Best Paddling Pools & Garden Swimming Pools – Our Top 10 for 2021

As we head towards the Summer half term with a heatwave approaching, why not treat the family to a paddling or swimming pool this year!

Paddling pool and swimming pool prices and stock have returned to somewhat normal. But we’d advise buying now before the summer holidays.

You should expect to pay 10-50% more than we did before Covid-19 as import prices from China are 2-4x pre-pandemic.

We’ve got you covered with our best selling and top 10 favourite paddling pools and garden pools for this year.

After all, in the sizzling heat what better way is there to enjoy your outdoor space than dipping your toes in a paddling pool or taking a lap around your very own above ground swimming pool before wrangling the kids off to bed!

In This Guide



Last Update –  29th May 2021

Remember, not all pools are built alike and if you’re looking for something a bit special you’ve come to the right place.

PatioMate has been hunting out the best deals paddling and swimming pools to bring you the best the market has to offer.

Oh and don’t forget to buy your tap adaptor if you need one!

10 Best Selling Paddling Pools

Due to stock shortages our personal favourites are frequently out of stock. We recommend looking at the best sellers so you stand a chance at purchasing a pool that’s actually in stock!

PatioMate’s Personal Favourites

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Best Paddling Pools for 2021

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Intex Swim Centre Family Pool With Seats

£37.20 £49.99 in stock
28 new from £37.20
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Don’t be fooled by the name, many users are purchasing this bargain pool with no intention of filling it with little people. With 4 integrated seats and 2 built in cupholders this pool is perfect for any family parties, friend gatherings or simply for you to relax in at leisure.

At an impressive 229cm x 229cm x 66 cm, this pool is incredible value for money. There is space enough for several fully grown adults or mum, dad and all the kids. For price, design and functionality this is PatioMates number one pool this summer.


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Bestway Pool Frame Splash Jr. Steel Pro

£59.99 £84.99 in stock
5 new from £59.99
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This Jr pool is perfect for the kids this summer. At 221cm x 150cm x 43cm there is plenty of space for a birthday pool party out in the garden.

Setting up and filling this pool is described as fast and simple by users so it is ideal if you’re short on time before your guests arrive. Equally this pool would make a fabulous gift for large breed dogs who love a good paddle.


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Intex Rectangular Frame Pool

£99.98 £114.00 in stock
15 new from £84.99
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The battle seems well and truly on between the two top pool manufacturers this season, with the Intex Frame Pool just taking the lead by offering a deeper alternative to Bestways Jr pool.

With fantastic reviews this pool is suitable for adults and children alike and the extra 17cm goes a long way in ensuring your inflatables remain inside the pool.


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Bestway Steel Pro Frame Pool & Pump

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At an incredible10 feet in diameter and 30 inches deep this goliath pool is great for a large party or family reunion, or if you just want more space to swim solo this is the pool for you.

With a sturdy steel frame and a useful filtration pump included Bestway have pulled out all the stops to enable everyone to enjoy swimming at their own leisure.


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Peradix Sprinkler & Splash Play Mat Pad

£21.99 in stock
1 new from £21.99
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The Peradix Sprinkler & Splash Play Mat Pad is great if you’ve got little adventurers at home, this pool inspires creative play with it’s many features. At a rather impressive 170cm this pool has been designed to keep the squabbles at bay.

Great for little ones and the older ones too. Just inflate and go!


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Bestway Power Steel Rectangular Swimming Pool

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The Bestway Power Steel Rectangular Swimming Pool is a fantastic pool, centred around family fun. Set up is simple and the rust resistant steel frame is sure to endure the test of time.

At 5.5m long and 2.74m wide this pool is comfortable for a family to play together in. Designed with children at the heart of their interests Bestway have delivered a fantastic pool sure to be a firm favourite for adults and children alike.


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Intex Small Family Frame Pool

£99.00 £112.26 in stock
17 new from £87.49
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Intex up again with this budget friendly small family frame paddling pool. Perfect for younger children and smaller families. We do recommend spending the extra £12 and getting the family bundle that comes with a cover to help heat the water and protect from the bugs!


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Intex Dinosaur Play Centre

£34.95 in stock
19 new from £31.01
5 used from £25.62
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With the summer holidays in full swing, the Intex DinoSaur Play Centre comes with a slide, water sprayer and waterfall.

Great for children aged 3 and up and it comes supplied with 6 colourful balls for the hungry dino!

Lots of fun and we had this two summers ago before a bee decided to puncture the volcano!


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Hillington Jumbo Deluxe Rectangular Inflatable Family Swimming Pool

£44.99 in stock
1 new from £44.99
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This easy to inflate and classic rectangular paddling pool from Hillington is a great no frills and pool. If you’re looking for something simple that is well rated and will survive more than one summer then this is the pool for you!


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All Seasons Gazebos and Hot Tubs Premium 4-6 Person Inflatable Hot Tub + 3x3m Heavy Duty Pop up Gazebo + Side Panels

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If you’ve got older kids like me then maybe this heated and fully kitted hot tub is more your flavour. Suitable for ages 5+ although we recommend younger children take a break every 5 to 20 minutes.

The Ultimate Guide for Keeping Your Toys & Pools Safe

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Paddling Pool & PVC Inflatable Guide

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Child Safety

Never let your children play unsupervised in bodies of water. Young children are at particular risk of drowning in as little as 5cm of water.

Always wear sunscreen or protective UV wet suits and put a sun-hat on the smaller kids too!


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How to Clean Your Pool

Cleaning your pool can be a chore, but preventing algae and bacteria growth and the inevitable slips and tumbles that result is an absolute must!


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How Often Should I Change The Water?

We recommend changing the water every day, however this can be quite costly and wasteful for larger pools. The alternative is to use an algaecide treatment to inhibit algae growth and the bacteria and germs that feed off of it.

You can also try using a solar cover to keep the heat in and the germs out.

If you do intend to keep your water rather than a daily refresh – then make sure you buy some test strips which measure PH, alkalinity and chlorine. Better safe than sorry!

When it’s time to refill the pool, try to recycle the water – use it to wash the car, water your plants or get a slip and slide out and use the pool water with a few drops of fairy liquid!

Looking for ways to make that water last longer? Treat it instead, to make sure it lasts as long as possible!


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Storing Your Paddling Pool & PVC Toys

After you’ve drained your pool and cleaned it thoroughly, we recommend that you dry it with a microfibre towel or cloth and leave it in the sun to fully dry out.

If you’ve got a dehumidifer then use that to ensure you’ve got all of the moisture off of the pool and this will prevent mould growth.

Once you’ve completely dried your pool then fold it up and store it in a cool dry area whenever possible.

Some pools can be quite cumbersome so we recommend buying a garden storage box to keep them in. Most of them are waterproof and they have kept our pools dry and safe for 2 years now!


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Our Favourite Pools by Size or Purpose

We’ve also picked a few of our favourite pools by subcategory to help you find the best pools in each subgenre!


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Large Paddling Pools

Here’s our top 3 favourite large paddling pools. If you’ve got multiple children or are looking for adult friendly pools, or mayble you want to get the animals in on the fun, then these larger paddling pools might be just what you’re looking for.

Dimensions (Length x Width x Depth cm)

PoolPro’sDimensions
Sable Paddling PoolGreat for gardens up to 3m300x183x50
Bestway Large Family PoolSlightly larger and usually the cheapest of the three305x183x56
Bestway Rectangle Swimming PoolLargest of the three and is great for swimming in too400x211x81

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Heated Paddling Pools & Paddling Pool Heaters

Let’s be honest, when you and I were kids our parents would fill the pool up from the hose and we’d splash around for hours no matter how bloody cold that water was.

Times have changed and as technology has progressed there are now a number of ways to heat your paddling pool or swimming pool without breaking the bank. I also love swimming with the kids, but can’t stand it when the water is just so cold!

When looking to heat your pool, you’ve got one of three options.

Pool Heating OptionsWhich To Pick?
Solar Covers
VS
Solar Heaters
VS
Electric

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Solar Covers

Solar covers are bar far the cheapest option and come in two variants. You can get a fitted sheet for your pool, or a generic insulating plastic that is effectively just bubble wrap.

These covers keep the bugs out of the pool and will offer a modest 2-5c boost to your water temperature depending on whether the sun decides to grace us with its presence!

Intex Eco-Friendly Solar Heating Mat for Swimming Pools #28685
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Intex Eco-Friendly Solar Heating Mat for Swimming Pools #28685
  • Eco-friendly Solar technology that increases the temperature of the pool water by approximately 3-5deg depending on the size of pool and weather conditions.
  • Suitable for above ground pools with a capacity less than 30,280L (8,000gals). Mats can be joined together for bigger pools.
  • Simply attach to a filter pump with flow rate less than 2,500gph (9,463L/h)
Pros
  • Fairly Cheap
  • Keeps The Bugs Away
Cons
  • Offers Some Respite From the Cold but Not Much!

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Solar Heaters

Solar Heaters are great when used in combination with solar covers. The combined effect can increase your water temperature by 5-7 celcius compared to uncovered and unheated pools.

They do require a pump, so these are only really suitable for larger pools.

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Bestway BW58242 12 feet Solar Swimming Pool Cover
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Bestway BW58242 12 feet Solar Swimming Pool Cover
  • Size 3.56 m (140 Inch) - fits 3.66 m (12 ft ) fast set pools and 3.66 m (12 ft) steel pro frame pools
  • Cover floats on water surface to provide heat insulation
  • Prevents dirt and debris accumulating in your pool
Pros
  • Can Make a Significant Impact on Water Temperature
  • Cheap
Cons
  • Only Suitable for Pools With Pumps

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Electric Heaters & Heat Pumps

Electric heaters are also suitable for small to medium pools – most small electric heaters run at 2-2.2kW and cost roughly 19p an hour to run (based on 14p per kw).

They are for the most part cheaper to purchase than pumps but running costs are much higher. However they are better equipped at dealing with smaller pools than heat pumps.

Ideal for 6-12ft pools

Heat Pumps are a much more efficient alternative to standard electric heaters as they offer up to 400-800% more efficiency per kW consumed when compared to standard electric heaters.

They’re more suited to larger (12ft+) pools


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