Swimming pools are a must-have addition to any home. There’s nothing like your own pool, especially when a trip to the community pool or beach just doesn’t bring the same level of privacy.
Aside from being a feature that raises the value of your home, swimming pools offer families with different fitness levels a great way to get in shape. Even though swimming is a low-impact sport, it’s better than running at burning calories. Your own pool also offers you a venue to teach your children how to be safe in and around water, while ensuring their own safety.
However, excavating and constructing a deep enough hole in the backyard is just not an option for some people. In some cases, excavation is just not possible. However, above-ground or deck pools allow you to enjoy having your own pool without breaking the bank.
Here’s a look at our picks
Century Pools Majestic Above Ground Resin Pool Packages
These corrosion and acid rain-resistant round resin swimming pools come as a complete pool package, although some sand is required and is not included.
It has everything that you need to ensure that you get to enjoy your pool for a long time to come.
Each package contains a maintenance kit, a wide mouth skimmer, a cartridge filter system, a solar cover, a winter cover, a floating fountain, a resin ladder with a safety barrier, a floating fountain, a chlorine dispenser, and a thermometer.
Century Pools’ Majestic pool line comes in 18’, 24’, and 27’ variants.
Intex 32’ x 16’ X 52” Ultra Frame® Rectangular Pool
Intex promises installation within 90 minutes and they do deliver!
Intex uses its HydroAeration™ technology to keep sediments out and leaves the pool water crystal clear.
Intex’s salt water system also keeps the water clean without the need for chlorine and increases the number of negative ions in the water surface for improved air quality.
Intex pumps have a ground fault circuit interrupter built in, so electric shock is not a problem when the pump gets splashed with pool water.
Intex 24’ X 12’ X 52” Ultra Frame® Rectangular Pool
The smaller version of the Ultra Frame® 32’ rectangular pool installs in around an hour, but contains all the accessories of the larger pool.
A deluxe cleaning kit exclusive to Intex Ultra Frame® buyers has all the tools you need to keep your pool clean and fresh as the first day you took it out of its several boxes.
Intex has an Easy Lock System® that facilitates the installation of the pool superstructure without any need for additional tools.
As this is a saltwater system, some sand (around 60 pounds) and salt (around 90 pounds) will be required for installation.
All the accessories of the larger Ultra Frame pool
Instructional DVD for helpful guidance
Super-Tough laminated PVC sidewalls
With garden hose-ready drain plug
Ready for water in around an hour, fills in one day.
Intex 14' x 42" Ultra Frame Pool
Nothing beats the summer heat for children of all ages than this 14’ round ground pool from Intex.
Ultra Frame® steel frames support this structure, which is reinforced by a wrap-around band that keeps the frame in place.
This pool also uses Intex’s proprietary Easy Lock System® that locks the frames even without additional tools.
Pool water is kept clean by a cartridge filter pump system that cleans water with a pump flow rate at 1,000 gallons per hour and with a system rate of 750 gallons per hour.
Bestway 56388E Power Steel™ Frame Pool Set, 20' x 48"
Easily sold out at other stores, the Power Steel™ Frame Pool sets up with T-connectors and C-clips designed for easy connection.
PVC flaps cover the connectors and help prevent rust.
The pool comes with a ladder and a 2,500 gallon per hour filter pump.
Bestway Steel Pro 15' x 36" Frame Pool
This shallow frame pool from Bestway lets you enjoy summer fun right now!
Held together with T-connectors and C-clips, and with tough PVC and polyester 3-ply walls, this little number is ready in just a few hours, and fills up well within the day.
Flow control drain valves also ensure the water gets drained in next to no time.
Intex 10’ X 30” Ocean Reef Easy Set Pool
When you can’t take your children to the ocean, you take the ocean to your children with Intex’s Ocean Reef Easy Set.
Just inflate the top ring and fill this pool up with water over level ground, and you’re set to enjoy hours of fun.
PVC laminated sidewalls ensure durability, and a 330 gallon per hour filter pump keeps the water clean.
American Spas AM-630LS 5-Person 30-Jet Lounger Spa
Channel your inner Robin Leach from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with this little beauty.
This four-person hot tub has thirty stainless steel massage therapy jets that give you a prime hydrotherapy experience that just melts away stress at the touch of a button.
A HydroClear™ Ozonator™ purifies water, keeping your hot tub experience hot and clean at the same time, without burning a hole through your pocket with maintenance expenses.
What pool should I choose?
You’ll generally need to consider the amount of space that you have, as well as your aesthetic tastes. Round and oval pools are more like in-ground pools, while rectangular pools may fit better with existing decks and porches. Round pools are also generally more sturdy than oval or rectangular pools.
Can I install these pools out of the box just anywhere?
Any above-ground pool needs to be installed on a level surface; you may need to spend a bit more to ensure leveled ground. You may also need additional sand and salt (to generate chlorine) to complete the installation, but these amounts of sand and salt should be available at your local hardware store.
What does chlorine do?
Chlorine sanitizes water, which means that it gets rid of bacteria, algae, and other things that you don’t want in your pool. Some cleaners also use salt chlorine generators that use the same salt in water conditioners to convert it into chlorine.
Am I limited to chlorine in sanitizing my pool?
No, you are not limited to chlorine for pool cleaning. People have used salt as a sanitizing agent. Salt water pools are not as harsh on the eyes and skin. Generally, salt water systems are safer to use than chlorine-based systems, as chlorine requires owners to handle unsafe chemicals. Maintenance costs are also lower because you don’t need to constantly “feed” the pool with chlorine.
If my pool is that clean, do I still need to buy a pool cleaner?
The maintenance kit included in the box is all you need to keep your pool clean. You will need to remove leaves and other large things that fall into the pool manually, as filters cannot remove those objects.
You don’t need to shell out a lot of cash for enjoying a summer swim. Literally, and within just a few minutes, you can have your own pool right in your own backyard.
Just make sure that you have all you need to keep your water clean – whether that is with sand, salt, or chlorine – and enjoy the water!