I Did NOT Love This $12 Pool Float on Amazon & I’m Surprised it Has Over 11K 5-Star Ratings!

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Does this aqua 4 in 1 pool float deserve all the hype? 🤔

hand holding pool float box over water

Looking for a pool float that does it all?

Versatile, comfortable, and the ‘easiest pool float to get on’ are all the reasons people can’t stop raving about this Aqua 4-in-1 Pool Float! In fact, it has a whopping 11,427 5-star ratings on Amazon so I was expecting to be on board with all the hype.

But, after testing, plain and simple: this pool float missed the mark for me. 🥴

stock image 4 different ways to sit on pool hammock

Aqua 4-in-1 Monterey Pool Hammock & Float – as low as $12.42

IMPORTANT NOTE: This pool float is not intended for use for children ages 15 & under and without supervision.

With 4 ways to sit on this float, there’s no jumping, flopping, or ladder required. In fact, it’s specifically designed for even expectant mothers and seniors to sit on this float safely and comfortably with ease.

Plus, it inflates/ deflates easily and folds up so compact, it’s great for travel or stashing in your pool bag or carry-on. Even fully inflated, this pool float takes up much less space than a standard pool float!

It’s also made of 50-70% thicker patented non-stick PVC and has a soft breathable mesh in the middle.

pool float hanging above water

Not to mention these OUTSTANDING reviews!

Here’s what satisfied customers have to say about this Aqua Monterey Hammock

This is a great for travel pool float. We take it with us to vacation resorts as it is easy to pack (doesn’t really take up space/folds float) and quick to inflate (less than 5 minutes). It also does not take up too much space in the pool and offers an opportunity to lay down, hammock style, in the pool. With time I can see the mesh will begin to wear out but for the price point, this float works for what we need it to work for a few times a year. We bought two, one blue and one pink. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This pool hammock is so relaxing that I didn’t want to get out of the pool!! I used it all Memorial Day weekend! I plan on getting another one in case I have company so we don’t have to fight over this one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is my second time purchasing these. The first set lasted over 3 yrs, and one still works fine. Definitely recommend chilling in the pool. The versatility is great being able to use a few different ways. We know several people personally who also bought them and love em. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

mesh pool float with a hole in it

So many awesome reviews, but this pool float still didn’t measure up for me. 🤷🏽‍♀️

Here are a few reasons why…

  • Personally, it was uncomfortable. Although I fall in the recommended 4 to 6 ft. height and under 250 lb. weight requirement, I felt like I was constantly adjusting to find that ‘sweet spot’ on this hammock.
  • It did not hold up large adults well. My husband who is over 200 lbs. but under the 250 lb. max weight felt like he was more submerged than anything and did not float comfortably above the water.
  • The mesh ripped after ONE USE 😱 – and this was on the first day we tested this float, folks. And, it was only for light use, while taking pics/videos. So there was no horseplay, we hadn’t taken it from pool to pool, or out in the sun, it just RIPPED.

Although I was initially intrigued by this multifunctional float and how easily it folds up, while the inflatable parts might boast thick PVC, there’s no getting around how flimsy the mesh center is. 🥴

And, if you’re a big/ tall person like my husband, this might not be the best float for you.

pool float box next to edge of pool with float

On the other hand, moms-to-be and seniors might find this portable and lightweight pool float easy on the body. 

Plus, for such a reasonable price, reviewers mention it being an affordable option when it’s finally time to purchase a new one (some lasting 3+ years for some reviewers!)

Want to see for yourself? Get this pool float on Amazon while the price is LOW!

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About the writer:

Chelsey is a writer & photographer with both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Arizona State University. She holds 3+ years blogging experience not only for Hip2Save, but various other publications in the health, lifestyle, and education field.

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  1. berry

    Do you know that if you rate some thing low on Amazon, you will get a message from the seller and ask you to change the rating in the refund you. Do you know how many people probably do this?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh interesting. Thanks for commenting, Berry. πŸ€— Good thing to consider or look out for.

    • Liz

      berry, I only know that when I left reviews on Amazon (honest ones), I eventually got banned by Amazon (no explanation whatsoever) from leaving reviews. I’ve tried asking them to reverse it, but they will not budge. It is so sad that Amazon has to be this way. All money driven.

  2. Maggie

    Costco has THE BEST pool noodles — thick, durable, fantastic. I’ve used many different kinds of pool noodles for exercise (taught deep water aerobics at a Y for years), and the Costco noodles blow away almost anything else on the market because they don’t get water logged. Sometimes they also have noodle chairs. Get your pool stuff there!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for mentioning your favorite pool noodle, Maggie! Great to hear they’re durable and hold up well to use! πŸ₯°

  3. Mary

    While this float may not be for everyone, I bought them (and continue to buy them) when we travel. Why? They are much cheaper than resorts charge you, they travel flat and are light weight, we really found them comfortable while we were using them, and we gift them to other guests at the resort/hotel when we leave. I consider them just another little expense while on vacation. Also, we have a trip coming up and forgot to order these, so your post reminded me to buy two more! Thank you!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing your review on these floats, Mary. Glad this post was a helpful reminder to scoop up a few!. Great idea to purchase these for traveling or vacation use. πŸ™Œ So thoughtful of you to gift them to others when you’re leaving too! πŸ’•

  4. Kate

    I personally love these floats! They don’t keep you high out of the water, but they’re great! My family and friends and I find them really comfortable for cooling off in the water. You can use them sitting or laying, they collapse to nothing, and take very little air to inflate. This is my 3rd year with mine and haven’t had a rip yet, and I let my dog share the float with me πŸ˜‚

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      So happy to hear you’ve been pleased with this float, Kate! πŸ’• It does seem that there are quite a few happy reviews for it as well. πŸ€— I bet your dog has a great time floating with you! 🐾

  5. HV Mom

    We love these floats and pack them for all our hot weather VRBO trips! The take up little space, dry quick and are super comfortable for floating around a pool for hours. My fav is the XL one as I’m tall. I wonder if you got a bad one?

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and how you use these floats, HV Mom! Good to know you enjoy them while traveling and the XL size works great for those on the taller side! πŸ™ŒπŸ’•

    • Chelsey (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That could definitely be it, HV Mom! Thank you for sharing so glad to hear you still love yours! πŸ€—

  6. GAmommyof4

    I purchased a wireless phone mic a couple weeks ago from Amazon and today I received a letter in the mail from the seller asking me to leave a review, then take a screenshot of it and email them for a $30 Amazon credit. That’s how they build 5 star rating.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing about the experience you had, GAmommyof4. Good to know that some sellers may promote this incentive in exchange for reviews on their product. πŸ’•

    • Figmaup

      Same experience occasionally, offered gift cards to review products. I have grown suspicious of items that have a high number of great reviews that are off brand items from overseas, especially if they are “sponsored.”

  7. Marcella

    Thank you for providing your honest, unbiased opinion about this product.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Marcella! ❀️ I’ll be sure to pass along your comment to Chelsey too! πŸ€—

  8. Diane

    I love that you post honest reviews and tell us when you had a bad experience, as well as the good experiences. Your site is awesome!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Aww, that is the BEST compliment, Diane! πŸ’• Glad our team member’s reviews are helpful, and you’re loving all the Hip content! πŸ™Œ

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