One of the most popular and time-tested above ground pool that has brought joy to a lot of families is the Intex Ultra Frame Pool.

Over the years there have been a number of upgrades to the current version of the Intex Ultra Frame Pool.

A number of glitches have been taken care of in the current version which in turn creates more satisfied users.

Intex Ultra Frame Pool Complete Overview

One of the primary advantages of this Intex swimming pool is that it is easy to set up and dismantle at the same time.

Although the pool can be used all year round…

(by tempering the water during winter months with above ground pool heater or solar above ground pool covers)

Yet the life of the pool is largely extended if it is dismantled and stacked away for some time during the year.

The components that make up the swimming pool structure are strong, durable steel frames which are treated with powder coating to prevent rust and wear from extended periods of contact with water.

The sidewalls extend 52 inches in height and are made up of Ultra-Strong laminated PVC material for extended longevity from wear and tear.

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The Intex Ultra Frame Pool is available in either a rectangular version or a circular version with varying sizes for each version.

The rectangular version comes in three sizes.

  • Intex 18 x 9 Feet Pool : 52 inches depth
  • Intex 24 x 12 Feet Pool : 52 inches depth
  • Intex 32 x 16 Feet Pool : 52 inches depth

One can choose the size of the pool with respect to the number of people one needs to accommodate within the pool.

For a small family, the Intex 18 X 9 pool would work just fine whereas for a family with up to 10 members, the larger version of Intex 32 x 16 pool would be a better choice.

There are similar choices for the circular version of the Intex Ultra Frame above ground pool. The available sizes for the circular version are:

  • Intex 16 feet diameter X 48 inches depth
  • Intex 18 feet diameter X 48 inches depth
  • Intex 22 feet diameter X 52 inches depth

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How to Install Intex Ultra

Usually, a couple of hours should be all it takes for two people to set up the installation for an Intex 18 X 9 pool.

The time can vary a little more for the other larger variations of the Intex Ultra Frame pool.

The products are shipped along with an installation DVD specific to each variant and it is recommended that a step-by-step method be followed without rushing or skipping steps.

This will ensure a near-perfect installation which will stand the test of time and save you from unwanted headaches in the long run.

Probably the most vital point to take heed of is to install the Intex Ultra Frame pool on a plane and level ground preferably one without grass, soft mud or loose sand.

If you are installing the Intex above ground pool on a concrete floor area, make sure to use a rubber cushion mat of reasonable thickness to firmly hold the structure in place.

It is recommended that the support stands of the above ground pool be placed on pressure-treated wood preferably 15 X 15 X 2 inches in dimension for enhanced stability when placing the Intex Ultra Frame pool in your backyard.

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Issues With the Pool:

Structural Issues:  

  • At the time of setting up the Intex Ultra Frame Pool, one might come across moments of doubt and scepticism with regards to the disproportionate balance of weight and undesired concave curvatures on the sides of the pool. The corner pieces may seem to fit fairly loosely while the pool is being filled up or they may seem to fit so tight that they might snap.
  • Trust me, they are all normal “in-progress” symptoms and once the Intex swimming pool is filled to the brim, you would notice that all discrepancies will disappear giving way to a firm, well-balanced and sturdy structure right in front of your eyes.
  • At the time of the setup, it is advisable to use baby powder on the steel pipes to smooth out their insertion into the vinyl. 

Dimensional Issues:

  • Be wary of the fact that the actual dimensions taken up when the Intex Ultra Frame above ground pool is fully set up is about 11 inches ( 1 foot approx) more than the dimensions mentioned for each variation. This is because of the fact that the base clip supports extend about a foot more than the actual pool size. This means that for an 18 X 9 pool, the final setup dimension would be 20 X 11 and likewise for the other variants. 


  • After extensive research, we have found out that the above ground pool ladder supplied along with the Intex Ultra Frame pool is rickety and could cause unwanted injuries especially to heavy individuals or people suffering from back injuries. 
  • It is a good idea to review a few saltwater systems that are ideal for the purpose of your pool. All Intex Ultra Frame pools are fitted with dual suction outlets for keeping the water hygienic and crystal clear. The saltwater above ground pool pump would eliminate any chemical usage, like chlorination in the water. This option will involve more upfront money but will yield long-term benefits in terms of family health as well as recurring pool maintenance costs. 

Final Words:

We hope that our review of Intex Ultra Frame pools will be beneficial for you to make an informed decision while purchasing an above ground pool for your family and friends.

You can also read our review on Intex Mini Frame Pool.

You can even find more hands-on articles about pool fun and maintenance.

We have tried our level best to help you get the most value out of your investments by making judicious and informed decisions and we sincerely hope you have a wonderful time with your kids, family, and friends with the above ground pool.

In addition to that exchange ideas and post questions about your issues and opinions on above ground pools with the community for answers and collective exchange of ideas.

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Jude Wilson

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I am the guy behind PoolCorrect. I love pooling and have been doing this since I was a child.

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