Best Kids Swimming Pools in 2021
Updated 11-03-2021 – Lucy Walters
Whether babies, toddlers, or school kids, all children love swimming pools. But bringing your child to the public pool is not always possible, and having a swimming pool can be incredibly expensive. Thankfully, kiddie pools are now available to bring the joy of swimming in your backyard – even without an actual pool.
Things to Consider When Buying a Kiddie Swimming Pool
Kiddie pools, portable pools, paddling pools – whatever you call them, there are so many varieties available in the market these days, it can be difficult to pick. That’s where we come in. We’ve made a quick list of what to look out for when buying your kiddie pool, followed by our compilation of the ten best kids’ swimming pools in the UK.
Think of the space the pool will sit on and ensure you pick a pool size that is not too big to occupy the entire back or front yard. On the other hand, you also don’t want your kiddie pool too small and only accommodate one child.
Consider the height and age of your child when buying a kiddie pool. Ensure you pick a safe height that allows your kids to play around in the water independently, under your supervision.
A safe pool is a strong pool. Check that your kiddie pool withstands the collective weight of whoever will be on them, the water content, and the surface where it will be laid on. Investing in a quality pool means you can use it for longer.
Ease of Assembly and Disassembly
You probably won’t want your kiddie pool all year-round, so pick one that is easy to assemble when needed, and equally easily disassembles during the cold winter months.
|Intex 6ft x 20in Easy Set Swimming Pool||Best product.||9.4|
|Sable Paddling Play Centre Pool||Premium product.||9.3|
|Intex Crystal Blue Three Ring Inflatable Paddling Pool||Value product.||8.8|
|Intex Rectangular Baby Pool||Best for terraces & balconies.||9|
|Intex Mushroom Baby Pool||Best shaded baby pool.||9|
|Intex Oval Whale Fun Pool||Best for toddlers.||8.8|
|Intex Mini Frame Pool||Best non-inflatable kiddie pool||8.5|
|Bestway Family Pool||Best for older children.||8.4|
|Intex Sun Shade Pool||Best shaded pool for toddlers.||8.4|
|Bestway Inflatable Kids Water Play Center||Best activity additions.||8.3|
1 Intex 6ft x 20in Easy Set Swimming Pool
Intex is an American company specialising in the design and distribution of air beds, toys, furniture, boats, above ground pools, and so much more.
The Intex 6ft Easy Set Swimming Pool is an above the ground kiddie pool suitable for children and parents, too! This pool needs about 878 litres of water to reach optimum pool level (80% full). The pool is around 3 feet in this capacity, which is best for kids over six years of age. That is not to say that younger kids can’t join in, the pool is large enough to accommodate parents supervising young bubs, too.
This paddling pool comes with a strong and durable build, thanks to the sidewalls composed of three separate layers of quality material, each adding strength and durability to this over-the-ground pool.
One of the best features of this pool is its ease of setting up. All you need is a pump to inflate it, and it should be ready for water filling in less than 10 minutes. Draining is equally as easy too, thanks to the integrated drain plug conveniently attached to the pool.
It also collapses and folds compact, saving you heaps of storage space when swimming season is over.
Because of its relatively low price, the above features, and the fact that not only kids but all members of the family can have fun in it, the Intex Easy Set 6 inch Swimming Pool is our number one pick for our list of the ten best kids swimming pools in the UK for 2021. Check out our guide on baby clothes to give them something to chill in after playing in the pool.
2 Sable Paddling Play Centre Pool
Sable is an online retailer of air beds and inflatable pool. The Sable Paddling Pool is an activity centre and pool in one; it’s like having a mini-water park in your backyard.
In terms of activities, the pool has an adjustable sprinkler on either side of the pool, to add more water fun for the little ones. It also comes with a slide between two mini pools, one shallower than the other, to accommodate kids of different heights and ages.
Safety-wise, the pool comes lined with steady and fixed handrails, giving added stability for your little ones while they waddle around the water. It is also equipped with sponge cushioning as an additional safety feature to protect the young ones during active play in the pool.
In terms of durability, the pool is made of BPA-free PVC. It is constructed thicker than most of the paddle pools in the market, to reduce the risk of accidental punctures and effectively allowing you to use the pool for longer.
It’s also super easy to set up, as long as you have a pump on hand, as this is not included in the package. Getting an electric pump makes the set up even quicker. It has compartmentalised air chambers, reducing the risk of air leakage during inflation.
The Sable Paddling Play Centre Pool is feature-rich and ticks all boxes of a kiddie pool. The only reason it wasn’t top of this list is its higher price range, but if this is not an issue, you could probably make it your number one option when looking for a kiddie pool.
3 Intex Crystal Blue Three Ring Inflatable Paddling Pool
The Crystal Blue Three Ring is another paddle pool from Intex’ range of inflatable pools. It comes equipped with three air chambers, which reduces the leak of air leakage when pumping up the pool. A pump is not included in the package. However, any pump inflates the pool, such as a bicycle pump or other airbed or ball pumps.
The pool is lined with smooth inner edges, for the safety and comfort of your little one. Although inexpensive, the pool is constructed of heavy-duty material, ensuring durability as well as added safety of the kids. However, in the unfortunate instance that any parts of the pool get punctured, it comes with a repair patch which comes in an easy adhesive design.
If you are looking for the most affordable, yet quality pool with the most basic features, and one that is suitable for your toddlers, you can’t go wrong with this value paddling pool.
4 Intex Rectangular Baby Pool
Best for terraces & balconies
This Rectangular Baby Pool is another innovation from Intex. The size is suitable for babies over one year of age. The pool comes with an inflatable soft and corrugated floor, to provide a comfortable play area for your little one while ensuring their safety from slipping or falling over.
Like all Intex products, this rectangular pool is made of durable vinyl material so your baby can enjoy hours of play on it for longer.
This inflatable paddle pool can be used on the backyard, but if you are looking for a kiddie pool for your baby and plan to position it on your balcony or terrace, the slim rectangular design of this pool makes it one of your best options in this instance. Just remember always to supervise your kids whenever they play on the pool – and be extra vigilant if you plan to place this on your balcony.
5 Intex Mushroom Baby Pool
Best shaded baby pool
If you are looking for an above-the-ground pool for your young baby for use in the backyard during the hot summer months, you probably want to put this Mushroom Baby Pool from Intex on your to-consider list.
It has a canopy designed to look like a mushroom, to give your little one added protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Of course, any time outdoors requires the application of sun cream, so you also have to make sure you cover your little one with baby sunscreen before letting them enjoy water time on this baby pool.
In terms of comfort and durability features, this mushroom pool has a soft inflatable floor, so your little one’s bottom is comfortable and protected while in the pool.
The pool is also very easy to assemble, you don’t even need a pump, and all you need to do is huff and puff to blow this mini pool up.
Another great thing about this pool is that when the summer months are over, you can bring it inside the house to use as a ball pit or a mini-activity centre.
6 Intex Oval Whale Fun Pool
Best for toddlers
Another paddle pool from the Intex brand is the Oval Whale Fun Pool, that, as the name implies, is an oval-shaped pool with a floor designed with ocean-themed characters.
It is made of high-strength vinyl material ensuring its durability and longer-term use. Assembly is done via any type of pump, but you can also purchase separately sold Intex pumps which can be used for all Intex products.
Cleaning up after a swim is also straightforward, thanks to the integrated drainage plug located on the floor of the pool.
This oval pool has high protective walls so that you can fill it with a higher water level as compared to the previous baby pool. If you are looking for a paddling pool for your toddlers, this is your best option as it is just the right depth for an average toddler’s height. Another helpful feature is the transparent walls, giving you more visibility of your toddler on and off the water.
7 Intex Mini Frame Pool
Best non-inflatable kiddie pool
If you are looking for a kiddie pool that is not an inflatable one, this mini frame pool from Intex may be one of your best options.
It has a galvanised steel frame which ensures its strength and durability, as well as securing the pool firmly in place. Intex has many frame pools, but this one has a compact design, making it the perfect choice for smaller outdoor spaces.
Because it has a frame design, it is quicker to assemble than its inflatable counterparts. It is similar, however, to the other Intex inflatables in that it comes with a built-in plug, which facilitates easy drainage and cleaning. It also disassembles as quickly as it assembles.
Finally, the pool’s edges are covered in foam, to provide additional protection for your little ones.
8 Bestway Family Pool
Best for older children
Bestway Inflatables is a Chinese company specialising in the design and manufacture of inflatable leisure, water sports, and other related products.
The Bestway Family Pool is a rectangular inflatable pool that can carry up to 982 litres of water. It is a relatively large pool best suited for older children, aged six years and over – and adults, too.
It has a sturdy vinyl make, ensuring durability and long shelf life, saving you from having to buy a new overground pool each summer season.
It has extra-wide walls that provide adequate support and allowing a deeper water level, perfect for older kids and adults who wish to bond with their little ones.
Setting up this inflatable pool is quick and easy with the help of any compatible pump, and disassembling it is equally quick. It also folds compact, saving you storage space when the warm summer months are over. For more children products, check out our guide on nappy bins.
9 Intex Sun Shade Pool
Best shaded pool for toddlers
If you want a toddler-sized pool that has added protection from the harmful rays of the sun, the Intex Sun Shade Pool could be one of your contenders. It features an inflatable pool with a size ideal for toddlers. The walls are lined with delightful and colourful ocean characters, and it comes in the durable vinyl material similar to the rest of Intex’ inflatable pool products.
As with all of the Intex inflatable range, this sun-shade pool is easy to set up with a manual or electric pump and easy to store and clean thanks to the integrated drain plug.
The inflatable sun-shade is removable, which is perfect on days when the sun is not out, but the weather is super warm that the kids can do with a dip outside.
10 Bestway Inflatable Kids Water Play Center
Best activity additions
Other than the pool feature, the Bestway Inflatable Kids Water Play Center set comes with a removable slide and a palm sprinkler, as well as balls and a ring toss game for multiple modes of fun for your little ones.
It is made of sturdy vinyl material and safety vales that ensure your little one’s safety and the pool’s durability and longer-lasting use.
Set up and clean up is again easy, thanks to its inflatable design and built-in water drainage valve. Filling the pool with water is also relatively quickly as it easily attaches and detaches to standard garden hoses.
If you are looking for a kiddie pool that comes with other activities, but with a relatively more affordable price, you may want to consider the Bestway Inflatable Kids Water Play Centre.
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