Take the Plunge with these Above Ground Pools

Having a pool in the backyard doesn’t need to drown you in bills

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Woman floating in a pool

A lazy day by the pool is easier to achieve than you think – consider an above-ground pool. Pixabay

Swimming pools – like boats – can sometimes be described as “holes you throw money into.” But that’s not true with above-ground pools. Today’s above-ground pools have many of the same conveniences as below-ground pools but at a fraction of the cost. Here are several models we recommend.

Intex 14ft X 42in Prism Frame Pool Set

Classic look

This pool set includes a filter pump, ladder, ground cloth and pool cover. Intex

Stop sweating! It takes just 45 minutes to set up this Intex pool. It holds 3,357 gallons of water and features strong powder-coated metal frames with a 3-ply material liner. Plus, it just looks great.

Intex 26329EH 18ft x 52in Ultra XTR Frame Pool Set, Dark Grey

Fast assembly

Featuring a dark gray liner, bright white copings, and a blue, print interior, it can be set up in just 60 minutes. Intex

The knock on above-ground pools is the size. Can yours accommodate a large pool party? This model from Intex is ready for the challenge. The 18-foot by 52-inch frame is built for strength. It includes a 120V sand filter pump that only needs replacing every 5 years. A ladder, ground cloth, and pool cover also are included. An inner and outer powder coating prevents rust, allowing this pool to be enjoyed season after season.

Bestway Steel Pro MAX 14' x 48" Above Ground Pool Set

Strong steel frame

The construction is made to resist rust, while a flow-control drain valve allows easy drainage. Bestway

Blink and you’ll miss this camouflage-print outdoor pool from Bestway. It’s made with heavy-duty PVC with three-ply side walls. A ladder, filter pump, and pool cover are included. The tubeless steel frame snaps together for quick assembly. Attach any garden hose to drain water away from the pool when you’re ready to store it.

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

Ready in 10 minutes

Just spread it out on the ground, inflate the top right and fill it with water. Intex

Super tough PVC sidewalls are the key to this pool. Just find a nice firm area in your backyard and set this pool up in 10 minutes. It includes a filter pump along with a maintenance DVD so you can be sure it’ll last summer after summer.

Summer Waves 12ft x 33in Round Above Ground Outdoor Frame Swimming Pool with Filter Pump

Eye-catching exterior

Ditch the dull exterior so many above-ground pools have for this fancy number. Summer Waves

This pool is 12 feet in diameter and 2.75 feet deep, which makes it ideal for family use. It also comes in a filter pump that combines the functions of a filter with a skimmer, so this pool will stay clean longer. But the best part is obviously the wicker print exterior, which is designed to blend in with your patio furniture.


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