Deep Above Ground Pools – Ideas and Buying Guide for 2021

Last Updated on February 14, 2021

Families who plan to spend the summer season in their own private pool often look into the biggest available pool they can get. Some of them even wonder what’s the deepest above ground pool they could get since there are some swimming pool games and activities (e.g. cannonball contests) that are best done on deep pools, don’t you agree?

Well, as you may already know, pool water isn’t supposed to reach the top of your pool wall and the real depth of an above ground pool is more or less 6 inches less than its wall height. A pool with a 48-inch wall is only good for about 42 inches or 3.5 feet of water level.

If you have older kids, that kind of pool size and depth may not be enough for them to enjoy their summer while hanging out with their friends in your new family pool.

Unfortunately, unlike above ground pools with a depth of less than 42 inches or 3.5 feet, deep above ground pools (those that are more than 48 inches in depth) are kind of hard to find and difficult to set up.

The good news is we’re here to help you find the best deep above ground pools available today so you and your family can have a great time this summer.

How To Choose The Best Deep Above Ground Pool

When selecting which above ground pool to get, you’re typically presented with only three choices, pools with wall heights of 48″, 52″, or 54″. Now for those looking for the deepest above ground pool, the 48″ and 52″ options may not be enough. This leaves you with just the above ground pools with 54″ wall height.

Considering what we mentioned before about a pool’s water depth not reaching the top of your pool, you have about 48 inches of water depth to work with. This pool should be more than enough for some families looking to install a deep above ground pool, but is this the deepest you can go for an above ground pool?

This actually depends on two things – what type of pool liner are you using and how big is your pool. One way you can get an even deeper pool is by considering above ground pools that have both shallow and deep surfaces, similar to what you have in most inground pools.

This can be achieved by utilizing expandable pool liners. Vinyl pool liners are already flexible and the only difference between a standard liner and an expandable liner is that the latter has an extra 12 inches of vinyl material on its side. This will enable the expandable liner to give you an additional foot for your pool’s deep center.

With this in mind, let’s go ahead with our list of the best deep above ground pools that you can get for you and your family.

Best Deep Above Ground Pools

In The Swim’s Tuscany 54-Inch Above Ground Pool

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The InTheSwim Tuscany Above Ground Pool with a 54-inch wall can be the center of outdoor fun for your whole family during the summer season. With its all-weather resin frame and posts, you don’t have to worry about rust or dent. The resin pool itself is highly durable and can fit into any landscape.

You can get an oval-shaped or round Tuscany pool to set the pace for summer. The oval-shaped pool comes in the following sizes: 12 ft. by 24 ft., 15 ft. by 30 ft., and 18 ft. by 33 ft. Meanwhile, the round Tuscany pools range from 15 feet in diameter to 27 feet in diameter. The Tuscany oval pools are designed with the Yardmore Buttress System to save space in your backyard.

The pool set includes a wide-mouth skimmer box, return fitting, stainless steel hardware, and coping strips. Please note that the pool filter system and pool liner are sold separately, and are required for proper pool installation.

The pool comes with a 50-year limited warranty.

Pool Supply World’s Sharkline Venture Above Ground Swimming Pool

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The Sharkline Venture above ground swimming pool is a hybrid pool that couples injection-molded resin top rails and bottom rails with its steel uprights and walls. It’s no wonder that with its current design, this pool is known for its great durability. It is also saltwater-friendly, so you have the option to make it into a saltwater above ground pool if you want to.

Similar to the Tuscany Above Ground Pool, the Sharkline Venture are round or oval-shaped and has a wall height of 54 inches. The round Sharkline Venture pools come in diameters of 18 feet, 21 feet, 24 feet, and 27 feet. Meanwhile, the oval-shaped Sharline Venture above ground pools has the following sizes: 15 ft. by 30 ft. and 18 ft. by 33 ft.

This deep above ground pool can be easily installed in a couple of days and comes with a 50-year warranty.

Intex Ultra XTR Frame Pool Set

Intex 32ft X 16ft X 52in Ultra XTR Rectangular Pool Set with Sand Filter Pump & Saltwater System, Ladder, Ground Cloth, Pool Cover, Maintenance Kit & Volleyball
  • RELAXING ABOVE GROUND SWIMMING POOL: Above ground outdoor swimming pool designed with a gray outer liner and blue tile-print inner liner for a classic, clean look. Water capacity at 90% is 14,364...
  • MINIMAL AMOUNT OF MAINTENANCE: Easy maintenance with sand that only needs routine backwashing and replacing every 5 years; Quick set up means it's ready for water in 90 minutes
  • HYDRO AERATION TECHNOLOGY: Hydro aeration technology in the pump improves circulation, filtration, and water clarity while increasing the water's negative ions
  • INCLUDES: Includes sand filter pump that has a pump flow rate of 2,650 gallons per hour. Also includes: pool, pool ladder, ground cloth, sand filter, and pool cover

If you’d like a deep pool that is not that complicated to set up, then you can never go wrong with this Intex Ultra XTR Frame Pool Set. It’s already considered one of the best above ground pool options today because of its size and overall quality.

It may not be as deep as the other options here with just a 52-inch wall height, but we thought that it would be wrong to not include it on this list for you to consider. It combines its high strength Polyester mesh and extra-thick PVC layers with its strong rust-resistant galvanized steel to ensure that you’ll be getting a durable pool that you and your family can use for several years.

This pool set also comes in two different shapes, round and rectangular, and with a 2-year warranty on its pool liner, frame, and filter pump.

In The Swim’s Excursion 54-Inch Above Ground Swimming Pool

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The Excursion Above Ground Swimming Pool with a 54-inch wall is great for families looking to turn their backyards into an outdoor oasis with a larger pool. It gives you the option to have the perfect pool area without the cost of a pricey inground pool and it gets you about 48 to 52 inches deep of pool water to swim on.

You have the option to get a round Excursion pool with a diameter of 24 feet or 28 feet, or an oval-shaped Excursion pool with sizes of 15 ft. by 30 ft. or 18 ft. by 33 ft.

The design of this pool gives you the flexibility to install a pool deck on its side as a wrap-around or you can partially bury this pool in the ground to fit into your current landscape design.

The pool has all-aluminum components so there’s no question that this swimming pool will last for years. It’s also great that it comes with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.

Swimline’s Expandable Depth Above Ground Pool Liner

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For those who are looking for a much deeper above ground pool, you can utilize a Swimline Expandable Depth Above Ground Pool Liner to set up your ideal pool.

These expandable overlap vinyl liners can give you pool depths of 5 to 6 feet. These are already protected against chemicals and UV fading. Pool owners can basically hang the liner to the side of their above ground pool wall and it can fit on common 48″ or 52″ pool walls.

Unfortunately, for those looking for more stylish options, there are no j-hook or beaded liners that are also expandable.

You can secure the Swimline pool liner with pool coping strips and cut off any excess material. The most important thing when using these type of liners is you have to properly dig the area where you plan on setting your above ground pool.

If you’re not that confident in the whole process of setting up your deep above ground pool on your own, you can always contact a pool professional or contractor to do install the expandable liner for you.

These expandable liners come with a 15-year limited warranty and a 1-year full replacement warranty.

FAQs About Deep Above Ground Pools

What is the deepest above ground pool?

The deepest above ground pool has a 54-inch wall. However, since above ground pools are not filled to their 100% capacity, it is safe to assume that the deepest an above ground pool can be is about 48 inches or 4 feet.

How long do deep above ground pools last?

Much like any other above ground pool, deep above ground pools may last up to 10 years or more depending on how you use it and care for it.

What should I out under my deep above ground pool to protect it?

When it comes to protecting the liner of your deep above ground pool, we highly advise using interlocking foam tiles. This is a good way to add a decent amount of padding under your pool bottom.

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