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    Water Test Kits

    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
    1. 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.
    2. 1 decade ago
      Awesome Reader!
      I love the AquaChek! I have owned a pool for 16 years and have used every pool water tester in the book. I am done with the dropps and the mess. I like how easy the AquaChek is to use, just turn it on, dip a strip and place it on the reader. You get a reading in seconds. I also like the design of the device, it is built very solid and easy to hold. Maintaining a pool can be a pain but this product makes it a bit easier.
    3. 1 decade ago
      Works for Me!
      I bought this tester to use for a quick daily test. If we have doubts about the results we break out the drop tester and so far the tests have been very close. I am very pleased with the ease and speed of the results. Not having to hassle with the drops is a big plus and getting quick results is just an additional bonus. I would have no problem recommending this tester to anyone.
    1. 1 year 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. 2 years ago
      Perfect for my needs...
      Accurate, easy to use, and perfect for my needs. Reasonably priced.
    3. 2 years ago
      Always a smooth transaction
      Easy to read strips.:) easy to use and colors work for me since I'm colorblind.
    1. 6 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. 2 years ago
      Convenient & Accurate
      Very convenient & accurate to use on our salt water pool. No more trips to the pool store for testing.
    3. 6 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.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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!
    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. 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.
    3. 3 years ago
      Water testing made simple
      Perfect for makin sure pool stays clear all summer.
    1. 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.
    2. 4 years ago
      liquid pool test kit
      I bought this kit to replace an old one. The test procedure was slightly different, but the instructions were clear and easy to understand.
    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 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. 2 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
      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.
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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.