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5 Best Inflatable Floating Islands 2018

A floating inflatable island can hold adults and children as well as being able to hold multiple users. There are several different types of floating islands from designs that allow you to relax with a drinks holder to those that encourage you to play or hold on.

The best floating island is the Tropical Tahiti 6 Person with various sitting positions foe each person on board and outstanding quality.

The best inflatable island will be made from the highest quality material and will be easy to use. The last thing you want is a floating island that doesn’t inflate or deflate properly and will pierce the moment it touches anything sharp.

Best Floating Islands For The Pool

Inflatable IslandDimensionsWeight Capacity
Tropical Tahiti155″ x 129″ x 30″1,320 lbs
Bestway Lazy Days130" x 130" x 26"900 lbs
CoolerZ Rapid Rider157″ x 122″ x 27″793 lbs
CoolerZ X5 Canopy157″ x 122″ x 27″1,388lbs
Intex Canopy78″ x 59″ x 27″400 lbs

An inflatable island is the perfect bit of holiday kit for the pool or beach. The best floating islands are ones that will get you noticed and provide years of use without being punctured or ripped.

The main aspects to consider is that it is easy to inflate and deflate, durable, safe on the water and fun to use. It is important to note that floating islands are not ideal for being towed behind a boat.

There is a large amount of inflatable islands in the market with varying prices. To make your buying decision much easier, below is a list of the best inflatable islands with emphasis on quality and value for money.

Tropical Tahiti Inflatable Floating Island


The Tropical Tahiti inflatable island is one of the biggest available, its huge! It will feel like your own private island that can accommodate at least 6 people with an option to choose the even bigger version that can hold 8 people.

It features back rests, six cup holders, two built in sofa loungers and coolers to make it feel like your own living room. This 6 person wading pool inflates to 155″ x 129″ x 30″ and has a maximum weight capacity of 1,320 lbs.

With a floating island this large, you should expect at least 20 minutes to completely inflate it with a medium sized air pump. However, once inflated, this island is excellent for the pool or beach and it doesn’t get much bigger than this.

If you are planning on leaving this in the sea, I strongly recommend getting a lightweight anchor designed for inflatables so that it does float away into the distance.

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Lazy Days Inflatable River Island


The Lazy Days floating island seats up to 6 people with 3 extra wide backrests so that you relax comfortably. The bottom of the floating island is mesh and the inflatable is constructed of high quality inflate-shield puncture resistant material.

In terms of dimensions, this floating island is 129 inches in length, 129 inches in width and 26 inches in height. The maximum weight capacity that is expecting is at least 900 pounds, which equates to around 6 adults.

Interesting features to note are 3 grab handles, 3 extra wide pillow backrests for your back, 6 cup holders, anchor bag and a mesh bottom to keep you cool. Overall, it is one of the best floating islands for the money and long lasting quality.

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CoolerZ Rapid Rider 4 Person Inflatable Island


The CoolerZ Rapid Rider can accommodate 4 people and it is the best cheap inflatable island for the money. It features 4 cup holders, mesh bottom floor, built-in backrests, easy to reach grab handles, two cooler and much more.

With the mesh bottom floor, you are able to dip your feet into the water which is a feature I really like. If you in and out of the pool/sea, the heavy duty handles allow for a good grip to pull yourself back onto the inflatable.

The inflatable itself contains 2 air chambers for additional safety in case one bursts out at sea. The dimensions are 101″ x 101″ x 21″ with a weight capacity of 793 lbs.

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CoolerZ X5 Canopy Island Inflatable

Another floating island by CoolerZ but this time it is the X5 model that isn’t as cheap but it can accommodate 7 people and features an excellent canopy. If you are looking for an island that is capable of holding all your drinks and cooling them too, the CoolerZ has six cup holders and two cooler bags.

As with the Rapid Rider above, it has a mesh bottom floor that allow you to keep your feet cool. A feature that I think is unique and useful is the “swim up” platform that makes getting out of the water much easier.

The canopy/roof is no gimmick as it provide protection against the sun for those wanting to be on the water. The CoolerZ is a large 157″ x 122″ x 27″ in size and has a weight capacity of 1,388lbs.

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Intex Canopy Island Inflatable Lounge


If you are looking for the best canopy inflatable, then the Intex inflatable lounge is the answer. The detachable sun shade provides the right amount of shade during a sunny day and can be setup and removed fairly easily.

To provide additional buoyancy and safety, it has two air chambers to hold the 78″ x 59″ x 27″ and a weight capacity of 400 lbs. We recommend that you have no more than 2 people on the inflatable for maximum comfort and room. Unlike other canopy inflatable lounges, this one can hold myself who is over 6 foot 5 without having my legs hanging off the side.

Made from heavy duty vinyl PVC which is 18 gauge thickness, you can rest assure that it will survive a few knocks. The canopy itself provide shade for half of the inflatable, therefore you will need to cover up to the back for full shade. Overall, the whole design is well planned and feels very sturdy.

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Inflatable Island Buying Guide

There are bad and good inflatable islands but you can pin point the best floating islands by considering the 5 points before buying one. Buying online will be the best option because your local supermarket usually only stocks cheap inflatable islands.

Weight and Person Capacity

The majority of inflatable islands are designed for more than 2 people (otherwise they would be a normal inflatable). The biggest floating island that ive seen is for 10 people but the price was eye watering. In general, a 10 foot inflatable will be able to hold 1,000 pounds in weight but it all varies dependent upon the brands.

Materials used for the Inflatable

99% of the time, inflatable islands will be made from vinyl PVC due to its inflating and deflating properties. Some may contain foam but clearly this can not be deflated. Vinyl PVC in a tough material in general but what makes a high quality inflatable island is the thickness. The higher the thickness, the more durable the floating island will be. They start from approximately 10 to 20 gauge thickness.

Vinyl PVC is designed for the pool and beaches, therefore the saltwater in the sea will not damage the material. However, you will want to ensure that the inflatable you buy has UV resistant PVC otherwise it may break down the material under direct sun light.

Floating Island Features

The main advantage over the standard inflatable is that an island will have much more space, which means more room for additional features. The best inflatable islands will include features such as:

  • Drinks holder for your beverage
  • Cushions and dedicated seating
  • Handle grips for getting in and out
  • Drinks cooler (high end)
  • Canopy to stay out of the sun
  • Enjoyment such as steering wheels, drinks bar and much more

Inflatable islands of today are getting better and more crazier each day. However the number of features that it may have will result in a premium cost.

Inflatable Ease of Use

Considering inflatable islands can hold up to 10 people, they can be quite large. This means that they require more inflation, deflation, storage and transport compared with other inflatables. 9 times out of 10, you will require an inflatable air pump to assist in the inflation.

Cost of the Inflatable Island

There are cheap inflatable islands that are less than $100 dollars but there is the other end of the scale that go to $1000 plus. It is completely down to your budget but if you are planning to use the inflatable for a weeks holiday in the sun, it may be best to go for the cheaper islands and bin it after.

However, the premium inflatable islands are very impressive and normally use high quality vinyl PVC. This means they can be reused multiple times without any rips or defects.

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