Can you hear that? The telltale tzz-tzz-tzzzzz sound outside means someone’s turned on the sprinklers. In the words of The Fresh Prince, it’s summer, summer, summertime. And now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shared the news that those completely vaccinated may enjoy maskless outings again, the idea of entertaining a few friends outside with a small summer barbecue doesn’t seem like the hazy dream it did last year. Joining the neighborhood pool again is now a joyful possibility. But as you start to venture out more, don’t forget the simple pleasures you can build right in your own backyard. That’s why you’re sure to appreciate this researched guide to the best inflatable pools at your fingertips. Now, this is no slap in the face to splash pads — they’re pretty awesome, especially for toddlers just starting to step with some confidence. But if you or your kids want to sit, relax, and soak more than your toes, these posh tubs are just the ticket.
Sure, you have to blow up the things. But if you score an automatic air pump, you’ll make quick work of the chore. The one tedious habit you shouldn’t avoid: Cleaning out the puffy pool after every use to avoid potentially sickness-inducing bacteria. After a cleanse, dry the pool (taking care to towel in between the cracks and crevices) and let it finish air-drying. Quick tip: If you have an outdoor playground structure, try propping it up there to maximize the surface area left in the sun.
Convinced yet? Ready to fill that cart? Ready, set, splash time!
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