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12 Must-have Swimming Pool Accessories

A swimming pool is the ultimate luxury feature for enjoying your home or property. Maintaining one calls for a lot of important tools, balancing chemistry, and other must-have swimming pool accessories to complement your pool and keep it in tip-top shape.

Here are some of our favorite common and unique pool accessories to enhance the swimming experience for your family and guests.

Safety Equipment

Safety should always be the first concern when it comes to operating a pool. Especially if you expect to have guests who are not as comfortable in the water as you are. Consider investing in must-have swimming pool accessories for safety like a soft floatation ring (life preserver) to toss to a swimmer who may be having trouble. A shepherd's crook (rescue hook) is also often used to guide struggling swimmers toward the surface or shallow end. And floating dividers can be used to clearly indicate where the deep end of the pool begins.

Pool Test Kits

It pays to be diligent with respect to your pool care. And that requires frequent testing of your pool. There are many types of  pool testing kits to verify your pool's total chlorine, total bromine, free chlorine, pH, alkalinity, hardness, cyanuric acid, etc. Essentially, they test for most of the factors a professional would evaluate when determining pool condition. Experts recommend testing your pool 2-3 per week when it's in use. Test kits are a must-have swimming pool accessory.


Your pool's water temperature is important to know for a variety of reasons, and a thermometer is the must-have swimming pool accessory for seeing that information. Too warm water can breed bacteria and make certain pool treatments less effective. Water that's too cold can put swimmers at risk of hypothermia or other medical issues as their bodies struggle to stay warm. MKM Pool Spa carries  thermometers so you can find the right tool for your pool.

Pool Cover

Providing a host of pool care benefits, a pool cover is one of the must-have swimming pool accessories for year-round pool care. During pool season, a pool cover helps to keep the pool clean by keeping out dirt, debris, and contaminants. It also helps maintain pool temperature, keep out wildlife, and prevent someone from falling in, when the pool is not in use. A pool cover also reduces the pool water's exposure to UV light which can degrade the chlorine. This causes excessive evaporation and costing you more money to maintain chlorine levels. A pool cover can also help reduce the pool water’s evaporation rate.

Most pool covers are difficult and time consuming to use, keeping these benefits out of practical reach for all but the end of the pool season. Using a custom automatic pool cover comes at a much higher initial cost, but becomes a custom unique pool accessory to add a fun twist to your routine pool maintenance.

Pool Ladder

A ladder is a great convenience and safety item for a pool and one of our must-have swimming pool accessories. It makes it easier and safer to enter and exit the pool, often a concern for children, the elderly, and people with disabilities or in emergency situations. A pool ladder can be installed in both above-ground and in-ground pools. In-ground pool ladders often range between 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step varieties, with the most common being the 3-step. Some modern in-ground pools even have recessed treads built into the walls to serve as steps. Regardless of the type you choose, a pool ladder adds an additional layer of safety to your pool and can help give you peace of mind.

Floating Sanitizing System

Keeping chlorine and bromine levels in the right place can be a tedious chore. We know you're always searching for an easier way to maintain your pool water in a healthy condition. This makes  floating chlorinators a definite must-have swimming pool accessories.

These devices take tablets or sticks of chlorine or bromine and slowly dissolve them to keep chemical levels right where they should be. This  Chillin’ Charlie floating chlorinator our favorite unique pool accessories.

Pool Water Clarifier

Pool clarifiers are another of our must-have swimming pool accessories. These products help your trusty filters effectively clean your pool by causing dirty particles to coagulate (join together), making them easier for the filter to pick up. Be careful though. Pool clarifiers are not intended for regular use. A clarifier is perfect for getting the pool ready for opening, clearing it up after an algae bloom, or clearing up an unusually cloudy pool. MKM Pool Spa carries a selection of top-notch  clarifiers and enzymes at great prices so you can find something to suit your needs.


Keeping a pool clean is a never-ending task. Not only do you have to account for leaves, dirt, and other debris from nature, but human beings bring lots of contaminants into the pool themselves. From hair products to body oils and lotions, to makeup, humans leave traces of themselves every time they enter the pool. Made by Paradise Industries, this amazing little sponge is a unique pool accessory you should know about. The  Scumbug sucks up material likely to cause scum lines in your pool such as body oils and lotions. When it is saturated, it can be removed, squeezed out, cleaned, and put right back in the pool. The Scumbug is one of our favorite must-have swimming pool accessories and we feel confident that you’ll love it too.

Pool Skimmers and Leaf Rakes

These are old favorites and their usefulness still cannot be overstated. A skimmer or leaf rake is a great tool for retrieving larger items (including leaves) from a pool. If your pool has trees around it, this could be a daily essential for you. MKM Pool Spa carries a wide array of  high-quality pool leaf rakes so, you can find one to suit your precise needs.

Pool Water Stabilizers

Another must-have swimming pool accessory is a stabilizer. Maintaining an appropriate chlorine level in your pools is tricky. Even more so if the chlorine is being degraded by direct sunlight. This is where a good  stabilizer can save you money and stress. Adding stabilizer to your pool at the beginning of your year helps protect the chlorine from being degraded by ultraviolet light. This process requires extreme care and attention to detail. Be sure to research and determine the proper way to add stabilizer, carefully read the directions, and, if necessary, seek professional assistance.

Pool Brush

Sometimes your pool surfaces get some tough stains that won't seem to go away. Sometimes your pool surfaces just need a good scrub. To help you with these situations, one of the must-have swimming pool accessories is a pool brush.

Manually cleaning your pool can easily turn into a strenuous task. While it’s often worth investing in  automatic pool cleaners, a brush is essential for those areas an automatic system just can’t reach well.

We carry a wide variety of  pool brushes and cleaning solutions to help you get those tough messes off your pool and pool cover with ease, so you can spend more time enjoying your pool.

Filter Fiber (DE Substitute)

Filter fiber is one of our must-have swimming pool accessories that is all too often overlooked.  Jacks Magic, our go-to brand, is a fantastic alternative to DE (diatomaceous earth) in DE filters. When used instead of DE, only half as much product by weight is required to be effective. It is non-toxic, safe to handle, and biodegradable. It extends filter runs, reduces clogging, and produces high quality, sparkling clear water. It can also be used in conjunction with sand and cartridge filters.

Putting Pool Tips to Good Use

Needless to say, here at MKM Pool Spa, we love pools. We take great pride and enjoyment from helping your family stay safe and happy while enjoying your pool. Our customer service team is ready to help with all your pool care needs. We carry a wide array of standard pool accessories, as well as a selection of unique pool accessories, so you can find almost anything you need to get the job done.

We supply pool chemicals and equipment at great prices and are committed to your total satisfaction. We ship anywhere within the continental United States and offer free shipping for orders over $50.

Contact us today and let us help you customize a solution.