Intex Above Ground Swimming Pool, 12-ft x 30-in

Last updated date: December 16, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 88 expert reviews, the Intex Intex Above Ground Swimming Pool, 12-ft x 30-in placed 10th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note February 10, 2020:
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Expert Summarized Score
0.0
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.7
85 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The filter pump has a pump flow rate of 530 gallons per hour. You can fill or drain the pool very quickly.
- Pools And Tubs
This pool has super tough laminated PVC walls. Setting up Intex 12′ x 30″ Metal Frame Pool is very easy, and it’s highly durable also.
- 10 Beast Reviews
September 9, 2019 | Full review
Being from the Prism line, it offers a more stylish appearance with a nice inner liner so it looks more appealing than other temporary above ground pools.
- Closeup Check
September 20, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The pool does not come with a debris cover to keep it clean and the filter pump may have some issues in the long run.
- Pools And Tubs
However, the 530 GPH pump doesn’t prove itself sufficient for the size of this pool. With that pump, you can only use it occasionally, and if you’re looking for regular use, then just upgrade it.
- 10 Beast Reviews
September 9, 2019 | Full review
No pump included.
- Closeup Check
September 20, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Intex Prism Frame Above Ground Pool is perfect for hosting all those backyard pool parties this summer. Invite friends and family over to enjoy your new outdoor addition. Set up is easy and a breeze. The upscale seafoam blue swimming pool comes with an instructional DVD that helps you get the pool up and ready for water in just 45 minutes, so you don't have to waste precious tanning time on a complicated assembly process. Prism frame pools are enhanced with strong, powder coated steel tubing. They're durable and still easy to assemble. The liner is stylish and constructed with puncture resistant, 3 ply material for years of backyard fun. Start your summer off with a stylish above ground swimming pool with the Intex Prism Frame Pool.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Intex Metal Frame Pool Set, 18ft x 48in
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 0
2. Bestway Power Steel Swimming Pool, 18-ft x 4-ft
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 0
3. Summer Waves Quick Set Ring Swimming Pool, 12ft x 3ft
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 0
4. Intex Prism Frame Pool Set, 12-ft x 30-in
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
5. Bestway Steel Pro Swimming Pool, 157x83x32-in
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 0
6. Intex Rectangular Pool Set, 24-ft x 12-ft x 52-in
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
7. Intex Metal Frame Swimming Pool Set, 15-ft x 48-in
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 3
8. Intex Rectangular Pool Set, 32-ft x 16-ft x 52-in
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 12
9. Intex Metal Frame Pool Set, 10-ft x 30-in
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Intex Above Ground Swimming Pool, 12-ft x 30-in
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
11. Intex Swimming Pool, 8.5-ft x 5.3-ft x 2.13-ft
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 2
12. Intex Metal Frame Pool Set, 15ft x 4ft
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 18
13. Summer Waves Above Ground Pool Set, 12-ft x 33-in
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
14. Intex Pool Set, 8-ft x 30-in
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 16

An Overview On Swimming Pools

Whether you have six months of hot weather or six weeks, a swimming pool is worth the investment. Although a pool may seem like a headache and never-ending maintenance, it doesn’t have to be. There are so many different types of pools available right now, you can get as fancy or as simple as you like. For the most affordable and convenient swimming pool, you’ll want to choose an above-ground pool. These pools offer a variety of setup options, sizes and shapes. Find your perfect fit with help from this guide.

There are a few questions to ask before diving into the pool buying process. First of all, you’ll want to research maintenance requirements. Some pools require more upkeep than others. Most above-ground pools utilize an electric pump that circulates the water and keeps the water relatively clean. Some of the pools come with a pump and others you need to buy the pump separately. The big things that can’t circulate through the filter, you can easily clean with a mesh net. These are usually mounted on a long rod so you can reach across wide pools. In addition to the daily maintenance, at the beginning of each season, pools will require a shocking agent to get rid of all the algae that grows during the offseason. This can often take a few days to rectify but is part of the normal maintenance regimen for all pools.

Another good thing to think about is the installation process and expense. Above-ground pools have come a far way from the professional setup of the old days. You can get pools like the Summer Waves Quick Set Pool that requires very little installation. According to home improvement expert Vicki Liston, “If you are looking for ‘quick and easy,’ your best bet is either an inflatable or an ‘easy set’ pool. These are ready to be filled with water in mere minutes or up to an hour.”

In contrast, you can get a pool that is a little bit more complicated but still straight-forward such as a framed pool like the Bestway Power Steel Pool or the Bestway Steel Pro Pool.

“Conversely, an all-steel pool is the more expensive and strongest on the market, but it has its drawbacks,” says Liston. “Steel can rust and corrode so if you go this route, get one with a galvanized coating to protect it from the elements.”

A great option for this type is the Intex Metal Frame Pool Set.

Although it may seem intimidating, if you think about what kind of time you have to dedicate to a pool and buy accordingly, you will find the best pool for you.

DWYM Fun Fact

Swimming pools date back to 2600 BC to the Great Baths of Mohenjodaro in Pakistan. This pool was thought to be used for religious purposes, not necessarily leisure swimming or cooling off.

Greece and Rome embraced swimming as a valuable skill for boys to have. The Romans built their swimming pools separately from the baths and trained boys to swim. Gaius Maecenas of Rome is thought to have built the original heated pool sometime in the 100s BC.

Many centuries later, swimming pools became popular. By the mid-1800s, London was home to six indoor pools and after the Olympic Games in 1896, they became even more popular. By the 1900s, chlorination and filtration systems were invented to help with the purification of the water so water could be simply cleaned instead of dumped out and wasted.

The Swimming Pool Buying Guide

  • Be sure to get your ground set up with packed dirt that is completely level before setting up your pool.
  • If you plan on moving, choose a pool that is easily broken down and transported to another location.
  • Find the shape that complements your yard. From oval to round to rectangular, there are many options to choose from.
  • Don’t forget to calculate the cost of the water before you purchase a pool.
  • Try to find a pool set that comes with all the necessary accessories so you don’t accrue extra expenses in addition to the pool.