Summer is rapidly approaching and with summer, we all know what comes along with that- beaches, BBQs, and the good ol’ pool parties!
As we get geared for the summer season, it is time to maintain our pools as best as possible and this involves the classic pool cover to keep all of that irritating debris from falling into your pool when it’s not in use. Let’s take a look at some of the best-rated, above-ground pool covers of 2021.
We’re going to get started from the best above ground swimming pool cover with the least expensive to the more pricey options;
Let’s get started!
Best Above Ground Swimming Pool Covers – Reviewed 2021
This is a pretty inexpensive option, costing about $20 bucks on Amazon, after-tax; the cover size of the Intex is approximately 27 feet in diameter and comes with a round, blue solid cover, which effectively keeps debris and water out.
Additional features of the Intex also include a steel cable and winch, not to mention a one-year guarantee and an eight-year warranty from the manufacturer.
As mentioned, the cover is approximately 27-feet in diameter, made to fit round pools measuring approximately 24-feet in diameter.
The Blue Wave pool cover costs about $108.00 on Amazon (for this particular size) and is ideal for pools whose dimensions are 18 feet x 34 feet, and the cover size is 22 feet x 38 feet (although these dimensions can vary);
The Blue Wave effectively protects against sun, snow, ice, and wind, with a four-foot overlap to ensure there is no stretching or ripping off the cover while it is on the pool.
Additional features of the Blue Wave are the winch tightener and heavy-duty cable, which comes included.
The Blue Wave Silver is essentially the cousin of the Blue Wave Gold that we reviewed above and has various features including a cover that is approximately 28 feet in size and can be used for a pool size of up to 24 feet.
Likes its counterpart, the Blue Wave Silver will protect against sun, snow, ice, and wind, with a four-foot overlap to ensure there is no stretching or ripping; there is also a heavy-duty cable and winch tightener included with this cover as well.
The last of the Blue Wave family is the bronze 24 foot above-ground pool winter cover; the Blue Wave Bronze cover has various features including a cover that is approximately 28 feet in size and can be used for a pool size of up to 24 feet. Likes its counterpart, the Blue Wave Silver will protect against sun, snow, ice, and wind, with a four-foot overlap to ensure there is no stretching or ripping; there is also a heavy-duty cable and winch tightener included with this cover as well.
The major differences (although they are all incredibly similar) are that the Gold has a 15-year shelf life, the Silver a 12 years, and the Bronze an 8-year shelf life.
The Robelle is a high-quality pool cover that is 8 x 8 in diameter and is made from a heavy-duty polyethylene material and weighs 2.36 oz./yd2, with a four-foot overlap (Includes 4 feet of extra material, making this cover easier to secure with minimal assistance).
It also includes a winch and cable set which should be used to secure the cover through the reinforced grommets. There is also a 10-year warranty that comes with this particular cover so you can be assured of that fact.
Let’s also take a look at some general questions that potential buyers may have when looking for the perfect pool cover:
The Best Above Ground Swimming Pool Covers – FAQs
Can pool covers be used year-round or just strictly in the winter?
Yes, pool covers can be used year-round, not just during the winter season
When the water gets trapped on the top of the cover and freezes will it damage your pool?
Although water will get trapped on the top, typically, it will NOT damage your pool in most cases
How well does it hold up in harsh weather (i.e. ice and snow)?
The material of some of these covers is very thinly made so it may not hold up that well in bad weather, the cover can rip, and/or water can get through easily.
Will it hold up in monsoon weather?
Most likely not, even though it comes with a winch and tightener, winds such as those that are in monsoon may be too rough for the cover to not be able to rip away from the pool
All in, you should base your decision on what brand of pool cover to purchase depending (in my opinion) on what kind of environment you reside in; for example, if you stay in South Florida, where there is prone to be hurricanes and the like, you may want to purchase a more sturdy cover to reduce the chances of the cover blowing away during harsh storms.
Also, be mindful of the material since some of the seams on some covers rip fairly easily and wind up being a huge waste of money.
Of the above pool covers reviewed, I would say the Robelle is an ideal choice, just make sure you read the print of the warranty good!