First, it was the summer of the flamingo, then the white swan (#iconic). It seems like every time we turn around there’s a new must-have pool float that’s popping up on Insta and making all your friends look like they’re having the party of their lives. It’s gotten so hard to choose a new floatie for summer that we’ve even resorted to taking advice from the stars. But we’ve got some big news. Sam’s Club has rolled out the most truly over-the-top pool floats we’ve ever seen: a giant flamingo, a peacock, and yes, even a rainbow unicorn. Don’t get us wrong, we’re *way* excited. But we have questions.
1. Are they still called pool floats if you can’t fit them in a pool? Sam’s Club elects to call the $150 floats “party islands,” which does seem more apt. (There’s *no way* these things are fitting in a pool.) Each shape is slightly different, but they’re about 10 feet by 10 feet. Hope your BFFs have a private lake.
2. How many people can you fit? The official cap is six adults (or 1320 lbs), so pick your friends wisely. Then again, some models have eight cupholders, so … . All we can say is, if you go full #YOLO, beware of capsizing.
3. How do you inflate them? We’d opt to use an air compressor, but some brave soul (thank you, reviews) said they managed to inflate the entire thing in 20 minutes with a hand-held air pump. Bonus workout?
4. Is this magical unicorn going to send me drifting out to sea? Um, possibly. There doesn’t seem to be much you can do to steer it from your perch. (Just for the record, this isn’t technically a unicorn — a winged specimen like this is called a pegacorn. The more you know!)
5. How do you get off this crazy thing? There’s a platform! Phew.
6. Okay, where do I get one? Sam’s Club has been selling out online, but they seem to be trying to restock to keep up with demand. And they’re still sold at store locations across the US. Do it for the ‘gram, folks.
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(Photos via Sam’s Club)