Since their inception, above-ground pools have been a popular alternative to in-ground residential swimming pools. They’re less expensive, simple to install, and easy to disassemble and move. Doughboy Recreational and Haugh’s Products made the early above-ground pools. And by the 1960s, the pools had become larger and deeper with similar equipment to in-ground models, such as filter systems.

In recent years, above-ground pools have drastically changed in appearance and features. Some are equipped with fiberoptic and LED lighting, top-notch circulation systems, decking, and spa-like extras. The latter of which do great impersonations of in-ground models.