Easy set pools can be a good alternative to building a swimming pool. Not many people have a yard big enough or the money for an in ground pool, but you can still enjoy the backyard asset.
One of the benefits of these pools is that they can be placed in different areas around the yard and aren’t limited to just one place. With proper maintenance, these pools can provide years of fun.Below we’ll share our reviews on our favorite backyard easy set up pools, plus give you some tips on what to look for when you’re shopping for one of these fun summer necessities.
What to Look for When Buying
When researching an easy set pool, there are a few things you want to look for in order to enjoy your summer season.
Equipped with Ground Fault Interrupter: This safety feature is important because it will shut off the pump if the electrical current is exposed to water. It can be dangerous for electricity and water to mix and you don’t want anyone to get electrocuted while swimming in the pool.
A Pump and Filter: Not every pool will come with a pump and filter, but you will definitely need one in order to keep the water fresh. If the pool doesn’t come with a pump and filter, then it should be equipped to handle one. Many people choose to upgrade the standard filter that the pool comes with, in order to make maintenance a little easier.
Easy to Install: One of the main benefits of these pools is that they are easy to install. Many come with a set up DVD to make it even easier to install. If you aren’t happy with where you put the pool, all you have to do is drain it and move it over to a new spot. When it starts to get cold, you will want to drain it, dry it out, and store it until the next summer. When summer rolls around again, it will be just as easy to install the second time. These pools will need to be installed on solid ground and can’t be on any wet sand or mud. They should also be installed on a level ground, in order to keep the water in the pool.
Garden Hose Drain Compatible: You want to make sure there is a drain hookup that is compatible with a standard hose, so that you can lead water away from the area and away from the house. Draining the pool once the season is over needs to be done carefully, and having a drain that is compatible with a garden hose will make the process much easier.
Enough Space: There are a variety of sizes available, so you want to make sure your pool has enough space to accommodate your family. You will also want to make sure that the pool will fit in your backyard.
Solid Construction: The liners of these pools should be made with heavy duty plastic and a solid construction, in order to prevent any leaks. This is especially important if there are going to be any pets near the pool.
Accessories: Many pools will come equipped with a ground cloth, debris cover, and pool ladder. These are some features that you may want to have. The ground cloth will help protect the bottom portion of the pool. The ladder is great to make it easier to get in and out of the pool safely, and the debris cover will protect the pool from leaves and other debris when it is not in use. If these don’t come with the pool set you are purchasing, you may want to consider purchasing these separately, since these items are nice to have. You may also want to use a cover to prevent any overfill during summer rainstorms.
Inflatable vs. Fiberglass Pools
When deciding between an inflatable or fiberglass pool, it will depend on the cost, maintenance, and long-term enjoyment of the pool. Inflatable pools do require some more maintenance than a fiberglass in-ground pool and there are a few things to keep in mind.
Cost: When comparing costs, an inflatable pool will be much cheaper to install and doesn’t require as much space.
Long-Term Use: A fiberglass pool, once installed, could last a lot longer than an inflatable pool.
Maintenance: You have to pay attention to the filtration for the inflatable easy set pool. Some pools come with undersized pumps and filter systems, which make it harder to keep the water clear and algae free. Many times people will add a lot of chemicals or chlorine to the pool to help keep them clean, and then the water isn’t usable.
There needs to be a proper balance of chemicals and filtration. Chemicals alone won’t be able to compensate for poor filtration, and too many chemicals can be dangerous for the pool. It can be a little harder to clean an inflatable pool.
Pools with a pump and filter system will utilize the suction from the pump to vacuum the pool. A hose is connected to the skimmer and it can vacuum up debris form the bottom of the pool into the filter.
An inflatable pool doesn’t have a skimmer and the cartridge filter can’t handle the amount of debris. The way to vacuum these types of pools is with a pressure cleaner attached to the garden hose. This blows the debris off the pool floor into an attached bag.
Fiberglass pools are easier to maintain because they naturally deter algae. The surface of a fiberglass pool is non porous, which means there is nowhere for the algae to embed. You can use less chemicals and vacuuming the pool is much easier.
Easy Set Pools Reviews
Below you’ll find our favorite options if you’re looking to add a cheap and easy setup pool to your backyard experience this summer.
1. Intex 18′ x 10′ x 42″ Oval Frame Pool Set
This pool set is engineered for strength and the oval frame is supported by durable and strong steel frames that are powder coated to avoid rust and help maintain beauty.
You can connect it to the powerful Krystal Clear Cartridge filter and pump, in order to enjoy refreshing and clean water. It can be ready to fill in just about 30 minutes and set up is easy.
The pool has a water capacity of 885 gallons. There is a drain plug that will connect to a hose so water can be moved away from the house or pool area.
The set also includes a ground cloth and debris cover. The shape of the pool makes it a great choice for narrower backyards and for those who want to swim laps.
There is hydro aeration technology that is now incorporated into the filter pump to provide better filtration and circulation. This improves water clarity and there are increased negative ions at the water surface.
The pool should be set up on solid ground and not on any mud, sand, or other loose soil conditions.
2. Intex 8′ x 30″ Easy Set Swimming Pool
This pool can be ready to go in about 10 minutes with fast and simple pool assembly. The pool will hold 639 gallons of water.
The system comes with an informative video in order to make installation a breeze. It will lift by itself until it is full.
The material is very resistant to damage from abrasions, sunlight and impact to help make it last longer. The pool won’t collapse, even if the top ring is deflated.
The drain plug will connect to a garden hose so that water can drain away and not create a flooding situation. The filter pump will need to be purchased separately.
3. Intex 6’ x 20” Easy Set Pool
This pool is easy to set up in just a few steps. All you need to do is spread it along a level and firm ground. Then inflate the top ring and start to fill with water. It will lift by itself until it is full.
There is a maintenance and set up DVD included, making the process even easier. It can be ready to fill in just about 10 minutes.
It is made with puncture-resistant three-ply durable materials to withstand any abrasions and to be resistant from the elements, such as the hot summer sun. There are no tools required for assembly.
The pool will just need to be set on level ground. There is no pump included, but you can purchase one separately and the pool allows you to connect one.
4. Intex Swimming Pool Easy Set 8ft.x30in.
This pool measures 8′ by 30″ and is made of vinyl and a heavy-duty vinyl liner for long lasting operation. The pool will hold about 639 gallons of water and is easy to set up, as well as easy to clean.
It comes with a DVD of instructions in order to make it even easier to install, and it can be ready to start getting filled in just 10 minutes. You will need to purchase a pump separately for the pool, but it comes equipped with holes for a pump system.
While you don’t need to have a pump with this pool, the water quality can be harder to maintain over a long period. No filter means no oxygen in the pool, so you will need a water test to know when it is time to refill.
5. Intex 15′ x 42″ Easy Set Pool
This Intex pool comes equipped with a ground fault interrupter. This is an extra safety feature that will turn off the pump if the electrical current is too close to any water.
This pool is ready to fill in about 15 minutes. All you have to do is spread it out on the level ground, inflate the top ring, and fill it with water so you can start to enjoy. The capacity of the pool is 3,284 gallons.
It also includes a Krystal Clear Cartridge filter pump, ladder, ground cloth, and debris cover. The debris cover is useful for when the pool is not in use. The pool is constructed with tough laminate PVC sidewalls.
There is also a drain plug that easily connects to a nearby hose to make sure that any water is being moved away from the area and water will not get into the house.
There are new features to help with water circulation. This will allow for better water clarity and quality.
6. Intex 18’ x 48” Round Easy Set Swimming Pool
This is the swimming pool liner only and doesn’t come with any large trainer set. Those must be purchased separately.
The pool is made of heavy gauge PVC and has an additional two layers of heavy duty plastic that are laminated. It also includes an inner layer of polyester mesh for more reinforcement.
These three layers provide extra durability and strength. This pool also has two inlet and one outlet ports in the side of the pool.