5 Best Plastic Dog Pools to Keep Your Dog Cool (2019)

Keep your pup cool with these plastic pools.

Written By: Richard Cross | Last Updated:

Plastic dog pools can be a great way to keep your pup cool during hot weather. Here are five of the best plastic pools for dogs, along with tips for choosing the right option for your pet.

A guide to the best plastic dog pools for your garden

Dog pools are brilliant for reducing your pet’s body temperature and reducing the chance of heat stroke. In fact, a pool placed in a shaded part of the garden is one of the quickest ways for a dog to cool down.

They are also great for bathing and providing light exercise during the hot summer months. You can even add a few floating toys to provide extra mental stimulation.

Not all pools are worth the money though, so it’s important to pick the right model. The best dog pools are portable, strong, and provide enough space for your pet to have fun. I’ve listed five of my top picks below.

Our #1 Pick

Jasonwell Foldable Dog Pet Bath Pool

Jasonwell Foldable Dog Pet Bath Pool

A durable PVC pool with a foldable design

My top pick for a plastic dog pool is the Jasonwell Foldable. It’s a sturdy pool with a tough PVC exterior, dual drainage holes and slip-resistant bottom. It’s also available in a range of sizes, so it’s suitable for most breeds.

Why Buy a Dog Pool?

A German Shepherd in a bathing doggie poolsThere are many advantages to owning a dog swimming pool – especially during summer heat or if you live in a warm climate.

Our canine friends struggle to keep cool in hot weather, as they can only sweat via their footpads. If panting can’t reduce their body temperature, there’s a risk of heat stroke. This can lead to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, fainting, loss of coordination, and even death.

Even if your dog isn’t at risk of heat stroke, a thick coat can make the summer uncomfortable. While cooling mats, water fountains and other devices may help, a doggie pool is one of the fastest ways to prevent overheating and keep your pet cool.

Many dogs (but not all!) also love playing in a plastic pool. Simply splashing around can provide plenty of entertainment and mild exercise.

Of course, it’s important to keep your dog safe whenever he’s near water. Always supervise your dog and make sure the water isn’t too deep. He should always be able to stand with his head far above water.

Be particularly careful with puppies, small dogs, or those suffering with a medical condition. It’s also important to clean a pool regularly to prevent potentially dangerous bacteria or algae.

How to Choose a Plastic Pool for a Dog

There areĀ many plastic dog pools on the market – but most aren’t worth buying. The cheapest options are prone to tearing and inconvenient to fold.

For this reason, it’s important to know what to look for in a high-quality pet pool:

  • Durable Design. A single hole can turn an expensive pool into a useless pile of plastic. If you want a folding design, look for pools made with strong PVC and reinforced floors. For diggers or chewers, a rigid plastic pool is often a stronger choice.
  • Size (Physical and Gallons of Water). It’s often hard to know what size pool to buy. There’s no hard rule, but look for a pool that’s big enough for your pet to splash around in without swamping him. Bigger isn’t always better – especially for nervous or small dogs – although energetic pups may prefer a large area. If you plan to use the pool as a bath, a smaller size means you won’t need to get in the pool with your pet.
  • Depth. While you don’t want a German Shepherd or Great Dane standing in half an inch of water, you also don’t want the pool to be dangerously deep for your pet. The wall depth is another consideration, as tall walls may be uncomfortable to step over for small breeds or those with joint pain.
  • Drainage. Large pools can be difficult to empty by tipping. A plug can make draining much easier. Some of the top models even have multiple drainage plugs.
  • Portability. Many of the best plastic dog pools are segmented, so they can be collapsed when not in use. These are great for storage, but aren’t as durable as solid plastic frames. Avoid inflatable dog pools – they can take a long time to inflate and are likely to be popped by your pup!

Keep in mind that dog pools aren’t designed to withstand a determined chewer or digger. It’s also a good idea to trim your dog’s nails, so there’s less chance of snagging.

Can Kiddie Pools Be Used for Dogs?

Kid pools have a similar design to those for pets. The problem is that they are often made with thinner plastic, so are more likely to rip and tear. Kids don’t have sharp teeth and claws, after all!

There are also potential hygiene issues with children sharing a pool with your dog. For these reasons, it’s best to buy a separate dog pool for your pet.

5 Best Plastic Dog Pool Reviews

Now you know what to look for in a plastic dog pool, here are my five top picks. Please read each review carefully to find the right option for your pet.

Jasonwell

1. Top Pick: Jasonwell Foldable Pet Bath Pool

The Jasonwell Foldable Pet Bath is my top pick for a dog pool.

It’s made with tough PVC and a thicker bottom, so it can withstand the average dog’s claws. The Jasonwell also has a slip-resistant floor to help your pup feel more secure.

One of the great things about this pool is that it’s available in a range of sizes – including an XX-Large 63″ option. If you need a large dog pool, or enough space for several pups, it’s one of the biggest on the market.

Other features include a foldable design and two drainage plugs. It can still take a while to drain, especially if you choose the larger sizes, but the plugs make it much more convenient.

The only real drawback is that the carry case is quite small. It’s difficult (although not impossible) to fold it small enough to fit back into the case.

Other than that, the Jasonwell Foldable Pet Pool is an excellent foldable dog pool.

Why We Recommend It: The Jasonwell is my top pick for a PVC dog wading pool. It's strong, foldable, and has two drainage holes. The pool is also available in a range of sizes.
  • Material: PVC
  • Design: Foldable
  • Price: $$$
  • Strong PVC and a thicker floor
  • Non-slip design
  • Folds away to save space
  • Can be difficult to fit into the small carry bag
Kundo Rectangular

2. Best Rectangular: Kundu Rectangular Bathing Tub

If you would prefer a rectangular pool, the Kundo Bathing Tub is a great choice. It’s a strong PVC pool that’s foldable and doesn’t require inflation, plus it’s easy to deploy.

While the shape of a pool is a matter of personal preference, rectangular pools are probably easier to use for bathing your pup. It’s not just for washing though – the Kundo is a decent choice for cooling or play. It also has a drainage plug and is available in two sizes.

A drawback is that the largest size isn’t as big as the Jasonwell. If you have a big dog, it probably isn’t the right pool. I also don’t think it’s the most durable on this list – although for calm dogs it’s still a solid choice.

Why We Recommend It: The Kundo is one of the best rectangular dog pools. It's built with a heavy-duty PVC exterior, collapsible design, and has a drainage cap for fast emptying.
  • Material: PVC
  • Design: Foldable
  • Price: $$$
  • Heavy duty PVC
  • Drainage cap
  • Easy to fold
  • Not the most durable
  • Not available in extra large sizes
FrontPet Foldable

3. Best for Small Breeds: FrontPet Foldable Bathing Tub

For small dogs, the FrontPet Foldable is an excellent pool. The “Small” version has a height of just 8″, yet is still strong and has a panelled design for easier folding.

Aside from the size, the FrontPet has everything you would expect from a high-quality pet pool. It’s made with durable PVC, has a reinforced bottom to withstand claws, and a slip-resistant finish. The pool also comes with a drainage plug – although you probably won’t have much trouble tipping out shallow water.

Don’t expect it to withstand digging or chewing though. While it’s strong enough to handle everyday play from smaller dogs, it’s not designed for destructive pups.

Why We Recommend It: The FrontPet Foldable Bathing Tub is my top pick for small dogs. It's made with strong PVC, has a slip-resistant bottom, and is only 8 inches tall.
  • Material: PVC
  • Design: Foldable
  • Price: $$
  • Good choice for small dog breeds
  • Easy to fold
  • Has a drainage plug
  • Not as durable as other options on this list
StarPlay Apple

4. Best Hard Plastic: Starplay Apple Pool

If you think a foldable pool might be too weak for your dog, the Starplay Apple Pool could be a decent alternative.

It’s not the most convenient pool, as it has a molded plastic design and doesn’t fold. The Starplay also isn’t big enough for large breeds and doesn’t have a drainage plug.

On the plus side, it’s a relatively lightweight pool that’s less likely to get damaged than PVC alternatives. It’s also easy to clean due to the smooth surface – plus it looks great.

I also don’t think you’ll have trouble emptying it, even without a drainage plug. The curved design and relatively small size makes it easy to tip over.

Why We Recommend It: The StarPlay Apple is a simple and durable molded plastic pool. It's not as convenient as the other options on this list, but has a stronger design.
  • Material: Molded Plastic
  • Design: Molded
  • Price: $$
  • Tough plastic exterior
  • Lightweight
  • Fun design
  • Doesn't fold
  • No drainage plug
Fuloon PVC

5. Alternative Pick: Fuloon PVC Swimming Pool

The Fuloon PVC Swimming Pool provides excellent value for money. It’s not my top pick, but is a decent alternative to the others on this list.

It’s a portable pool with a folding design, PVC outer and slip-resistant floor. It’s also available in three sizes and has a drainage plug.

Unlike many cheap pools, the Fuloon is relatively easy to fold up and store. If you plan to deploy and re-pack the pool on a regular basis, this could save you time.

There aren’t many downsides to this pool. The largest size can’t match the 63″ Jasonwell, however, so it’s less suitable for big breeds.

Why We Recommend It: The Fuloon is another excellent plastic dog pool. It's easy to fold, has a drainage plug, and is available for a great price.
  • Material: PVC
  • Design: Foldable
  • Price: $$
  • Slip-resistant floor
  • Portable and easy to fold
  • Great value for money
  • Largest size isn't big enough for giant breeds

Summary

A plastic dog pool is a fun way for your pet to stay cool during the summer. Many dogs also love playing in pools, so they can be an enjoyable bonding experience with your pet.

My top pick is the Jasonwell Foldable Dog Pet Bath Pool. It’s a durable pet bath with a PVC exterior, thick and slip-proof floor, and a folding design. It’s also available in a range of sizes, including an XX-Large option.

Do you have any questions about choosing a plastic pool for a dog? Please let me know in the comments section below.

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About The Author: Richard Cross

Richard is a journalist who specialises in dog behavior. He's written hundreds of articles and books related to dogs, including for the Continental Kennel Club, Dog Fest (the UK's biggest dog festival) and various veterinary surgeries. When he's not spending time with Jess and Rudy (his beloved Labrador and Golden Retrievers), he enjoys reading, hiking and watching sports. You can find him on Facebook or Twitter.