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The Best Backyard Pools on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. If our recent exposé on the increasing popularity of stock tank pools got you wishing for an aboveground backyard pool of your own, here’s an easier and decidedly less DIY way to go about it. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best pool for a family of five

4 stars, 1,016 reviews

“I love my Intex pool! We had our first one for six years, and then the metal poles finally rusted, so we bought a new one. I think you can buy new poles, so we’ll do that next time; the liner was in perfect shape. My dogs jump in and out of this thing all day, and if it can withstand that, it can withstand anything. For around $100, you can’t get any better than this.”

Best pool for a family of five who prefer shade