1. Rubber Dockie Floating Mat.Best overall floating mat.
The Rubber Dockie floating mat can comfortably support a family of eight! It comes in two sizes, with the larger-sized 18 feet x 6 feet mat accommodating up to ten people comfortably. The material is comfortable to lie on, and it wasn't slippery or harsh to touch.
The mat has a 12-foot-long elastic tether that allows you to fasten the mat to stationary objects. So if done right, you could create a mini island right at the centre of the pool. A family picnic in the middle of the pool under the beautiful summer breeze? Sign me up!
Your kids will enjoy sunbathing, jumping, running, and playing on this floating pad. It also works fine for pets, but watch out for tears from your pet's claws. And if you have questions, Rubber Dockie has impressive customer service that will quickly respond to all enquiries.
The bright orange and green colour of the mat starts fading out after a few uses. But don't worry. It doesn't stain clothes or objects. Also, the tether buckle can get rusty if you constantly use it in saltwater, and the tether strap might snap if you don't handle it carefully.
Some customers also complained that some mats were sent without the tether included. So don't forget to inspect the mat thoroughly for holes or defects when you get it, and ensure that the tether arrives with the packaging. That said, the helpful customer service will gladly send you a replacement if you notice any defect.
Get the Rubber Dockie floating mat if you want the best-floating mat that you can buy at a reasonable price.
It is a comfortable, capable floating mat that's portable and easy to store. The mat is made of durable material and comes with an additional one-year warranty.
Let's get one thing out of the way. Floating mats aren't cheap.
That said, the Rubber Dockie is decently priced relative to other floating water mats.
You will be hard-pressed to get a better-floating water pad at this price point.
2. Intex Giant Floating Mat.Best budget floating mat.
The Intex Giant Inflatable Floating Mat is an absolute steal for its price. It's almost ten times cheaper than the Rubber Dockie!
It can comfortably seat a family of four, and if that isn't enough, a "connect n float" system lets you hook up additional Intex mats and floats with the first one. The connectors can also anchor the mat to a pole or a boat.
The mat has a repair kit that lets you mend the floating mat should it leak or tear. It is compact when deflated and folds easily for secure storage.
The Intex mat is quite small, and can't accommodate as many people as the Rubber Dockie. And not just that; the small size means the children won't get to play as much as they would with larger foam mats. So if you have a large family, definitely go for the Rubber Dockie.
Unlike the Rubber Dockie, the Intex is an inflatable mat, so you'd need an air pump to use it. And it does take about 10 minutes to inflate and deflate this mat.
The Intex Giant Inflatable Floating Mat does cut a lot of corners, and it is quite small. While using it, you and your kids might get a little water under you, but this is minimal and not enough to distort your comfort. It is just the right amount of water to keep you cool. So if your priority is affordability, it's the best-floating water mat for you.
The Intex is the cheapest of all the best floating water mats reviewed here. And does it deliver despite its cheap price point? Yes, it does. You won't find better inflatable mats that come as cheap as this.
3. FindUWill Pool Hammock.Best floating pool hammock.
Picture this - a water picnic where everyone can chill on a coloured hammock that reflects their personalities. You can do that with the FindUWill. The FindUWill comes in multiple colours, and it has two pillows on both ends that you inflate with air before placing it on water. The package has a small air pump, so you do not need an external pump.
It supports the head nicely while serving as the perfect pool lounge chair. I like how it is portable and easy to fold.
The FindUWill hammock is slightly cheaper than the Intex floating mat, making it the most affordable option on this list. That said, it's a hammock.
As the name implies, the FindUWill is a hammock. It's an individual pad. So if your aim is to bond with the entire family on a single mat, this isn't the right one for you.
If you do decide to get this for your family, Always keep an eye on your kids at all times, no matter how comfortable they seem on the hammock. They could simply drift off.
Unfortunately, the FindUWill hammock isn't that durable, and you may start to see it wearing out after a few uses, with possible leakages in the tubes. The 30-day warranty period is a joke. I expect a 6-month warranty at the barest minimum.
The FindUWill Hammock package comes with two sets of hammocks for two people. I wouldn't recommend it for kids.
But if you ever choose to organize a large-scale colour-themed picnic (it's a rare but possible scenario) or fly solo on any water picnic, it's a great choice.
This hammock is cheap and affordable. The price of a single package is hard to beat. But when you place multiple orders for many people, the price advantage goes away. In that case, you are better off purchasing floating water mats that can accommodate multiple people.
4. SOWKT Floating Lake Dock.The most sturdy floating mat.
The SOWKT Dock is a very sturdy water pad that supports multiple people at once and allows your kids to engage in watersports, running, and all sorts of tumbling. It inflates into a strong, solid, flat surface that supports pool chairs and drinks. This arguably makes it the best floating mat on this list for lakes.
It functions like a floating island and conveniently folds into a backpack for easy transportation and storage. The package ships with a foot pump, an electric pump, and a patch kit that helps with repairing the floating dock should any damage occur.
Like the other floating water mats I've reviewed so far, you can anchor the SOWKT dock to anything with the stainless steel D-ring available in each corner. It also comes with a bungee tether leash that helps to hold down personal belongings and items like coolers.
Weighing about 7 kg, the SOWKT floating water pad is quite dense and heavy for its small size. There are other similar-weight water pads, but they are larger in size. Also, the foam mat surface might get hot after some time in the sun, but you can splash water on it to cool it down.
The included electrical pump requires an external power source. So be sure to carry along the foot pump to inflate the mat if you won't find a suitable power source or adaptor around you.
A few customers reported missing items, with SOWKT having to ship them later after their floating mat order arrived. So inspect the package carefully to ensure the extras, like the two pumps and the repair patch, aren't missing.
If you need a sturdy floating walkway or water mat, the SOWKT Inflatable Floating Dock is perfect for you. It's also the best choice for lakes.
The SOWKT is decently priced. I can't complain about that price for the quality and the extra goodies included, like the electric pump, foot pump, and repair patch.
5. Aqua Lily Original Floating Water Mat.Best for awesome lake parties.
Available in three sizes, the Aqua Lily Original Floating Water Mat is the most popular of Aqua Lily's floating mat offerings. It is durable and easy to use, with adequate space for multiple children. The largest 18ft Aqua Lily mat supports up to 680 Kg of weight! So, you can host mini water parties for your kids and their friends on the largest mat.
It is strong enough to support children jumping on it and playing other watersports games on it. You can even place a beach chair, water coolers, and other items on the mat without dislodging them.
The Aqua Lily one-ups the Rubber Dockie with its patented UV protection that prevents discolouration, and anti-saltwater rust technology. The mat also comes with the unique flex core technology that makes the pad easy to roll up with no roll memory.
The Aqua Lily pad is quite heavy, but that is to be expected. Especially when you consider that the water pad supports a lot of weight. That said, the larger-sized mats are quite bulky to transport and will need another person to roll them up.
Also, there is only one tether point for the Aqua Lily pad, so the edges curl out a little when unrolled. I wish Aqua Lily would take note of this and added extra tether points on the other end of the mat.
There are many similarities between the Aqua Lily Original Floating Water Mat and the Rubber Dockie Floating Mat. If you are on a restrictive budget, I'll say you go for the Rubber Dokie Mat. But if you need a larger mat with extra features like UV protection and saltwater rust protection, go for this product. It is the best Lily Pad float in the market.
The Aqua Lily mat pricing is on the high side compared to other similar floating mat products like the Rubber Dockie floating mat, the Intex Giant inflatable mat, and the SOWKT inflatable dock. But the larger size offerings might make the price worthwhile for you.
6. Maui Mat Floating Foam Pad.Great floating pad.
Also manufactured by Aqua Lily, the Maui Mat is a large, solid floating water mat with two cross-linked polyethylene foam layers for a safe, yet sturdy feel. The mat has a lovely, tropical ANZ design to it.
The Maui foam mat comes coated with UV-stabilized graphic film for extra protection in salt water. This makes it one of the best floating pads for saltwater bodies.
You unroll this water mat for your kids, and they can start using it immediately. No need to inflate anything. The multifunctional storage straps help to tether the foam pad and tie it up for storage.
The foam pads have a weight capacity that can accommodate eight kids conveniently. Your kids can adopt any posture and jump on the mat.
The pad is less durable than expected for something as expensive as this. You might see holes in the water mat after some months of usage.
Even when rolled up, the Maui Mat is still big. Your vehicle needs to have enough space to transport the floating foam mat.
The Maui mat has a large surface with a lovely design, allowing your kids to have all kinds of fun on it. But, the steep price point might put off a few customers.
Frankly, it's the Aqua Lily Pad Original but with a tropical design.
The Maui Mat is over $200 more expensive than the Aqua Lily pad. I do not think the extra Maui designs on the mat justify the extra price. Yes, you are getting a uniquely designed mat. But for that price? Too steep.
I'll recommend the original Aqua Lily pad or the Rubber Dockie instead.
7. Aqua Ultimate Floating Water Mat.An affordable floating mat.
The Aqua Ultimate Floating Water Mat is an inflatable pad with zippers on three sides to connect additional water mats. A single mat can seat a family of four comfortably.
The water pad comes with a cozi-soft cooling fabric that is water-activated. This makes the Aqua Ultimate brighter and more colourful when wet. The fabric will keep your skin cool, which is super helpful during the hot summer months. The core material is thick, with Aqua claiming it is 60% thicker than many floating water mats. The thick material prevents the mat from having leakages.
Several people complained about how easy it is for the Aqua Ultimate mat to attract stains, dirt, mould, and mildew. Kids could get messy, and you may not like the state of this floating mat after a long day on the water.
In a weird plot twist, some users complained about leaks to the inflatable mat after a few uses. But those units might be defective units.
Kids will also find it hard to stand on this mat. It isn't as balanced as the Aqua Lily or other mats featured in this review. That said, it's great for seating or lounging and serves as a good trampoline if your kids are into that.
The Aqua Ultimate Floating Water Mat works as expected at its price point. Cleaning it can be a hassle. So keep that in mind.
The Aqua Ultimate Floating Water Mat is a fairly well-priced floating mat. I can't complain about the price
8. Floating Oasis Lake Pad.Best compact baby float.
Like the largest Aqua Lily pad, the Floating Oasis pad can support up to 680 kg of weight with a dimension of 6 ft by 15 ft. It can easily take a family of 6 with space for snacks, drinks, toys, and other items. I like the fact that the floating pad is available in at least six colours.
It has two layers of polyethylene foam with an additional tear-resistant inner layer to prevent wear and tear. It doesn't absorb water and is easy to clean with soap and water.
The Floating Oasis Lake Pad has two velcro straps to keep it secured when rolled up. There is also a bungee cord and D-ring to tether it to other objects.
There have been multiple durability complaints about the Floating Oasis pad. Customers have complained about rips, tears, and the tether hook coming undone and falling out. I expect a product as expensive as this to be more durable.
Remember to inspect the package immediately after it arrives to ensure that it comes in the right size and colour. Check for any manufacturer wear and tear too.
The Floating Oasis Lake Pad is an excellent alternative to the Aqua Lily Original Pad. It works fine and can accommodate multiple children and items.
A bit pricey, just like the Aqua Lily pad.
9.Airhead Air Island.Decently-priced inflatable floating mat.
The Airhead Air Island is a decently-sized inflatable floating mat. Your kids will enjoy sitting, jumping, and playing on this air mat. It comes with zip link chains for linking multiple mats to one another. I like that you can flip the mat over for another colour. And the mat is available for order in multiple colours.
It comes with a unique speed safety valve that makes it easy to inflate and deflate.
While the mat does cover a large surface area, it has a relatively low weight capacity. You are better off reserving this floating mat for kids alone and using another floating mat for adults.
The Airhead Air Island is a decently-sized budget inflatable floating mat. Take care not to overload it with weight when using it.
A budget floating mat at a good price.
10. SOWKT Premium Floating Mat for Lakes & Pools.The cheapest baby float you can buy.
The SOWKT floating water pad is a very large, lengthy floating water mat that can accommodate several kids and adults, unlike the previously reviewed SOWKT Inflatable Floating Dock. It can hold 14 kids or seven adults.
Kids will have tons of fun on this floating pad in the pool or lake. The floating pad is made of durable anti-slip material to ensure your kids won't slip no matter how wet the pad gets. This makes it ideal for physical activities.
SOWKT uses a proprietary inner net and heat-sealing technology to ensure the mat is less susceptible to rips and tears. It also comes with a 12-foot-long tether.
There were a few complaints about defective items, so scrutinize your received package for any wear, tear, or missing parts.
You might find that the colour starts to get washed out after some use, especially if you stay in a very sunny area.
There were also complaints about holes and rips in the floating pads after only a few uses. But those might be isolated incidents.
The SOWKT Premium Floating Mat is perfect for those who want to fit many kids or adults on a single floating water mat.
It is also great for those who want to avoid going through the hassles of inflating a floating mat. If you need something much smaller, the cheaper SOWKT Inflatable Floating Dock will do.
The SOWKT Floating Mat costs more than the SOWKT Inflatable Floating Dock.
But that is understandable since it is larger and can handle more people.
11. Zipfun Floating Mat for Lake.Another option for lake fun.
Available in different sizes and colours, the Zipfun floating mat is a sturdy pad that can support multiple children and adults (The orange-coloured mat is my favourite). The mat can be used in all kinds of water bodies, from pools to lakes to the sea.
The floating mat is durable and stable, and it has a tear-resistant middle layer with a nylon mesh.
There is a 16.4 ft long tethering hook for attaching the mat to poles or boats, and it comes with three custom hook-and-loop straps as opposed to the regular one or two straps that come with other floating mats.
There were complaints about defective packages with chunks of foam missing from the floating mat, causing the mat to sink in the middle with an uneven balance. So carefully examine your received package to detect any defect immediately.
The floating mat is also quite thick and can be cumbersome to transport.
The Zipfun floating mat is a decent, affordable floating water mat. It is durable, sturdy, and can support up to 362 Kg of weight.
This is a relatively inexpensive floating water mat. It is cheaper than the Aqua Lily and SOWKT floating mat. But if you can pay more, go for the Rubber Duckie.
12. Stonful 2-Pack Inflatable Pool Float Mat.The best portable pool mat.
The Stonful 2-Pack Inflatable Pool Float Mat is a one-person inflatable mat. Made of eco-friendly vinyl, the Stonful 2 Pack Inflatable Pool Float Mat is an inexpensive, comfortable water mat that comes with 21 holes in it for extra cooling.
Weighing just 2 kg, the deflated and rolled-up pool mat is compact and very easy to transport and store. You can take it to the pool, lake, river or beach.
With this floating mat, your kids will enjoy lounging or lazing around on the water. It works fine for a budget floating mat.
The pool float only supports one person at a time. But the package comes with two floats, which makes up for this a little. But it won't work in cases where you need large floating water mats for a family.
The 21 cooling holes keep the body in constant contact with water. If you want a pool float that keeps you and your kids dry, this product is not for you. It is also easy for little children to get their feet caught up in the cooling holes. You must be vigilant if you are using this float with a child.
The holes also reduce the durability of the mat, and it tends to get punctured after some months of use.
The Stonful 2 Pack Inflatable Pool Float Mat is an extremely portable and compact float mat that comes cheaply. It is perfect for families with adolescents and teenagers.
Similarly priced to the FindUWill hammock and the Intex inflatable floating mat, the Stonful 2-pack mat is inexpensive.
13. JHUNSWEN Lake Floats for Adults.Floating mat that adjusts.
This inflatable mat comes with a comfortable, ergonomic water wave design that allows you and your kid to relax to the fullest. It even has two detachable air pillows that can be combined to form a standalone hammock for your child.
The detachable pillows can be fixed anywhere on the mat to support your neck, unlike most other water mats that do not consider your neck.
It comes with a handy air pump that makes it easy to inflate the float within 3 minutes. It is also easy to deflate.
Adults can't stand or play on this float. It is not that durable for an adult to move on. You'd enjoy the water better when sitting or lying on it. Its weight support is limited. But children can stand on it comfortably.
The JHUNSWEN Lake Float is as comfortable as it gets. It's hard to find a floating mat that offers the same comfort and customisation thanks to the movable pillows and the hammock.
The JHUNSWEN Lake Float is reasonably priced.