Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool for Ages 6 and up

Last updated date: September 27, 2019

DWYM Score
7.5

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 109 expert reviews, the Intex Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool for Ages 6 and up placed 10th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.0
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.0
2,465 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This is a fairly large inflatable pool that leaves plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the cool water on a warm summer’s day.
- Garden Reviewster
March 27, 2019 | Full review
The best thing about this pool is that it can accommodate even large families because of its large size. In spite of its large capacity, this pool is sold at a pocket-friendly deal, making it highly affordable and convenient.
- Top Product Idea
This family inflatable pool is not just sturdy, but also large and deep, allowing your kids to jump and have so much fun with it.
- The Z8
August 10, 2019 | Full review
It’s comfortable, secure walls are extra wide so that you can benefit from added safety.
- Sumo Guide
Stability is not an issue with 2 air chambers and storage can be easily done with the shelf box that comes with it.
- Me N Garden
What experts didn't like
Be careful when putting it up. Either put it on a tarp or just be 100% sure there are no sharp objects anywhere. it’s very difficult to repair should you get a hole in it.
- Garden Reviewster
March 27, 2019 | Full review
This product is not sold with a pump.
- Sumo Guide
Can be too small and cramped for children above 7 years.
- Me N Garden

From The Manufacturer

Make a splash this summer with the Intex Swim Center Family Pool! The wide side walls allow for maximum play room, and three air chambers, each with a combo valve, make inflation and deflation a breeze. Your family and friends can keep cool and enjoy this fun pool, all summer long! From the Manufacturer Intex swim center family pool. 120" x 72" x 22" large family pool. 3 air chambers each with double intake and free flow exhaust valve. 264 gallon capacity. 15 gauge vinyl. Extra wide side walls for comfort

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.