15 Cool Pool Floats to Try Out This Summer

Amazon/iStock
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.

Jasonwell, Amazon

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

CoTa Global, Amazon

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.

This Rolling Smart Robot Will Keep Your Cat Company and Help It Exercise, Even When You’re Not Home

Ebo
Ebo

As any true ailurophile knows, cats love to sleep. On average, kitties spend anywhere from 16 to 20 hours of each day napping. But that laziness we often find so charming can sometimes lead to obesity, which can cause some pretty serious health problems for your feline friend. So how do you make sure your cat stays happy and healthy, even when you’re not home? That’s where Ebo comes (or rolls) in.

Ebo is a smart robot designed to keep your cat company and provide them with some much-needed stimulation, especially when you're not around. With more than $90,000 in pledges raised already, Ebo crushed its original $5110 Kickstarter goal, but you can still back the project here, with pledge tiers that start at $159 for a standard EBO and a smart collar that tracks your cat’s activity levels.

The Ebo itself, which is just over two inches tall, connects to Wi-Fi and features an app that allows you to schedule when you want it to start and stop playing with your cat.

When it’s playtime, the tiny robot scans the room to ensure there’s enough space to play safely. Once it makes sure the coast is clear, the robot moves on its own, utilizing an ergonomic design that enables it to wheel in any direction, spin, roll over, or even dance. You also don’t need to worry about keeping your cat’s robot friend charged. If your Ebo happens to be running low on battery, it rolls itself back to its charging station until it’s ready to go again.

According to the designers, Ebo interacts with cats in a way your feline friend understands—through a mix of sound, movement, and light that is always unpredictable. You can even play with your cat through the Ebo with its built-in laser.

The app also allows you to monitor your cat through video. And if they do something cute—as they always do—you can easily snap a photo or shoot a video, edit it, add fun filters, and then share it with others.

The device’s smart collar can be used for up to 30 days on a single charge. Should it get stuck, there’s a safety mode in which it will be released automatically to prevent accidental choking.

If you want an upgrade, there's the Ebo Pro (starting at $199), which features an AI algorithm that analyzes your cat’s mood and motion and adapts for future play.

No matter which Ebo you choose, they all come full of accessories, including decorative soldier, bamboo, onion, or feather caps. And if you order in time, you can snag a model decked out in a Santa hat.

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11 Unique Advent Calendars That Are Perfect for Your Christmas Countdown

Target/Amazon
Target/Amazon

Counting down the days until Christmas is a wonderful tradition with some pretty old roots. The ritual dates back to the mid-19th century, when German Protestants made chalk marks on doors or lit candles counting down until December 25.

It was in the early 1900s when printed Advent calendars came about, and it's said they were invented by a man named Gerhard Lang, who began producing and selling them in Germany. Over the years, these calendars have certainly changed. Now instead of just an illustration or piece of chocolate, the daily treat can take the form of a soothing tea bag, a Ron Weasley figurine, or even a fun little science project.

Here are 11 of the coolest Advent calendars we could find online.

1. FUNKO Harry Potter Advent Calendar; $39

Funko Harry Potter Advent Calendar
Funko / Amazon

“Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Ring the Hogwarts bell…” Celebrate the season with miniature Funko versions of 24 witches and wizards from the spellbinding world of Harry Potter. Each character stands a little under 2 inches tall, so they won’t take up too much space. (Come to think of it, you could probably fit the whole lot in one of Dobby’s socks.)

Buy It: Amazon

2. 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar; $32

Tea Advent calendar
Uncommon Goods

Stay caffeinated this December with two dozen tea bags. This calendar contains an eclectic assortment of flavors, such as Chinese black tea and Scandinavian tea with cranberry and elderflower. Just thinking about them is already making us feel all warm and cozy…

Buy It: Uncommon Goods

3. Nintendo Super Mario Advent Calendar; $50

Nintendo Advent Calendar
Nintendo/Amazon

For the Nintendo fans out there, this Advent calendar features 17 characters and seven accessories from the world of Super Mario to unlock in the countdown to Christmas. From Mario and Princess Peach to a piranha plant and goombas, this set is perfect for anyone waiting to unwrap a Switch for the holidays.

Buy It: Amazon

4. Women’s 15 Days of Star Wars Socks Advent Calendar; $15

Star Wars sock Advent Calendar
Target

For $15, you get as many pairs of Star Wars-themed socks, a decorative box with a fun little quiz for franchise diehards, and—blessedly—zero references to that infamous 1978 holiday special. What else would you want to wear on your feet when you go see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

Buy It: Target

5. Women’s Nightmare Before Christmas 15 Days of Socks Advent Calendar; $15

Nightmare Before Christmas Advent calendar
Target

Why should Star Wars fans have all the fun? Target also offers a Halloweentown-centered Advent calendar, complete with Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie hosiery. Speaking of animation, Disney Princess and Lilo & Stitch sock sets are available, too.

Buy It: Target

6. Handcrafted Caramel Advent Calendar; $30

Carmel Advent calendar
Uncommon Goods

If flavor names like “Hawaiian Sea Salt” and “Tapped Maple” make your mouth water, do yourself a favor and get this delicious calendar full of 24 handmade caramel samples. As a bonus, the box set features some charmingly illustrated animals from artist Cindy Hendrick. We’re partial to the apron-wearing fox.

Buy It: Uncommon Goods

7. Yule Do Nicely: A Ghostly and Weird Advent Calendar; $6

Yule do Nicely Advent Calendar
Rhys Hughes / Amazon

Ditch the candy and toys, because if you like creepy and somewhat unsettling stories all year—not just Halloween—then this is ideal. The first 24 stories of this pocket-sized book form a weird Advent calendar leading up to the big day. Then on Christmas, enjoy 28 strange, short tales from "The Shocking Stocking" section.

Buy It: Amazon

8. Purple Ladybug Novelty Dinosaur Toys 2019 Advent Calendar; $22

Dinosaur Advent Calendar
Purple Ladybug Novelty / Amazon

Look, you’re never too old to channel your inner John Hammond. Purple Ladybug offers an assortment of prehistoric animal models and fossils in a 24-day advent calendar—and their (ahem) “dino-mite” set saves the very best critter for last.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Ooshies DC Comics Advent Calendar; $50

Ooshies Advent Calendar
Ooshies / Amazon

Countdown to the holidays with your favorite super heroes or villains—like Batman, Superman, the Joker, and Wonder Woman—in tiny pencil-topper form. The set even comes with eight exclusive Ooshies.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Edible Artwork Chocolate Advent Calendar; $35

Chocolate Advent Calendar
Uncommon Goods

This isn’t your typical chocolate Advent calendar. This 25-day calendar is full with melt-in-your mouth, handmade chocolate in the shape of martini glasses, flip-flops, cowboy boots, and more.

Buy It: Uncommon Goods

11. STEAM Activity Countdown Advent Calendar; $25

Science Advent Calendar
STEAM / Amazon

This 106-page book includes two weeks’s worth of activities for the curious children in your life. Each one will bolster the little tykes’s appreciation for science, technology, engineering, art, and/or mathematics. Among other things, they’ll learn how to turn a Sierpinski triangle into a mesmerizing Christmas tree. How cool is that?

Buy It: Amazon

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