Best Above Ground Pool Reviews

Why get an Above Ground Pool?

As the days start getting hotter, many of us will begin seeking out ways to cool off other than staying in the air conditioning. Not all of us are fortunate enough to live near the beach, and public pools can get a bit crowded. Sometimes, you just want to jump in and float in cool water in the comfort and privacy of your own backyard. Above ground pools are an affordable way to do just that, especially if you don’t have the space for an inground pool and don’t want to break the bank.

Intex 15ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool Set with Filter Pump, Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover

Intex 15ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool Set with Filter Pump, Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover
  • Triple strong, SUPER-TOUGH laminated sidewalls are reinforced with an all-around band to keep frame legs firmly in place.
  • Ready for water in 45 minutes, - follow the instructional DVD for easy set up, and enjoy the fun! Water capacity: (90%) 4,440 gallons.
  • Includes: Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter pump 1,000 gph (110 - 120V). Ladder. Ground Cloth. Debris Cover.
  • Set-up and maintenance DVD. Convenient drain plug that connects to a garden hose so water can be drained away from pool or house area.
  • New dual suction outlet fittings improve water circulation resulting in better water hygiene and clarity.

What did customers have to say?

Positive:

  • Many people were happy to find how easy the pool was to set up, even for only one person
  • Reviewers with children reported that their kids loved it, and that the depth was perfect for them while the pool was still roomy enough for adults to enjoy as well
  • The strength of the pool’s frame, with metal poles and a band for reinforcement, impressed several reviewers, who said that their kids were able to hop over and sit on the sides without worrying about them buckling

Negative:

  • Several people mentioned that both the pump and the filter are too small for the pool, so you will have to purchase an upgrade on these parts separately
  • Some reviewers discovered one or more leaks after they had set up the pool. One person in particular went through three Intex pools, all with leaks in them, before finally getting money back from the distributor
  • In order to get a replacement, you have to disassemble and repack the pool in its original box, which many people found a difficult hassle

Intex 24ft X 12ft X 52in Ultra Frame Pool Set with Sand Filter Pump, Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover

Intex 24ft X 12ft X 52in Ultra Frame Pool Set with Sand Filter Pump, Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover
  • Engineered for strength, the Ultra Frame Pool is supported by strong, durable steel frames which are powder coated for rust resistance and beauty.
  • Connect the Krystal Clear Sand Filter pump to enjoy clear, sparkling water. Ready for water in 60 minutes.
  • Water capacity: (90%) 8,403 gallons. Includes: Krystal Clear Sand Filter pump 2,100 gph (110 - 120V). Ladder. Ground Cloth. Debris Cover.
  • SUPER-TOUGH laminated PVC sidewalls. Convenient drain plug that connects to a garden hose so water can be drained away from pool or house area.
  • New dual suction outlet fittings improve water circulation resulting in better water hygiene and clarity.

What did customers have to say?

Positive:

  • Reviewers were satisfied with the size of the Intex Ultra Frame, which is roomy enough that several adults can float in it at the same time. It’s also long enough for an adult to swim laps, while still being shallow enough for children to stand on the bottom
  • Several people stated that with two people working, set up was a breeze
  • Some also mentioned that the sides are sturdy enough that they felt confident standing and sitting on them

Negative:

  • A few purchasers felt inconvenienced by the fact that no accessories, such as skimmers or sand for the filter, were included with the pool
  • One common theme in reviews was that the included ladder feels flimsy and unsafe, so consider buying a ladder separately if you choose this option
  • Several reviewers wrote that the poles which hold up the pool either arrived damaged or were damaged shortly after they were set up, bending easily

Intex 12ft X 30in Easy Set Pool Set with Filter Pump

Intex 12ft X 30in Easy Set Pool Set with Filter Pump
  • A 110-120 volt filter pump is included and is very easy to install - just hook up the hoses and enjoy clean refreshing watr.
  • Ready for water in 10 minutes - simply spread out on level ground, inflate the top ring, fill the pool with water and enjoy the fun!
  • Includes: SUPER-TOUGH laminated PVC sidewalls. 110 - 120 Volt Filter Pump with 530 gallon per hour flow rate. Set-up and maintenance DVD
  • Convenient drain plug that connects to a garden hose so water can be drained away from pool or house area. Water capacity: (80%) 1,485 gallons
  • New dual suction outlet fittings improve water circulation resulting in better water hygiene and clarity

What did customers have to say?

Positive:

  • Reviewers happily mentioned just how easy the Easy Set’s set up was
  • Many customers praised how perfect the pool is for kids to use, shallow enough that they can touch the bottom and big enough that they can swim underwater

Negative:

  • Several people unhappily discovered leaks after setting up the Intex, either air from the air ring or water from the pool itself
  • Others mentioned that the pool’s construction was flimsy, and that it lost water whenever their kids jumped in or splashed around
  • Another common complaint was that the filter can be rather noisy

Intex 18ft X 10ft X 42in Oval Frame Pool Set with Filter Pump, Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover

Intex 18ft X 10ft X 42in Oval Frame Pool Set with Filter Pump, Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover
  • Engineered for strength, The Oval Frame Pool is supported by strong, durable steel frames which are powder coated for rust resistance and beauty.
  • Connect the powerful Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump to enjoy clean, refreshing water.
  • Ready for water in 30 minutes, - follow the instructional DVD for easy set up, and enjoy the fun! Water capacity: (80%) 2,885 gallons.
  • Includes: Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump with 1,000 gph (110-120V). Ladder. Ground Cloth. Debris Cover. SUPER-TOUGH laminated PVC sidewalls.
  • Convenient drain plug that connects to a garden hose so water can be drained away from pool or house area.

What did customers have to say?

Positive:

  • Customers happily reported that the pool was large enough for many people to fit comfortably. One reviewer said that it can fit 3 adults and 3 children and everyone still has room to swim
  • They were also relieved to discover that the pool is easy to set up in a day
  • Several people mentioned how easy maintenance was after they installed a salt water system

Negative:

  • A common theme in reviews was that the filter and pump are too small for the pool and therefore do not do an effective job of cleaning it
  • Several customers found leaks along the seams and lining the day after filling their pools
  • One reviewer complained that after 4 weeks, the hoses seemed to have stretched out and kept disconnecting and draining the pool

Intex 10′ x 30″ Easy Set Above Ground Inflatable Swimming Pool | 28120E

Intex 10' x 30" Easy Set Above Ground Inflatable Swimming Pool | 28120E
  • 10 ft diameter x 30" (2.5 ft) height. No filter pump is included with the pool. A filter pump would need to be purchased separately.
  • Very easy to set up, no tools needed
  • Super easy set-up! Ready for water in 15 minutes!
  • Set-up & maintenance DVD is included
  • Water capacity: 1,018 gallons (3,854 L)at 80% full

What did customers have to say?

Positive:

  • Customers appreciated the price of the pool, which they agreed makes it a perfect choice for those on a budget, with young children, or who are looking for a simple way to cool off
  • One reviewer informed that the entire set up for this pool, including fill time, was under 3 hours, which is much quicker than most other large pools on this list, which take anywhere from 5 to 12 hours depending on the size

Negative:

  • Customers complained that the pool does not come with either a filter or pump, and therefore requires that you either shell out extra money for these or extra time cleaning the pool by hand
  • They also stated that since the lip of the pool was smaller than it was at the bottom, it was very easy for debris and algae to get caught in it and difficult to clean
  • Many people were frustrated to discover how weak the liner was, writing that it either arrived already ripped or ripped along the seams a day or so after being filled

Intex 15ft X 48in Easy Set Pool Set with Filter Pump, Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover

Intex 15ft X 48in Easy Set Pool Set with Filter Pump, Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover
  • Equipped with the Ground Fault Interrupter, which is an added safety feature that shuts off the pump if electrical current is exposed to water.
  • Ready for water in 15 minutes, - simply spread out on level ground, inflate the top ring, fill the pool with water, and enjoy the fun!
  • Water capacity: (80%) 3,736 gallons. Includes: Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter pump, 1,000 gph (110-120V). Ladder. Ground Cloth. Debris Cover.
  • SUPER-TOUGH laminated PVC sidewalls. Convenient drain plug that connects to a garden hose so water can be drained away from pool or house area.
  • New dual suction outlet fittings improve water circulation resulting in better water hygiene and clarity. Does not come with sidewalls, it's just a blow up pool.

What did customers have to say?

Positive:

  • Purchasers enjoyed the size of the pool, which they found sufficient for their needs
  • Several people mentioned that they appreciated the price of the pool, which was cheap enough that they felt they got their money’s worth, even if they only had it for one summer
  • Many customers reported that their pools worked well upon receival, holding air and water. Those who received malfunctioning products reported that Amazon replaced broken pumps quickly

Negative:

  • Unhappy customers felt that the filter and pump were too small for the pool, and cautioned that you may have to buy an upgrade for these parts if you want to keep the pool clean
  • Several posters complained that the inflatable air ring at the top of the pool failed to hold air, resulting in water spilling over the top of the pool
  • One reviewer mentioned that the plastic clamps which attach the hoses to the pool feel flimsy
  • A couple of reviewers were upset to find that their pools’ liner was weak at the seams, ripping soon after they set it up

Intex 15ft X 42in Easy Set Pool Set with Filter Pump, Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover

Intex 15ft X 42in Easy Set Pool Set with Filter Pump, Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover
  • Equipped with the Ground Fault Interrupter, which is an added safety feature that shuts off the pump if electrical current is exposed to water.
  • Ready for water in 15 minutes, - simply spread out on level ground, inflate the top ring, fill the pool with water, and enjoy the fun!
  • Water capacity: (80%) 3,284 gallons. Includes: Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter pump, 1,000 gph (110-120V). Ladder. Ground Cloth. Debris Cover.
  • SUPER-TOUGH laminated PVC sidewalls. Convenient drain plug that connects to a garden hose so water can be drained away from pool or house area.
  • New dual suction outlet fittings improve water circulation resulting in better water hygiene and clarity.

What did customers have to say?

Positive:

  • Customers praised this pool as a good choice for those with young children, as it is shallow enough for them to stand on the bottom
  • Many purchasers also found that even though it is shallow, the pool is still large enough for adults to cool off as well
  • Almost everyone extolled how easy the pool was to set up, including many grandparents who purchased the pool for their grandkids

Negative:

  • Several purchasers warned that the advertisement of the pool as 15 ft by 42 in is misleading, as it is actually only 12.5 ft in diameter and 36 in deep
  • Some common complaints in reviews were that the pump stops working in a couple of months, and that pin holes develop in the liner which results in leaks that have to be patched
  • A few reviews mentioned that the cheap plastic clamps attaching the hoses to the pool broke quickly as well

Intex 10ft X 30in Ocean Reef Easy Set Pool Set with Filter Pump

Intex 10ft X 30in Ocean Reef Easy Set Pool Set with Filter Pump
  • A 110-120 volt filter pump is included and is very easy to install- just hook up the hoses and enjoy clean refreshing water.
  • Ready for water in 10 minutes, - simply spread out on level ground, inflate the top ring, fill the pool with water, and enjoy the fun!
  • Includes: SUPER-TOUGH laminated PVC sidewalls. 110 - 120 Volt Filter Pump with 330 gallon per hour flow rate. Set-up and maintenance DVD.
  • Convenient drain plug that connects to a garden hose so water can be drained away from pool or house area. Water capacity: (80%) 1,018 gallons.
  • New dual suction outlet fittings improve water circulation resulting in better water hygiene and clarity.

What did customers have to say?

Positive:

  • Several reviewers praised the pool as a great deal for the money, having purchased it for childrens’ birthday parties or as a place to float and relax at the end of a long day
  • Many people also enjoyed the cute underwater designs on the sides of the pool

Negative:

  • One common piece of advice in reviews was that the pump is not strong enough for the pool, and as a result the filter needs to be cleaned every few days for best results
  • Several people received the product with holes already in the liner, while others found that weakness along the seams resulted in leaking fairly soon after initial set up
  • Others received the pool in damaged boxes or with missing parts

Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool, 103″ X 69″ X 22″, for Ages 6+

Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool, 103" X 69" X 22", for Ages 6+
  • The dimensions are 103" x 69" x 22", 14 gallon vinyl pool
  • Capacity is 198 gallons
  • Includes a repair patch
  • 2 air chambers each with double vavle intake and free-flow exhaust vavle
  • Also comes with a shelf box

What did customers have to say?

Positive:

  • Customers found the pool to be a good size for young children or as a lounge pool for adults, suggesting it as an option for acclimating small children to pools
  • Set up time for this pool was remarkably fast and easy, with some reviewers finding that it only took 10 minutes from start to finish, including fill time. If you don’t have an air compressor, reviewers recommended using a hair dryer on the “cool” setting
  • Some people opted to use the pool as a safe play space for their young children indoors, rather than a fence

Negative:

  • Many people discovered that the pool leaks air, either from the top ring or the sides because the plugs don’t seal properly
  • Others found that the drain plug would not properly seal either, which resulted in water leakage
    Some wrote that the quality of the pool was lacking, with leaks developing after only a handful of uses

Intex Swim Center Paradise Inflatable Pool, 103″ X 63″ X 18″, for Ages 3+

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Intex Swim Center Paradise Inflatable Pool, 103" X 63" X 18", for Ages 3+
  • 2 air chambers wach with double valve intake and free-flow exhaust vavle
  • Includes a repair patch and a shelf box
  • The dimensions are 103" x 63" x 18"
  • Allows for 12 in. depth of water; Capacity is 151 gallons
  • Toy

What did customers have to say?

Positive:

  • Customers were very happy with this pool as an option for all sorts to cool off, with toddlers, adults, and even dogs enjoying a nice soak
  • Many praised how easy set up was, with minimal time investment before being able to enjoy
  • Others found that the bottom drain was a simple way to empty the pool

Negative:

  • The most common complaint was that several of the pool’s chambers leaked air, which meant having to refill them very often, up to several times a day

Intex Swim Center Clearview Aquarium Inflatable Pool, 62.5″ X 62.5″ X 19.5″, for Ages 3+

Intex Swim Center Clearview Aquarium Inflatable Pool, 62.5" X 62.5" X 19.5", for Ages 3+
  • New Item to the Intex Line
  • Clear windows with colorful designs.
  • Convenient drain plug
  • Repair patch included
  • Room for the whole family

What did customers have to say?

Positive:

  • Customers enjoyed the fact that the pool was large and deep enough for an adult to sit in, while the sides were sturdy enough for a young child to feel safe holding on
  • Reviewers were happy to find that set up of the pool took about 20 minutes from start to finish
  • Some mentioned that they left the pool set up all summer, with their kids jumping in and out, and that it held up fine

Negative:

  • Some found that the pool failed to hold air, deflating slowly
  • One purchaser from California wrote that the pool doubled in size after one day exposed to the heat
  • A few reviewers found fault with the quality of the lining, with it either ripping completely the first time they attempted to drain the pool or developing holes after about a month of use

Conclusion

Inflatable above ground pools are an easy solution to hot summers. Most only require one person to set up and simple upkeep to maintain. Something mentioned across the board for all of the pools in this list was to make sure that you set it up on as level a patch of ground as you can find, as it will collapse or fall over otherwise. Another helpful tip was to place a heavy duty tarp or other barrier between the pool and the ground so that grass does not grow through the liner. Keeping these things in mind, I hope one of the options offered here will be helpful to you as you decide how to beat the heat this summer!