Best Paddling Pools & Garden Swimming Pools – Our Top 10 for 2020

Summer holidays are over and the kids are slowly returning to school, but there’s always hope of a September heatwave!

Paddling pool and swimming pool prices and stock have returned to somewhat normal. You should expect to pay 10-30% more than we did before Covid-19 as import prices from China have nearly doubled!

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 garden 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!

We recommend using our handy quick-start menu below to find exactly what you’re looking for or keep reading for our complete list!

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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Last Update –  5th September 2020

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!

Best Paddling Pools for 2020

Best Paddling Pools for 2020

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!

Last update on 2021-03-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Intex Swim Centre Family Pool With Seats

£42.72 £49.99 in stock
20 new from £38.90
Last update was on: 8th March 2021 8:14 pm

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.

Bestway Pool Frame Splash Jr. Steel Pro

£99.99 in stock
2 new from £99.99
Last update was on: 8th March 2021 8:14 pm

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.

Intex Rectangular Frame Pool

£124.70 in stock
8 new from £124.70
1 used from £123.99
Last update was on: 8th March 2021 8:14 pm

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.

Bestway Steel Pro Frame Pool & Pump

Last update was on: 8th March 2021 8:14 pm

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.

Peradix Sprinkler & Splash Play Mat Pad

Last update was on: 8th March 2021 8:14 pm

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!

Bestway Power Steel Rectangular Swimming Pool

Last update was on: 8th March 2021 8:14 pm

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.

Intex Small Family Frame Pool

£66.17 in stock
2 new from £66.17
Free shipping
Last update was on: 8th March 2021 8:14 pm

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!

Intex Dinosaur Play Centre

£26.50 £36.98 in stock
9 new from £26.50
Free shipping
Last update was on: 8th March 2021 8:14 pm

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!

Hillington Jumbo Deluxe Rectangular Inflatable Family Swimming Pool

£39.95 in stock
1 new from £39.95
Last update was on: 8th March 2021 8:14 pm

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!

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

Last update was on: 8th March 2021 8:14 pm

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.

Paddling Pool & PVC Inflatable Ultimate Guide

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!

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 the water in 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!

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!

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!

Large Paddling Pools

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

Last update on 2021-03-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Dimensions (Length x Width x Depth cm)

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

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 however 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!

We recommend these handy solar heaters be used in combination with a solar cover for your pool as they can increase the water temperature by 5-7 celcius compared to uncovered and unheated pools.

The electric heater is also suitable for smaller pools, but you can use more than one to accelerate the heating process – they cost roughly 45p an hour to run (based on 15p per kw) but two of them could heat a 12ft pool in 2 hours or so. They also come with a handy thermometer and scrubbing brush for limescale removal.

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