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We see this question asked a lot by first-time pool owners, how long does it take to fill an Intex pool?
We know how excited you are with your new pool. And we’re glad you chose to get an Intex pool, one of the best above ground pool brands today.
To answer this question, we’ll have to get two important variables first.
This will be the size of your Intex pool in gallons and the flow rate of your garden hose in gallons per minute (GPM).
The typical garden hose flow rate is 9 to 17 gallons per minute. To start this discussion, we will use the average garden hose output which is 12 gallons per minute. We’re also using the median water pressure in most homes which is 40 PSI.
Now, you just need to find your pool’s volume in gallons.
For new Intex pool owners, this should not be difficult to find as it is indicated on the box of your Intex pool or its owner’s manual.
If you cannot find those, do not worry as we’ve compiled a list of answers to the question, how long does it take to fill an Intex pool, for each Intex pool set.
How Long Does It Take To Fill An Intex Kiddie Pool?
For the Intex Kiddie pools, let’s start with the Summer Sunset Glow that has a size of 58 inches in diameter by 13 inches in depth. It has a volume of 73 gallons if filled up to 9.5 inches of its height.
With a hose that has 12 gallons per minute, you can fill this pool in about 6 minutes.
For the Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool that has a volume of 269 gallons if filled up to 13 inches of its height, it will take about 23 minutes for it to be filled and ready for use.
Lastly, the largest Intex Kiddie pool, the Deep Sea Blue Snap Set Kiddie Pool that has a 539 gallons capacity. Filling it with a hose that has a 12 GPM flow rate will take about 45 minutes before you can use the pool with your kids.
How Long Does It Take To Fill An Intex Easy Set?
The Intex Easy Set sizes range from 10 feet in diameter up to 18 feet in diameter, and it’s Intex’s most popular inflatable pool set.
For the smallest Intex Easy Set, that’s 10 feet in diameter and has a depth of 30 inches, it will take about 1.5 hours for it to be filled up to 80% of its capacity using a hose with a 12 GPM flow rate.
For the largest Intex Easy Set, which has a water volume capacity of 5,455 when 80% full, it will take approximately 7.5 hours to get filled using the same hose.
You might be asking the question, isn’t that too long for my Intex pool to get filled?
Yes. It is too long of a wait. However, this is assuming that your hose flow rate is only 12 GPM.
If you increase that to 22 GPM, it will take about 4 hours to fill your 18 feet Easy Set pool. That’s still not fast enough, right?
So let’s get you a hose with a better flow rate.
Getting yourself a 25-foot long hose with a diameter of 5/8 inches can get you a 44 GPM flow rate. Again, we’ve used the median PSI on most homes which is 40 PSI to calculate the flow rate.
With a 44 GPM flow rate, it will only take about two hours to fill your 5,455-gallon pool.
You can check the end of this guide to find out how you can fill your Intex pool faster.
How Long Does It Take To Fill An Intex Metal Frame Pool?
For Intex Metal Frame pools, their volumes range from 1,185 gallons (10 ft. by 30 in.) up to 6,423 gallons (18 ft. by 48 in.).
With a 44 gallons per minute flow rate, it will take about 27 minutes to 146 minutes to fill your Intex Metal Frame pool depending on its size.
How Long Does It Take To Fill An Intex Prism Frame Pool?
To fill an Intex Prism frame pool with water using a hose with a 44 GPM flow rate, it will approximately take anywhere between 27 minutes to 3 hours depending on the size of your round-shaped Prism Frame pool.
For rectangular-shaped Prism frame pools, it might take more or less an hour to be filled with water.
For oval-shaped Prism frame pools, the time it will take to fill them with water can range between 80 minutes up to 110 minutes, or almost 2 hours, depending on its size.
How Long Does It Take To Fill An Ultra XTR Frame Set?
The Intex Ultra XTR Frame Set pools are some of the largest above ground pools today.
The smallest Intex Ultra XTR Frame Pool, that’s 16 feet in diameter and 48 inches in height, can accommodate up to 5,061 gallons when 90 full will take about 2 hours to be filled by a hose with 44 GPM flow rate.
Meanwhile, the largest Intex pool today that is 32 feet long, 16 feet wide, 52 inches tall and has a volume of 14,364 gallons when 90% full will take about 5.5 hours to be filled using a single hose with a flow rate of 44 GPM.
How To Fill Intex Pool Faster
As mentioned earlier at the start of this guide, two variables affect how long it takes for you to fill your Intex pool with water. First is the size of your pool which is already set and we cannot change that. Second is the flow rate of your hose that we can improve.
The best way to fill your Intex pool faster is to get a garden hose that can give you a higher flow rate.
We recommend getting a shorter hose if possible to fill your pool in a shorter amount of time.
You can get the Flexzilla Garden Hose that has the following length available: 3 ft, 5 ft, 10 ft, 25 ft, 50 ft, 75 ft, and 100 ft.
Or the ELEY 25 feet Garden Hose. It’s made of drinking water safe Polyurethane and is Kink resistant. This garden hose can hold a maximum pressure of 150 PSI.
Again, to get more than 40 GPM flow rate, you can start by using a hose that’s 25 feet in length and has a diameter of 5/8 inches.
If you have an extra garden hose lying around and another source to get water for your pool, then you may consider using more than one hose to fill your Intex pool faster.
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