Want to turn your backyard into a summer oasis without digging up the entire lawn? Amazon has the glittery, shimmery pool your heart desires and now it’s time to get your hands on one. The best above-ground products often quadruple in price (we checked) or sell out in warm weather. Here we help you find the best pool for your garden and lifestyle. We’ve found large, best-selling steel frames, a roomy inflatable ring pool, and a splurge-worthy hardwall model — we’ve even thrown in a $34 collapsible pool for Buster just for fun. Staycation, here we come!
Round pool with steel frame
Bestway Steel Pro Max 15′ X 42″ Round Pool
Ranked as Amazon’s No. 1 best-selling and “Most Wished For” pool, the 15-foot Steel Pro Max is a no-brainer. The leak-resistant round pool has a capacity of 3,955 liters of water and includes a filter, pump, ladder and cover. According to customers, assembling the rust and corrosion resistant Seal & Lock frame is easy. Also available in sizes as small as 10 feet or as large as 18 feet.
$379 at Amazon
We love that the frame is rust resistant because, Good, it holds water! Getting ready for its debut is straight forward and easy with two bodies, and the best part: no tools required. One of 3,400 5-star fans wrote, “Super easy to put together, high quality, BIG pool!”
Another raved, “Wow, I’m impressed!!! They shipped it the same day and we received it extremely early. The pool is great – very sturdy and easy to set up. … Very pleased with our pool and Amazon customer service.”
Oval pool with steel frame
It’s important to think about your space when choosing a pool. And even if your yard calls for a smaller option, you still want something durable that you can actually use. “This pool is WORTH IT,” declared one fan. “Best investment we’ve made for the hot summer months. … We have a small backyard in Chicago and the size was just right!”
Another loves to exercise: “We put a gym mat under it… so when I’m in the pool working out, it’s like a gym… By adding a rubber rope, I can still swim better than a real Endless Pool because when I have to stop and take a break, the water is calm (no water pressure for my face).”
Rectangular pool with steel frame
Intex 18’x9’x52″ Ultra XTR pool set with sand filter pump
If you’re really serious, consider this whale of a pool, which comes with a sand pump (so you save money over time by not having 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 non-slip ladder, a top cover and a groundsheet. Includes a two-year warranty.
$850 at Amazon
At nearly 60% off, this is a great deal on a great Intex pool built to withstand serious summer action. “Pool Party Time!!!” wrote one delighted customer. “Thanks to Amazon I was able to afford this lovely 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 get one?!”
Swimming pool with hard walls
Lake effect swimming pools
Lake Effect Meadows Reprieve 24′ Round Above Ground Pool
Do you want a swimming pool that will last for years? Look for a hard wall. The others above have a steel frame, but this one has resin-protected steel walls. The 24-foot round model is 52 inches long 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 rock lap liner, cuff strips, and a wide-mouth skimmer. Pump not included.
$2,799 at Amazon
Installing such a durable hard-walled pool may be difficult for the average Joe, customers say, but what a result. “This is the best decision our family has ever made,” one fan exclaimed. “It took some effort to build although most of the work was the ground work. The reward has been worth it though. Great value and the ability to walk out onto 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 #1 bestseller, this spacious Intex pool is made of puncture-resistant, three-layer fabric and uses patented HydroAeration technology that creates bubbles and keeps the water moving. It can hold up to 3,736 liters of water and includes a cartridge filter pump, ground cloth and pool cover.
$292 at Amazon
With over 6,600 five-star reviews, this easygoing pool is a definite hit. The super-simple setup was a plus for this lucky grandparent: “Instant pool. Literally inflate the top ring and fill it with water. Was great for my… grandkids and big enough for me to use a lounger.” Another fan raved, “WOW! Don’t think twice! BUY IT NOW!” but added the helpful advice to level 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, deflated and can be seriously played with during those dog days of summer. It is scratch resistant and has a non-slip bottom, making it perfect for dogs. CHILDREN love it too; it can even be used as a sand pit or ball pit. Comes in five sizes, up to the 6’8″ diameter XXXXL.
$34 at Amazon
Sometimes you just want an easy, fun cool-down place to play that’s tucked away at the end of the day. This foldable Jecoo meets the requirements. One fan shared a video and wrote, “If it can handle my Rottweilers, it’s strong enough.”
Another added: “This is an excellent pool for dogs and children! Also very handy for travelling; we took it to the beach.”
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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