If you’re looking to add a pool to your property but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars, we hear you. In-ground pools have a considerable installation fee and high yearly maintenance costs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy warm weather in your own pool. Enter, the affordable, durable, and still super fun above ground pool.
When it comes time to sell your home, in-ground pools can add an increased value of up to 7%, but that’s mostly dependent on your neighborhood, your location, and the buyer, with some potential homeowners preferring to avoid properties with in-ground pools because of their high maintenance fees.
That’s why we love the option of installing an above ground pool. The significant advantage of an above ground pool versus an in-ground pool is cost, but that’s not the only swaying factor. The price of maintenance and time commitment are both significantly smaller, with above ground pools not requiring the same expensive repairs from ripped linings, faulty lights, broken diving boards and more that are often associated with in-ground pools.
If you’re looking to add an above ground pool to your property, there are several factors to consider. Ensure that you have a completely level surface where your pool can be located. Although most pools, including the ones we’ve included on our list, come with a ground cover, adding an extra base with plywood can also help to level out the ground and provide more support.
We also suggest going with a pool that comes with a cover, which not only keeps debris out of the water when the pool is not in use, but it also keeps the water warm.
Check out more on our three favorite above ground pools and get ready to make a splash.
1. Intex 15ft X 42in Prism Frame Pool
The Intex 15ft X 42in Prism Frame Pool comes with everything you need to beat the heat, including a pool ladder, ground cloth and pool cover.
Pros: The Prism Frame has a water capacity of 3,861 gallons and can be assembled in under an hour. The set comes with a 110-120V Krystal Clear cartridge filter pump and has a flow rate of 1,000 Gph. Made from durable, 3-ply puncture-resistant material, the pool is held up by powder-coated steel tubing.
Cons: Building the pool takes a considerable amount of time.
2. Bestway Inflatable Above Ground Pool
Have a pool splash-ready in just 10 minutes with the Bestway 12ft x 30in Pool, which is large enough for four people.
Pros: The Bestway is the most affordable option on our list and still provides enough space for multiple people to enjoy the pool at once. The pool comes with a 110-120 volt filter pump and has super tough laminated PVC walls, as well as a plug that can be connected directly to a garden hose for easy draining. The pool has a water capacity of 1,421 gallons and can be ready to use in just 10 minutes.
Cons: Unlike the other two pools, the Bestway does not come with a ladder and can be a bit difficult to get in and out of, with water escaping every time a person pushes on the wall to enter and exit.
3. Intex 18ft X 9ft X 52in Ultra XTR Rectangular Pool
Using galvanized steel and a precision engineered locking system, the Intex 18ft X 9ft X 52in Ultra XTR Rectangular Pool is a large above ground pool with exceptional stability and durability.
Pros: The biggest pool on our list, the Ultra XTR uses encapsulating inner and outer powder coating to ensure that the frame is rust resistant. The set comes with a 110-120V sand filter pump with a pump flow rate of 1,200 gallons per hour, a slip resistant pool ladder with a 300 lb max weight capacity, ground cloth and pool cover with rope ties that keep debris out of the water. Assembled in just one hour, the Ultra XTR has a 4,545-gallon capacity.
Cons: Take care to dry the poles around the pool on a regular use as they can rust rather easily.