Is an Intex Pool a Good Choice?

It seems that the summers are getting hotter and the economy is staying stagnant.  Not a good combination for folks who want to cool off!  So what are some options to beat the heat without taking out a second mortgage on your house?

An option would be to purchase an Intex Easy Set Pool.  They are an inexpensive alternative to building an inground pool.  They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as different price points.  You can spend as little as under $100 for a 12 foot by 30 foot pool, up to several hundred for a bigger, sturdier version.  Whichever one you choose, it is a fun and inexpensive way to get through those long hot days. This review in particular will cover the 12’ x 30’ model because that is the one I own.

Setting Up Your Intex Easy Set Pool

Is setting up your Intex Easy Set Pool easy?  Well, yes and no.  Follow the instructions or better yet, watch the DVD that is included with each purchase to see a visual.   Below are some tips that need to be emphasized: 

  • The surface on which the Intex Pool sits MUST be level.  If not your pool will be lopsided or may not fill properly at all.  Check the area that you want to install the pool before purchasing to make sure it is level; this will save a lot of headache later.
  • Don’t skip the step where the instructions say to take the wrinkles out of the bottom of the pool.  This can be done beforehand and as the pool is filling up.
  • It is not recommended that you install the pool on top of concrete, but I have installed mine on top of my concrete patio for the past couple of years with no problem.  It is a good idea to have some sort of covering in between the concrete and the pool, such as a weatherproof tarp or dropcloth.  I use a tarp that I purchased for a few bucks at my local big box store.  It is a good idea to use some sort of ground covering no matter where you set up your pool.
  • A few versions of the Intex pool have a ring on top that needs to be blown up.  Don’t use your lungs; that could take all day!  Instead use a hand pump or electric air pump.  Or you could do what my husband did this year and use a leaf blower (our pump was broken and it was the only alternative he could think of).  It literally only took minutes!
  • I purchased a second tarp to cover the top of the pool when not in use.  I was going to purchase a cover from Intex directly but after reading some negative reviews about it I decided to go with the tarp.  It is large enough to drape over the sides of the pool and I use bricks to hold it down.  This keeps leaves and debris from getting into the water when not in use.
  • Keep in mind that depending on the size of the pool, it can take anywhere from 3-6 hours to fill it.  Most people use a standard gardening hose and even with high pressure it can take a while, so plan on it.   Babysit it for about the first hour, just to make sure the pool is level, the bottom is flat, and there are no leaks.  After that just let it fill and check on it every hour or so.

Since I own the smaller one, we take it down at the end of the season and rebox it and store it over the winter.  So far there have been no issues with damage to the pool or leaks.  It’s not big enough to actually swim in but it is great for young kids to play and splash around in.  And you can’t beat the price for relaxing and cooling off.  All in all, I highly recommend an Intex Easy Set Pool!