15 Cool Pool Floats to Try Out This Summer

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Amazon/iStock

Now that it’s finally getting hot out, it’s time to hit the water. Relax in style with one of these amazing pool floats.

1. Ice Pop; $30

A girl stands next to a pool float shaped like a popsicle

Big Mouth Inc, Amazon

What’s better for summer than a pool float shaped like an iconic tri-colored ice pop? Unlike the edible kind, these inflatable pops are 6 feet tall and perfect for even most adults to enjoy.

Find it: Amazon

2. Gumball Machine; $25

A woman stands next to a pool float shaped like a gumball machine

Big Mouth Inc, Amazon

This giant gumball machine is 5 feet tall and comes with a ring in the center to sit in. The bottom part of the machine is perfect for resting feet. The “glass” part is clear plastic to mimic the real thing.

Find it: Amazon

3. Unicorn; $31

A woman sits on a giant inflatable unicorn pool float at the beach.

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This 9.5-foot-long unicorn floatie is definitely the most magical thing you can add to your pool. This gigantic creature can hold over 400 pounds and comfortably sits two people. There are handles on the neck, so yes, you can totally live out your dreams of riding a unicorn.

Find it: Amazon

4. Gummy Bear; $38

A pool float shaped like a red gummy bear

Swim Central, Amazon

For a sweet time in the pool, grab one of these large gummy bears to relax in. The sugary float stands at 5 feet tall.

Find it: Amazon

5. Doughnut; $19

A pool float shaped like a pink doughnut with a bite taken out of it

Big Mouth Inc, Amazon

If you’re looking for a dessert-oriented floatie, try out one of these doughnut inner tubes that come in strawberry and chocolate (pink and brown). The sprinkled doughnuts are 4 feet wide and made with durable vinyl. Despite being pretty tough, it comes with a patch kit just in case you hit a snag on the lazy river.

Find it: Amazon

6. Patriotic Bald Eagle; $13

A pool float shaped like an eagle with the American flag on its back

Swimline, Amazon

Ride around the pool in style at your next Fourth of July barbecue with this extremely patriotic float. It’s shaped like a bald eagle with an American flag across the back, perfect for celebrating the United States. The durable PVC material allows for use in a pool, lake, or ocean. It’s 8 feet across so two adults to sit on it without being too squished together.

Find it: Amazon

7. Toucan; $50

A woman in a pool on a toucan-shaped pool float

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Turn your pool into a tropical rainforest with a toucan pool toy. The floatie comes with a head, wings, and tail. The neck has handles to hold onto when riding the float around in the water. Despite the dark color of the floatie, it stays cool in the sun thanks to its vinyl exterior.

Find it: Amazon

8. Pizza; $34

Friends on interlinked pizza slice-shaped pool floats

Swimline, Amazon

Ever want to cuddle up with a piece of pizza but without the grease stains? This pizza pool float can make that a reality. It’s 6 feet long, meaning most adults can lay on it comfortably. For a real pool pizza party, there are bungee connectors on the sides to connect the slice to other slices—you can even form a whole pie with eight of your friends.

Find it: Amazon

9. Everything Bagel; $15

A pool float shaped like an everything bagel

Swimline, Amazon

For more New York food fare, check out this everything bagel. Just like the doughnut, the bagel is the perfect shape to be transformed into an innertube. The delicious looking floatie comes with a bungee connector so you can hook up with another bagel lover while floating around.

Find it: Amazon

10. Dinosaur; $20

Kids on a dinosaur-shaped pool float

Swimline, Amazon

The young (and young at heart) will love this intimidating-looking, 6.5-foot-long T.rex that stalks pools, lakes, and rivers. It even comes with some tiny arms that wobble as you move around.

Find it: Amazon

11. Flamingo Cup Holders; 16 for $15

Three flamingo-shaped inflatable cup holders

Home Kitty, Amazon

If your float doesn’t come with a cup holder, your drink is going to need a float of its own. These floating coasters look like pink flamingos, making them perfect for pool parties and luaus. For added fun, you can get a big matching flamingo to ride.

Find it: Amazon

12. Pirate Island; $97

A pirate fort-shaped pool float

Swimline, Amazon

Reenact your wildest pirate dreams with this inflatable fortress. To enter, there’s a a swim-through ring in the center and a working drawbridge. To protect the float from enemy pirates, there are also three inflatable swords and shields included in the box.

Find it: Amazon

13. Serpent; $26

A pool float shaped like a coiled serpent

Swimline, Amazon

This fun spiral-shaped float looks just like a sea serpent. The two-toned toy has a head on either side for double the fun. It stands just under 4 feet tall, making it a good size for children to enjoy.

Find it: Amazon

14. Heart-Eyed Emoji; $20

Text your friends (with a waterproof case, hopefully) on this 5-foot-wide emoji-shaped float toy. The heart-eyed face is the perfect symbol to show your love for the summer.

Find it: Walmart or Overstock.com

15. Sloth, Teddy Bear, and Panda; $35

People relax in pool floats shaped like a panda, a sloth, and a teddy bear

Swimways, Amazon

Relax in the embrace of your favorite animals with these cute Huggables floaties, which come in the shape of a teddy bear, a sloth (our personal favorite), and a panda. Each oversized lounger is just over 4 feet long and features a handy cup holder in the moveable arm.

Find it: Amazon

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A version of this article first ran in 2016. It has been updated to reflect current availability as of May 2019.

These Grass Straws Are an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Plastic

Kickstarter
Kickstarter

We know plastic straws have created an incredibly serious environmental issue, and while many alternatives have been introduced, there are definitely some drawbacks to each of them. Paper straws, for example, tend to dissolve faster than you can finish your beverage. Some companies have tried to get around the issues paper and plastic straws present by introducing a special lid to sip cold beverages through. But they’re still made out of, well, plastic.

A Kickstarter campaign is offering a solution by producing sturdy grass straws that work perfectly in hot or cold drinks and decompose in just 15 days. With $3606 raised, the startup La Couleur Monochrome is still working toward a $27,877 goal, but you can back this project until January 31. For as little as $6, you can receive 100 straws in a reusable, eco-friendly zip-up bag, and the more expensive tiers offer bigger rewards.

The straws are made from hollow-stemmed grass that is grown and hand-harvested in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. After the grass is harvested, it is cut into 20-centimeter pieces and disinfected through a boiling process, rather than with harsh chemicals. Buyers have the option of selecting either dried-out straws, which can last for up to one year when stored at room temperature, or fresh straws, which can remain in the fridge for up to six weeks. According to the startup, both straws are suited for hot and cold drinks, but when using the fresh straws, you’ll get “a slight scent of fresh cut grass without changing the drink's taste.”

Grass straws
Kickstarter

If you’re worried about the environmental impact of harvesting the field, there’s no need. According to the campaign, the grass regenerates itself within a year. Currently, the startup is producing 1 million straws a month, but they hope to up it to 10 million by July 2020. Also beginning in July, the company plans to only send out orders once a month to create a more sustainable shipping program.

With so many large-scale changes that need to happen to help the environment, starting with a simple straw may seem inconsequential, but it’s not. Estimates have put the number of straws littering the world's coastlines at anywhere from 437 million to 8.3 billion.

If you want to visualize how much plastic humans have produced, it's equivalent to 25,000 Empire State Buildings or 80 million blue whales. And of all that plastic, only 9 percent has been recycled. At this pace, some have predicted that the amount of plastic in the ocean may outweigh the ocean's fish by 2050.

Cutting out straws is a great way to start reducing single-use products in your everyday life, and you can head here to find out more about the Kickstarter.

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Attention Movie Geeks: Cinephile Is the Card Game You Need Right Now

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Cinephile/Amazon

If you’ve got decades worth of movie trivia up in your head but nowhere to show it off, Cinephile: A Card Game just may be your perfect outlet. Created by writer, art director, and movie expert Cory Everett, with illustrations by Steve Isaacs, this game aims to test the mettle of any film aficionado with five different play types that are designed for different skill and difficulty levels.

For players looking for a more casual experience, Cinephile offers a game variety called Filmography, where you simply have to name more movies that a given actor has appeared in than your opponent. For those who really want to test their knowledge of the silver screen, there’s the most challenging game type, Six Degrees, which plays like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, with the player who finds the fewest number of degrees between two actors getting the win.

When you choose actors for Six Degrees, you’ll do so using the beautifully illustrated cards that come with the game, featuring Hollywood A-listers past and present in some of their most memorable roles. You’ve got no-brainers like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill (2003) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990) alongside cult favorites like Bill Murray from 2004's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Jeff Goldblum in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Of course, being a game designed for the true film buff, you’ll also get some deeper cuts like Helen Mirren from 1990’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Sean Connery in 1974's Zardoz. There are 150 cards in all, with expansion packs on the way.

Cinephile is a labor of love for Everett and Isaacs, who originally got this project off the ground via Kickstarter, where they raised more than $20,000. Now it’s being published on a wider scale by Clarkson Potter, a Penguin Random House group. You can get your copy from Amazon now for $20.

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