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Swimming Pool Buying Guide

Above ground swimming pools are a great addition to the garden for all the family. Even if the weather isn’t sunny all year round, pools are perfect for relaxing in through the warmer months and allow you to beat the heat of the summer.

Swimming pools have a huge range of benefits and they’re ideal for encouraging the development of spatial awareness, confidence, and mobility in children, the elderly, and people with physical disabilities.

As well as covering the types of pool that might best suit your needs, this above ground swimming pool buying guide also covers necessary prep and swimming pool safety – meaning that you can relax in style in the comfort of your own garden.

Choosing the perfect pool

Fast Set Pool

Fast set-up swimming pools are usually only available in relatively small sizes, as their extra-strength sidewalls need to support the weight of the water inside. These pools are ideal for children as they aren’t usually as deep as other above ground pools.

When you’re done with the pool at the end of the season, water can be drained out slowly using a hose. Recycle the water inside by using it to water the garden, washing your car or for filling a water butt.

Framed Swimming Pool

Before buying a framed swimming pool, consider whether the pool will be used for children or adults. Framed swimming pools are usually deeper than their fast set-up, inflatable counterparts, so it’s important to be aware of this before purchasing.

If the pool is for children, consider choosing from Bestway’s Junior range for the appropriate depth. Their other framed pools intended for adults go up to extra-large sizes, perfect for large families or those who love entertaining.

Framed swimming pools have rust resistant metal frames and you can customise them with additional parts, including ladders for easy access to the water.

Steel Wall Pools tend to be the most expensive type of above ground swimming pool, but they are also the most hardwearing and lend themselves to being built into the ground and surrounded with a patio or decking.

These pools are ideal for use all year round and are available with pool ladders and pool heaters to extend the swim time as the nights draw in. If you’re planning on making the pool a permanent fixture in your garden, consider building decking and installing a fence and gate around the perimeter of the pool to ensure the safety of children.

As steel wall pools tend to be harder to install than some of the other options, consider hiring a specialist pool installation team to do the job for you. This will ensure that the pool is constructed safely, and it will be sturdy for years to come.

What size and shape should you choose?


Round pools are ideal for homeowners who would prefer the pool to take up less room in the garden. They’re perfect for playtime and can come in a wide range of sizes and depths.


Oval pools are also available in many sizes, and because of their length, they’re ideal for swimmers. They look great when surrounded by decking or a patio and are best for large families or those who love entertaining.

Preparing the garden for the installation of an above ground pool

The preparation of the garden for the swimming pool is an important part of the installation process. As it can be a big job, many people hire installers to assist with the job.

Step One: Where should the pool be placed?

Decide where the pool should be placed. It should be away from any trees and plants, and it needs to be on a perfectly level surface.

Step Two: Measure the area

Measure the area that you wish to place the pool and use these measurements to determine the size that it will be possible to fit there. Rather than buying the largest pool size that is possible for your space, ensure that there is good clearance around the edge of the pool so that it doesn’t look too big for your garden.

Step Three: Level the base

Determine the lowest point of the area in which the pool will be in and bring the ground to the same level by digging the higher areas down. Determine the perimeter of the pool and use spray paint to outline the circle around the edge. Add patio stones or decking to the ground to create a flat and supportive surface.

Pool Safety

  1. To ensure the safety of children, they should always be supervised by an adult when using the pool. Consider buying a buoyancy aid to be kept at the side of the pool. Keep floatation devices in easy reach. Children under 5 years old should always be within arm’s reach when playing in the pool.
  2. If you have young children, consider building a fence and gate around the pool, and keeping the door locked so that the children can play safely when not swimming. The gate should swing back to a closed position after it is opened. Ensure that gaps in the fence are not large enough for children to slip through, and also that it is tall enough so that children cannot climb over.
  3. Always make sure that the pool is clean and well maintained in order to keep it sanitary. If you are using the pool for a long length of time, you should consider adding chlorine to the water to help purify it. The built-in filters will also help to keep the water inside your above ground pool clean.
  4. Pool chemicals should be stored securely out of reach of children and personal protective equipment should be worn when using the pool chemicals.
  5. Grates and covers should be attached securely to the pool, and if swimmers have long hair, it should be tied back.
  6. Ensure that family members are aware of First Aid procedure and display a resuscitation sign prominently in the pool area so that it can be followed in case of emergency.

Browse our full range of above ground swimming pools today to find one that fits your summer garden dreams, or get in touch with us by calling 0800 043 0437 for more help choosing the best pool for you.