Heritage Round Pools Review



The Heritage 12' x 42" is one of the smaller framed pools with decent reviews but garners complaints about an inadequate pump and filter system. With its metal sides and frame, porthole, and vinyl liner, it could be a challenge for some to set up.

Owners' assessments of the two Heritage pools we researched -- the circular 12' x 42" (starting at $399, Amazon) and 12' x 36" -- average out to OK but not wonderful. One owner writes in a Heritage 12' x 42" pool review on Target that the two-day assembly job was totally worth it. Some reviews on Walmart likewise report fun and enjoyment -- the size and depth suit families with younger and older children alike, it's large enough to hold a small crowd, it's a good value and sturdier than inflatables. But other Heritage pools reviews gripe about unhelpful instructions, missing parts, metal walls and a vinyl liner that seem flimsy, and a pump and filter system that don't last long. Heritage 12' x 36" pool reviews, also found on Walmart, are likewise mixed: one happy owner writes of having bought three of these cheap backyard pools over the years while another gripes about a thin liner and a third says it's a hassle to set up.

The Heritage pools are metal structures (walls and frame) with an all-weather vinyl liner. The pool kits come with the liner, pump and filter system, wall skimmer, porthole, and steel ladder. The specs say you'll need two or three people for setup, which could take up to two days; tools, including a screwdriver and hammer, nails and a knife, are necessary. The pools must be set on a solid, level surface. One Heritage 12' x 36" review on Toys R Us (where it's sold under the Mariner label) suggests professional installation may be the quickest and easiest approach.

Where to buy

If you're partial to a backyard pool with hard side walls, a Heritage pool would be a decent choice.

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