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    Water Test Kits

    1. 2 years ago
      Excellent and Easy
      These strips make it so easy to keep your levels perfect
    2. 1 year ago
      Quick, easy, accurate!
      We use these strips every year to check the chemical balance in the pool. We always have accurate readings with them. They are so easy to use!
    3. 2 years ago
      Always a smooth transaction
      Easy to read strips.:) easy to use and colors work for me since I'm colorblind.
    1. 1 year ago
      Great test kit
      Takes the guess work out of testing with strips. Found the strips(multipanel) to be between 10 and 30% inaccurate. Well worth the $.
    2. 4 years ago
      Best Test Kit on the Market
      I bought this kit three years ago, and am not ordering replacement bottles. It is easy to use, tests everything you need to know and when at the store with the free professional tests when buying supplies locally, it is always accurate to the professional test standards.
    1. 1 year ago
      OK but an not completly satisfied
      I purchased this to get better reading on pH and free chlorine. I didn't need the salt, ORP and TDS but figured, no big deal. The instrument give me much more precise pH readings than test strips - happy about that, but the instrument sequentially then test for salt, TDS and ORP, which may take 2-3 minutes (all the while, I am waiting just to get to the chlorine). Once it gets to chlorine, it provides a qualitative answer (good) verse a numerical result (3.1). I wanted the numerical result. Would not buy again
    2. 1 year ago
      Great Item
      This thing works great Iam done with the strips I love it
    1. 4 years ago
      Accurate Readings
      Test strips seem to be giving an accurate reading. I do not have anything to compare against but the pool water looks awesome It was a little cloudy; the test strip was showing me low on chlorine. I added the chlorine the test strip read good for pool and the water is sparkling now.
    2. 4 years ago
      Great strips
      I have been using tthese for 5 years now and like the fact that they show 7 different categories. They have been acurate compared to my actual pool suppliers checks done with a machine
    3. 5 months ago
      Accurate and convenient
      I purchased these strips before. Fell I love with the convenience and accuracy. I maintain an in ground pool and a hot tub. These strips work for both. love them!!
    1. 2 years ago
      Easy & Efficient
      This test kit is easy to use and accurate. Much better then the color matching. The bottles last me about 1.5 months with daily testing. The only problem I have had with this kit is that the tester didn't work after the first summer the pool was open, about 3 months. I did keep it outside at our pool house so I don't know if cold affects it that much. The price is not so bad, but I don't want to have to buy a new one each summer.
    2. 11 months ago
      Great product
      Gives you more accurate info to make adjustments for your pool experience
    3. 3 years ago
      Makes test much easier, no colors to try and match
      I have only used this about 5 times but very easy, directions make it easy once you get the hang of it.
    1. 1 decade ago
      Excellent Product
      The Taylor Series of Pool/Spa Test products are by far the easiest to use on the market. I purchased this kit for both my pool and spa. I get accurrate results each and every time unlike the comparatively expensive test strips that are available on the market. This product is a must for anyone with a pool or spa!
    2. 1 year ago
      Worth the money.
      Bought this kit because I was tired of driving across town to the pool store and getting a different answer and $80 dollars worth of product every few days trying to get my pool chemistry right. It works like a charm. its easy to read and the the results are consistent. Took a couple samples to the store after I ran my own numbers to see if they were comparable and they were. Was able to balance my water and clear it up within days. Best 80 bucks I have spent on my pool this yr. The only reason ... read more I didn't give it 5 stars is because measuring the CYA level requires alot of product and I don't feel like it would last the season. Luckily CYA is one product that doesn't disappear in the pool water after you add it so the levels stay pretty consistent. If your one the fence and struggling to keep your pool water clean and clear. I highly recommend this kit. It makes knowing what your pool needs a breeze. Now instead of spending $80 every 3 days at the pool store trying to get my water clear. I can throw a couple gallons of shock in it about 1 a week and walk away. The water is clear and balanced and I am confident that it is not damaging my liner and is safe to swim in.
    3. 1 year ago
      Good quality
      Testing kit gives accurate and repeatable results. Includes excellent pool maintenace instructions, and tools. Comes in a heavy duty plastic case.
    1. 3 years ago
      very convenirnt
      For the pool owner who does not want to run to the pool store for every water check. All you need in one compact test kit. Very easy to understand directions.
    2. 4 months ago
      Pool Testing Simplified
      I have used Taylor tests kits since our pol was built in 2007. Great product, easy to use and provides accurate readings.
    3. 1 year ago
      Best pool water test kit I ever owned.
      Use it weekly, to maintain pool water, great way to use less chemicals.
    1. 8 years ago
      Essential to a healthy pool
      I have used the Aqua Test Strips and Digital Meter for three years now. A base line for comparison: I use an automatic chlorine feeder with 3 inch tablets and the Natural Chemistry products for water maintenance. I have compared the accuracy with other traditional testing kits and find the results to be within 10% of each other. I haven't had an algae or any other water problem for three years.
    2. 1 decade ago
      Great
      Found that the reader and strips are a great way to maintain levels in the pool and spa. No more trying to guess at colors.
    3. 2 years ago
      Questionable results
      First year that I have tried this test strips and reader. Very convenient but readings are not repeatable. They are all over the place which leads me to doubt the accuracy of this system.
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    In The Swim Knowledge Pool: Pool Testing

    In The Swim's Dr. Pool

    Pool Water Testing FAQ

    Testing your pool water regularly is the best thing you can do to ensure clean and clear water, and healthy water that won't make your swimmers sick. Water balance is when your pool has the correct levels of Chlorine, pH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness and Stabilizer. In addition to sanitary water that looks beautiful, balanced pool water protects your pool surfaces from stain and scale formation. 


    Why & When Test Pool Water?

    Testing your pool water is the only way to achieve 'water balance'; when pH, Alkalinity, Calcium, Chlorine and Cyanuric Acid levels are balanced with each other. And good water balance is important for healthy, sanitary water because it affects the potency of chlorine, and creates poor living conditions for algae and bacteria. Balanced pool water also protects your pool surfaces and equipment from corrosion, etching, staining and fading; all the soft and shiny surfaces.


    Pool Test Kits or Test Strips?

    Pool test kits, those with liquid or tablet reagents are almost always more accurate or trustworthy than test strips, which may miss the mark by 10-20%, and can be more difficult to discern small changes in color. Pool test strips are fast and convenient however, and some pool owners use test strips several times per week, but also have a full test kit to run more complete pool water tests every week or two, or to verify and re-check test results from test strips. In addition to greater accuracy, test kits also have additional tests and charts to help in calculating the correct chemical amounts, when adjustments are needed.


    Best Test Kit for Pool Owners?

    The best test kit will be one that you will use - regularly, and the worst test kit is one that sits on a shelf, never-used. For a complete pool water Test Kit, the Taylor K-2005 is the standard in the pool industry. If you really love pool chemistry, or happen to be color blind, look at the LaMotte ColorQ test kits with digital colorimeter. For Test Strips, we carry the entire line of AquaChek strips and also strips by LaMotte and Frog. For complete pool testing, the AquaChek Select 7-way and the Insta Test 6-in-1 test strips will run the full battery of pool water tests.


    Ideal Pool Chemical Levels 

       - pH: 7.2 - 7.6
       - Free Chlorine: 1.0 - 3.0 ppm
       - Combined Chlorine: 0.3 ppm or less
       - Total Alkalinity: 80-120 ppm
       - Calcium Hardness: 200 ppm or more
       - Cyanuric Acid (Stabilizer): 30 - 50 ppm


    Pool Chemical Level Adjustments 

    Test strips will tell you what the current chemical levels are - but not how much chemical to add to raise or lower levels. A good pool test kit will also have acid demand/base demand tests, and chemical dosage charts, to help you better determine how much of what, is needed to balance pool test levels. The pool adjustment chemicals for pH, alkalinity and calcium and cyanuric also have dose information printed on the bag or bucket label. 

    Also important is to adjust each pool chemical individually. Allow a few hours for a chemical to take effect before adding other chemicals, or before testing and adjusting the same chemistry level again. This is also true for adding winter chemicals, or when clearing cloudy or green pool water. For safety reasons, be sure to open only one chemical at a time, and never use the same scoop for different pool chemicals. 


    Pool Testing Pitfalls to Avoid

       - Store your test kit and test strips indoors, or in a cool and dry location. 
       - Completely rinse test vials before and after use
       - Do not interchange test reagent bottle caps
       - Hold test reagent bottle vertical when dispensing drops
       - Do not test surface water, but draw sample water elbow-deep 
       - Before making large adjustments, be skeptical and test again


    Pool water test kits and pool testing strips from In The Swim make the pool testing process easy and straightforward. Our pool water test kits also ensure accurate results so pool owners always know exactly what pool chemical adjustments are required to make their swimming pool a healthy and well balanced aquatic environment.