Portable Pool History


A Brief History of Portable Pools in America.


So, who are we? Well, we are the very reason you are looking at a portable pool. Allow us to explain.

KD Pools
In The Beginning. In 1988, we helped introduce America to the very first soft-sided, single-layered portable swimming pool. It was called the "Knock-Down User-Friendly Do-It-Yourself Portable Pool" - which we later shortened to simply the KD Pool®. (Most people don't know what the KD stands for - we do, we helped to invent it.)


Splash Super Pools
The Italian Connection At the 1992 International Pool and Spa Expo, in Atlanta, a small Italian company was introducing America to their version of a portable pool. Luigi, the founder of Splash in Italy, sold the rights to his product to an American company and Splash SuperPools® was born . KD and Splash worked together and formed an informal alliance. Since they only made rectangle pools and we only made round pools, it made sense to work together to cultivate and educate dealers about the value a portable pool offers.

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The Royalty Series As the dealer market became more familiar with the values a portable pool offered them, KD launched a new line of pools - the Royalty Series. It was the very first time a lifetime warranty (against ripping and tearing only) had ever been offered. When we launched the Royalty Series we had already known that the type of material used in making portable pools was constructed in a way that it actually resisted ripping and tearing. Unlike the non-reinforced vinyl liner material used in conventional above-ground, metal-sided pools which can easily rip or tear.


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Zodiac - the Boat People In 1998, Zodiac bought KD Products, Inc. However, for whatever reason, they decided to not purchase the KD factory (in Korea). Instead, they decided to have the future of KD built by the Chinese. Though all of us that were involved with the creation of the KD Pool tried to help Zodiac, we all quickly realized it was not the way we wanted to go.


Enter China A few years after Zodiac bought KD Products, a small beach ball company entered into the large retailer market with a KD Pool knock-off. China is very famous for ignoring US Patents (of which Zodiac bought two from KD Products) and flooded the market with cheap knock-offs. The Chinese product was never as good as the old KD Pool, but sadly the cheap product had taken over the mass-merchant market.

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doughboy pools
Enter doughboy® One of the biggest obstacles the portable pool faced early on was the apprehension of above-ground pool retailers to sell it. Traditional metal-sided above-ground pools had been around for over 80 years. They and their dealers viewed the portable pool as just a passing fad. So in late 1999, we helped connect the original KD pool manufacturer (in Korea) and Hoffinger Industries (parent company of doughboy at the time) to form a new alliance - and the Pearl Wave™ was born. It was our belief that if the portable pool was ever going to be truly accepted, it had to be recognized by the above-ground pool market. Unfortunantely doughboy did not expand the market, merely parasites from other portable pool retailers.

Legacy Portable Pool
The Portable Pool's Legacy Since we are not me-too thinkers. We decided the swimming pool market needed to see something different. So in 2000 we decided to raise the bar again in the portable pool industry. We culminated all the improvements we have made with the portable pools and introduced the Legacy Portable Pool. It was the very first portable pool to offer; an oval-shape (a first), a 52" depth (a first), and a unique marblized liner pattern (also a first). The name "Legacy" was used because it truly represented the very best of what we had achieved over the years. The product was made by the original factory that made the KD Pool and was sold through dealers. Sadly, the name and the product has changed hands so many times in the past ten years that today we are not sure who owns the name, the brand or the where the product comes from.


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Why We Are America's Favorite Portable Pool
Like the old saying goes; "If you want anything done right, you have to do it yourself." So we formed an American based manufacturer of portable pools and in 2004 we formed EZ Pool Products, Inc.
After struggling with manufacturing a quality product overseas, we decided it was time to start making portable pools right here in the United States. We created the portable pool market and have continued to guide it and lead the way with new and innovative ideas. Today eCommerce and the Internet are shaping the way people shop, compare and buy products. We've led the charge to create the most secured and reliable source for a quality made-in-America portable lap pool. Collectively, we have sold more customer-direct portable lap pools than anybody else on the planet. And with each new idea we unveil, we are quickly copied - which is a compliment in itself.

So why are we America's favorite portable pool? Because no other company in America can offer you so many choices, so many options and accessories. And no other company can offer you a quality portable lap pool
Made Right Here in the United States!!