8 Things That Turn Your Inflatable Pool Into the Summer Sanctuary of Your Dreams

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If you're among the many who decided to invest in a blow-up pool this summer — here are a few of our favorites if you're still shopping! — you don't need us to tell you what a good idea that was. But as refreshing as these pools are on their own, they can be made even better with a few key tools and accessories.

Here are some products you can use to elevate the style of your blow-up pool and prolong its life, all while maximizing your fun this summer.

1. King Technology Flippin Frog, $28.95

Just because it's not an in-ground pool doesn't mean your inflatable pool doesn't need the same care. This nifty tool comes preloaded with a low dose of chlorine that flips over when it needs to be replaced.

2. Clorox Pool and Spa XtraBlue Chlorinating Tablets, $3.46

If you prefer to clean your pool manually, these Clorox Chlorinating Tablets are designed specifically for small pools. Just a single tablet (or two if your pool is a little bigger) will kill bacteria and keep the chlorine and pH levels balanced all summer.

3. Sol 72 Outdoor Capri Cantilever Umbrella, $279.99

Not only will this umbrella protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays while you soak, but you can choose from a ton of different fabric and color options to find the perfect complement to your outdoor aesthetic.

4. Funboy Tropical Palm Pool Drink Cooler, $25

Add this inflatable drink cooler to your pool to ensure that a summer cocktail is always within arm's reach. The cooler fits up to 18 cans and three bags of ice, so it will keep the whole family hydrated.

5. SunnyLife Luxe Inflatable Volley Ball Set, $35

When life gives you lemons, ditch them, and play inflatable volleyball in your backyard pool instead. This sunny set is just under 10 feet wide, so you'll need a pool on the bigger side, but if you've got that covered, serve it up.

6. Chill Lites Floating Lite, $51.49

Get the summer vibes flowing all night with this floating LED light, which features four different hues as well as a rainbow setting — all of which you can control with an easy-to-use remote.

7. SportsClub Store Pool Cover, $36.39

This pool cover will help prevent dirt, debris, and creepy crawlers from getting into your oasis when you're not using it. It also comes with a wear-resistant rope that will stop it from being blown off by a summer breeze or quick rainstorm.

8. Intex Electric Air Pump, $12.89

Sure, you can spend your precious summer minutes blowing up your pool one breath at a time, or you can let this simple device do it for you in a fraction of the time it takes to do it manually. Bonus: You can also use it to blow up your air mattresses on your next camping trip.

9. Frontgate Lazy Day Pool Chair, $103.20+

This pool seat is small enough to fit in most inflatable pools, and its above-water design means it will work in super shallow waters, making it the ideal companion for hot summer days.


Kelly is a full-time freelance writer, aspiring aerialist, and passionate interior design enthusiast. She's a regular contributor to design-centric publications like Apartment Therapy, The Spruce, and TexasLiving Magazine.

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