Published on July 26, 2019

When it’s 101 degrees and you aren’t near a body of water, you have two options: Blast the air conditioning as you (quickly) work your way through a tub of (melting) ice cream or live vicariously through all your Instagram friends who are near an ocean, lake, or some other source of H2O. Either way, you don’t get what you truly want. So why not take a cue from the kids in our lives and plunge into a pint-size inflatable pool? 

The pros far outweigh any cons. For one, a blow-up pool can follow you anywhere. On vacation? Sure. Your neighbor’s backyard? That too. The park? If you can find a hose, why not? Once you’ve taken a dip, simply let the air out and pack it up. It’s never too late to beat the summer heat, and these seven shockingly chic kid-turned-grown-up pools are up to the task. 

The Work of Art

Let us paint the picture: You, soaking in this abstract pool, as someone hands you a glass of rosé sangria

The Delectable Dip

The only thing better than swimming in the summertime is snacking on watermelon. We highly encourage enjoying a slice of the fruit while lounging around in this matching pool (the 30-minute rule no longer applies). 

The Crush of the Party

This inflatable basin can fit two to three adults comfortably, so it’s about time you called your friends over. In the product description, the company also suggests filling it with ice and using it as a giant cooler for drinks. Genius.

The Virtual Whirlpool

This giant squiggly design is one of five eye-catching styles from fashion stylist–turned–mini pool aficionado Kristin Myllenbeck. Black and white always know how to make a splash. 

The Mini Holiday

The next best thing to an actual tropical vacation is wading around in a mini pool decked out in palm leaves.

The Comfy, Cozy One

Our love for blush tufted sofas, captured in the form of a six-and-a-half-foot-wide tub. 

The Instagram Bait

We’ve seen swan and flamingo rafts before, but this accessory takes the trend so much deeper—literally. 

This story was originally updated on May 12, 2016. It has been updated.

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