Intex Sun Shade Inflatable Pool, 62″ X 62″ X 48″, for Ages 2+

Last updated date: October 8, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3

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We looked at the top 1 Inflatable Pools and dug through the reviews from 10 of the most popular review sites including 9 Top Best, Heavy, Easy Baby Cares, Meccano, Pool Homeschool, Idea Hacks, Fishing Picks, My Reviews 4 You, Pool Cleaner Guy, Best For Your Home and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Inflatable Pool you should buy.

Overall Take

Designed for toddlers, the Intex Sun Shade Inflatable Pool, 62" X 62" X 48", for Ages 2+ is enclosed, making it less likely your little one will crawl away. The roof helps reduce harmful rays, but you'll still need to use sunscreen. You will need a pump to inflate this pool, making it a little more high-maintenance. In our analysis of 114 expert reviews, the Intex Intex Sun Shade Inflatable Pool, 62" X 62" X 48", for Ages 2+ placed 5th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.8
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.2
791 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It includes an inflatable sunshade built into the unique blow-up structure, and this keeps the heat and strength off the sun away from your children. They are sure to enjoy the water, splashing and playing with friends, but they won’t miss the heat radiating down on their delicate skin.
- 9 Top Best
September 2, 2019 | Full review
The shaded top will keep them out of harmful rays while the splash around.
- Heavy
May 10, 2019 | Full review
It also has a drain plug that allows you to drain excess water. The pool has an enclosed design to ensure the baby is safe while playing and splashing water in the pool. This makes it tough for the baby to crawl out of the pool.
- Easy Baby Cares
The Intex Sun Shade Inflatable Pool is a great choice if you want something that’s a step above a small baby pool, with added protection from the sun.
- Meccano
July 26, 2019 | Full review
It is easy to set this pool up. You simply inflate it until it is no longer soft. Then use a regular garden hose to fill it. The max capacity is 9.5 inches, but you can use less water for small children.
- Pool Homeschool
Includes a roof for protection against the harmful rays of the sun. The pool includes a drain plug and repair patch.
- Idea Hacks
You can let your kids play in it even when the sun is high in the sky because they have a tent-like protection although we still recommend adopting other sun safety measures, such as sunscreen application.
- Fishing Picks
This compact inflatable pool is perfect for small kids about 2-3 years old. It has nice design as well.
- My Reviews 4 You
Another great feature of this pool is a sun roof. The last thing you want is your toddler to get sunburns, so the roof is always welcome.
- Pool Cleaner Guy
This inflatable kiddie pool is extremely easy to set up and use. It comes with a drain plug and a repair to make deflating it for storage very easy. Also, it has a 74-gallon capacity, so you don’t have to worry about it suddenly deflating without warning.
- Best For Your Home
March 18, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Tricky to inlflate.
- Heavy
May 10, 2019 | Full review
Ideal for a baby to swim and play while sitting down. If the baby is to lie down, then a guardian has to be present always.
- Easy Baby Cares
It’s easy enough to set up and quick to inflate with a pump, but doing so without a pump is difficult and takes a lot of time.The shade falls over easily when it’s windy.
- Meccano
July 26, 2019 | Full review
Difficult to inflate with an air pump.
- Idea Hacks
Relatively deeper pool requires adult supervision when toddlers are playing in it.
- Fishing Picks
The bottom isn’t inflated, so the bottom is more prone to leaks.
- Pool Cleaner Guy

From The Manufacturer

An Overview On Inflatable Pools

There’s nothing like jumping into a chilly pool on a sweltering summer day. But in-ground pools are extremely expensive, between the initial purchase of the pool itself and ongoing maintenance. One affordable alternative is an above-ground pool, especially the type you can easily deflate and store when you’re finished using it.

Before you shop for an inflatable pool, though, there are a few things to consider. One of the first things you’ll need to think about is just how big you want your pool to be. Larger inflatables with high walls can be great for both adults and kids, but they also require a bit more work to set up and take down. If your children will be doing all the swimming, there are plenty of smaller options that will be both more affordable and easier to handle. Then there are pools built specifically for babies, with an adult watching nearby, of course.

The setup process is especially important for an inflatable. Since you likely won’t be inflating it and leaving it for months, you’ll need a pool that you can be put in place in a matter of minutes. Once you’re finished with it, the process of draining the water and breaking it down is essential as well. A drain plug comes in handy for easily getting the water elimination process started. Once the pool is empty, also consider where you’ll store it, and factor that into the size of pool you choose.

Safety is another big consideration when shopping for an inflatable pool. Some inflatables have walls that are on the flimsier side, which means swimmers will need to avoid leaning against or sitting on it. If little ones are using the pool, keep in mind that it’s important to still have an adult supervisor around at all times, even if the pool is on the shallow side.

DYWM Fun Fact

Some people set up an inflatable pool and leave it in place all summer. But to remain safe, pool water needs to be regularly treated. For inflatables, it’s much easier to drain them and clean the surface before refilling it, which is why must people prefer to break them down and store them. Since you won’t be protected by the chlorine in regular pools, you should also make sure your little ones aren’t urinating in the pool, regularly checking diapers and setting firm rules for older children. If you have a larger inflatable that you plan to leave in place, you’ll need to give it the same type of chemical treatment as you would with an in-ground or non-inflatable above-ground pool.

The Inflatable Pool Buying Guide

  • Your biggest concern when shopping for any type of pool is safety, particularly if your little ones will be using it. With the Intex 12ft X 30in Easy Set Pool Set with Filter Pump, you get inflated, laminated, PVC sidewalls, which means they’ll hold up well even with the roughest use. The bottom of Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool is a thick layer of plastic, but the sidewalls are flimsy. That means you’ll need to make sure everyone knows not to lean on or push them. The Intex Sun Shade Inflatable Pool is fully enclosed to keep kids from crawling out. The bottom of the Intex Sun Shade Inflatable Pool doesn’t inflate, which means it may leak with repeat use.
  • Durability is also important. The Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool, Intex Sun Shade Inflatable Pool and Intex Crystal Blue Inflatable Pool come with a repair patch so that you can fix any tears that can appear with horseplay, even in the most durable pools.
  • Setting up your pool can become serious work. Over time, that means you may stop using it to avoid the labor involved. The Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool has valves that make draining and filling the pool quick. This means you can set it up in a matter of minutes. To set up the Intex 12ft X 30in Easy Set Pool Set with Filter Pump, just inflate the top ring and fill the pool with water. You’ll be set up in just 10 minutes. With the Intex Sun Shade Inflatable Pool, you’ll need a pump for inflation.
  • Drain plugs come in handy when you’re finished using your pool. The Intex Sun Shade Inflatable Pool and Intex 12ft X 30in Easy Set Pool Set with Filter Pump come with a drain plug.
  • Before you start shopping, consider just how your pool will be used. If your pool is for your baby, the Intex Sun Shade Inflatable Pool is built just for your needs. However, as your kids get older, the Intex Crystal Blue Inflatable Pool will be more your speed. The Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool can be used by teens and older adults, but it’s better suited for your younger family members. The Intex 12ft X 30in Easy Set Pool Set with Filter Pump comes in a wide range of sizes, all the way up to 18’ X 48”. That means you can buy it for your whole family to use.
  • You probably already know the conditions in your own backyard. No matter which pool you choose, it can help to put a tarp down first to avoid damage from sharp objects like rocks and sticks. Either way, you’ll need a flat area to set it on to keep swimmers safe and ensure water distributes evenly.
  • One handy thing about the Intex Sun Shade Inflatable Pool, which is designed for infants, is that it comes with a roof that acts as a sunshade. You should still use sunscreen, but it offers that extra layer of protection.