My mom is one of those "impulse buyers" so in the dead middle of summer, she goes out and buys a SPLASH pool, which is an above ground pool, for herself. Okay, fast forward to the day she says to me "I'm going to give you the pool since we don't really use it around here or have time to care for it." Of course I took it! I knew that with 3 kids, we would get years and years of use from it. My husband set it up by himself, but I must say that it can be a little difficult to set up. It has metal rods that support the upper part of the pool and also metal u-shape things that also have to be put just right to help the pool stay upright and stable. This was practically an all day chore for my husband, because of course after you get it set up perfectly, you have to have it filled with water. The pool is made out of a very thick, tough rubber like material. The SPLASH pool is VERY durable and easy to keep clean. The nice thing about this pool is that unlike some other soft type pools, you can keep this one up all winter long. The pool came with a ladder, but we tossed the ladder since the deck from our house surrounds the pool. The pool is like 4 feet deep, which is perfect when you have kids. The particular model that we have is rectangular in shape and measures approximately 12 feet by 20 feet. Many of my friends have above ground pools and are not completely happy with them. I will say that we love this pool and they have a good reputation for lasting a very long time.