The Best Inflatable Pools for Everyone in 2023

Make a splash this summer with the best inflatable pools for babies, kids, adults and even dogs.

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May 26, 2023

Our Top Inflatable Pool Picks

Growing up, whenever I begged my dad for a pool, he would kindly and patiently explain to me that those took a lot of work. "They're expensive," he'd say. "They require regular maintenance," he'd say. And then finally, "Okay, kiddo, let's see the thousands of dollars you've been saving."

Well, the joke's on you, Dad! (Just kidding, you are wise beyond your years.) In-ground pools are a lot of work, but inflatable pools are both incredibly inexpensive and easy to set up; all you need is a pump. And because there are so many different types to choose from these days, I went ahead and found the best inflatable pools for babies, kids, adults, families and even four-legged best friends. Scroll on to find the perfect pool for you to stay cool this summer.

What to Consider When Buying an Inflatable Pool

SETUP AND SAFETY: Accidents happen all the time, so it's important to take the proper safety precautions every time. Start by positioning your new inflatable pool on flat, even ground to minimize the risk of slipping. Always supervise children around water, and remind your little ones that they should never use the pool without an adult. Keep a phone nearby in case of emergencies. And finally, drain the inflatable pool after each use and flip it over to prevent pests from collecting in stagnant water.

EQUIPMENT: Most inflatable pools don't come with a pump, so you'll need to purchase one separately. A hand pump is great for kiddie pools, while an electric air pump is better for play centers, larger dip pools and family-sized setups.

Best Inflatable Pools for Babies & Toddlers

Little ones need a little more to have fun in the sun. So the best pools for babies and toddlers usually include a few thoughtful features: a padded floor to gently cushion their bottoms, a canopy to protect them from UV rays and maybe even some built-in toys to keep them engaged. We love the pint-sized pools below because they're extra comfy for tots, they're quick to inflate and they can double as ball pits during the off-season.

Best Inflatable Pools for Kids

When it comes to smaller kids, the spectacle is everything. Earn squeals of delight by opting for an inflatable pool in a fun shape or a play center with all the bells and whistles. The options below can fit multiple kids at once, have cool features like built-in sprinklers and are durable for more active age groups.

Best Inflatable Pools for Teens

For tweens and teens, only the trendiest inflatable pools will do. Think summery prints, 90s-esque glitter finishes and unique shapes. If your teen is eager to chill in style — on their own or with a couple of friends — then start with the most popular dip pools down below. The Minnidip "That's Banana(leave)s" Inflatable Pool continues to be a bestseller with this age group!

Best Inflatable Pools for Adults

The best inflatable pools for adults have a few things in common: They're long enough to accommodate a full-sized person or two, they're pleasing to the eye and they have cool features like a sun canopy. Needless to say, the inflatable pools below check all of the boxes. We especially love the Bestway Paradise Palms Pool because it comes with a sprinkler for cooling off and an eye-catching summery print that would look great in any backyard.

Best Inflatable Pools for Families

Looking for an inflatable pool that the whole family will enjoy? Try any of these amazing oversized options. The four-seater and bench-style pools are ideal for lounging, while the more traditional above-ground pools are better for games like Marco Polo or Sharks and Minnows.

Best Inflatable Pools for Pets

Humans aren't the only ones who would benefit from a pool this summer. But before you teach your new puppy to swim, give your fur baby a bath or help your sweet senior cool off, you'll need a pool specifically for dogs. (Because their claws are so sharp, they might tear a hole in regular ones.) The four options below are all highly rated for their ease of use and their durability.

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