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    Above-Ground Filters

    1. 1 decade ago
      Good Product
    2. 4 years ago
      Great pricing
      I liked that we could make four payments. They were very competitive in pricing.
    3. 2 years ago
      Very happy with item, excellent results. Clean pool!!!
    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. 6 years ago
      Best valued unit
      I bought this unit to replace the filter/ pump that came with my Intex 24ft pool. It may be a little to much for this size of pool but after vacuuming my pool from the winter dirt ( I live in Arizona) there was alot of residual dirt and algae floating in the pool. This Hayward filter cleaned up the water in no time. My old pump never did that. I have purchased Hayward products in the past and have always had good luck with performance. I should have bought a Hayward when I first bought the pool. ... read more I highly recommend this unit to anyone with an above ground pool.
    2. 1 decade ago
      The only type filter I will ever use!
      This is my second Hayward Cartridge Filter. I had to leave the first one behind at the home I sold. Last summer I installed another 30 foot AG pool and again picked the Hayward Cartridge Filter system. My previous one was a 24' pool. I was not sure it would work as well on such a large size, but this system is a real workhorse! My cover came off in early March and the water got in a mess. I hooked up the system in May, vacuumed the pool and let the filter do the rest. Within 4 days the water was ... read more sparkling clear but the pressure(from all the junk in the pool water) had maxed out, so all I had to do was remove the cartridge and hose it down, put it back in and off it went. Here it is July and the water remains crystal clear! One thing I will note ** The 1 1/2 hp pump is such a hard puller that I have to keep the pool filled to max to keep the pump from sucking all the water from the skimmer box. my pool is 52" deep, 30' round and it still keeps the water pulling. I can get by with running it 4-5 hrs. daily, as it pulls so fast. I will never use anything else. I give Hayward a 6 star rating.
    3. 9 years ago
      Unbelievable
      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. 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!
    2. 8 months ago
      Best Sand Filter for Intex Pools
      I love this filter. I moved to Fl. four years ago, bought a small Intex pool, then upgraded to the large rectangular pool. My pool is clear even through the winter months since we do not have to close it down. Yes, we can actually swim all year due to the filter working. I would highly recommend this filter. Love it!
    3. 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.
    1. 7 months ago
      Thumbs up on product! Thumbs down on instructions.
      We bought this to replace a similar product that had been abused at a home we bought. Although the filter and pump are working great, the instructions to install could have been better...a lot better! Might be a breeze for a company that installs several pools in a pool season, but for new pool owners, well...It’s not impossible to figure out (and we still had the old equipment which helped visually), but better instructions would have helped. Our suggestion is to take several photos of your old ... read more equipment (if replacing) before you dismantle to install the new.
    2. 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!!!
    3. 9 years 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. 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. 10 years ago
      better than local company
      I have delt with my local pool supplier for years not only there prices have gone threw the roof but the products i buy from them just dont work to my expectations.I was mailed a catelog from this site and to my surprize the prices were way lower than my local pool supplier.Not to mention all the products and supplies this site offered for my pool. So of course i said there is no way these prices are correct on this site there has to be a catch here so i put in a order for a filter for my above ... read more ground pool and the price was perfect plus they gave me 10% off with my purchase. Wow i was so happy that not only i was getting the filter i needed but the price and service from the operator was absolutly fantastic.They told me i would receive my filter within 5 days with FREE SHIPPING and in 5 days it was at my door.I put the pump on and started my new filter and it was better than the one that came with the pool.Do yourself a favor and buy from this site you will not regret it Thank You in the swim
    3. 4 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. 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. 5 months ago
      Very happy. ...its so quiet can barely hear it run. Running like a champ!!
    2. 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!!!
    3. 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.
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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.