Best Non-toxic Kiddie Pools 2020- Top 10 Outdoor Pools for Kids

May 14, 2020

Summer’s the perfect time to have fun, make memories and enjoy some water fun with your little ones. But you don’t want to expose your children to harmful toxins like BPA, as these are found in some plastic pools. So we’ve done the research for you on how to choose the right non-toxic kiddie pool and which materials you should avoid.

One of the biggest toxins to look out for is PVC, often simply called ‘Vinyl’ on labels. PVC is a known toxin which can expose your children to phthalates which have endocrine-disrupting properties, as well as lead and other carcinogenic contaminants. It’s enough to make you want to keep your kids inside all summer, but wait – there are some great non-toxic kiddie pools out there.

Here’s our guide to the best pools for your family so that you can have fun splashing around without worrying about the effects on your little ones’ health. Here’s a shortlist of the Top Six Non-toxic Kiddie Pools out there:

 

 

 

Reviews of Top 10 Non-toxic Kiddie Pools

 

1. EverEarth Waterproof Beach Blanket & Kiddie Pool

 

 

Now, this pool really is ingenious, doubling up as both a picnic blanket and a portable kiddie paddling pool. Just flip it over and fill it with the portable bucket included. But most importantly for your child’s health, this pool is made from TPU which is both phthalate- and BPA-free. It’s also environmentally friendly and durable. So you can pass it on or recycle it when you no longer need it. However, this pool’s probably best for the beach, as you need to dig out a shallow hole underneath the mat for the water to stay in the pool.

 

What I love about it:

  • Multipurpose – use it as a beach mat or a kiddie pool!
  • PVC and BPA free
  • Durable and eco-friendly
  • Includes bucket for sand or water play
  • Folds up small into its own portable bag

 

 

 


 

2. Sable Inflatable Pool

 

 

This is a great family-size pool. Sable inflatable kiddie pool holds up to two adults plus four kids. Enjoy a splashing pool party in the backyard. What’s great about it is that it is completely lead and phthalate free, and made using a high quality non-leaching plastic.

 

What I love about it

  • Safe & durable: Sable inflatable pool is made with Phthalate and lead free
  • 60% thicker material than most in the market, reducing the risk of punctures and ensuring a long service life.
  • The pool can be inflated in 3-4 minute by electric pump (not included). Additionally, it has two water valves, which double the drainage speed.
  • Strong and stable structure. It has three individual air chambers and so can withstand extra weight while preventing air leakage
  • Vertical Drainpipe: 90° vertical drainpipe can easily facilitate outflow of water. So tidying up is quite simple.

 

Something to keep in mind

  • Electric pump does not come included and must be purchased separately.

 

 


 

3. Little Tikes Step2 Play and Shade Pool

 

 

This cute kiddie pool and sandbox combo will look great in your garden and bring hours of sensory play and water fun for your children. Hard plastic is a much better choice than soft inflatable pools and this one made from Hard Density Polyethylene (HDPE – resin code #2) is a brilliant choice for a non-toxic kiddie pool. It’s easy to put together and the pool is just the right depth for splashing! The umbrella’s a handy addition, providing shade and ensuring you stay protected from the sun all day.

 

What I love about it:

  • Non-leaching HDPE plastic
  • For sand and water fun
  • Pool doubles up as sandbox
  • Umbrella for bonus sun protection
  • Cute appealing design

 

 


 

4. Intex Mini Frame Pool

 

 

If you’re looking for a kiddie pool, this is a great choice because you avoid inflatable plastic, which releases endocrine-disrupting phthalates and toxic gases when exposed to heat. However, do keep in mind that this pool is not a non-toxic option, but has been included as it uses a much better grade of PVC than many other options, and so it’s toxicity decreases significantly. The reason for this pool being added to this list is because I couldn’t find a truly non-toxic alternative with this convenient design, but want to inform those parents who might like this simple convenient design, of a better grade option than some traditional nasties.

This pool is big enough for a couple of toddlers to play together or a parent and child. It is easily set up and packed away with a drain release for convenience. It’s a good option if you want to take it round to the grandparents for the day or away on vacation with you as it packs up small and is really portable.

 

What I love about it:

  • Better grade of plastic (not your regular inflatable pool)
  • Foam covered horizontal bars for comfort and safety
  • 48″ x 48″ x 12″ Size

 

Things to Keep in Mind:

  • Contains PVC, even though it might be a better grade
  • Not truly non-toxic

 

 


 

5. Sable Splash Pad

 

 

Enjoy a cool summer afternoon with the kids in the backyard in this cool and educational splash pad. With vehicle pattern design on the sprinkler, toddlers learn happily and easily in the sun, enhancing the fun of learning. This non-slip pad is safe for kids and prevents children from slipping. Additionally, a wavy line near the rim of the splash pad increases grip and safety. The best part is that these water toys are both BPA and phthalates free, made with environmentally friendly materials to ensure children’s safe play

 

What I Love about it:

  • The water toys are both BPA and phthalates free, made with environmentally friendly materials.
  • Durable Outdoor Water Play Toys – Thickened non-toxic PVC material is 30% thicker than others. This avoids bursting during use.
  • PVC non-slip textures prevent children from slipping and a wavy line near the rim of the splash pad increases grip and safety.
  • Big Splash Mat and Easy to Set Up – 68” Splash pad allows 2 to 3 kids to play inside, and has enough space. Just plug it to a garden hose or PVC tubing.
  • Warranty and Service – Backed with 1-year guarantee.

 

Something to keep in mind:

  • Though the pool is BPA and phthalate-free, please keep in mind that the non-slip textures are PVC, and not PP, HDPE or LDPE, which are even better.

 

 


 

6. Tavot Ocean Inflatable Play Center

 

 

This is a lovely and fun pool, and the best part is that it’s also completely non-toxic. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that the pool is made of ultra-strong thermal polymerization pvc, stitched with world-class technology. Additionally, it comes with fully streamlined design. Rigorous testing is made in accordance with international standards.

And with so many extra features like an a water slide, ring toss, water sprayer attaches to garden hose and inflatable cushion on pool floor for extra comfort. . It’s big enough for a few children to play together and just the right height for toddlers to play without being too deep.

 

What I love about it:

  • Made with non-toxic materials
  • Lots of extras like water slide, ring toss, water sprayer and inflatable cushion
  • Beautiful and Convenient
  • Dimensions when inflated: 94.09″  x 81.10″ x 33.86″

 

Something to keep in mind:

  • Pool is a little smaller than appears
  • Though non-toxic, it is made of PVC, which is a slight red flag in my book.

 

 


 

7. Funarrow Inflatable Kiddie Printing Rectangle Swimming Pool

 

 

This children’s pool is made of weight and BPA-free PVC, resistant to puncture and UV rays.Moreover this inflatable swimming pools can be used as swimming pools, ball pits, sand pools, etc. Additionally, the pool can be used both outdoors and indoors. Also, it comes in vibrant marine animal patterns and can develop children’s visual reading ability. As such, the pool is printed with colorful tropical beach scenes with cartoon animals that allow children to be immersed in an imaginary world. For added peace of mind, the bottom of the texture provides non-slip safety. Lastly, the pool is large enough for up to 3 children to play comfortably.

 

What I love about it:

  • Safe and durable. Made of weight and BPA-free PVC, resistant to puncture and UV rays.
  • Easy to inflate, fire and store: Three separate air chambers make this inflatable pool safe and easy to inflate. It takes only 3 minutes to use an electric or manual air pump (not included).
  • Multiple uses: can be used as swimming pools, ball pits, sand pools, etc.
  • Colorful, fun and safe design
  • Product size: product length 130cm, width 90cm, height 55cm, space enough for 3 children to play, even swimming

 

Something to keep in mind:

  • Warranty is only for 1 year, and includes only one fix.

 

 


 

8. Giant Inflatable Sea Animal Kiddie Play Pool

 


Not only does this pool look really fun and it just invites you to jump in, but it’s also completely phthalate-free. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your kids can have loads of safe water play in this pool. And with so many extra features like an octopus sprayer, an inflatable slide, play balls and a ring-throw target practice game, they’ll never get bored. It’s big enough for a few children to play together but just the right height for toddlers to play without being too deep.

 

What I love about it:

  • Space for the whole family at 10ft long
  • Phthalate free
  • Lots of extras like play balls, toss rings, etc.
  • Inflatable slide and sprayer for even more fun
  • 117”L x 65”W x 21.5”H

 

 


 

9. Per Hard Plastic Portable Pool

 

 

Unlike the above pool, this one is a non-inflatable option, which I like. I’m always a bit on the fence with inflatable plastic, even when it claims to be non-toxic. On the other hand, this pool is made with high density hard plastic, which is relatively a much safer and trust-able non-leaching plastic. This pool is large, circular, looks lovely, and can be set up in no time. Gladly, there is no need for an electric pump or any gadgets as there is not inflation. Moreover, in addition to toddlers and children, it is also safe for your furry friend to splash about it.

 

What I love about it:

  • Great for young children.
  • Free of inflation, as long as the water can be set up.
  • Easy to install, and folds easy for storage. It can be folded into a backpack to carry to the beach or elsewhere.
  • High-density non-toxic PVC plastic, single-layer bottom.

 

Something to keep in mind:

  • Hard plastic, but still PVC

 

 


 

10. ASIILOVI Outdoor Splash Pad and Inflatable Pools for Kids

 

 

This lovely kiddie pool and sprinkler is made of soft and heavy duty PVC which is BPA free and phthalate free. This 68″ Diameter water-filled sprinkler pad can bring endless happiness for your toddlers. They’re sure to enjoy the sea world theme. Included are some colorful and cute marine animals. Children and pets will love to play in the splash mat and spray. Perfect for birthday parties or celebrations in the lawn, backyard, garden or yard.

 

What I love about it:

  • 68” Super Large Kids Splash Pad
  • Durable & Safe Splash Pad for Toddlers. Made of high-quality 0.30 mm thick, soft and heavy-duty PVC material, environmental and non-toxic. BPA free and phthalates free. 30% thicker than other inflatable water toys, reducing cracking and tearing. Non-toxic and more durable.
  • Easy to Set Up and Store. Easily attach splash pad to a standard garden hose or PVC tubing and then adjust the water pressure to increase or lower the water splash height. And when folded, it is as small as a folded dress, so it is easy to store away.
  • Each product is backed with a one year guaranty.

 

Something to keep in mind:

  • The sprinkler is reported to be slightly smaller than appears.
  • Even though it claims to be BPA free and phthalate free, please keep in mind that it is still made with PVC (a material which I do not vouch for) and not a better grade plastic such as PP.

 

 


 

Pool Accessories

 

1. Click N’ Play Pack of 200 Phthalate Free BPA Free Crush Proof Plastic Balls

 

 

So now you’ve got the pool, you need some toys to play with in it! Or if the weather isn’t great for swimming, just fill it with balls and let them jump right in. The problem is that most toys are also made from soft PVC plastic and carry the same risks. But this set of 200 BPA-free, phthalate free balls is a fantastic option and will provide your kids with limitless fun. They’ll brighten up your kiddie pool and invite your children to play, and they’re sturdy enough to stand up to stomping, throwing and even chewing(!) Alternatively, if you have a large pool, you could also get a value pack of 1000 balls.

 

What I love about it:

  • Great non-toxic pool toy
  • 6 bright colors
  • Crush-proof for years of play
  • Contain no BPA or phthalates

 

 


 

2. Stearns Original Puddle Jumper Kids Life Jacket

 

 

This life jacket for kids has been tested, and it is Coast Guard Approved. It is a type V and III floating device that can be worn inside and near the water. It’s a great accessory to have in a large kiddie pool, just for peace of mind, and can also be used on boats and at water parks. It is durable, colorful, playful and attractive. Most importantly it fits snugly and provides maximum protection. This life jacket comes with safety buckle snaps in the back and an adjustable strap and is suitable for children between 30- 50 pounds.

 

What I Love about it

  • Fits snugly
  • Cost-efficient
  • Provides maximum security

 

Something to keep in mind

  • Quality could be better

 

 


 

3. Stohlquist Toddler Life Jacket

 

 

Another great accessory to have on hand, though you might not need it for a home kiddie pool is a coast guard approved toddler life jacket. Made of durable material, this toddler and kids’ life jacket allows for added security with a quick-release buckle over the entry zipper. Additionally, it has a convenient grab-handle. It features a buoyancy level of 7lbs and is Coast Guard Approved. The jacket’s floating feature keeps the baby in a calm, face-up position. This product comes in a variety of sizes so it’s great for children with varying weights

 

What I Love about it

  • Very safe
  • Comfortable and fits well

 

Something to keep in mind

  • expensive, but worth the investment

 

 


 

Conclusion

By being mindful in your purchases and avoiding the nastier plastics, you’ll protect your children from cancer as well as reproductive and endocrine problems. These toxins have even been shown to lower IQ! So remember to check out the resin labels.

Aim for pools that have the #2, #4 or #5 labels (HDPE, LDPE and PP respectively). These are the safer plastics. Avoid PVC and anything that isn’t BPA-free – these chemicals can leach into your child’s sensitive skin.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some water play to cool down and splash around with your little ones. Grab one of these fun, safe kiddie pools and you’ll be all set to relax and make some fantastic memories this summer with your children – ones that will live on for years with no unwanted consequences for your family’s health!

Once you’ve chosen the perfect kiddie pool for your child to safely splash about in, make sure you protect you baby’s sensitive skin in the hot sun with a safe organic sunscreen. Or if you wish to play indoors, then check out these great non-toxic play mats.

 

Shobita Ravichandran

Shobita Ravichandran

Editor-in-Chief

Shobita created Parenthood Guide in 2015 after she found out the hard way about toxins in many safe looking baby products. She's an architect, researcher, writer and mum of two strong-willed little humans. Ever since she found out she was pregnant, she has been extensively researching natural, safe, organic and non-toxic products for her children. Now she wants to take you along on this non-toxic journey and share her findings of the best and safest baby products out there.

8 Comments

  1. Megan Taylor

    Hi there! Thank you so much for gathering this information. Were you able to get in contact with the Sable pool company directly? I found their information on Amazon but I can’t seem to find contact information for them to ensure that their pool really is pthalate and lead free. I’m trying really hard to find a nice pool for my family that can fit all three of us but it’s been really hard. Would you recommend the Sable over the Intex option?

    Reply
    • Shobita

      Hi Megan,
      I was able to get to their website and they did mention that the pool is BPA-free. Wasn’t able to speak to anyone in person but this is what they mentioned about the pool on their company website:
      “Safe For Swimming and Playing: Environmental friendly PVC and BPA-free material withstands rough play, protects the inflatable pool from leaking, and ensures air trapped inside remains at a stable temperature”.
      On the Amazon product, they do mention that it is phthalate-free as well, but again couldn’t double confirm that.

      As for Intex vs. Sable, yes I would still prefer the Sable pool for the same above reason that they clearly state that they are BPA-free, while the Intex pool does not.

      Hope this helps you find the right pool that’s safe for your family.

      Shobita

      Reply
  2. Lexi

    Hi Shobita,

    I just purchased the Step 2 play and shade pool. It is made out of LDPE #4. Would you still recommend it knowing that?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Shobita Ravichandran

      Hi Lexi,

      Of the Plastics, HDPE and LDPE are safer options, compared to others. LDPE #4 is flexible and tough but breakable and considered less toxic than other plastics, and relatively safe for use.

      According to Natural Baby Life:
      “Plastic number 4 (Low-density polyethylene or LDPE) is considered one of the safest plastics that you can use today and it has no known health concerns. It doesn’t leach chemicals into food or beverage and can be recycled. It’s used to make items such as plastic bags, milk cartons, mats, and playground equipment.”

      So you should be safe with this option in my opinion. (the only problem with this plastic is an environmental one, as it is not easily recycled).

      Hope this helps, and enjoy your new pool. 🙂
      x

      Reply
  3. Quinn Ng

    Hi Shobita,

    i read about PVC and they said its very harmful for children. Why did you say Intex kid pool non-toxic? Just want to know what you think/research?

    Reply
    • Shobita Ravichandran

      Hi Quinn Ng,
      Yes PVC is definitely not a friend, and of all the options, I could find only one truly non-toxic pool, which is the EverEarth E Lite Waterproof Beach Blanket & Kiddie Pool, whose materials are toxin free.

      The others are mostly options with much better quality plastic, and not cheap inflatable plastic, so they are much less harmful, but not completely non-toxic. Unfortunately, due to the lack of choice in the market currently, I have currently included these slightly better options, to give readers a better idea.

      The intex pool as you have correctly noted uses PVC, but I’d done some research into the type of PVC used in it from the company website etc, and found that they use a much better grade PVC than many of the other kiddie pools. And this lowers its toxicity significantly. It is however not accurate to mention that it is non toxic and I have edited this part in the article now.

      Hope this helps and hope you find one in the list that suits your needs. If you do know of any other truly non-toxic pool option, do let me know, and I can look into it as it will benefit other readers as well.

      Reply
  4. Jess

    I don’t think these are non-toxic options. The giant inflatable sea animal pool is made out of PVC, which will likely still leach BPA. The Intex pool is also made of PVC and nowhere in the description online does this say it is BPA, lead and/or phthalate free. Additionally, it has the Prop 65 warning on it which means it either contains chemicals known to be carcinogenic or that they haven’t tested it at all to see if it contains these chemicals. I’m trying to find the manufacturer’s website to contact them to confirm but am having trouble. That said, these do not seem to be truly non-toxic options.

    Reply
    • Shobita Ravichandran

      Hey,
      Thanks for your comment. You’re right about the Intex pool. I have included the disclaimer in the description, “However, do keep in mind that this pool is not a non-toxic option, but has been included as it uses a much better grade of PVC than many other options, and so it’s toxicity decreases” significantly.
      I have added it on this list as it is better grade plastic than most of its competitors, and I included it for those who wanted this size or design, as I wasn’t able to find any better alternative unfortunately.

      As for the Giant inflatable, I wasn’t able to find out whether it was BPA free, but the pool is definitely Pthalate free, and hence made it into the shortlist.

      As we’re talking about inflatable kiddie pools, the term itself lends to inflatable plastic, which is slightly toxic almost by definition. So the challenge here was to find less harmful ones The truly non-toxic pool I could find was the ‘EverEarth E Lite Waterproof Beach Blanket & Kiddie Pool’ which had a clear description of the non-toxicity of its materials. Hoping more and more manufactures become aware of the importance of avoiding toxic chemicals, and will hope to update this article as soon as this happens with all truly non-toxic options.

      Just trying to do my best. Hope this helps.

      Reply

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