Above Ground Pools

Above Ground Pools Reviews

Above Ground Pools

Above Ground PoolsAbove ground pools are often as large as inground swimming pools, yet they are much easier to assemble and disassemble, making them a perfect choice for an ever increasingly mobile population. Above ground swimming pools detailed here all have one common construction point and that is they contain a vinyl liner. The construction of these 10 above ground pools differ in three basic ways.

The first two are inflatables, because a ring inflated with air surrounds the top of the pool, which floats above the water inside the pool, thereby extending the vinyl sidewalls upward. These cost less and are more maneuverable. Six of these 10 pools are soft sided pools reinforced with steel supports. They cost more than inflatables. The second pool in this review is both an inflatable and a steel supported pool. The last three pools in this review are constructed with exterior steel hard sides. These are the most expensive above ground pools in this review and they are the most durable.

Owning an above ground pool gives you relaxing enjoyment that is therapeutic and great for maintaining physical fitness. It also provides your home with a form of entertainment and enhances the aesthetics of your house. Here are details of 10 above ground swimming pools to help you determine a pool that is right for you.

  • Intex Easy Set 15-Foot-by-36-Inch Round Pool Set
  • Dimensions: 36 x 15 x 15 inches
  • Shape: Round
  • Seats: N/A
  • Water Capacity: 80-percent
  • Wall Type: pvc
  • Intex 18ft X 10ft X 42in Oval Frame Pool Set
  • Dimensions: 42 x 216 x 216 inches
  • Shape: Oval
  • Seats: N/A
  • Water Capacity: 80 Percent
  • Wall Type: Metal
  • iPool Deluxe
  • Dimensions: 53 x 24 x 8 inches
  • Shape: N/A
  • Seats: N/A
  • Water Capacity: 1,500 gallons
  • Wall Type: PVC
  • Bestway 12752 Steel Pro Frame Pool, 15-Feet by 48-Inch
  • Dimensions: 48.03 x 179.92 x 179.92 inches
  • Shape: Round
  • Seats: N/A
  • Water Capacity: 90 Percent
  • Wall Type: Steel Pro

Intex® 15-Foot by 36-Inch Easy Set® Pool Set

When ease of assembly is your main concern in an above-ground swimming pool, the inflatable, soft-sided Intex® Easy Set® pool set is your answer. The 15-minute setup starts by finding firm, level ground, spreading out your 15-foot deflated blue round pool, inflating the top ring with air, and then filling your 36-inch high pool with water. The air-inflated upper ring floats up as your water level rises, so essentially, you watch your pool go up by itself.

Absolutely no tools are necessary for setting up this pool set. Unlike most above ground pools, this pool set has no metal supports or sidewalls to assemble. The SUPER-TOUGH™ triple layered and laminated Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) sidewalls are both sturdy and durable in containing just over 2,800 gallons by reaching the recommended 80 percent fill mark. Intex® includes a maintenance and set-up DVD and this pool set comes with a 1,000 gallon-per-hour 110- to 120-volt filter pump employing dual suction outlet fittings, resulting in crystal clear water. A drain plug that accepts a garden hose fitting means you direct the pool’s water to an appropriate drainage location away from the pool, or your home, upon takedown of the pool.

Eight adults easily fit in this pool, yet at a three-foot depth, the pool is perfect for children over the age of six years. The Intex® model 28161EH pool set costs the least of all pools within this survey. Most owners of this pool classify the ease of setup, maintenance, and takedown as their most-liked features about the set.

Intex® 18-Foot by 10-Foot by 42-Inch Oval Frame Pool Set

Enjoy the ease of setting up an inflatable pool with the strength of steel frames in the 18-foot long by 10-foot wide by 42-inch high Intex® Oval Frame pool set. This long oval shaped pool made with three layers of SUPER-TOUGH™ PVC sidewalls will fit into a narrow back yard, which prevents the installation of a large round above ground pool. Filled to 80 percent of capacity, the 2,885 gallons held in this oval pool is great for swimming laps or playing a miniature game of water polo.

Setting up the Intex® Oval Frame pool set is easily accomplished by laying down the ground cover, spreading out the deflated pool, inflating the pool’s top ring with air, installing snap-on and powder-coat painted steel frame side supports, and then filling with water. A 110- to 120-volt Intex® Krystal Clear™ 1,000 gallon-per-minute filtration pump is added to keep the pool’s water clean. It includes a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) electrical connection that safely trips the pump off if water accidentally infiltrates the pump’s electrical supply. You receive a DVD with installation instructions and maintenance tips.

Included with this framed and inflatable soft side oval pool set is a debris cover to keep the water clean when not in use. You receive a ladder, and a drain plug that accepts a standard garden hose, allowing for an easy relocation of the pool’s water drainage.  Owners who purchase this blue pool set cite its ease of installation and its value as important attributes.

iPool Deluxe Above Ground Exercise Swimming Pool with Filter/Pump & Heater Upgrade

The iPool-D (iPool plus heater and deluxe pump) manufactured by FitMAX is substantially more expensive than inflatable soft side pools, but considered thrifty, compared to the cost of endless exercise pools, which are usually permanent structures pushing a steady water current by the swimmer. This above ground exercise pool has sidewalls constructed from a strong lightweight blue fabric covered with PVC and supported by a galvanized pipe frame coated with a white powder covering.

The 10-foot long by 6½-foot wide by 35½-inch high exercise 1,500-gallon capacity rectangular pool includes a 110- to 120-volt 16 gallon-per-minute filter/pump and a Raypak® 240-volt, three-phase heater. The heater draws 28 amps and requires the services of a professional electrician for proper installation. A Velcro® harness attached to an overhead bar allows for resistance training. Install the iPool inside and you have a heated pool that gives your joints year-round rejuvenation properties.

Included with FitMAX’s model 822007 pool set besides the pool and pump/heater, is a bungee cord and support harness, a belt, a pool cover, a ladder, a floor mat, and a repair kit. Space required for the iPool roughly measures 15 by 12 feet, plus an eight foot height, if it’s placed indoors. Indoor flooring must be built strong enough to withstand a ton of weight.

The iPool is a dream-come-true for those longing for an endless pool, but who cannot afford the $20,000 cost that comes with a permanent one. By adding a deluxe heater, this above ground exercise pool provides a heated swimming pool, even in winter months. FitMAX includes a five-year limited warranty. Owners of the iPool-D swimming pool offer rave reviews about great FitMAX customer service.

Bestway® 15-Feet by 48-Inch 12752 Steel Pro™ Frame Pool

When you want a basic family swimming pool at an affordable price, the 15-foot wide by 48-inch high round Bestway® Steel Pro™ frame pool is a good selection. At the recommended 90 percent fill mark, this soft sided steel framed pool holds 4,231 gallons of water. The rust-resistant steel frames snap into T-connectors and are secured with C-clips. Inner flaps of fabric hide these connectors and protect against injury to swimmers and rust to the assemblies. A triple-ply band surrounds the fabric midway up the outside for additional support to walls made from two outer heavy-gauge PVC layers and one inner polyester mesh layer. Rope surrounds the base of the steel framed uprights, holding them securely.

The Bestway® model 12752 pool includes a drainage fitting, which fits a standard garden hose, allowing for appropriate drainage of the pool water. Also included is a heavy duty PVC repair patch kit, and a DVD detailing setup and maintenance. There is no filter/pump included with this pool, so if you desire clean swimming pool water, you will have to invest in your own pump. Bestway® includes a three-month limited warranty on the pool liner and a 30-day limited warranty on the pool.

Owners of this Steel Pro™ frame pool by Bestway® rank the stability of the pool, the ease of assembly, and its low price as characteristics worthy of admiration. Another common comment made by reviewers is that it seems deeper than most standard pools of its kind. If you want a basic averaged-size above ground pool at an affordable price, this framed soft side pool is a good answer.

  • Intex 18-Foot by 52-Inch Ultra Frame Pool Set
  • Dimensions: 45 x 46 x 20.8 inches
  • Shape: Round
  • Seats: N/A
  • Water Capacity: 1600 gallon
  • Wall Type: Ultra
  • Intex Rectangular Ultra Frame Pool Set, 18-Feet by 9-Feet by 52-Inch
  • Dimensions: 52 x 108 x 216 inches
  • Shape: Rectangular
  • Seats: N/A
  • Water Capacity: 4545 gallon
  • Wall Type: Steel
  • Intex Metal Frame Pool Set, 24-Feet by 52-Inch
  • Dimensions: 132 x 132 x 732 inches
  • Shape: Round
  • Seats: N/A
  • Water Capacity: N/A
  • Wall Type: Metal

Intex® 18-Foot by 52-Inch Ultra Frame® Pool Set with Filter Pump & Saltwater System

Selecting the 18-foot wide by 52-inch deep round Intex® Ultra Frame® pool set puts you into a deeper and wider swimming pool that gives you 6,981 gallons of water enjoyment when filled to the recommended 90 percent level. Employing the Intex® SUPER-TOUGH™ PVC triple layer laminated sidewall construction, this soft side pool is supported by steel frames protected by a powder coat, rust-preventative paint. A fabric band surrounds the mid-section of the wall’s circumference for added support.

A 110- to 120-volt 1,600 gallon-per-hour Krystal Clear™ Intex® sand filter pump and saltwater system is included in this package. You just need to purchase a bag of silica sand, which is usually inexpensive, and this sand becomes your filter. The saltwater system is your method of chlorinating the pool, allowing for clean and safe pool water. The entire filter/pump includes a GFCI electrical connection that automatically shuts power off if water infiltrates the electrical current.

Other extras included with this gray-colored pool are a ladder, a ground cloth, a debris cover, a maintenance kit, a surface skimmer for cleaning the pool, and a drain plug that accepts your garden hose. Intex® includes a three-month limited warranty on the pool liner and a two-year limited warranty on the filter/pump.

Past owners of the Intex® model 28355EH pool set like its ease of assembly. They also appreciate the strong frame and the fact that for the price, the customer gets a great value for a durable and well-built, above ground, soft sided, steel-framed swimming pool. You could conceivably purchase one of these pools every year for a decade and still not equal the cost of a permanent inground pool.

Intex® 18-Foot by 9-Foot by 52-Inch Rectangular Ultra Frame® Pool Set

When you have a narrow back yard, yet you want an 18-foot pool, buy this Intex® 18-foot long by nine-foot wide by 52-inch deep rectangular Ultra Frame® pool set. You get the laminated triple layers of SUPER-TOUGH™ PVC fabric common with Intex® above ground pools, plus the strength of Ultra Frame® steel braces coated with rust-resistant powder coat enamel paint. Most importantly, your light gray soft side rectangular swimming pool is great for lap swimming, or pool games. When filled to the suggested 90 percent mark, it holds 4,545 gallons of liquid fun.

To keep your pool water clean and clear, a 110- to 120-volt 1,200 gallon-per-hour Krystal Clear™ sand filter/pump is included with this pool set. Since all you need to add to your set is a bag of silica sand, there is no need to purchase filter cartridges. And, Intex® adds the safety of a GFCI electrical connection, which shuts off electricity when water touches any electrical current. Other extras included in this pool set are a ground cloth for under the pool, a debris cloth for covering the pool’s water, an A-frame entrance and exit ladder, a drain plug fitted to accept your garden hose, and setup and maintenance instructions on a DVD.

With a distinctive blue and white interior, this rectangular Intex® model 28351EH pool set gives eight adults plenty of swimming enjoyment. One to two helpers come in handy when assembling this soft side pool, since it includes several steel support frames. Owner reviews often cite this pool’s low upkeep and inexpensive price tag as positive features.

Intex® 24-Feet by 52-Inch Metal Frame Pool Set

Move up to the second to the largest size in above ground swimming pools in this review, yet keep the purchase expense lower than most in its class with the round 24-foot wide by 52-inch high Intex® Metal Frame Pool Set. As with all Intex® soft side pools, the walls are crafted with triple layers of laminated SUPER-TOUGH™ PVC fabric and strengthened with a fabric band surrounding the steel frames that are covered with white, rust-protective powder coat paint. When filled to the 90 percent level, it holds an immense 12,481 gallons of water pleasure.

The large pool set comes with an equally large 110- to 120-volt 2,500 gallon-per-hour Krystal Clear™ cartridge filter/pump, complete with a GFCI electrical connection providing electrical safety from water and electrical hazards. Other extras in the Intex® model 28261EH pool set are a 24½ square foot ground cover, a 300-pound capacity ladder made of slip-resistant material, a debris cover that includes a rope tie to secure it to the pool, a drain fitting that connects to a standard garden hose, and instructions for maintenance and setup procedures in a DVD.

Reviews by purchasers of this blue-colored soft side metal-frame pool frequently mention how easy it is to assemble. Even those who doubt the Intex® claim that it only takes an hour for setting up this pool are pleasantly surprised by the pool’s installation ease. The other recurrent owner comment is its durability. Several positive purchaser reviews mention a successful multiple-year ownership of this large above ground swimming pool. Select this pool if you want a large swimming area for an economical price.

  • Splash Pools Above Ground Round Pool Package, 24-Feet by 52-Inch
  • Dimensions: 61 x 58 x 48 inches
  • Shape: Round
  • Seats: N/A
  • Water Capacity: N/A
  • Wall Type: Stainless steel
  • Embassy Pool 4-2400 PARA100 Above Ground Swimming Pool
  • Dimensions: 52 x 46 x 288 inches
  • Shape: Round
  • Seats: N/A
  • Water Capacity: N/A
  • Wall Type: Steel
  • Splash Pools Above Ground Slim Style Oval Pool Package
  • Dimensions: 31.9 x 23.7 x 22 inches
  • Shape: Oval
  • Seats: N/A
  • Water Capacity: N/A
  • Wall Type: Steel

Splash Pools® 24-Feet by 52-Inch Above Ground Round Pool Package

Obtain durability in an above ground pool by purchasing this 24-foot wide by 52-inch high round hard sided pool manufactured by Splash SuperPool®, LLC. The exterior walls of this soundly-built pool contain hot-dipped galvanized steel, which is strengthened with a copper alloy. A zinc coating is bonded to the exterior and then covered with a chromic seal for corrosion resistance. Crystek® sealant that is textured protects the extreme exterior, and on the inside an epoxy shield performs the weatherproofing work.

Stainless steel hardware extends the pool’s life, while connecting the parts. One-inch painted steel rails line the top and bottom of the side panels. Six-inch wide galvanized steel vertical posts covered with enamel paint are between the panels. A seven-inch galvanized steel and enamel painted top ledge is protected with a seven-inch molded resin ledge cover. A 20-gauge vinyl liner is on the pool water side of this structure. This pool holds approximately 12,000 gallons of water, and is built so well it comes with a 35-year limited warranty.

Included with this Splash Pools® model RW 2452GM-PKG pool set is a Waterford™ 20-inch sand filtration system that has a STA-RITE® one horsepower pump, which comes with a 10-year limited warranty. This set also includes an A-frame ladder complete with safety features and an outside staircase that’s removable, and a through-the-wall wide-mouth skimmer. Customer reviews consistently mention that additional time is needed when assembling this pool. But, almost all reviewers admit that the time is well spent, because the result is a strong, long-lasting, and durable above ground pool.

Embassy® 24-Feet by 52-Inch Creamy Tan 4-2400 PARA100 Above Ground Swimming Pool

Embassy® PoolCo is a subsidiary of Hoffinger Industries, Inc. (H. I. I.), a U. S. manufacturer since 1945 of swimming pools, based in West Helena, Arkansas. This 24-foot wide by 52-inch high round hard sided pool might be one of the toughest above ground pools made in the industry. It features hot-dipped galvanized steel side walls and seven-inch lateral steel supports, all of which receive a Zinc Clad™ 11000 corrosion protective coating. Baked enamel protects the exterior of the corrugated walls in this creamy tan pool.

Precision engineering results in what Embassy® calls its Com-Pac™ oval support system. A massive nine-inch top rail wraps around the entire pool. Bolts connect the side walls of this tough pool in an alternated pattern, which adds to its strength. The side walls and supports of this pool come with a 20-year limited warranty.
A blue-colored liner, with a three-year limited warranty, is included with this package. The Embassy® Therma-Seal™ method of fusing the liner’s vinyl together ensures that seams in this liner stay strong and intact. Additional items included with this Embassy® model 4-2400 PARA100 pool set are a skimmer, a 17-inch sand filter, a one horsepower Omega® PR pump, a ladder, and a pool vacuum.

Praise in the quality workmanship of the components is the number one comment registered by owners of this 12,000-gallon pool. With a solid steel enclosure and a thick vinyl liner, this large above ground pool provides its owners with years of swimming enjoyment.

Splash Pools® 30-Feet by 15-Feet by 52-Inch Above Ground Slim Style Oval Pool Package

Slim may not be an inappropriate word for this 30-foot long by 15-foot wide by 52-inch high oval hard sided pool. Owners who assembled this 12,200-gallon pool mention its large size. Splash SuperPool®, LLC, uses a number of processes in building this big pool to keep the steel sidewalls corrosion-free. Seven-inch steel uprights and an 8½-inch top ledge add stability to the pool.

The top ledge receives a CopperGuard™ metallic sealer, while frames get a DuraLux™ two-coat sealer. An ArmorCoat™ resin sealer covers the outside galvanized steel sidewall surfaces, and the interior steel walls receive a LiquiLok™ epoxy covering. A unified bottom and top plate means that no bracing is needed for this large above ground oval pool, thereby allowing it to be placed in “slimmer” backyard locations.

Accessories that come with this package include an A-frame ladder complete with safety features, a heavy 20-gauge vinyl liner, a through-the-wall skimmer, and a one-horsepower Bond Master™ sand filter/pump. A limited lifetime warranty is involved with this pool that covers 100 percent of the structural pool parts for the first three years and a prorated amount for the next 47 years.

The assembly of this pool set is extensive, involving 11 boxes of parts, yet it has been successfully accomplished by determined do-it-yourselfers, usually taking a few days. Some owners use professional installers to assemble this oval pool in two days. Most all reviewers agree that the Splash® model RW NB301552GM-PKG pool set results in an extremely durable above ground pool.