Anyone have an opinion on whether you should by a cheap pool or expensive pool?
I see the options as cheap ($2,000) is quick and dirty and you plan to replace the liner or pool in about 3-5 years. You run the risk of collapse and failure. You basically can get 3 of these for the cost of the others. If you hate it you pull it down and trash it.
With the extruded aluminum you pay more ($6,000), but get a "life" pool for the extra expense. This ends up lasting substantially longer with maybe liner replacement costs but no collapses and reliability. If you hate the pool you are stuck with it.
Of course inground is the most permanent and long lived, but I cannot justify $40K in Washington State for a few month of the year usage.
I am planning on using quality pumps and filters though, regardless of the pool type.