Top-Rated Above-Ground Pools

Shopping for a Pool? We've Done the Research

An above-ground pool offers an opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of owning a pool without the high costs associated with building an in-ground model. While they still to be maintained, the costs are usually not as high as more permanent pools, not to mention the need to replace expensive equipment when it breaks. Depending on the type, they can also be stored away off-season, and if you move, your portable pool can go along with you to the next house.

We've researched some of the more...MORE popular and highest rated above-ground swimming pools in a variety of shapes and sizes, hopefully something for everyone.

  • 01 of 07
    bestway above-ground pool
    Bestway round above-ground pool.

    What: Above-ground round-frame pool set

    Brand: Bestway

    Size: 12 feet in diameter; 30 inches high.

    Details: Bestway's round above-ground pool includes:

    • Side walls constructed of durable, heavy-duty PVC and polyester.
    • A flow-control drain valve for easy draining.
    • Clear instructions for easy assembly
    • A 330-gallon filter pump and filter cartridge, allowing pool to be used shortly after set up.
    • Water capacity at 90 percent: 1,710 gallons.
  • 02 of 07
    blue wave swim time above-ground pool
    Blue Wave Swim Time 'Belize' pool.

    What: Belize round above-ground pool

    Brand: Blue Wave

    Size: 15 feet round, 52 inches deep, 6-inch top rail.

    Details: This metal-wall above-ground swimming pool package includes:

    • A liner,  pump and sand filter system. 
    • A-frame entry ladder, and wide-mouth skimmer.
    • Star Galfan galvanization coating gives the pool superb corrosion protection
    • Easy assembly; detailed instruction manual included
    • Available in both round and oval shapes and in 48- or 52-inch depths.
    • Includes an A-frame ladder.
  • 03 of 07
    embassy pool
    Embassy above-ground swimming pool.

    What: Above-ground pool, 4-3400 PARA 100

    Brand: Embassy

    Size: 24 feet diameter x 52 inches high.

    Details: Embassy Pool's above-ground pool comes in creamy tan or silver.

    • Rugged, baked enamel steel.
    • 9-inch wraparound top rails and verticals in tan.
    • Taupe-colored resin top connectors
    • Hot-dipped galvanized copper-bearing steel wall is 52 inches and features an elegant design.
    • Corrugated pool wall for flexibility and vertical strength.
    • Staggered-bolt wall closure provides minimum strength and wall...MORE stability.
  • 04 of 07
    intex above-ground oval pool
    Intex above-ground oval pool.

    What: Oval Frame Pool

    Brand: Intex

    Size: 8 feet x 10 feet x 42 inches

    Details: An above-ground oval-frame pool set that is supported by durable steel frames that are powder-coated to withstand rust and the elements.

    • Connect the powerful Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump to enjoy clean, refreshing water.
    • Ready for water in 30 minutes, - follow the instructional DVD for easy set up, and enjoy the fun! Water capacity: (80%) 2,885 gallons.
    • Includes: Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump with...MORE 1,000 gph (110-120V). Ladder. Ground Cloth. Debris Cover. SUPER-TOUGH laminated PVC sidewalls.
    • Convenient drain plug that connects to a garden hose so water can be drained away from pool or house area.
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  • 05 of 07
    intex ultra frame pool
    Intex Ultra Frame pool.

    What: Ultra Frame above-ground pool

    Brand: Intex

    Size: 24 feet x 12 feet x 52 inches

    Details: A complete pool set that includes a ladder, ground cloth, debris cover, Krystal Clear™ sand filter pump,and more, including:

    • Ground Fault Circuit interrupter to shut off the pump if the electrical current is exposed to water.
    • Sand filter pump has a 2,100-gallon-per-hour flow rate.
    • Capacity: 8 or more.
    • Set-up and maintenance DVD.
    • Ultra-strong frame; powder coating
    • Easy assembly.
  • 06 of 07
    ipool above-ground exercise pool
    IPool above-ground exercise pool.

    What: Deluxe above-ground exercise swimming pool with filter

    Brand: iPool by Fitmax

    Size: 10 feet wide x 6.5 feet high x 3.1 feet deep

    Details: The IPool is an above-ground exercise pool that comes equipped with a filter, pump and heater. More information:

    • Holds 1,500 gallons of water.
    • Takes up about 65 square feet of space.
    • Can be installed in less than one hour.
    • The filter pump can handle up to 1,000 gallons  ti
    • A repair kit is included.
    • Velcro harness included to hold you in ​place while you swim...MORE against the water's resistance.
  • 07 of 07
    splash pools above-ground pool
    Splash Pools above-ground pool.

    What: Slim-style oval above-ground pool package

    Brand: Splash Pools

    Size: 30 feet x 15 feet x 52 inches

    Details: Large, metal-frame oval pool features:

    • Hot-dipped galvanized steel wall that has been strengthened with deep corrugation.
    • Molded resin bottom pedestal
    • Resin ladder with lift-off exterior staircase.
    • Through-the-wall skimmer and 1-hp pump and motor.
    • Comes with instruction video.