So we've decided to go ahead and replace our existing 18' above ground pool. We went out and got a couple quotes from local retailers. Where I was hoping to get some insight is on the quality of the pools and heaters. The prices are comparable, but of course each seller is telling us that their pool is higher quality (i know, you're shocked...). We have a pump and filter from our current pool that we will be using on the new one so that isn't a concern.
We're going with a 21' above ground that we plan on digging into the ground 24" (which incidentally costs almost as much as the pool itself)
Pool 1 is from the Great Escape. They claim it's their top model pool with guaranteed parts (skimmer, rails, steel, etc) for life. They also have a Hayward heater (which I've read and heard is not the best out there). This is obviously a big company, and sometimes that can cause problems because you can be just a number with them.
Pool 2 is a Doughboy, their Sapphire model. This dealer states his pool is head and shoulders above the Great Escape pools. He claims it's structurally better and will last longer. The warranty here is lifetime for all resin parts and 25 year prorated for steel.
Heater can be either a Pentair or a Rheem.
What I was hoping for is personal experience, whether you're a homeowner or in the business. I don't really have a preference either way at this point. I just want the best product that will last. It's often said you get what you pay for and we're willing to pay a little extra to do things right the first time.
Also, we are in the Chicagoland area so if you know or can recommend anyone that we could speak with that would be fantastic.
Thanks in advance!