Many look for a starter pool that’s big enough for the whole family but won’t leave them with an empty wallet. Some are too thin to the point where it only lasts a few weeks and some are too big with frustrating assembly that makes you eventually give up. If you want an above-ground pool that’s both affordable and built well enough to last throughout the summer, try looking into the Intex Easy Set Pool.
Intex Easy Set Round Pool (8ft x 30in)
The smallest size in the Intex Easy Set pool series is the 8ft x 30in model, which is big enough to fit up to 3 to 4 people. It’s one of the more popular above ground pools on the market because of its quality and strength.
Be sure to also check out our reviews of other pool models by Intex: Best Above Ground Intex Pools: Reviews, Prices, Pros&Cons
This type of pool is ideal for those who want to spend less time installing and more time splashing around since manufacturers claim that assembly (see video below) takes no more than 15 minutes.
Because of its tough laminated PVC material, it holds up to any rough play like jumping, bumping, and any other sorts of abrasions, not to mention that it’s also resilient against sunlight and salt water.
This pool set provides you with a 110-120V filter pump that has a dual suction outlet for better water circulation along with a setup and maintenance DVD for your convenience.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t include a ladder, ground cloth, or pool cover, but considering it’s only 30 inches high, a ladder probably isn’t necessary.
Smaller sizes of the Easy Set pools take about 10 minutes to fill with water while the larger sizes take around 30 minutes.
Features of Intex Easy Set Pools
- Assembly simply requires leveling ground, inflating the top ring, and finally filling with water
- Includes 110-120V filter pump with 530 GPH flow rate
- Super-ToughTM laminated PVC sidewalls with 3 separate layers of material for extended durability
- Setup and maintenance DVD for more detail during assembly
- Drain plug that connects to a garden hose for draining away from pool and house area
- Water capacity of 639 gallons at 80%
The pool is available in the following sizes: 8ft x 30in (this review), 10ft x 30 in, 12ft x 30in, 15ft x 36in, 15ft x 42in, 15ft x 48in, 18ft x 48in.
Price ranges from as low as $40 to $300 depending on size and depth
From over 200 reviews, the Intex Easy Set pool has received a 3.9/5 with mostly positive feedback. 76% gave it a 4 or 5-star rating since they favored the short and easy assembly time and that the larger sizes can accommodate up to several people. The negative reviews pointed out the difficulty of installing the pool on uneven ground which can cause problems in the long run, and the filter pump isn’t adequate enough for certain sizes. Click here to see the customer reviews for yourself
- Effortless setup and maintenance
- Liner and sidewalls are sturdy for long-lasting durability
- Ideal for those looking for a budget pool
- Filter can’t pick up small dirt particles
- Needs regular maintenance to prevent algae buildup
- Need a level surface before installing
Intex Easy Set pools are designed to be easy to assemble and maintain, be durable, be easy to store, and to be affordable. These factors are what make them an ideal fit for small families or a few friends. Because of its simple structure, the pool is portable which means you can dissemble it, pack it up, and set it up again in a new area.
These sets usually come with a filter pump and a setup DVD so that you can enjoy your pool in less than 15 minutes.
Have you considered taking a step up? See our review of the Intex Metal Frame Pool.