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    Water Test Kits

    1. 3 months ago
      Not waterproof so be careful
      This has worked real well but my warning is that you can’t get it wet. It got in a bucket of water from a pump leak and that was the end of it.
    2. 4 years ago
      Saltdip Tester
      We just had a salt water pool put in almost 2 months ago, our pool tech was testing the pool I ask him what he was using to test it he said a saltdip. So I order one ! Simple to use I.love it Everyone needs one for salt water pool. Great
    3. 3 years ago
      Simple and fast
      Certainly better than test strips that give you different readings testing 3 to 4 times.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 11 months ago
      Great product
      Gives you more accurate info to make adjustments for your pool experience
    1. 1 year ago
      Great Item
      This thing works great Iam done with the strips I love it
    2. 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
    1. 5 months ago
      increaser-PH
      PH increaser- bought 1 mo, works great, only had to use 1 time so far
    2. 3 years ago
      Consistent
      Consistent results - I can confidently add chemicals with this kit.
    3. 1 year ago
      iT DOES NOT FLOAT.
      I love it. A floating thermometer is not accurate because of the sun shining on it. I tether my thermometer on a line and it tells me the water temperature below the surface. I am able to read it despite my low vision.
    1. 4 years ago
      Easy to use and very accurate
      I used this kit and compared the results with those received from my local pool company test. They were the same.
    2. 1 year ago
      Best pool water test kit I ever owned.
      Use it weekly, to maintain pool water, great way to use less chemicals.
    3. 2 years ago
      Good product
      Needed to get water chemistry balanced in a newly re-plastered pool so needed to test more than Chlorine, PH, and Alkalinity. I followed charts in the kit regarding what to dump into the pool to get PH, calcium hardness, alkalinity, cyanuric acid in acceptable range. Numbers were within 2% - 3% of what I was shooting for upon retest (waited about 8 hours to retest) so I believe the kit is pretty accurate. I would purchase it again.
    1. 1 decade ago
      Easiest test kit to use
      I use these type of test strips and meters all the time with diabetes, so I have some experience. Many other reviewers had problems with accuracy. The best instructions I got were from another reviewer: Dunk the strip in the water and immediately put in the reader (face down). With that, it produces fast, consistent results. This isn't really mentioned in the instructions. I have tried the other types of testing kits, and can never really tell if the color I see is out of range or OK. Having the ... read more meter is a tremendous benefit.
    2. 9 years ago
      water testing
      Purchasing this monitor for testing pool water chemistry was one of the best investments I made. The procedure is easy and the results have been, no more expensive chemical purchases. I know what I need and do not waste time and money to keep my water sparkling and clear. With less maintenance, we'ver enjoyed the pool more than ever! Isn't that what summer is all about?!
    3. 1 decade ago
      Great for Color Blind People
      I have been using this tester for two years and love the ease of use. Being color blind it was a pain to chase my wife around to get her to read results. Now I can do it all in one shot. I do agree results vary from dropper testers but if you just rely on this test you will be okay.
    1. 6 years ago
      7 Aqua Test Strips
      The strips are great and relatively inexpensive for what you get. They are easy to use and work quickly. When I took my water into the store they found the same results that my test strips showed. I used to use the little bottles of liquid and always had a hard time reading the results. These strips are right on. I am having trouble now that the color chart faded. The color chart comes in a clear plastic case that is attached to the bottle but even though I had the bottle under the bench and out ... read more of the direct light, they faded.I would like to be able to copy/print out a copy of the color chart but am unable to find a copy of it on line. Overall I would buy it again and copy the color chart before the season begins.
    2. 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.
    3. 2 years ago
      Works Great!
      Purchased this for the start of the pool season. I love the seven water areas it tests. It really is a great help in keeping our pool water balanced and clean.
    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
      Perfect for my needs...
      Accurate, easy to use, and perfect for my needs. Reasonably priced.
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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.