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Best Safety Cover for Inground Pools

The first safety pool safety cover patent was awarded in 1960 to Fred Meyer Jr., who founded a company called Meyco products. In 1978, a co-inventor of the safety cover, Bill Donaton, left Meyco and formed Loop-Loc. Then came Anchor, Cantar (now GLI), Merlin, Hinspergers (HPI), and Rayner in the 80's and 90's. Lots of folks make safety pool covers — so which one is best?

With so many companies offering so many cover material choices, it can be hard to decide which cover is the best. In this post, we will discuss the top four safety covers we recommend for your pool.

aquamaster solid safety covers

HPI AquaMaster

AquaMaster solid pool safety covers by HPI are made from reinforced vinyl fabric coated to withstand weather and sun, and protect from pool chemicals. AquaMaster covers are sewn together with double seams, on the top and bottom of the cover, and feature a center drain panel. These 20'x40' covers are $959 and come with a 10-year warranty.


GLI Hyper-Lite

HyPerLite solid safety covers by GLI use 4th generation technology for a lighter and stronger cover. PVC-coated polyester fabric is strong enough to withstand punctures from tree branches, and even strong enough to support deer without breakage. 20'x40' rectangle covers come in at $1510 and a 15-year warranty.

meycolite safety covers

Meyco MeycoLite

The MeycoLite pool safety covers are the original mesh safety cover that started it all. The woven polyester fabric is much improved over the original, but the design and fabrication are still a classic. Weighing in at only 4 lbs per 100 sq ft, these covers are lightweight and durable. 20'x40' rectangles are $850 with a 10-year warranty.

pro mesh

GLI ProMesh

The Pro Mesh cover blocks 99% of sunlight, preventing algae growth for pools in sunny locations. Pro Mesh is also 50% stronger in tensile strength. The fibers are thicker and more resistant to weather, abrasion or tree branch damage. 20'x40' rectangle covers are $1330 and come with a 15-year warranty.

Looking at our list of 4 of the best safety pool covers, with example pricing for a 20x40 pool (price your size and shape safety covers here), you only have two decisions to make:

  • Solid or Mesh Safety Cover?
  • Lightweight or Heavy Duty?

Installing a safety cover on your inground pool takes just a few hours, and then it's easy-on, easy-off — no more struggling with slimy solid covers and water bags. Take it from us, a safety pool cover is definitely worth the extra initial expense!

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