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Round, Rectangular, Oval – Which Pool Shape is Best for You

Your Above-Ground Pool Guide


by Kaiti Hill
Feb 25, 2019

Above ground pools are a great alternative to their more permanent, costlier counterpart, the inground pool. Though a simpler option, navigating which metal framed pool is right for you and your yard can be tricky. With all the pool shapes and pool sizes out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. An important factor to keep in mind when considering an above-ground pool is its shape. Round, rectangular, oval – the options all have their own pros and cons. To help you pick the best above-ground pool shape, we’re diving into the nitty gritty of why you would want one over the other.

Round pools are a fan favorite. They give you the biggest bang for your buck and the most footage for your freestyle swim routine. They’re also almost always cheaper than oval pools of the same size, and if you’re planning on hiring someone to install your new pool for you, round pools are typically the least expensive option. The cost that comes along with installing a rectangular or oval shaped pool is a lot higher, thanks to the extra labor required. Rectangular and oval shaped pools need extra supports on their sides, which means extra work for the handyman helping you out. Round pools also have better water circulation, meaning fewer spots where the water stays still and algae has the opportunity to grow.

That’s not to say round pools don’t have their downfalls. Round pools don’t mesh well with slimmer backyards. If your heart is set on a larger pool and you have a narrow backyard, rectangular or oval is the way to go. Since round pools are the same size all the way around, you’d be limited in size if you stuck with a round pool. An oval or rectangular pool will give you some length – which is especially ideal if you’re intending to use your new swimming pool to get some laps in.

Round Pools

  • More budget friendly
  • More space to swim
  • Easier to maintain

Rectangular and Oval Pools

  • Great for narrow backyards
  • Ideal for lap swimmers

In the end, it really comes down to budget, backyard size, and personal preference. While rectangular, oval, and round pools have their differences, they’re all great options that will help you bring the summer fun home.

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