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Ronda Writes Product Review Disclaimer: I purchased the Summer Escapes 18'x42" June 2013 and decided to share my thoughts.
The above review is my own honest opinion of this product. I would NEVER recommend a product I did not try, and do not believe in.
^Not my dream pool, but we will surely have fun with it!^
I'm getting one of these...as soon as I win the lotto!...
...or score my dream job!
Summer Escapes 18' x 42" Swimming Pool Review
June 24, 2013 by
Before It's Been Set Up! When my husband and I were house hunting a few years ago, we gave our realtor a short list of don't's. For example, please don't show us a house with a swimming pool, please don't show us a house near water and please don't show us a house outside of our affordability. Thankfully she listened. The only problem was that she kept showing us homes that were uhmm ______ (you fill in the blank), making us feel pretty bad, lol. I did a search of my own and found a house we LOVED at first sight, with lots of room, in a more family oriented city, 4 bedrooms and a little over $50,000 cheaper than the "ooglay" homes we were dragged to. Our kids were only 2 years old and 5 months old when we finally moved and with all the sad stories we heard of babies drowning, we knew we made the right decision.
Fast forward to today. We have an almost 5 year old and a 7 year old who loves water and pretends to "swim" in the bath tub. They go crazy with excitement when I wet them with the sprinklers or connect the hose to their water slide, so can you imagine if they had a swimming pool? We don't regret the choice we made to try to keep our kids safe, but now I wish I could put on a pair of red pumps, click my heels and a beautiful inground pool with nice concrete and stone siding and landscaping with a fountain and outside shower would appear in the backyard. Too much? A girl can dream, can't she? Lol.
I've been looking into having an inground pool built and that runs about $25,000 (ouch!). That almost covers one of my students loans... Then I looked into the beautiful half inground, half above ground pools with wood sidings (oh my gosh, I love it), but the cost to have that built by a pro is about $10,000. Sounds good but we might as well go for the inground for that price. Then I came across some really nice and durable "looking" above ground pools ranging from $1,500 - $3,000.
On Father's Day, after dinner at an event my husband decided he wanted to go shopping for the first time in Sam's Club, and compare their prices to BJ's (Remember I said he could care less about Holidays?). There was an 18' x 52" Summer Escapes pool on display near registers. OMG that thing was huge. Seeing other people looking at it and how tall it was next to them, I really wanted that pool. My kids liked it too, but my 4 year old is too short for something so deep. I came home and did a little research and found an 18' x 42" for $249 at walmart. I didn't want to rush then even though that was a great price, my gut told me to wait. So I did what I normally do. I added the item to my cart and closed the window.
I don't know if you're aware but companies track what you like so they can send you emails based on your search. Sometimes they even offer a discount
just to buy what you were looking at. Low and behold in my inbox was an email from Walmart for new swimming pools. A one day sale for the pool I wanted for just $199. After using the gift cards we always forget to use in store, we paid less than $140. The pool is on its way, but there's a lot more work that goes into putting together an above ground pool then discussed so after visiting troublefreepool.com, I decided that we will have a professional handle it!
It was set to arrive July 11th, but I received a phonecall from Walmart shipment, asking for my availability, so I will be receiving this order on July 1st. Gotta love early deliveries! Once it's set up, I'll continue this review!
Update August 2015: Still did not install. Considering having an inground pool built.