An above ground pool is a less expensive compromise to a below ground pool. They are essentially do-it-yourself water reservoirs that will allow you, your family and friends to wade and swim in most suburban yard settings.
Although all above ground pools are owner assembly friendly, this is not a job for the novice. The ground below the pool must be prepared properly before the liner and the frame are set into place. That aspect is the biggest hassle of putting up an above ground pool.
The highest rated pools on this list will be the easiest to set up, but they will also be versatile and user friendly. In most cases price will be no object, but these pools were chosen because of price, performance and versatility.
The Intex 54983EG Rectangular Ultra Frame Pool Set uses steel frame sections that slip and lock together for a no hassle do-it-yourself set-up. It comes complete with a pool cover, a ladder and a filter pump. Read Full Review
The Intex 54983EG Rectangular Ultra Frame Pool Set is a good sized pool for any yard, and deep enough with a 4 1/2-foot depth that will satisfy even the tallest members of the family. There may be longer or wider pools, but this one ranks at the top for ease of set-up and versatility, and it comes complete with a ladder, pool cover and a filter pump. The steel frame sections slip and lock together easily, and for the do-it-yourself person, this type of construction won't be a problem. All of these user friendly features combined make this the #1 above ground pool choice.
The iPool Deluxe Above Ground Exercise Swimming Pool comes with Filter / Pump and Heater Upgrade. It is both a wading pool or an endless swimming pool when you are strapped into the harness. Perfect for exercise or rehabilitation all year round. Read Full Review
This is one of neatest ideas in swimming pools. For you exercise buffs, or if you just want a high quality pool for those hot summer days, the iPool Deluxe Above Ground Exercise Swimming Pool may be exactly what you need. Yes, it is a great pool for taking a dip anytime you want, but what makes this pool so unique is that when you are strapped into the included harness, it becomes an endless exercise pool. That kind of versatility is unmatched by any other pool here. It is easy to assemble, comes with a pump/heater combo so that you can extend your pool season into winter, a pool cover, a ladder and a floor mat. This is one terrific idea, and if you are into swimming as much as wading, then this is the pool for you.
The Summer Escapes Round 12' x 2'6" Inflatable Quick-Set Swimming Pool gives you the most bang for the buck of any pool here. It is inexpensive and sets up easily by inflating the top ring and then just filling with water. If you want the easiest to use no hassle pool, this is the one for you. Read Full Review
For the best party pool that gives anyone the most bang for the buck, the inexpensive Summer Escapes Round 12' x 2'6" Inflatable Quick-Set Swimming Pool sets up fast and and is ready to use hours before any of the others on the list. Just inflate the top ring with a pump of your choice, and even the exhaust from a shop-vac will do. Once inflated, fill the pool with water and hop in. Granted, this pool is only rated for five people, but it is inexpensive, easy to use and will be a hit no matter where it is set up. Just remember to level out the ground first for best results.
The Sun N Fun Galaxy View Above Ground Round Pool Package is the most expensive pool on the list, but it gives the classic round swimming pool experience to anyone. High quality galvanized steel rails, supports and ledges will last for years, while this complete package comes with a sand filter, ladder and wide mouthed skimmer. Read Full Review
This design is classic and time worn retro round shaped pool, with top ledges, bottom rails and vertical supports, and that's what the Sun N Fun Galaxy View Above Ground Round Pool Package is all about. It is the most expensive pool on this list and it is labor intensive to assemble, but the quality and durability are unmatched by any other pool. You will need help assembling this pool, but once up and running, it will serve you with years of solid service. The package comes complete with a ladder, which has a built-in child proof swim protector, a sand filter and a wide mouth skimmer. This may be the best pool on this list for quality, but price and a demanding assembly procedure makes it a tough choice.
The Intex 54931EG Oval Frame Pool Set, 18-Feet by 10-Feet by 42-Inch comes with a ladder, ground cover, filter and pool cover. This is a relatively expensive inflatable pool that is easy to assemble and will be ready to use hours before many of the others, but the quality of the ladder may be in question.
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Intex strikes twice on this list, and truth be told, all of their pools are some of the highest quality units available. However, the Intex 54931EG Oval Frame Pool Set, 18-Feet by 10-Feet by 42-Inch is an inflatable top ring hybrid pool that comes with side rails to bolster the length. Although expensive for an inflatable, it comes complete with a filter system, ladder, drop cloth and pool cover. Beware the ladder. The quality is not up to par with the rest of the pool, and some may want to upgrade this feature. Other than that, this do-it-yourself pool can be set up by one person, but make sure the ground is completely level--which will be the most labor intensive aspect--for best results.