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I tested five products and found the Starplay Large Apple Pool to be the best plastic dog pool for your small-to-medium pup.
I have a confession: I am not always the best at trimming my dogs’ nails.
If you’re like me, then these plastic dog pools are going to be a godsend. I need a pool that can take a beating, and these sturdy ones all withstood my two dogs’ sharp claws.
I did have to give the Starplay pool the edge over all the others for a few reasons, though. First of all, look how cute it is! It’s also so well-made.
All of the pools on this list are well-built, to be sure, but the Starplay Apple model really surprised me with its strength– no bending or warping at all.
The other pools on the list have their own “best-for” features, though; I’ve considered budget, size, and if you have kids.
Read on for the best plastic dog pool for your pooch’s hot-weather enjoyment, and don’t forget to check out the buyer’s guide as well.
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Best Overall – Starplay Large Apple Pool
As I mentioned, this super-cute Starplay Large Apple Pool takes the cake overall. And yes, it starts with the pool’s good looks, which are irresistibly cheerful, and the aforementioned sturdiness, thanks to its polypropylene blend material.
In addition, it is the perfect size for small or small/medium dogs, at just a little less than four feet long and just about three-and-half feet wide. I kept an eye on the water level (my chihuahua is a lot shorter than my beagle) and there was more than enough room for them to splash and submerge.
What I love most, though, is knowing that this cute pool is going to stay cute for a few summers at least.
Best for Dogs and Kids — Geniusidea Splash Pad Sprinkler
Though not technically a “pool,” this splash pad is definitely pool-adjacent and great for hot summer days.
I had to invite my friend over with her little one when we brought out this Geniusidea Splash Pad Sprinkler, and a blast was had by all. There was one toddler and three dogs present that afternoon, and with its 68-inch width, there was plenty of room for everyone.
Plus, the economically priced splash pad pays for itself in entertainment value alone; watching my beagle try to “bite” the water sprays had us all in stitches, the baby included!
Best Non-rigid Plastic – Intex Beach Days Pool
The rigid sides of hard plastic pools mean that they will take up some space in storage. If you don’t have a garage or a big shed, that can be a problem, but the Intex Beach Days pool is a good plastic alternative.
Not only is it collapsible/foldable for more convenient storage (nor does it require inflation), it is just over five feet in diameter, which means your pup will have some real room to doggie-paddle.
This one might also be a good option for bigger dogs, provided you keep their nails trimmed short.
Best Budget – Intex Crystal Blue Inflatable
If you aren’t looking to break the bank for a plastic dog pool, this simple Intex Crystal Blue Inflatable is your best bet. It’s about as straight-forward as dog pools get, with a 45-inch diameter and 10-inch sides — a little shorter than some of the others, so more compatible with short-legged dogs.
You do get what you pay for, however, and this is an inflatable. You might not want to expect to get more than one season out of it, especially if you’re using it a lot and it’s putting up with a lot of wear and tear.
Best Splurge — Rubbermaid 300 Gal. Stock Tank
Whether pampering your pup is a regular occurrence or you have been saving your pennies for a big purchase, the Rubbermaid 300 Gallon Stock Tank makes an excellent dog pool, especially if you have a big breed (or two).
Built to withstand heavy farm use from livestock (and this pool is heavy — 80+ pounds), you will definitely get your money’s worth out of this — you might never have to buy another dog pool again. The ultra-durable tank also features a handy plug near the bottom for easy water drainage.
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There are several reasons why you should consider a plastic dog pool for your hot-weather fun. They are:
Super durable. Plastic, especially heavy-duty plastic models, can withstand dogs’ tough, sharp nails, and even hold up to doggy “digging,” with hardly any chance of compromising the material.
Long-lasting. Less fading and warping throughout the season keeps the pool in good-looking condition. You might end up saving money by spending a little more upfront, but end up having a pool that lasts years and isn’t an eyesore.
Lightweight. Plastic pools tend to be pretty light (there was one exception on this list), so you’re spared the back-breaking work associated with transporting them, getting them out of storage or moving them around your yard.
What to Consider
Here are a few considerations when choosing a plastic pool for your pup:
- Your dog’s size vs. the pool’s size
- Your dog’s health needs (Joint pain? Overweight?)
- The number of dogs you own
- Your budget
- Any accessibility issues (e.g., Will the dog need a ramp or stairs to access the pool?)
Ultimately, you know your dog’s health and condition best. You might have to try a few pools — Goldilocks style — before settling on The One.
The Starplay Large Apple Pool is an overall winner that is simple, straightforward, and delivers on durability. I’d buy it again and again, except that it is so well-made, I don’t have to.
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