Tired after a hard day’s work? Don’t have the time for your regular gym sessions? Looking for an activity that you can enjoy with your family right in the comfort of your homes? Swimming is a good option for all these questions, isn’t it? A relaxing one hour’s swimming not only makes you fresh physically but mentally as well.  It doubles up as a good workout routine as well. Therefore, it is only natural that you have to invest in the right swimming pool in your backyard. It is not an easy challenge to set up a swimming pool at your place. You have to consider various factors such as budget, space, size, and shape of the pool before you make the final decision. What good is a swimming pool if you aren’t able to enjoy a session of safe swimming in it? Therefore, you need to look for additional safety measures to be installed, especially if you have kids or senior citizens in your family. You should also set up your pool based on the climatic conditions in your locality. Installing your pool is not enough; you have to ensure that you keep it clean and free from contaminants such as mud, algae, leaves and other debris. So, you need to concentrate on other accessories such as pool pumps, filters, liners and more.  In this article, we have listed down 5 good above ground pool options that you may want to consider for setting up at your place.

1. Intex 24ft x 12ft x 52in Ultra Frame Rectangular Pool Set

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

Intex 24ft X 12ft X 52in

Overview

If you are on a budget but if you still want a pool that is large enough for your family members to enjoy, the Intex 24ft x 12ft x 52in is the right choice for you. Unlike most of the pools that are circular, this one is rectangular, which means your kids will have a whale of a time while swimming and playing around in this beauty. This is one above ground pool set that you could trust to perform with the same comfort and features as that of an in-ground pool too. As it is one of the most durable and trustworthy pools in the market today, this is one pool set that you can put your money in, without any second thoughts. Here are some attractive features of this pool set:

Features

  • Made from rust-resistant and corrosion-resistant steel frames that provide phenomenal longevity to the pool
  • Comes with a Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump with a capacity of 2100 gallons per hour, to provide extra-clear and contaminant-free water to your pool; the pump is included with the unit
  • The pool comes with a capacity of 8403 gallons
  • Comes with an in-built pool ladder to guarantee safe entry and exit from the pools
  • Comes with a reasonably-sized debris cover, which helps to catch leaves and other contaminants
  • Sidewalls of the pool made from high-quality and highly-durable laminated PVC sidewalls that are very tough and rigid
  • Comes with a drain plug that can be used very easily when you want to drain the pool out completely
  • Comes with dual suction outlet fittings that improve the circulation quality of water, thereby improving its cleanliness and freshness
Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Very useful and durable accessories such as a durable debris cover, removable pool ladder, DVD detailing the instructions for setup and installation, good quality of ground cloth for additional protection for your pool and a sand filter pump
  • Great value for money as the pool with all the accessories costs around $1150
  • Above ground pools from Intex powered with Hydro-Aeration Technology, which improves pool water clarity and circulation
  • Very easy to install as the pool comes with an easy lock system
  • Made from puncture-resistant, corrosion-resistant, and dust-resistant durable materials
Cons
  • The quality of the ladder could have been better
  • Not much help from Intex customer care when inquiries are made for replacing broken parts
Bottom Line

If you are new to setting above ground pools, the Intex 24ft x12ft x52in Rectangular Pool is the right choice for you. The pool is bigger and more durable than most of the pool that you could find in this price range. With a capacity of around 8500gallons and a rectangular, spacious design, this is a pool that you can trust in, especially if you are on a budget.

2. Intex 15ft x 48in Metal Frame Pool Set with Filter Pump, Ladder, Ground Cloth, and Pool Cover

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

Intex 15ft X 48in Metal Frame

Overview

If you are looking for a pool set that comes as a complete package with the additional benefit of cost-effectiveness, the Intex 15ft x 48in Metal Frame Pool Set is a good choice for you. One of the best things about Intex is that it has launched pools in different sizes to suit your requirements. This metal frame pool set is also available in other sizes such as 12ft x 30in and 18ft x48in. You may choose the right size of the pool based on your budget and space constraints. The 15ft x 48in that we are going to discuss in detail in the following section is one of the most affordable pools in the market and great for people who are new to pool usage. Here are some features of this pool:

Features

  • Laminated sidewalls that are super-tough and resistant to corrosion
  • Extra-durable and strong sidewalls come with a rigid band that provides good grip to the metal frame legs of the pool
  • Easy setup in 45 minutes possible, thanks to the detailed instructions mentioned in the DVD that comes along with the pool
  • The pool comes with a maximum water capacity of 4400gallons, which is at least 90% more than what you get in in-ground pools
  • Comes as a complete package that includes the following:
    • Cartridge Filter Pump with a power of 1000gallons per hour, to screen big debris such as leaves and dirt
    • In-built pool ladder to enable easy entry and exit from the pool
    • Ground Cloth to provide better water clarity and hygiene
    • Debris Cloth made from durable 3-ply material to screen all types of contaminants
  • Comes with a drain plug that can be easily connected to the pool to enable easy drainage of water
  • Dual suction outlet fittings of the pool help to improve water circulation, thereby guaranteeing the cleanliness of the water at all times
Pros and Cons
Pros
  • One of the most affordable above-ground pool sets
  • Comes as a complete package, which means, you don’t have to buy any other additional accessory unless it is really needed
  • The longevity of the pool guaranteed as the sidewalls are made from super-tough and super-strong materials
  • Very affordably priced at around $400
Cons
  • The pool cannot be set up on sand or other soil conditions that are loose or muddy
  • Some people noticed that the metal frames rusted too quickly
Bottom Line

We did notice some users pointing out that the metal frames in this pool were prone to rust and damage within a few days of usage. However, we feel that this isn’t a serious issue considering that the entire pool set can be bought for $400. For this price range, the Intex 15ft x 48in Metal Frame Pool Set is definitely a great deal and worth investing every penny in it.

3. Intex 15ft x 42in Easy Pool Set with Filter Pump, Ground Cloth and Pool Cover

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

Intex 15ft X 42in Easy Set

Overview

It is no surprise that Intex has owned the above-ground pool market, isn’t it? All the pools that it launches are designed to provide ultimate comfort and ease for the end-users. The Intex 15ft x 42in Easy Pool Set with Filter Pump, Ground Cloth and Pool Cover is no exception to this rule. It is a small and compact pool that proves to be the ideal resort for your family for unwinding on a hot, summer day. This pool is also available in dimensions 18ft x 48 in for your convenience. Here are some attractive features of this pool that will explain to you why this is one of the most popular above-ground pools in the market today.

Features

  • Equipped with Ground Fault Interrupter, which ensures that the pump is automatically shut off when an electric current is exposed to water
  • Ideal for people looking for a pool that is ready within minutes; water is ready within 15 minutes, thanks to the easy installation and inflation of the top ring
  • Pool capacity is a maximum of 3284gallons
  • The pool comes with the following accessories:
    • Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump with a power of 1000gallons per hour (to screen big-sized debris such as leaves as well)
    • In-built pool ladder to help people get in and out of the pool easily
    • Ground Cloth for better water clarity
    • Durable debris cover
  • Laminated PVC sidewalls that are super-tough to withstand all types of corrosion
  • Drain plug that can be easily connected to the garden hose so that pool-drain out is a breeze
  • Dual suction outlet fittings promote improved water circulation, thereby keeping the water clean and fresh always
Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Very affordably priced at just around $210
  • Guaranteed water clarity and hygiene at all times, making it a good option for families with kids
  • Very easy to set up and install
  • One of the quickest water-ready pools in this price range
Cons
  • Not compatible with muddy or loose soil conditions
  • Some users noted that the bottom of the pool developed wrinkles within a few days of usage
Bottom Line

Intex is a renowned name in the business of making above-ground pools. It makes high-quality, durable pools at an affordable cost so that it is affordable for people of all classes. If you have kids at home, we would suggest you invest in this pool right away, because this is one of the most durable pools in this price range. The ground fault interrupter is a welcome-feature that improves the safety of the pool.

4. Splash Pools Above Ground Pool Package 24ft x 52in

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

Splash Pools Above Ground

Overview

Here is a disclaimer – this one is an above-ground pool that would suit you only if you are willing to spend around $2800! The Splash Pools Above Ground Pool Package is designed to provide 24/7 entertainment to your family. Watch your kids splash around in joy during the hot summers in this large, spacious and safe pool without a care in the world! Here are some features that will help you understand this pool better:

Features

  • Pool walls made from hot-dipped galvanized corrugated steel that contains layers of powerful chemicals such as copper-based alloy, chromic seal, alkaline-cleaned zinc bowdlerized coating, enamel primer and the like
  • Top ledges made from hot-dipped galvanized steel and painted with 7 inches of enamel coating to lend the much-needed durability to your pool
  • Steel verticals come with a 6-inch enamel coating to improve the longevity of the pool
  • Top ledge covers and bottom steel rails come with 7-inch molded resin coating, and 1-inch painted enamel coating respectively
  • Hardware made from heavy-duty stainless steel, which improves the life of the pool
  • Comes with an impressive 35-year limited warranty
  • Comes with a textured Crystex sealant on the exteriors and weather-resistant Epoxy-shield coating on the interiors, which speak volumes about the performance of the pool
Pros and Cons
Pros
  • The warranty period of 35 years is not something that you usually see in the other above-ground pools in this price range
  • Made from heavy-duty stainless steel with excellent enamel coatings and metal alloys to give stability and durability to the pool
Cons
  • Too steeply priced at around $2800
  • At times, the ledge comes off within a few months of usage
Bottom Line

Splash Pools Above Ground Pools Package is not for you if you are on a budget. However, if you don’t mind the price, this pool does a great job of offering 100% entertainment to your family. Set it up in your backyard and enjoy unlimited pool hours by spending quality time with your family.

5. iPool D Set (iPool I with Deluxe Filter Pump and Heater Combination)

iPool D Set iPool I with Deluxe Filter Pump and Heater Combination

iPool D Set

Overview

As the name indicates, this is one deluxe pool, indeed! Coming from the stables of Fitmax, this is an excellent pool that you can invest in, if you are serious about your athletic training or if you are a professional athlete. Designed for fitness fanatics, this pool is ideal for resistance swimming. If you are recovering from a sports-related injury, this pool is the perfect choice for you to get back to normalcy. Enjoy your workouts and have a relaxing, soothing session of recovery, while you swim in the waters of this deluxe pool from Fitmax. Here are some attractive features of this pool that justify the price range associated with it.  

Features

  • An exercise swimming pool that fits easily into your basement or garage, as it has only a square meter footprint
  • Comes with galvanized steel frames coated with zinc
  • Five-layered heavy-duty liner made from vinyl-coated polyester weaves, which give extra durability to the pool
  • Flexibility to reduce or increase the resistance levels with the simple operation of a knob, thanks to a patented dual tether system
  • Comes with the following accessories:
    • A lockable ladder made from heavy-duty stainless steel, which makes entry and exit easier
    • Filter Pump with a power of 2500gallons per hour
    • Heater with a power of 5.5Kw
    • Floor Sheet to provide extra durability and grip
    • Repair Kit that comes in handy during setup
    • Vinyl Cover for extra protection
    • Pool Umbrella (optional accessory) that you can use during the rains
  • Pool sidewalls are PVC-coated that explain the longevity and durability of the pool
  • Comes with Velcro harness to enable resistance swimming
Pros and Cons
Pros
  • The lightweight pool that is easily portable as well
  • Can be set up very easily; the pool is water-ready in about 30 minutes
  • A very spacious area that enables you to practice your swimming strokes with perfection
  • Comes with a heater, which helps you to use the pool during the harsh winters as well
  • One of the best swimming pools for muscle workouts and boosting heart-rates
  • Rehabilitation and recovery guaranteed for injured athletes
Cons
  • Slightly overpriced at around $2400
  • Warranty period could have been longer; currently, the pool comes with only a one-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Some users noted that the heater didn’t function after a few months of usage
Bottom Line

While we are quite impressed with the features of the Fitmax iPool D Set (iPool with Deluxe Filter Pump and Heater Combination), we must admit that this pool doesn’t offer anything much other than exercises, workouts, and rehabilitation. It does come with a heater, which we don’t get to see in many above the ground pools; however, the downside is that the heater isn’t as durable as the pool itself. So, you don’t really get to use it during the winters, as the company claims. The price is quite steep; therefore, we would recommend you to go for it only if you are pursuing athletics or you are already a professional athlete. A non-athlete or a non-sportsman hasn’t got much to do with this pool anyway, so we wouldn’t recommend this for you if you are not serious about sports.