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    Above-Ground Filters

    1. 3 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
    2. 4 years ago
      Worth the Money
      We have had this pump and filter for about 18 months producing crystal clear water in my 12 foot Intex above ground pool. Live in south Texas, so pool season is about half the year. This little system is more than adequate to meet anyone's needs. It will even drive a aqua bug or similar system, if the bottom of the pool is smooth and free from any ridges or depressions.
    3. 2 years ago
      Great sand pump, does the job well.
      Bbought this sand pump for my 9x16 pool. Works great!
    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.
    1. 7 years ago
      best replacement pump
      hooked it up to a summer escape 20' round 4 foot deep pool stock pump hooks up into bottom of skimmer basket so i just hooked sand filter right into stock pump for now till i modify skimmer basket pool was brown due to high iron in well water tried lots of chemicals but no change got sand filter turned on for ten mins and notice a big change water was getting clear and turning blue i would recommend this to anyone with a summer escape or intex pool p.s it does come with all hoses and connections ... read more to hook up to pool doesnt say on website or in book i bought hoses and connections but ill just keep them
    2. 2 years ago
      Love the Hayward brand
      We needed a replacement filter for our pool and went straight to In The Swim and browsed their filters and learned a lot about filters and features, sizes, etc. we bought the exactly the same one we had before!! Took less than 15 mins to install and had it running. Pool was super clear all season long with this filter and In The Swim pool products. PH free and clear, and 2" Clourine tabs. Couldn't be happier!!
    3. 6 years ago
      Awesome Filtration!
      Replaced the filter I had from my pool purchase locally as it was too big and that filter failed after only 5 months of use. My husband hooked this one up as he is a millwright. Could have used a larger diagram to see where all connectors went. That being said, my pool was cloudy starting out as we got some leaves in that were stuck on the cover. Once we hooked this filter up I checked my chemicals and only needed calcium, shock and run the filter. By morning it was crystal clear!!! I also run a ... read more perma salt mineral ionization unit but we need a chamber for that so we need some parts to hook that in yet. The issue being both the filter inlet and outlet are on the same side. So not much room without some hard plumbing in there. Otherwise this filter works as promised! We love it! I got the no questions warranty in case it breaks down for some reason. It was a good investment and the best price I could find for a system! It arrived as stated! Thanks In The Swim! Great customer service as I called to talk to someone about which unit to buy. Helpful as always! I highly recommend them!!!
    1. 1 year ago
      Great value. Easy setup.
      I Purchased this pump and filter for my 22ft round Bestway above ground pool in April this year. The original filter cartridge style pump and filter was useless in my opinion and I spent most of last year trying to keep my pool clean and clear. I decided to upgrade the pump and filter this year and I am very glad that I did. Shipping was fast and the initial setup went great. With this being a intex brand and my pool is a bestway brand I had to change the fittings on the inlets and outlet on the ... read more pool itself but I didnt have to buy anything extra I just used a combination of fittings that came with the pool originally and the ones that were sent with the pump/filter. Setup time was roughly 2 hrs start to finish including a trip to town to buy filter sand. Overall I would reccomend this product to anyone looking to upgrade or replace their current pump/filter setup.
    2. 1 month ago
      Great pump and filter
      I am very pleased with this pump and filter...the previous one lasted for 6 seasons and did a great job. This unit is well built, looks good and is exactly what I need (actually exceeds my need) for my 13,000 gallon saltwater pool!
    3. 1 year ago
      Life Changing!!
      If you still have a cartridge filter, I am sorry! Don’t waste any more time! Switch to a sand filter ASAP! No more changing filters, with this filter you can actually vacuum your pool, and the water stays crystal clean! Should have done this a long time ago!!!!!!
    1. 8 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.
    2. 1 decade ago
      Good Product
    3. 4 years ago
      Great pricing
      I liked that we could make four payments. They were very competitive in pricing.
    1. 9 years ago
      great pump but hard to get off cover
      I purchased the easy clear star system 2009 and here it is 2010 and I cannot get the cover off the filter cartridge to clean the filter. I am very disappointed that Hayward would create such a difficult mechanism. The pump works great to keep the pool clean. Very happy with that. But when they say easy lok, that's what is it, but not easy off. I would not recommend this product.
    2. 3 years ago
      the best filter system I have ever had hello the best
    3. 5 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!!
    1. 4 years ago
      Hayward EC-50 DE Filter System
      I live in North East, Massachusetts, and own 15' round pool. This 1 hp pump system was perfect and cleaned the pool the first day. Just keep in mind, it does not come together and there is assembly required.
    2. 1 year ago
      Works great
      I bought my second one as a replacement as I left the first one in freezing weather and it cracked. Unit works good. Pretty much just hook up and go. Keeps water clear.
    3. 2 years ago
      Best purchase for my pool!
      Struggled for 2 years trying to get my 30ft round pool crystal clear! Decided to purchase this DE filter from Hayward after lots of research about them. After about 3 earth flush outs (note THIS IS NOT A HARD THING TO DO!) to get my pool opened after winter. Now my pool is crystal clear!! Also I will add that I dont have to break my back with the sand filter anymore!!!
    1. 8 years ago
      This Baby Rocks!!!
      I've had my pool 10 years and this is the third filter I have had. I've had it two years and I LOVE it. Obviously, I'm hard on filters with lots of kids, and a 24' round pool that is extra deep. Pool maintenance used to be a huge, time-consuming summer affair before I got this filter. I used to have to vacuum at least a couple times a week, clean the filter at least weekly, and watch my chemicals daily like a hawk or my pool would turn green seemingly overnight. This is my second year the ... read more Hayward Extreme and I still do next to nothing to my pool and it stays clear and beautiful all summer. The guy complaining about cloudy water clearly is missing something else in his pool care. No filter gets all that stuff out without a clarifier--I would know. had I known what a difference this filter would make in the amount of time I spend on my pool, I would have bought one long before I did. Highly recommend!! It does have a very strong outlet pressure though which pushes the automatic vacuum unless the eyeball is turned to just the right position, and which makes my fountain that attaches to the outlet shoot up so high I lose a lot of water when I use it. I also suspect using the fountain is hard on the pump since it restricts flow so much, so I don't really use it anymore. I'll gladly trade using the fountain for parties a couple times a year for free weekends all summer.
    2. 9 years ago
      Great choice!!
      The best investment I have made for the pool. I replaced a 2-1/2 HP sand filter and this system blows the sand filter away! I did get an extra valve and hard plumbed it with pvc and put an outlet to bypass to waste. I didnt cover my pool last winter so it was a mess. I vacuumed the worst to waste and then turned the filter on. Within a day's time the water was sparking clear without any chemicals added. I did have a problem getting my automatic vacuum to work because it had too much suction. I ... read more had to install a valve between the skimmer and hose to let water in so it wouldn't stick to the bottom and not move. It moves much better than it ever did with the sand filer and the pump moves about twice the amount of water as my old filter. I will never have another sand filter! Oh yea, I ordered it late on a Monday night and recieved it Wed., good job In The Swim!
    3. 1 decade ago
      Great Filter
      The filter was very easy to install. It took no time at all. It took longer to get the sand out of the filter I was replacing than it did to install the new Reading other reviews most problems I saw people saying I knew could be fixed easily. First with people with hoses blowing off, a little roughing up of the hose fittings with some sand paper, and two hose clamps on each hose will take care of the problem. I have also seem people complain about no way to vacuum to waste, when you ... read more vacuum you just dump it all into the filter. To fix this problem, Hayward makes a diverter valve the replaces the union between the pump and the filter tank. You just turn the valve and it diverts the flow of water directly out of the pump into your backwash hose bypassing the filter tank. Another thing is opening up the tank to clean the filter. Hayward provides one ball valve, you need to get another one. With a valve on the pump inlet and a valve on the tank outlet, you can close both valves and isolate the filter so you can open it up and not loose water. Do those few things and you will love this filter.
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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. 


    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.