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.

List of Intex Metal Frame Pools – 2017

 Product SpecificationPrice
Intex 12ft X 30in Metal Frame Pool Set with Filter Pump
Intex 12ft X 30in
Ready for water in 30 minutes
Sidewalls - SUPER-TOUGH Laminated PVC
Capacity - (90%) 1,718 Gallons
Includes -
There are 3 packages of the same sized pool.
All Come with
110 - 120 Volt Filter Pump with 530 gallon per hour flow
Dual suction outlet for water circulation
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Does Not Include -
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Intex 15ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool Set with Filter Pump, Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover
Intex 15ft X 48in
Ready for water in 45 minutes
Sidewalls - SUPER-TOUGH Laminated PVC
Capacity - (90%) 4,440 Gallons
Includes -
110 - 120 Volt Filter Pump with 1000 gallon per hour flow
Dual suction outlet for water circulation
Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover
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Intex 18ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool Set with Filter Pump, Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover
Intex 18ft X 48in
Ready for water in 60 minutes
Sidewalls - SUPER-TOUGH Laminated PVC
Capacity - (90%) 6,423 Gallons
Includes -
110 - 120 Volt Filter Pump with 1500 gallon per hour flow
Dual suction outlet for water circulation
Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover
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Intex Metal Frame Pool Set, 24-Feet by 52-Inch
Intex 24ft X 52in
Ready for water in 90 minutes
Sidewalls - SUPER-TOUGH Laminated PVC
Capacity - (90%) 12,481 Gallons
Includes -
110 - 120 Volt Filter Pump with 1500 gallon per hour flow
Dual suction outlet for water circulation
Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover
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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 240 minutes. Disassembling for relocation or the winter is also very easy and quick.  The pools can be kept out all year round with proper winterization.


Product Features & Specifications

The metal frame above ground pools in the series come with Krystal clear cartridge filter pump. The pumps have ground fault circuit interrupter, a mechanism that shuts off the pump if electrical current is exposed to water. The sidewall is made of SUPER-TOUGH laminated PVC, which is blue in color.

Intex has introduced new series of pools which are of the same quality but better looking sidewall with upscale looking liner color and a lot more sizes to choose from. The enhanced frame is made of strong powder-coated Steel. The new series, Intex Prism Frame Pool Set, models are:

Intex Prism Frame Pool Set

Note that the prices are very similar or less for some models. Read more about the Prism series here.

Intex 12ft X 30in Metal Frame Pool Set

Intex 18ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool Set ground clothThe 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 Intex Easy Set Pool Set.

This series has 4 different sizes of pools but there are 6 different packages. The 12ft metal frame pool has 3 packages to choose from. All the packages have water filter pumps and none come with a ladder. 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.

So the first one comes with water filter only. The second package comes with Intex Solar Cover and the third package comes with Intex Pool Ground Cloth.

Intex 15ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool Set

The Intex 15ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool Set come with a 1,000 gph filter pump. This package includes ladder, ground cloth and debris cover. The 48 inch ladder has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. The ground cloth is 15.5 square feet. The height is 48 inches, which means the maximum water height is 42 inches: maybe just enough height for adults to swim in.

Intex 18ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool Set

The Intex 18ft X 48in Metal Frame Pool Set come with a  1,500 gph filter pump. And this package also includes ladder, ground cloth and debris cover. The 48 inch ladder has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. The ground cloth is 18.5 square feet. Just like the 15 foot pool this one is alos 48 inches, which means the maximum water height is 42 inches. Only other difference is the diameter, which 18 feet long. This is why it holds 2,000 gallons of water more than the 15 feet one.

Intex 24ft X 52in Metal Frame Pool Set

The largest pool in the series the Intex 24ft X 52in Metal Frame Pool Set, which comes with a 2,500 gph filter pump with auto timer, a ground cloth, ladder and debris cover. It comes with a 52″ A-Frame pool ladder and 24′ Pool Cover and Deluxe Ground Cloth. The pool height is 52 inches, so the maximum water height is 45 inches : enough height for adults to swim in.

Material

The PVC liners are attached to a round metal frame and the vertical supports are also round 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 the Ultra Frame Set is easier to assemble. Read more on the Intex Ultra Frame Pool Or Intex Metal Frame Pool – The Difference.

intex linerLiners

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. It is highly resistant to damage from abrasion, impact and sunlight. 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.

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 round in shape. 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 12ft X 30in pool or the 15ft X 48in one. If more than 4 adults are going to use the pool and you plan to have pool parties then go for the larger 18ft X 48in set or 24ft X 52in one.

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 42 inches and higher. 42 inches of water is just enough for swimming. These are some of the most affordable pools for swimming pool exercises.

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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