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    Above-Ground Filters

    1. 9 years ago
      No better system
      I actually pieced this system together as my old equipment failed, but in the end it is the same. This system is very energy efficient and yet does an excellent job of keeping the water clean. I mean crystal clear! I have a 12x24x4 pool and the pump puts out enough flow to keep a nice current flowing around the pool - this is essential to turn over the pool water in the time the pump runs. We had a kids' pool party recently and with a dozen kids it the pool it kept up and kept the water clear ... read more the whole time. Incredible. Our friends have an in-ground that is a larger and with the same number of kids, after a couple of hours the water was pretty cloudy. They have a sand filter. There is no better filtration system. As a side note, we also bought a Hayward natural gas pool heater from intheswim.com and that completes our perfect setup!
    2. 9 years ago
      Excellent Purchase
      We bought this after getting a crack in our original DE filter. After some research, we noticed that our old pump could be applied to this Hayward filter and we know of people who have used Hayward and really liked it. The pump is working great, it shipped in no time at all, and I saved about $100 than if I were to buy the exact same one at a local pool supply store. But what really sold me was that I would be able to return it to In The Swim within 30 days if I found out it wouldn't work with ... read more my old pump, whereas the local store would not accept it if I tried it out. Way to go In The Swim!
    3. 4 years ago
      Very Effective filter
      I've owned DE filters in the past. Inherited a pool with a sand filter a few years ago. I changed the sand this summer but had continual algae and water clarity issues all year. Received this filter within 3 days after ordering. Easily hooked up. Water was post card clear within 24 hours. Great filter. One down side, the filter basket cover is a little difficult to open close because of the “jar cover” style. Other wise, like it very much.
    1. 9 years ago
      Amazing
      This filter system is AMAZING. In just two hours our pool was clean and clear again, and it was GREEN!!!! Our old filter was just two years old and just didn't do the job. Our pool is 24 x 52. It only took my husband minutes to hook it up. Well worth them money!!!!!!
    2. 2 months ago
      Very happy. ...its so quiet can barely hear it run. Running like a champ!!
    3. 9 years ago
      Excellenct Investment
      We love this new pump and filter. Very easy to use. Much better design than our old "sand system". Our pool has never been clearer or stayed cleaner. Would highly recommend this product.
    1. 6 years ago
      Intex Filter
      Good filter, works great with little maintenance. The only problem was I had to change the return in my pool and rig the skimmer so it would work as Intex doesn't sell the right adapters for 1 1/2 or 1 1/4 to Intex couplers. This seems designed for a pool with their adapters already in place. I made it work, but it took some doing and it works great now.
    2. 2 years ago
      SAND VS FILTERS
      I bought an above ground pool which came with a small filter. The filter system did not work as well as it should have. We were buying filters every week. I originally tried to buy a larger pump & filter unit, when I was told about the sand filter system. This was a very interesting. No more filters, and the sand can last an entire year. So I searched for one that would work with my pool and found it at in the SWIM. I cannot say how it works yet as I did not set it up. I will start my next ... read more summer with it and I am truly waiting to enjoy my pool with a pump and cleaning system that will work.
    3. 2 years ago
      Plenty of Power, and Quiet
      I have a bestway 16x48 steel frame. I bought a solar heater, and within 1 year went thru 2 of the factory filter/pumps. I was figuring the strain would be too much. This year I bought 14inch Sand Filter, and couldn't be happier. It is super strong, quiet, and works EXCELLENT! It was the best pool investment I could have made. If I could do it all over, I would buy the pool, and this Filter/pump right from the start! A+
    1. 3 years ago
      Great Little Filter System
      I have an Intex 20 Ft round pool needed to upgrade filter Budget was tight found this filter and it was a perfect fit. Easy set up quiet motor just what I was looking for. Great filter.
    2. 2 years ago
      Great product
      I bought this and I received it very fast. It was very easy to put together and it works great. I have an above ground pool..
    3. 3 years ago
      Good product
      I recently bought this filter system as an upgrade to my existing filter. I read some positive and some negative reviews. This system is working great and I wonder if the negative reviews were a result of customers not following the directions in the owners manual. It's easy to ruin this pump by not operating it properly. Read the maual and follow the directions. You'll enjoy this quiet, efficient pump and filter system.
    1. 5 years ago
      Best valued unit
      I bought this unit to replace the filter/ pump that came with my Intex 24ft pool. It may be a little to much for this size of pool but after vacuuming my pool from the winter dirt ( I live in Arizona) there was alot of residual dirt and algae floating in the pool. This Hayward filter cleaned up the water in no time. My old pump never did that. I have purchased Hayward products in the past and have always had good luck with performance. I should have bought a Hayward when I first bought the pool. ... read more I highly recommend this unit to anyone with an above ground pool.
    2. 1 decade ago
      Best Filter, Truely low maintence
      I have owned my 18,000 gallon above ground pool for 14 years. Last summer, after years of battles, I got tired of fighting my DE filter over water clarity and water flow pressure. I cleaned my filter bi-weekly and always had problems. Tried reducing DE nothing worked. I bought the Hayward X-Stream in the spring and for the first time ever had a completly trouble free and easy pool maintence season. I did not have to clean the cartridge until pool closing. I cannot recommend this system enough. ... read more Definately a purchase you will not regret! And In the swims payment plan made the purchase easy on the wallet as well.
    3. 4 months ago
      Great product one fault
      I purchased the Hayward Xstream w/ 1 HP motor for my 24’ pool it has been a blessing. I had a sand filter before and had nothing but problems. This filter was easy to install came with everything to install except I did have to purchase a long return hose. My only complaint is the pressure gauge on top of the filter housing has water drops inside of the glass making it hard to read. That is the only reason it did not give this product 5 stars.
    1. 1 year ago
      Very happy with item, excellent results. Clean pool!!!
    2. 1 decade ago
      Good Product
    3. 7 years ago
      Can't Go Back
      After finally deciding my Hayward DE EC-40 filter purchased 20 years ago was done, I decided to purchase another. If I had never owned a Hayward filter I would have been satisified with the purchase. However, I was shocked at how cheaply made this product was as compared to the one purchased 20 years ago. First, there was no on/off switch. When I called In The Swim, Vicky said it doesn't have an off/on switch and you had to simply unplug it. When I asked if there was an ugrade she said "none of ... read more them have on/off switches". For $500 you would think they would include even a cheap switch. I am also surprised that in 20 years they haven't come up with a better way to connect the pieces. I followed the instruction of putting pipe sealant and then tightening the piece. However, when I started the filter it leaked as usual.And now the pieces is sealed into palce and cannot be removed. Nothing major but it would be nice. As I said, I am satisfied with the filter but it is true you can't go back.
    1. 4 months ago
      Thumbs up on product! Thumbs down on instructions.
      We bought this to replace a similar product that had been abused at a home we bought. Although the filter and pump are working great, the instructions to install could have been better...a lot better! Might be a breeze for a company that installs several pools in a pool season, but for new pool owners, well...It’s not impossible to figure out (and we still had the old equipment which helped visually), but better instructions would have helped. Our suggestion is to take several photos of your old ... read more equipment (if replacing) before you dismantle to install the new.
    2. 9 years ago
      clean, sparkling pool
      We have an old pool, about 10 yrs. old. The sand filter and pump were still working great but the top piece with the levers were failing. We couldn't backwash and the pool looked terrible. We tried to find just the top piece in our local pool shops--we tried 2 kinds but were unable to get a fit. So I called up " In the Swim" and they found the right one and sent it to us. They saved us money and time and a lot of headache. Now the whole system works (old and new-- all Hayward Pro Series) and the ... read more pool is beautifully clean.
    3. 9 years ago
      Amazingly Wonderific
      We ordered the 21" sand filter for our 27' x 52" Intex pool after trying for 3 weeks to get the water clear with that ridiculous cartridge filter after opening the pool this year. The filters are $10 a piece and we used 8 in that 3 weeks. We ordered the sand filter on Friday, it was here Saturday, we installed it on Monday and by Thurday, the pool was absolutely clear. Thank you In The Swim. You have a customer for life.
    1. 2 years ago
      Wouldn't recommend for in ground pool
      Should have bought next size larger have to clean cartridge quite often.
    2. 3 years ago
      Saves Water. Glad I changed from a sand filter -
      9000g indoor fiberglass pool. After a couple of weeks and one filter change my only regret is I didn't do it sooner. Instead of back flushing to waste - just change the filter. Get a spare filter and allow to dry out before cleaning. Or soak overnight in filter cleaner. Watch out for small O-ring on top as is easy to loose.
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    In The Swim Knowledge Pool: Above Ground Pool Filters

    In The Swim's Dr. Pool

    Filters for Above Ground Pools

    Above ground pool filters are the unsung hero of summertime fun in the sun for anyone with an above ground pool. The above ground filter, used on a daily basis, will trap bacteria and germs, and also pollen, dust, dirt and other contaminants that find their way into your swimming pool. Above ground pool filters use the same technology as in-ground pool filters, in a smaller package and an attractive price point. 


    ABOVE-GROUND POOL FILTER TYPES:

    Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) filters are the best possible filter for above ground pools, removing particles of 2-4 microns. Inexpensive DE filter powder is added through the skimmer, to coat the DE filter grids. Every 3-6 weeks, the filter is easily backwashed to flush out the dirty DE powder, and a few cups of DE powder is added again. Above ground pool DE filters include the popular line of Hayward Perflex filters.

    Cartridge filters use a pleated polyester cartridge that traps particles down to 10-20 microns in size. Cartridge pool filters for above ground pools have a simple design with very few parts, and also have the lowest resistance level of all filter types. Cleaning is accomplished by removing the filter every 1-4 weeks and hosing clean. Above ground pool cartridge filters include the Hayward X-Stream and Easy-Clear and the Pentair Clean & Clear.

    Sand filters for above ground pools use graded pool filter sand (or alternative media) to trap particles of 20-30 microns. Sand filters may be the easiest to operate, cleaning is accomplished by backwashing the filter every 2-4 weeks. Above ground pool sand filters include the Hayward Pro Series and VL Series, Pentair Sand Dollar and our smaller Intex and Sandmaster sand filter systems for above ground pools.

    How Long Do Pool Filters Last?

    Above ground pool filter tanks can last for decades, but the filter media and other internal parts will wear out sooner. DE filter grids last the longest, perhaps 10 years. Filter cartridges will usually last for 2-4 seasons and filter sand can last for 1-4 years, both depending on how large the filter is in relation to the pool, and also how well the water is maintained, or the condition of the water that the pool filter operates.  

    Sizing an Above Ground Pool Filter

    A larger above ground pool filter has many advantages like longer time between cleanings, faster prevention and clean-up of poor water conditions, and longer lasting filter media. When buying filter systems for above ground pools, it is good practice to buy one or two sizes larger than indicated for your pool size, in gallons. Buy the largest above ground pool filter system you can afford - it's money well spent! 

    Installing an Above Ground Pool Filter

    When buying a complete above ground pump and filter system, an installation kit is included which consists of a base, hoses, adapters and hardware. When joining together a separately purchased pump and filter, our above ground plumbing kit can be used, or find the connectors needed on our filter hoses and clamps page. After connecting the pool suction and return lines, flood the pump with water and plug into a grounded outlet to start the circulation. 

    Above Ground Filter Accessories

    • •  DE filters will need to have a supply of DE Powder or Perlite on hand to replace after each backwashing.
    • •  Sand filters need enough filter media - Filter Sand, Zeo Sand, FilterGlass, or FilterBalls to fill the filter tank.
    • •  Shut-off valves, pump timers, backwash hose and more can be found on our pump and filter accessories page.