Doughboy Pools Compared to Mine
I am not here to stop you from buying a Doughboy swimming pool. I actually recommend them to people everyday, and have Doughboy Pools listed in my top ten best swimming pools on the planet. Also, they have one of the largest dealer networks, so if you want the person who sells you a pool to also install it, they are the best company I could recommend, except for Northern Massachusetts where my company is located. 😀
Before you call up Doughboy, or check out there dealer locater to see if there is a dealer in your area. Please read what I have to say here first. I use to be a Doughboy dealer, and now I am not. They have a great name and still make many great pools and pool liners. But…
Before you get to far into this review. You may want to read another article I wrote called Anatomy of an Above Ground Swimming Pool. Here you learn that steel pools are the cheapest pools for a reason… They rust, and eventually rot out. What you really want, is a pool with mostly resin components, and a steel, or even better, an aluminum pool wall.
Doughboy does not have an aluminum wall option. Aluminum walls have proven to be the best, and last the longest, so how can you sell the best pool, without a good aluminum pool wall?
Now Doughboy has some really high end resin pools. Namely their Saratoga, and Tuscany pools. These pools feature some real beef, in the resin Top Rails, and Uprights. I mean they are super thick extruded resin, probably the strongest resin I have ever seen. But here’s the thing… You don’t need super thick and wide resin uprights and top rails.
Once the pool is built, you could literally take off the top rails and uprights. The wall and water are what hold up the pool. Manufactures like Doughboy are making these bulky resin pools, so China can’t compete. China can’t afford to make these giant heavy top rails and uprights. They take up to much room in a shipping container.
So now, please tell me exactly why your going to pay thousands more for a Tuscany or Saratoga? Yeah the Saratoga and the Tuscany have stronger Resin uprights and Top Rails… So what? If your going to spend all the money, please check out Buster Crabbe’s Aquasport 52.
Just because something cost more, doesn’t mean it is better. If you still feel compelled to spend more money, please build yourself a nice wooden deck with the extra cash. Nothing makes an above ground pool better, than a deck…
Putting An Above Ground Pool Inground
I understand the reason for doing a semi-inground pool installation. Maybe you have an uneven yard, or you cant dig that deep do to ledge. But I will never understand the desire to completely bury a rolled wall above ground pool. Rolled wall pools (despite what the dealers say) are not strong enough to hold back the earth, for semi inground installation, you want to go with a premium slat wall pool.
The only pools I would ever semi, or completely bury is Aquasport 52, made by Aquasport Pools LLC. or A Optimum Pool made by Wilbar. The Aquasport 52 is made of super thick aluminum panels suitable for any climate in the United States. And the Optimum is made with large insulated panels best suited for climates that do not experience freezing temperatures.
If you ever lose the water in a rolled wall above ground pool that you buried. the walls will fold in like bologna. Doughboy says to back fill the pool wall with a cement like grout product, once it is full of water. This will definitely keep it from caving in, but your adding a hell of an expense to an already expensive product. Dollar for dollar… You might spend a little more for the Aquasport 52, but it will last forever.
If your even considering burying Doughboys Copper Canyon, or Summerville pools, you should just burn your money now. I am sorry to be Debbie Downer. But I offer this advice as tough love. I don’t want you to waste your money.
Doughboy Pool Liners
Doughboy definitely makes a good liner. I am pretty sure they are all 20 mil, even their overlap liners. And there expandable liners come even thicker. They have some really attractive liner patterns too. My only criticism, is with trying to get out their packing wrinkles, but that’s your installers problem, not yours.
I have nothing against Doughboy Pools, they make great pools, but they are simply to much money. Their resin pools cost way to much. They don’t offer an aluminum wall.
You may find their prices more competitive in your area of the country. I had to add the cost of shipping all the way to Massachusetts. But I would urge you to compare apples for apples against my pools.
I was a Doughboy dealer for three years. Last year in 2015 I didn’t sell any of their pools, I just felt I owed it to my customers to offer them a better value. So naturally they dropped me as a dealer. Now I have my own line of pools and sell the high end slat-wall pools of Buster Crabbe / Aquasport Pools LLC. I challenge you to compare my line of pools against Doughboy Pools. My Packages are an incredible value.
New dealers interested in selling My Pools, Please contact me.
If you need a pool installer in your area, try contacting HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List, or Craigslist. A lot of my installers pull their own work off of Craigslist. If you can’t find an installer, and we don’t have a distributor near you, I do recommend Doughboy Pools over other alternatives. Specifically there Palmshore, Tuscany, and Sarratoga models.