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    Above-Ground Filters

    1. 4 years ago
      Excellent set up!!!
      I bought this system a couple weeks ago. I am so impressed with how fast it cleans my pool. It is very quiet and much nicer than I thought it would be. Love it!!
    2. 3 years ago
      simple
      the best filter system I have ever had hello the best
    3. 2 years ago
      Lots of power
      I didn't think a cartridge filter would clean as well as a earth or sand filter. But I was wrong, I will never go back to those types of filters, very happy with the cartridge.
    1. 4 years ago
      Hayward DE rules
      We recently had a bad sand filter and replaced it with a Hayward EC-50 DE Filter System. Our pool went from cloudy to clear within 48 hours with the assistance with a Mighty Pod by SeaKlear. In the Swim had the filter delivered within 24 hours after purchase which was amazing. Nothing but smiles here.
    2. 4 years ago
      Tiffany - Spot ON!
      Filter and pool cleanliness is great. Been through multiple pumps as they need replacing and/or repairs each season!
    3. 9 years ago
      Excellent Buy
      Excellent buy, bought a cheaper filter, and it was exactly that, blew up 2 yrs later, should have went with a Hayward to begin with. Keeps my pool crystal clear with very low maintenance so i can spend more time enjoing the pool. Highly recommend this filter system.
    1. 10 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. 8 years ago
      Awesome Filter/Pump
      I had major issue with my pool water when opening this season. Unfortunatly I did not put the proper chemicals in and leafs got into the pool when closing in the winter. I opened the pool to brown water this spring. I purchased the Hayward Filter Cartridge Unit and pump and used it with no luck. Constant cleaning of cartridge and no results. I returned that filter and purchased this unit. After 8 hours of superclorinating my pool and running this filter my pool water is cystal clear. This DE ... read more filteris amazing. Note that if you see this product in a store for a cheaper price to look at the pump it comes with. I saw it for a 100 dollars cheaper in a local store but had a 1hp low end pump on it. The pump on this unit is from in the swim is high end.
    3. 3 months ago
      Best filter
      We had a cartridge filter that could not get the green out from an algae problem we had after coming home from vacation. After two weeks, we still had the green, but all of the chemicals were perfect. One day after instlling this filter, the pool was back to normal. After an additional day, the pool was clearer than it has ever been. We love this filter.
    1. 6 months ago
      Would be nice to get parts replaced the size that came with my pump !!!! Sold with an 18” hose but can’t get a replacement one that length!!!!
    2. 2 years ago
      Great pump
      I bought this pump over a month ago I am extremely happy with it it's very quiet it was easy to put together I would recommend it
    3. 2 years ago
      Great sand pump, does the job well.
      Bbought this sand pump for my 9x16 pool. Works great!
    1. 1 year ago
      Very happy with item, excellent results. Clean pool!!!
    2. 4 years ago
      Great pricing
      I liked that we could make four payments. They were very competitive in pricing.
    3. 1 decade ago
      Good Product
    1. 2 years ago
      I bought this last month for a pool that was so dirty you could not see the bottom. Took about 3 days , pool looks great and its very easy to back wash. Recommend.
    2. 4 years ago
      we are on are same filter for 20 years. what a great filter!
    1. 2 years ago
      Sooooo much better pump!
      I bought this sand filter pump to replace the oversized fish pump that came withe the pool. It had a cartridge system and had to be replace every week. At $10.00 a piece it was getting expensive. It only did 30gph. This Intex now does 2800gph in a 17ft round 56in tall pool. I had to use hose clamps because all pool manufacturers use their own size fittings. Now I can use an automatic pool cleaner. Thank you In The Swim Terry Croydon Pa.
    2. 2 years ago
      Clear water!
      I started with the filter that came with the pool. After a couple weeks it was green and cloudy. I couldn't get it clean no matter how much I changed the filter. I opted for this filter and it was super easy to assemble and install. Water was noticeably better the next day. It is now clear as can be. I did get a filter rates slightly bigger than necessary for my pool. I haven't noticed a change in energy usage on power bill. I use less chemicals now that the filter is up and working. Timer is a ... read more huge help too. Love it!
    3. 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.
    1. 4 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.
    2. 3 years ago
      Wouldn't recommend for in ground pool
      Should have bought next size larger have to clean cartridge quite often.
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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 remove very small particles of 2-4 microns. Inexpensive DE filter powder is added through the skimmer, to coat the DE filter grids or Perflex tubes. Every 3-6 weeks, the filter cake is reset with an easy-to-use bump handle, and once or twice per season, the tank is drained, flushed and refilled with fresh DE powder. 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 or tubes 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.
    • •  Jandy valves, pump timers, backwash hose and more can be found on our pump and filter accessories page.