With the advent of hot weather, many owners of summer cottages dream of installing a pool in their home, in which both adults and children will feel great. Stationary structures are quite expensive, so not everyone has the opportunity to purchase and install such a product. The solution will be inflatable pools — they are great for people who want to save their time and money.
On sale you can find a huge selection of a wide variety of pools — from the smallest to 6-meter, designed to accommodate several people at the same time. However, the choice should be approached as thoughtfully as possible. Therefore, before proceeding with the review of specific models, we decided to first give a number of key characteristics that you should pay attention to when buying an inflatable pool.
What are the criteria for choosing a pool?
All modern models are made on the basis of a three-layer film made of polyvinyl chloride materials. Its strength is quite enough to withstand the mass of water and the weight of bathing people. Often the film is reinforced with polyester threads to increase strength. In most cases, the shape of an inflatable pool is a circle. The capacity is very different — from 25 liters to 30 tons.
Usually only one ring is inflated with air — the upper one, which encircles the structure in diameter. If the pool has a decent size, then there may be several such rings. For a small child, a pool with an inflatable bottom is chosen so that the baby does not get injured on a hard surface under the pool itself.
The height of the side of the structure is one of the most important characteristics — this factor will determine who can swim in the pool, the safety of operation, and so on. In principle, all pools according to this factor can be divided into five groups:
- Up to 17 cm are intended for children under the age of one and a half years;
- From 17 to 50 cm are otherwise called “paddling pools” — children up to the age of three can swim in them;
- If the board height is not higher than 70 cm, then it will be suitable for a child under 7 years old;
- Up to 107 cm is perfect for a person up to 12 years of age;
- Over 107 cm are for teenagers and adults. They must be equipped with a ladder for safety.
In terms of area, you can be guided by one simple rule — in the children’s pool, one child should have 1 sq. m of free space, in an adult — about one and a half to two. It will not be superfluous to install a water filtration system so that it does not bloom, in addition, you will have to manually catch leaves and insects that have got there. Some install a special water filter so that the water does not have to be changed too often.
When developing our ranking of the best inflatable pools of 2020, we relied primarily on user reviews and the value for money of models. The review includes only the most popular models to date.
Top Child Models
3. Intex Aquarium 58480
Our rating opens with one of the cheapest models designed for young children under the age of 3 years. Its size is enough for two children. It is not very deep, the pump is not included, but the valve is universal — suitable for any pump. The design capacity is 320 liters, overall dimensions are 152×56 cm. The deflated weight is 3.6 kg. The key feature of this model is the inflatable bottom. The sides are also inflatable and quite soft. The child will not fall out of such a pool. The design is quite interestingly designed — all sides are decorated with drawings.
- Depth suitable for small children;
- Made from durable and reliable materials;
- Low price;
- Fully inflatable;
- Small mass.
- The kit does not include a pump.
Intex Aquarium 58480
2. Intex Sunset Glow Three Ring 57412
Designed for children of any gender aged one to three years. Made in the form of three fairly bright inflatable rings, located one above the other. The design capacity is 176 liters, so several kids can fit in it at once. The water in it warms up quite quickly, largely due to the small volume, the special design of the pool allows it to retain its original shape for a long time. The water in it cools rather slowly.
The pool inflates and deflates in just a few minutes. When folded, it takes up a minimum amount of free space, so it is easy to store it in the winter. Made from high quality vinyl, painted with compositions that are absolutely safe for the health of adults and children. To clean the structure, you do not have to purchase additional accessories; a repair kit is supplied with the pool, which allows you to quickly repair even a strong breakdown. The product can be placed directly on the ground, but the manufacturer still recommends pouring a small sand cushion, the thickness of which should be approximately 10 cm.
- Excellent quality;
- Pretty bright colors
- It is made from materials that are absolutely safe for the health of the child;
- Small depth;
- It can comfortably accommodate several kids at once.
- It is undesirable to put it on the ground — the bottom can quickly wipe.
Intex Sunset Glow Three Ring 57412
1. Intex Rainbow Ring Play Center 57453
This is also not just a pool, but a whole complex designed specifically for children, taking into account their age characteristics. In particular, it is suitable for kids aged 3 to 6 years. Two children can frolic in this pool at the same time. The pool is quite soft, so the children will not get hurt here. You can connect an ordinary irrigation hose to it, making it a pool with a fountain. The design has a special drain, thanks to which the overflow of the pool is not allowed. In addition, the kit comes with six plastic balls of different colors.
In the assembled state, the pool has the following dimensions — 297x193x135 cm. It is equipped with fairly high sides. The design is made using I-Beam technology. The main pool can be filled to a level of up to 25 cm — in this case, its capacity is 227 liters. The maximum capacity of the additional pool is 201 liters, but it can be filled up to a level of 17 cm.
- There is a convenient water sprinkler;
- Together with the packaging, it does not weigh too much — only 7.4 kg;
- Very easy to assemble and disassemble, it can be easily moved to a new location;
- Acceptable price;
- The bottom is hard, there is no need to fear that children will damage it while playing.
- Not detected.
Intex Rainbow Ring Play Center 57453
The best inflatable pools for teens and adults
6. Intex Easy Set 28106
Perfect for a full-fledged family vacation, say, in the country or in a country house. The pool is considered a family pool due to the fact that the whole family can fit in it at once. It is best to place it on any level and relatively smooth surface. The material from which such products are made is checked as carefully as possible. It is not sensitive to minor damage, direct sunlight, but it is desirable to store it in a warm and dry room.
In general, a special three-layer high-strength vinyl is used for the manufacture of this product. The design has an original valve through which you can drain all the water. You can attach a hose to it and use the moisture to water flowers and plants. The pool inflates quickly — it will take about 15 minutes. To do this, it is advisable to purchase a branded pump, which is also capable of pumping air out of the chamber. The pool holds almost two cubic meters of water.
- Perfect for all family members;
- It is made of three-layer vinyl, capable of withstanding very serious loads;
- Easy to mount;
- With the help of a pump, it inflates in a matter of seconds;
- Nice design;
- Optimal size;
- Acceptable cost.
- The pump will have to be purchased separately;
- The kit does not provide a top cover — you will either need to buy it, or constantly catch leaves and insects that have got there from the water.
Intex Easy Set 28106
5. Swim Center Family Lounge 56475
This design is very easy to install and easy to use. For an inflatable pool, it has a fairly decent volume, although compared to stationary pools, this figure is not too large, so there is no need to worry too much about water quality. If the water becomes too dirty, then it can be drained and the tank filled with clean liquid, which will warm up under the sun’s rays within a matter of hours. The possibilities of the pool are quite enough for several adults to soak up the cool water at once during the hot summer days.
The design is very original — if most of the commercially available inflatable pools are round, then these products are square. Such a solution allows the most efficient use of the entire area. There are also quite comfortable seats equipped with backs. They create even more comfort when talking or while watching how the kids frolic in the water. There are cup holders for soft drinks in the side walls. Such a model is produced on the basis of reliable vinyl that does not dry out under the influence of sunlight, it is also not sensitive to oil or gasoline. If you handle the product carefully and carefully, then it can last quite a long time. In the event of a puncture, it will be possible to use the repair kit that comes with the pool.
- The original square shape is rare among inflatable pools;
- Attractive appearance;
- The sides have built-in cup holders;
- The water in it warms up quickly;
- Seats with comfortable backs are provided;
- A fairly strong model — subject to the conditions of operation and storage, it can last for many years.
- There is no mount for a canopy or umbrella.
Swim Center Family Lounge 56475
4. Bestway Fast Set 57376 gray
It differs from many of the models presented as part of our review in that it comes with a fairly efficient filter pump with a capacity of over two cubic meters per hour. The design of the product is quite simple. Unlike most models of this rating, the walls here are made of unique reinforced polyvinyl chloride, polyester is used as the outer layer, which gives the product additional strength. The sides are supported by an inflatable ring. As the pool fills with water, the ring filled with air will rise and straighten the walls of the product.
For normal installation of the pool, a flat and fairly flat horizontal platform is required. In general, it will take about 10-15 minutes to assemble and connect the pool. The manufacturer does not recommend leaving the model outdoors during the cold season. Polyvinyl chloride does not tolerate low temperatures very well. There is an original drain valve with the ability to connect a watering hose to it. The filter pump of cartridge type, with its help, the water in the pool will remain crystal clear and fresh for a long time. The useful volume of the structure is about 7.3 cubic meters, the mass of the product is 17.3 kg.
- A very decent capacity of the pool allows you to comfortably swim in companies up to 5 adults;
- The kit includes a filtration system, represented by a cartridge pump;
- The water in the pool warms up quickly enough;
- Not very deep.
- The material begins to stain over time;
- Literally after the first season, a decent amount of dirt accumulates in the folds, which is quite problematic to clean out.
Bestway Fast Set 57376 gray
3. Bestway 57265
Not too big design, which is perfect for a small suburban area. The dimensions of the pool are 244×66 cm. It is made of reinforced PVC, the outer layer is made of polyester, which provides increased resistance to stress. Assembling the model is pretty easy. In order to install the product in place, the efforts of one person are quite enough.
The depth is not too great, so a child aged 5-6 years can also swim in such a pool. The mass of the product is only 6 kg, in the assembled state it takes up almost no free space — 265x265x290 mm. The kit also comes with a self-adhesive patch. Installation time is only 15 minutes.
- Pretty low price;
- Convenient to use;
- Suitable even for children.
- There is no pump, so cleaning the bottom is quite difficult.
2. Intex Easy Set 28130/56420
The design is installed easily and very quickly, and for this you do not have to resort to the use of any technical means. It is quite enough to lay out the pool on a flat surface, inflate the top ring and start filling the product with water. As its amount increases, the ring will begin to float and gradually straighten the walls of the pool. The process of assembling and installing the structure itself does not take too much time — about 10 minutes. The pool does not require special soil preparation. It is quite enough to free the site from foreign and sharp objects — stones, boards, glass fragments.
The material of the pool is produced according to the unique patented SUPER-TOUGH technology, which greatly increases its reliability. The walls of the structure are three-layered — two layers are made of vinyl of increased strength, the third, reinforcing, is made of polyester. The drain valve is convenient, it is possible to connect a hose to it. The depth of the pool is insignificant — only 76 cm, so it is perfect for children. The diameter of the inflatable ring is 366 cm, a maximum of 5600 liters of water can be poured into the bowl. There are openings for the filter pump, the maximum capacity of which can be 2000 liters per hour.
- Stylish appearance;
- Quite large sizes — four adults can swim in the pool at the same time;
- There are holes for connecting the filter pump;
- Assembly time is only 10 minutes;
- Produced from high strength materials;
- Well withstands any physical exertion with the exception of punctures.
- A little unstable design — the frame would not hurt.
Intex Easy Set 28130/56420
1. Intex Swim Center 57190 Family Lounge
No wonder this pool was in the first place of our rating — it is perfect for the whole family. The design has a rather interesting shape, besides, children aged three years and older can swim in it. The pool has two independent air chambers, each of which will need to be pumped separately. The capacity is small — only about 650 liters. When deflated, the structure weighs 7.5 kg.
There is an original built-in inflatable bench, there are also coasters, the pool comes with a repair kit. The product is made on the basis of durable polyvinyl chloride, it is not sensitive to sunlight, withstands temperature changes well. You can bring the pool into working condition alone.
- Suitable for all family members;
- It has a beautiful appearance;
- Long service life;
- The original form — there is a built-in inflatable bench.
- Not detected.
Intex Swim Center 57190 Family Lounge
At the end of the video
Well, our review of the best inflatable pools of 2020 has ended. We hope that the information we have collected will be more than enough for you to choose the most suitable design for yourself. If you still have certain questions on this topic, you can ask us in the comments. We will be happy to clarify any points you do not understand.