In this post, you will find our list of the 10 best inflatable pools that we picked from the top 100 best sellers in this year 2020.
Our top pick
We recommend the Homech Inflatable Swimming Pools For Kids and Family is the best overall in our list of the 10 best Inflatable swimming pools.
List of the 10 best Inflatable pools
92" x 56" x 22"
162 gal water capacity
For 2 adults and 4 kids
162 gallons of water
For 2 adults plus 2 kids
96" x 57" x 21"
175 gallons of water
For 3 Kids
312 gallons of water
For 2 adults and 3~5 kids
30" x 10 feet diameter
1018 gallons of water
30" x 8 feet diameter
639 gallons of water
121" X 71" X 21"
312 gal water capacity
For family with 2 adults and 6 kids
118" X 72" X 22"
312 gal water capacity
For 2 adults plus 4 kids
118” x 73” x 20”
For 3 adults and 3-5 kids
88" x 85" x 21"
203 gallons of water
What to look for when buying an inflatable swimming pool?
When investing in a new inflatable pool, you want to make sure you are getting the most money by choosing one that has all the features you need, without ones you don’t.
The following 6 features apply to all inflatable pools so be sure to determine the right features you need, then pick the perfect pool from our reviewed products above.
The sizes of inflatable pools vary widely. For the most part, the size will help determine how many people can use the pool at any one time. Remember that including adults in the pool will use more space. If you are looking for a pool that will only be used by kids, you also need to figure out how many kids will use it at one time.
We’ve featured the three most popular designs of inflatable backyard pools in our reviews above. The simple designs of a square, circle, rectangle, or oval with no additional features are quite common and usually the most affordable type of pool. They can also, depending on the size, allow for several swimmers at one time.
Several of our reviews focus on inflatable pools with benches and backrests. The bench and backrest features are ideal for adults who will be using the pool, either alone or while supervising smaller children.
Then there are play centers designed especially for kids who need very little water to play in but who enjoy many types of water activities to keep them busy.
You want to make sure you will be able to use your new inflatable pool for several years. That’s why we focused on products that are very durable and are covered by great warranties. You want to look for thick PVC material, quality construction of water and air inflate/drain plugs as well as quality construction.
Not all inflatable pools come with necessary accessories included. For example, the Sable Blow Up Kiddie Pool comes with a protective mat to put under the pool included.
These protective mats are recommended for any inflatable pool. If you can’t find one that fits the dimensions of your pool, a thick tarp can also work quite well.
Other accessories that may be helpful but are not included can be pool covers, a leaf net, a mat to be used to wipe off your feet before getting in the pool, and even toys.
The only inflatable backyard pool we featured above that comes with toys included is the Intex Rainbow Ring Inflatable Pool that also has the games build right into the inflatable pool design.
The Sable Family Pool comes with a seat for comfort. If you plan on spending hours in the pool, you will really appreciate this feature.
While you want to invest in an inflatable pool that will last several summers, the reality is that these pools will rarely last past 3 years. It’s important to consider that when also considering the price of the pool you are looking into.
You also don’t want to spend more than you have a budget for so you don’t leave yourself short and unable to also invest in accessories for your new pool.
We love the white PVC plastic incorporated into the top edges of both Sable pools we reviewed above. These white sections reduce the chance of being burned by hot plastic that’s sitting in the hot sun.
However, you also want to look into pools that have the safety features most helpful for the age range of users.
For example, the Inflatable Play Center has a maximum water depth of only 8”. While adult supervision is still needed, shallower water can mean safer pool play.
If kids are just learning about water safety or aren’t comfortable in a couple of feet of water, be sure to invest in floating swimming gear as well.
FAQS About Inflatable Pools
Before you purchase your new backyard inflatable pool, you most likely have some questions that should be answered. These are the most common questions we get from families looking for an inflatable pool.
Q: How hard is it to set up an inflatable pool?
A: It’s usually quite easy to set up an inflatable pool. The hardest part will be to level out the ground where you intend to set it up. Also, be sure to use a protective mat or tarp over the area before placing your pool down.
Inflating some pools can take some time depending on their size. Some allow the use of a foot pump or other type of manual pump to inflate them.
If you have an inflatable mattress already and it includes an external pump, you may want to see if it can help you inflate the pool.
Filling the pool with water will also take time. The amount of time it takes will largely depend on the water capacity. The pools we featured could need as little as 80 gallons of water or as much as 400 gallons.
Q: What type of filtration system should I use?
A: While small inflatable pools that can be easily drained, mopped out, and then refilled may not need a filter system, larger pools most likely will.
The type of filter system you choose will be determined by the size of the pool and how much it will be used. The most common type of filter system for an inflatable pool is one that uses sand.
Q: What about inflatable pool maintenance?
A: If you don’t have a pool filter running, it’s important to drain the pool, wash it out, and fill it with fresh, clean water as often as necessary. It should be once per week, but if you notice that the water is looking green or there is a film on the bottom or sides of the pool, change the water immediately.
For larger pools with a filtration system, you may not need to do as much maintenance. A leaf net can help you remove any debris floating on top of the water so this doesn’t lead to algae in the pool. Be sure to read the user’s manual for your new pool before using any chemicals.
Q: How long will an inflatable pool last?
A: A high-quality inflatable pool that is used regularly each summer should last between 2 and 3 years. Be sure to properly care for the pool following the instructions in the user’s manual, and always store the pool properly when not in use to ensure a long life.
Q: Can I heat an inflatable pool?
A: It’s not recommended to use heaters to heat the water in an inflatable pool. However, there are floating solar heaters available.
These heaters float on top of the water and use the heat of the sun to heat the pool’s water. They are easily removed when you want to use the pool. These solar heaters may also keep debris, such as leaves, from circulating in the water.
Inflatable Pool Tips
Need tips on how to buy the right inflatable pool for you and your family and how to ensure you enjoy it for a long time to come? These tips for inflatable pools can help.
Tip #1: Consider Who Will be Using the Pool
Will only children be using the pool, or will adults want to enjoy it as well? What are the ages of the children that will use it? What are their swimming skill levels?
Once you know more about those who will use the pool, you can choose the perfect one. For example, toddlers may find the Intex Rainbow Ring Inflatable Play Center much more fun than a basic pool.
If there will be many people using the pool at any one time, a large pool such as the Sable Blow Up Kiddie Pool, is more likely to be enjoyed by all swimmers.
Tip #2: Level the Ground Before Setting Up the Pool
When an inflatable pool is placed on ground that isn’t level, it can put more pressure on certain areas than others. Inflatable pools are designed to be placed on level ground.
While you may not need a protective mat under the pool if you are placing it on a grassy area, it’s still a good idea no matter what surface the pool will be on.
Tip #3: Purchase the Right Inflatable Pool Ladder
Even pools that have sides only a few feet tall may require a ladder for smaller kids to get in and out of the pool on their own. However, you need to make sure that the ladder won’t damage the pool and that it can easily be removed so kids can climb into the pool when there’s no adult supervision.
Tip #4: Install Important Safety Features
If you have pets in the backyard, or if the kids often play in the backyard without supervision, you will want to place some kind of fencing around the pool. It doesn’t have to be permanently installed fencing.
Even plastic gates that are used indoors to keep kids and pets out of certain areas can work nicely. If you already have an area of the yard that is fenced off, that might be the perfect place to set up your new inflatable pool.
Tip #5: Inflatable Pools vs. Other Above Ground Pools
Inflatable pools are known for being easy to set up and easy to use. They are also much more affordable than other types of above-ground pools, such as those with a metal pole structure and soft sides or even hard-sided above-ground pool. They will most likely also require much less maintenance than more permanent pool setups.
Ready to Cool Off This Summer?
If you’re ready to play with the kids in a whole new way this summer, an inflatable pool is perfect. With a quick setup, the whole family will be enjoying the pool in no time at all. Which of our 5 inflatable pool choices is right for your family this summer?