Enjoying a good swim is one thing, but you can take your swimming experience to a whole other level with the right accessories for your pool.
With everything from toys and games, to entertainment and leisure, when you’re armed with the right gear, you and your kids will get the most from every pool session.
In this article, I’ll reveal the best accessories you can buy for your pool. And yes, a few of these might surprise you. 😉
We hand-picked the following products based on their popularity, price-points and differentiating features.
A more complete review of each can be found later in this article.
Pool accessories come in a variety of forms, each with their own unique features, build quality and wildly different price-points to boot.
In this section, I’ll cover the different types of accessories you can buy as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each.
After investing in a swimming pool for your yard, it’s essential you’re making the most of the newest addition to your home. Naturally, you’ll want to purchase a few key accessories that will significantly improve your quality of life when using your pool.
For me, these particular accessories are a must-have. Like a waterproof Bluetooth speaker to keep the music flowing, or a floating inflatable island so you can relax in pure luxury. With just a couple of simple additions to your pool, you’ll maximize your enjoyment.
But what good’s a pool if you’re not sharing with family and friends? You need a way to keep the party going, or a way to keep your kids happy while you take 10 minutes to relax in the water. That’s where these products come in.
Everything from a floating beer pong table to volleyball nets and basketball hoops set the scene for a competitive atmosphere, and hours of fun playing in your pool. There’s so much more you can do in a pool than just swim, right?
After all the fun and enjoyment, you still have to clean up at the end of a session, and you can’t forget the importance of keeping your water well-maintained. It does feel like a chore (because it is), but a few choice buys will make your life easier.
Consider products like a floating fountain to aerate the water better and ensure your filters are working effectively, or even just a simple pool cart to give your kids somewhere to store pool toys once they’ve finished in the water.
In this section, we’ll be looking at specific accessories for your pool, each hand-picked for review based on the same criteria above.
Let’s dive right in.
The Pool Volleyball Game is an ideal buy if you’re wanting a little action in your pool, giving you the chance to compete with your friends and family in a game of water volleyball.
Designed by Intex, the inflatable frame floats on the water to suspend the net in the air while anchoring weights keep it in position while you’re playing.
The frame for the net is made from a highly durable 10-gauge vinyl, and you also receive an inflatable volleyball in the kit, as well as a repair kit to quickly rectify any punctures or holes. Oh, and when you’re done, there’s a shelf storage box to keep it safe when not in use.
The Floating Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers allow you to swim in your pool while listening to your favorite music, streamed directly from your phone.
Designed by Cowin, this speaker will actually float on the water in your pool as its playing, with an outer case that provides 100% protection against water and dust.
Using an advanced Bluetooth 4.0, it’s an ultra-optimized version of a traditional wireless connection, that not only uses less energy but delivers a crystal-clear sound. You can enjoy up to 8 hours of playtime from this stylish yet compact pool speaker.
It’s ready to use straight out of the box, with enhanced bass and a 10W subwoofer to create the perfect party atmosphere, along with 5 different LED lighting displays to choose.
The Blossoming Water Fountain is a decorative water feature that allows you to change the look of your pool by creating a fountain from three to five feet high.
Designed by Splash Pools, this particular product is excellent if you’re wanting to create a focal point in your yard, and it comes with a universal adapter kit to ensure it will readily connect into the vast majority of pool filter systems.
But there’s a hidden benefit that comes with a fountain, the water jets actually help to cool your swimming pool, which can be fantastic during summer. The spray also better aerates the water, so your filter doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your pool clean.
The Rockin’ Inflatable Lounge helps to create the ultimate relaxation experience, allowing you to float effortlessly on your pool, whether you’re reading a kindle or soaking up the sun.
Designed by Intex, this is a sturdy and stable pool accessory, that won’t tip or flood with water as you climb on and off. Fantastic if you’re planning to bring your phone with you.
They’ve even thought to include a built-in cup holder to ensure you’ve always got a beverage nearby. Inside the lounge are two air chambers, and you also get a small repair kit to fix any punctures or holes quickly.
The Pool Buoy Plus Floating Umbrella is a novel idea, to create shade inside your pool so you can cool off in the heat of the day without concern for the sun.
Designed by Shade Science, the umbrella cover is UV rated and has a 5’7″ diameter when it’s open, with an adjustable and rustproof pole that extends up to 78 inches.
It comes with a small circular table to keep your drinks in easy reach, and a counterweight and ShadeLoc system to stop it flipping when the wind starts up.
The floating umbrella works well in both salt and chlorinated pools, and you can even pull it out of the water and set it up on dry land once you’ve finished swimming.
The Floating Spa Bar is a must-have for entertaining in your swimming pool. Floating freely around, it provides a stable serving tray, so guests don’t have to leave the water.
Designed by Pool Systems USA, the floating bar is 28 inches and has an assortment of 8 cavities to hold a variety of different snacks and drinks.
Stability comes from two water-weighted chambers, and you also have two carry handles to easily move or lift this side tray out of the water. Being an inflatable product, it also comes with a patch kit and is perfect for parties and gatherings in your pool.
Microfiber Towels are a fantastic accessory because let’s be honest, you can never have enough dry towels around your swimming pool, especially if you’ve got guests over.
Designed by Your Choice, these towels are available in two sizes, 67 x 35 inches and 60 x 30 inches, made from 85% polyester and 15% nylon.
Despite holding several times their weight in water, what’s great about these towels is how fast they dry, and they’re incredibly soft and smooth to the touch. Plus, all towels come backed with a one-year warranty.
The Poolside Towel Rack ensures you’ve always got a clean and dry towel hanging within arm’s reach when you need it after a swim.
Designed by Swimline, the base of the stand is actually a water weight container that creates stability in the towel rack, which assembles quickly out of pieces of PVC.
Once together, the rack stands approximately 53 inches high, with four separate hanging rails for your clothes, swim goggles, towel, or anything else you’d like to have close.
The Pool Lounge Beer Pong Inflatable is a must-have accessory for a pool party, giving you hours of fun playing and competing with this classic drinking game.
Once the game is over this versatile inflatable can also be used a floating lounge.
Designed by GoPong, the floating table is 6-foot-long and comes complete with in-built cup holders to rack the game and hold sideline cups. Included are 6 pong balls, as well as 4 tethering grommets to keep the floating pool game in place while you play.
The Portable Power Shower is a quick and convenient way to create an outdoor shower near your pool without expensive plumbing or installing permanent fixtures.
Designed by the Outdoor Lamp Company, the shower is entirely plastic to ensure no rust and has a standard garden hose connection for an easy water source.
For added stability, the 13-inch base can be filled with water to keep the 78-inch-tall shower in place, and while some assembly is required, the pieces do go together fast.
The Canopy Island Inflatable Lounge is a great way to relax in shaded luxury while floating around in your backyard pool.
Designed by Intex, the lounge features two air chambers for added safety, along with a detachable sunshade that provides just the right amount of shade on a hot summers day.
In addition to the comfortable backrest, you’ll find built-in cup holders to keep your drinks handy, with plenty of space on the giant 78 x 59-inch inflatable for a couple of adults, or your kids as they play.
The Pool Noodle Organizer will keep all of your pool toys and inflatables in one place, so they’re not strewn all over your yard when the kids start playing or the wind picks up.
Designed by Palos Pool Essentials, the bottom section of the cart has a mesh lining to keep smaller items like balls, goggles, and other accessories inside. The walls stand 48 inches high, which is more than enough to keep your pool noodles upright and in place.
Two of the legs have wheels that allow you to move the cart to the edge of the pool, which also lock in place to ensure it doesn’t move. The open top section makes it easy for kids to reach even to the bottom of the cart, and grab whatever toy they’re after inside.
The Poolside Basketball Game allows you to turn your pool into a water basketball court, and provide your kids with hours of entertainment as they toss a few hoops.
Designed by Poolmaster, the backboard and frame is constructed from all-weather, highly durable polyform plastic, with a 34 x 25.5-inch backboard and 14-inch hoop.
Included in the set are a basketball and inflation needle, though you will need to fill the game base with sand or water to create enough weight to hold it in place on the deck beside your pool.
With the right accessories for your pool, you can create the perfect poolside atmosphere, whether you’re looking for a little fun and entertainment, a way to relax with a higher quality of life, or some novel solutions to keep your pool clean and organized.
Do yourself a favor, kit your pool out with the right accessories. It’ll be worth it.