Like novelty grape stomping during an over-priced Napa getaway, the price of avocado’s and an affinity for bi-weekly mani/pedis are crushing some of our chances at ever having a built-in pool. I know, life can be rough. Just when we were about to lose all hope, domino came out with an article that breaths life back into our dreams, like dry shampoo on the last day of your wash cycle.
It turns out, it’s not too late to score your very own private swimming pool…
So break out your portable Bluetooth radio, pour some Tito’s in the shaker and lather on the SPF 15*. Summer just got way more chill.
*If you can’t tone it, tan it.
Here it is:
Bestway Steel Pro Swimming Pool, Amazon, $81.99
Walls constructed from three separate sturdy materials make for a portable pool that feels less temporary and more like a permanent backyard fixture. This 87 x 59 x 17-inch frame pool is ideal for kids or even pets in need of a quick cool down—just take it down and put it back up as the seasons change.
Play Day 8 Foot Family Pool, Walmart, $19.97
The main selling point for this pool is how crazy easy it is to install. One reviewer used an old air mattress pump to get it set up in five minutes; another DIY-ed a pump of sorts using a hair dryer and the top of a small water bottle. It’s under $20 and a great value for the price.
Intex Easy Set Pool Set with Filter Pump (8ft X 30in), Amazon, $44.99
Not only is this 639-gallon pool super easy to set up (just spread it out on level ground and inflate the top ring), it comes with a foolproof water filter that connects to your hose if you prefer to swim in purified H2O. Plus, it’s made with super tough PVC sidewalls, which means you won’t have to stress over pesky holes or leaks.
Intex Family Cabana Swim Center Pool, Amazon, $38.31
Transform your backyard into a partially shaded oasis with this cabana-style inflatable pool. Along with a cushioned bench and removable shade, this comfy pool comes with a built-in water sprayer that doubles as mini-sprinkler!
Intex Relax And Keep Cool Lounge Pool, Amazon, $52.24
Consider this family-sized lounger the Rolls Royce of inflatable swimming pools. Along with seating up to four people, this wade-style pool comes with built-in backrests and seat cushions so you can really kick back and relax in the water.
Summer Waves Quick Set Pool (14′ x 36″), Big Lots, $95.99
If you’re looking for a portable pool worthy of a backyard party, we’ve got you covered. On top of being incredibly durable and simple to set up, this spacious pool holds 2,400 gallons of water and can comfortably fit up to eight people.
Intex Swim Center Inflatable Family Lounge Pool, Amazon, $35.49
Searching for an inexpensive way to cool off in a pinch? This Amazon Prime-ready inflatable pool is perfect for lounging (there’s a cushy built-in bench on one side) and splashing around on a scorching summer day, and won’t set you back more than $40.
Fast Set 10′ x 30″ Pool Set, Target, $58.99
Constructed of tough TriTech material, this pool is easily the longest-lasting option on our list. However, when you take into account its painless setup, quick drain plug, and impressive water filter pump, this 961-gallon pool—that comfortably holds six people— it might also offer the most bang for your buck.