Having your own in-ground pool is nice, but unless you have a palatial yard or a bottomless budget, you can’t always turn that luxury into a reality. Plus, there are the inevitable commitment issues: After all, you’ll be trading in precious yard space for playing games, gardening, or other outdoor activities—permanently. Thankfully, above-ground pools exist so you can cool off in the summer heat and enjoy an empty backyard when you want one. From massive pools fit for swimming laps, to pools you can easily fold up and take with you on the go, these are the best above-ground options currently on the market.
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Best Round Pool
Intex 18′ x 52″ Ultra XTR Frame Round Pool
With a durable liner, sand filter pump, removable ladder, and pool cover, this round above-ground pool has all the bells and whistles. It’s available in 18-foot, 20-foot, or 24-foot sizes, meaning it’ll fit nicely in a range of yards. This one comes with a sand filter pump, pool vacuum, and a ladder.
Best Rectangle Pool
Intex Ultra XTR Rectangular Pool Set