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Top 10 Best Non-Inflatable Kiddie Pools to Buy Online 2019

It’s summer, and you don’t want to lift a finger. You especially don’t want to blow up a kiddie pool. So, you look for something that needs zero set-up. Or, maybe your motivation isn’t sloth. Maybe you’ve got an overly excited kid who’s popped so many pools you’ve given up keeping count.

In any case, you’ve decided to get a pool that’s non-inflatable. But the choices don’t just end there. You’ve got different sizes and shapes, collapsible and rigid ones–the list goes on and on (kind of). Let’s talk about how to find a kiddie or wading pool you and your kids will be proud to splash around in.
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How to Choose a Non-Inflatable Plastic Kiddie Pool – Buying Guide

Not all non-inflatable kiddie pools are giant buckets of water. Let’s go through all the shapes and sizes they come in, and how to choose one for you and your family.

How Much of It Is Rigid Plastic? Durability, Storage, and Convenience

Some pools are completely rigid; some pools give way a little; some can be disassembled and rolled up. They’ve all got ups and downs, so let’s go through them.

Hard Plastic: The Most Durable of Them All

Hard Plastic: The Most Durable of Them All
When we say non-inflatable kiddie pool, this is probably what comes to mind. They’re sturdy, and you can lean against the walls and not worry about falling out of the pool. And there’s no assembly required.
That also means, though, that you can’t disassemble them and put them away the winter. And there’s really no way to let out water, other than tipping the thing over. They do sometimes come with drains, so look out for that.
And here’s a new, 21st century problem. You can’t really find anything big online–because how are you supposed to ship a huge tub? If you’re an Amazon devotee, you aren’t going to get a hard plastic kiddie pool much bigger than 3 by 3 feet.

Soft Plastic Bottom: Just Push on the Sides to Let out Water

Soft Plastic Bottom: Just Push on the Sides to Let out Water
Some pools have got rigid sides, but soft bottoms, so you can roll them up for storage. These also require no assembly, but they’re kind of a pain to fill up. The walls don’t stand up unless there’s already water in the pool, so, as you fill, they collapse inwards and spill all over the place. The trick, by the way, is to make sure you’ve spread the bottom all the way out, no wrinkles.
To let out water, all you have to do is push down on the sides. (That means, though, that you can’t casually lean on them.) The bottoms–usually vinyl–do rip; so don’t set these pools up on a bunch of rocks.

Vinyl Lining : So Many Sizes and So Easy to Store

Vinyl Lining : So Many Sizes and So Easy to Store
These are made up of a vinyl lining supported by a frame, usually plastic or metal. These come in a multitude of sizes–from itty bitty four-by-fours to something the entire family can splash in, and yet can be taken apart, rolled up, and stuck in your closet.
If you do opt for something huge, see if it comes with a cover, so you a) don’t need to waste time filling it up again and again and b) save water. (Especially important for Angelinos.) And you want to set these up on lawns–because gravel and concrete will rip at the thin lining. (Or you can consider laying out tarps and yoga mats on your driveway.)

Folding Tubs: The Most Portable and Convenient

Folding Tubs: The Most Portable and Convenient
We’ll be honest; these are mainly meant for dogs. However, there’s no reasons why humans can’t enjoy folding tubs too–and they are enjoying them. The tubs are made of a series of cardboard panels, covered in vinyl. They’re light, portable, and easy to set up.
Once the lining rips, though, the pool is useless. (Since water disintegrates cardboard.) And, thanks to simple physics, the bits between the panels are prone to cracking. Also, make sure that yours comes with a drain–unless you want to bail all the water out.

Three Feet to Bathe a Baby, Five to Entertain Grade Schoolers: Size

Three Feet to Bathe a Baby, Five to Entertain Grade Schoolers: Size
We set the minimum diameter at two and a half feet–for one baby or toddler. You could squeeze a kid into a smaller one, but there’s really no wiggle room. (Plus, some pools will spill water if you so much as brush against the sides, so give the kid some space to maneuver.)
For grade-schoolers, get something at least four or five feet wide. Your kid’s got friends, right? A pool of this size will let them and a buddy fit in without too much pushing or shoving. Once you hit seven or eight feet, then parents can start getting in–and the pools only keep getting bigger. When in doubt, look at the pictures; there’s usually one of the pool with humans actually in it–so use that as a guide for size.

Fun Extras: Umbrella, Toys, and Apple-Shaped Pools

Fun Extras: Umbrella, Toys, and Apple-Shaped Pools
Most pools are round or square, but some are shaped like fruits and other fun shapes–which isn’t the most space-efficient, but they do look cool.
Some pools come with umbrella holders or hoods for some shade, or built in toys (since it’s no fun to just sit in a kiddie pool and stare at each other). If the pool’s big enough, a filter pump will come in handy, so you don’t need to waste time and money switching out the water all the time.

Top 10 Best Non-Inflatable Kiddie Pools to Buy Online

Summer’s not going to wait around forever. Let’s dive right into our picks for the top ten best non-inflatable kiddie pools available online.

10. Kids Stuff Rigid Wall Swimming Pool Baby Pool

$18.99

9. Starplay Junior Lagoon Pool/Sandpit

$22.12

8. Intex Snorkel Buddies Snapset Pool

$13.28

7. Monobeach Baby Beach Tent Pop Up Portable Shade Pool

$33.99

6. Rubbermaid Commercial Structural Foam Stock Tank

$73.99

5. Earlyears Pop-Up Frog Travel Pool

$29.99

4. Intex 12-Foot by 30-Inch Metal Frame Pool Set

$155.97

3. Intex Mini Frame Pool

$42.99

2. Step2 Play and Shade Pool

$59.99

1. Jasonwell Foldable Dog Pet Bath Pool 1

1. Jasonwell Foldable Dog Pet Bath Pool

$32.99

Summary

Who knew that kiddie pools came in such a variety? Plastic, vinyl, collapsible, rigid, big, small–we’ve given you a range to choose from, so hopefully, something caught your eye.
America’s been experiencing heatwaves unlike anything we’ve seen before, so stay cool out there. And, remember that it doesn’t just have to be for the kids; a good wading pool can help anyone get through the dog days of summer.

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