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!
Bestway Steel Pro Max 15' X 42" Round Pool
Bestway Power Steel 14' x 8'2" x 39.5" Oval Pool Set
Intex 18'x9'x52" Ultra XTR Pool Set with Sand Filter Pump
Lake Effect Meadows Reprieve 24' Round Above Ground Pool
Intex Easy Set 15'x48" Inflatable
Jecoo Kiddie/Dog Pool 63" x 12"
Round steel-frame pool
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
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?!"
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
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
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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