Century Above Ground Pool
I'm torn between buying an 18 x 52 verse a 24 x 52 Century above ground pool. We have the room, just wondering if I'd be happy with the 18'? The dealer tells me the 1 hp pump will do really good with the 18' and will do fine with the 24'. I think I'm getting a pretty good deal--$2145 for 18' versus $2460 for the 24'. The pool is mainly for pleasure-- however I personally like to do some (small) laps and exercises. I need to make a decision very soon.
Has anyone bought an 18' only regretting not going slightly larger? Any thoughts or opinions?
Hi Kathleen. First off yes, the 1 HP pump should be just fine for either pool. The prices look good also. If you do plan on swimming laps I would lean towards the 24'. I have had both sizes and can say there is not much swimming going on in an 18'. Unless you are like my brother in law who used to swim around his 15' in a circle. Not sure how he did it, but he did. And he was a big boy. An 18' is, however, excellent for splashing and floating and just plain having fun. With a 24' you will get three good strokes in before hitting the other side. This is the smallest size pool I would consider for any kind of serious swimming.
My page about choosing the right size pool might help also.
The Right Pool Size