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The 10 Best Inflatable Pools for Summer 2024

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Updated December 25, 2023

An inflatable pool is a great way to beat the heat when the mercury rises. Inflatable pools are a hot commodity in the summer, so if you’re planning your backyard oasis, now’s the time to snag a pool, along with sunscreen and a few new beach towels.

An added bonus: Your wallet will thank you, since inflatable pools are more budget-friendly than installing an in-ground pool. “Once people look at the cost of installing and maintaining a traditional pool, an inflatable pool that people can enjoy for a few summers, makes a lot of sense,” says Kimberly Marvel, a pool care expert at Watercrafters in Maryland.

What to consider when buying an inflatable pool

Shape and Size

Typically, inflatable pools are round, rectangle, or oval. According to Marvel, your outdoor space plays a major factor.“Your yard will determine the size and shape of the pool that you’ll be able to purchase,” she says. While kiddie pools can be just a few feet in diameter, larger ones can exceed 15 feet. “The larger the pool, the longer it will take to fill with water and for the water to drain. Larger pools require more maintenance, but once you get into a regular routine, it’s manageable,” she adds. Adults should choose a pool over 30 x 30 inches or one labeled as “adult-sized” to sit comfortably in the pool.

Depth

Marvel recommends considering who’s using the pool when deciding on the depth. If the pool is for younger kids, opt for a shallow pool. If older kids and adults will be sharing the pool, choose a deeper pool. Some inflatable pools only hold a few inches of water, others can be up four feet deep. Of course, no matter the depth, children should always be supervised when playing near water.

Features and Setup

Inflatable pools are usually made of vinyl or a similar material that manufacturers say won’t puncture easily. That’s not always the case, but some pools come with a patch kit for quick fixes.

Some of the most popular features of these types of pools are filters that keep the water clean. Some pools have fun features like water sprays, small slides, and seats in the pool. Setup tends to be easy with inflatable pools and usually requires an air pump.

Our top inflatable pools picks

Here are a few of our favorites to help you choose which inflatable pool is right for you.

Best quick-setup inflatable pool: Easy Set 10 x 30 Inflatable Pool with Filter Pump

Easy Set Inflatable Pool with Filter Pump

Think of this inflatable pool as a semi-permanent option for your backyard. Measuring 10 feet by 10 feet, there’s plenty of room for a few kids and adults to enjoy the water. According to the manufacturer, setting up the pool takes only ten minutes. Just roll the pool out on a level surface, inflate the top ring, and fill the pool with water.

One of the best features of this pool is the filter that also reduces the number of times you’ll need to drain the pool and refill the water. When you’re putting the pool away, it drains quickly through a valve at the bottom of the pool. If you choose this pool, be sure you are purchasing the “set”, or you’ll get the pool without the filter.

Specifications:

  • Size/dimensions: 30 inches (height) x 10 feet (width) x 10 feet (depth)
  • Water capacity: 1,018 gallons (80%)
  • Seating capacity: Recommended three adults
  • Shape: Round
  • Colors: Blue
  • Air pump: No
  • Price: $83

What We Like:

  • The filter helps keep the pool clean and reduces the number of times you’ll need to drain and refill the pool.
  • You can purchase accessories for the pool like a pool cover, a ground cover, and a sun shade.
  • Setup requires no tools and can be done in minutes.

What We Don’t Like:

  • The filter needs to be cleaned every two days in order for the pump to work properly.
  • The pool needs to be set up on level ground—which can be hard in some backyards.
  • Kids may need a step ladder to get in.
Best for Kids and Adults
Intex: Easy Set 10 x 30 Inflatable Pool W/ Filter Pump - (28121EH) - Includes Pump Filter Hydro Aeration Technology Outdoor/Backyard Family Pool Suitable For Ages 6+

Intex: Easy Set 10 x 30 Inflatable Pool W/ Filter Pump - (28121EH) - Includes Pump Filter Hydro Aeration Technology Outdoor/Backyard Family Pool Suitable For Ages 6+

Best budget inflatable pool: Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool

Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool

If you need a pool that is easy to inflate and affordable, this is the pool for you. With an air pump (not included), the pool is inflated and ready to be filled in a few seconds. The pool has three separate air chambers, so depending on who’s using the pool, you can keep the water shallow for younger kids and fill to capacity for adults and older kids.

While it’s too shallow for actual swimming, it’s big enough for a few kids to splash around in and for adults to sit down comfortably. The pool is made from a heavy-duty vinyl and comes with a repair kit to fix minor holes and rips. The manufacturer recommends leaving it on an incline for quicker results when it’s time to drain the pool.

Specifications:

  • Size/dimensions: 22 inches (height) x 69 inches (width) x 103 inches (length)
  • Water capacity: 203 gallons
  • Seating capacity: 3-4 kids
  • Shape: Rectangle
  • Colors: Blue and orange
  • Air pump: No
  • Price: $32

What we like:

  • With an air pump (not included), it takes just a few seconds to inflate.
  • Works well for kids and adults,
  • The rectangle shape gives kids more room to swim.

What we don’t like:

  • Draining the pool is a slow process.
  • Probably won’t last more than one summer.
Easy Inflatable and Affordable
Intex Inflatable Swim Center Family Lounge Pool 120 x 72 x 22 - Colors may vary.

Intex Inflatable Swim Center Family Lounge Pool 120 x 72 x 22 - Colors may vary.

Best inflatable pool for babies: Step2 Play and Shade Pool

Step2 Play and Shade Pool

Perfectly sized for a baby, this pool has features little ones and parents will love. The hard plastic pool holds enough water for babies to splash in, and it’s easy to drain and clean. Two babies or one toddler can easily fit in this pool—sorry babies, no pool parties here.

Another great feature is the attached umbrella that keeps little ones cool and protected from the sun. It comes with three funnel cups and a water wheel spinner that attach to the umbrella post for easy cleanup. When your baby has outgrown this pool, turn it into a sandbox so your little one can keep using it for years to come.

Specifications:

  • Size/dimensions: 36.5 inches (height) x 36.5 inches (width) x 8 inches (depth)
  • Water capacity: 12 gallons
  • Seating capacity: 1-2 babies
  • Shape: Round
  • Colors: Blue
  • Air pump: No
  • Price: $89.99

What we like:

  • The umbrella keeps your little one protected from the sun.
  • The hard plastic is easy to clean.
  • When your baby outgrows the pool, use it as a sandbox.

What we don’t:

  • Babies will outgrow the pool quickly.
  • Not big enough for more than two babies.
Best for Baby
Step2 Play and Shade Pool

Step2 Play and Shade Pool

Best inflatable pool for toddlers: Intex Dinosaur Play Center

Intex Dinosaur Play Center

This pick is perfectly sized for toddlers and will keep your little ones entertained as they splash in this dinosaur-themed pool and play center. From the palm tree splashers and waterfall to the volcano slide, there’s enough room in this pool for several toddlers to play.

The shallow wading pool is great for water play, but not actual swimming. Do yourself a favor and get an air pump if you get this pool. When your toddler is ready to swim, you can have the pool inflated in a few seconds, and they won’t have to wait for you to fill up the pool with a lot of water—just attach a hose to let the fun begin. Because the pool is light and portable, you can easily take it with you to a friend’s house. When summer ends, move it inside and fill with plastic balls for a dino-ball pit your kids will love.

Specifications:

  • Size/dimensions: 9 feet 11 inches (length) x 7 feet 6 inches (width) x 3 feet 8 inches (height)
  • Water capacity: 72 gallons
  • Seating capacity: 3-4 toddlers
  • Shape: Rectangle
  • Colors: Yellow
  • Air pump: No
  • Price: $69.99

What we like:

  • Different activities will keep toddlers entertained.
  • Light and portable.
  • Can be used as a ball pit inside.

What we don’t:

  • Older kids who want to swim might not like this pool.
  • Uses a lot of water if you want the waterfall and splashers to run.
Best for Toddlers
Intex Dinoland Play Center, Pool

Intex Dinoland Play Center, Pool

Best inflatable pool for adults: Summer Waves Quick Set Pool

Summer Waves Quick Set Pool

The Summer Waves Quick Setup pool is a great choice for adults. Measuring 10 feet in diameter and 2.5 feet deep, there’s enough space for four adults to comfortably lounge. Also, you’ll be able to spend more time enjoying the water and less time on maintenance since this pool comes with a pump that can clean up to 300 gallons of water per hour ,as well as a replacement filter cartridge.

Because the sides of the pool are higher, it can be difficult to get in and out of, so you might also consider purchasing a ladder. Since the pool is made from a durable triple-layer poly-laminate PVC, you should get several summer seasons out of this pool.

Specifications:

  • Size/dimensions: 120 inches (length) x 120 inches (width) x 30 inches (height)
  • Water capacity: 631 gallons
  • Seating capacity: 4 adults
  • Shape: Round
  • Colors: Blue or Wicker
  • Air pump: No
  • Price: $143

What we like:

  • Four adults can comfortably lounge in the pool.
  • Less maintenance because of the water filter and cartridges.
  • Should last more than one summer.

What we don’t like:

  • You’ll have to purchase extras like cleaning supplies, chemicals, and a pool cover.
  • Without a ladder, it can be hard to get in and out of the pool.
Best for Adults
Summer Waves 10 ft. x 30 in. Round Above Ground Inflatable Swimming Pool with Pump, Blue

Summer Waves 10 ft. x 30 in. Round Above Ground Inflatable Swimming Pool with Pump, Blue

Best inflatable pool for families: Intex Family Lounge Pool

Intex Family Lounge Pool

This pool has something for everyone in the family. While kids splash around, parents can relax on the built-in bench. Depending on how much water you add to the pool, parents can get just their feet wet, or if they really need to cool off, fill the water higher to cover the bench seating.

The sides of the pool are low enough for kids to climb in and out of the pool easily and it takes just a few minutes to inflate it with an air pump. Grab the pool toys and take a family dip in the pool.

Specifications:

  • Size/dimensions: 88 inches (length) x 85 inches (width) x 30 inches (height)
  • Water capacity: 156 gallons
  • Seating capacity: 2 kids and 2 adults
  • Shape: Round
  • Colors: Blue
  • Air pump: No
  • Price: $58

Things we like:

  • Bench seating is a fun feature.
  • Has cup holders.

Things we don’t like:

  • Can be difficult to drain.
Best Inflatable Pool for Families
Intex 88-in L x 85-in W Blue Round Kiddie Pool | 127029

Intex 88-in L x 85-in W Blue Round Kiddie Pool | 127029

Best inflatable pool with seats: Summer Waves Premier Swimming Pool

Summer Waves Premier Swimming Pool

Looking to relax this summer? Take a seat in the Summer Waves Premier Swimming Pool with four comfortable seats and backrests. While you won’t be swimming laps in this pool, four adults can comfortably relax in it. If kids will be using the pool, this is a great one to toss in a few pool toys while they splash around.

We love that this pool comes with cupholders, but with four seats and only two cup holders, unless you’re willing to share, two guests will have to leave their drinks outside of the pool.

Specifications:

  • Size/dimensions: 88 inches (length) x 88 inches (width) x 26 inches (height)
  • Water capacity: 540 gallons
  • Seating capacity: 4 Adults
  • Shape: Rectangle
  • Colors: Blue
  • Air pump: No
  • Price: $88

Things we like:

  • Large enough for 4 adults.
  • Seats are actually comfortable.

Things we don’t like:

  • Not deep enough to actually swim.
Best Inflatable Pool with Seats
Summer Waves Premier Swimming Pool

Summer Waves Premier Swimming Pool

Best inflatable pool with waterslide: Costway Inflatable Water Pool with Splash and Slide

Costway Inflatable Water Pool with Splash and Slide

If your summer motto is go big or go home, try out this water slide from Costway. With features like a climbing wall, splash pool, and a water cannon, this pool is a great pick for large families looking to keep kids of various ages entertained.

A blower to inflate the pool is not included (a 75 watt blower is recommended). It comes with stakes to secure the pool and a bag to store the slide when it is deflated. While it comes with a patch kit, the material is durable and can withstand kids tugging, pulling, and climbing on the slide. This is another inflatable that can be taken inside and used by kids during colder months.

Specifications:

  • Size/dimensions: H 90 in xW 150 in x D 114 in
  • Water capacity: N/A
  • Seating capacity: Weight capacity is 200 pounds, 2-3 kids at a time is recommended limit
  • Shape: N/A
  • Colors: Blue
  • Air pump: Blower to inflate is not included, 75W recommended
  • Price: $199

What we like:

  • It can be used without water.
  • Gives kids lots of ways to play.

What we don’t like:

  • It’s more of a fun center than a pool.
  • You’ll need a big backyard for this pool.
  • Blower to inflate the pool is sold separately.
Best Inflatable Pool with Waterslide
Costway Inflatable Water Pool with Splash and Slide Without Blower

Costway Inflatable Water Pool with Splash and Slide Without Blower

Best inflatable pool with play center: Intex Fun N Fruity Inflatable Pool Play Center

Intex Fun 'N Fruity Inflatable Pool Play Center

Dive into summer with a play center that keeps kids entertained and happy all season long. This inflatable kiddie pool features a watermelon-themed slide, multiple sprinklers, and an inflatable strawberry toy. The Intex Fun 'N Fruity is one of those rare inflatable pools that receives tons of positive reviews because parents and kids absolutely love it.

The pool inflates in seconds and kids don’t have to wait for the pool to fill up. Just attach a hose and the sprinklers start working in seconds. There are two areas of play, so more kids can join in on the fun, and it even comes with six balls to use inside the pool.

Specifications:

  • Size/dimensions: 8 feet (length) x 6 feet 6 inches (width) x 2 feet 4 inches (height)
  • Water capacity: 130 gallons
  • Seating capacity: 4 kids
  • Shape: Rectangle
  • Colors: Yellow
  • Air pump: No
  • Price: $70

Things we like:

  • The extras like the slide, sprinklers, and balls.
  • Lots of different ways to keep kids entertained.

Things we don’t like:

  • Kids can splash around more than swim.
Best Inflatable Pool with Play Center
Intex Fun'N Fruity 96 in. x 75 in. x 36 in. Outdoor Inflatable Kiddie Pool and Play Center with Slide, Multi

Intex Fun'N Fruity 96 in. x 75 in. x 36 in. Outdoor Inflatable Kiddie Pool and Play Center with Slide, Multi

Best small inflatable pool: Minnidip Amalfi Luxe Inflatable Pool

Minnidip Amalfi Luxe Inflatable Pool

Kiddie pools can be stylish. Instead of the traditional bright colors of other inflatable pools, the Minidip features calming, soft tones.

The Minnidip Amalfi pool gives regular inflatable options a fun upgrade with a unique “tiled” design and scalloped edges. Plus, each pool has an extra-plush lining to make relaxing easy and fun.

Specifications:

  • Size/dimensions: 5 feet 6 inches (diameter) x 21 inches (height)
  • Water capacity: 125 gallons
  • Seating capacity: 3 Adults
  • Shape: Round
  • Colors: Multiple colors
  • Air pump: No
  • Price: $70

What we like:

  • The calming design.
  • The cozy lining.

What we don’t like:

  • This pool is hard for kids to climb in and get out.
Best Small Inflatable Pool
Minnidip Amalfi Luxe Inflatable Pool

Minnidip Amalfi Luxe Inflatable Pool

How we selected the best inflatable pool

We researched pools from the most popular brands and selected options based on durability, features, setup, and maintenance. We also received expert tips from Marvel about picking the best inflatable pool for your needs and backyard space. “Once you’ve picked your pool, think about where you will place it because your grass probably won’t survive under the pool, she says. “You may want to put your pool in a shady spot that is flat and free from rocks and other debris that could damage the pool.”

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is the best way to clean an inflatable swimming pool?

The surface of the pool can be cleaned with a mixture of dish soap and water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with clean water, and dry the pool with a soft towel. Let the pool finish drying by sitting in the sun.

How long do inflatable pools last?

The lifespan of an inflatable pool depends on the overall design, material, and size. The way the pool is used, maintained, and stored will determine its longevity. Most pools are usable from one to three years.

Can you leave an inflatable pool overnight?

It’s recommended that inflatable pools with untreated water be drained after every use. If you choose to leave your inflatable pool full of water, for safety reasons, the pool should be covered and kept away from young children and small animals.

How do I keep my inflatable pool clean all summer?

A pool skimmer comes in handy when you need to remove leaves, grass, or dirt. For larger inflatable pools, you can purchase a handheld vacuum to clean any debris that gathers at the bottom of the pool. Finally, when the pool isn’t being used, a pool cover is a great option. A plastic tarp can be secured using yard stakes or weighted down with bricks or rocks. When the water is drained, clean the inside and outside of the pool with dish soap, water, and a soft sponge.

How often should I change the water in an inflatable pool?

After a day of splashing around in your inflatable pool, you may be wondering just how long you can keep the water in the pool before you need to drain it. It won’t take long for pool water not treated with chemicals or being flushed with a pump to become stagnant and turn swampy, so it’s recommended that water in inflatable pools be drained after every use, according to the Center for Disease Control. If you’re using chemical cleaning agents, like chlorine, it’s recommended you change the water every two weeks.

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