9 playful pool inflatables to help you pretend you're in the Balearics, not Brighton

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Get ready for a summer of fun with this line-up of tongue-in-cheek inflatables that will work just as well floating on a patio as they will on a bed of water.

It might not be on the pool or against the ocean backdrop you’d have liked, but this summer, pool inflatables are having an undeniable moment.

No doubt born of the fact that our holiday plans have been stopping and starting for much of the past year, it would appear that we, the people, are taking it upon ourselves to create the summer we want (see: Hot Girl Summer.)

Indeed, sales of pool inflatables have spiked by 43% at John Lewis & Partners in the last week, with the most popular brand being Australian brand Sunnylife, whose fun and playful floats are crying out to be posed on this summer.

The best thing about a pool inflatable is that it doesn’t actually require said pool. Instead, pop it on your patio for a cushioned sun-bathing session, or chill in front of the TV in the comfort of your living room. Whatever works for you!  

  • Sunnylife rosé bottle pool float

    Sunnylife rosé bottle pool float

    Don’t just drink your rosé; float on it too with this glitter-adorned float, perfect for a girls’ getaway.

    Shop Sunnylife rosé bottle pool float at John Lewis & Partners, £50


  • Intex Strawberry Island pool inflatable

    Intex Strawberry Island pool inflatable

    Feeling fruity? So’s this strawberry-shaped float, which is super sweet, just like the real thing.

    Shop Intex Strawberry Island pool inflatable at Discount Leisure Products, £14.99


  • Big Mouth palm tree island pool inflatable

    Big Mouth palm tree island pool inflatable

    Granted, the real thing might be more desirable, but this island-shaped inflatable will have to suffice this summer. Pop on a wind machine and you might even be able to convince yourself you’re no longer in the UK (if you close your eyes really tightly).

    Shop Big Mouth palm tree island pool inflatable at Asos, £14


  • Intex lobster pool inflatable

    Intex lobster pool inflatable

    This lobster-shaped float is the perfect shape to lie on for a quick power nap; lie on your tummy, put your hands above your head aaand relax.

    Shop Intex lobster pool inflatable, £20


  • Sunnylife gold flamingo pool inflatable

    Sunnylife gold flamingo pool inflatable

    Arguably the most ubiquitous pool float of all time, the flamingo float is a timeless addition to any garden/living room set-up. Just add sun and wine.

    Shop Sunnylife gold flamingo pool inflatable, £60


  • Pineapple pool inflatable

    Pineapple pool inflatable

    The colour of the sun itself, this canary-yellow pineapple pool float is spacious enough for two people; perfect for floating with a loved one.

    Shop Twister.CK pineapple pool inflatable, £19.99


  • Sunnylife Greek eye pool inflatable

    Sunnylife greek eye pool inflatable

    Keep the bad vibes away with this evil eye-shaped float which will look as good in photographs as it will on your patio.

    Shop Sunnylife Greek eye pool inflatable at Amara, £50


  • Red Lips pool inflatable

    Red Lips pool inflatable

    Get lippy with this fun float, which is perfect for two people and will be ideal for group movie nights in your living room.

    Shop Red Lips pool inflatable at Wedding Star, £12.99


  • Funboy clear chaise lounger

    Funboy clear chaise lounger

    Lounge in style with this sherbet-hued inflatable chaise lounger; perfect for chilling and relaxing.

    Shop Funboy clear chaise lounger at Revolve, £68


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