Adding a pool to your back garden (or wherever you choose to locate yours) is a decision that could help improve the value of your home. All the while, it could present you with a convenient means of getting into (and staying in) shape – and that’s before we mention that having one’s own swimming pool is simply a lot of fun.

When you are deciding which swimming pool to invest in, though, you will need to choose between two broad options: an in-ground pool, or an above-ground option. 

Which of these types of pool would be most suitable for your home and lifestyle? Below, we take a closer look at the pros and cons of each.

What are in-ground swimming pools?

As the name suggests, an in-ground pool is a type of pool built onsite in the desired location – such as in your back garden. This type of pool is usually built by excavating an area of the desired size, before adding concrete or a vinyl liner, and finally adding the water.  

In-ground pools will often have extra features such as waterfalls, slides, and diving boards. Indeed, the fact that they are in the ground means it may be easier to accessorise and add features around the actual pool. 

What are the benefits of an in-ground pool?

One of the biggest advantages of an in-ground pool will be its aesthetic appeal – it will lie flat in the ground, rather than sticking up and requiring extra space. 

In-ground pools also tend to be super customisable, as they can often be dug out to a preferred size, which enables them to fit almost any space. Above-ground pools, on the other hand, normally come in set sizes. 

As a bonus, an in-ground pool will usually last for longer, as it will be better protected from the elements and issues that can come with being outdoors in all weathers. 

What is an above-ground pool?

The other main option for aspiring pool owners, an above-ground pool is a prefabricated pool that is made elsewhere, and then placed in the desired location and filled with water. 

Above-ground pools are normally plumbed in, and are typically made from metal, plastic, or resin. These types of pools offer a more affordable option than an in-ground pool, as there will be no need to dig out a foundation in your back garden. 

Above-ground pools come in many different sizes and shapes, and are typically easier to install than their in-ground counterparts. 

What are the benefits of an above-ground pool?

For many pool owners, the greatest benefit of an above-ground pool is its affordability; these pools tend to cost significantly less than in-ground pools and can be installed relatively quickly. They are also comparatively easy to maintain, as there is no need for excavation or complex plumbing. 

In addition, above-ground pools are more portable than in-ground pools, making them a great choice for those who may want to move in the future. If you have opted for this type of pool, you will be able to simply pick up the pool and move it with relative ease, instead of having to fill in an unwanted in-ground pool.

So, which is better – an in-ground pool or an above-ground one?

Ultimately, the best choice will depend on your preferences, budget, and needs. If you are looking for a more durable and customisable pool that will add to the aesthetic appeal of your backyard, then an in-ground pool is likely to be the way to go. But if you’re seeking a more affordable option that is easy to install and maintain, then an above-ground pool may be the optimal choice for you.

One last note: it is perfectly possible for certain pools that you might see being sold online to be effectively in-ground pools and above-ground pools, the idea being that you can choose to have such a pool installed above ground or submerged in the ground to some extent. That is certainly the case with our extensive selection of Plastica wooden pools here at Pool Warehouse, for example. 


Whatever your requirements and expectations may be when it comes to all things swimming pools, accessories, and beyond, our online store can cater to them. So, why not browse online today in search of your own next home swimming pool?