Do you have space constraints in your backyard? Are you looking for the biggest above ground pool money can buy? Check out our model and brand comparisons broken down by size to help narrow your search to finding the perfect above ground swimming pool.
We’ve taken the top rated above ground swimming pools from the best brand and broken them down by size groups.
Rectangular vs. Round vs. Oval Pools
Your first big decision is going to be what shape above ground pool you’ll get.
Your main options for above ground pools are:
Round pools are typically the post common shape, and are available in diameters of 10 feet to 30 feet and depths of 30″ to 54.” You’ll find these in a variety of constructions ranging from inflatable rings to sturdy frame and walls. Round pools are common because they are typically a little stronger than their oval and rectangular counterparts.
Oval pools are typically available in widths of 12 to 16 feet and 16 to 30 feet long. These often feature a mix of inflatable ring and metal frame construction.
Rectangular pools are available in sizes similar to the oval pools and are probably the best option for laps, water sports, and building decks around the pool.
Small-Sized Above Ground Pool Comparisons
These small sized above ground swimming pools are good choices for:
- Small backyards.
- Families with small children.
- Those looking for an inexpensive way to test if an above ground pool is right for their yard.
Most smaller above ground pools are very easy to set up and can usually be completed in less than an hour by one person.
They typically will not include a ladder, as an adult can easily set over the sidewalls. Some small above ground pool owners opt for a smaller sized step ladder to minimize the risk of tripping over the wall.
Medium-Sized Above Ground Pool Comparisons
Medium size above ground swimming pools are another great option for entry level pools and those with space-constraints in their backyard.
Many of these pools are relatively easy to set up and can usually be completed in a hour with a few people.
Large-Sized Above Ground Pool Comparisons
Large above ground pools are big enough that you can comfortably swim around. The can accommodate a bunch of kids or a handful of adults.
Easy of set up varies by manufacturer, but most of these pools can be installed within a couple hours with a few people helping.
Extra Large-Sized Above Ground Pool Comparisons
Extra large above ground pools are typically the top-of-the-line options. These pools are extremely heavy duty and sturdy and constructed with materials designed to stand up to the elements and last for a long time.
Set up is going to typically take a few hours or more and will usually require at least three people to help. Many of the components are heavy and need to be properly set for the pool to be installed properly.
Extra large above ground pools really become a permanent fixture in the backyard, with many lasting 20 to 30 years.
Their sturdy construction and hard, protective sidewalls make the above ground pools perfect for building decks around.