Intex Ultra Frame Pool Review

Intex Ultra Frame pool series is the best combination of price, quality and durability. Have a summer blast with the Intex pools that come in several sizes and shapes. This series is your best choice, if you are looking for some of the best above ground swimming pools in the market that are sturdy, not all metal, longer lasting and relatively cheap. There are round pools ranging from 14 feet to 20 feet and the height ranging from 42 inches to 52 inches. And the rectangular pools from 18 feet to 32 feet and all their height is 52 inches.

 Product SpecificationPrice

Intex 14ft X 42in Ultra Frame Pool Set
14ft x 42in
Ready for water in 45 minutes
Sidewalls - SUPER-TOUGH Laminated PVC
Capacity - (90%) 3,357 Gallons
Includes -
110 - 120 Volt 1,000 gph Krystal Clear Sand Filter pump
Dual suction outlet for water circulation
Ladder, Ground Cloth & Debris Cover


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Intex 16ft X 48in Ultra Frame Pool Set - s
16ft x 48in
Ready for water in 45 minutes
Sidewalls - SUPER-TOUGH Laminated PVC
Capacity - (90%) 5,061 Gallons
Includes -
110 - 120 Volt 1,200 gph Krystal Clear Sand Filter pump
Equipped with the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
Dual suction outlet for water circulation
Ladder, Ground Cloth & Debris Cover


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Intex 18ft X 52in Ultra Frame Pool Set - s
18ft x 52in
Ready for water in 60 minutes
Sidewalls - SUPER-TOUGH Laminated PVC
Capacity - (90%) 6,981 Gallons
Includes -
110 - 120 Volt 2,100 gph Krystal Clear Sand Filter pump
Equipped with the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
Dual suction outlet for water circulation
Ladder, Ground Cloth & Debris Cover


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Intex 20ft x 52in Ultra Frame Above Ground Swimming Pool - s
20ft x 52in
Ready for water in 90 minutes
Sidewalls - SUPER-TOUGH Laminated PVC
Capacity - (90%) Gallons
Includes -
110 - 120 Volt 2,600 gph Krystal Clear Sand Filter pump
Equipped with the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
Dual suction outlet for water circulation
Ladder, Ground Cloth & Debris Cover


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Intex 18ft X 9ft X 52in Rectangular Ultra Frame Pool Set -s
18ft x 9ft x 52in
Ready for water in 60 minutes
Sidewalls - SUPER-TOUGH Laminated PVC
Capacity - (90%) 4,545 Gallons
Includes -
110 - 120 Volt 1,200 gph Krystal Clear Sand Filter pump
Equipped with the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
Dual suction outlet for water circulation
Ladder, Ground Cloth & Debris Cover


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Intex 24Ft X 12Ft X 52In Ultra Frame Pool Set - s
24ft x 12ft x 52in
Ready for water in 60 minutes
Sidewalls - SUPER-TOUGH Laminated PVC
Capacity - (90%) 8,403 Gallons
Includes -
110 - 120 Volt 1,600 gph Krystal Clear Sand Filter pump & Salt Water System
Equipped with the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
Dual suction outlet for water circulation
Ladder, Ground Cloth & Debris Cover


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Intex 32ft X 16ft X 52in Ultra Frame Pool Set
32ft x 18ft x 52in
Ready for water in 90 minutes
Sidewalls - SUPER-TOUGH Laminated PVC
Capacity - (90%) 14,364 Gallons
Includes -
110 - 120 Volt 2,650 gph Krystal Clear Sand Filter pump & Salt Water System
Equipped with the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
Dual suction outlet for water circulation
Ladder, Ground Cloth & Debris Cover


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Intex Ultra Frame Pool – Product Description

Intex has three types of metal frame pools, the Ultra Frame, Prism Frame  and the Metal Frame.  The Oval Fame Pool is a combination of Metal Frame and Ring Pool.

The new Intex Prism Frame Pool series pools are of the same quality but better looking sidewall (liner) 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.

The materials of the pools are the same, i.e. the frames are made of rust resistant, galvanized steel and the walls are Super-tough laminated PVC. The only difference is in the assembly and the dis-assembly of the pools. The Intex Ultra Frame Pool series is relatively easy to assemble and disassemble.

Watch how the Krystal Clear Sand Filter pump keep the water crystal clean.

All the pools in this series come with a filter pump, a ladder, ground cover and a debris cover. The dual suction outlet fittings improve water circulation resulting in better water hygiene and clarity. All the ladders have Hi-impact slip-resistant steps, made of corrosion resistant steel and  have a maximum weight capacity of 300 pounds.

For added comfort and ground protection use Gorilla Floor Padding. This will not only make the floor of the pool softer but also protect the floor against grass, roots or rocks under your liner. This will also eliminate the foot prints left by users of the pool.

Intex 14ft X 42in Ultra Frame Pool Set

This is the smallest in the series at only 14 feet in diameter, is suitable for a small family or a group of 4 members; 2 adults and 2 kids. The height, 42 inches, is not suitable for an adult to swim comfortably, but is enough for the kids to swim in and you to cool down. It comes with all the basic items required to run a pool, like a 1000 gph filter pump, a ladder 42 inch high ladder, 15.5 sft ground cover and a debris cover.

It takes 2 persons only about 45 minutes to assemble. But before you lay the ground cover, make sure there are no debris, grass, roots growth underneath.

Intex 16ft X 48in Ultra Frame Pool Set

The second in the series is a 16 feet wide round pool, only 2 feet wider than the previous one, is also suitable for a small family or a group of 4 members; 2 adults and 2 kids. But with more leg room, i.e. 2 feet wider and 6 inches higher, you can have more people joining in the fun. Comes with all the basic items required to run a pool, like a 1600 gph filter pump, a ladder 52 inch high ladder, a ground cover and a debris cover.

Although slightly bigger, it takes 2 persons only about 45 minutes to assemble. And again, before you lay the ground cover, make sure there are no debris, grass, roots growth underneath.

Intex 18ft X 52in Ultra Frame Pool Set

An ideal pool for a small family and the neighbors kids. The pool height at 52 inches and the effective water depth at 45 inches is ideal for everybody to swim. It comes with all the basic items required to run a pool, like a 2,100 gph filter pump, a ladder 52 inch high ladder, 18.5 sft ground cover and a debris cover.

It will take 2 persons only about one to assemble. Please keep in mind, before you lay the ground cover, make sure there are no debris, grass, roots growth underneath.

Intex 20′ x 52″ Ultra Frame Above Ground Swimming Pool Set

The largest of the round pool, can hold as much water as the 24 foot by 12 foot long  Ultra Frame pool of the same height. That’s a lot of water; and this is a big pool. Suitable for more than 6-7 adults to swim and have fun in. Comes with all the basic items required to run a pool, like a 2600 gph filter pump, a ladder 52 inch high ladder, a ground cover and a debris cover. Takes 2 persons about 90 minutes to set up.

If you think of buying this one only for the two of you, think again. It is a big pool and it will take a lot of time to maintain it.

Intex 18ft X 9ft X 52in Rectangular Ultra Frame Pool Set

At 18 feet of length this is the smallest rectangular pool in the series. As with all the others, it is very easy to setup. Takes only about an hour to set it up. If you compare the 16 foot round pool and this one, it contains less water than the round one. Round ones of similar length are always more voluminous than the rectangular or oval pools, read more about it here. In any case, since this is a long pool, you don’t have to swim in a circle as you have to do in the round pools.

It comes with all the basic items required to run a pool, like a 1,200 gph filter pump, a ladder 52 inch high ladder, a ground cover and a debris cover.

It takes 2 persons only about 60 minutes to assemble. Always, before you lay the ground cover, make sure there are no debris, grass, roots growth underneath.

Intex 24Ft X 12Ft X 52In Ultra Frame Pool Set

The 24 feet by 12 feet by 52 inches high pool is the second largest in the series. At 24 feet long it is a great pool for lap swimmers. Takes 2-3 adults to set it up and takes less than 2 hours if planed properly. Comes with all the basic items required to run a pool, like a 1,600 gph filter pump & saltwater system, a ladder 52 inch high ladder, a ground cover and debris cover.

In addition, it comes with deluxe maintenance kit. The maintenance kit includes leaf rake, curved wall brushes and vacuum head. It will deliver you maximum fun:  a great pools for pool party. It also comes with a volleyball set. There are many games you can play in this pool. Invite your friends over and have a pool party.

Being a large pool with a over 8,400 gallons of water, it should not be drained in the winter. Rather leave it out in the winter, and have it winterize properly.

Intex 32ft X 16ft X 52in Ultra Frame Pool Set

The Intex Ultra Frame 32 feet X 16 feet X 52 inches pool is the largest in the series. It is another great pool for lap swimmers. Takes 2-3 adults to set it up and take about 2 hours if planed properly. Comes with all the basic items required to run a pool, like a 2,650 gph filter pump & saltwater system, a ladder 52 inch high ladder, a ground cover and debris cover.

In addition, it comes with deluxe maintenance kit. The maintenance kit includes leaf rake, curved wall brushes and vacuum head. It will deliver you maximum fun:  a great pools for pool party. It also comes with a volleyball set. The pool will deliver you maximum fun. Invite your friends over and have a pool party.

Although the manufacturer recommends to disassemble and store it away for the winter , because of the volume of  water, 14,364 gallons, many users leave their pool up all year round. If you are going to leave it up out in the winter, please winterize the pool properly.

Water height and capacity of the pool

The height of the water inside the pool should always be calculated about 4-6 inches less than the actual height of the respective pools. As indicated in the pool capacity, the water height is about 90% of the height of the pool.

Pool Liners

intex linerThe pool liners are made of laminated PVC. 3 separate layers of materials make it extra strong and durable. The inner polyester layer is laminated by two outer layer of heavy gauge PVC. Of course the thickness of the liners increases with increase of the pools size.

Choosing the Size of your Pool

Choosing the right size and shape of above ground pool depends on many different factors, and they are different for different people. Foremost, it will be dictated by the size of your yard size and your budget. Always add 3 feet to the width of a circular pool and 4 feet in a rectangular pool to the existing dimensions of the pool.

If you want to swim comfortably then chose a pool with minimum height of 48 inches. The actual water height of a 48 inch pool is about 43-44 inches, just enough for most adults to swim in. Swimming is fun and has many benefits. It is good for your health; strengthens your heart and lung.

Also consider, how many people will be using the pool. If it is going to be used only by you and your family of 4, the smaller 14 feet pool will suffice.  But if you want to play games and have a pool party, go for the bigger pools.

However, keep in mind that the larger the pool the more time you have to spend maintaining it. You will need to spend more money to keep it clean.

Which Shape to Choose – Round Pool vs Rectangular Pool

Round pool vs oval poolIntex Ultra Frame Pools come in two different shapes, round and rectangular. Rectangular pools may look better to many than round pools. Rectangular pools are better swimming laps, but the round pools have a larger swimming and play area and are naturally good for water circulation. As compared to a rectangular pool round pool of similar size will contain more water, so your filtration system will need to run a bit longer to keep the water clean.

Moreover, the circular pools are designed to distribute the water pressure evenly on the walls of the pool. But for a rectangular pool the pressure on the wall on the longer side is more than on the shorter side. Which is why the rectangular pool walls are supported by U-shaped legs, which extends away from the pools for additional support.

The rectangular pools are also more difficult to assemble and require more materials to build. This is why rectangular pools are more expensive than a similar sized circular pool.

Assembly and Installation

Intex Ultra Frame pools are one of the easiest pools to setup after the inflatable pools. All the pools in the Intex Ultra Frame Pool series are easy to set up. Even the biggest pool in the series, Intex 28375EH Ultra Frame Pool Set, 32′ by 16′ by 52″, takes only about 2 hours to install and have it ready for the water. All the joints are easy snap in; you do not need any additional tools. We recommend you get 2 strong helping hands to set up the larger pools. The pools are also easy to disassemble and store away for the winter.

As with all the above ground pools, it is of utmost importance that the ground is perfectly leveled and make sure that there are no undergrowth. The undergrowth may puncture the ground cover and the pool floor liner, if you are not careful. To be on the safe side, especially for the larger pools, consider the Gorilla floor pad for added protection.

Trust the Manufacturer Company

Intex is a trusted and a dependable company which has a long history of manufacturing quality products. The company has been delivering products like airbeds, above ground pools, spa, boats etc at an affordable price. All the products are designed for maximum safety, comfort and fun. Intex Recreation Corp is very proud of their customer service and they got customer feedback to proves that.

Conclusion

These pools are robust and durable and easy on your pocket. The installation is relatively simple and if maintained and stored properly these pools will last for years.

Considering the durability, maintenance, price, time and expertise required to setup above ground pools, Intex ultra frame pool is the best combination of all. They are the most affordable and one of the best above ground swimming pools and the best money can buy.

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Alternative Pool

Bestway 56391E Power Steel Frame Pool Set, 18' x 48"Bestway also has a similar line of products:

The frame structure and the built materials are very similar and equally as good.

Intex Ultra Frame Pool Editor's Review

Intex Ultra Frame Pool Editor's Review
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Easy to Install

9/10

    Easy to Maintain

    9/10

      Durability

      9/10

        User Experience

        9/10

          Design

          9/10

            Feature

            8/10

              Pros

              • Easy to assemble and disassemble
              • Sturdy
              • Durable

              Cons

              • The ladder is not strong
              • The frame may break if the ground is not perfectly leveled
              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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