Aldi has been selling a lot more products for pets in recent years. Besides a selection of Regular Buy dog food, dry cat food, canned cat food, cat treats, and cat litter that are available year round, the discount grocer also has been selling new assortments of limited-time pet accessories every couple of months. Common products include cat houses, cat shark tunnels, pet grooming kits, dog leases, pet beds, and, most recently, a collapsible pet pool.
What We Know:
The Heart to Tail Collapsible Pet Pool cost $12.99 in July of 2020. This is an Aldi Find, which means it will only be in stores for a short time.
The only other pet pool that we have a record of Aldi selling was a Summer Waves Round 36″ Pet Pool for $4.99 in June of 2019.
Here are some things we know about the Heart to Tail pool in 2020:
- Designed for playing and bathing outdoors
- Easy setup; no inflating required
- Portable pool is foldable for travel and storage
- Just fill with water and remove twist-off cap to drain the pool
- Measures 31.5″ in diameter and 7.9″ deep
The Heart to Tail pet pool looks practically identical to other popular collapsible pet pools under various brand names on the market, and Amazon sells similar-looking pools for more money, with similar-sized pools costing around $29.99 or higher at the time of publication. That makes the Aldi pool a good bargain.
You can buy this same style of pool in larger sizes from other retailers outside of Aldi, including ones that are four feet in diameter and five feet in diameter, but the price will go up significantly, with a 63″ pool running $69.99 on Amazon at the time of publication.
This style of pool consists of cardboard or particle board panels covered in a vinyl material making up the sides of the pool, with more vinyl-style material composing the floor of the pool. The pool empties by twisting off a drain cap.
This type of pool is generally well reviewed on Amazon. It’s recommended to trim your pet’s nails before letting them in the pool so they don’t rip the plastic material, and I’ve read some reviews of the sides bowing out when they’re filled with water, but most people seem to be happy with their pools.
This type of pool isn’t just for pets either. Some people use them as kiddie pools or as ball pits for children. My kids have a four-foot pool in this style ordered from Amazon, although we don’t have a dog. Instead, the pool is the perfect size for pretend play with American Girl dolls (DO NOT ADD WATER if using this pool with dolls!), and a relative built a doll-sized ladder out of PVC pipe to go with the pool. To make your own doll pool, you can read a tutorial with detailed pictures and instructions here. Since we don’t use our pool with water, we can’t speak to how well it works as an actual swimming pool, but for indoor play with dolls it looks great and does what we expect it to.
What We Don’t Know:
Because we’ve never used this type of pool with water in it, we can’t say for sure how well it holds up. We also don’t know exactly what company manufactures this Aldi pool, but it looks identical to several other pet pool brands on the market. Finally, we don’t yet know if this pool comes with a warranty.
Do you have experience with Aldi’s Heart to Tail Collapsible Pet Pool? Share your thoughts in the comments.