Intex Metal Frame Pool Review

Intex Metal Frame Pool series is for you, if you are looking for pools which are going to last longer than the inflatable pools or the Easy Set Pools. They cost less than the Ultra Frame pools, but at the same time are strong and durable.

This series of pools are very good starter pools for you and your family. They are cost effective and easy to install with the snap-on joints – even the largest in the series can be installed in under 60 minutes. Disassembling for relocation or the winter is also very easy and quick – although the pools can be kept out all year round with proper winterization.

 Pool ModelCapacityDimensionCheck Price
Intex 12ft X 30in Metal Frame Pool SetIntex 12ft X 30in Metal Frame Pool Set(90%) 1,718 Gallons12ft x 30inCheck Price
intex metal frame poolIntex 15ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool Set(90%) 4,440 Gallons15ft x 48inCheck Price
Intex 18ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool SetIntex 18ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool Set(90%) 6,423 Gallons18ft x 48inCheck Price
Intex 18ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool SetIntex 24ft X 52in Metal Frame Pool Set(90%) 12,481Gallons24ft x 52inCheck Price

Intex Metal Frame Pool Description

Intex 12ft X 30in Metal Frame Pool Set

The Intex 12ft X 30in Metal Frame Pool Set is one of the most sold of the all metal framed pools – even more popular than the easy to set up Intext Easy Set Pool Set. This is the only pool in the series that does not come with a ladder, ground cloth and debris cover. However, at only 30 inches high it is not difficult to get in. Water height is about 26-27 inches, just enough for kids to swim in and adults to sit around and splash the water.

The Intex 15ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool Set and Intex 18ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool Set come with a 1,000 gph filter pump and 1,500 gph filter pump respectively. Both the package include ladder, ground cloth and debris cover. Pool height for both the pools is 48 inches, which means the maximum water height is 43 inches: just enough height for adults to swim in.

Intex 18ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool Set ground clothThe largest pool in the series the Intex 24ft X 52in Metal Frame Pool Set comes with a 2,500 gph filter pump with auto timer, a ground cloth, ladder and debris cover. The pool height is 52 inches, so the maximum water height is 46 inches : enough height for adults to swim in.

Intex Metal Frame Pool Material

The PVC liners are attached to a circular metal frame and the vertical supports are also circular metal. The frames are made of rust-resistant galvanized steel and with the snap-on joints, are easy to assemble and disassemble. In comparison to the Intex Ultra Frame Set Pools, the Intex Metal Frame pool costs a little bit less but not as easy to assemble. Read more on the Intex Ultra Frame Pool Or Intex Metal Frame Pool – The Difference.

intex linerIntex Pool Liners

Intex pool liners are laminated PVC. An inner layer of polyester is laminated with two outer layers of heavy gauge PVC. The tree separate layers meshed together to make the pool liners extra strong and durable. The pool liner is very durable; in most cases will outlast the pool itself. Factors such as temperature, bathing habits, water chemistry, and chemicals used affect the longevity of the pool liner.

Pool Ladder

Intex 18ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool Set ladderThe pool ladder is made of corrosion resistant steel and the pool steps are hi-impact slip-resistant steps. This means that the ladder can withstand a lot of pressure and you will not slip on the ladder. The ladder can withstand weight of up to 300 pounds.

Choosing the Size of your Pool

All the pools in this series are circular shaped. Taking the decision on the size of the pool will depend on the budget, size of your yard and how many people will be using the pool. Always add 3 feet to the diameter of the pool that you are buying. You will need this space for the maintenance of the pool and other purposes.

The bigger the pool the more time and money you have to spend  for maintenance and to keep your pool clean. If just 2-4 people are going to use the pool, go for the Intex 12ft X 30in Metal Frame Pool Set or the Intex 15ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool Set. If more than 4 adults are going to use the pool and you plan to have pool parties then go for the larger Intex 18ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool Set or Intex 24ft X 52in Metal Frame Pool Set.

Water height and capacity of the pool

Water height is another important factor to consider. Of course the higher the pool the better it is for adults to swim in. The larger 3 pools in the series have water heights above 43 inches and higher. 43 inches of water is just enough for swimming. These are some of the most affordable pools for swimming pool exercises.    Read more about Swimming Benefits here.

Trust the Manufacturer Company

Intext is well established and trusted company in the swimming pool and spa industry. They are well known for their prompt customer service support. Whatever the problem you have with their pools they are always ready to help.

Installation

Of all the pools that are installed by the buyers, Intex Metal Frame Pools are the most common and the easiest to install. Installation is critical to how the pool is going to look when finished, to how long are the pool going to last.

As with all the above ground pools, preparation of the ground is the key. This is where most installations go wrong. The ground has to be perfectly leveled and devoid of all debris and under growth. The manufacturer allows the ground to be less than 2 inches out of level. The pool walls are designed to hold only so much pressure. Any more than that and the pool walls might break. It also affects the longevity of the pool.

After the ground is leveled, spread out the ground cloth on the ground. Place the pool liner on top of the ground cloth. The snap-in joints make it very easy to set up the pool. A detailed step by step instruction video is included with the package.

Conclusion

The Intex metal frame pool set series are some of the easiest pools to assemble and maintain. They are stronger and more durable than the Easy Set pools and are also move-able.

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Alternative Pool

Bestway Steel Pro Frame Pool
If you are looking for pools which are similar in structure and material but smaller and relatively cheaper pools, then Bestway Steel Pro Frame Pool series will be a good choice. They are equally as good but do not include ladder and filter pump. Read more about the series here.

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Intex Metal Frame Pool Editor's Review

Intex Metal Frame Pool Editor's Review
8.08333333333

Easy to Install

9/10

    Easy to Maintain

    9/10

      Durability

      8/10

        User Experience

        9/10

          Design

          9/10

            Feature

            7/10

              Pros

              • Very easy to assemble and disassemble
              • Very short setup time
              • Durable
              • Sturdy

              Cons

              • Filter is weak
              PTAdmin
               

              I did my bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Mississippi State University. Now, I am a proud father of a beautiful and sweet daughter. And she loves water and pools. I did a lot of research before buying my first pool about 2 summers ago. Planning for a replacement pool soon. My experience with my first pool made me research further and I gained some knowledge in the process. I thought I should create a web site to share my knowledge. So here it is.

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