Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
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The Question is, Will It Pop Back Down?
ELC Pop Up Pool
Member Name: kat1234
ELC Pop Up Pool
Advantages: convenient, easy to put up
Disadvantages: hard to fold down, not the most comfortable
The pool comes in quite a small, neat cardboard box - showing just how compact it is when folded. To open you simply pull it out and it literally does just 'pop' up into a pool. Simple! The pool has a diameter of 95cm and a height of 65cm so is ideal for toddlers but a little small for older children. It is blue in colour and made of a fairly thick, waterproof material. With the pool comes a green sunshade that can be easily attached to protect children from the sun's harmful rays when playing outside. It also comes with a material carry case so that you can pack it up and take it with you on holiday or to friend's houses.
We have, so far, had limited use of this as a paddling pool due to the good old British weather. However, when we have used it it has been easy to set up and fill with water. At first, I was unsure that the sides were strong enough to hold the water in - they seemed a bit flimsy - but they actually perform really well with no dipping or loss of water. The only problem we had that there wasn't as much 'give' in the sides as there would be an inflatable pool, so it was a little hard for my son to get in and out of. Not a problem at the moment as he is barely toddling but, as he becomes more independent, it may become a minor issue. It dries quickly after use in the sun but some patches of water can remain and need mopping up.
As a ball pool it functions well and is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. We fill with 200 play balls and this gives a good depth of balls. Again, the sides act well to keep the balls in. The pool keeps it's shape well under the stress of movement from my son, although I would not be as confident of the sides being so supportive if he leans on them as he gets older.
When packing away, you can fold the pool quite small. There are instructions contained on how to do this but I found these very difficult to follow - even with the diagrams. I am not the best at following instructions anyway but I can usually figure them out. Not in this case, they make very little sense to me and every time I followed the step by step guide, I could not fold this at all. I ended up finding a guide on You Tube and following this. When I did manage it, I was not able to fold it as compactly as it originally was but I did manage to fit it into the carry case.
Overall, I probably like the concept more than the pool in practice. It is handy to have an instant, no fuss pool for the garden that can also be transported easily with us on holiday or to stay with friends. However, the pool is a little too difficult to fold up for my liking. It functions well as a paddling pool and a ball pool and the sunshade is a lovely addition for peace of mind, especially for babies and toddlers. This stays in place well and offers quite a bit of shade and protection.
I feel that £25 is a little expensive for what is essentially a bit of material with a wire frame. As with most such things, you are paying for the convenience. On the plus side, it does pop up well, holds it's form and maintains it's contents well. Negatives include difficulty in dipping the walls to allow a child to step into or out of the pool, lack of support from the sides and, most frustratingly, it is very difficult to fold down again - vastly detracting from the convenience of it!
I would recommend this pool if you are looking for an indoor ball pit that you do not need to keep collapsing or as a second pool for holidays etc. I think we will probably be purchasing a good old fashioned inflatable pool next year when my son is older as this will likely better suit his and our needs.
Summary: decent but not great