Contrary to popular belief, these are not just the tiny things for kids anymore. Inflatable swimming pools have become a viable option for those that love to swim or just relax in the water; but are however on a tight budget. The first one I am going to look at is the Intex Easy Set Pool.
This pool is so easy to set up and deflate that provided there is enough space, it is easy to store away when it is out of season. They actually come in several other sizes but that is the link for the 8’x 30′. Averaging around $100 and not just for kids…it is easy to see why this would be a viable option to having a full time pool installed; even if someone did decide that it was too much of a pain to store them and got a new one every year.
When it is deflated it weighs about 20 lbs. and this particular size has a capacity of 639 gallons of water. As I already said, the Intex Easy Pool comes in many sizes. They are 8′ x 30′, 10′ x 30′, 12′ x 30′, 12’x 36′, 15′ x 36′ and 15′ x 48′.
The biggest advantage to these, regardless of what size you would choose is how easy they are to assemble and disassemble. Further, because they are not a permanent structure, that makes them suitable for any size yard.
As for the disadvantages that come with this, even though it is easy to store, many reviewers have complained about it taking up too much space. More importantly, the Easy Set Pools are not as durable as the metal frame and ultra frame models. One reason is their liner is thinner so they are more prone to leaks.
On that note, let’s take a look at the Intex Metal Frame Pool Set. It can be found here at
This is considerably more expensive than the Easy Pool Set. On side note the Ultra Set is way more expensive than even this. The Metal Frame Set does not leak as the Easy Pool is prone to doing. However, because of the frames, the Metal Frame Pool is going to be a hassle to store to even more people than the Easy Pool.
This pool should be looked at as graduating from the Easy Pool. The PVC this pool is made out of is much thicker than that which the Easy Pool is made out of. This means it does not have the same issues regarding leaking. It is not up to the same standards that the Ultra Frame have; but it would be quite short sighted to buy this thinking it would…after all look at how much more expensive the Ultra Frame still is. In my opinion, this Metal Frame Pool is the best for the money…it is better quality than the Easy Set to the point that the leaks are gone and still not an arm and a leg cost wise. The deepness of this pool makes it ideal for a water slide too.
This Metal Frame Pool is available in four sizes: 10′ x 30′, 15′ x 42′, 15′ x 48′ and 18′ x 48′. The number of leaks in this pool are very few compared to the Easy Pool. Most of the leaks that do happen to this pool are due to animals. Investing in an optional Gorilla Floor Plan will help you to prevent them. The biggest problem with this pool is the pump malfunctioning. Fortunately it is not that hard to upgrade a pump.
This one is huge for a non-permanent pool. It is 24′ x 12′ x 52″ deep. When you count up all the expenses involving setup, you are looking at about $3000. I would only recommend if you have had other Intex inflatable pools and wish to avoid the leaking issues and don’t mind paying a lot to do so.