What is a TikTok inflatable tanning pool, and why is this trend blowing up?

Despite what Tay Tay said, it's not going to be a cruel summer with this cool buy

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The TikTok inflatable tanning pool is one of this summer's hottest buys for sun worshippers and selfie-taking queens. But what is it, and why has it blown up on our social feeds?

Well, if you're a girlie who loves a golden glow — then this buy is for you. That's right, evening out your suntan just got a li'l extra. Much like those fun pool floaties, this viral tanning inflatable will help you soak up the sun and switch up those positions a la Ariana Grande (just way more PG). 

Even though the best paddling pools are great as an outdoor foot bath, these adult-size loungers are purpose-built for laying 180 degrees on a hot summer's day. Oh, and they're soooo much cheaper (and smaller) than the best hot tubs, making them a more appropriate choice for apartments and smaller homes with just a sliver of outdoor space.

Girl-to-girl, we all have our hang-ups (am I right?). So if you don't want to tan in public, then another plus is that you can use this outdoor accessory in the comfort and privacy of your own balcony or backyard without any creeps staring while you sunbathe.

How to use the TikTok inflatable tanning pool


♬ original sound - Loren Jade Webb

Like @Lorenjadeewebb, all you need to do is fill it with a little water so you don't sizzle to death like a piece of bacon.

But — as the work mom at Real Homes — I encourage you to invest in some SPF and practice safe sunbathing if you're going to buy one of these. 'Cause ain't nobody got time to heatstroke, heat rash, or melanoma.

3 of the best TikTok inflatable pools to buy

PSA over. I've found three luxe (but budget) designs that'll have you looking like a snack while you soak up the sun and your daily dose of Vitamin D.

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Christina Chrysostomou
Former acting head ecommerce editor

Hi, I'm the former acting head ecommerce editor at Real Homes. Prior to working for the Future plc family, I've worked on a number of consumer events including the Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Live, and Good Homes Magazine. With a first class degree from Keele University, and a plethora of experience in digital marketing, editorial, and social media, I have an eye for what should be in your shopping basket and have gone through the internal customer advisor accreditation process.