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    What size above ground pool to buy

    Hello all,

    I am having trouble deciding what size above ground pool to buy. I have actually put a down payment on a 24' pool but am now rethinking that decision. The next size bigger that the company I ordered the 24' from is a 30'. Is it worth the extra $'s for the 30'. I have 2 young children, both boys and love swimming so I know it will get a lot of use. Just don't want to make the wrong decision. Room is not an issue, just trying to justify spending another $1,000 for the pool itself.... Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!!!
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    Re: What size above ground pool to buy

    Welcome to TFP!

    A 24' round is a very popular size for an ABG.

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    Re: What size above ground pool to buy

    Welcome to tfp Dandyandy...my two cents...go with the 24 and dig a deep end

    edit: better yet, go with the 30 and deep end Sorry I am no help
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    Re: What size above ground pool to buy

    practical-of-swimmers-t21490.html

    There's a discussion. 24 ft. is a hunk of pool though.
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    Re: What size above ground pool to buy

    I don't think we see as many 30 footers because of space constraints in back yards. I had a friend with one in Houston though and that was a big pool. 10 yards across.

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    Re: What size above ground pool to buy

    24' is a good size, I want a deep end!
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    What size above ground pool to buy

    Get the biggest pool you can afford, if you can swing the extra k then do it, this much I promise, it's just a matter of time and you will be saying "i should have got the bigger pool" that's what I did and ended up buying 2 pools.
    Wish I would have just but the bullet the 1st time.
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    Re: What size above ground pool to buy

    Thanks for the welcomes and thanks to those that replied, like I said, for the money being spent just don't want to make the wrong decision... I am leaning towards the 30' but want to make sure the money is worth it for the expense. Plus have to think about the additional expenses in keeping the pool up. Just kinda wanted to know if people that had a 24' or smaller regreted not going up in size if it was an option for you....
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    What size above ground pool to buy

    Bigger is better if you can afford it. No one will say I wish I bought a smaller pool when the kids are having fun in it!
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    Re: What size above ground pool to buy

    Thanks bibeaud, that's what I'm thinking too!!
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    Re: What size above ground pool to buy

    We have a 33' round above ground. (We wish we would have went with the 36 footer!).
    We ended up decking all the way around it and have 22 foot party deck on one side and built a pergola to shade half that party deck.
    LOVE LOVE LOVE our pool.
    I agree with the others. Who says "wish we woulda bought a smaller pool."

    Best of luck.
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    Re: What size above ground pool to buy

    Who makes the artesian

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    Re: What size above ground pool to buy

    I've got to go with the majority opinion here that says get the largest pool that you can afford and that will fit in your yard, especially if you are located in a warm climate.
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    Re: What size above ground pool to buy

    Quote Originally Posted by BoDarville View Post
    I've got to go with the majority opinion here that says get the largest pool that you can afford and that will fit in your yard, especially if you are located in a warm climate.
    +1 to that. You'll never regret having more room.
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    Re: What size above ground pool to buy

    If I had room in my yard, I'd go with the largest I could find or make!

    That being said, if you look around here, there isn't that much difference in caring for a 15 ft pool vs. a 20 ft. Just a small amount more bleach etc. A 2 speed or VS pump and a properly sized filter (go as large as you can!) would work on either size pool. Go with the largest you can.
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