Intex Pool Review + Q&A Plus What You’ll Want To Know

Intex pool review. What to expect when setting up an Intex pool. Getting a level ground, how long it takes to fill with water and other questions answered.

Intex pool review

We’ve lived in Arkansas since 2017 and let me tell you, summer is no joke! The humidity and heat last from about May thru late October.  

I don’t know about you but I can’t drive 45 minutes to the lake every day with the kids. 

So we found another solution that fit perfect for what we need!

Intex Pool

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This is our own person experience. It is advised that you follow the manufacture instructions and practice pool safety at all times.

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As much as we love the lake it turns into an all day, energy sucking, event. We needed an easy, summer, everyday solution. One that didn’t break the bank. 

Something us adults could enjoy while being low maintenance and able to take down if needed.


12 foot round by 30 inches deep Intex pool with pump and filter- Amazon find

intex pool

We bought this Intex pool the summer of 2018. At the time of purchase out children were 3 and 5 years old, so week needed something small but enjoyable.


Even though the ground may look level enough even the smallest slope will lead to one side of the pool holding more water than the other. And that can put a lot of added weight on the metal poles.


  • Rake
  • Shovel
  • 2×4 board
  • Level 
  • 10 or more bags of dirt 

First, clear the area of any rocks or debris. 

Spread the dirt over the the area using the board and level to fill in any low gaps. 

Once the ground is level you can start to set up your Intex pool.

Our pool is the Intex 12ft by 30 inch pool, but that doesn’t mean that it has 30 inches of water in it. The 12x30in pool has sides that go up to 30 inches but with the metal poles and keeping it below the splash line, there is less than 24 inches of water in our little pool.

Follow the Intex pool directions

We laid down a tarp under the pool and attached all the legs and footings. Next we connected all of the pump hoses.

It took us about 40 minutes to set up the first time, with most of our concentration centered around how to correctly set up the pump. 


As you fill this pool with water, you’re going to want to walk around and straighten the legs and fix any creases as best as you can. 

It took about 3 hours for this 12 foot round, 30 inch deep, above ground pool to fully fill with water using a garden hose. 

intex pool oasis


We are firm believers in taking care of our things. This will be our third summer using this pool. It has the same liner and leg attachments. The only thing we did need to replace the second year was the pool pump itself and that was an easy purchase directly from the manufacture website.

Review Update- This pool continued to do great over the years but we decided to upgrade to a larger Intex pool since our children have gotten older. We purchased a 15 foot round 48 inch deep intex pool with ladder and pool pump- Amazon and love it!


Yes, we do. Every October we pick a nice day to take down and clean the pool. We clean the underside of the pool with soap and water and allow it to dry before storing it in the garage. 

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Yes! This year we inspected the inside of the pool before filling it with water and found two small holes. We used Flex tape to fix the problem and filled it with water as soon as it was set up. We had no further problems with any leaks.

Did your Intex Pool have bugs!?

What? Um, yes. It did. The first time we set this pool up I noticed tiny little red/orange bugs around the metal frame. They bit and were so bothersome. Immediately I suspected that it had come from the packaging but I can’t say for sure.

We fixed the problem by spraying the bugs with deet bug spray. It took a couple of days to fully kill them off, but it worked. We haven’t had a problem with any sort of bugs since. 


Fence- First of all, if we were going to have a pool it need to have a fence for added safety. The fence we purchased is a dog fence with gates. We turned the fence inside out so that the latch for the gates is on the inside, deterring little children from getting in without permission.

*Note- One set is not big enough to go around the entire pool. We bought two and that worked only because we have the pool next to the house. 

For added safety you can also check into a pool alarm-

Vacuum- At first we didn’t think we needed a pool vacuum, but after a while it was clear something was needed to clean the bottom. We vacuum ours about 3 times a week and it only takes 15-20 minutes. 

Bonus Vacuum Tip- This pool has two hoses that lead to the filter. If you cover one of the hoses with the cap, the vacuum has better suction. Even though it is a small pool there still is some maintenance.

Skimmer- The vacuum came with a skimmer but to get all the little things it’s easier just to use a mesh kitchen strainer. Get one for each of the kids and make it their job. 


This pool was well worth it for us. Instead of hectic beach days that require parents to do all the heavy lifting %100 of the time, we get to walk out onto our deck and enjoy the summer sun without all the extra snacks and 5 year old meltdowns.  

Pros- You save gas, time, sanity, less expensive trips to the waterpark. Small enough that they can stand in it. Big enough they can learn to swim underwater. 

Cons- They never want to come out.

We still go to the lake but it’s more of a special weekend trip, and because of that us parents enjoy it more as well. 

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