Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: New Intex Pool (Prism vs Ultra)

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Staten Island
    Posts
    3

    Question New Intex Pool (Prism vs Ultra)

    Hello All,

    I cannot find a lot of information on this board or on the web about the advantages of the Ultra series of Intex Pools versus the new Prism series. Anyone have any first hand experience or suggestions? Is the Prism basically the same as the standard metal frame?

    I am between the following two pools. My children are on the younger side, so the 42" depth seems appropriate. Is the Ultra worth the $100 premium over the larger Prism pool? I plan to upgrade to a better (sand) filter regardless of the pool I choose.

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Intex-14-...-Pool/47715426
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Intex-15-...33EH/148425133


    Thanks all.

  2. Back To Top    #2
    Patrick_B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Midland TX
    Posts
    14,999

    Re: New Intex Pool (Prism vs Ultra)

    Welcome to TFP!

    I don't know, but the Prism is new (to me) so maybe that's why there isn't much info here yet.
    TFP Moderator
    Essential Links:
    ABC's Of Pool Chemistry, Test Kits, SLAM Your Pool
    28K Gal IG FreeForm, CLI Quartz, Pentair 36"SF & VS Pump, Dolphin M5, Rheem

  3. Back To Top    #3
    Jamison04's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Tecumseh, OK
    Posts
    686

    Re: New Intex Pool (Prism vs Ultra)

    From reviewing the links you've given it looks to me like the Prism frame is just the old school standard intex style pool from years past where as the ultra frame has the heavier frame with reinforced shaped rails and legs, and the hidden interlocking pin system.

    I'm not sure why their selling point is for their "new" aeration pump. Putting aeration into water is going to cause massive ph rise causing you to have to constantly add acid. Even a perfectly balanced pool will have ph swing with aeration added although it will just happen a little slower when you have the ph and alkalinity playing nicely.

    Either one will work and be a great pool. We went from several years with a 16ft standard intex which looked just like the prism model, and it stayed up year round. Then on to a summer escapes which had oval tubing. It stayed up year round and lasted 5yrs before we finally put in a 24ft above ground Artesian resin pool.

    So either way you go you should be able to get your moneys worth out of it.

    24'x52" Artesian w/ Portifino liner - Hayward 1hp powerflo matrix w/24" sand filter - AquaTrol RJ SWG. Solar heating to come. -

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Long Island, NY
    Posts
    554

    Re: New Intex Pool (Prism vs Ultra)

    Yep I agree the prism looks like the older model. I had the ultra frame pool for 2 years. Pretty good pool. Though I used salt and almost every metal pole rusted in 2 years. If you want to use salt you may want to consider applying rustoleum to the poles. My vote would be the ultra frame over the prism
    Location: Long Island, NY
    Gallons: 5000 Gallons
    Pool: 15' Saltwater 5000
    Filter: Pentair 1 HP Optiflow Pump w/ Clean & Clear 75Sq Ft Cartridge Filter
    SWG: Intex CS8110

  5. Back To Top    #5

    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Staten Island
    Posts
    3

    Re: New Intex Pool (Prism vs Ultra)

    Ok, next question. Is the Intex of greater quality than SummerWaves or Coleman? As an example, this similiar looking pool is $150 less than the Intex. Considering that I will plumb a SWG and Sand Filter, would it matter?


    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Summer-Wa...Ikyw6ZptdvBmho

  6. Back To Top    #6

    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Staten Island
    Posts
    3

    Re: New Intex Pool (Prism vs Ultra)

    So I ended up ordering a Bestway that was a little shallower for the kids, and was on sale for a great price. This one doesn't come with a filter, which is great since I purchased the 1600GPH Intex Sand filter. Thoughts on Bestway?


    Steel Pro Frame Pool Set 15' x 36"
    Bestway Inflatables Steel Pro Frame Pool Set 15 foot x 36 inch - Bestway Inflatables - Toys Us

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •