Introduction to Pool Steps
Above ground, pools can be as tall as 60 inches which means that you have to find a way of getting into the pool without slipping or exposing you and your family to unnecessary risks. To solve this problem, most above ground pools come with their own pool steps. While including this accessory is a good idea, the quality of the type of pool steps they provide is what we have issues with. In most cases, these pool steps are so poorly made that they expose your family to even more danger. The steps can become wobbly, and some are even made of slippery surfaces increasing the risk of injuries. As far as we can tell, most pool manufacturers only include these steps as a selling point but they don’t really put too much effort into making them safe for use.
To protect you and your family, you have to look for better and safer pool steps. Steps that even your kids can use to get in and out of the pool without the fear of slipping. Yes, purchasing new pool steps while you have another that you bought with your pool is costly but would you rather save a few bucks or keep your family safe? Remember that it’s better to be safe than sorry and this is why we are going to give you a comprehensive guide on how to get the best pool steps.
Choosing an Above Ground Pool Ladder
Getting the right pool ladder is quite tricky, and this is because we have so many of them in the market. A lot of the ladders in the market are made of a poor quality material that makes them not only dangerous but also very fragile. To save yourself the frustration of buying a poorly made pool ladder here is every detail that you need to consider:
- Type of Pool
Different ladders are designed for different types of pools. Since we are dealing with the above pool ladders, you’ll have to look into the steps that are specifically designed to be used in such pools. You will also need to measure the height of your pool. This will help you in finding the perfect ladder that can fit comfortably without any wobbling or squeaking sounds. We also have adjustable pool steps in the market that allow users to change how tall it is and lock it at the desired position. These ladders are usually costly, but they are handy especially to people who are likely to consider replacing their pools or changing the height of the pool sometime in the near future.
You are buying the pool steps to make your pool safer, and that’s why you have to ensure that the ladder you are acquiring is safe to be used by both children and adult. Some of the things that you must look for here is non-slip surfaces. A pool’s surrounding is normally wet, and hence the ladder should be made of premium non-slip materials.
You must also look for a ladder with a locking system. This helps in keeping the ladder attached to your pool firmly and not floating around. In case you find that the ladder you’ve just bought is still floating then you should go for ladder anchors. These provide extra support and stability to the ladder allowing both adults and children to move up and down the steps with ease.
There is no point in you investing on a pool ladder that you will have to replace a few months down the line. There are great pool steps out there made of durable material that is capable of serving you very well for an extended period. Avoid all pool steps made of cheap plastics and metals. These are prone to breakages and other safety issues. We urge all our clients to go for either steel or aluminum pool steps. These are very durable, and they also support a bigger weight capacity compared to other pool steps.
Finally, you need to identify your budget and look for a decent ladder within that price range. We understand that you could be having a tight budget which means that your options are limited, but even then we discourage you from settling on poorly made pool steps. This is a waste of money, and worse it exposes your family to real danger every time they are using it. Be patient and search for a good ladder and if you cannot find one then consider upping your budget a little more and get a ladder that you won’t regret having in future.
The Best Above Ground Pool Steps
Based on the above details and further research on the various pool steps available in the market and their respective user reviews, we came up with the following three above ground pool steps:
Confer Plastics A-Frame Above Ground Adjustable Pool Ladder
This two-sided pool ladder is an excellent choice for everyone looking for high-quality adjustable pool steps. The ladder can be adjusted to be used with pools between 48 – 56 inches deep. It also has a 300 lbs. weight capacity which is enough to support most adults and children.
At the top of the ladder is a large platform measuring approximately 18” by 5”. This is very useful as it adds extra safety to the ladder. Both the platform and the steps are made of non-slip materials. It also features a lockable Roll Guard Barrier.
- Offers a wide platform at the top
- Very stable
- Features a safety guard system
- The materials necessary for assembling the ladder are not included
- Not compatible with Intex, inflatable and pop-up pools
Confer Above Ground Swimming Pool In-Pool Deluxe Ladder
This pool ladder from Confer is made of premium vinyl resin making it one of the most durable pool steps in the market. It features 18” flat ladder treads that can accommodate both adults and children. The treads are also not too wide apart making it possible for children to use the ladder with ease. You will also get an anti-entrapment barrier preventing access to the ladder from behind.
This pool step accommodates both pool decks and walls. It is adjustable and can be used with pools of varying depth; from 46” to 56”. Setting it up is also very easy. It shouldn’t take you more than 40 minutes to install this ladder.
- Easy to assemble
- You must weigh down the ladder with sand to prevent from floating
- A few users complained of durability issues
Vinyl Works A-Frame Ladder
The Vinyl A-Frame Ladder features a slide lock design offering extra protection to its users. We love its overall construction which is not just durable, but it is also keenly made to optimize the safety of everyone using it. Each side of the ladder, for instance, has four treads spaced adequately. They are also non-slippery ensuring that users with wet legs can move in and out of the pool without any accidents. You can also restrict entrance into the pool by sliding up the exterior ladder.
The Vinyl Works A-Frame Ladder can be used for pool walls measuring between 48 to 56 inches. It has a maximum weight capacity of around 300lbs.
- Can be used with pools of different heights
- Offer solid non-slip treads
- The railings found at the top can be wobbly
The above three pool steps are at the top of the list based on the guide discussed above and from first-hand user experiences. However, before you pick any of them, you need to check whether they apply to your pool. Look at the height covered by these ladders against that of your pool. Check the type of your pool and see if it is compatible with the ladder you are eyeing. All of this should help you get the best possible steps for your pool at a reasonable price.