Intex Rectangular Pool Set, 32-ft x 16-ft x 52-in

Last updated date: December 16, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 97 expert reviews, the Intex Intex Rectangular Pool Set, 32-ft x 16-ft x 52-in placed 8th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note February 10, 2020:
Checkout The Best Swimming Pool for a detailed review of all the top swimming pools.

Expert Summarized Score
8.9
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.9
65 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
In addition, it comes with a deluxe maintenance kit. The maintenance kit includes leaf rake, curved wall brushes, and vacuum head.
- Pools And Tubs
Assembling the frame is pretty straightforward thanks to the Easy Lock SystemTM that snaps the frame together without the need of any additional tools, but it’s better if you have several people helping you and perhaps a lubricant of some kind to ensure the frames attach smoothly.
- Leisure Rate
April 3, 2019 | Full review
The good news? Again, this is a very high quality pool set that will last you many years if well maintained. It’s also one of the larger above ground pools on the market and the provided volleyball set really takes advantage of that.
- Poolonomics
The first feature that will truly impress you once you set your eyes on this above ground lap pool is the massive size. Engineered with dimensions of 32ft x16ft x52-inches, this pool is large enough to accommodate 10 to 12 adults making it the best for events and large families.
- Home Kitchenary
The strong and durable steel frames which give it excellent support are powder coated for beauty and rust resistance.
- The AZ Theme
September 21, 2018 | Full review
Assembling this large above ground pool is fairly easy because it comes with an instructional DVD.
- All Best Tops
Moreover, the liner has a blue tile print on the inside of the pool whilst it has a grey outer side. The grey pool helps add class and elegance to any backyard or lawn.
- Park Meridien
October 13, 2019 | Full review
This 32 by 16 ft. frameset is the largest of its series. The rectangular shape not only looks good but you can also swim laps in them making it more popular.
- Pool Cleaner Blog
Because it sets up quickly and comes apart quickly, you can set it up and take it down as needed, storing it away in a compact manner.
- Top Ten Select
October 10, 2019 | Full review
Not only that, though, but it is also equipped with an entire volleyball set! Personally, I really like the idea of being able to play water volleyball from the comfort of your home.
- Above Ground Pool
February 7, 2019 | Full review
One of the main reasons behind the popularity of this pool is its durability. It is made of sturdy stainless steel frames that will stay sturdy and functional in your outdoors for years. This sort of durability is also the reason why Intex Ultra Frame Pool standouts from most of its competitors in the market
- Pool Pump Expert
One more thing worth mentioning about this pool is that it is built respecting the specifications that come with the box. In my experience I noticed some pools usually tend to be smaller than advertised which can be a real let down.
- High Quality Pool
April 1, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Takes 2-3 adults to set it up and takes about 2 hours if planed properly.
- Pools And Tubs
Sides lean inward while filling up with water, but will straighten up when full
- Leisure Rate
April 3, 2019 | Full review
This pool suffers from some of the same trivial issues, including a less than ideal setup time of around 4-6 hours, and a somewhat underpowered provided pump.
- Poolonomics
The pump is underpowered with lower hp that takes long (about 6 hours) to fill the tank
- Home Kitchenary
Not suitable for loose soil conditions
- The AZ Theme
September 21, 2018 | Full review
Leveling the ground is quite difficult
- All Best Tops
Rusts easily.
- Park Meridien
October 13, 2019 | Full review
The filtration is not strong enough to filter so much water.
- Pool Cleaner Blog
might not be tall enough for taller people
- Top Ten Select
October 10, 2019 | Full review
Takes at least an hour to be ready for water
- Above Ground Pool
February 7, 2019 | Full review
The ladder included here is not of high quality. Most people are usually forced to incur an extra cost when buying a better ladder separately
- Pool Pump Expert
I guess the fact that it does not come with a heater may be the biggest downside.
- High Quality Pool
April 1, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Have an amazing time with family & friends with the Intex ultra frame pool set. Engineered for strength, the ultra frame pool is supported by strong, durable steel frames which are powder coated for rust resistance & beauty. Your backyard will be the place to be all summer as your family can relax & float or splash & play. Plus, Intex ultra frame pools have improved upon their history of top-of-the-line quality with new, innovative styling & a redesigned frame structure. Hydro aeration technology has been incorporated into the cartridge filter pump to provide improved water circulation, filtration, & clarity as well as increased negative ions at the water surface. Connect the Krystal clear sand filter pump to enjoy clear, sparkling water. Ready for water in 90 Min. New dual suction outlet fittings improve water circulation resulting in better water hygiene & clarity. The newly designed ladder also provides greater support & stability. Water capacity: (90%) 14, 364 gallon. Includes: Krystal clear sand filter pump 2, 800 GPH (110 - 120V). ladder. Ground cloth. Debris cover. Set-up & maintenance DVD.

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.