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    Water Test Kits

    1. 4 years ago
      very convenirnt
      For the pool owner who does not want to run to the pool store for every water check. All you need in one compact test kit. Very easy to understand directions.
    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
      Another great high tech gadget
      Wow is this thing sweet. Easy to use, just dip in water, and place on meter and press the button and 10 seconds later you have every thing you need to know. No more drops, no test tube things, no more making sure you have the right amount of water in the test tube, and no more color matching, just a small test strip, and meter. Plus another high tech. gadget (witch I love to have).
    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
      Done right, it is great
      I had trouble with the testing meter until I re-read the instructions. Pressing the start button at the same time I dipped the strip, shaking the water off and then laying the strip in (not sliding it) made a world of difference. I am getting consistent results on the pH and chlorine with good results on the total alkalinity.
    1. 2 years ago
      Questionable results
      First year that I have tried this test strips and reader. Very convenient but readings are not repeatable. They are all over the place which leads me to doubt the accuracy of this system.
    2. 9 years ago
      excellent test strips
      These test strips with my digital reader make keeping chemicals in balance so easy!
    3. 5 years ago
      AquaChek TruTest Test Strips
      I have used these for years and my readings have always been spot on with what The Pool places get with their test kits, for the items checked. It takes a few tries to do it properly, reading the instructions is a good place to start! Not trying to snipe at anyone, the instructions just elaborate on how to get a good reading...
    1. 3 years ago
      Water testing made simple
      Perfect for makin sure pool stays clear all summer.
    2. 4 years ago
      Big box with almost nothing in it
      I have no idea why this is so expensive but I opened this big thick plastic box to find four small chemical tubes in it. Should have been $19.95
    3. 9 years ago
      Easy testing
      I like this test kit because the instructions are in the lid and don't get lost or disintegrate if they get wet. With other kits, the instruction sheet was quickly rendered useless, so if you didn't remember how to use the drops, you were out of luck.
    1. 3 years ago
      Good water test kit
      The 4 way test kit is essential for all pool owners if you want to avoid water problems and expensive treatments to correct them. This kit is easy to use.
    2. 1 decade ago
      Better then the dipsticks
      I used to use the dipsticks, they dont show you if your levels are low or high.. This test kit shows you if your : "Free" chlorine Total chlorine pH Alkalinity Is low or high so you can adjust. This is most important tools you can use. It's either Scrub or SWIM ! I prefer to swim so this is one of my tools.
    3. 1 year ago
      Unbalanced
      I have been having a problem with my pool this year and after the hurricane l decided to stop fooling around. I didn't believe my old test kit was accurate so l bought this. I got different accurate reading this time and can treat the water properly for excellent results.
    1. 1 year ago
      Worth the money.
      Bought this kit because I was tired of driving across town to the pool store and getting a different answer and $80 dollars worth of product every few days trying to get my pool chemistry right. It works like a charm. its easy to read and the the results are consistent. Took a couple samples to the store after I ran my own numbers to see if they were comparable and they were. Was able to balance my water and clear it up within days. Best 80 bucks I have spent on my pool this yr. The only reason ... read more I didn't give it 5 stars is because measuring the CYA level requires alot of product and I don't feel like it would last the season. Luckily CYA is one product that doesn't disappear in the pool water after you add it so the levels stay pretty consistent. If your one the fence and struggling to keep your pool water clean and clear. I highly recommend this kit. It makes knowing what your pool needs a breeze. Now instead of spending $80 every 3 days at the pool store trying to get my water clear. I can throw a couple gallons of shock in it about 1 a week and walk away. The water is clear and balanced and I am confident that it is not damaging my liner and is safe to swim in.
    2. 1 decade ago
      Excellent Product
      The Taylor Series of Pool/Spa Test products are by far the easiest to use on the market. I purchased this kit for both my pool and spa. I get accurrate results each and every time unlike the comparatively expensive test strips that are available on the market. This product is a must for anyone with a pool or spa!
    3. 1 decade ago
      excellent product
      This is the best test kit on the market for a home pool owner. I have used many different kits in the past 15 years of owning a pool, and this is by far the best. Well worth the extra money.
    1. 3 months ago
      Best Test Kit
      After purchasing my third different test kit I finally found the best one. It has all of the tests that I need in one kit. It takes all of the guess work out of the equation. No more trying to match a color or line up the camera in my phone to a card that does take the correct picture.
    2. 1 year ago
      Great product
      Gives you more accurate info to make adjustments for your pool experience
    3. 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.
    1. 3 years ago
      Consistent
      Consistent results - I can confidently add chemicals with this kit.
    2. 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.
    3. 9 months ago
      increaser-PH
      PH increaser- bought 1 mo, works great, only had to use 1 time so far
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    In The Swim Knowledge Pool: Pool Test Kits

    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 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 pool water several times per week, is the only way to achieve 'water balance', so 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. Good for all the soft and shiny surfaces in your pool; including the eyes, skin and hair of your swimmers. 

    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 pool test kit will be one that you will use - regularly. 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. See also our Commercial Pool Tests Kits & Meters page for more water testers. 

    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 chemical, is needed to balance pool test levels. 

    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. 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 
       - Test a new sample, before making large chemical adjustments


    In The Swim has the most popular pool water test kits and test strips to make 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. If you have water testing questions or need help selecting the best test kit for your pool, give us a call at 1-800-288-7946.