I have had many small pools over the years and wanted to investigate an in-ground pool. Because of fence line and root structure issues, I would only be able to have a smallish (20' or so) pool, so I investigated above ground pools instead. The Intex easy set pool was simple to assemble, although the ladder is very flimsy and narrow - fine for kids but not for an adult. I got a chlorine generator after seeing how quickly the filter clogs with algae (I live in Florida). The generator is extremely simple to use, although it has an annoying beep if the salt level gets too high or too low. There isn't an off button for the beep, it continues until the salt re-balances. There is a small debris screen at the intake for the generator that has to be cleaned a couple times a week, and cleaning the pool filter at the same time keeps it all going nicely - this takes less than five minutes. The pool has held up amazing well for being plastic sitting in the Florida sun and for having teenage boys who disdain the use of ladders. We had a lot of rain for a while and the inflatable ring flipped over in one spot when the water got too high, let out some water, and then pulled itself back up. This means it won't over fill and just sit there with too much water and break a seam, it will empty the overfill itself. The only drawbacks I saw were: ladder is flimsy and narrow; the pump itself is rather noisy, although no noisier than an air conditioner; the original shutoff valves at the intake and outflow holes in the pool wore out but Intex sent replacements (year warranty on parts, save your receipt); it was difficult to get the very last bit of water out when I drained for the winter; and the pool with some remaining water was very heavy to try and turn over to drain the remainder, sort of like draining a waterbed. I think a shop vac or possibly a waterbed drain kit would have solved this. So: for an inxpensive pool, this performs very well and meets expectations. They obviously took into account ease of use and dealing with a customer who is not a pool care professional. I could wish a quieter operation for the pool pump and a much better ladder, but I would buy this product again. The slanted sides make it impractical to use a pool deck, but if you don't intend to use a deck then not an issue.
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