Summer 2022 is officially in full swing. If you're looking to make a splash this season, adding a pool to your backyard may be just the thing you need.
In-ground swimming pools are expensive and time-consuming to build. If you want all the fun of a pool but not the hefty price tag, consider an above-ground pool for your backyard. Keep reading to check out our picks for the best above-ground pools to upgrade your backyard in 2022.
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Best kiddie pool: Funboy x Malibu Barbie dream kiddie pool (5.5' x 1.5'), $47
Best above-ground pool with cover: Intex Ultra XTR frame pool set, (18' x 4.33'), $1,349
Permanent above-ground pool: Lake Effect Meadows Reprieve steel-walled pool (30' x 4.33'), $3,200
From above-ground pools big enough to actually swim in to tiny kiddie pools great for splashing around and cooling off, here are nine reviewer-loved above-ground pools to upgrade your backyard fast, no matter what your budget is. Some of these great inflatable pools are even on sale.
Funboy x Malibu Barbie dream kiddie pool
If you're just looking to cool off and want an affordable, low-commitment option, pick up one of these Funboy kiddie pools. This limited edition, Malibu Barbie-branded model has a 66-inch diameter. It fits two adults and has rapid inflate and deflate valves, meaning it can be backyard-ready in mere minutes.
Large inflatable pool on a budget: Urroy inflatable swimming pool
If you're looking for a larger inflatable swimming pool, consider this 10-foot marine animal print pool. It has a non-slip texture and three individual air chambers to help prevent air and water leakage and withstand extra weight.
"It's large enough for my 3- and 1-year-olds to 'swim' while hubby and I have space to lounge and relax," a reviewer wrote. "I like that my kids can get in and out of it themselves too."
A pool with quick setup: Bestway Fast Set rattan pool
This rattan-print pool is equipped with a ring around the top which inflates to keep the pool's structure. The pool can be filled with water in around an hour.
"The size 13-foot by 33-inch works just fine for cooling off and floating around," a reviewer wrote.
Budget family pool: Intex metal-frame above-ground pool set
Choose from three sizes of this metal-framed pool. It comes with a filter pump and dual-suction outlet fittings that improve the water's circulation for clarity and hygiene.
"It's deep enough that the kids can still swim underwater, but not too big as to take up the whole yard," a reviewer said of the 12-foot by 2.5-foot size.
A pool that blends in: Bestway round above-ground swimming pool kit
This round, stone-print pool is on the smaller side, so it's more suited for cooling off, rather than swimming. It has a flow-control drain valve that connects to a garden hose to drain the pool in the off-season. It also comes with a heavy-duty repair patch and a DVD with instructions on how to set up and maintain the pool.
For medium-sized yards: Bestway Steel Pro Max swimming pool set: $771
This steel-frame pool comes in two sizes, the larger of which is great for kids to do some swimming, on top of cooling off. It comes with a filter pump, ground cloth, ladder and pool cover. The model takes two to three people to assemble.
High-quality pool with cover: Intex Ultra XTR frame pool set
This round steel-frame pool comes with a sand filter pump, ladder and pool cover and can be set up in an hour.
"It's very easy to set up and is durable," a reviewer said. "I bought it last year and used it every day. I left it up through the winter and just drained and filled it back up this spring. It's in perfect condition!"
For larger yards: Intex Ultra XTR above-ground frame pool
This steel pool comes in larger sizes that you can actually swim in. It comes with a saltwater system and a sand-filter pump combo; a pool ladder; a ground cloth and a cover. Hydro aeration technology provides better circulation and filtration and improves the water clarity.
"This pool is great for a family of seven," reviewer oakleytiger says of the 24-foot by 12-foot by 52-inch size. "We have taught our kids how to swim in this pool."
A permanent above-ground pool: Lake Effect Meadows Reprieve steel-walled pool
For a more traditional and more permanent above-ground pool, check out this 30 foot wide steel-walled model (also offered in nine other sizes), Choose from five liner prints. It's designed to remain in your yard year-round.
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