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Best Pool Floaties for Larger Humans

Keeping with our summertime theme, one of my most favorite activities in the world is hanging out at the pool! I’ve always loved to swim. In girl scouts my nickname was “Fishy” because I could always be found in the water whenever I had the chance. I loved swimming so much my mom made me join the swim team at our local Y. She assumed since I loved swimming so much, this would be a good way to help me lose weight. Well, it didn't work. Turns out I don't have much of a competitive streak, and I’ve never enjoyed being yelled at. In fact, if someone yells at me, I just walk away. Not a great tactic for winning a swim meet.

But back to the point! I love a good pool! And what goes better with summer pool time, than a floatie? Floaties seem to be THE most important summer accessory these days. I get it, you relax on the water, often you can have a drink with you, maybe keep your feet or butt in the water to keep you cool. With all the craziness in the world right now, a few minutes of peace, floating without a care sounds magical to me!

Of course, there is always the eternal debate, do you want to be partially in the water or completely on top? Personally I like to be in the water, at least a little. Our California sun bakes me too a crisp without some part of me submerged in the cool water.

Alas, I am without regular access to a pool right now. So, I’ll have to live vicariously through all y’all. Here’s a list of some plus-size floaties for everyone to get their chill on.

Giant Inflatable Floating Mat

  • Weight Limit 660Lbs

  • Approximately 114 in x 84 in

  • 2 air chambers for added safety

  • 4 easy-to-use connectors

  • Easy to inflate and deflate

  • Folds small for storage

  • Repair patch included

GoFloats Unicorn Pool Float

  • Weight Limit 500Lbs

  • Huge size: 45 inches wide and 3 feet tall

  • Rapid valve inflation

  • It's a Unicorn!

Intex Rockin' Inflatable Lounge

  • Weight Limit 390Lbs

  • Contoured design provides extra comfort

  • Built-in cup holder

  • Two air chambers

  • Includes a repair patch

Luxy Float Giant Inflatable Scorpion

  • Weight Limit 500Lbs

  • Huge size

  • Easy to inflate/deflate and store

  • It's a scorpion!

Pineapple Pool Float Raft

  • Weight Limit 300Lbs

  • Hug Size76.5"x35.5"x7.8"

  • Faster inflation and deflation

Pizza Pool Float

  • Weight Limit 400Lbs

  • 67x55 inches

  • 2 drink holders

Pool Hammock Inflatable Raft

  • Weight Limit 300Lbs

  • Canopy

  • Comfortable, ergonomic headrest with cushioned backrest

  • Inflated size: 63” x 36”

Pool Lounge Float Raft

  • Weight Limit 330Lbs

  • Quick and easy to inflate and deflate,

  • Rolls or folds flat for easy storage and carry

  • Use as a seat or hammock

SEGOAL Floating Lounger Chair

  • Weight Limit 400Lbs

  • Inflatable spare air tank at head

  • Mesh in the middle

  • No air pump required

  • Carry Bag

SwimWays Spring Float Recliner XL

  • Weight Limit 300Lbs

  • Fabric-covered

  • Extra roomy seat and extended length

  • Inner spring for comfort and stability

  • Lower body rests below the water's surface

  • Folds flat and compact for storage

  • Integrated headrest, backrest, ottoman and cup holder

PS: Sorry for the pictures with skinny girls. I only use those if I can’t find a good photo without them.

PPS: In researching this, I’ve found that there are a lot of floaties that list their weight capacity at 250lbs. Many of those have reviews where people have indicated they weigh more (sometimes significantly more), and the float has handled them well. I’ve also noticed a lot of other review sites use those 250 rated floaties as options for 300+ individuals. While they are all probably true, I’m only going to list floaties where the manufacturer lists the weight capacity at 300+.

Need a place to sit when you et out of the pool? Check out my post on Plus Size Patio Chairs

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