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  • Enjoy your summer! Reviews of Top 10 Swimming Pools and Accessories
Enjoy your summer! Reviews of Top 10 Swimming Pools and Accessories
Enjoy your summer! Reviews of Top 10 Swimming Pools and Accessories
Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to setup and maintain
  • Ready in about 30 minutes on leveled ground
  • Big enough for entire family
  • Accessories include ladder, ground cloth, debris cover, setup and maintenance DVD
  • Easy to store as per need or weather conditions
  • Durable
  • Reasonable price

    Cons

  • Pool takes lot of time to setup
  • Filter needs to be changed frequently
  • Pump is of cheap plastic quality
Where to Buy
Review Summary

Intex Easy Set Pool Package 18’x48” is one of the easiest to assemble above-ground pools in the market. This pool is large enough for entire family to enjoy. Just spread out on a firm / level ground, inflate the top ring and watch the pool go up by itself. With a set-up and maintenance DVD included in the pack, this pool sets up in approximately 30 minutes. Super Tough laminated sidewalls are triple coated for extra strength and durability. The Intex Easy Set Swimming Pool will hold 5,455 gallons of water at 80% fill capacity.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Activity filled inflatable outdoor or indoor pool
  • Includes flexible sprayer, 6 plastic balls and 4 inflatable rings
  • Has 2 pool areas
  • Easily inflates with air compressor
  • Colorful, spacious and safe
  • Sturdy PVC frame lined with vinyl
  • Good brand with reasonable price

    Cons

  • Leaks air and sloppy construction
  • Hard and sharp nozzle at the bottom of the slide
  • Does not hold on ground properly unless filled with water
  • Tiring and time consuming to inflate manually
Where to Buy
Review Summary

Intex Rainbow Ring Pool Play Center is an inflatable kid’s pool with 2 separate pool areas – one with flexible water sprayer and another with water slide. The slide connects the smaller water pool to the larger play area pool. Flexible sprayer can be attached directly to the garden hose, turn up the water pressure and it goes crazy as it whips about. Turn it down a notch, and the sprayer turns into a steady shower.  The pool also has a ball rolling area and a ring toss area for extra fun. It comes with 6 plastic balls and 4 inflatable rings. This kid’s pool play center has a sturdy PVC frame lined with vinyl.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to setup and use
  • Keeps the water crystal clear and pool clean
  • Good quality and well performing product
  • Better and cheaper alternative to chemicals
  • Maintains perfect levels of salt and chlorine
  • Leaves water skin friendly with no taste and smell of chlorine
  • Worth the money

    Cons

  • Missing parts in shipped packages
  • Takes time to figure out the right level of salt
  • Some reliability issues
Where to Buy
Review Summary

Intex Krystal Clear Salt Water Filtration System (Models: 54601EG & 54601E) is specifically designed for use with above-ground pools. It combines a unique two-stage technology to sanitize pool water. First, an undetectable level of natural, swimmer-safe chlorine is produced when natural salt is added to pool water and passes through titanium coated electrolytic cell during the filtration process. The result is soft, fresh, clean water without the potential hard side effects of packaged pool chemicals. Second with the copper ionization feature, highly active disinfectant ions are released which create a potent biocide and attach algae more aggressively than chlorine or other packaged pool chemicals. This filter replaces hazardous chlorine with inexpensive, natural salts as it cleans.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to setup
  • Easy to clean
  • Big enough for entire family
  • Sturdy and durable with thick walls and liner
  • Deep enough to swim under water
  • Easy to store
  • Reasonable price

    Cons

  • Cover is not big enough
  • Poles are hard to adjust after filling water
  • Cover rope is not long enough to go around pool
Where to Buy
Review Summary

Intex 12’x30” Family Size Round Metal Frame Pool Set is a perfect starter pool to cool off in summer or have fun. This pool is large enough for entire family to enjoy. Just spread out on a firm / level ground, inflate the top ring and the pool is ready to enjoy in approximately 30 to 45 minutes. The pool is supported by strong, durable rust-resistant, galvanized steel frames which are powder coated for rust resistance and beauty. Triple strong, SUPER-TOUGH laminated sidewalls are reinforced with an all-around band to keep frame legs firmly in place. The pool holds 1718 gal (6,503L) of water at 90% of fill capacity. It includes 110-120 volt GFCI filter pump with 530 gal (2006L) per hour flow rate and a setup and maintenance DVD.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to inflate and does not leak
  • Comfortable
  • Suitable for above the ground or soft-sided pools
  • Fitted with 2 cup holders, 3 air chambers, 2 heavy duty handles and a repair patch
  • Chair like design for more stability
  • Great price and good quality
  • Sturdy and durable

    Cons

  • Arms deflate, rip off or split easily
Where to Buy
Review Summary

The Intex Floating Recliner Lounge is designed for ultimate relaxation and luxury. This lounge features a chair like design for added comfort and stability. The lounge comes with 2 convenient cup holders, 3 air chambers, 2 heavy duty handles and a repair patch. Made of 18 gauge vinyl, this recliner is very comfortable and durable for any age and size, keeping you totally dry. This lounge is perfectly suitable for either above the ground or soft-sided storable pools. To top it all, this inflates very nicely as per our need and does not leak.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to operate and maintain
  • Great cleaning performance for above ground pools
  • Cleans debris, twigs, algae, bacteria, sand and dirt
  • Easy and simple to clean the filter bag
  • Own driver motor and filtration system
  • 2-hour automatic shut off timer
  • Reduces chemical, water, and energy costs

    Cons

  • Expensive
  • Cord gets tangled
  • May not clean the bottom of the pool thoroughly
Where to Buy
Review Summary

The Aquabot Pool Rover Jr. is an easy, fast, and efficient way to clean any above ground pool. It is pre-programmed to clean all of your pool spotlessly clean and works on flat bottomed above-ground pools: Round, oval or rectangle. Made of plastic, the junior is fully automatic, computerized robotic cleaner and has its own drive motor and filtration system. Simply turn the robotic cleaner on and drop it into your pool. Filtration system will not only remove debris, leaves, twigs, algae and bacteria but even dirt and sand from the bottom of the pool. The junior is powered by a completely safe 24-volt motor that is incredibly fast. Extra-wide non-marring wheels roll over footprints or liner wrinkles to clean every inch of your pool.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to operate and maintain
  • Fast, dependable and reliable
  • Saving time and effort in cleaning pool
  • Cleans walls and bottom thoroughly
  • Large intake throats picks up small and large debris
  • Cleans larger area in one pass
  • Good quality product at a reasonable price

    Cons

  • Gets stuck on steps or corners
  • Some parts wear out quickly
  • Replacement parts are expensive
  • Does not easily pick up large leaves
Where to Buy
Review Summary

Pentair K70405 Kreepy Krauly Classic Inground Automatic Pool Suction is simply the most popular suction-side cleaner. It is fast, dependable, thorough and lasts for years. The easy to install pool suction features turbo action swivel design and regulator valve for maximum cleaning power. Dive float directional system assures optimum cleaning performance from the water line to the pool bottom and walls with minimum supervision. Automatic valve regulates water flow to set the ideal travel speed for more thorough cleaning. It is recommended to adjust the speed of the unit as per individual pool and level of cleanliness required.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to put up, secure and remove
  • Comes in different shapes and sizes
  • 4 feet overlap ensures no ripping and stretching
  • Includes heavy duty cable and winch tightener for secure anchoring
  • Good quality and light weight
  • UV protected and polyethylene scrim coated to withstand extreme weather
  • Reasonable price

    Cons

  • Thin and flimsy material
  • Water seeps through the top
Where to Buy
Review Summary

The Dirt Defender 8-Year Round Above-Ground Winter Pool Cover has the strength and durability to withstand hard use and weather. Rugged polyethylene scrim and coating means this cover can withstand winter's worst. The Pool Cover is UV-protected, so it won't surrender to the damaging effects of direct sunlight and lasts for many years. The cover's black underside retards algae growth and heat sealed seams means a crystal clear pool next spring. The big 4-feet overlap ensures a proper fit for above ground pools unlike covers with 3-feet overlaps. Dirt defender covers are held secure with a heavy duty cable and winch tightener that is anchored by rip proof metal grommets. Some reviewers showed their discomfort towards the thin and flimsy material that allows water seepage. Overall, the Dirt Defender Above Ground Winter Pool Cover is a perfect way to keep your pool clean from leaves and debris.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to install, operate and saves time
  • Cleans pool and sides up to 3 feet above ground level
  • Improves water circulation in the pool
  • Operates off the pool's existing filtration system
  • Good price for its performance
  • Looks stylish and like a toy
  • Great alternative for manual cleaning

    Cons

  • Poor filtration system
  • Cannot clean large debris
  • Needs supervision
Where to Buy
Review Summary

Hayward 500 Aqua Bug Above-Ground Automatic Pool Cleaner is designed to clean the pool bottoms of various sizes and shapes. As the name suggests, this cleaner is meant to be used on permanently installed above-ground swimming pools only. The AquaBug automatic pool cleaner provides you with easy, hassle-free operation. There is no need to empty or replace debris bags. And because AquaBug works with your existing filtration system - no extra energy-consuming booster pump is required. The bug is very easy to install, it takes less than 10 minutes even with the hoses.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Sturdy and easy to fix and disconnect
  • Superior quality
  • Deep and fine mesh bag
  • Lip design for easy scooping
  • Curved edges causes no damage to pool sides
  • Fits in most telescopic vacuum poles
  • Reasonable price and light weight

    Cons

  • Mesh bag rips off easily
  • Mesh bag is glued thus disconnects easily
  • Users wish for heavier and sharper rake
Where to Buy

$14.99

Amazon

$14.99

eBay

$17.95

NewEgg

$23.07

Sears
Review Summary

Swimline 8040 Professional Heavy Duty Deep-Bag Pool Rake is strong, structural molded leaf rake with deep fine mesh bag. The frame is made of superior quality plastic and nylon bag.  It handles both big clean-up and small debris above water or bottom of the pool. The small plastic at the front of the rake helps in scraping the bottom to pool, and the big bag holds the trash easily so that it does not float out while removing the rake from the bottom. It is easy to fix and disconnect. It has lip design and curved edges to scoop up the trash easily, meaning no sharp spots to damage the pool sides.

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