Whether you’re planning to crash your friend’s apartment pool party or brave the crowds at Folly Beach, you will need a checklist: sunscreen, towel, pre-cut watermelon, beer, and a float. With so many creative floats on the market, how do you know which one to choose?
Grit’s got you covered. Our editorial team has curated the 7 coolest pool floats for your Memorial Day celebration. We’ve selected floats to fit every mood, budget and VSCO/Instagram filter.
image via: sunnylife.com
1. LUXE LIE-ON FLOAT GOLD GLITTER PINEAPPLE
Whether you're hosting a party or are an invited guest, nothing says 'hospitality' like a pineapple float. Step up your game and order the one with glitter (only $6 more than the classic pineapple).
Mood: For those laid back, Charleston days.
Budget: $$ (Sunnylife, $66)
Filter: Mayfair//instagram – the pink tones and subtle vignette make your daytime images pop
image via: funboy.com
2. RETRO PINK CONVERTIBLE FLOAT
Load up your playlist with Elvis and Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac" before you head out with this float in tow. And, don’t forget to pick one up for your furry friend as well.
Budget: $$$$ (Funboy, $128; bundle it for $169)
Filter: M5//VSCO – If you’re paying for a vintage Cadillac, you need to put some effort into making the picture just right. Start with the M5 filter and adjust the exposure and contrast left and the saturation, clarity and grain right until you’ve created the perfect 1959 version of yourself.
image via: target.com
3. JELLYFISH POOL FLOAT – PURPLE
Add a little extra pizzazz to your classic tube float with these jellyfish tentacles. And, hey, maybe it will scare away the actual jellyfish!
Budget: $ (Target.com, $24.99)
Filter: X-Pro II//instagram – Showcase those vibrant pinks and purples
image via: kololo.co
4. GIANT NARWHAL
Will you ever see a narwhal in nature? Probably not. But you can bring some of that arctic chill to the beach this summer with this adorable unicorn-of-the-sea float.
Budget: $$ (kololo, $59)
Filter: Earlybird//instagram – The perfect combination of magic, whimsy and art
image via: walmart.com
5. PLAY DAY MEGA INFLATABLE RIDE-ON CAMEL FLOAT
Grab your best friend and be whisked away to the Mediterranean coast for the ride of your life.
Budget: $ (walmart.com, $35.35)
Filter: C1//VSCO – Bring out the blues of the pool and people might actually think you’re relaxing in the Arabian Sea.
image via: bigmouthinc.com
6. GIANT TACO POOL FLOAT
Sure, the handlebar moustache and side-eye might creep you out a little bit – and let’s not even start talking about that eyebrow raise – but for $19.99 this crunchy creeper can be yours. Plus, you now have a reason to buy the giant avocado beach blanket.
Budget: $ (Amazon.com, $19.99)
Filter: Crema//instagram – Decrease the contrast and give this photo a rustic look. Maybe it will make Mr. Taco look a little more sophisticated.
image via: frontgate.com
7. GLOW FLOAT
Bring a little Hollywood to your pool party this summer with a color-changing inflatable pool chair. With your own source of light, you can keep the party going all night long.
Mood: West Coast
Budget: $$$$ (Frontgate, $129)
Filter: Ludwig//instagram – snap a selfie in this chair at sunset and relax while those double-taps roll on in.