Chances are we're all going to be spending a lot more time at home this summer than we have past years. But just because you can't go to the water park or the community pool doesn't mean you can't make your own fun-in-the-sun at home. I.e. 2020 is about to be the year of the inflatable pool (and the inflatable sprinkler!).
From the trendy new Minnidip pools for adults to the giant unicorn sprinkler everyone's obsessed with, these are 15 of the most popular—and the most fun—poolside inflatables you need in your backyard this summer. Tip: Right now they're all in stock but inflatable pools and sprinklers (just like pool floats) are selling out fast everywhere so don't leave these in your cart if you want them.
1. This designer Minnidip pool
If you're looking for a backyard pool that's as fashionable as it is functional, look no further than the wildly popular Minnidip pools. Designed with chic patterns like palm leaves, florals, and geometric prints, the inflatables are the grown-up version of your childhood kiddie pool. Psst: They're so easy to inflate you can even use a hair dryer set on cool, the reviewers—who gave it a 4-star rating—say.
2. This heart-shaped pool from Ban.do
PSA: Inflatable pools don't just have to be regular old circles or rectangles. They can be hearts, too—as evidenced by this one from Ban.do. The girly red pool (which is made of study, hard-to-puncture vinyl) can fit two to three adults and up to 12 gallons of water (or a bunch of ice for an oversized cooler for your next backyard party!).
3. This massive unicorn sprinkler
If you're obsessed with all things unicorn, you'll love this oversized sprinkler which shoots water out of its glittery silver horn. Standing at over six feet tall and with over 100 rave reviews, the unicorn is fun for both kids and adults to play in and reviewers rave that it's easy to put up and take down.
4. This cabana pool for the whole family
Yes, inflatable pools that can fit the entire family exist and yes, they're just as awesome (and as extra) as they sound. This one from Intex (which has over 500 reviews on Amazon) has a built-in bench that's perfect for soaking up some rays (while staying cool, of course). But perhaps the biggest highlight is the removable sun shade which also features a water sprayer. I.e. it gives you the best of both worlds: sun when you need it and shade—plus some misting!—when you don't.
5. This pool from cult-favorite brand Funboy
Funboy, the brand behind this year's "it" pool float (the over-the-top floating cabana, ICYMI), also makes inflatable kiddie pools—and they're just as trendy as you'd expect. You can get this one at Urban Outfitters in two chic designs: tropical leaves and spring flowers. The pool has a rapid inflate valve along with a drain plug so it's as easy to set up as it is to take down.
6. This juicy watermelon sprinkler
Have your watermelon and play in it, too, with this sprinkler in the shape of everyone's favorite summer fruit. Three feet tall and three feet wide, the jumbo watermelon (which 83 percent of customers say they highly recommend) weighs just over two pounds so it's perfect for taking to the park or a neighbor's house and secures easily to the ground with four stakes.
7. This bright neon inflatable pool
The only downside to a blow-up pool is that you end up sitting on the hard ground (ouch). But you won't have that problem with this sunset-hued pool which has an almost-perfect 4.8-star rating. Along with bright pink, yellow, and green rings, it has a cushioned, inflatable bottom so you can splash, lounge, and play pain-free.
8. This flamingo pool from Lilly Pulitzer
You know Lilly Pulitzer for its preppy prints and colorful sundresses—but did you know the popular brand also makes inflatable pools? Featuring one of Lilly Pulitzer's signature hand-painted patterns, the giant flamingo is nearly seven feet long (plenty of room for little ones to frolic) and is completely lead- and BPA-free. Plus, it makes for the most Instagram-worthy backyard setup (just check out blogger Live Sweet's adorable snap above!).
9. This magical unicorn kiddie pool
Take your favorite unicorn float from water to land with this whimsical inflatable pool from Sunnylife, the Australian brand with over 155,000 followers on Instagram. Not only does it have a cushioned base for extra comfortable sitting (and playing!), but it also features a shimmery gold sunshade that will keep kiddos out of the harsh sun when they need a break.
10. This citrus-covered inflatable pool
When life gives you lemons, turn them into a fruity inflatable pool. This one—which was designed by sun experts from Miami—can hold up to three adults and is made of durable, heavyweight PVC (so you won't have to worry about rips and tears!). Bonus: The pool folds up neatly once deflated for easy storage.
11. This whale pool with a built-in sprinkler
Why choose between a pool and a sprinkler when you can have both? That's what you'll get with this adorable whale pool, which sprays water out of its tail (all you have to do is hook up your garden hose!). With nearly 1,000 glowing reviews on Amazon, it can fit adults and kids alike and has an easy-drain plug at the bottom so at the end of the day, cleanup will be a breeze.
12. This portable rainbow pool
Whether you're going to the park, the beach, or just your backyard, this rainbow cloud pool is small enough that you can easily take it on the go yet big enough that five kids can splash around inside. Plus, reviewers like that the colorful rainbow arch not only looks bright and cheerful but it also blocks some of the sun's rays on an extra hot day.
13. This pool with an inflatable water slide
Bring the water park to your own backyard with this oversized water slide/pool combo. It has tons of fun features for endless hours of outdoor entertainment, including a climbing wall, a basketball hoop, a lagoon-style pool, and dual water slides so you can race a friend (or your kid) to the bottom. Reviewers say that it's quickly become their family's favorite summertime activity.
14. This giant peacock pool
Is it a float or an inflatable pool? The correct answer is both. This oversized peacock pool—which you can also use as a float—has a built-in air cushion and a water sprayer for extra fun and can fit up to six adults. At nearly eight feet in diameter, it can also hold over 200 (!!) gallons of water.
15. This sprinkler shaped like a crocodile
When it comes to sprinklers, the more water spouts, the better (and the cooler you'll be!). That's why people love this crocodile sprinkler from Sunnylife (and gave it a 4.1-star rating)—not only is it adorable but it also has multiple water jets along its back and fits almost every size hose.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.