Summer Escapes Pools Review

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This 18' x 48" swimming pool from General Foam Plastics attracts a bevy of vocal critics who fault its build quality and the company's customer service.

Except for its user-friendly setup, the framed Summer Escapes 18' x 48" backyard pool (starting at $450) disappoints. In Summer Escapes 18' x 48" pool reviews on Toys R Us, buyers compliment the easy, no-tools assembly of this pool, which can be a one-person job that takes several hours or a three-person job that goes much faster. But reviews on Amazon add mostly negative comments to the discussion. One review reports the liner sprung leaks immediately and the pump and a replacement soon broke. Another says leaks showed up as soon as water started flowing in and the ladder that comes with the pool isn't tall enough. Yet another reports the paint on the frame came off during its maiden season. Owners also gripe about customer service (apparently you can't get replacement parts during the winter because the company produces parts only during the warmer months) and the difficulty of finding replacement parts for the trademarked SkimmerPlus all-in-one filter pump system.

The metal frame of this 18' x 48" pool holds up a triple-layer PVC shell with polyester, inner-mesh sidewalls; there's also a laminated band that adds support for the walls. The Summer Escapes pool kit comes with a filter/pump/skimmer system, ground cloth, pool cover, ladder, and maintenance supplies.

In appearance, the Summer Escapes pool seems comparable to Intex metal frame pools. But negative reviews outnumber the positive on this brand. If this is the look and size that appeals, step up to the higher-priced competition.

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