Sadie's Pool Guide

Swimming Pool Guides

By Sadie Brooks

I totally love everything to do with swimming pools, outdoor living, and home decor! Join me and my team researching items for our backyards.

Swimming Pool Games

Make a splash all summer long with fun swimming pool games! Your kids will have a great time and you will too. In our reviews, we took a look at this years best swimming pool games.

Swimming Pool Floats

Did your old swimming pool float make it through the winter? Don't worry just get an awesome new one. In our reviews, we took a look at the best swimming pool floats for fun this summer!

Robotic Pool Cleaners

Make cleaning your swimming pool convenient with a robotic pool cleaner! Why spend all summer trying to keep your pool clean when you can just let a robotic pool cleaner do the work.

Above Ground Pools

If you want to go swimming this summer without breaking the bank an above ground pool is an excellent choice! Above ground pools are easy to set up and you can be swimming in just a few hours.

Outdoor Fire Table

Keep your guest warm and enjoy time outdoors with an outdoor fire table! Fire tables are very popular for outdoor entertaining and provide a great centerpiece in your home decor.

Pool Algaecides

Using a pool algaecide will help keep your swimming pool sparkling clean all summer long! Having algae makes it harder for the chlorine to keep your pool clean. See our picks for best pool algaecides.

Above Ground Pool Ladders

Make getting in and out of the pool easy with a replacement above ground pool ladder. Most replacement pool ladders are better quality and have slip-resistant steps to prevent falling.

Pool Shock

Pool Shock will quickly eliminate algae, bacteria, and other harmful contaminants from your pool water. Keep your pool water crystal clear by using pool shock weekly. See our picks for best pool shock.

Pool Pump Timers

Avoid the inconvenience of plugging and unplugging your pool pump with a pool pump timer. Most pool pump timers are waterproof and can save you money on your next power bill.

Swimming Pool Games

  • This giant basketball swimming pool game is awesome. Your kids will have hours of fun with this unique floating pool game. This pool game is made of heavy gauge vinyl and comes with one giant short ball. The giant shoot ball measures 36-inch wide. We were very happy to see that this pool game was much higher quality than were expecting. We had hours of fun. It was very durable and easy to inflate. The only problem we found with this pool game is the kids never want to leave the pool. Overall, a great choice for any swimming pool. If you are looking for endless summer fun this is it!

  • Make a splash all summer long with this inflatable water slide! It is great for kids 6 and up. You can attach a garden hose for sprayers to wet the slide surface making it super fun for the kids. We love this water slide because it includes a repair patch so the fun never ends. It is has a weight limit of 175 lbs. This pool water slide game is made of heavy-duty 20 gauge vinyl construction and has 5 air chambers and 6 sturdy handles. You will love the fun wave graphics. Your friends and neighbors will have so much fun they will never want to leave. The kids love this one! Overall, this is an awesome choice for pool fun!

  • This swimming pool game is specially designed for poolside basketball action. It sits on deck for in-ground or above ground pools. It is made of durable all-weather materials. The hard-body backboard measures 34-inches wide x 25.5-inches high. We really like that the polyform game base can be filled with water or sand for poolside stability. We preferred the sand. This pool game includes a 14-inch hoop, an all-weather hand-woven net, and game ball with inflation needle. The basketball net is made from super mold-resistant polyester-coated threads. Your friends will have hours of fun in the pool.

Swimming Pool Floats

  • Perfect summer gift or birthday present for kids or adults! This giant inflatable unicorn swimming pool float is totally awesome! It is designed to hold 2 adults or up 400 plus pounds. It is soft to the touch and is made from thick durable premium raft-grade non-phthalates material. This swimming pool float features rapid inflation and deflation for quick fun. You can use a hairdryer or a toy air pump. The rapid valves allow more than 5x faster inflation and deflation. Available in two sizes. The fully inflated giant unicorn swimming pool float is 114-inches x 55-inches x 47-inches. We found this unicorn float to be large and sturdy and could hold 4 kids pretty easily. We definitely recommend that you use an air pump to inflate this pool float. Overall, this is a great choice!

  • If you are looking for a baby swimming pool float this is a great choice! It is available in 2 styles, you can choose from an octopus or a lobster. Both styles are super cute. The inflated octopus head turns 360 degrees around to face the child. It can also be removed if desired. Included with this swimming pool float are a squeaker fish, stacking rings, fish teether, and soft touch star. The canopy provides UPF 50+ sun protection and has mesh sides for see-through visibility. Removing the canopy is easy. You can do it by un-snapping each side then twists and fold back to original package size. You and the baby will feel safe and secure that this baby pool float activity center has dual inflation chambers around the seat and inner spring for added stability.

  • This inflatable swimming pool float features a comfort mesh bed, ottoman, built-in cup holder, and back support. This swimming pool float inflates and deflates quickly using jet valve technology. The inner spring coil makes unfolding and folding a snap. We like that it has clips that allow tethering to boat or dock, to a floating cooler, or to other floaters. This pool float is designed to support up to 250 lbs of weight. You can easily keep your drink arms-length away with the built-in cup holder featured in this pool float. It is constructed of the same mesh material as the seat to accommodate any extra condensation. Our team likes the inner spring technology, it allows the pool float to fold back into original size making it easy to carry or store away.

Robotic Pool Cleaners

  • Make cleaning your pool easy and convenient with this awesome Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus automatic robotic pool cleaner. We love this robotic pool cleaner because you can set the weekly schedule to automatically clean the pool for you every day, every other day, or every 3rd day. The powerful dual scrubbing brushes forcefully attack tough dirt and debris on the floor and walls. The large top-load cartridge filters capture leaves and fine debris for an optimal clean swimming pool in 2 hours. This pool cleaner is ideal for swimming pools up to 50 feet. You will love the easy-to-use single button operation. This awesome in-ground pool cleaner is backed by an extended 2.5-year manufacturer's warranty! We love the anti-tangle swivel cable that allows your pool cleaner to move around your pool with ease. Overall, a great choice!

  • This easy to use robotic pool cleaner is ideal for pools up to 50 feet and features a single button plug and play system! All you need to do with this robotic pool cleaner is drop it in the pool and go. The patented anti-tangle swivel cable allows your pool cleaner to move around your swimming pool with ease. The powerful dual scrubbing brushes forcefully attack tough dirt and debris leaving your swimming pool floor, walls, and waterline exceptionally clean in about 3 hours. This robotic pool cleaner comes with a 3-year warranty for peace of mind. Multiple filter options are available for an optimal clean pool. The premier model comes standard with 3 filter options. A bottom-load fine cartridge filter, an ultra-fine cartridge filter, and an oversized fine filter bag. Overall, we were very happy with the performance of this robotic pool cleaner.

  • Make cleaning your swimming pool effortless with this awesome automatic pool cleaner. No hoses or booster pump is required. We love this robotic pool cleaner because you can set the weekly schedule to automatically clean the pool for you every day, every other day, or every 3rd day. This robotic pool cleaner is ideal for swimming pools up to 33 feet. You will love the easy-to-use, lightweight single button operation. It comes with a 1-year manufacturer assurance warranty. The CleverClean technology scans your swimming pool and uses advanced algorithms to efficiently clean your pool's floor and walls. The active brushing system scrubs away debris you don't see. A large top loading filter basket traps and locks leaves and dirt leaving your pool clean. We like that this pool cleaner uses 8X less energy than other cleaners.

Above Ground Pools

  • Cool off this summer with this Intex 15ft x 48in easy to set up pool set. This above ground pool set includes everything you need to get started including a filter pump, ladder, ground cloth, and pool cover. If you are looking for something a little bigger this above ground pool is available in five different sizes. This pool holds 3736 gallons of water when 80% full. Setup is easy, you can have this pool ready to fill with water in about 15 minutes. We love the super-tough laminated PVC sidewalls, it makes this pool super durable. This pool includes a convenient drain plug that connects to a garden hose so water can easily be drained away from the pool. You will be glad to know that this above ground pool is equipped with the ground fault interrupter, which is an added safety feature that shuts off the pump if electrical current is exposed to water. Intex easy set is one of the easiest to assemble pools on the market. This above ground pool set has everything you need for fun this summer. Overall, this is a great above ground pool for any backyard!

  • In our opinion, Intex is the gold standard in above ground swimming pools! This 16 ft x 48-inch ultra XTR above ground pool set includes a sand filter pump, ladder, ground cloth, and pool cover. Setup is pretty easy. You can have this pool ready for water in about 45 minutes. This above ground pool also includes a 2-year manufacturer's warranty! At 90% water capacity this above ground pool holds 5061 gallons of water. The sand filter pump included with this pool has a flow rate of 1200 gallons per hour. This pool is approx 4 feet deep at full capacity. The uniquely designed frame combines high quality galvanized steel with a precision engineered locking system to enhance the overall quality, durability, and stability of this above ground pool. We were happy with the overall rust resistance of this above ground pool. The inner and outer powder coating ensures the ultimate resistance to rust. The ladder that is included with the pool is designed and manufactured for a maximum weight capacity of 300 lbs. Overall, this is an awesome choice!

  • Make your backyard the place to be all summer long with this awesome Intex 32ft x 16ft x 52in ultra XTR rectangular above ground salt water pool set. This awesome above ground pool includes a sand filter pump system, ladder, ground cloth, pool cover, maintenance kit, and volleyball set. The water capacity of this swimming pool when 90% full is 14364 gallons. Setup of this pool is fairly simple. It will be ready for water in about 90 minutes. This pool is approx 5 feet deep. We love this awesome salt water above ground pool because it is absolutely giant and super durable! This above ground pool also includes a 2-year manufacturer's warranty! The uniquely designed frame combines high quality galvanized steel with a precision locking system to enhance the overall quality, durability, and stability of this above ground pool. We like the pump on this pool because it is easy to maintain with sand that only needs routine backwashing and replacing every 5-years. If you have a big family this is an awesome choice! It comes with everything you need!

Pool Algaecides

  • This awesome pool algaecide improves water quality and simplifies overall pool care. It can treat up to 20k gallons of water and last up to 6 months. We like this pool algaecide because it eliminates all types of algae and reduces overall chemical demand. This pool algaecide is also ideal for saltwater pools! PoolRx pool algaecide is great for year-round pool use! This is a great choice for your pool!

  • This long-lasting pool algaecide helps clarify pool water and is safe with all pool and filter types. Kem-Tek 311-6 algaecide 60% concentrate is part of the chem lab easy 5 step DIY pool maintenance program. We really like this pool algaecide because it helps clarify your pool water and is safe for all pool and filter types. You will love this long-lasting pool algaecide! Works great for algae prevention!

  • The Clorox Pool & Spa XtraBlue Algaecide is an all-in-one algae killer. This awesome pool algaecide treats up to 25,000 gallons and kills green, mustard and black algae. We like this pool algaecide because it is simple to use. You just pour in the recommended amount and watch the algae disappear when your filter pump is running. This pool algaecide is a great choice for most swimming pools.

Outdoor Fire Tables

  • Enjoy the cool summer breeze or spend some fun times with family and friends during the Winter and Fall with this awesome outdoor fire table. This fire table uses a 20 lbs. propane tank and is durable and weather resistant. We like the dark brown color and its textured surface, it will add style and elegance to your backyard. This fire table has a burner with an adjustable heater that can burn at 42,000 BTU. You will love that this outdoor fire table includes a cover to protect your fire pit from the elements. This fire pit table comes complete with a flat lid that will transform your pit into a table when not in use. Made out of extruded aluminum, this fire pit table is built to last with durable, weather-resistant, and sturdy aluminum and fire glass. Overall, a great choice!

  • Available in 5 different styles this propane gas fire pit table is an awesome choice for any backyard! This stunning outdoor fire table, combined with these two great looking fire torches, creates an incredible fire feature package that provides the perfect cozy ambiance for an evening outside. The fire table uses a propane gas tank and includes a arctic ice decorative glass rock set. The fire table provides a 35,000 BTU heat output and each torch provides 7,000 BTU heat output. The chrome manual control valves allow for 100% smoke-free flames on the fire table and the torches. We were very happy to find that this outdoor fire pit table is CSA approved. This accredited certification ensures your safety and manufacturing standards have been approved.

  • Transform your outdoor space into a luxury resort-style oasis with this outdoor fire pit table by Bali Outdoors. We like this fire table because it includes the lava rocks and has an easy to use electronic ignition. The stainless steel burner has an output of 50,000 BTU's providing comfy warmth on those chilly days. We like that the gas fire table has a hidden control panel with electronic ignition for easy starting. This fire table includes the lava rocks but the 20 lb LP gas tank is not included. This fire pit table is available in 3 different styles. The fire table weight is 70 lbs and the dimensions are 28L x 28W x 25H. The gas tank connects in a snap. Assembly takes about 30 minutes. Overall, We were very impressed with the quality and price of this outdoor fire pit table.

Above Ground Pool Ladders

  • Make it easy to climb in and out of the pool with this 52-inch steel frame above ground swimming pool ladder by Intex. This pool ladder has a 300 lbs max weight capacity and a corrosion-resistant frame. We really like the slip-resistant steps because no one wants to fall getting in the pool. This above ground pool ladder is easy to put together. It only took us a few minutes. Designed to work with 52-inch wall heights this awesome above ground pool ladder is a great choice! We highly recommend this ladder for your above ground pool!

  • Crafted to work with above ground pools the Confer Plastics a-frame above ground adjustable pool ladder is a great choice! We really like this above ground pool ladder because it adjusts to fit 48 inches to 54-inch tall swimming pools. This pool ladder has a 300 lb weight capacity and includes a lockable roll guard barrier that simply rolls over the outer steps when not in use. We also like that this pool ladder has an extra-large platform that is equipped with large 18-inch x 5-inch comfortable steps. Perfect choice!

  • This awesome slide-lock a-frame above ground pool ladder is a great choice! We like this above-ground ladder because it is adjustable up to a 56-inch pool. It has a 300 lbs max weight capacity and features an anti-entrapment barrier. This ladder can slide up and lock into place to prevent access to your swimming pool. An anti-entrapment barrier is included. Made from rugged vinyl, this pool ladder has many of the features of much more expensive above ground pool ladders. Overall, this is an awesome pool ladder!

Pool Shock Treatments

  • This powerful pool shock formula kills bacteria without bleaching your pool's liner or affecting pH. Clear cloudy water, destroy microscopic contaminants, and fight algae with Shock XtraBlue. We like this pool shock because it improves filter performance and kills and prevents green, black, and mustard pool algae. The fast-dissolving formula works quickly so you can treat and swim in just 15 minutes. The multifunctional pool shock with algae-fighting crystals creates crystal clear water. We recommend using this pool shock weekly as part of a regular maintenance routine. Great choice!

  • We like this pool shock treatment because it increases the chlorine level in swimming pools to kill bacteria and algae. This pool shock is effective for all swimming pool types including pools with liners and gunite pools, and saltwater pool systems. One bag treats 13,500 gallons of pool water. You can keep your pool water clear and ready for fun all season long with this pool shock treatment. We also like that this pool shock won’t fade vinyl pool liners. Shock your pool weekly to keep free available chlorine levels between 1 and 4 ppm. You will love this pool shock because you will see results in 24 hours.

  • This powerful chlorine shock treatment that is great for regular maintenance! It quickly eliminates algae, bacteria, and other harmful contaminants from your pool water. The main active ingredient in this pool shock is 68% calcium hypochlorite for quick sanitizing. Quickly kills algae and bacteria and removes micro-contaminants that make pool water cloudy. This easy to use swimming pool shock effectively treats 10,000 gallons of pool water per bag. Kills visible algae blooms and invisible bacteria that are dangerous to swimmers. Overall, this is one of our favorite pool shock treatments.

Pool Pump Timers

  • This awesome 7-day outdoor heavy duty programmable digital pool timer features weatherproof construction and is great for an outdoor pool pump, fountains, and other electrical outlets. Heavy-duty material and two grounded outlets make this pool pump timer safe and durable. You can easily set up to 8 on/off programs for the timer’s two grounded outlets. We like this pool pump timer because the outlets are controlled simultaneously, and settings can be as short as one minute.

  • The BN-LINK compact outdoor mechanical pool pump timer is programmable in 15-minute intervals with 48 setting options in a 24 hours period. This pool timer is waterproof, heavy-duty, and accurate. We like that this pool timer because it is made from heavy-duty material and two grounded outlet makes it safe and durable. The programmed schedule will repeat every 24 hours, automatically turning on and off your pool pump so you won't have to. Great choice!

  • Designed for industrial, commercial, and residential applications this heavy-duty pool timer is a great choice! You can program up to 12 on and offs operations daily with minimum on and offs times of 1 hour. This pool timer is weatherproof and made of durable materials. We like this pool pump timer because it is easy to install, weatherproof, and easy to use. This pool timer is made in the USA with imported parts. Overall, this is great if you are looking for a heavy-duty pool timer.