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    Water Test Kits

    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. 3 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
      Excellent and Easy
      These strips make it so easy to keep your levels perfect
    2. 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!
    3. 3 years ago
      Always a smooth transaction
      Easy to read strips.:) easy to use and colors work for me since I'm colorblind.
    1. 1 decade ago
      Best Purchase Ever!
      This is just like going to the pool store and asking them to test your water. It gives you the number (PH is 6.8) and if it is ok or lo. Genious! I havn't been to the pool store for testing in a month. When my husband suggested getting this, I just figured another stupid gadget that he likes to get! Great gadget-NOT STUPID! Best purchase ever!
    2. 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).
    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. 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. 3 months ago
      Good test strips.
      These test strips work really well, and they respond very quickly.
    3. 3 months ago
      Not sure
      Not sure of accuracy of this product yet; having trouble with clarity of water
    1. 2 years 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.
    2. 1 year ago
      Pool water test kit
      Easy to use and very accurate. I have always use test strips in the past and they did not perform well. With this test kit, I know exactly what chemicals to add to keep my pool perfectly in balance.
    3. 4 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.
    1. 11 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 1 decade ago
      good product
      I had previouslypurchased similar product from my local pool store but I like these strips better. They give you a better reading of all the various levels so you can better control water balance. Takes out more of the guess work.
    1. 5 years ago
      easy to use
      purchased this kit to replace my daily in use kit.simple to use and basic. it gets the job done
    2. 1 decade ago
      Plain & Simple
      I have had a pool for about 15 years now. Chlorine level and PH level have been all I need to keep the water crystal clear and PH balanced. Other family members have bought me more sophisticated testing kits but I have ended up just using the basics. As far as I'm concerned, "if it's not broke, don't fix it".
    1. 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
    2. 2 years ago
      Great Item
      This thing works great Iam done with the strips I love it
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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.