blow Up Summer Beach Swimming Pool Party Lounge Raft Decorations Toys Kids Adults
  • Giant. Big: 114in * 55in *47in( Fully inflated )
  • Designed to hold 2 adults,more than 400 pounds.
  • Thick,soft and durable premium raft-grade non-phthalates material
  • New matt finish with Fast Valves, More than 5x faster inflation and deflation
  • Allows inflation with hairdryer, toy air pump.Best birthday present, summer gift for kids. Jasonwell products are protected by copyright and patent.

What kid wouldn’t enjoy a giant pool inflatable? This particular one is a unicorn, but Jasonwell also makes similar floaties with other creatures, including dinosaurs and flamingos. The Jasonwell Giant Inflatable Unicorn Pool Float is very large, measuring 114 x 55 x 47 inches when fully inflated. It can hold up to adults (approximately 400lbs). 

This unicorn floaty is a fun design but is also made to last. It is made from thick, soft, and durable premium raft-grade material. It features fast valves and can be inflated using a hairdryer or a toy air pump. 


Manufacturer’s Specs

  • Product dimensions: 114 x 55 x 47 inches
  • Item weight: 5.62 pounds
  • Recommended ages: 8 years and up 

What We Like 

  • Can be used by multiple kids at once
  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Easy to inflate 

What We Don’t Like

  • Does not include a repair kit


10. Greenco Kids Colorful Inflatable Water Wheel Roller Float

Greenco Kids Colorful Inflatable Water Wheel Roller Float, Giant Pool Float 52" Diameter, Large Inflatable Pool Float for Kids & Adults, Summer Fun for Pool, Lake, Beach, Party
  • Fun Inflatable - Enjoy endless hours of summer fun at the pool, beach or lake with this giant inflatable colorful water wheel, perfect for both kids and adults.
  • Perfect for Pool Entertainment - Not only is this inflatable water wheel the perfect pool party accessory, it makes a great birthday present, graduation present, and summer gift for both kids and adults.
  • Easy Inflation/ Deflation - Easy to inflate and deflate with one air chamber included, making it easy to fold up and take on the go.
  • Premium Quality - The float is constructed with durable, heavy duty vinyl PVC material and includes a repair patch kit for extended life. Measures approximately 52” long when inflated.

The Greenco Kids Colorful Inflatable Water Wheel Roller Float looks just like a giant hamster wheel for your pool! (You can’t actually use this as a “hamster wheel” in the pool.) Kids will love splashing around this big, colorful water wheel! 

This wheel is easy to inflate and deflate and is made from heavy-duty PVC material. It also includes a repair patch, just in case it accidentally springs a leak. When inflates, this wheel is approximately 52″ on the outer diameter x 25″ width x 35″ on the inner diameter. It is not recommended for use by children younger than 3-years-old. 


Manufacturer’s Specs

  • Product dimensions: 14 x 11 x 3.5 inches
  • Item weight: 4 pounds
  • Recommended ages: 3 years and up

What We Like 

  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Repair patch included
  • Fun for a wide range of kids

What We Don’t Like

  • Some Amazon reviewers wished the wheel was larger


The Benefits of Pool Toys

If you’re searching for pool toys, you probably already know some of the benefits. Pool toys can make time in the pool more enjoyable by keeping kids engaged in games. 

They can also encourage kids to be more active in the pool and teach them valuable skills. For example, the Watermelon Ball can help kids with developmental skills as they practice throwing and dribbling the ball underwater. 

Some pool toys also help kids to relax in the pool. Many of these types of pool toys are great for parents as well as kids.


How to Choose the Best Pool Toys for Your Kids

To choose the best pool toys for your family, consider their ages. Younger kids will love toy sets such as the 30-piece Diving Pool Toys Jumbo Set, while older kids might love larger toys like the Intex Pool Volleyball Game or the JungleRiverRide Inflatable Pool Slide.

If you own a pool, consider purchasing a variety of different kinds of pool toys, so your kids have lots of options. If you have multiple kids, having a variety of toys on hand also ensures that there’s something for everyone. 


Pool Toy Safety Tips

When using pool toys, it’s critical to use best safety practices. Here are some tips for pool toy safety.

Inspect all toys: Before you let your kids use a pool toy, be sure to thoroughly inspect it. Check the toy for cracks or holes. You will also want to ensure that no bugs have found their way onto your pool toys. New toys and toys that have been stored away should both be inspected.

Clean toys well: You should also take the time to clean all pool toys properly. Bacteria and germs can easily grow on these toys, so don’t skip this step. Rinse off all toys before putting them in the pool and be sure to dry them well before storing them away. 

Read instructions: Whenever you purchase a new pool toy, take the time to read all of the instructions that come with it. These instructions often include important safety information. It may seem tedious, but this is one area where it’s much better to be safe than sorry.

Always supervise: You should also supervise children when using toys in the pool. Don’t assume that your child is safe just because they are using a floaty or a lifejacket in the pool. On the contrary, these items can sometimes create a false sense of security in children. Play it safe and supervise children at all times when in the pool and especially when using pool toys.


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