On a hot, sunny day, there’s truly nothing better than immersing yourself in a refreshingly cool pool. Not all of us can afford to install an in-ground pool, and inflatable pools just don’t cut it when you actually want to swim.
Enter: above ground pools.
Above ground pools are generally pretty easy to set up, are way more affordable than in-ground pools, and are big enough that multiple people can swim around in them.
How to install an above ground swimming pool
First of all, you’ll need a decently sized yard if you want to set up an above ground pool. Sorry to all you apartment and city dwellers. (Also, check with your homeowner’s association to make sure they allow above ground pools in your neighborhood.) Second, you need a solid patch of ground — don’t put the pool on sand, mud, or loose soil, otherwise you’ll probably run into some sinking action. Read more…
OUR TOP PICK
Intex prism frame above ground pool
A good size and bonus accessories make this a standout pool.
- Dimensions: 15 x 4 feet
- Water capacity: 4,440 gallons
BEST FOR BIG YARDS
Coleman Swim Vista Series II
Portholes on the sides of this pool let swimmers peek outside.
- Dimensions: 18 x 4 feet
- Water capacity: 6,092 gallons
BEST WALLET-FRIENDLY PICK
Intex metal frame pool
At a reasonable price, you still get a good-sized pool with nice features.
- Dimensions: 12 feet x 30 inches
- Water capacity: 1,718 gallons
BEST FOR SMALL SPACES
Bestway Steel Pro rectangular pool
This pool’s size and shape work well with compact yards.
- Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.6 x 2.2 feet
- Water capacity: 872 gallons
BEST FOR EASY STORAGE
Bestway inflatable above ground pool
This giant inflatable pool is easy to set up and take down.
- Dimensions: 13 feet x 33 inches
- Water capacity: 1,939 gallons
BEST FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Intex mini frame pool
This miniature version of an above ground pool is great for small kids.
- Dimensions: 48 x 48 x 12 inches
- Water capacity: 90 gallons