When I bought and installed my first above ground pool, I unexpectedly discovered that it was only half the battle. If I want my pool to remain comfortable and safe, I need a pump, a filter, a cleaner, and, of course, a ladder.
Still, the purchase of the last construction provoked some problems. The choice was wide, but there were much fewer tips and recommendations for choosing the right ladder in comparison with the number of reviews of pumps and filters.
By trial and error, I managed to determine my main criteria for selecting the safest and best above ground pool ladder. Today, I want to share with you my thoughts and my top three best pool ladders.
So, firstly, the type of pool determines the type of ladder. Therefore, a ladder for an inground pool is not suitable for a frame above the ground reservoir and vice versa. Also, choose a ladder according to the size of the pool and the height of its side. Take note that the rungs of ladder can be adjusted according to your preference. You just have to let the manufacturer know ahead of time.
Secondly, it`s worth paying attention to the material of the stairs. After all, it will long be exposed to water (sometimes with chemical additives), the sun, and other weather conditions. The best options are stainless steel, aluminum, and long-lasting resin.
Thirdly, the weight of the structure is essential and directly affects its durability, fixity, and safety. Therefore, don`t choose too light models. Ideal weight varies from 30 to 60 pounds.
Fourthly, mind the presence of handrails and the stability of the steps.
And fifthly, the weight capacity should also be an important factor for you.
The following three models satisfy all the above-mentioned requirements and can suit the majority of pools. Let`s have a detailed look.
1. Confer Plastics A-Frame 7200 Ladder
Confer Plastics A-Frame 7200 ladder is specially designed to fit above ground frame pools from 48 to 56 inches tall.
The ladder has standard dimensions, weighs 56 pounds, and is made of high-quality resistant aluminum. The model can hold up to 300 pounds.
This Confer 7200 features two rows of five broad steps, each of which measures 18 in x 5 in, and the large top platform for comfortable sitting or standing. On the sides, the platform is equipped with practical handles.
To prevent slipping and increase roughness, aluminum sheets of steps and the top have groove pattern. The legs of the ladder widen to the bottom and provide extra steadiness.
Under the platform, we see a lockable Roll Guard Barrier. It can cover one of the step sides and thus restrict access and its usage. It also includes a lock for fixing. Such an addition will especially suit parents, as you can be sure your kid won`t get into the pool unattended.
The model features a quiet grey color, which matches any pool design.
The price of the Confer Plastics A-Frame 7200 ladder varies from $190 to $230, so I can`t say it’s a budget model.
- solid, durable body
- high weight capacity
- anti-slip broad steps and platform
- convenient handles
- lockable Roll Guard Barrier
- safe for kids
- rather expensive
- not suitable for inflatable and pop-up style pools
2. Confer Curve Base Steps – CCX-AG
Here is another Confer ladder for above ground pools from 47 to 58 inches tall.
First of all, I like its design. Elegant, curved steps with the grey-tinted body always attract my attention. There is also another color option with blue steps.
The material of the item is high-quality resin with anti-UV cover. The resin is resistant to the impact of the sun, water, and chemicals.
The ladder measures 38 x 10 x 31.5 inches and weighs 40 pounds. For extra weight and stability, ladder side panels have space for filling with sand or gravel. After weighing down, it will be 60 lb.
Confer Curve has four steps, the dimensions of which are 47H x 38W x 32D inches for base step and 11H x 27W x 10D inches for step treads. The steps are also covered with groove anti-slip lines and can be curved inwards or outwards. The ladder also comes with dual handles.
The whole construction weight capacity is 400 pounds.
According to “Intexpoolpumps.org” this model is one of the few, which comes with adjustable base pads. If the bottom of your pool is uneven, the pads will be very useful.
Confer Curve Base Steps costs $233 and includes a 5-year warranty.
- sun and chemical resistant resin
- wide steps with dual handles
- anti-slip pattern
- 400 lb weight capacity
- includes adjustable base pads
- two stylish color options
- 5-year warranty
- rather expensive
- requires additional weighting down
- may be difficult in installation
3. Vinyl Works Slide-Lock A-Frame Pool Ladder
Vinyl Works is a versatile A-frame ladder for above ground pools with an excellent safety lock system.
The model has the dimensions of 84 x 22 x 48 in, which make it suitable for frame pools with 48-56 inches walls. An item weighs 57 pounds and doesn`t require additional weighting down. Durable materials and solid construction can support up to 300 pounds.
Speaking about materials, I note that here we see stainless steel and specialized resin that, being permanently immersed into water, needs minimum maintenance. The white color matches all pool designs.
The ladder is equipped with four steps on each side and one mutual top platform. A tread measures 17.25W x 3.5D inches, while the platform is a bit broader with its 18.5W x 11.5D inches. Each side has double handrails for safe and convenient climbing.
One side of the ladder can be set in up position and locked to prevent access to the pool.
I also like how easy this ladder model is assembled, as its parts feature distinctive marks.
This model costs $137 and becomes the most affordable ladder of the top.
- 300 lb weight capacity
- durable materials
- safe handrails
- Safety Barrier
- lock included
- easy assembling
- affordable price
- not suitable for inground and inflatable pools
All three ladders were selected after strict observation and consultation with the choice criteria. Each model is durable, safe, and perfectly matches the pool type. Hope my little tips will help you find the best option!