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If you want to add extra seating to your backyard, patio, or pool area without shelling out the money for patio furniture, inflatable couches are an affordable fix. Lightweight and easy to assemble, they’re convenient to break out (and blow up) when guests bring along a few more friends than they’d originally promised. Plus, they are easy to store when not in use – even if you are really tight on space.
The best inflatable couches are waterproof, prevent air leakage, and don’t require a pump for inflation. Instead, the couches inflate by swinging the bag to scoop in air. In between scoops, it’s best to close the bag so that you can trap the air before you start on your next motion. High-quality inflatable couches won’t require wind for this process, nor will they need many motions (Of course, you can always use a pump as well for faster inflation).
Once you know how to inflate your couch, you can get creative with how you use it. Not only are they a great fit for lounging around in the yard, but they can be brought to outdoor festivals, campsites or beaches – some may even be used as floating rafts.
If your plans involve the great outdoors, be sure to make sure you select a water-resistant model. However, the best inflatable couches are a comfortable way to lounge in indoor spaces too, especially in dorms or small apartments tight on space. If you’re got a dorm room or den, these inflatable couches can be great options for your seating area. And they’re great for adding some fun to kids rooms, too.
1. Wekapo Inflatable Lounger
This seven-foot-long sofa can fit you and a friend – but the comfort of its pillow-shaped headrest may make you each want to get your own. No matter what your plans are for the day, this lounger will hold up. Anti-deflation technology allows for five to six hours of inflation – perfect for a day out by the pool or lake. A carry bag, stake, and even a bottle opener are all included for your ease and enjoyment.
Pros: Long-lasting, comes with a stake so you can stay in place even on a windy day.
Cons: While it may be used as a raft, it can not be used as your primary floatation device for safety purposes.
2. Chillbo Shwaggins Inflatable Couch
Roughing it in the woods doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable when you’re sitting around the campsite. This inflatable couch can be used in two ways: right side up, it fits three people sitting down; when you turn it upside down, it’s designed to let you lay down and lounge on your own. We love its portability and easy inflation process, plus, it comes in a variety of fun patterns.
Pros: Extra-large side pockets can store magazines, drinks and more. More than 12 colors available.
Cons: If you haven’t used a similar product before, you may have to practice the air swooping technique as it could take a bit of time to inflate.
3. AlphaBeing Inflatable Lounger
This inflatable lounger can withstand a lot, from kids jumping up and down, to branches and debris blowing its way outdoors. Thanks to anti-deflation technology and its ripstop fabric, it can sustain up to 400 pounds without deflating or tearing. While its comfortable design and ample space make it a nice convenience to have on hand around the house, the stability of its design makes this portable couch a must for outdoor festivals or camping trips.
Pros: Supports up to 400 pounds with durable water-resistant and tear-resistant material.
Cons: Those looking for flashy patterns and colors may prefer other options.
4. SEGOAL Inflatable Poolside Lounger
It only takes four to five scoops of air to get this sofa prepared for a day of lounging. Once inflated, it will last for seven to eight hours and support up to 600 pounds — the most weight on our list.
What we love most about it is its waterproof material, making it just as practical for the poolside as it is for indoor use (no worries about accidental spills here). It can be used for a relaxing float in the water too. Those with kids will appreciate that the material is tear-resistant and easy to clean.
Pros: Waterproof, easy to inflate, long-lasting.
Cons: Can be used in the pool but should not be used as a safety flotation device.