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5 Best Inflatable Island Floats 2021

An inflatable floating 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 inflatable floating island is the Tropical Tahiti Floating Island with multiple seating areas for both adults and children and a weight capacity of 1,320 LBS.

Inflatable floating islands are much larger and use higher quality materials compared to your average inflatable.

They are designed to accommodate multiple people so that you can rest and enjoy the water in sheer comfort.

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Best Inflatable Floating Island

Inflatable Floating IslandPreviewWeight Rating
Bestway Hydro Force1.190 LBS
Lazy Days River900 LBS
CoolerZ Rapid Rider793 LBS
Intex Splash ‘N Chill1200+ LBS
Intex Canopy Island400 LBS

An inflatable floating island can be used in most large pools and the beach with a range of designs available.

They can be as small as a single person float but there are even some 10 person inflatable islands available.

The main aspects to consider is that it is easy to inflate and deflate, durable, safe on the water and fun to use.

However, many people confuse them with a towable tube for boating but these must not be towed at all.

There is a large number of inflatable islands in the market with varying prices.

To make your buying decision much easier, below is a list of the best inflatable floating islands with a range of designs and multiple person accommodations.

Bestway Hydro Force Tropical Breeze Floating Island Raft

You will be ready for the summer with the Bestway floating island raft. A floating island of this type is one of the best ways to spend time on the water.

This large island is fun for both adults and kids. It gives you the opportunity to be on the water, but relax and take a break at the same time. 

The Bestway will hold up to six adults comfortably, and each person will have their own beverage holder. Built-in coolers allow you to stash your beverages and ice to have within reach. 

Made from durable and tear-resistant PVC, the Bestway is ideal for the beach, lake, or river. Easy to deflate for storage or transportation, this floating island also had a detachable sunshade to offer protection from the sun.

Grab the line and sturdy handles make it easy to get on and off the island, and the grab line can be used to tether to a dock, other floats, anchors, or boats. 

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Lazy Days River Inflatable Float

best floating islands for the money

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 meshed 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 Inflatable Island

best cheap inflatable island


The CoolerZ Rapid Rider can accommodate 4 people and it is the best cheap inflatable island.

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 great for keeping cool.

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.

In terms of the technical specification, the inflatable itself contains 2 air chambers for additional safety in case one burst out at sea.

It is a large inflatable island too with the following dimension of 101″ x 101″ x 21″ with a weight capacity of 793 lbs.

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Intex Splash ‘N Chill

Relax and enjoy the water on the Intex Splash ‘N Chill inflatable island. You and five of your friends can spend the time relaxing and talking while still floating on the water. 

Six cup holders and a built-in cooler will keep cool drinks on hand. The center of the float is open so that you can place your feet in the water and cool off, or use it as swim-through access. 

Two boarding platforms make getting on and off the Intex a breeze, and four durable grab handles also enable you to get back on board.

The included anchor bag lets you moor yourself in one spot, or tie off to a dock or boat. 

Four backrests allow your guest to sit upright, while the other half of the Intex floating island allows you to lounge back and relax. 

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Intex Inflatable Floating Canopy Island

shade for half of the inflatable


If you are looking for the best canopy inflatable, then the Intex inflatable lounge is the answer.

The detachable sunshade provides the right amount of shade during a sunny day and can be set up 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 assured that it will survive a few knocks.

The canopy itself provides shade for half of the inflatable, therefore you will need to cover up to the back for full shade.

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Inflatable Floating Island Buying Guide

There are bad and good inflatable islands but you can pinpoint 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 I’ve 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 its 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 sunlight.

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 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 goes to $1000 plus.

It is completely down to your budget but if you are planning to use the inflatable for a week’s 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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