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    Above-Ground Filters

    1. 5 years ago
      we are on are same filter for 20 years. what a great filter!
    2. 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.
    1. 1 decade 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 and that completes our perfect setup!
    2. 1 decade 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. 2 years ago
      Best Filter
      This filter was brought to replace a sand filter. It was for my parents' pool. All summer the water was cloudy and very uninviting for swimming. We took water to a local pool place to have the water tested. They sold us various chemicals to try to clear the pool. It would work for a few days, but then the water would be cloudy. About 3 weeks ago, we got this filter. Within the first few days, the water was starting to clear up. Within the first week, the water was sparkling. It is now a ... read more very inviting pool. It is getting used everyday, as pool should be during the summer. This was a good buy.
    1. 5 months ago
      Great product, Great store!
      I have bought many pool supplies from in the Swim. The latest is the Hayward X-Stream filter system. This is the second one we've had, the old one was 12 years old. We are so pleased with how well it works and cleans our above ground pool. The filter in it is so easy to clean with a hose.. In the Swim is so fast with their delivery after ordering it is like having the store right around the corner. I love getting the catalog or looking on line. I would recommend ordering from them to anyone ... read more that owns a pool.
    2. 3 months ago
      Wish I got it sooner!
      After years of struggling to have a clean pool I gave in and did research about what pump and filter type best suited my pool. I have a 24 foot 52' deep. This filter keeps a strong current running in my above ground pool and any sediment is either sucked right into the skimmer or collected in the middle of the pool making and vacuuming fast and very easy. I have alot of trees that drop debris in my pool daily, now between this amazing filter system and two chlorine floaters I have the sparkling ... read more pool I always hoped for.
    3. 1 decade ago
      Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend. In fact I have. Over the years I've had several other types of filters. And by far this filter is the best. My pool water is sparkling clear. And vacuuming the pool is a snap. The filter has so much power that everything is just sucked into the head of the vacuum. And I have only have had to clean the cartridge about once in a season. Plus it looks great real sleek, and when it's running it's so quiet. We have the filter set on the other side of ... read more the pool, and when its on we can hardly hear it. Bottom line is that I love this filter. Sounds crazy, but when you find something that works great and makes your life easier. it's a wonderful thing
    1. 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!!!
    2. 1 decade ago
      great value for the money
      I would recommend this to anyone. I have a 16 X 48 Intex above ground pool and the small cartridge filter they give you with the pool does nothing for keeping it clean. Since I have gotten this filter, my pool is always sparkling clean and chemical use is down by 50%. The cost of the cartridges for the old filter was about 15.00 a week so this is going to pay for itself in a matter of months. I would recommend this for anyone with a smaller above ground pool
    3. 1 decade 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.
    1. 3 years ago
      My pool turned green with the pump that I received with it. I have a 15ft above ground pool. Holds 4,000 gals of water. We drained it cleaned it and set it up again using this pump. The pump has a lot of pressure I can see it working to move the water and and filter it. Pools been crystal clear since I've been using this pump. I'm very happy with it
    2. 7 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.
    3. 3 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!
    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. 2 years ago
      Great pool pump
      I'm enjoying this pump so much easier than the cartridge filters I had been using.
    2. 1 month ago
      What a difference this filter system made in our 14' above ground pool. Keeps it crystal clear only running the filter a couple hours a day instead of 24/7 with the small filter system out Intex pool came with. Plus we don't have to buy anymore filters!!!
    3. 2 years ago
      Great sand pump, does the job well.
      Bbought this sand pump for my 9x16 pool. Works great!
    1. 3 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 3 years ago
      the best filter system I have ever had hello the best
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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.