Best Above Ground Pools To Buy

Hello and welcome to the most frequently read page on our website. On this page I give my recommendations for the best pools for Florida backyards. If you’re shopping for an above ground pool it’s worth reading this page first, it may save you time and money.

I want to start by letting you know what kind of life expectancy you can look forward to from your pool purchase. Poor quality above ground pools will last anywhere from 2-5 years, and a quality pool will last 15-20 years. That’s a big difference, but the real shocker is the good pools are often the same price as the cheap ones.

No one wants to over pay and they don’t want to buy something that’s not going to last either, so whom better to ask what to buy then someone who builds pools everyday. To make this easy as possible I’ve given you the short version of what to buy and why it’s good. The pools listed below are my picks, they vary in price depending on features but all will last at least 15 years in your Florida backyard. You can’t go wrong with any off these pool models.

Above Ground Pool Dealers

Where  you buy your pool can be as important as what pool you buy. My best advice would be to stay away from Amazon, Ebay and online pool dealers that are on the other side of the country. There’s no one to speak with most of the time and and if you’re lucky enough to get someone, they rarely are much help. I recommend going to PoolsAboveGround.com, they’re right here in Florida for 30 years now and you can’t beat their price. Honest, friendly, sell good stuff and really know above ground pools.  If you are doing the pool install yourself you’ll really appreciate their real human tech support.

The Top 3 Best Above Ground Pools

1.) Caspian – Best Resin Freshwater or Saltwater Pool

2.) Montego – Not Your Average Above Ground Pool

Why It’s Good- The Montego pool model is one tough cookie. Montego made the grade because it’s built to really last and has a surprisingly low price tag. Let’s start with the rugged nature of this pool. The frame rails base plate, upright posts and especially the top ledges are extremely well made. The extra material that went into this model makes it much stronger and durable the the entry level pools. All of this comes at a price of only a couple of hundred dollars more on the average 24′ round pool. That price gap does get wider when we talk about oval shaped models, but it’s still far less expensive than the resin top pools and still comes with the desirable buttress free or yardmore design. Buttress free just means there are no unsightly beams or legs sticking way out on the sides of the pool. This design is cleaner looking and takes up less space width-wise on the ground. A real concern for those with narrow spaces to contend with.

This model would do well with large families or anyone seeking a very solid long lasting pool at a very affordable price-point. If a saltwater system isn’t on your shopping list or resin parts seem unnecessary, Montego is the pool for you. I would expect 15+ years of service from the model.

USA- Montego is made by Wilbar International in Long Island New York. Wilbar is the largest and one of the oldest pool makers in the United States. This gives meaning to having a warranty. This also ensures finding replacements parts in the future will be possible. Try doing that with pools imported from overseas.

Wilbar pools are also made of thicker and better grade materials than many others. This isn’t always something you can see or feel but it becomes apparent when your imported pool model rusts away in few years. Inferior thinner steel and a lack of protective coatings make for a short life. I have never seen an imported pool older than 8 years. The sad part is the imported pool isn’t any cheaper, so shop smart.

Montego Installation Manuals, Parts List And Warranty Info-

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3.) Mediterranean – Best Deal – Resin Freshwater or Saltwater on a Budget

Why It’s Good- First, it’s likely to last a lifetime. Aside from that Southern Sea has many other reasons to be considered the best above ground pool for Jacksonville FL. Probably the biggest reason is it can have a deep end swimming area. We get a ton of people asking if there’s such thing as an oval pool with a deep end and where can they buy one. Having a pool that can be any depth up to 7 feet is quite unique and becoming very popular with people searching for an affordable inground pool alternative. We chose this one as a best pick because PoolsAboveGround.com offers this model at a much lower price than any Doughboy pool dealer around. You can save anywhere from $1000-$2000 shopping there. This is where many Florida pool stores get theirs before marking them up to you.

Saltwater Warranty- Southern Sea is covered for use with freshwater or a saltwater system. This means you can safely use any water sanitizer you wish. Chlorine, Baquacil, or saltwater system and all covered by the manufacturer. This is possible by the maker using as much resin in it’s construction as possible.

Inground Installation- Southern Sea is warrantied to be partially buried into the ground. Pools sunk into the earth are easier to get in and out of and provide a true inground pool look.

Resin Construction- Resin is a high grade polymer material that’s used in pool construction because it’s durable, lasts a long time and is corrosion resistant. Because resin bounces back from impact, doesn’t dent or get hot to the touch it’s a great material for use in swimming pools. Resin doesn’t rust or corrode like metal, so it’s great when used with saltwater systems or near the salty ocean air of the North Florida coast. Here is a list of the solid resin parts included in Caspian. 9″wide heavy duty injection molded top ledges, upright posts, frame rails, stabilizer bar, base plates, top plates and two piece top caps.

USA- Caspian is made by Wilbar International in Long Island New York. Wilbar is the largest and one of the oldest pool makers in the United States. This gives meaning to having a warranty. This also ensures finding replacements parts in the future will be possible. Try doing that with pools imported from overseas.

Wilbar pools are also made of thicker and better grade materials than many others. This isn’t always something you can see or feel but it becomes apparent when your imported pool model rusts away in few years. Inferior thinner steel and a lack of protective coatings make for a short life. I have never seen an imported pool older than 8 years. The sad part is the imported pool isn’t any cheaper, so shop smart.

Stainless Steel- While on the subject of steel it’s important to mention that the skimmer opening is the most common failure point in all above ground pools. To prevent this from being an issue the Caspian also includes a stainless steel panel where the skimmer and return jet are located. As you already know, stainless steel doesn’t rust so this common problem area will outlast the pool itself. Great feature and one that will likely extend the life of your investment.

Southern Sea Installation Mauals, Parts List And Warranty Info-

What Our Customers Are Saying

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“Great recommendations. I love the pool and so do the kids.”

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Best Above Ground Pools Installed In These Florida Cities

Anna Maria, Apollo Beach, Aripeka, Auburndale, Babson Park, Balm, Bartow, Baskin, Bayonet Point, Bayshore Gardens, Bealsville, Bee Ridge, Bellair, Bellair Beach, Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Bloomingdale, Boca Ciega, Bowlinbg Green, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Brandon, Brewster, Brookridge, Brooksville, Brownville, Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Cheval, Citrus Hills, Citrus Park, Citrus Springs, Clearwater, Combee Settlement, Cortez, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Beach, Crystal Lake, Crystal River, Crystal Springs, Cubitis, Cypress Gardens, Dade City, Dade City North, Davenport, Deer Park, Dover, Duette, Dundee, Dunedin, Eagle Lake, East Lake, East Lealman, Edgeville, Egypt Lake-Leto, Elfers, Ellenton, Englewood, Feather Sount, Floral City, Fort Lonesome, Fort Meade, Fort Ogden, Four Corners, Frostproof, Fussels  Corner, Gandy, Gibsonia, Gibsonton, Greater Carrollwood, Greater Sun Center, Green Pond, Gulf City, Gulf Gate Estates, Gulf Harbors, Gulfport, Haines City, Harmony, Hernando, Hernando Beach, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hill ‘N Dale, Hillcrest Heights, Holiday, Hudson, Holmes Beach, Holopaw, Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Hopewell, Hubonia, Hull, Indian Lake Estates, Indian Rocks Beach, Intercession City, Inverness, Inwood, Kathleen, Jan Phyl Village, Jasmine Estates, Kenansville, Kenneth City, Keysville, Kissimmee, Lacoochee, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Lake Lindsey, Lake Magdalene, Lake Suzy, Lake Wales, Lakewood Ranch, Land O’ Lakes, Lansing, Largo, Laurel, Lecanto, Lithia, Longboat Key, Lutz, Madeira Beach, Mango, Masaryktown, Memphis, Mulberry, Myakka City, Narcoossee, New Port Richey, New Port Richey East, Nocatee, Nokomis, Northport, North Sarasota, North Weeki Wachee, Odessa, Oldsmar, Ona, Oneco, Orlando, Orient Park, Osprey, Ozona, Palma Sola, Palmetto, Palm Harbor, Palm River-Clair Mel, Parrish, Pass-A-Grille Beach, Pebble Creek, Pine Island, Pine Level, Pinellas Park, Pine Ridge, Plant City, Platt, Poinciana, Polk City, Port Richey, Progress Village, Redington Shores, Reunion, Ridgecrest, Ridge Manor, Riverview, Ruskin, Safety Harbor, Samoset, San Antonio, Sarasota, Sarasota Springs, Seffner, Seminole, Shady Hills, Siesta Key, South Bradenton, South Brooksville, Southfort, Southgate, South Highpoint, South Pasadena, South Venice, Spring Hill, St. Cloud, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Sugarmill Woods, Sun City, Sunset Beach, Sweetwater, Tampa, Tarpon Springs, Temple Terrace, The Meadows, Thonotosassa, Tierra Verde, Timber Pines, Town ‘N Country, Treasure Island, Trinity, Turkey Creek, Valrico, Vamo, Venice, Wahneta, Warm Mineral Springs, Wauchula, Waverley, Weeki Wachee Gardens, Wesley Chapel, Wesley Chapel South, West Bradenton, Westchase, West Lealman, Whitfield, Willow Oak, Wimauma, Winter Haven, Ybor City, Yeehaw Junction, Zephyrhills, Zephyrhills North, Zephyrhills South, Zephyrhills West, Zolfo Springs

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