11 Best Time To Buy An Above Ground Swimming Pool

Updated on: November 2020

Best Time To Buy An Above Ground Swimming Pool in 2020


Smartline Waves of Poseidon 12-Foot-by-24-Foot Oval Liner | Overlap Style | 48-to-52-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools | Universal Gasket Kit Included

Smartline Waves of Poseidon 12-Foot-by-24-Foot Oval Liner | Overlap Style | 48-to-52-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools | Universal Gasket Kit Included
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

Smartline Rock Island 12-Foot-by-24-Foot Oval Overlap Liner | 48-to-52-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge Virgin Vinyl | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools | Universal Gasket Kit Included

Smartline Rock Island 12-Foot-by-24-Foot Oval Overlap Liner | 48-to-52-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge Virgin Vinyl | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools | Universal Gasket Kit Included
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • MEASURE TWICE, BUY ONCE – Whether installing for the first time, or replacing an existing liner, the Rock Island pattern offers durability while not breaking the bank. Be sure to check the measurements of your swimming pool to assure the correct size is purchased. Pool height is determined by measuring the outside wall from the ground to underneath the top rail. Oval pool size is determined by measuring from the center point across the longest and widest ends.
  • PRETTY PLEASING PATTERN - The Rock Island liner print featured large blue, gray and brown river rocks complementing the smaller blue pebbles that reside below along your pool walls and floor. The North American cut material is hand-folded to prevent permanent creasing and excess wrinkling. Before installing, lay the liner out in the sun for a minimum of one hour to warm up the vinyl ensuring it is able to stretch when adding water. The best temperatures to install would be between 70-80 degrees.
  • NO TROUBLE TO INSTALL - Overlap liners are draped over the walls of the pool during the installation process. Once the bottom seam is even near the cove, the liner is ready to be secured. This material is held in place through the use of coping strips prior to putting the top rails back onto the pool. Bead receivers are not needed for this type of liner. The liner is made to work with pools which have a flat bottom and wall heights of 48” or 52”. ***Will not work with Intex or Pop-Up pools***
  • STAY COOL IN THE POOL – Enjoy the warm weather while spending quality time with family and friends. Your backyard aboveground pool will surely become the place to be during those hot summer days. Stay cool in more ways than one with the Rock Island liner.
  • UNIVERSAL GASKET SET - The included kit is for the pool’s skimmer and return. This skimmer gasket will work with either standard sized skimmers or widemouth versions. These pieces will help prevent corrosion of the pool wall and should be replaced each time a new liner is installed as they become dry over time which could cause leaks.

Smartline Mosaic Diamond 24-Foot Round Pool Liner | UniBead Style | 52-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge Virgin Vinyl Material | Heavy-Duty Liners | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools

Smartline Mosaic Diamond 24-Foot Round Pool Liner | UniBead Style | 52-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge Virgin Vinyl Material | Heavy-Duty Liners | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • PRETTY PLEASING PATTERN - Ornate tiles lay in a diamond pattern atop a wall and bed of pebbles with the Mosaic Diamond liner pattern. The North American cut material is hand-folded to prevent permanent creasing and excess wrinkling. Before installing, lay the liner out in the sun for a minimum of one hour to warm up the vinyl ensuring it is able to stretch when adding water. The best temperatures to install would be between 70-80 degrees.
  • MEASURE TWICE, BUY ONCE – Whether installing for the first time, or replacing an existing liner, the Mosaic Diamond pattern offers durability while not breaking the bank. Be sure to check the measurements of your swimming pool to assure the correct size is purchased. Pool height is determined by measuring the outside wall from the ground to underneath the top rail. Round pool size is determined by measuring from the center point wall to wall in order to obtain the diameter.
  • INSTALL IN A SNAP OR A HOOK - This 24’ round unibead style liner works with pools with flat-bottoms measuring 52". For an overlap style pool, simply open up the j-hook portion and slip this over the pool wall. For beaded style pools, use the standard bead after removing the j-hook portion along the score or groove mark. This will leave only the standard bead which is inserted into the bead receiver opening. ***Will not work with Intex or Pop-Up pools***
  • STAY COOL IN THE POOL – Enjoy the warm weather while spending quality time with family and friends. Your backyard pool will surely become the place to be during those hot summer days. Stay cool in more ways than one with the Mosaic Diamond liner.
  • HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL - Swim carefree knowing your liner can tough it out through abrasion, chemicals and UV fading thanks to the use of Lamiclear technology. The layers are made of an acrylic top coat, a UV resistant print layer, and a 100% virgin vinyl base. This material is then welded and cut for a flawless fit and finish. A 25-year limited warranty is included protecting against defects in material and workmanship.

SmartLine Boulder Swirl 12-Foot-by-24-Foot Oval Liner | UniBead Style 52-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge Virgin Vinyl | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools | Universal Gasket Kit Included

SmartLine Boulder Swirl 12-Foot-by-24-Foot Oval Liner | UniBead Style 52-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge Virgin Vinyl | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools | Universal Gasket Kit Included
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • PRETTY PLEASING PATTERN - Blue rocks top the swirling water backdrop with the Boulder Swirl pattern. The North American cut material is hand-folded to prevent permanent creasing and excess wrinkling. Before installing, lay the liner out in the sun for a minimum of one hour to warm up the vinyl ensuring it is able to stretch when adding water. The best temperatures to install would be between 70-80 degrees.
  • MEASURE TWICE, BUY ONCE – Whether installing for the first time, or replacing an existing liner, the Boulder Swirl pattern offers durability while not breaking the bank. Be sure to check the measurements of your swimming pool to assure the correct size is purchased. Pool height is determined by measuring the outside wall from the ground to underneath the top rail. Oval pool size is determined by measuring from the center point across the longest and widest ends.
  • INSTALL IN A SNAP OR A HOOK - This 12' x 24’ oval unibead style liner works with pools with flat-bottoms measuring 52". For an overlap style pool, simply open up the j-hook portion and slip this over the pool wall. For beaded style pools, use the standard bead after removing the j-hook portion along the score or groove mark. This will leave only the standard bead which is inserted into the bead receiver opening. ***Will not work with Intex or Pop-Up pools***
  • STAY COOL IN THE POOL – Enjoy the warm weather while spending quality time with family and friends. Your backyard pool will surely become the place to be during those hot summer days. Stay cool in more ways than one with the Boulder Swirl liner.
  • UNIVERSAL GASKET SET - The included kit is for the pool’s skimmer and return. This skimmer gasket will work with either standard sized skimmers or widemouth versions. These pieces will help prevent corrosion of the pool wall and should be replaced each time a new liner is installed as they become dry over time which could cause leaks.

Smartline 28-Foot Round Swirl Tile Liner | Overlap Style | 48-or-52-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge Virgin Vinyl | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools

Smartline 28-Foot Round Swirl Tile Liner | Overlap Style | 48-or-52-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge Virgin Vinyl | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • MEASURE TWICE, BUY ONCE – Whether installing for the first time, or replacing an existing liner, the Swirl Tile pattern offers durability while not breaking the bank. Be sure to check the measurements of your swimming pool to assure the correct size is purchased. Pool height is determined by measuring the outside wall from the ground to underneath the top rail. Round pool size is determined by measuring from the center point wall to wall in order to obtain the diameter.
  • PRETTY PLEASING PATTERN - With the Swirl Tile liner print, rippling water wafts around your pool walls and floor, with a cascading array of rounded tiles bordering at the top. The North American cut material is hand-folded to prevent permanent creasing and excess wrinkling. Before installing, lay the liner out in the sun for a minimum of one hour to warm up the vinyl ensuring it is able to stretch when adding water. The best temperatures to install would be between 70-80 degrees.
  • NO TROUBLE TO INSTALL - Overlap liners are draped over the walls of the pool during the installation process. Once the bottom seam is even near the cove, the liner is ready to be secured. This material is held in place through the use of coping strips prior to putting the top rails back onto the pool. Bead receivers are not needed for this type of liner. The liner is made to work with pools which have a flat bottom and wall heights of 48” or 52”. ***Will not work with Intex or Pop-Up pools***
  • STAY COOL IN THE POOL – Enjoy the warm weather while spending quality time with family and friends. Your backyard aboveground pool will surely become the place to be during those hot summer days. Stay cool in more ways than one with the Swirl Tile liner.
  • HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL - Swim care-free knowing your liner can tough it out through abrasion, chemicals and UV fading thanks to the use of Lamiclear technology. The layers are made of an acrylic top coat, a UV resistant print layer, and a 100% virgin vinyl base. This material is then welded and cut for a flawless fit and finish. A 25-year limited warranty is included protecting against defects in material and workmanship.

Smartline Caribbean 15-Foot-by-30 Foot Oval Liner | Beaded Style | 48-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge Virgin Vinyl | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools

Smartline Caribbean 15-Foot-by-30 Foot Oval Liner | Beaded Style | 48-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge Virgin Vinyl | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • MEASURE TWICE, BUY ONCE – Whether installing for the first time, or replacing an existing liner, the Caribbean pattern offers durability while not breaking the bank. Be sure to check the measurements of your swimming pool to assure the correct size is purchased. Pool height is determined by measuring the outside wall from the ground to underneath the top rail. Oval pool size is determined by measuring from the center point across the longest and widest ends.
  • PRETTY PLEASING PATTERN - The Caribbean pattern gives a delightful depiction of exotic fish swimming around your pool. The North American cut material is hand-folded to prevent permanent creasing and excess wrinkling. Before installing, lay the liner out in the sun for a minimum of one hour to warm up the vinyl ensuring it is able to stretch when adding water. The best temperatures to install would be between 70-80 degrees.
  • IT’S A SNAP - This oval beaded style liner works with pools with flat-bottoms measuring 48". For beaded style pools, use the standard bead section atop the liner material to insert and snap into the bead receiver opening. Be sure to have the correct wall height measurements prior to ordering. ***Will not work with Intex or Pop-Up pools***
  • STAY COOL IN THE POOL – Enjoy the warm weather while spending quality time with family and friends. Your backyard aboveground pool will surely become the place to be during those hot summer days. Stay cool in more ways than one with the Caribbean liner.
  • HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL - Swim care-free knowing your liner can tough it out through abrasion, chemicals and UV fading thanks to the use of Lamiclear technology. The layers are made of an acrylic top coat, a UV resistant print layer, and a 100% virgin vinyl base. This material is then welded and cut for a flawless fit and finish. A 20-year limited warranty is included protecting against defects in material and workmanship.

Smartline Antilles Dolphin 21-Foot Round Overlap Liner | 48-to-52-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge Virgin Vinyl | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools | Universal Gasket Kit Included

Smartline Antilles Dolphin 21-Foot Round Overlap Liner | 48-to-52-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge Virgin Vinyl | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools | Universal Gasket Kit Included
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • MEASURE TWICE, BUY ONCE – Whether installing for the first time, or replacing an existing liner, the Antilles Dolphin pattern offers durability while not breaking the bank. Be sure to check the measurements of your swimming pool to assure the correct size is purchased. Pool height is determined by measuring the outside wall from the ground to underneath the top rail. Round pool size is determined by measuring from the center point wall to wall in order to obtain the diameter.
  • PRETTY PLEASING PATTERN - Feel like you are really swimming with the dolphins with this liner surround with life like coral. The North American cut material is hand-folded to prevent permanent creasing and excess wrinkling. Before installing, lay the liner out in the sun for a minimum of one hour to warm up the vinyl ensuring it is able to stretch when adding water. The best temperatures to install would be between 70-80 degrees.
  • NO TROUBLE TO INSTALL - Overlap liners are draped over the walls of the pool during the installation process. Once the bottom seam is even near the cove, the liner is ready to be secured. This material is held in place through the use of coping strips prior to putting the top rails back onto the pool. Bead receivers are not needed for this type of liner. The liner is made to work with pools which have a flat bottom and wall heights of 48” or 52”. ***Will not work with Intex or Pop-Up pools***
  • STAY COOL IN THE POOL – Enjoy the warm weather while spending quality time with family and friends. Your backyard aboveground pool will surely become the place to be during those hot summer days. Stay cool in more ways than one with the Antilles Dolphin liner.
  • UNIVERSAL GASKET SET - The included kit is for the pool’s skimmer and return. This skimmer gasket will work with either standard sized skimmers or wide-mouth versions. These pieces will help prevent corrosion of the pool wall and should be replaced each time a new liner is installed as they become dry over time which could cause leaks.

Smartline Caribbean 18-Foot Round Liner | Beaded Style | 52-Inch Wall Height | 20 Gauge Virgin Vinyl | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools

Smartline Caribbean 18-Foot Round Liner | Beaded Style | 52-Inch Wall Height | 20 Gauge Virgin Vinyl | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • MEASURE TWICE, BUY ONCE – Whether installing for the first time, or replacing an existing liner, the Caribbean pattern offers durability while not breaking the bank. Be sure to check the measurements of your swimming pool to assure the correct size is purchased. Pool height is determined by measuring the outside wall from the ground to underneath the top rail. Oval pool size is determined by measuring from the center point across the longest and widest ends.
  • PRETTY PLEASING PATTERN - The Caribbean pattern gives a delightful depiction of exotic fish swimming around your pool. The North American cut material is hand-folded to prevent permanent creasing and excess wrinkling. Before installing, lay the liner out in the sun for a minimum of one hour to warm up the vinyl ensuring it is able to stretch when adding water. The best temperatures to install would be between 70-80 degrees.
  • IT’S A SNAP - This round beaded style liner works with pools with flat-bottoms measuring 52". For beaded style pools, use the standard bead section atop the liner material to insert and snap into the bead receiver opening. Be sure to have the correct wall height measurements prior to ordering. ***Will not work with Intex or Pop-Up pools***
  • STAY COOL IN THE POOL – Enjoy the warm weather while spending quality time with family and friends. Your backyard aboveground pool will surely become the place to be during those hot summer days. Stay cool in more ways than one with the Caribbean liner.
  • HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL - Swim care-free knowing your liner can tough it out through abrasion, chemicals and UV fading thanks to the use of Lamiclear technology. The layers are made of an acrylic top coat, a UV resistant print layer, and a 100% virgin vinyl base. This material is then welded and cut for a flawless fit and finish. A 20-year limited warranty is included protecting against defects in material and workmanship.

Smartline Mosaic Diamond 18-Foot Round Pool Liner | UniBead Style | 52-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge Virgin Vinyl Material | Heavy-Duty Liners | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools

Smartline Mosaic Diamond 18-Foot Round Pool Liner | UniBead Style | 52-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge Virgin Vinyl Material | Heavy-Duty Liners | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • PRETTY PLEASING PATTERN - Ornate tiles lay in a diamond pattern atop a wall and bed of pebbles with the Mosaic Diamond liner pattern. The North American cut material is hand-folded to prevent permanent creasing and excess wrinkling. Before installing, lay the liner out in the sun for a minimum of one hour to warm up the vinyl ensuring it is able to stretch when adding water. The best temperatures to install would be between 70-80 degrees.
  • MEASURE TWICE, BUY ONCE – Whether installing for the first time, or replacing an existing liner, the Mosaic Diamond pattern offers durability while not breaking the bank. Be sure to check the measurements of your swimming pool to assure the correct size is purchased. Pool height is determined by measuring the outside wall from the ground to underneath the top rail. Round pool size is determined by measuring from the center point wall to wall in order to obtain the diameter.
  • INSTALL IN A SNAP OR A HOOK - This 18’ round unibead style liner works with pools with flat-bottoms measuring 52". For an overlap style pool, simply open up the j-hook portion and slip this over the pool wall. For beaded style pools, use the standard bead after removing the j-hook portion along the score or groove mark. This will leave only the standard bead which is inserted into the bead receiver opening. ***Will not work with Intex or Pop-Up pools***
  • STAY COOL IN THE POOL – Enjoy the warm weather while spending quality time with family and friends. Your backyard pool will surely become the place to be during those hot summer days. Stay cool in more ways than one with the Mosaic Diamond liner.
  • HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL - Swim carefree knowing your liner can tough it out through abrasion, chemicals and UV fading thanks to the use of Lamiclear technology. The layers are made of an acrylic top coat, a UV resistant print layer, and a 100% virgin vinyl base. This material is then welded and cut for a flawless fit and finish. A 25-year limited warranty is included protecting against defects in material and workmanship.

Smartline Pacific Ice 27-Foot Round Pool Liner | UniBead Style | 52-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge Virgin Vinyl Material | Heavy-Duty Liners | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools

Smartline Pacific Ice 27-Foot Round Pool Liner | UniBead Style | 52-Inch Wall Height | 25 Gauge Virgin Vinyl Material | Heavy-Duty Liners | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • PRETTY PLEASING PATTERN - The Pacific Ice liner print provides a shimmering cool appearance to any swimming pool. The North American cut material is hand-folded to prevent permanent creasing and excess wrinkling. Before installing, lay the liner out in the sun for a minimum of one hour to warm up the vinyl ensuring it is able to stretch when adding water. The best temperatures to install would be between 70-80 degrees.
  • MEASURE TWICE, BUY ONCE – Whether installing for the first time, or replacing an existing liner, the Pacific Ice pattern offers durability while not breaking the bank. Be sure to check the measurements of your swimming pool to assure the correct size is purchased. Pool height is determined by measuring the outside wall from the ground to underneath the top rail. Round pool size is determined by measuring from the center point wall to wall in order to obtain the diameter.
  • NSTALL IN A SNAP OR A HOOK - This 27' round unibead style liner works with pools with flat-bottoms measuring 52". For an overlap style pool, simply open up the j-hook portion and slip this over the pool wall. For beaded style pools, use the standard bead after removing the j-hook portion along the score or groove mark.This will leave only the standard bead which is inserted into the bead receiver opening. ***Will not work with Intex or Pop-Up pools***
  • STAY COOL IN THE POOL – Enjoy the warm weather while spending quality time with family and friends. Your backyard aboveground pool will surely become the place to be during those hot summer days. Stay cool in more ways than one with the Pacific Ice liner.
  • HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL - Swim care-free knowing your liner can tough it out through abrasion, chemicals and UV fading thanks to the use of Lamiclear technology. The layers are made of an acrylic top coat, a UV resistant print layer, and a 100% virgin vinyl base. This material is then welded and cut for a flawless fit and finish. A 25-year limited warranty is included protecting against defects in material and workmanship.

Smartline Laguna 15-Foot-by-30-Foot Oval Pool Liner | UniBead Style | 48-Inch Wall Height | 20 Gauge Virgin Vinyl | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools | Universal Gasket Kit Included

Smartline Laguna 15-Foot-by-30-Foot Oval Pool Liner | UniBead Style | 48-Inch Wall Height | 20 Gauge Virgin Vinyl | Designed for Steel Sided Above-Ground Swimming Pools | Universal Gasket Kit Included
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • PRETTY PLEASING PATTERN - Navy diamond tiles are encased around a field of pale blue and tan tiles over a pebbled field with the Laguna pattern. The North American cut material is hand-folded to prevent permanent creasing and excess wrinkling. Before installing, lay the liner out in the sun for a minimum of one hour to warm up the vinyl ensuring it is able to stretch when adding water. The best temperatures to install would be between 70-80 degrees.
  • MEASURE TWICE, BUY ONCE – Whether installing for the first time, or replacing an existing liner, the Laguna pattern offers durability while not breaking the bank. Be sure to check the measurements of your swimming pool to assure the correct size is purchased. Pool height is determined by measuring the outside wall from the ground to underneath the top rail. Oval pool size is determined by measuring from the center point across the longest and widest ends.
  • INSTALL IN A SNAP OR A HOOK - This 15' x 30’ oval unibead style liner works with pools with flat-bottoms measuring 48". For an overlap style pool, simply open up the j-hook portion and slip this over the pool wall. For beaded style pools, use the standard bead after removing the j-hook portion along the score or groove mark. This will leave only the standard bead which is inserted into the bead receiver opening. ***Will not work with Intex or Pop-Up pools***
  • STAY COOL IN THE POOL – Enjoy the warm weather while spending quality time with family and friends. Your backyard pool will surely become the place to be during those hot summer days. Stay cool in more ways than one with the Laguna liner.
  • UNIVERSAL GASKET SET - The included kit is for the pool’s skimmer and return. This skimmer gasket will work with either standard sized skimmers or widemouth versions. These pieces will help prevent corrosion of the pool wall and should be replaced each time a new liner is installed as they become dry over time which could cause leaks.

How to Choose an Above Ground Pool

An above ground pool provides all of the fun of a backyard pool at a much lower cost than a standard installed pool. Choosing the best above ground pool for your space means knowing the size, material, and shape of your ideal pool.

Now that you have finally decided to buy an above ground pool for your backyard, you can focus on the fun part of the decision. Learning how to choose an above ground pool will mean finding the best pool for your specific needs. With a variety of options, selecting the ideal pool involves looking at shape, construction, size, and intended purpose. Most importantly, different prices mean focusing on how to get the best deal on an above ground pool.

The first step in choosing an above ground pool is to analyze the physical location where the pool will be installed. All pools require level ground with no barriers or accessible components nearby. Specifically avoid wells, septic tanks, underground power line, and building features that will require access. Also look out for trees since growing roots can eventually pop up and destroy the above ground pool lining. Most importantly, do not place the above ground pool directly below any power lines to avoid the risk of electrocution.

The amount of space in your available location will determine the best size for your pool. Small above ground pools are as little as 30 inches high and 8 feet in diameter. Large above ground pools can easily fill even a big backyard. The most popular huge pools are 32 feet x 16 feet x 52 feet and can safely fit more than a dozen people at the same time. For all above ground pools, try to keep at least a couple feet between the edge of the pool and any structure to allow for easy clearance.

Above ground pools generally come in one of two shapes. Rectangular pools have a perfectly rectangular base while round pools are more of an oval design. From a design standpoint, round pools usually look better if there is a large amount of available space relative to the size of the pool. Rectangular pools are ideal for placement closer to buildings or plants. There is no difference in the operation of pools so shape is more a matter of appeal and based on what pool will fit nicely in your yard.

Pricing for above ground pools varies dramatically. The cheapest pools cost less than $50 while the most expensive pools cost more than $2000. Size of the pool is the primary factor in pool pricing with the biggest pools having the biggest price tag. Material construction is also a factor since lower quality pools use cheap inflatable plastic housing while the best pools have a high-grade polymer shell. Brand name above ground pools always carry a warranty and are made of better components whereas discount above ground pools are significantly cheaper.

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