Above ground pool covers is an essential tool for any pool owner to have in their arsenal. Although there are some people who try to cover their pools with tarps and other inappropriate materials, these projects often fail and leave the pool full of all kinds of debris. In order to fully protect the pool from leaves, dirt, and insects, it’s important to buy a pool cover that’s durable and made for your size pool.
Unfortunately, choosing one of these covers isn’t always as straight forward as it should be. When considering one of these covers there are a few things to think about including what the cover is made out of, if it’s size matches the pool and whether it is designed for covering the pool in the summer or winter. Below are our choices for the ten best pool covers for above ground pools.
Best Above Ground Pool Covers
10Sun 2 Solar Blue Rectangular Solar Cover
It may surprise some people that the best above ground pool cover is also one of the best solar heating blankets available, too. What makes this product so exceptional is that it does do a good job at covering the pool during the summer months and will keep debris out of the pool when it’s not being used for swimming. It will also help prevent the pool from losing water to evaporation, and it captures the radiant energy of the sun to elevate the temperature of the pool for a better swim experience. That makes this a great summer pool cover that everyone should consider.
9Blue Wave Gold 15×30-Foot Oval Cover
This 19×34-foot pool cover is designed to be installed on 15×30-foot pools and protect them against the elements. This cover is made from high-quality materials that protect against rain, sleet, wind, snow, hail, and comes with a 15-year manufacturer’s warranty. Since this cover comes with a 4-foot overlap and with a winch and cable, it’s easy to install on any appropriately sized pool and can be installed in a matter of minutes. That makes this high-quality cover one of the best ones available and definitely one that pool owners are going to want to take a look at.
8Blue Wave Silver 24-Foot Round Pool Cover
This mid-level pool cover is designed to keep sun, leaves, snow, ice, and rain out of the pool for the winter season. It’s made from a high-quality material that holds up well to wind and is backed by a 12-year manufacturer’s warranty. This product is 28-feet in size so that when it’s installed on 24-foot round pools there’s plenty of overlap to ensure that the cover doesn’t get ripped during installation. It also comes with a heavy-duty cable and winch that also makes installation a snap. Now just about anyone can shut down their pool for the winter season and remain confident debris will stay out of it.
7Robelle Super Winter Round 24-Foot Cover
This 28-foot cover is designed to be used with 24-foot round pools, so the user has a 4-foot overlap in which to secure the cover to the pool. This model is made from a high-quality material that is designed to keep out sunlight, rain, snow, sleet, and leaves, so it can be properly shut down for the winter season. It also features reinforced grommets which help make securing it a whole lot easier, especially with the included cable and winch. And to top it all off, this pool cover comes with a 10-year manufacturer’s rating that attests to its quality level.
6In The Swim 18-Foot Autumn Pool Cover
This leaf pool cover is designed to be used when the pool isn’t ready to be shut down quite yet, but leaves are beginning to fall from the trees. This cover is basically a net that’s made from durable polyethylene that’s been knitted together to keep leaves out but still allow rain and sunlight to get to the pool. Thanks to this cover, a homeowner can enjoy their pool longer without worrying about decomposing leaves ending up in their pool. This particular model is designed for 18-foot round above ground pools and comes not only with fastening loops, but also the metal winch and cable to secure it.
5Blue Wave Silver 16×32-Foot Oval Cover
This cover isn’t as inexpensive as the bronze model, but it isn’t as expensive as the Blue Wave gold model either. That makes it a budget cover that is designed to last for up to 12-years and is designed to cover pool 16×32-feet in size. The size of this cover is 20×36-feet, so there’s plenty of material for the homeowner to work with while they’re installing it. And once properly installed and secured, this product will keep a pool safe all winter long by keeping out insects, snow, ice, and rain. It also holds up fairly well against heavy bouts of wind and will also prevent sunlight from reaching the pool’s water.
4Blue Wave Bronze 24-Foot Round Winter Cover
Blue Wave tends to give some of their pools a rating which ranges from bronze to silver to gold and this is designed to allow for easy identification of the different cover models. However, we have also found out that it’s a good way to distinguish the quality of the covers from one another. For example, the silver ones are usually better than the bronze ones, and the gold ones tend to be the best. This model is a bronze model designed for 24-feet pools, and it’s designed to protect against snow, ice, wind, and rain. That makes this 28-feet cover suitable for use as a winter cover.
3Intex 15-Foot Easy-Set Round Pool Cover
This easy-to-use pool cover is specifically designed for Intex pools, but it can also be used on similar 15-foot round pools. This product has sides that cinch around the lip of the pool, and it’s constructed from a high-quality material that will keep most leaves out of the pool’s water. In the center of this cover, there are drain holes that allow water to pass through into the pool, so it doesn’t accumulate on top of it. Unfortunately, the holes in the center also do allow insects and some types of debris into the pool, so if that isn’t acceptable, then the homeowner may want to select a different cover.
2In The Swim Life Smart 28-Foot Round Leaf Net
Even though this leaf net cover can be used in several different ways, we like to think of it as an intermediary pool cover designed for autumn use. It’s a great pool cover to use in between the summer heating blankets and the winter pool covers. After the swim season, and before the leaves begin to fall, this net is installed on a 28-foot round pool. It will keep leaves from entering the pool but still allow water and air to get to the pool. Once all of the leaves have fallen, this cover can be removed, and the one designed for winter use can then be installed. All of which makes this a very handy cover to have around.
1In The Swim 24-Foot Round Winter Pool Cover
This above ground pool cover is designed to be used when the pool is shut down at the end of the swim season. This winter pool cover is approximately 27-feet in diameter so that when it’s fit on 24-inch round pools, there’s a little bit of extra material to work with while the pool is being covered. This model also comes with a steel cable and winch for securing the cover to the pool. And since it’s a blue solid pool cover, this model will do an excellent job of keeping out not only debris but also water as well. This allows the homeowner to keep their pool safe and pristine all winter long.