Best Pool Accessories
Having a backyard pool can be very taxing on a homeowner. Pool ownership involves a lot of maintenance work and a little bit of knowledge about chemicals and how to keep the water fresh and safe for use. Having a pool to call your own can be a lot of fun too. If you like to have company over, you have built-in entertainment with your pool. Your home will be the best place in the neighborhood if you have the right accessories to accompany your pool. Whether we’re talking about submersible LED lighting, floating Bluetooth speakers, floats to lounge on or games to play, your backyard will be the place to be for summer fun. Read on to find the best pool accessories you’ll need to ensure you have the most fun and well-equipped pool on the block.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 4 hrs of research
Doesn’t take up much space
A very affordable price tag
Simple installation process
- Swimline FrogLog
- Moon Boat Inflatable Serving/Salad Bar
- Jokel Wine Glasses
- Intex Inflat-A-Bull
- Cowin Floating Waterproof Speaker
- Aquabot Pool Rover Hybrid
- Inter-Fab Waterslide
- Hooli Home Waterfall
- Aqua Catalina Hammock
- VOLADOR Subermisble LED Lights
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Expert Interviews & Opinions
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. Swimline FrogLog
Doesn’t take up much space
A very affordable price tag
Simple installation process
Frogs seem to be attracted to the pad
This uniquely adorable product from Swimline is designed to hang on the edge of your pool to help little critters find their way out if they accidentally make their way into your pool.Read more
This product is designed for use in in-ground pools. It features a tiny little sandbag that you’ll fill to help weigh down the Frog Log so it doesn’t float away. Once it is situated on the edge of the pool, any little critters who find their way into your pool will be able to find their way out using the adorable little ramp system.
Not only will the Frog Log help save critters like ducklings, snakes, and frogs from meeting an untimely death in your pool, it’ll also help to keep your water cleaner. When you’re not having to pick tiny little corpses out of the water daily, your overall pool maintenance will be reduced as well.
The Frog Log is not a very big product, so it would be quite portable. Honestly, though, we’re not sure why you would want to take it with you. It’s designed to be kept installed to the edge of your pool so that if anything were to fall in when you’re not around to help, they’ll be able to get to safety themselves.
Ease of Use
The Frog Log is simple to use. Fill the sandbag with sand or pebbles to weigh it down so the escape ramp doesn’t float away on you. Lower the ramp and surrounding pad and net system into your pool and voila - you’re a modern-day animal rescuer.
This accessory is very affordably priced. When you consider the fact that you’ll have less clean up to do and conscience clear of any animal corpses weighing on you, you will see that the value is there, too.
2. Moon Boat Inflatable Serving/Salad Bar
Versatile, can be used in and out of the pool no problem
Easy to clean up
Provides a way to keep drinks cold and food safe for eating
Can hold a lot of goodies
May take up a lot of space
This inflatable serving bar is a must-have if you plan on having any epic pool parties this summer. Imagine lounging on your sloth or unicorn shaped pool floaty and this floats by you, chock full of chips and dip or fruit skewers. Treat yo’self.Read more
This serving bar provides users with a way to keep their drinks cold and food fresh for hours. All you need to do is fill it up with ice, set it in your pool and let the serving bar decides who gets first dibs.
The bar has a clear plug on the bottom of it which will come in very handy when you need to drain the melted ice at the end of your party.
This serving bar is very portable and versatile. If you don’t like the thought of your friends and family chowing down while they’re in your pool, you can simply set up the bar elsewhere at your party. Fill it with ice, stock it full of everyone’s favorite drinks and food and they can come help themselves whenever they see fit.
Ease of Use
Using this serving bar is as easy is inflating it, filling it with your goodies and then draining it at the end of your party.
This is the most affordable pool accessory on our list. The best part, though? It comes as a two-pack so there is definitely a lot of value here.
3. Jokel Wine Glasses
Safe way to drink anything around or in your pool
Can be crushed flat if you’re packing them to take them somewhere
Feels a little awkward to drink out of at first
Pools and glass products just do not mix. The last thing you want to be doing while you’re having a party is picking up shards of glass from the bottom of your pool because Aunt Becky can’t handle her cabernet.Read more
Though these are labeled as wine glasses, they do not have to only be used for wine. Your kids will love sipping their juice out of one of these knowing that if it accidentally slips out of their hands, they won’t get in trouble for breaking the glass.
One thing we loved about these glasses is that Jokel uses only the highest quality silicone in their construction. Other similar products on the market use cheaper materials that can leave scary and dangerous contaminants in your cup.
You would be doing your wine glasses a disservice if you were only to use them in or around your pool. Throw them in your bag or with your camping gear and you’ll have a durable cup that can go with you wherever your active lifestyle will take you.
Ease of Use
These glasses are a breeze to clean. We loved that these can go in the top or bottom shelf of your dishwasher.
These glasses are very affordable. Each cup holds 12-ounces of wine (or juice) and they come in a pack of four. We would definitely consider this a worthwhile investment because it means no more broken glass around your pool.
4. Intex Inflat-A-Bull
Durable vinyl construction
Hours of fun in the pool
Great for the pool or the lake
Great for children and adults alike
May float away if you use it in the lake, we recommend attached a rope to it just in case
If you’ve ever wanted to balance your inner 20-something drunk girl in a mechanical bull riding contest with your backyard pool, boy do we have an accessory for you. This inflatable (or Inflat-A-Bull as it is cleverly called) from Intex will help you succeed in this bucket list item.Read more
This pool game is bound to be a ton of fun for any child or adult that is using your pool. Try your hand at bull-riding in a fun and relatively safe environment. It probably won’t buck you off, but you’ll have a soft water landing when you lose your balance.
For being an inflatable product, the Intex Inflat-A-Bull is pretty realistic looking. This is due to the innovative photo-realistic printing tech that Intex used in the construction of this product.
This inflatable is just as portable as any other inflatable pool accessory you can buy. So long as you can squeeze it back into its box when it’s deflated (and dry!) you can take it with you anywhere you go!
Ease of Use
The bull has durable handles that will make toting it around and throwing it in the pool a breeze. There are 3 air chambers on the inflatable that you will need to locate to blow it up but it isn’t a difficult task at all.
We’re not going to lie to you. The Inflat-A-Bull is a ton of fun. It doesn’t require too much of an investment from you and when you consider the literal hours you’ll have of fun trying to ride this thing, you’ll see that the value is most definitely there.
5. Cowin Floating Waterproof Speaker
Comes with a floating ring so it’ll float
Packs a big sound
Light functions are fun to use at night
Instructions are in Chinese only
If there is one thing every pool party needs, it’s a great playlist bumping through your speakers. Sure, you could do the old ‘smartphone in a bowl’ trick to try and amplify the music from your smartphone, but why do that when you could really wow your guests with this speaker from Cowin?Read more
This speaker is an absolute must-have for anyone who is planning on having any backyard pool parties this summer. It is IPX7 rated which basically is a fancy way of saying it is completely waterproof. And if you really want to set the party mood, activate the LED display so you and your guests can enjoy a beautiful light with numerous color modes.
The Cowin is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 technology to provide a crystal clear sound no matter where you choose to use it. To give users an even better listening experience, this speaker has enhanced bass technology and is able to really crank out the volume.
As with most other portable speakers on the market, this little guy from Cowin is extremely portable. Take it with you camping or at the beach. Use it during your outdoor workouts or take it with you on your travels.
Ease of Use
Pairing your speaker with your smartphone or tablet is a simple enough process. The speaker stays paired and there is not much in terms of audio drop out.
When you consider the fact that this speaker doubles as an entertainment and a lighting system, it will be easy for you to see the incredible value that Cowin has packed into their product.
6. Aquabot Pool Rover Hybrid
Easy to set up and use
Sucks up the majority of the debris in the pool
Saves you money in the long run
Cord can get tangled but this does not stop the robot from doing its job
This robotic pool cleaner probably isn’t going to be something you whip out in the middle of a pool party, but it’s a worthwhile investment to use prior to and definitely after you have friends and family come over for a swim.Read more
Simply put this device in your pool, push a button in it and voila – this robot will get to work. The Aquabot Hybrid is designed to be used in most above and in-ground pools.
The Aquabot Hybrid is hydraulically jet-propelled. It does not need to be connected to your filtration system or any hoses at all. The robot is equipped with a directional guidance system that will clean any pool, regardless of shape so long as its less than 40-feet long.
Weighing just over 10.5 pounds, the Aquabot Hybrid is portable enough. But we’re not sure where you would be taking it.
Ease of Use
As we mentioned above, all you need to do as the owner of the Aquabot is set it into your pool, hit a button and let the robot to all of the work. It is designed to clean most pools in around an hour or less, freeing up your time so you can get back into your pool, ride the Inflat-A-Bull while sipping chardonnay from your unbreakable wine glasses.
It probably goes without saying that this robot is going to require a bit of an investment. Because it does your pool cleaning for you, freeing up your time so you can focus on life’s other pressing issues, the value is definitely there. Not to mention the Aquabot will pay for itself over time with some users saying it has saved them $2500 a year on their operating expenses.
7. Inter-Fab Waterslide
Comes well packaged
Easy to install
Feels sturdy to use
Provides hours of family entertainment
Feet covers and bolts are different color than the rest of the slide
If there is one accessory that your amazing pool set up is missing it’s probably a waterslide. This option from Inter-Fab is one of the best ones there is on the market today and for good reason, too. Let’s look a little closer.Read more
Watersliding is a fond memory that many people make during their lifetimes so why not have the ability to create more in the comfort of your backyard?
This slide is available in either a left or right set up, ensuring you will have a slide that fits just where you need it to.
We’re not going to tell you that you can’t take the waterslide with you to the lake or to Mexico because, well, you can. But it would be pretty weird if you did. The slide is 11-feet long and weighs nearly 150 pounds.
Ease of Use
The slide comes with all of the instructions you need to get sliding as soon as it arrives on your doorstep (or maybe soon thereafter). Consumers are also able to go to the Inter-Fab website to watch the complete assembly and set-up videos if they are visual learners.
In all honesty, this waterslide is expensive. There are definitely more affordably priced options available. But we loved everything about this product and had to include it, regardless of its price. If you want to make a real investment that will provide you and your family with infinite enjoyment, this is what you need to get!
8. Hooli Home Waterfall
MacGyvers can make it work for many different pool set-ups
Simple to install and assemble
Works great to cool the water temperature
Glow in the dark feature not very bright unless it’s pitch black outside
If you’re looking for an accessory to boost the overall aesthetic look of your pool, this fountain definitely is what you need!Read more
This product is designed for use in in-ground (and some above ground) pools. It’s part aerator, part night light, and part beautiful décor.
What we really love about this fountain is that it works so well at keeping the temperature of your pool water cool, especially when you live in a climate that is dreadfully hot in the summer. The fountain will introduce air to your pool through its spray, thus lowering the overall temperature of the water. One other feature we have to mention is that this unit is solar powered and will glow in the dark in the evening.
The fountain is meant to be installed once and kept in your pool the entire season. We would not recommend repeatedly uninstalling and reinstalling it.
Ease of Use
This fountain installs to your pool’s return jet fittings. The instructions are easy to follow and you should be able to have your new fountain up and running within fifteen minutes.
The cost of this product surprised even us. Lower in cost than a number of products on our list (and one of the most budget-friendly fountains we were able to find, period), the Hooli Home fountain is more than worth the minuscule investment.
9. Aqua Catalina Hammock
Lightweight, perfect for travel
Easy to use
Inflatable pillows are a nice touch
The inflatable has a bit of a chemical smell at first
Nothing says summer like sitting on a floaty in your backyard pool with the sun beating down on your skin. The only thing we can think of that could make this situation even better is being able to do it with your partner. This inflatable hammock from Aqua is so large that it is perfect for use by two people.Read more
Aside from being a two-person hammock, this inflatable actually has a couple of other functions it can be used as a lounge chair or even a drifter. Also, the headrest? So comfortable!
Aqua outfitted this product with its Cool-Weave fabric. This simply means that the inflatable will contour to whatever floating position you feel like putting it in on any given day.
This hammock will easily inflate or deflate when necessary, making it a great accessory to tote along with you to the beach or on your weekend getaway to the lake.
Ease of Use
As we mentioned above, this inflatable will inflate and deflate very easily. This is due to the Duo-Lock valves that Aqua has put on this product.
Is this the cheapest pool float in the world? No. But being that it is a 3-in-1, you will get a lot more value out of this than you will other types of pool inflatables. We loved that it’s so big two people can fit on it, which eliminates the need for you to buy another inflatable for your husband or wife.
10. VOLADOR Subermisble LED Lights
Different colors to choose from
Handy remote control
Some reviews suggested it was difficult to get a hold of the company when they ran into issues with this product
If there’s one accessory that you’ll need during a backyard pool bash aside from good music, it’s lighting, especially if the party keeps bumping throughout the night. While these LED lights from VOLADOR aren’t the biggest options one can buy, we loved that they’re affordable, entirely submersible and that they come in a four pack.Read more
These lights have an IP67 rating which means that they’re going to resist any dust particles that you might have floating in your pool and that they’re submersible.
These cute little lights come with a remote control so you can control them from up to 30 feet away. The remote allows you to choose what type of light they emit (flash, strobe, fade, smooth) as well as adjust the brightness.
These are not only very portable; they’re versatile as well. If you find that they don’t fit the bill for your pool, you can use them in an aquarium, in your pumpkins at Halloween or as wedding decors.
Ease of Use
The lights require 3 AAA batteries. Once equipped with their batteries, you can use the aforementioned remote to choose different colors and whatever color changing mode suits your fancy.
The VOLADOR submersible lights come in a pack of four for one low price. We loved how versatile these lights are, making them an investment you can use all year round and not just during pool season.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Throwing an unforgettable pool party or keeping a healthy pool? We have you covered.
Since each of the items on our list are vastly different in what they provide pool owners, it’s important to look at how they’re meant to be used when evaluating them. Are they designed to help you throw an epic pool party this summer? Or do they provide a more practical approach to pool ownership such as providing a way to keep it clean? We believe that we’ve included a good mix of items on our list that will check off both of those boxes. Whether you’re looking for something to liven up your parties, like a great floating speaker or an inflatable that everyone will want a turn to play on or if you want something that will be incredibly useful in your journey as a pool owner such as the Frog Log to help save little critters lives, we have you covered.
Each product has its own unique set of features that sets it apart from other similar products on the market.
In order to provide you with the ten best and most unique accessories that every pool owner should have, we took each product’s unique set of features into account. What kind of technology, if any, was used in the construction of the product? What benefits will it provide to users? What sets these products apart from other similar options on the market? Why did XYZ product make the list and not ZYX? These are all things we thought about as we compiled our list. We performed a lot of in-depth research to bring you the best pool accessories and we are certain you’re going to love the unique features that each of these products will bring the table (er, pool).
Can you take your new accessory with you to the lake? Or on vacation?
When considering which accessories should make our top ten list, we took versatility and portability into account. Many of the options on our list can be used inside and outside of your pool. Some can be taken to other neighborhood pool parties you may find yourself attending this summer. Some may be used in the lake or at a resort in Mexico. We know that owning a pool is an expensive endeavor to begin with. This is why we wanted to make sure that most of the accessories we highlighted in our buying guide are able to be used in several different ways. That way they can provide you with more bang for your buck. For example, the waterproof submersible speaker on our list doesn’t need to only be used in the pool. You can listen to it while you’re barbecuing or while you’re folding clothes or camping. It can literally be taken anywhere. The inflatable hammock can be used in your pool or taken to the lake with you if you are struck with the urge to laze in a much larger body of water.
Ease of Use
How easy is it to get your new accessory up and running?
While most of the options on our list are fairly easy to use, we wanted to include this as one of the important criteria to look for as you begin your hunt for the best accessories anyway. Owning a pool and ensuring it is kept chemically balanced and safe to swim in is complicated enough, you don’t need to spend more of your precious time figuring out how to use your new accessories. The products on our list are easy to install, put together and use making that one less thing you need to worry about when it comes to keeping your pool in tip-top shape.
Spend your money wisely.
We always think it’s important to look at the value of a product before choosing whether or not to invest in it. You work hard for your pay cheque and you want to make sure that you’re spending your money on something that you are going to get a lot of use out of as well as something that is going to last you a while. We are proud to say that many of the items on our list are incredibly budget-friendly. We get it, owning a pool can get crazy expensive crazy fast so spending money on additional accessories may be the last thing you want to do. There are a handful of accessories that do require a bit more of an investment, however, as we wanted to make sure we had all the bases covered as we compiled our list of ten best products. All of these accessories are given double thumbs up from us here at GearWeAre and are also backed up by hundreds (sometimes thousands) of positive reviews from current users.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Proper storage is vital to extending the lifespan of your pool accessories. You cannot let your items get wet and then not properly dry before storing them away for the season. Make sure you allow your accessories time to dry in the sun before packing them away or else you may have to deal with mold next time you go to use your stuff.
To ensure your guests aren’t going to go home with red eyes or swimmers itch, you need to make sure that you’re checking your pool’s chemical levels prior to throwing your party.
Other Factors to Consider
Nobody wants to purchase an accessory for their pool only to find that it arrives broken or that it’s not as useful as one hoped it would be. This is why we made sure to include accessories that are not only backed by hundreds of positive reviews online, but that are made well with high-quality materials. You don’t have to worry about any of these accessories breaking on right out of the box. In fact, they should all last you throughout years and years of use provided that you’re taking proper care of them.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: What is the best way to inflate an inflatable pool accessory?
The way you choose to inflate your pool accessories may depend upon the size of the product. If it is something relatively small, you can use good ol’ lung power to fill it up. If you’re looking at inflating something substantial in size, there are a few methods you can try. A manual air pump is a relatively affordable investment that you can use. These come in handy in situations where you may not have access to a power source. Using a hand or foot pump on your inflatable may be a bit tedious but it’ll do if you’re on a budget. Electric or battery-operated pumps are a little more expensive than a manual pump, but you can still find them for very cheap online. They usually come with a ton of different tips so you can use them to fill other things as well. If you have a Shop Vac in your garage already, you can use the blower function on it to fill up your inflatable.
q: What kind of food should I serve in my new inflatable serving bar?
No party is complete without food and a pool party is no exception to this rule. If you have guests lounging in your pool, you want to be able to feed them without making them float to the pool deck and get out. Your new inflatable serving bar should then house some crowd pleasers. One thing to keep in mind when choosing what food to serve in your inflatable serving bar is that people can be pretty messy. This is especially true when alcohol is involved. If you don’t want to be picking soggy paper plates and taco meat out of your pool, we would advise against something like a floating taco bar (although it does sound delicious). Snacks like bananas and fruit skewers would be less messy and, in this situation, your guests wouldn’t even need a plate.
q: How can I keep my guests safe at my pool party?
This is a great and very important question. As a homeowner, if someone were to get injured at your party, you could be held liable. Taking the steps to ensure the safety of all of your guests is very important. If you will be having a party that is held indoors for half the times and outdoors for the other half, we recommend getting a pool alarm, especially if small children will be in attendance. These alarms are designed to let you know if someone falls into the pool. Another option would be to invest in a fencing system. Many pool fences are easy to install and take down when not required. If you have little ones who will be jumping in and out of your pool and using your new waterslide or pool toys all day long, you’ll want to make sure that they’re equipped with life jackets at all times.
q: What is an IPX rating?
IPX ratings come in handy in the world of outdoor speakers and sports headphones and earbuds. Most of the speakers and headphones that are coming out these days have a IPX4 rating at a minimum, but some are rated even higher. What does it all mean? IP means International Protection and knowing the IPX rating of your products will let you know how much protection this device will have against certain irritants like dust and water. Each letter and number in an IP rating has its own meaning and will let consumers know what to expect from their devices in terms of dust-, particle- and waterproofing. If we’re looking at Cowin floating speaker that made our top ten list, it has a rating of IPX7. This means that the speaker will not be damaged if it immersed in water that’s up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes. Every device with an IPX7 rating is considered to be fully waterproof. In the case of the VOLADOR Submersible LED Lights, they have a waterproof rating of IP67. This means that the lights have protection from contact with harmful dust particles and can be immersed in water just the same as the Cowin speaker.
q: Is the Inter-Fab Water Pool Slide safe for adult use?
Definitely. The weight limit on this slide is 250 pounds. As long as the sliders are within the weight limit, they will have no problems using the slide at all.
q: What kind of critters is the Swimline Escape Ramp designed to help save?
This product has been proven to help provide an escape for drenched frogs, chipmunks, snakes, squirrels, mice and more. It’s not meant to be used to save domestic animals like cats and dogs.