Just can’t get enough of the pool? How about extending summer for about two months? If that sounds amazing, a solar pool cover is just what you need! Heat your pool with the power of the sun, prevent evaporation, and keep debris out all with one device. We’ve got you covered with our solar pool cover buying guide! Here’s what you should know before you start shopping. Afterward, check out our top ten recommendations for the best cover!
Pool Type: Some covers work better for pools installed above ground, while other types work only for ones that sit above ground. Check to make sure the cover you want is made for your pool. Some work for both types!
Shape: Covers are usually made for either rectangular or circular pools. If your pool is shaped differently, you can always buy more than one and spread them over the surface of your pool! They work the same.
Color: There seem to be two recurring colors for these covers: There’s either blue or clear available, sometimes both. The Clear version keeps the water warmer at more depth, while the blue one prevents heat from escaping.
Thickness: Thicker covers tend to have larger bubbles on the bottom side. They also prevent more evaporation than thinner ones, and most are able to keep more heat in the water. Thin covers work best for above ground pools.
Size: You need to know what size your pool is before you buy a cover for it. Most of them can be cut down to the size of your pool if you need them to fit a little better.
Warranty: You’re going to want to know how long the pool cover is going to last. Most companies will refund or replace the cover if there is a defect within this time frame.
Now that you know what to look for, let’s get to the products! If you’re eager to get back in the sunshine, check out our top pick and budget pick first! They will show you what’s really out there for both function and price. Make sure you read to the end of our best solar pool cover reviews because you just might find your favorite accessory for fun in the sun!