Inflatable lounging furniture is suddenly everywhere — in yards, parks, and even parking lots! Why? Maybe because, with the COVID-19 pandemic still making it difficult to socialize indoors, people are looking for ways to get comfortable visiting with each other outside, where the risk of transmitting the virus is lessened. If you want to spend time with friends and family safely before the cold weather sets in, the best inflatable couches are exactly what you need.
What is an inflatable couch?
Once used almost exclusively for camping, inflatable couches are gaining in popularity during the COVID-19 era, when the great outdoors is the safest place to socialize. We think once you try one, you’ll wonder where they’ve been all your life!
Affordable, portable, easy to set up and fun to use, the best inflatable couches don’t require an air pump or even any lung power to inflate. All you do is hold the end open, aim it toward the wind, and let nature do the rest! Roll up the end to seal the air in, and you’ve got a comfortable outdoor seat!
Ready to shop? We’ve rounded up a selection of popular inflatable loungers to make it easy for you. Keep scrolling to shop our picks for the best inflatable couches!
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What are the best inflatable couches?
Why we like it:
- Carrying case included
- Comes in 12 different colors and patterns
The Chillbo Shwaggins — besides having a name that makes us laugh every time we say it — is everything you need in an inflatable couch. You can lie down on it, hammock-style, or turn it over and sit on it with a friend. (It holds up to three adults, albeit not socially-distanced ones.) It comes with a carrying bag that has a shoulder strap, so it’s easy to tote with you to the park, and comes in a dozen fun colors and patterns. It even has a built-in pocket to hold your sunglasses, book, water bottle, or hand sanitizer!
“Best purchase I have made. I’m in love with my Chillbo … It comes with a matching bag [and is] so easy to set up, and instructions are simple. I love the durability and quality. I used it at the pool and it was great! Then my neighbor had a backyard BBQ and I brought it with me to lounge on the lawn and everyone loved it. If you don’t have one already, I highly recommend you get one.”
Why we like it:
- Backpack carrying case included
- Inflates in seconds
This sturdy inflatable sofa weighs less than three pounds, but can hold up to 440 pounds! Inflates in seconds, and deflates just as quickly and easily so you can pack it into the included backpack and take it with you wherever you’re headed. At 78 inches long and 35 inches wide, there’s plenty of room to stretch out, and it comes in nine bright colors that are sure to cheer you up. (Just be aware that the different colors vary in price, and double-check your total before placing your order, so you’re not in for a surprise.)
“I bought this for my friend, who just had to have one. I got the blue one and he loves it. He used it for camping and slept on it all night. Folds up small and also withstood his weight … and it also withstood being on the grass. When you have to catch the wind it can be a fun game if shared with family and friends. Great quality, comfiness is awesome, and a great addition to camping out with friends/family.”
Why we like it:
- Built-in headrest, bottle holder, and bottle opener
- Works on water or land
This inflatable lounger has a patented head and neck rest built in — and not only that, it has a cup/bottle holder and a bottle opener, too. Use it on land, or push out to sea (well, lake) and use it as a floatie — it’s equally suited to either use! Did we mention it also has two pockets to hold your sunscreen, favorite magazines, and phone? Like the other choices here, it’s durable and comfortable, easy to inflate and deflate, and comes in a variety of colors (five, to be exact).
“This is a big, comfortable, inflatable that you can use indoors or out, on the water or on land. Once it’s inflated, it holds air pretty well, and it’s comfortable to sit or lie on … I find it really easy to relax and nap on it. We bought this primarily as a floatie to use at the lake, and it does work well for that. It’s useful both on the water and on the sand, as it makes a comfy place to lay in the sun, whether it’s floating or sitting on the beach. We’ve also used it as backyard furniture, and its been popular for seating during parties. Overall, I’ve found this thing useful, comfortable, and fun.”
Why we like it:
- Built-in pillow
- Comes in a rainbow of color options
This inflatable couch has a built-in pillow, so it’s perfect for kicking back and resting al fresco, whether you’re camping or just spending the afternoon in your yard. A side pocket holds your essentials, and it’s durable enough to withstand gravel or rough terrain. It’s also waterproof, so you can set it up on marshy areas, or rest easy if you’re on the beach and the tide is coming in. Choose from pink, purple, orange, or green — the blue is sold out as of this writing this. Bring a blanket and a bottle of wine and you’re ready for a restful visit with your besties!
Why we like it:
- Unique ergonomic design
- Eye-catching botanical pattern comes in three color choices
Looking for an inflatable couch that will stand out in a crowd? The Segoal lounger is what you want, with a pretty botanical design that comes in three different colors. It doesn’t just look good, either — this waterproof, leakproof, tear-resistant inflatable couch has a unique curved design that supports healthy circulation and supports your body weight. You won’t feel swallowed up, and can get in and out more easily than some other styles of inflatable seating. A built-in pocket and a stake to keep it from blowing away are standard for inflatable couches, and this model has them as well. Basically, you can’t go wrong with this purchase!
“I was looking for a portable inflatable seat that I can bring to outdoor picnics and I’m glad I found this. The air sofa is really light and compact so it doesn’t take much space when I am carrying it, especially when there are already many other things to carry for a picnic. It is also very easy to blow up, and particularly easy to inflate on a windy day. I can just open it up and run across the grass to fill up the air sofa. In order to tighten it up, I twist the belt tighter before clicking the belt pieces together. The flowery pattern on the sofa looks really pleasing as well. Make sure to secure the sofa with the provided spike right after inflating it to prevent it from flying away on a windy day. It is also very comfortable and can be used as a napping pod.”