Above-ground pools are available at Amazon
Want to transform your backyard into a summertime oasis without digging up the entire lawn? Amazon’s got the shimmery, glimmery pool your heart desires and now’s the time to nab one. The best above-grounds often quadruple in price (we checked) or sell out when warm weather hits. Here we’ll help you find the best pool for your yard and lifestyle. We’ve found big, bestselling steel-frames, a roomy inflatable ring pool and a splurge-worthy hardwall model — we even threw in a $34 fold-up pooch pool for Buster just for fun. Staycation, here we come!
Round steel-frame pool
Bestway Steel Pro Max 15′ X 42″ Round Pool
Ranking as Amazon’s No. 1 bestselling and “Most Wished For” pool, the 15-foot Steel Pro Max is a no-brainer. The puncture-resistant round pool holds 3,955 gallons of water and includes a filter, pump, ladder and cover. Putting together the rust- and corrosion-resistant Seal & Lock frame is simple, shoppers say. Also available in sizes as small as 10 feet or as large as 18 feet.
We love that the frame is rust-resistant, because, well, it holds water! Getting it ready for its debut is straightforward and simple with two bodies, and the best part: no tools required. One of the 3,400 five-star fans wrote: “Super easy to put together, high quality, HUGE pool!”
Another enthused: “Wow am I impressed!!! They shipped it the same day and we received it extremely early. The pool is awesome — very sturdy and easy to setup. … Extremely happy with our pool and Amazon’s customer service.”
Oval steel-frame pool
It’s important to think about your space when you pick a pool. And even if your yard calls for a smaller option, you still want something lasting that you can really use. “This pool is WORTH IT WORTH IT WORTH IT,” a fan declared. “Best investment we made for the hot summer months. … We have a small Chicago backyard and the size was just right!”
Another loves it for exercise: “We added a gym floor mat under it … so when I am in the pool to exercise, it is like a gym…By adding a rubber rope I can swim even better than with an actual Endless Pool because when I need to stop and take break the water is calm (no water pressure in front of my face).”
Rectangle steel-frame pool
Intex 18’x9’x52″ Ultra XTR Pool Set with Sand Filter Pump
If you are really serious, consider this whale of a pool, which comes with a sand pump (so you’ll save money over time by not needing to buy expensive replacement filters, according to the brand). The 18-footer is nearly 60% off and holds 4,545 gallons of water. It comes with a high-quality slip-resistant ladder, a top cover and a ground cloth. Includes a two-year warranty.
At nearly 60% off, this is a great deal for an awesome Intex swimming pool that is built to withstand serious summer action. “Pool party time!!!” wrote a delighted shopper. “Thanks to Amazon I was able to afford this wonderful retreat from the heat. I couldn’t bear another summer plus, now I’m the cool Grandma.”
Another big fan added: “This thing is fantastic. Why did I wait so long to buy one?!”
Lake Effect Pools
Lake Effect Meadows Reprieve 24′ Round Above Ground Pool
Want a pool that will last for years to come? Look for a hard wall. The others above feature steel-frame but this one features resin-protected steel-sided walls. The round 24-foot model stands 52 inches tall and can hold a whopping 14,500 gallons of water. It also comes in an oval shape and is available in 13 sizes and nine styles. Includes 25-gauge bedrock overlap liner, coping strips and a wide-mouth skimmer. Pump not included.
Installing a durable, hard-wall pool like this may be tough for the average Joe, shoppers say, but what a result. “This has been the best decision our family has ever made,” raved a fan. “It took some effort to build, albeit the most work being the earth work. However, the payoff has been worth it. Great value and the ability to walk out on our deck and have this sparkling blue water to cool off in is amazing. The company was great to deal with and quick to respond. Shipping was fast and very responsive. … Will recommend to everyone I know!!”
Inflatable ring top pool
Intex Easy Set 15’x48″ Inflatable
An Amazon No. 1 bestseller, this roomy Intex pool is made with a puncture-resistant, three-ply material and uses patented HydroAeration Technology that creates bubbles and keeps the water moving. It holds up to 3,736 gallons of water and includes a cartridge filter pump, ground cloth and pool cover.
With 6,600+ five-star reviews, this easy pool is a clear hit. The super simple setup was a plus for this happy grandparent: “Instant pool. Literally inflate the top ring and fill with water. Was great for my … grandkids and big enough for me to use a recliner float.” Another fan enthused, “WOW! Don’t think twice! BUY IT NOW!” but added the helpful advice of leveling the ground with a few bags of sand for best results.
Bonus: Portable pool
Jecoo Kiddie/Dog Pool 63″ x 12″
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We couldn’t resist throwing this one in. It’s foldable, portable, drainable and holds up to serious play during those dog days of summer. It’s scratch resistant and has a nonslip bottom, which makes it pooch-perfect. KIds love it too; it could even be used as a sandbox or ball pit. Comes in fives sizes, up to the 6’8″ diameter XXXXL.
Sometimes you just want an easy, fun cool-down spot to play that tucks away at the end of the day. This foldable Jecoo fits the bill. A fan shared a vid and wrote: “If it can handle my Rottweilers, it is tough enough.”
Another added: “This an excellent pool for dogs and kids! Very convenient for travel as well; we took it to the beach.”
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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