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Want to cool off and relax? Want to swim?
Then a pool is the perfect choice for you. An above ground pool is ideal because it can be set up in a matter of hours and is only a fraction of the cost of a regular pool. So, you can get to the important part – relaxing and all without breaking the bank!
I have used a selection of different above ground pools and below are the best options. I have included a range of different products varying in size and purpose but one thing they all have in common is quality.
Great All Rounder
For me this Intex pool is a great all rounder and will be a good suit for a lot of different people. This is because it offers a quality medium sized pool for a very reasonable price point. Let me get into the details now.
First off let me talk about the set up. In my experience, it took me about 2-2.5 hours to get everything set up including the filter and pump. So, if you are going to take it up and down every year then it shouldn’t be a massive pain though it will undoubtedly take you a little time. I would also like to mention it comes with a ground cloth to put below the pool which keeps the ground softer when standing in the pool. You can also add more yourself if you see fit though I didn’t feel the need to myself.
This pool has a simple setup, keeps the water clean and clear and is just generally a set and forget thing which I really like all while being very affordable.
The Bargain Option
If you are looking for a pool option that is cheap then this is your best option. Even though it’s cheaper than most options it still offers a nice overall build and quality.
This pool is better suited for children because it’s not as deep as other pools at 26 inches of depth maximum. The pool itself is easy to setup and only took me about an hour. The pump and filter system isn’t the best I have ever used but it works fairly well for this size of pool. It’s also nice that they have included 6 filters for the pump right out of the box.
Great Value Medium Sized Pool
This Intex pool is an ideal medium sized pool that offers everything you need out of a pool. One of things that impressed me about this pool is everything that is included in the box. You get the pool itself and all the parts you need for that alongside the sand filter pump and saltwater system, a ladder, cover for the pool, ground cloth, a kit for maintenance and even a volleyball set!
The main advantage of this pool is the pump and filter system. It works extremely well and keeps the water crystal clear for weeks. Though you should know you will need 200 lb of salt and 60 pounds of sand which is an extra cost you should consider.
Large High End Pool
This larger pool is very similar to the last pool I mentioned above from Intex. It offers a very similar build quality and structure alongside the pump and filter system. Please read above for more information on that.
The main difference with this one is of course the size, it’s quite a bit bigger and is a bigger size for swimming. Everything that is included with the previous model is also included with this, please read above for all the information.
If you are looking for an extremely high end and premium pool this is the perfect pool for you.
First off let me talk about the setup of the pool. Everything is laid out quite well but it is still quite a task putting it together. It will undoubtedly take you many hours and likely 2-3 days of work but it will be worth it at the end of the day. Of course, you have the option for a professional to do it for a chuck on money but I personally would recommend building it yourself if you think you are able enough to do it. Though I wouldn’t recommend trying to do it solo, try to get a couple of friends over to help you out.
The company have also included a 25-year warranty of the structure itself with is a massive reassure if something did break down the line you would be covered for it.
Indoor Pool Option
The final pool on my list to round up the Best Above Ground Pools Consumer Reports is this iPool D set. This pool is designed for indoor use. It has a 6-meter footprint that is designed to go in your basement or garage for example.
First of the set up of this pool will take you about 2-3 hours. It’s definitely not the easiest set up but the instructions are easy to follow so it should simple enough for most people.
One of the main benefits of this pool is the harness. You attach yourself to this harness which is a simple process. Then you can adjust the tension to suit yourself then swim as you like – it works really well and is an excellent means of exercise.
Getting a similar indoor pool installed for exercise like this can easily cost you $10k+ if not $20k+ so for some people this pool will be a great choice.