Above-ground swimming pools are supposed to be easy, fun, accessible alternatives to in-ground pools, which require big financial outlays and tearing up the yard. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your research and figure out the best model for your needs.
The types of above-ground pools available have come a long way, diversifying into all sorts of sizes, materials, and styles. Here are the best above-ground pools available on Amazon in 2022, with something for every type of swimmer.
Intex Rectangular Frame Above Ground Swimming Pool ($552)
If you want to replicate the in-ground pool experience, go for the Intex 28273EH. While Intex offers its classic PVC-frame pool in various sizes, the 15 by 7-foot version is big enough for the whole family to relax comfortably. It’s easy to assemble and the vinyl siding is durable enough to withstand some raucous pool play.
Intex Inflatable Easy Pool Set ($600)
Inflatable pools are a breeze to set up, but they tend to be small and poor quality compared to steel frame models. But Intex is a trusted brand among above ground pool makers, and their 26165EH model shows that inflatable pools can be sturdy, substantial, and still easy to construct.
Bestway Steel Pro Above Ground Family Kids Swimming Pool ($150)
If you’re looking for a pool to satisfy some overheated kids, and you don’t care to take a dip yourself, save a bit of cash and pick up a kids pool. This model from Bestway is well constructed, especially for a family-friendly model, and it will last until your little ones aren’t so little anymore. It’s a great pick, even if you do have to buy a filter separately.
Blue Wave Martinique Deep Metal Wall Swimming Pool ($2,450)
A lot of above ground pools can feel more like wading pools than legitimate places to swim. If depth is important to you, opt for this pool from Blue Wave, which comes in a variety of widths, all 52 inches deep. Quality steel construction and a durable top rail ensure the pool will hold up for all your swimming needs.
Intex 26339EH Round Pool ($2,600)
Why crowd your group into a tiny pool if you’ve got a yard big enough to support a full-size pool? Spread out with this 24-foot circular pool from Intex, which can hold up to 12,481 gallons.
Intex Ultra XTR Rectangular Pool Set ($3,900)
If you have some serious money to throw at an above ground pool (still cheaper than an in-ground), throw it at the Intex Ultra XTR, a saltwater beast at 32 by 16 feet. It includes a sand filter pump, ladder, ground cloth, pool cover, and even a pool volleyball setup.