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    Intex Ultra or Pro Series?

    Hi all. Looking into buying our first pool. I have decided to go with a 48" depth, with your help.

    Now, the brand is a consideration. I don't know that I will be getting a better pump. we are in our early 60s and no children around.

    We want the best quality for the money. Since we can't see these pools in person, it is hard for us to judge the size of the frame poles and its sturdiness. Has anyone owned or seen both to tell us the difference, if any, besides the pump/ filter configuration?

    From the photos, I see some construction differences in the liner. The pro series appears to have an additional band of reinforcement on the sides near the bottom of the liner. It also has a lot of play for the vertical poles whereas the Intex seems to have a specific slot for each pole and it has a rope at the bottom.

    Do these elements make any difference on the stability of the pool? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Intex Ultra or Pro Series?

    They look pretty similar to me ...

    Try the search function, I found similar threads like this one:
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...s-20-x-48-quot

    I also find this comparison chart (obviously biased): http://www.swimtownpools.com/v/vspfi...EX%20TABLE.pdf

    But it does point out that the Pro Series has a skimmer; while many Ultra frame users add a Hayward skimmer. Also I do not see the "hanging pump" as an advantage because it is still terribly undersized and upgrading to a larger pump with sand filter would be a good idea for either. And using 1" trichlor tablets is not typically an advantage over a SWG system.
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    Re: Intex Ultra or Pro Series?

    Thank you. I had read that thread, but I did not get any answers to my specific questions so I posted.

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    Re: Intex Ultra or Pro Series?

    From what I have read, the Pro Series may have slightly sturdier poles, but the pump seems to be its weak link. The difficulty of replacing it with a larger pump, versus upgrading an Intex pump, is what made me decide on the Intex Ultra frame.

    I went 3 years with just the Intex floating skimmer, and while not as effective as the Hayward I installed this year, it was acceptable. My biggest problem was my kids knocking it off while playing in the pool. It sounds like that won't be a problem for you.
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