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    Water Test Kits

    1. 9 months ago
      Pool Testing Simplified
      I have used Taylor tests kits since our pol was built in 2007. Great product, easy to use and provides accurate readings.
    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. 3 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
      So easy to use, I actually TEST my pool water!
      This is the way pool testing should be done! With my old liquid testers, I often only bothered to check the chlorine (and maybe the Ph), and then just let the rest go, rather than laboriously testing each parameter. But with these things, you'll find yourself WANTING to test the pool water, because it's kind of fun. OK, it IS fun: You just dip it, wait 15 seconds, and then compare the colors to the chart, and you then have SEVEN pool chemistry values in 30 seconds. (BTW: Don't bother with the 4 ... read more or 5 parm test strips. Just jump right in and get these 7 part strips, because you'll end up with these anyway, if like I did you start with the 4-bangers.) If you have a bit of chemistry background, and have used Ph test strips to test acid/alkali, these will seem like an obvious extension of that. But as with Ph strips, you need good neutral lighting (presumably sunlight is ideal), because it's a color matching system. The only "catch" is that some pool guys (like mine!), claim they are not accurate. And, for cyanuric acid ("stabilizer"), it's a known problem that the basic pool chemistry needs to be "almost right", or the cyanuric test will be off. But that may well be a limitation of liquid test systems as well. I don't know. I'm in the process of testing these against a liquid reagent system to compare the two. But so far, when I checked Ph via a Ph meter, the test strips were right on the mark. I'll try to remember to update this review once I get around to doing the cross-comparison. Parting shots: I'm betting the expiration date is way sooner than it needs to be (if you store them in a dry and cool place.) So maybe get a new batch and compare them to your old 'expired' lot to see when they REALLY "expire". That's what I plan to do.
    2. 1 year ago
      Great Products
      I always buy my pool supplies at In the Swim and usually have great service. Last time I ordered I accidentally ordered the wrong test strips and realized this when I printed off my receipt and immediately contacted them to have them send the right ones. I was told the order had already been processed and they couldn't stop it. It had been less than 5 minutes??!! I don't understand how their system works but seems there should be a way to change an order within a set period of time.
    3. 2 years ago
      These are the first ACURATE test stips I've found!
      I was skeptical when I purchased the 'AquaChek Select 7 Way Test Strips' but, after using them, I'm so glad I did! I've used other test strips before and their accuracy wasn't that great. They would be okay for say PH, but not accurate for Chlorine, etc. In fact, it got to the point where I would drive to the pool store to have my water tested because I didn't trust the results, and as it turned out, it was a good thing I did. But these strips are accurate every test, every time! And results are ... read more fast, 15 seconds for accurate results. PS - did I mention they are accurate?
    1. 7 months ago
      GREAT PRODUCT
      EXCELLENT PRODUCT TO HAVE IN HELPING KEEP YOUR POOL CLEAR. NO GUESS WORK IN ADDING CHEMICALS, IT DOES THE CALCULATING FOR YOU
    2. 3 years ago
      Works Great!
      Purchased this for the start of the pool season. I love the seven water areas it tests. It really is a great help in keeping our pool water balanced and clean.
    3. 2 years ago
      always reliable
      I have used aqua strips for as long as we have had our pool. It is a great product because in enables me to keep our pool water balanced at all times.
    1. 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.
    2. 4 years ago
      Try test strips
      The reader and strips take the guess work out of pool testing. I like them alot
    3. 9 years ago
      Helpful Product
      The range of test strips colors is so wide your guessing at the readings. The AquaChek TruTest meter helps me get a better results without guessing.
    1. 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.
    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. 2 years ago
      Good quality
      Testing kit gives accurate and repeatable results. Includes excellent pool maintenace instructions, and tools. Comes in a heavy duty plastic case.
    1. 1 year ago
      Great product
      Gives you more accurate info to make adjustments for your pool experience
    2. 5 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.
    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. 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
    2. 1 decade ago
      Easiest Product To Use
      I use the Aquacheck test strips at least once a week (or more if it's rained) for a quick and easy way to check my pool water. When the test strip indicates that I need to adjust pool chemicals, I use the Taylor DPD Test Kit since it gives more accurate readings than the strips. It's easy to use and the directions are right on the box. Plus it gives me peace of mind knowing that my pool's chemicals are exactly at the levels they need to be. And thanks to In The Swim, all my pool products are ... read more brought right to my door. Thanks In The Swim!!
    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. 2 years ago
      Great Item
      This thing works great Iam done with the strips I love it
    2. 2 years ago
      OK but an not completly satisfied
      I purchased this to get better reading on pH and free chlorine. I didn't need the salt, ORP and TDS but figured, no big deal. The instrument give me much more precise pH readings than test strips - happy about that, but the instrument sequentially then test for salt, TDS and ORP, which may take 2-3 minutes (all the while, I am waiting just to get to the chlorine). Once it gets to chlorine, it provides a qualitative answer (good) verse a numerical result (3.1). I wanted the numerical result. Would not buy again
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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.