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Choosing A Paddling Pool

As the weather warms up, you may be considering buying a paddling pool, or even larger above ground swimming pool for your garden.

At Wicken Toys we sell a range of pools, in a variety of sizes, and have the expertise needed to help you choose the right model for your family.

What Do You Need?

Before you begin to browse our selection, ask yourself a few questions to help scope out your requirements.

1. What will your pool be used for? This question isn't as daft as it sounds. Deeper pools are suitable for climbing into, and enjoying being immersed in the water. Shallower pools can be used for paddling in, or as a container for water play while the child is positioned outside of the pool. Also consider who will be using the pool. Does it need to be big enough to accommodate multiple children and / or adults?

2. Do you want a semi-permanent structure? Our large above ground pools are designed to be left up for a number of weeks. Once erected they require minimal maintenance, and do not need continuous refilling, provided the correct cleaning process have been put in place. On the other hand, if you have a small garden, then a temporary pool, which can be emptied and put away at the end of use, then refilled the next time you wish to use it, would be more appropriate.

3. Budget Vs Convenience A cheaper inflatable paddling pool can be a false economy. Emptying it, deflaiting it, then getting it back out on the next sunny day, gets old fast. There will also be times when, for example after school, you could grab 20 minutes or so in the pool, but it's just too much effort getting it out to make it worth while. With an above ground pool the fun is set up and ready to go as soon as you want to play.

Types Of Pool Explained

We stock a range of pools, constructed in different ways.

Plastic Hard Sided These are fixed shape pools made from injection molded plastic. They are usually small and easy to fill, and light weight so they can be moved around. They can often be used as sand pits too. AS the shape is fixed they do not reduce in size for storage.

Inflatable

Designed to be stored flat, then inflated as needed. We sell hand pumps and electric pumps to make inflation a lot easier.

PVC Sided

Intex 10ft x 30 Easy Set Swimming Pool

Intex

These have an inflatable ring at the top to hold the shape of the wall, then filling it with water is what makes it expand to full size.

Metal Frame Used for larger above ground pools, metal tubes slot together, to support a large soft sided pool liner.

ntex

Pool Alternative For a fun, affordable way to cool off, consider getting a slip and slide. These are best suited to older children and young-hearted adults.

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