Wanting to get next year's (and the five years after) pool so I am ready to go next Spring. We have a concrete pad that is 40'x24' that our current pool is on. When we take the pool down, it is a basketball/scooter/sidewalk chalk space for our two kids. We have not yet landscaped around that pad, so I could enlarge it to accommodate the 26' round if I need to (and if I can sneak the concrete guy in when my husband isn't looking - he's a bit tired of the construction zone/money-pit our backyard has been). When we put the pad in, the 20' or 22' Intex was a large as I knew about, or I would have done 27' all along.
So .... I am looking for pros and cons of round versus rectangle, especially if anyone has specifics as to Intex models. Here are some I can think of, but still wondering what you all think about which is our better "forever [seasonal] pool."
Pros on Intex round versus rectangle:
1. Can under-fill it until kids get taller and want a full 48" of water
2. Can make a whirl pool to help gather gunk before vacuuming
Cons on Intex round versus rectangle:
1. Need to spend more money to get pad enlarged