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Sixteen Unusual Pool Floats (Under $20) to Ride Out the Dog Days of Summer

Some less ubiquitous options than the unicorns, swans, and pizza slices littering pools.

Flower-shaped pool float
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While we may officially be in the back half of summer, that doesn’t mean we can’t still lean in to what’s left of it. And we all know that, according to beachgoers throughout the decades, celebrities like Martin Scorsese and Bella ThorneStrategist writers, and most recently the New York Times, one of the best ways to lean in to summer is by leaning on an inflatable float. As shown by Scorsese and Thorne, floats can make great #content — but they can also make great, affordable gifts for whomever’s pool, dock, or shore you might be borrowing for a long weekend. Especially when they’re less ubiquitous than the unicorns, swans, and pizza slices littering pools from East Hampton to Beverly Hills. Below, a selection of inexpensive, unusual floats on which to ride out the dog days of summer.

Jasonwell Avocado Pool Float

Avocados as an ingredient may verge on basic, but, as a pool float, they’re further from peaking. Just like with real ones, this avocado’s inflatable “pit” pops out, leaving a hole you can sit in.

[Editor’s note: To get the sale price, you must click the box to apply a coupon on Amazon, which will show the discount when you check out.]

Jasonwell Avocado Pool Float
Jasonwell

Swimline Sun Tan Lotion Float

While it won’t protect you from the sun’s rays, this inflatable bottle of sunscreen will certainly remind you to reapply. It comes in a two-pack, which means, like with real sunscreen, you can share with that friend who always forgets his own bottle.

Swimline Sun Tan Lotion Float
Swimline

BigMouth Inc. Lip Balm Float

Like sunscreen, it’s always a good idea to hit the pool with some SPF lip balm — and its inflatable equivalent.

BigMouth Inc. Lip Balm Float
BigMouth Inc

FIYOO Inflatable Luscious Lip

Here’s a pair of shimmery lips to go with that balm.

FIYOO Inflatable Luscious Lip
FIYOO

Coogam Snake Ring Inflatable Float

Here’s a charming-looking snake.

Coogam Snake Ring Inflatable Float
Coogam

XFlated French Fries Float

Another fun two-pack, ideal for sharing with that friend who always orders a side salad — then proceeds to steal all the fries off of your plate.

XFlated French Fries Float
XFlated

Swimline Sugar Skull Float

When water is involved, pirate skulls are usually the first that come to mind, making this sugar skull a more unexpected choice.

Swimline Sugar Skull Float
Swimline

BigMouth Inc. Smarties Float

Like it’s namesake candy, this float is suited for practically any age.

BigMouth Inc. Smarties Float
BigMouth Inc.

WateBom Bulldog Float

A bulldog you can float on to disguise the fact that the dog paddle is the only way you can swim.

WateBom Bulldog Float
BigMouth Inc

Swimline Hibiscus Flower Float

This exotic-looking inflatable is decidedly not your garden-variety float.

Swimline Hibiscus Flower Float
Swimline

Cooluli Rainbow Swirl Donut Float

Coolui may call it a donut, but this is clearly a rainbow bagel — and may be the best (and only) way to get your fix after New York State tax officialsrecently seized the Williamsburg shop that invented the colorful baked good.

Cooluli Rainbow Swirl Donut Float
Cooluli

BigMouth Inc. Shnoodle Float

Basically an inflatable red Sharpie, this seems perfect for a back-to-school pool party.

BigMouth Inc. Shnoodle Float
BigMouth Inc.

Coconut Float Bacon Pool Raft

A slab of bacon that even vegetarians and vegans can enjoy!

Coconut Float Bacon Pool Raft
Coconut Float

BigMouth Inc. Tootsie Roll Float

Here’s another sweet-looking float that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

BigMouth Inc. Tootsie Roll Float
BigMouth Inc

ThinkMax Cactus Float

If there is such a thing as a workhorse float, this cactus — which comes with three tiny inflatables that each can fit a cup or can — would be it.

[Editor’s note: To get the sale price, you must click the box to apply a coupon on Amazon, which will show the discount when you check out.]

ThinkMax Cactus Float
ThinkMax

Coconut Float Cockroach Float

And here’s a giant cockroach, for when it’s time to clear the pool.

Coconut Float Cockroach Float
Coconut Float

Etekcity Air Pump

A tip: Save your breath (literally) and use an inexpensive air pump to inflate your floats. This model — which comes from the same brand as the inexpensive back massager developing a cult following in Los Angeles — can also be used to fill up air mattresseskiddie pools, and more.

[Editor’s note: To get the sale price, you must click the box to apply a coupon on Amazon, which will show the discount when you check out.]

Etekcity Air Pump
Etekcity