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Best Cheap Swimming Pools for Sale

Updated on February 15, 2016
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Cheap Swimming Pools

What are the Cheapest Swimming Pools?

When looking for cheap swimming pools you are typically going to find that above ground swimming pools are going to be the cheapest.

Of course they come in a wide range of styles and sizes so although you can get this style of pool for fairly cheap you can also find some models that are pretty expensive.

However, if you have ever dreamed of lounging around in your very own swimming pool on a hot summers day, throwing a backyard party where all your friends can enjoy a swim or having a place for your kids to hang out at during their summer vacation but never thought you could afford it, then one of the many cheap above-ground pools for sale might be just what you are looking for.

You can find above-ground swimming pools that will cost anywhere from around $60 for a small inflatable pool and up to $4000 for a larger, more permanent type of above ground swimming pool.

Compare this to an in-ground swimming pool which is going to cost you from at least $15,000 and could be as much as $50,000 to have put in to your backyard and you can see why thery are a great alternative.

Of course the above ground swimming pools that you will find are not going to be as nice as an in-ground swimming pool but then if you don't have the kind of money it takes to install an in-ground pool then these cheap swimming pools are a great alternative.

Does Size Matter?

Above Ground Pools Sizes

When it comes to above-ground pool sizes you will find everything from small inflatable pools for kids all the way up to models that are 45 feet long, 18 feet wide and 52 inches deep.

This means that your options are only restricted by the space you have available and the price you are looking to pay for your new pool.

Inflatable Pool

Inflatable Pools for Kids

When it comes to swimming pools the cheapest you are going to find are the inflatable pools for kids that I am sure you have seen in a neighbors lawn.

The most popular brand that you will find that makes these types of swimming pools is Intex which is well known for making inflatable products such as air mattresses.

You can find Intex inflatable swimming pools for as little as $58 however this does not include a filter pump. You can pay a little more for a model that includes the pump.

Take note that these are not really big enough to swim in but more for just keeping cool during the summer months and make great swimming pools for kids.

Small Swimming Pools

Small Above-Ground Swimming Pools

If you want to spend a little more, you can find several framed above ground swimming pools for sale. The smaller one will run you around $300-$700 but are still not really big enough to actually swim in.

The good thing about these pools is that they are much more sturdy than an inflatable pool.

Big Swimming Pools

Big Swimming Pools

If you want a swimming pool that is big enough to actually be able to swim in then you should expect to spend $1300-$4000. These swimming pools will be much larger as well as a little deeper allowing you to do more than splash around in them.

Additionally they are going to come with accessories like a filter pump, ladder and a pool skimmer.

Check out the selection of cheap swimming pools below and see if one of them is in your price range.

In My Opinion

We have the Intex 54979EG 24-Foot by 12-Foot by 52-Inch rectangular ultra frame pool in our backyard and my whole family loves it. It really helps cut down on the boredom factor during the summer not to mention it is a great way to keep cool during the hot summer months at an affordable price. I can't say enough good about Intex, the company that makes these pools.

When we got our pool everything we needed to set up the pool was included except maybe the shovel we used to level the ground, which was the hardest part of all of this. When it comes to advice for setting up the pool that is the one thing I have to offer, spend the time and work making sure the ground is level other wise you will end up with all your water leaning toward one side of the pool.

Intex 54979EG 24-Foot by 12-Foot by 52-Inch Rectangular Ultra Frame Pool

"I really enjoy this pool and think it is worth every penny I spent. The set up was easy and the instructions were self explanatory."

Intex 24' metal frame pool - Cheap Swimming Pools

Above Ground Swimming Pools for Sale

Cheap Swimming Pools

All of these cheap swimming pools are made with a sturdy type frame that will be more durable than an inflatable pool. There are many sizes and price ranges to choose from. Click on any of the links below to find out more about each model.

Intex 24-Foot by 12-Foot by 52-Inch Swimming Pool

Intex 54979EG 24-Foot by 12-Foot by 52-Inch Rectangular Ultra Frame Pool

Intex Swimming Pool for the Whole Family

If you are looking for cheap above ground pools for sale that actually have enough room to swim in then this model is for you.

This model is 24 feet 62 long, 12 feet wide and has a depth of 52 inches which is one of the bigger above ground pool sizes.

This is an ultra frame pool which means it is much more sturdy than an inflatable pool. It comes with a deluxe salt water cleaning system, a 1600g sand filter, deluxe maintenance kit, ladder and ladder barrier, a ground cloth and a pool cover. It also comes with a handy DVD to help out with the set up and how to use all the equipment.

To help get your summer fun started this inexpensive swimming pool comes with a volleyball set.

Although this pool costs over $1000 it is still considered a cheap swimming pool when compared to an in-ground swimming pool, even an inexpensive one.

This is the model that my family and I bought and we really do love it. You can actually get a few good strokes in before reaching the end of the pool, the kids love it and it is pretty sturdy.

Additionally it is fairly easy to set up which was a big plus for me.

I guess if I do have a complaint about this pool it would be the ladder, it just doesn't seem all that strong and I am sure will be the first thing we have problems with.

However with that being said, I have grown up around above-ground swimming pools and to this day I have never seen one that had what I would consider a durable ladder. I think it is a just something we have to accept when it comes to owning one of these types of swimming pools.

Intex Above Ground 16ft X 48in Swimming Pool

Intex Above Ground 16ft X 48in Ultra Frame Swimming Pool Set

Intex Above Ground Round Swimming Pool

This 16 foot round swimming pool is a great choice for those who don't have the space for one of the large above-ground pools but needs something more than one of the smaller inflatable swimming pools.

What makes this Intex pool really stand out is the amount of things that come with it and the fact that it can be set up in about 45 minutes. You definitely don't want to spend days or even hours setting up your new pool with the kids standing by impatiently.

So what comes with this pool? For starters it features a Krystal clear filter pump and saltwater system to ensure your pool water stays clean. It also features a dual suction outlet fittings that improve the water circulation which allows for clearer, more hygienic water.

Of course it comes with a ladder, ground cloth and pool cover but also comes with a maintenance kit and surface skimmer.

One feature that really makes this pool stand out is that it has a drain plug that you can connect your garden hose to. This means that when you need to drain the pool you can direct the water away from the pool and your home. If you have ever seen that much water looking for a place to go you will be happy that it isn't your yard or home.

Splash Pools Oval Deluxe Pool Package

Splash Pools Oval Deluxe Swimming Pool

Splash Pools 30 x 15 Foot Swimming Pool

This is definitely one of the biggest above-ground swimming pools that you are going to find for sale today and reminds me of the pool my Grandparents had when I was a kid.

I have never really like the oval or even round shape swimming pools which is partly why I opted for the model we chose, however, this is one big pool and well worth looking at even if the shape isn't your first choice.

The first cheap swimming pool listed here that isn't made by Intex, this Splash Pools 30 x 15 foot pool is not only the largest but the most expensive pool we are looking at for this article.

This model cost well over $2000 however considering the size this is not a bad deal at all. Additionally, if you are willing to spend a little more money you can purchase their 45 foot x 18 foot model for just under $4000.

Features: Splash Pools Vs Intex

The Splash Pools 30 x 15 foot pool comes with the same basic features that the Intex models do including, a ladder, a skimmer, a filtration system with pump and motor and a DVD. You will notice I didn't mention a pool cover. This model doesn't seem to come with a cover and for the price I find this very disappointing.

However, the ladder seems to be a much sturdier ladder then you find with other models and the skimmer has a unique feature in that it uses a through-the-wall skimmer system which aids in water flow to the filter.

The quality of the pools are definitely on par with those made by Intex even though they use very different methods of construction and materials. However, the important thing is that they both make quality products.

Bestway Swimming Pools

Information Below is for this Pool without the Accessories
Information Below is for this Pool without the Accessories

Bestway 12752 Steel Pro Frame Swimming Pool

Bestway Swimming Pools

The Bestway 12752 15 foot round above-ground swimming pool (pictured above with optional accessories) is one of the least expensive models show here but it is also one of the smaller pools as well.

It also does not come with all the things that the other models have, for example, it does not come with a ladder nor does it come with a pump and filtration system or skimmer. Of course this is partly why is less expensive.

The good news is that you can purchase all of these things separately for less than $100 making the cost of this pool and all the extras at under $500 which is still less expensive than similar sized models.

All and all this is my least favorite model discussed here, however if all you want is a fairly cheap swimming pool that has more durability than one of the inflatable swimming pools then this is a good choice and at a good price, even if you purchase the optional stuff.

However, for a little more money you can get one of the Intex swimming pools that come with all the accessories and, in my opinion, a much nicer looking swimming pool.

This is not to say that this or other Bestway swimming pools are not a great product or a good deal, again more just my personal opinion.

Intex Swimming Pool - Cheap Swimming Pools

Inflatable Swimming Pools

Cheap Swimming Pools

These inflatable swimming pools are perfect for those on a budget or if you have a smaller backyard. Although you can't actually swim in these pools they will allow you and your children to cool off and have a little fun throughout the summer.

Intex Easy Set Round Swimming Pool Set

Intex Easy Set Round Inflatable Swimming Pool

Intex Inflatable Swimming Pool

The Intex Easy Set inflatable swimming pool is the perfect way for you and your kids to cool off this summer with out spending a fortune.

Although it is a little to small to actually swim in, it does have enough room for you and your kids to splash around in and enjoy the summer.

Of course the big difference between this model and the others we have talked about is that is inflatable. Is that good or bad?

The Good

  • Very inexpensive compared to the other cheap swimming pools we have talked about so far.
  • Quickest setup time, roughly 15 minutes from opening the box and it will be ready for water.
  • The easy set up and fact that it is inflatable means it is highly portable
  • Comes with all the same equipment as Intex's other models including:
  • A 1,500 gph Krystal Clear cartridge filter pump
  • A ladder
  • A pool cover
  • a ground cloth
  • and their new dual suction outlet fittings that improve the water circulation.
  • Also has a ground fault interrupter which will help protect your pump if the electrical current is exposed to water.

The Bad

Really I don't think there is anything bad about this inflatable swimming pool, of course because it is inflatable and not a steel frame type it is not going to be as sturdy. Is this really a downside to this type of swimming pool?

In my opinion no, not when you consider the price. You can purchase this model for under $150 which is a really great deal and not much to spend for a summer full of fun.

Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool for kids

Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool

Intex Inflatable Pool for Kids

Not much to say about the Intex inflatable pool.

It is definitely just for kids and maybe a sponge bath for the adults but for less than $35 you can't go wrong if it will bring a little bit of happiness to your children and maybe a break for you this summer.

This Intex kiddie pool is 120" x 72" x 22" and for some odd reason called a "large family pool" but as mentioned is really just for the kids. It has 3 separate air chambers that feature double intake and free flow exhaust valves, can hold 264 gallons of water (Jello, mud, ect.) and has extra wide side walls for comfort.

For roughly 30 dollars this is a great way to help keep your kids cool this summer without breaking the bank, just don't expect to break out your diving board this year.

Intex Inflatable Pool - Cheap Swimming Pools

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