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How to choose the right pool shape for your yard

Rectangle or Roman? Kidney or free-form? Lazy-‘L’ or Grecian? This article helps you choose the right pool shape for your particular yard, home and style.

Backyard pool vs. cottage: Cost comparison

Taxes to toys. Financing to furnishings. We compare some of the most important one-time and annual costs when it comes to owning that cozy cottage or the backyard pool of your dreams.


Vinyl-lined, fiberglass and concrete pools: We rate them all in this pros and cons chart

We make it easy to evaluate the pros and cons of different pool types, covering everything from upfront cost to swim experience. The more stars the better!


How to compare swimming pool quotes: 11 things to ask

When it comes time to decide who should install your backyard pool, ask these 11 questions to make sure you’re comparing apples to apples.


14 inspiring pool designs your neighbours will be drooling over

Whether your style is more woodland retreat or modernist masterpiece, you’ll be inspired by these photos. The helpful captions will help you achieve the look!


These 8 photos prove you can swim all year round

Swimpools (aka swimspas or endless pools) are compact backyard pools that you can afford to heat all winter—and these photos prove it!


How to choose the perfect winter pool cover

Keep dirt, debris, kids, pets and more out of your pool during the off-season. Here are our tips for choosing the right cover for your pool and budget.

15 stunning ways to incorporate a hot tub into your backyard

15 stunning ways to incorporate a hot tub into your backyard

Create a beautiful backyard oasis, perfect for a private soak or entertaining friends and family, with these 15 hot tub landscaping ideas!

7 ahhhsome hot tub jets

7 ahhhsome hot tub jets and what they do

Without the jets, a hot tub is little more than a bathtub in your yard. Relaxing, sure, but not ahhhhmazing. Read on for a guide to hot tub jet systems, an explanation of 7 hot tub jets and some shopping advice.


The Inside Scoop: Our Hydropool Review

With a relationship that spans 40 years, if anyone should know about the quality of Hydropool products and customer service, it’s us. What mark do we give Hydropool? Read our Hydropool review!

5 hot tub buying mistakes

5 hot tub buying mistakes you don’t want to make

This article covers 5 of the most common hot tub buying mistakes first-time buyers make. Read it so you won’t make them yourself!

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6 amazing above ground swimpools

These 6 amazing swimpools prove that a pool doesn’t have to be inground to be gorgeous. Use these ideas to create your own year-round swim and soak oasis!

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5 best pool financing methods (and one we don’t recommend)

Loan? Line of credit? Mortgage? Credit card? Here are the best pool financing strategies, based on our decades of experience helping families afford their backyard dreams.

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Backyard pools on a budget: 8 ways to save money on pool installation

Get 8 tips to save money on pool installation, with the exact amount of cash you’ll pocket for each idea. You can afford your backyard dreams—find out how!

Battle of the solar covers – Solar blanket vs Liquid solar

Battle Of The Pool Covers: Solar Blanket vs. Liquid

What is a liquid solar pool cover and how does it compare to a traditional solar pool cover? Check out our pros and cons so you can make your own decision!

Swimpool vs. Small pool costs

Cost comparison: Small pool vs. swimpool

We take a look at the costs to install a small inground pool compared to a swimpool (a small pool with a built-in hot tub). Which one fits your budget best?


Can I heat a swim spa with gas and 9 more questions people ask

What’s a swimpool? How fast does it heat up? What’s the hot tub part like? We fast-track your swimpool learning curve with these 10 questions and answers.


11 Must-See Pools For Small Yards

These 11 gorgeous examples of small pools in small yards show that you can have it all: space to eat, lounge, swim and play. Learn how to get the look, too!


Pool vs. swimpool: The winner surprised even us

We put swimpools (also known as swimspas) head-to-head with traditional pools on 14 different criteria, including cost and looks. Find out who wins!

HOW MUCH DOES A SWIMPOOL COST? (You might be surprised.)

How Much Does A Swimpool Cost?

Swimpools offer all the fun and fitness of a traditional pool at a lower cost. This article gives price ranges, installation costs and money-saving tips.

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