Must-Have Accessories for Your Above Ground Pool
An above ground pool can offer you and your family endless hours of fun and relaxation. However, even the best pools can eventually seem like a chore to maintain, keep clean, and winterize. So, when all the chemical testing, chlorine tablets, and vacuuming turn your fun factory into a nuisance, it’s time to invest in some brand-new pool toys. Of course, pool accessories have come a long way since all we had to choose from were noodles and floaties. And no matter how you prefer to enjoy your pool, there's something for everyone on this list. However, before you invest in any extras, it's a good idea to first make sure your swimming pool, pool liner, filter sytem, vacuum, and winter cover are all in great condition. After all, necessities come first, but if all in shape with your pool here's a few newer and more popular additions we've seen lately.
Floating Pool Canopies
One of the downsides of cooling off in your pool on a hot summer day is that we tend to forget that the sun's rays are just as potent when we're under the water. This, along with the fact that many of us don't re-apply sunscreen as we swim, can make pool-related sunburns a significant problem. Fortunately, there are ways to enjoy your pool without exposing your skin to unnecessary sun damage. A great example is a floating pool canopy. Whether you're lying down inside or hanging on the edge, you and your friends will be protected from the sun's rays by the SPF-rated tented cover. Each inflatable raft is lightweight, durable, and includes cup holders, so that you can also enjoy a cool beverage while you swim.
Pool time and music go hand in hand, but electricity and water are a big no-no. And while the age-old solution was to turn up your house sound system to the max, you'll still have to get out of the water every time you want to change the song. Moreover, your neighbors might not have the same love for the music of Journey as you do. Fortunately, modern technology has given us affordable waterproof speakers just like this one. Using a Bluetooth connection, these speakers hook directly up to your phone and offer some serious musical performance that you can enjoy from your pool. Best of all, you won't have to towel off every time your playlist turns up a dud.
Floating Pool Lights
Your pool isn't just a source of fun, but a major source of decorative inspiration. If you were planning a backyard party, for instance, why decorate everything else and leave your pool looking just "so-so?" That's where these unique floating LED pool lights come in. Ranging widely in size, color, and function, they are the perfect addition to any pool party. Some are programmable via remote control, while others play music. Either way, they're a great way to spice up any backyard event.
Floating Party Islands
If you have a large pool (or a large roster of guests), you might want to consider investing in a full-fledged floating party island. Completely inflatable and great for social events, these floating platforms give you and your friends a place to hang out, enjoy a few beverages, and take a break from the water. Most party islands include cup holders, seatbacks, and cutaways so that you can dip your toes in the water. Other models might offer shaded canopies and other unique features. Just be sure you do your measurements – some party islands can be bigger than your pool itself!
LED Water Fountains
If you’ve ever seen one of those Las Vegas water shows, you know how impressive light and water can be when properly combined. So if you're interested in taking your above-ground pool to the next level, a LED pool water fountain is the way to go. During the day, these easy-to-use devices are perfect for keeping you and your pool guests cool. However, at night, they can be used to create a stunning light show that is sure to enhance any backyard get together. There are a number of brands, styles, and prices to choose from, so it’s easy to find a water fountain to fit your needs (and budget).
Floating Beverage Holders
There's nothing wrong with wanting to enjoy a few beverages with your friends in your pool. However, the vast majority of above-ground pools aren't properly equipped with rails or platforms. This means any beverages you set down might fall "overboard," or – worse – spill into the pool. Luckily, you can solve this problem by investing in some simple floating beverage holders. From single can and bottle holders to entire inflatable snack trays, there are tons of options to explore and enjoy. There are even inflatable beer pong tables to offer you and your guests a floating space for some "college-style" competition.
Floating Cornhole Sets
Perhaps the most popular backyard game since Lawn Darts, Cornhole is a blast to play, challenging for all ages, and uses soft bean bags instead of metal darts. Of course, why spend all your time playing Cornhole on land when you can enjoy the in-pool, floating version? Not only will targeting your opponent’s floating board be much more difficult on water, but players can enjoy an additional “splash factor” as they chuck these floating bean bags at their targets (or each other). All in all, this game is the perfect recipe for some fun in (or out of) the sun.
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