The Difference between Round and Oval Pools

When you decide to put a pool in your Atlanta, GA, backyard, one of the biggest choices is whether to get a round or oval pool. While these traditional shapes seem similar, there are some differences that you need to be aware of before you make your final decision. Here are three differences between round and oval swimming pools.


One of the keys to picking a swimming pool is figuring out what size pool will work in your backyard space. Round aboveground pools come in numerous sizes, traditionally ranging from 15-33 feet in diameter. Round pools offer tons of space for short, swift laps, a brisk swim, or calmly floating around on an inner tube. Plus, a round pool can fit large groups of your friends and family members at one time. Round pools provide a perfect circle, which is great for backyards that are wide and short or have an equal total width and length.

Oval pools are perfect for yards that are long and narrow. You can find oval pools in many sizes at local pool companies in Atlanta and anywhere else pools are sold. Oval pools, like round pools, come in various sizes. Because they’re long and narrow, oval pools can feel like the ones used in the Olympics, and are perfect for long, steady laps. You family and friends will have ample space for a casual swim or playing aquatic games, such as water polo and volleyball.


Whether you opt for an inground or aboveground model, round pools are relatively simple and quick to assemble. You can do the installation yourself or have the pool installed by a reputable swimming pool contractor in Atlanta. Round pools can stand on their own because the weight of the water is distributed evenly, applying equal pressure to the pool’s wall. The occurrence of “dead spots,” where currents and water circulation builds up, is minimal, making round pools easy to keep clean over time.

Installing an oval pool is labor-intensive and time-consuming, so you’re better off hiring a professional who specializes in pool installation in Atlanta, GA, to get the job done. Since oval pools are long and narrow, they need a buttress system, usually consisting of underground straps or triangular braces along the exterior of the longer walls. These help keep the pool upright and prevent bowing on the longer walls.


The cost of swimming pools varies depending on size, shape, and assembly requirements. Round pools provide a large overall swimming space, keeping the price per gallon at a steady rate. Oval pools offer the same amount of swim space as round pools. The only difference is that oval pools have longer, narrow dimensions, which can cause the price per gallon to fluctuate. The even water distribution (due to the shape) and minimal installation requirements keep round pools extremely affordable for individuals and families. The price of an oval pool can also fluctuate due to the additional costs of assembling the buttress system. Overall, pools of every shape are a worthy investment because they offer you and your family hours summer fun for many years.

Hilltop Pools and Spas, Inc., can tell you more about the differences between round and oval pools. Visit our website,, or call us at 770-471-3889.

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