Inflatable Beach Loungers Review
Product Manufacturer: KyRush
Description: Inflatable Beach lounger
Product Range: Beach Lounger
Cost: $35 – $35
Quality Rating: 3/5
Value For Money: 4/5
You have your boardshorts, bikinis, sunscreen, towel and your favourite pair of sunglasses….all set for the beach? Well I thought so too until I discovered the Inflatable Beach Lounger. Yes you heard right. An inflatable beach lounger. My wife and I travelled to Koh Samui, Thailand in December 2017 to escape the incredibly cold winter weather here in Germany. Can you believe it that in November 2017 we had 11 hours of sunshine the entire month in Hannover, I was over the grey. Now provided I do originally come from South Africa where there is plenty sunshine, I have never been one that has been particularly affected by a lack of sunshine but, this was pushing the limits. Anyway, we decided on short notice that we needed a break from the weather and headed towards the sun.
We were in search of the turquoise water, white beach sand and sunshine…..well the beaches weren’t all that white soft sand that we expected. It was often more like the sand one finds in a pool filter which is great for exfoliating your feet but after a short distance this can get a little uncomfortable.
I had seen videos on YouTube advertising these beach loungers and I could not for the life of me understand why people would purchase these things until I took a chance, folded to popular opinion and bought one….it was the best thing ever. I no longer had a problem with sand on my towel, I could sit reading my Kindle comfortably for long periods without my neck going into spasm and best of all, we no longer needed to continuously buy drinks at the local beach bar just so that we would have a place to sit. It was an inexpensive solution that improved our vacation 100% and it can improve yours too.
There is nothing complicated about the product design. It consists of a canvas or nylon exterior and a plastic air-tight tube inside. The exterior is there to prevent the tube inside from being damage which would result in the lounger deflating – not great if you are planning on using it for longer periods of time and don’t fancy reinflating it on a regular basis.
The compartments are separated at the ends which makes the inflation a little easier. The open end has two plastic ribs integrated into the construction to assist with keeping the open end, well open, in addition to sealing the compartments. These units are suitable for the beach, poolside lounging and floating in water should your balance be good enough for that. Since it is a little higher than a lie-low, it can tip over as a result of the higher centre of gravity.
Design and Operation:
I have included a YouTube video to visually demonstrate how one inflated these units:
Step 1: remove the lounger from its pouch.
Step 2: roll the lounger out flat and press the plastic ribs flat
Step 3: open the mouth of the tubes using the plastic ribs and inflate by either running or spinning your body to trap as large as possible amount of air in the compartments. If there is a wind blowing then angle the tub with the mouth open towards the wind and it will inflate itself.
Step 4: holding the plastic ribs closed, proceed to roll the ribs along the tube’s length increasing the pressure in the tubes as you roll.
Step 5: When the tubes are at a firm pressure, bend the ribs towards each other and clip in place using the clips attached to the plastic ribs.
Pro Tip: Before “Step 3 : Inflation”, add a little sand to the inside of the tubes, this will stabilize the tubes when sitting or lying on them and will prevent you from easily rolling off the tube. The drawback is that you will not be able to easily run or spin to inflate the tubes if sand is in the tubes.
There are various design variations ranging from the very basic to the complex and superior quality ones. I was unsure of this product and how much we would use it in the future, so I did not opt for the most expensive one on offer. The most basic unit is made of a nylon casing intended to protect the tube inside and is just 2 inflated tubes joined in the middle. If you are unsure if this product is for you, it is not an expensive product and you can always upgrade afterwards.
The more expensive ones had improved materials used in the manufacturing process. More robust canvas or nylon is available which are less susceptible to perforation or damage to the plastic inner tubes. One feature which I was sorry we did not opt for was the head rest. The head rest does add a little to the price but is a great addition should you be planning on reading for longer periods and need that extra bit of comfort.
In addition to this, some models offer pouches for items such as Kindle’s, mobile phones etc. and these do come in handy as they keep things out of the sand and organized at the beach. Just remember to remove these items should you take the lounger to the water.
The units are all produced to the same general dimensions which is approx. 270cm x 70cm when inflated. When deflated, these units can be rolled up and stored in a nylon pouch which is approx 30cm x 15cm. The weight will vary according to the materials used and design features but generally weigh under 2 kg when deflated.
Is it for You?
I have personally been convinced that this lounger is well worth the effort to take it with on holiday. Its versatile and can be used in a number of settings while not being too cumbersome to take with or too heavy to cause issues with luggage planning.
I do suggest that you purchase one before going on your vacation as we saw an enormous cost variation for the same loungers. Apart from the cost variations, there is no guaranteed availability at all destinations so having one before you go will prevent disappointment should there be none available upon arrival.
Pro Tip: If you buy the inflatable loungers, you will never be left pool side at your resort of choice with no lounger or that all the premium placed ones are already taken. If you want to know what I mean, have a look at how the Germans are on Holiday…..