The 6 Best Above-Ground Pools That Haven't Sold Out Yet
If you're looking to turn your backyard into an oasis, an above-ground pool can take your summer fun to the next level. Unlike inground options, above-ground pools are easier and less expensive to maintain, so you can enjoy the same benefits without sacrificing your time and savings. Whether you're looking for a pool that's large enough to host a pool party, long enough to swim laps, or shallow enough for the kids to safely splash and play, there's an above-ground pool for every need.
When considering above-ground pools, you'll want to decide whether you prefer one that can be set up and disassembled quickly, or if you'd like a more permanent option. You'll also want to consider the size and shape of your yard, how many people will be using the pool, and maintenance requirements when choosing a pool. We researched a variety of above-ground pools and considered each option for ease of assembly, durability, and value. Our top pick, the Intex Easy Set Pool, is available in several sizes, comes with its own filter, and can be inflated and ready to use in 30 minutes.
To help you narrow down your choices, here are the best above-ground pools currently on the market.
Inflatable: If you're looking for an inexpensive way to splash and soak up the sun, inflatable pools are well worth the purchase. They're an easy-to-setup alternative to heavier metal options — in fact, most only take a few minutes to inflate before you can freely start swimming. They lean on the smaller side with a lightweight composition that allows for easy portability, and they can even be drained and deflated at the end of the season without much fuss.
Metal Frame: Typically made of steel or aluminum, metal frame above-ground pools are designed for long-lasting durability that'll stand strong against natural elements and continuous use. They tend to be larger, stationary structures, so you won't be able to stow yours away as easily once temperatures drop, and they do require some planning before setup plus more regular maintenance and upkeep.
- Best Overall: Intex 18' x 48" Easy Set Pool
- Best for Durability: Intex 18' x 52" Ultra XTR Pool Set
- Best Value: Intex 12' x 30" Metal Frame Pool Set
- Best Rectangular Above-Ground Pool: Bestway Power Steel 18' x 48″ Rectangular Pool Set with Pump
- Best Oval Above-Ground Pool: Bestway Power Steel Above Ground Pool
- Best for Kids: Bestway Steel Pro UV Careful Splash-in-Shade Above Ground Pool Set
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