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    Water Test Kits

    1. 7 years ago
      7 Aqua Test Strips
      The strips are great and relatively inexpensive for what you get. They are easy to use and work quickly. When I took my water into the store they found the same results that my test strips showed. I used to use the little bottles of liquid and always had a hard time reading the results. These strips are right on. I am having trouble now that the color chart faded. The color chart comes in a clear plastic case that is attached to the bottle but even though I had the bottle under the bench and out ... read more of the direct light, they faded.I would like to be able to copy/print out a copy of the color chart but am unable to find a copy of it on line. Overall I would buy it again and copy the color chart before the season begins.
    2. 1 month ago
      Good test strips.
      These test strips work really well, and they respond very quickly.
    3. 5 years ago
      Accurate Readings
      Test strips seem to be giving an accurate reading. I do not have anything to compare against but the pool water looks awesome It was a little cloudy; the test strip was showing me low on chlorine. I added the chlorine the test strip read good for pool and the water is sparkling now.
    1. 8 years ago
      Easy to use
      I have used these for a little over a year now. The problem the one bad review may have had is you have to clean the glass sensor area occasionally. I can tell when I get really off-the-wall readings, they return to normal after cleaning the sensor area.
    2. 4 years ago
      Try test strips
      The reader and strips take the guess work out of pool testing. I like them alot
    3. 1 decade ago
      Great
      Found that the reader and strips are a great way to maintain levels in the pool and spa. No more trying to guess at colors.
    1. 2 years ago
      Great product
      Gives you more accurate info to make adjustments for your pool experience
    2. 4 years ago
      Makes test much easier, no colors to try and match
      I have only used this about 5 times but very easy, directions make it easy once you get the hang of it.
    3. 11 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.
    1. 2 years ago
      Quick, easy, accurate!
      We use these strips every year to check the chemical balance in the pool. We always have accurate readings with them. They are so easy to use!
    2. 3 years ago
      Always a smooth transaction
      Easy to read strips.:) easy to use and colors work for me since I'm colorblind.
    3. 2 weeks ago
      Test Strips
      Everything works perfect and is always shipped promptly
    1. 1 decade ago
      Great Product!
      This product is so much simpler to use than the old way of testing the water. As long as you keep up with the instruction paper (chart is on it), you will know exactly what your pool needs. And it is very inexpensive.
    2. 9 months ago
      Balancing Pool Water
      The AquaChek Test Strips are an easy, convenient way to test the pool water and keep it balanced. I like how the same strip tests for chlorine content and PH indicating when additional chemicals need to be added.
    3. 1 decade ago
      7 Way Test Strips
      At first glance, you would think that these strips would not dial you in that well on your chemistry. After using them for three years now, I've found that they really do. I rarely go to the pool store for a computer water check anymore. These strips are so quick and easy that I can check my chemistry as often as I like. The vaules to be in shown by the strips have proven to be very accurate. When I keep my pool within the guidelines, I have no problems with the pool.
    1. 5 years ago
      Easy to use and very accurate
      I used this kit and compared the results with those received from my local pool company test. They were the same.
    2. 2 years ago
      Best pool water test kit I ever owned.
      Use it weekly, to maintain pool water, great way to use less chemicals.
    3. 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.
    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. 10 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 months ago
      Phosphate removal
      Gives a general level of phosphates. Realy need one giving PPB. I have a salt pool need to keep phosphates low, this is helpful but not exactly what I expected. Water companies put phosphates in water to protect piping, not conducive to salt pools, must be removed. There are HD phosphate removers out there Phosfree only keeps small quantities under control.
    2. 2 years ago
      I use this to test my pool water. We live in the country around farms, so we het phosphates constantly from them spraying.
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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.