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Thread: Intex vs Bestway vs Coleman quality? + fittings interchange?

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    Intex vs Bestway vs Coleman quality? + fittings interchange?

    Hello,

    Finally going from lurking and learning to posting. Sincere thanks for all I have learned here, very very helpful.

    After a few inflated ring Intex pools as our little one grows up, we are going to make the next step to a 9x18.
    I already have an Intex sand filter and SWG so what comes with the 9x18 is not an issue.

    I have read many threads about Intex fittings being non standard and converting to hard plumbing or standard pumps, etc.

    My questions are mainly the quality differences between Intex, Bestway, and Coleman.
    I was going to stay with Intex but Costco has switched to Bestway this year.
    Are all the threads & fittings the same to hook up my Intex filter & SWG?

    The 48" deep Bestway at Costco is by far the best price and the depth is better for our son than 52" Intex.
    My main concern is the quality of the Bestway vs Intex? The BW filter looks pretty cheesy compared to Intex but I have that covered. Just wondering if the frame and liner are also cheesy in comparison?

    Do SWG really rust out the frames noticeably faster than normal? They are sure nice compared to the chlorine hassle.

    Again, sincere thanks for all the experienced folks who contribute here. Rest assured you help prevent a lot of headaches!

    Dave

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    Re: Intex vs Bestway vs Coleman quality? + fittings interchange?

    The quality of the liner and poles are about the same if not the same. The fittings I am not sure about on the best way pool. There are a few forums about rusting on the intex pools but allot of people who I am sure will respond soon use the SWG with not problem. If you are concerned about the depth of the water, you can read my build in my signature, which you will see I had similar concerns and built a simple cheap adaptor so that I could lower the water and not have a PH problem because of aeration.
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    Re: Intex vs Bestway vs Coleman quality? + fittings interchange?

    That's how we did it, a couple of inflatable ring tops then a couple of bigger Intex pools and now an inground pool. I'm pretty sure they are all just about the same quality. Get whichever is the best deal, you know you're gonna get a bigger one pretty soon anyway! I would definitely go with SWG, all of our pools have been SWG. I would also upgrade to an Intex sand filter.

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    Re: Intex vs Bestway vs Coleman quality? + fittings interchange?

    Thank you both for the replies.
    Going to go with the Bestway from Costco because it's $150 less than the best price I can find on an Intex Ultra frame.
    I will definitely be running my existing Intex sand filter and SWG.
    Still wondering if the Intex and Bestway fittings are both 40mm with same thread pitch for compatibility?
    Also what can you put on the top rail tubes to keep the vinyl from sticking so badly?
    I think I saw someone suggest Vaseline but with our sandstorms of blowing dust here in the WA desert, that would just make dirty grinding compound ;-(
    What about talc or corn starch or similar? Anything better?
    Thanks again, Dave

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    I believe I have seen posts here that the fittings are the same. I would probably try spray silicone lube.
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    Re: Intex vs Bestway vs Coleman quality? + fittings interchange?

    Intex and Coleman fittings are interchangeable, but I think Bestway's are different.
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    Re: Intex vs Bestway vs Coleman quality? + fittings interchange?

    We purchased a Coleman this year to replace our Intex (saw on here that they were basically interchangeable) so I hope they are the same fittings or else hubby will have to add that to the list of things he'll have to fix! We have used a SWG for several years (are on our second one) and rust on the poles is the reason why we are purchasing a new one this year...several of our poles rusted through over the winter. I think this time we will use some rubber spray paint at the joints to see if that will help.
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    Re: Intex vs Bestway vs Coleman quality? + fittings interchange?

    Thanks to everyone for the input. Does anyone know for sure if Intex and Bestway fittings are interchangeable?

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