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How to Shock A Pool | A Step By Step Rundown & Troubleshooting Tips

how to shock a poolWhen you decide you want a pool in your backyard, and you have one installed, you also need to know how to shock a pool. That way, it is always safe to swim in. If you winterized your pool and warm weather is moving in, plan to clean and shock your pool about a week before you take your first swim.

So, what does it mean to shock your pool? It means you clean the pool by adding an excess of chlorine to the pool water, so it will kill off any contaminants and bacteria that could make you ill.

In the process, you are sanitizing the pool and making it safe for everyone to swim in. Test the pool water daily, especially if the neighborhood kids come over to swim in your pool all the time. When the ingredient levels begin to slightly change, you need to add the shock treatment.

How to Shock a Pool, Begin With A Pool Water Tester

Purchase a water tester so you have one handy to test your pool water often. This is important so that algae and other unwanted ingredients do not begin growing unnoticed in your pool in its early stage.

Your water, as a visual indicator of negative change, becomes cloudy and turns green. That is when you know you need to shock the pool. But, do not wait that long until your water turns, as unpleasant things are already growing in the pool.

What Levels to Test For

The three main water ingredients you will constantly check levels for are: free chlorine, alkalinity, and the pH level, which is a measure of hydrogen ion. This is especially important whenever the water becomes warmer during the hot summer days, or if it is warm spa water. Warm water must be shocked more often. Test the water first before conducting the first shock treatment.

pH Level

pH level stands for how acidic the water is, and the range is from 0 to 14, with 7 as a neutral level. Less than 7 shows the water as acidic, while a level greater than 7 shows it is more alkaline. Clear bottled drinking water averages around a pH range of 6.5 to 8.5, in case you wanted to know. For your pool water, the pH level should range between 7.2 and 7.6.

Alkaline Level

Your water’s alkaline level should range between 80 and 120 parts per million (ppm). If your pool water is almost totally alkaline, add muriatic acid at once, based on your pool water volume. Let the water sit until the alkaline level has reached the proper level given above before you begin the shock treatment. See more information about this next.

Free Chlorine (FC) Level

The short version of what you should know in measuring chlorine is that free chlorine (FC) is the amount of available chlorine still available in the pool to sanitize the water properly.

There is also combined chlorine (CC) which is compromised chlorine because it has interacted with bacteria, sweat, suntan lotion residue, sunlight, and other foreign compounds to create chloramines. Free chlorine, when it bonds with the nitrogen or ammonia output of foreign compounds, turns into CC. CC is now unable to disinfect anything. When you shock pool water, all CC is eliminated because the added chlorine takes it over and “burns” it up.

Combining FC and CC leads to the total chlorine (TC) level count, which should be equal or greater than that important FC level reading.

If you ever smell “too much” chlorine (which is the CC that smells), this means you must add more chlorine because there is not enough available in the water to properly disinfect it. FC is working extra hard to try and clean things up.

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Another thing to know is that when the pH balance is too high (alkaline), this also threatens the available FC’s ability to clean the pool water effectively. Start the stabilization with muriatic acid to get the water back to proper pH levels.

Find out more at this link about chlorine and how it relates to cyanuric acid (CYA) and the pH level.

how much chlorine to shock poolPreparing Your Pool for a Shock Treatment

The first time that you want to shock your pool after winter is over, remove all pool covers and remove any debris in the pool, such as leaves. If there is a low level of water in the pool, then add water to the pool, up to the normal swimming level.

Do not use the pool cover again as you need the water to be the same temperature as it is outside. If the pool is inside the water should be room temperature.

Never run your heating pump at the same that you shock a pool. Avoid shocking warmed water, such as what you get when the sun shines directly on it throughout the day. Take the temperature of the water, starting a few days before the shock, to see what the average pool water temperature is in the evening hours.

1. Calculate Your Pool Size for Water Volume

By now, you should also know the volume of water that fits in your pool, as you will add the right amount of shock based on that measurement. Here is one way to get the numbers calculated. Once you have the numbers, you will know how much chlorine to shock pool with.

Measure the length of your pool by its width. If it is a surface pool, then you can measure from the ground to the top level of water inside the pool as its depth. Measure from the bottom to the top of the pool rim, then stick the measuring tape down inside to the water level. Subtract those numbers from the total of the bottom to top of the pool.

Now you can plug those numbers into the formula calculation as Length times Width times Depth times 7.5 (gallons in each foot) = Volume (or L x W x D x 7.5 = V).

If you want to know more about getting your correct pool’s water volume, go here to this handy online pool water calculator. You can even calculate uneven depths in a customized pool, as well as for round pools.

2. Test for pH and Free Chlorine Content Levels

Test your pool water for readings of your pH, alkaline, and free chlorine levels. You must look for whether your water is too alkaline, in which case you add muriatic acid first before doing the shock treatment.

If you do have to add muriatic acid, add the amount shown on the package that stands for your pool water volume (gallons). For example, add a quart of muriatic acid for 15,000 gallons.

Get a portable bucket of water and gently pour the acid into the water to dissolve it. Use protective gear when doing so. Start the pool pump, add the acid into the pool, and run the pump for an hour. Test the water for current readings. Keep running the pump until the pH balance is restored. You can find out more about muriatic acid here.

You are ready to apply the shock treatment when pH is back to a reasonable balance (between 7.2 and 7.6). If all you need to do is add muriatic acid and you want to go swimming, make sure the pump is running and wait three to four hours after dispensing the acid before getting into the pool. Test the pool water first to make sure the pH balance is correct. Only get in the water if it is crystal clear.

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Help—Pool Cloudy After Shock!

Cloudy pool water after shocking can happen for several reasons. If the pool water is cloudy after both the muriatic treatment and shock treatment, then test the water again for reference. You may need to add muriatic acid again and do another shock after that. However, do the following step first.

Check your pool pump and filter to make sure it is clear of debris and in good shape before you do another round with muriatic acid and the shock treatment. Your problem could also be a malfunction in your pump system, especially if it is an older system.

3. Chlorine or Non-Chlorine Shock

Many pool owners use a chlorine shock, but if you are sensitive or allergic to chlorine, choose a non-chlorine shock product for this next section. You buy the amount of chlorine shock treatment, usually one bag (or one pound) per 10,000 gallons of water (volume) in a pool. Note that if you have significant algae in the pool water, you may need to add twice or three times the amount of chlorine to get rid of it. You select how much chlorine to add to shock pool, based on your water test readings.

You can read the instructions on the product to know how much you should buy, based on your pool’s water volume. Buy extra, just in case you have a more severe problem. Store unused shock in a cool, dark protected area, preferably in a closed plastic tub to keep it dry.

Non-chlorinated shock treatment options, aside from chlorine sensitivities, can be a better choice if you have hard water problems, or use vinyl pool liners. Also, they do not leave any ‘pool cloudy after shock’ effect.

One of the highlights of non-chlorinated shock treatments is that you can get into the water sooner than if you use a chlorine shock treatment, for which you may need to wait 48 hours. Using a non-chlorine shock treatment means you can get in almost right after treatment.

You should always check the labels to be sure about the right time to get in for each of these products. Never forget to take your readings to make doubly sure that it is safe.

Check this link, non-chlorine products, which may be helpful to you, if you are sensitive to chlorine.

4. Apply the Shock Treatment

When you get ready to pour the shock, add water in a plastic hand-carry bucket first, and then gently pour the shock into it to pre-dissolve it. It is better to have the shock in a liquified state, so it disperses easily. This is particularly important if you have a plastic liner in your pool. If in granular form, it may settle to the bottom, and chew up the plastic.

You may need to wear protective gear, such as a face mask to protect your eyes, nose, and mouth from getting any fumes into sensitive membranes, while you pour the shock into the water. Also, wear plastic dishwashing gloves or workers gloves to protect your hands while mixing, and for carrying the bucket while dispensing the shock.

Walk around the pool edge as you pour the shock into the pool. Next, turn on your pool pump (not your heating pump) and let it run for at least seven hours, and up to 24 hours if necessary.

Some posts have said that running the pump will cost you in electricity expenses. However, running the pump, despite its costs, does a better job of dispensing the shock throughout the volume of water. It is either that or spend money hiring a professional to handle the job. Generally, you should run the pump daily anyway, for up to seven or eight hours.

Never shock a pool while it is raining or threatening to rain. The accumulation of more water, plus debris, can change the water volume and you may need to reduce the water to proper swimming levels before testing the water. Clean the pool too and test the water.

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When Is It Time to Apply a Shock Application?

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Unused Pools

The answer to this question is deciding first how dirty your pool is. If the pool has been sitting unused for over two years and you are not experienced with shocking a pool in this state, call in a professional and have them take care of it. It will be worth the aggravation for them to do it, instead of you.

At the same time, you can watch and learn a lot from the service professional about what it takes for a good cleanup. You may also be moving a few frogs and other wildlife that have settled in their happy haven. A pool in this state, may need to go through several treatments that can take a few weeks, depending on the situation.

Note: If your pool is left standing unused for a long time, consider adding a perimeter fence and an entrance gate, with a lock, around the pool. This gives a safety element that will keep children and pets (including neighbors’ children) from going into the pool area. Install caution signs on the gate.

It also helps for the same reason, that when you are shocking a pool, or adding other chemicals, that children and pets do not play around the pool while chemicals are at work. You never know when one of them could fall in, especially if they are alone.

If the pool water is cloudy and murky, for example, you would never know until too late that anything had happened if a child or pet did fall in. Practice pool safety to those who use the pool regularly. Always keep a secured pool cover on top when the pool will not be in use. You can never be too paranoid about your loved ones’ safety.

New Swimming Season

If you have simply over-wintered your pool from the earlier swimming season, then it may take only one shock treatment. Test the water first to get those measurement readings for the status of the water’s pH and FC levels.

Check the readings to see if you need to apply muriatic acid (or hydrochloric acid) first because of a high alkaline reading. This would be if the pH reading is above 7.8. If it is above that number, then you must add the acid first before doing the shock. It is useless to do the shock until then.

How Long to Wait After the Shock Application?

Once you apply the shock treatment to the pool water and are running the pump, wait seven to eight hours, then test the pool water. Remember to apply the shock in the early evening hours when there is still light to see by, but not while direct sunlight shines on the water.

You want to avoid any sort of heating while the pool water is stabilizing. Remember never to run any heat pumps either. Only run the pool pump.

While you can wait eight hours before going in the pool, waiting 24 to 48 hours would be better. Run the pump the whole time to ensure that all the water has had time to run completely through the filtration system. This process also helps sanitize the filtration and pump system too. Always test that water before going in. The chlorine level should be less than 5 ppm.

If you use a non-chlorinated shock treatment, it is possible to get in the pool right after the treatment. Check your product’s instructions to know exactly when to get into the pool. Always do your water tests first.

It is preferable, however, to at least let the water completely run through the pump once, just to be sure. If you live to swim in your pool as often as you can, you may feel like your water testing kit is your new best friend because you must interact with it often.

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Using Other Applications to Support Your Pool

There are other chemicals you can add, such as calcium chloride, after which you should wait two to four hours before getting into the pool. The level should read 5 ppm (pounds per million), or, to be safe, wait 24 hours which is a full filter system cycle. Always follow the directions on your chemical package and instructions.

Troubleshooting Tips and Things to Know

How Often Should You Shock Your Pool?

The typical time span for shocking your pool during average use would be once a week. If you have children from the neighborhood coming over every day to swim in your pool with your own children, you may need to do it more often during the week.

Do a daily test with your kit to make sure you know what the readings are every day. If you use your heat pump during cooler weather, you should test your water too, as heat from the sun and heating pumps will change the water and make it more susceptible to algae growth.

If you have storms passing through your area, get a pool cover to protect your water. Leaves and other debris from the surrounding environment will get blown into your pool, and the chlorine will begin working harder to get rid of it, which means the chlorine depletes faster into CM mode.

Add the cover, preferably before the storms get too heavy, then when the storm is over with, test the water to make sure it is safe.

If I Cannot Do It Myself, How Do I Choose a Service Professional?

By now, you realize that there is a lot more to owning and supporting a pool and its water in a safe manner so that everyone can enjoy it. That is why there is a whole industry with service professionals who are there to take over when things get too complicated for you to handle.

Always choose a service provider that comes with good credentials and has high online ratings from its customers. The power of a good review goes a long way for everyone concerned.

What Kind of Pool Water Testing Kit Should I Buy?

Choose a kit that offers you many testing results such as pH, alkalinity, free chlorine, combined/total chlorine, calcium hardness, cyanuric acid, and more. Make sure you understand what each of the components stand for, aside from pH, alkalinity, FC, CC, and TC.

Some kits come with a photometer giving a digital reading, but you may need to use tablets to test for cyanuric acid. Check to see how long any tablets and chemicals associated with the testing kit will last. Some testing ingredients (powders, tablets) may last over a year, while others are under a year. Ideally, the kit comes in a protective case, such as a polyethylene case, for easy storage in a safe cool place.

Select a kit that gives complete instructions on how to use it and what each test means at the varying numerical levels. When a kit says reagent, this refers to the testing solution(s) (powder, liquids, tablets) used to test the water.

Some tests use colored tabs to show the level of pH, alkalinity, and other components you want to look at. You can go to this link to find out what some of the 2018 top kits are to look at. Links from the products take you to Amazon for review of each kit. Always note the rating for each kit you look at and read customer reviews, as they are the best indicator of how well the kit works.

Some of these kits may be expensive but weigh what the kit offers you in terms of how many results you can get out of it, along with ease of usage. A digital reading makes it easier than trying to match color-coded tabs, but you still may need to do chemical tablet testing too.

You can visit this link for YouTube videos that show how to use various pool water testing kits. Apparently, there is also an app that goes with one or two kits too. Technology expands exponentially, as always. With that in mind, let us look at what apps are available.

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Using Smartphone Apps

Life could not get any easier! The smartphone app Insta-LINK Home will read test strips and tell you what you need to add to your pool water. You can get the app on Google Play.

Check first on Amazon to have a look at this product. Always check out reviews that will help you understand more about how the product works.

If you have a Zodiac iAquaLink system installed in your pool, then you may already know about the app that runs everything connected to your pool. That includes pumps, lights, and temperature. Yep, all of those things can be easily managed right from your phone. You can find this app on Google Play too.

I Have Cloudy Pool Water After Shocking

  1. Step one: Note how long the pump has been running. Check the pump system for damage.
  2. Step two: Check the filtration system to see if you need to clear out debris. Run the pump again.
  3. Step three: Do a water test to see if you need to add muriatic acid to raise it to the right pH level again. If so, wait until the water reaches the proper levels and do the shock again.

Safety is paramount when it comes to the well-being and health of your family members and those who visit you and swim in your pool. Never get into the pool until you have normal water readings and the pool is crystal clear. Now, enjoy your sparkling clean pool.

Best Pool Shock of 2019 | The Top Rated Pool Shock To Keep Your Water Clean

Keeping your pool clean is important. When a pool is constantly in use, it is subject to sweat, oil and unfortunately in some cases, urine. It’s inevitable, and there is no way to tell the exact level of harmful chemicals that you are exposed to in your pool when you don’t keep it clean.

As a result, it is important to consistently clean your pool in the right manner. Now, I know what you are probably thinking – easier said than done.

It is true that keeping your pool clean can be challenging and time consuming. However, if you understand the proper way to go about cleaning your pool, how often you should clean it and are equipped with pool shock that actually works, you can easily keep your pool clean.

In this review guide, you will learn what pool shock actually is, how pool shock can help you keep your pool clean and a step by step procedure of how to use pool shock in the right manner. We will also show you the seven best pool shocks on the market today, so you won’t have to worry about whether or not your pool shock is actually getting the job done.  If you’re short on time, here is a quick list of the top pool shocks available today:

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Pool shock is a substance (either liquid or granular) that is designed to fight off what is known as chloramines and subsequently keep your pool looking and feeling clean. Typically, the main chemical in pool shock is chlorine, but there are some pool shocks that effectively utilize other chemicals as the main ingredient.

Here are some of the most common chemicals found in pool shock:

  • Calcium Hypochlorite
  • Lithium Hypochlorite
  • Sodium Dichlor
  • Potassium Monopersulfate

Calcium Hypochlorite

This is the most common chemical used to clean swimming pools. While it is the most trusted, it also tends to be one of the most expensive pool shock treatment options. Calcium Hypochlorite contains between 65 and 75% chlorine.

Lithium Hypochlorite

This chemical typically works faster than all other pool shock treatment options. Lithium Hypochlorite, which contains around 35% chlorine, works in as little as eight hours after application.

Sodium Dichlor

Also known as Dichlor Shock, this chemical contains between 50 and 60% chlorine and works just as well as hypochlorite when it comes to cleaning a pool. Although there are only slight differences, Sodium Dichlor tends to be a slightly less expensive option.

Potassium Monopersulfate (Non Chlorine Shock)

This chemical only takes fifteen minutes to work, so you can apply it, eat lunch and return to the pool soon after. However, non-chlorine shock does not work to fight algae, so it should be seen as a less reliable option than chlorine based pool shock. Therefore, if you have a serious algae problem in your pool, you may need to go with a pool shock treatment that has a large percentage of chlorine.

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While pool shock is the actual powder or liquid you will use to clean your pool, the act of “shocking a pool” refers to the actual cleaning process (see how to use pool shock). It is important to clean your pool with pool shock in order to keep damaging chemicals, bacteria and debris from shortening the life of your pool and damaging the structure, which can lead to untimely repairs.

Ranking and Reviewing the Best Pool Shock

Without further ado, let’s look at the best pool shock treatments in 2018 now that we have answered the question: what is pool shock? It is important to ensure you have the right pool shock treatment to use.

In this review guide, we will discuss in-depth what makes each pool shock great and go over the most important factors you should consider when choosing the pool shock that is best for you.

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For each pool shock treatment, we will discuss the six most important considerations which are the approach, effectiveness, additional features, ease of use, speed and of course the price. We will also leave you with a detailed overall review of each pool shock treatment. While reviews aren’t specifically considerations, we – and you should as well – take both the quality and quantity of reviews for each product into account.

Although all seven of these pool shock treatments work well with any freshwater swimming pool, it is important to take your own personal preference and specific needs into account. For instance, if you have children and may need to quickly clean your pool without them begging you for hours to get back in, you may want to go with one that works faster, even if it is ranked lower on this list.

1. In The Swim Chlorine Pool Shock

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In The Swim is one of the most trusted pool shock treatment brands in the industry, and the In The Swim Chlorine Pool Shock is arguably their most reliable product. With over 350 online reviews, mostly positive, you can feel confident that this pool shock will keep your pool clean.

Price

The In The Swim Chlorine Pool Shock is very reasonably priced when compared alongside other chlorine based shock treatments. Although there are other less reliable, non-chlorine shock treatments on the market, there are few options available that have a better balance of affordability and quality.

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Approach

This pool shock by In The Swim contains 68% Calcium Hypochlorite, which allows for fast acting oxidation. Although the recommended wait time is eight hours, you can apply this pool shock treatment and swim as soon as thirty minutes afterward. It comes in 24, one-pound bags and the dosage amount is one pound per 10,000 gallons.

Effectiveness

Since the In The Swim Chlorine Pool Shock is predominantly Calcium Hypochlorite – which is typically believed to be the most effective chemical for pool shock treatments – it works really well. Since it is so effective, it works well with pools that are subject to getting dirty more often.

Features

Although the In The Swim Chlorine Pool Shock doesn’t come with any additional features, which most pool shock treatments don’t, it does come in a large quantity. This pool shock comes in 24 one-pound bags, which should last you the entire summer without needing to buy more.

Ease of Use

One of the most appealing features of this pool shock treatment is its ease of use. While other pool shock treatments have difficult diluting procedures, you can simply sprinkle the In The Swim Chlorine Pool Shock around your pool without diluting. For even better results, there are diluting instructions provided as well.

Speed

Another fantastic component of the In The Swim Chlorine Pool Shock is the speed that it works. This pool shock begins working immediately upon placing it in the water; your pool should be ready to use soon after. With that said, this pool shock will continue to work for eight or more hours, eliminating all sweat, oil and urine from your pool.

Overall

Overall, the In The Swim Pool Shock Treatment is arguably the best, most trusted application to use when shocking your pool. Although the price is slightly higher than several options, it is by far the best combination of effectiveness and price, especially when considering the quantity provided.


2. DryTec Shock Treatment for Swimming Poolspool shock treatment

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Much like In The Swim, DryTec is also a very trusted name in the pool shock industry. This calcium hypochlorite shock treatment by DryTec is extremely effective in fighting off bacteria, algae and other harmful organic contaminants found in swimming pools. If you’re looking for a fast acting, quick dissolving swimming pool sanitizer, then this is a fantastic option for you.

Price

This DryTec shock treatment is identically priced to the In The Swim Chlorine Pool Shock. However, this pool shock treatment is available in different quantities – a one pack option and a 12 pack option – so you should be able to find the option that is most suitable for your needs and your budget.

Approach

This pool shock treatment by DryTec provides a very specific, detailed instruction manual, so you are able to shock your pool in the best manner possible. Much like the In The Swim Chlorine Pool Shock, the DryTec shock treatment also contains 68% calcium hypochlorite, a highly trusted form of chlorine.

Effectiveness

As previously mentioned, this shock treatment by DryTec is very effective at killing off any and all bacteria, algae and other organic contaminants. Per usual, the recommended dosage amount is one pound bag per 10,000 gallons of water. As long as you follow the diluting instructions and apply this shock treatment in the right manner, it is extremely effective.

Features

One cool feature of this particular pool shock treatment is the fact that it is offered in several different quantity amounts. If you don’t use your swimming pool that often and only need a single cleaning solution, you can order one pack and save money. If you need to use it more frequently, you can choose 12 or 24 pack options.

Ease of Use

Although the instructions are slightly complex, they are well laid out in an easy to read manner, so you won’t have to struggle to interpret the material or make phone calls to DryTec in order to ensure you are doing it right. If you trust your prior experience, you can even get by with applying the solution without the use of instructions.

Speed

Although it works in as little as thirty minutes, this pool shock treatment works best if used overnight and allowed to take effect throughout a longer period of time. If you apply the shock in the right manner and test the water before using to ensure safety, then you can use your pool again in a relatively short amount of time.

Overall

Overall, this pool shock treatment by DryTec is a great pool cleaning option. Since it is available in such a large quantity (24 pack), it should last you for most, if not all, of the summer. With above average reviews, there is little reason to doubt the effectiveness of this pool shock treatment.


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This shock treatment by Pool Essentials is another fantastic chlorine based option. This fast dissolving, easy to apply option is suitable for all pool types and can be used at any point during the year. If you are looking for a reliable pool shock option that takes effect in a relatively short amount of time, then this is a great option for you.

Price

This is by far the most affordable option on this list. Although it isn’t the best option for long term use and thorough pool cleanings, it does a fantastic job of cleaning your pool in a fast manner and is a great option for situations where an immediate cleaning is in order. There are also only six packs included with the purchase.

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Approach

If you are looking for a pool shock treatment that is easy to use, then this is one of the best pool shock treatments for you as it doesn’t require any dilution before adding to the pool or skimmer. The entire process of application can be done in several minutes. As with any shock treatment, it is best to use at night, but it is not necessary to do so.

Effectiveness

This pool shock by Pool Essentials is one of the best pool shocks for destroying contaminants such as sweat, oil and urine that cause strong chlorine odor and cloudy water. After shocking your pool with this solution, you will begin to see a clear difference in the clarity of your pool water and the odor begin to reduce.

Features

One of the coolest features that comes along with the Pool Essentials Shock Treatment is the skimmer, which makes it extremely easy to effectively and efficiently apply the solution into the pool. Although the skimmer does make the application process easier, it is not necessary to use and the choice is completely up to you.

Ease of Use

As previously mentioned, the skimmer makes this pool shock extremely easy to use. Even without the skimmer however, the Pool Essentials Shock Treatment has a very easy application process and works much faster than the average pool shock. For best results, you can follow their more in-depth application procedure.

Speed

The Pool Essentials Shock Treatment dissolves in the water and begins fighting off harmful contaminants very quickly. As a result, you will begin to see a difference in the quality of your pool water and even be able to use your pool again within the very same hour you apply the solution.

Overall

While there may be options available on the market that work better over a longer period of time, there are few pool shock treatments that are more affordable and faster acting than this one by Pool Essentials. Therefore, if you are wanting the least expensive option that still works well, then this is the one for you.


4. HTH Pool Shock Super Shock Treatment

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Although it is less proven than the aforementioned pool shock options, the HTH Pool Super Shock Treatment is arguably the most effective pool shock treatment on the market in 2018. With three different quantity options and various levels of strength, you should easily be able to find the pool shock that works best for your specific needs.

Price

The super shock treatment by HTH is extremely affordable when factoring in the quality of the solution. If you want a stronger solution, then you can try the ultimate shock. It’s one of the strongest pool shock treatments on the market for the money. They also offer a more diluted solution for an even better deal.

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Approach

Applying the HTH Pool Shock Treatment can be done in four easy steps laid out in the instructions that come along with the purchase. Although the recommended process includes checking the pH levels, etc., you can more easily apply the solution directly to your pool without fearing any harmful effects.

Effectiveness

By simply shocking your pool once a week using the HTH Pool Shock Treatment, you can ensure your pool stays extremely clean, odor free and looking clear. If your pool is subject to more particles and contaminants such as sweat, oil and urine, then you may want to choose the ultimate shock, which you can actually see working in the water.

Features

The ultimate shock option by HTH is able to do some things that other pool shock treatments aren’t able to do, including preventing scale formation, softening the water and becoming visibly blue in the water. Although, even the more basic super shock and even the basic shock treatment help the water stay clear in ways other options simply can’t.

Ease of Use

HTH lays out an easy to comprehend four step process of applying this pool shock treatment to the water. Since the HTH Pool Shock Treatment is much stronger than most other forms of pool shock, you should use it at night to avoid sun zapping the chlorine, limiting the effect the pool shock has on keeping your pool clean.

Speed

As mentioned, it is best to apply the HTH Pool Shock Treatment at night and let it run its course before jumping back into the swimming pool. If you are looking for a faster acting pool shock, then this may not be the best option for you. However, if you want the absolute best pool shock treatment, then you won’t go wrong choosing this option.

Overall

The HTH Pool Shock Treatment may just be the best pool shock treatment if quality is the only concern. With that said, it can take longer to take effect and generally cost more per packet than other brands. However, keeping your pool clean is very important and you can rest easy knowing this solution is doing just that.


5. Swim Best Chlorine Pool Shockbest pool shock treatment

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Although Swim Best isn’t as an established brand within the pool maintenance community, it is quickly becoming trusted amongst its customers and beyond. The Swim Best Chlorine Pool Shock works just as well as many of the other aforementioned pool shock treatments and is available at an affordable price.

Price

At an affordably low price, the Swim Best Chlorine Pool Shock is on par with the other options it is most similar to (In The Swim Chlorine Pool Shock and DryTec Shock Treatment for Swimming Pools). Much like the others, this pool shock treatment solution is also of very high quality and comes in a large quantity.

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Approach

For best use, use one packet per 10,000 gallons of water once a week. As far as specific application instructions, a detailed instruction guide will be provided upon purchase. As long as you follow the guide correctly, you will be able to enjoy a clean, healthy pool all year long.

Effectiveness

The Swim Best Chlorine Pool Shock works extremely well at fighting off harmful bacteria, algae and other contaminants. Constructed with 68% chlorine, this shock is extremely effective and doesn’t take long to take effect. If you are looking for one of the best pool shock treatments that you can trust, you won’t find any problems in this solution by Swim Best.

Features

Although this pool shock treatment by Swim Best doesn’t include any additional features, it does come with a rather large quantity size that should last you at least half the year when applying the solution once a week. So while it costs a little more than many others, it is well worth it given the quantity.

Ease of Use

The Swim Best Chlorine Pool Shock is arguably the easiest way to shock your pool. While other treatments require complicated dilution procedures, you simply tear the bag open and slowly spread into your pool with this option. For best results, you can follow a more sophisticated process, but doing so isn’t necessary.

Speed

For best use, it is recommended that you apply the Swim Best Chlorine Pool Shock before bedtime and let it take effect throughout the night. If you have an emergency come up and need to clean your pool immediately, you can have a cleaner pool within an hour by applying this pool shock treatment.

Overall

If you are looking for an alternative to the big brands within the market that may have slacked off providing customer service and helpful information, then this pool shock treatment by Swim Best is a fantastic alternative. This solution, fairly priced and proven effective, is certain not to disappoint.


6. In The Swim Chlorine-Free Pool Shock

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If you are tired of the annoying smell of chloramine and want to try a pool shock treatment that doesn’t have chlorine, then the In The Swim Chlorine-Free Pool Shock is your answer. This pool shock treatment, although more expensive, works faster and just as well as chlorine based pool shock.

Price

The In The Swim Chlorine-Free Pool Shock is one of the more expensive options on this review guide of the best pool shock treatments of 2018. With that said, it is also one of the most unique as it does not contain chlorine and comes with a large quantity of 24 packs, which should last you on average, six months.

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Approach

This solution by In The Swim contains 38% potassium monopersulfate and does not contain chlorine, which for many is a huge plus. The dosage amount is one pound per 10,000 gallons of water. Since each packet is one pound and the average swimming pool is 10,000 gallons, simply apply the solution straight to the water when needed.

Effectiveness

The best part of this non-chlorine pool shock treatment is that it works immediately upon entering your pool, meaning you can feel free to jump into your pool and enjoy a nice swim very soon after you apply the cleaner. With that said, chlorine is typically thought of as being the best chemical for cleaning pools, so keep that in mind when you make your decision.

Features

What makes this solution so unique is that it doesn’t contain any chlorine, unlike all other options on this review guide. While some may consider the lack of chlorine to be a drawback, the In The Swim Chlorine-Free Pool Shock allows pool owners to clean their pool quickly without having to deal with chlorine odor and long, complicated dilution processes.

Ease of Use

While other chlorine based pool shock treatments may require complicated dilution processes and the quality of the pool shock is dependent upon how well you complete the said processes, this pool shock treatment by In The Swim makes it easy to effectively clean your pool in a short amount of time.

Speed

Not to be redundant, but since the In The Swim Chlorine-Free Pool Shock doesn’t contain chlorine, it is much quicker to use. Simply pour the solution straight out of the packet into your pool and watch it take effect within minutes. If you don’t want to wait eight hours to go swimming again, consider this pool shock treatment by In The Swim.

Overall

Although I typically recommend chlorine based pool cleaner for long term pool maintenance, the In The Swim Chlorine-Free Pool Shock is a great way to quickly clean your pool and go swimming soon after. Therefore, it can be beneficial to have this solution laying around in case of an emergency.


7. Clorox Pool & Spa Shock Xtra Blue

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If you’ve never heard of these other pool cleaner brands, you probably have heard of Clorox who is famous for other cleaning products. What might be unknown however, is that Clorox actually makes a fantastic pool shock treatment that works really well at eliminating algae and bacteria from the pool surface.

Price

Although the Clorox Pool & Spa Shock Xtra Blue is by far the most expensive option on this review guide of the best pool shock treatments on the market in 2018, it is also the most trusted brand of cleaning supplies on this list. It has a fantastic pool shock treatment that is certain to work regardless of your pool type.

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Approach

To apply the Clorox Pool & Spa Shock Xtra Blue, you simply follow the detailed, easy to understand application instructions on the box provided. While diluting the solution may lead to best results, simply applying the pool shock to the pool once a week can keep your pool clean and looking clear all year long.

Effectiveness

This pool shock treatment by Clorox works extremely well at killing and controlling green, black and mustard algae as well as reducing chlorine odor and eye irritation. Its six-in-one cleaning formula contains blue algae killing crystals that take effect in a rather short amount of time compared to other pool shock treatments currently on the market.

Features

The Clorox Pool & Spa Shock Xtra Blue comes in a box of 24 one-pound bags, so you won’t have to worry about restocking the solution anytime soon. By applying one pack every week, which is the recommended dosage, you can effectively keep your pool clean for up to six months.

Ease of Use

Although some pool shock treatments can require complicated dilution processes, it is very simple and easy to shock your pool with the Clorox Pool & Spa Shock Xtra Blue. Simply take out and rip open one of the 24 pool shock packets that come with this purchase and slowly spread it around the pool, using more pool shock in the deeper areas.

Speed

While other chlorine based solutions can take up to eight hours to fully take effect, the Clorox Pool & Spa Shock Xtra Blue allows you to swim as little as fifteen minutes after application. If you have kids who have friends come over, then you may be confronted with a situation that requires you to quickly and effectively clean your pool. This solution allows you to do exactly that.

Overall

Although it is the most expensive pool shock treatment, the Clorox Pool & Spa Shock Xtra Blue is arguably the best pool shock treatment on the market in 2018. If you want a proven, effective pool shock solution from a trusted brand and aren’t concerned with the price, then this is a fantastic option for your specific desires and needs.


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In order to fully understand the importance of using pool shock and how to use it most effectively, it is good to have a general understanding of why your pool requires consistent cleaning and how pool shock can help you do just that.

Contrary to popular belief, what many refer to as “the smell of chlorine” is actually the smell of chloramine, a chemical formed from the combination of chlorine and bodily chemicals, such as perspiration, oils and urine. In other words, the smell is one of chlorine at work. Without chlorine, or other pool shock chemicals, oil, sweat and urine go unpunished inside the swimming pool.

So how do you actually shock your swimming pool?

While some pool shock treatment recommendations can give you confusing information using terms you never heard of, you can quite simply apply your pool shock treatment using the following six step process.

  1. Test the free chlorine and total chlorine levels in your pool to determine the amount of pool shock you need to add.
  2. Determine whether or not you need to dissolve the shock in water.
  3. Mix the shock in a bucket of warm water, if needed.
  4. Distribute your pool shock evenly.
  5. Check the pool shock recommendations to determine when your pool will be ready to use.
  6. Enjoy your clean swimming pool.

Of course, all pool shock requires slightly different use. In some cases, there may not be a need to dissolve the shock in water. Also, while some pool shock will take effect in as little as fifteen minutes, others may take up to 10 or more hours before your pool is once again ready to use.

Be sure to thoroughly read the instructions that come with the pool shock treatment that you choose in order to know the exact measures and way to shock your pool.

Lastly, it is important to use your pool shock treatment at night if you are using a chlorine based pool shock. The sun tends to burn free chlorine that hasn’t yet been stabilized, so you can prevent this from occurring by waiting until nighttime. Since most chlorine pool treatments only take eight hours, you can apply the treatment at night, let’s say 8:00 p.m., and your pool should be ready to use once you wake up in the morning.

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The best pool filter doesn’t just filter out debris. It also keeps your backyard oasis clean, clear and sparkling with the kind of water that makes backyard pools so inviting. To do that means more than just vacuuming out leaves and dirt and adding chemicals. There is a science to the complicated systems of pool filters, but it’s not rocket science – it’s more along the lines of common sense and following the owner’s manual. If you don’t want your family and friends getting sick from swimming in your pool, you’re going to need a good pump and one of the best pool filter systems to properly clean and sanitize the water.  Here’s a quick list of the best pool filters on the market today:

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The best pool filter keeps debris out of your pool, but there’s a lot more that goes into the care of an above ground pool. Follow these tips and you can keep your filters working longer and better, and keep your maintenance costs down.

The Best Pool Filter: Why is it Important?

When you are in a pool, your body absorbs large amounts of water through the skin. That’s right. Our skin is permeable. Permeability refers to our skin’s ability to allow chemicals, toxins, light, oil, and whatever else we encounter on a day-to-day basis, to pass through it. Skin is first and foremost designed as a barrier against potentially harmful substances, but it does, by design, allow things to pass through and into our blood system. Things like sunlight, air, water, and things that our body needs, come through the skin – and that’s a good thing!

However, the skin can’t tell the difference between water with toxins (bacteria, viruses etc.) and clean water with no toxins. That’s why it’s up to pool owners to ensure the water in their pools is clean. Visibly, our skin shields our internal organs, bones and muscles from outside threats. It also contains its own immune system to prevent foreign attacks from bacteria and other microbes, but if someone’s immune system is compromised, or weak, it’s easier for them to get sick.

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The very young (babies and toddlers, and the elderly) tend to have weakened immune systems. People with some diseases, people recovering from cancer, people with open wounds or sores on their skin, etc., are also at risk from pathogens, viruses, and bacteria in pool water.

While our skin is naturally permeable, it’s a fairly low permeability. However, there are things that can increase that permeability. Most of us have our above ground pools set up outside, in the sun. That’s why the water feels so good on a hot day! Ultraviolet rays from that full sun can cause our skin to be more permeable!

If you, like millions of Americans, have an autoimmune disease, allergies, or are concerned about the wide variety of pathogens and bacteria that can come to live in your pool water, you might want to pay close attention to the best pool filter you can buy to ensure your pool water doesn’t pose an additional threat to you.

The most common complaints and reports health officials get that are associated with water quality issues from swimming pools are typically related to diarrhea, dysentery, traveler’s disease, and other gastrointestinal issues. Those are no fun to contract, but it could worse. There are approximately 80 suspected or known autoimmune disorders that may be related to water quality issues. If you have autoimmune issues or concerns, get your water tested, install water treatment systems in addition to a filter on your pool (if needed), and seek advice from medical experts.

The most common water quality problems in pools are related to the presence of bacteria, total coliform, iron, manganese, elevated hardness, corrosive water, nitrates, elevated copper or lead, discolored water, odor, and regionally elevated levels of select metals.  Depending on the water source, the salinity, chloride, sodium, sulfate, and fluoride content of the water could be a concern.  In rare cases, there are problems associated with cysts, oocysts, or viruses.

Do you live near an industrial area, farms, ranches, or rural areas? Are you near construction, or a business park? Depending on the surrounding land-use and land-use activities, petrochemicals, solvents, surfactants, and industrial chemicals may be an issue as well.

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That’s why it’s extremely important to reduce the amount of dirt and other harmful substances in our pool as much as possible with one of the best pool filter options. After all, the key piece of equipment for cleaning your pool is the filtration system.

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The Best Pool Filter for Above Ground Pools

Above ground pools aren’t that much different than inground pools, except for a few things – like the equipment is usually easier to reach and to operate. All pools need regular cleaning, daily filtering, and a constant chlorine level.

An above ground pool is a lot of work and can cost a lot of money, but it more than pays for itself in the pleasure you’ll get from it if you protect your investment. This means ensuring there’s no damage to the pool walls, pool liner or the pool equipment through proper maintenance, and the right filters and chemicals. Take regular care of your above ground pool and it can last for 10-15 years.

Picking the Best Above Ground Pool Filter System

First, you must find the correct size pool filters and pumps. The size and capabilities of an above ground pool filter system will affect the way your pool performs, how clean the water stays, and how difficult or easy it is to keep clean. Picking the right size pump for your pool is something your salesperson should be able to help you with, but in general, it’s good to know:

  • Above ground pool pumps range from 1/2-1½ HP.
  • Use a 1 HP pump for round above ground pools up to 24 ft. and pools with less than 15,300 gallons of water.
  • Use a 1.5 HP pump for round above ground pools over 24 ft. and pools with more than 15.300 gallons.
  • The maximum gallons per minute (GPM) the best pool filter can handle is an important number to know. Your pump’s GPM should never exceed your filter’s GPM.
  • Bigger isn’t necessarily better – unless you get a larger filter. A pump with too much horsepower will create excess water movement. If you have a smaller pool, this could be a safety hazard, creating unpredictable water flow. Buying a slightly larger filter (as long as it fits your pump) is a good thing.
  • An undersized pump lacks the power needed to circulate your water properly to prevent algal blooms.
  • A pump that is too large for your pool will completely bypass your filter altogether, creating a dirty pool.

Understanding The Best Above Ground Pool Filters

Whether you have an above ground or in-ground pool, there are three types of pool filters

  1. Sand
  2. Cartridge
  3. And diatomaceous earth (DE) filters.

Each is designed to filter out debris as well as the bacteria and other things that could create problems, disease, and illness. Each type of filter has its pros and cons – including the cost of the system, and how many microns of debris and bacteria they can remove. Along with varying degrees of difficulty in changing or cleaning the filters. The best pool filter for you generally depends on your budget, pool size, and how frequently the pool is used, along with how clean you want your water.

Sand Filters Sand Pool Filters

Sand filters are one of the oldest filters around. Before there were swimming pools people used sand to filter drinking water and for other uses. Today’s sand models haven’t changed much in terms of how they work, but they have improved the kind of sand used as well as a few tweaks to the older and larger sand and gravel filters once used. They are more convenient and cost effective, but they also require 40% more water because they must be backwashed – meaning “cleaned more often.” Sand filters can filter down to 20 microns – not the stellar 3 microns of a Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filter, but still, clean enough for most families and users.

Unlike other filter systems, sand filters catch both large and small dirt particles. All pool filters catch large particle debris like insects, hair, and leaves. The real swimming pool polluters are algae and phosphates. A sand filter is the only way to remove these tiny, invisible contaminants from your swimming pool.

Pros of sand filters include:

  • They remove both large and small contaminants from water
  • They only need to be replaced every five years (maybe sooner depending on how dirty your pool is over time).

Cons of sand filters include:

  • You need to have a good pump for it to work – and those can be expensive
  • Sand must be backwashed once a week (more often if very dirty)

Cartridge Filters Cartridge Pool Filters

Cartridge filters are the most popular pool filters. They do not require backwashing to be cleaned, but they do require periodic cleaning to remove loose debris from the filter media. Depending on how often a pool is used, the media has to be cleaned either: once a month, once a week, or more often. Some people clean the filters daily, spraying them down with a hose to rinse off all debris. Others clean them daily, weekly or monthly. Obviously the higher the quality, and the more frequently they’re cleaned, the longer they’ll last.

Once or twice each swimming season, cartridges will have to be soaked in a filter cleaning solution to remove more stubborn and stuck debris and oils. Or, you can simply replace the filter with a new cartridge.

 Pros of cartridge filters include:

  • These are the most environmentally friendly option.
  • They require a lot less water to clean.
  • They take up less room
  • Easier to install; less plumbing because no backwash piping is required

Cons of cartridge filters include:

  • The filter must be disassembled every time the cartridge requires cleaning because they lack a backwash cycle like the other filter types.
  • Can get dirty fairly quickly

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filtersDE Pool FIlters

DE is a sedimentary rock composed of chemically inert, fossilized (or skeletal) remains of billions of microscopic algae-like organisms, called diatoms. DE filters have the advantage of filtering the pool water to smallest microns and will keep the water cleaner than a sand filter or a cartridge filter. The disadvantage of this type of filter is that it requires the most amount of maintenance. DE powder is needed after backwashing. If your immune system is weak or compromised, or if you’re elderly, or have young children, a DE filter may be the best way to go.

These are considered the most effective of all best pool filter types, offering the clearest and most sanitized pool water possible. They can trap particles as low as 3 to 5 microns. This is well below what we can see with the naked eye – about 35 microns.

There are two different types of DE filters. There’s the vertical grid filter and the regenerative filters, also known as bump filters. In both cases, the DE powder coats the elements inside, and traps the dirt as the water flows through the powder. You only have to take the filter apart about twice a year to clean the filter grids, but it can be a messy job.

Diatomaceous earth (sometimes referred to by trademarked brand names such as Celite) is used in chemistry as a filtration aid, to filter very fine particles that would otherwise pass through or clog filter paper. It is also used to filter water, particularly in the drinking water treatment process and in fish tanks, and other liquids, such as beer and wine. It can also filter syrups, sugar, and honey without removing or altering their color, taste, or nutritional properties.

Pros of DE Filters include:

  • These are, hands down, according to every expert, the very best pool filter you can have. The worst DE filter will filter water better than the best sand and/or cartridge filters available.
  • A DE filter will filter the water to the smallest micron size, around 2-3 microns.

Cons of DE filters include:

  • DE filters are a pain to clean – even for the pros
  • Every time you backwash a DE filter you need to add more DE powder through your skimmer.
  • DE Filters are very high maintenance.

Best Five Above Ground Pool Filters

1. Intex 29000E/59900E Easy Set Pool Replacement Type A or C Filter Cartridgebest pool filter

Compatible with 59900E and 29000E.

Intex Pool filters are one of the most popular and readily available above ground pool filters. Dacron is the best fabric for pool filters because of its high tensile strength, high resistance to stretching, both wet and dry, and good resistance to degradation by chemical bleaches and to abrasion. Dacron, unlike natural fibers, is hypoallergenic, non-absorbent, and mildew-resistant. This makes it an excellent pool filter for people with allergies.

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Variations may provide benefits such as softer feel, brighter color, or greater warmth retention. Improved fibers are owned and trademarked by the company that produces them. Dacron is a registered trade name for a polyester fiber made by DuPont. Dacron is especially known for its durability, consistency, and quality.[1]

The Intex Type A and C Filter Cartridges are made from Dacron material. They are easy to clean, or to replace when necessary, usually after about two weeks. Look for the large A on the package to make sure you are getting the right size for your filter.

  • For smaller pumps: 530 gallon per hour – 1,500 gallons per hour
  • Fits pumps with both Type A and Type C filters
  • For filter pump item numbers: 58603, 58604, 56637, 56638, 56635, 56636
  • Replace filter cartridge with a new one every two weeks for best results

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The Intex Type A Filter Cartridge is now available in a convenient twin pack for pool owners who don’t want to risk running out of clean filters. Dacron is a registered trade name for a polyester fiber made by DuPont. Dacron is especially known for its durability, consistency, and quality.

Buying filters two-to-a-pack ensures you’ll always have a filter ready when the one in use is ready to be tossed out. Order enough packs to ensure you have plenty of filters for pool season in your area of the country. Filters should be changed every two weeks, more frequently if the pool is used daily.

  • Easy to clean Dacron fiber material
  • Filter cartridge should be replaced every two weeks

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3. Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 1000 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI and Type A Filter Cartridge for Pools, Twin Packbest above ground pool filter system

When cleaning these filters, the fabric may look clean (white) but don’t let that fool you. It is indeed doing its job. It’s just that most of the sediment is trapped in the inside folds of the filter where you can’t see it. Just spray off the filter no matter how clean it looks.  You’ll see the dirt and debris come out – dirt you would never see by just looking at the filter.

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Dacron is a registered trade name for a polyester fiber made by DuPont. Dacron is especially known for its durability, consistency, and quality.

Easy to use – simply replace the old cartridge with a new one every two weeks

  • Double insulated pump
  • Air release valve for air trapped inside filter chamber
  • Easy to clean Dacron fiber material
  • The cartridge only needs to be replaced every two weeks

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4. Greenco Type D Replacement Pool filter Cartridges with Built-in Chlorinator-Set of 4best above ground pool filters

These filters are made so you can put your chlorine tabs inside. They hold one tablet and make cleaning your pool extra efficient. It you find your pool isn’t as clean as you’d like, consider investing in a larger pump and make sure you’re using the right filter. Even the best filters won’t work if the pump is undersized for the pool.

  • Made of high quality easy to clean pleated Dacron fiber material
  • Pool filter cartridge helps keep your pool sanitary clean and fresh for outdoor fun.
  • Features patented “build in chlorine dispenser” in cartridge filter; can hold 1 chlorine tablet.
  • For maximum efficiency clean every week and replace cartridge filter every 2 weeks.
  • Filter size in inches; 3.75″ H with a 4.12″ diameter

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5. Type D Pool Filter Cartridge (4-pack)best pool filters

For best results, occasionally remove filters from pump and spray with a hose or compressed air every week, or after special events – pool parties, lots of heavy usage, storms, etc. – to clean out the dirt and debris. Replace the entire filter every 2-3 weeks during heavy summer usage.

These filters can suspend a 1-inch chlorine tablet inside so there’s no need to chlorinate your pool separately. Filter inner opening measures 1.5 inches in diameter.

  • Type D Pool Filter Cartridge – 4.13-inch Diameter X 3.75 inch Height
  • Long Lasting, High-Quality Filters – lasts up to 1 month before replacing
  • Conveniently sold in 2-pack, 4-pack, and 6-pack variations
  • Comparable to summer waves, summer escapes, and Intex D type filters
  • For best results, clean cartridges each week and replace at least once a month.

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Care of Your Above Ground Pool and Filter

After investing a lot of money in an above ground pool, you naturally want to make sure it lasts as long as possible. If properly cared for and maintained, most above ground pools can last 10-15 years without major repairs. Proper maintenance means taking care of your filter and other equipment.

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Pool Filter and Equipment

The pool equipment – pump, filter, heater; is made to work outdoors and made to run around the clock; pretty sturdy stuff. It can be damaged by falling limbs or flooding, but rain and snow won’t normally cause damage. Pool equipment can also be dangerous. Depending on your pool you may have pressurized filters, electric pumps and maybe even a gas heater. All of that equipment can hurt you if you’re not careful or don’t understand how to use, clean, or replace filters properly.

Pool Walls

Anything bumping into the outside walls of an above ground pool can dent or crimp the steel wall panel easier and faster than you realize. This not only looks bad, but it can weaken the pool and shorten its life. If you have children, keep them away from the pool unless they’re actually in it, using it to play/swim in. Kids on bicycles or even smaller toys, can damage the walls. Don’t use the pool as a backdrop for baseball, football, or other games as that can damage the walls. Don’t stand or sit on the top rail of the pool wall. Keep your pool away from under a tree as even small branches or tree limbs can crush a pool wall.

Pool Liner

High chlorine levels can make the vinyl walls of your above ground pool brittle. Protect your pool liner by keeping a good water balance in the pool. Unlike fiberglass, or concrete in-ground pools, your above ground pool and liner are far more susceptible to holes or punctures especially from pets, and non-pool toys and even from street clothes.

Clean Your Feet

Use devices like the Inex Foot Bath for Pool Ladders that attach to pool ladders so swimmers can rinse their feet off and remove any grass, leaves, or other debris as they’re climbing the ladder to get into the pool. This is preventive cleaning – what doesn’t go into the pool doesn’t have to be removed from the pool!

Pool Foot Bath

 

The Best Pool Filter: Cleaning Your Above Ground Pool

Keeping an above ground pool clean takes about the same amount of time, tools and effort as an inground pool. The tools and techniques are the same. You’ll need to skim, brush, and/or vacuum your pool If you have trees and a breeze, or grass around the area that gets tracked into the pool by the pool’s users. Even the best pool filters, while incredibly effective, aren’t meant to get all the debris out of your pool, just the smaller stuff that gets past your rake, skimmer, or vacuum. However, by keeping the water as clean as possible before it enters your filter, you can make sure your filters last longer and do their job better.

Skimmers and skimming

Every pool has a skimmer. Some pools, even above ground pools, have more than one skimmer. If you’re not sure what a skimmer is, look for the thing that looks like a small mouth in the side of your pool, near the top of the water, or that hangs over the side of the water – looking like a big bucket.

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The pool skimmer’s job is to filter out debris like dead insects, leaves, grass, hair, and stuff that gets into your pool – but isn’t supposed to be there. It does this by being connected to the pool’s pump. The pump creates suction that pulls water into the skimmer’s mouth. Larger debris such as leaves, twigs, bugs, or even clumps of dog hair will then travel over the weir and be captured by the basket that is nestled within the skimmer.

An above ground pool skimmer in action

A wall skimmer will get some floating debris, but large dumps of debris – like from a wind storm that dumps a lot of leaves in the pool, or a birthday party of kids with grass clippings on their feet, or an invasion of Mayflies, will probably be too much for it to handle. That’s where you, or your kids, or whomever you hire to maintain your pool comes in handy.

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By attaching a manual leaf skimmer or leaf rake to the pool pole and pulling it across the surface you can capture and eliminate the majority of pool debris before it hits the skimmer. A bag-type leaf rake works best when you have lots of leaves. With the right kind of rake you can use it to scoop leaves and debris from the pool floor, too. Use a flat skimmer net if you just have a few leaves or debris, or need to pluck a frog, snake, or other creature out of the water.

Once you use this leaf skimmer, net, or rake to get the leaves out of the water you simply dump the leaves or debris into a pile on the ground. Place it in a trash bag to dispose of as you would any lawn clippings.

Baskets

Your pool should have a skimmer basket and a pump basket. The skimmer basket will need more frequent cleaning, but don’t forget to empty the pump basket after vacuuming, or about once a week. When replacing the pump basket, be sure that it’s positioned properly and the pump lid is screwed on tightly.

Vacuuming Your Pool

The novelty of cleaning your pool wears off quickly. Many people set-up an automatic pool vacuum by connecting suction type cleaners into the skimmer, or by dropping in a robotic pool cleaner. Automatic cleaners work well on a day-to-day basis, but when leaves are really deep, or if you see an algae bloom, it’s best to vacuum your pool the old-fashioned way to make sure the bloom or debris isn’t missed.

To vacuum an above ground pool, put the vacuum head on the pole, and connect the vac hose. Put it in the pool and then hold the other end of the hose over the return fitting to fill the hose with water. Push it into the hole below the skimmer basket. It’s that simple!

Brushing Your Pool

Before brushing your pool walls, make sure your pool brush is in good condition. Worn bristles mean rough edges and rough edges can damage your pool liner. Even if your water looks clean, clear, and pristine, it still needs to be brushed. Brushing helps water circulation, but more importantly it removes invisible films and the small beginnings of algae blooms. Getting rid of that film and the tiny, almost invisible algae blooms prolongs the life of your pool filter.

Filtering Your Pool

Run your pool pump every day for at least 8-12 hours. Missing even a single day, especially on hot, sunny days, can mean the water can turn cloudy and green. Yes, it can happen that fast! That doesn’t mean it will, but why tempt fate or Mother Nature? For best filtering results, use a pool pump timer, backwash the system when the pressure gauge tells you to, and clean the baskets often.

Pump Timer

If your above ground pool has a pump that plugs into an outlet, consider using a plug-in pool pump timer so you don’t have to remember to turn it on and off. Plug-in pump timers are inexpensive, and easy to install. Set the timer to run about 10 hours daily, or longer for hot periods, or when the water looks like it needs more filtering.

Backwashing

Both sand filters and DE pool filters have a valve that is turned to reverse the water flow through the filter. This is called “backwashing the filter.” This backwashing flushes out all of the dirt trapped in the filter. Backwash your filter when the pressure gauge is 8-10 pounds higher than the clean, starting pressure.

Cartridge filters do not require backwashing. To clean a cartridge filter shut off the pump, remove the cartridge, and hose it clean, then replace it. Depending on the filter, and how well you clean it, it may last a week to a month. You’ll know to clean it when the pressure gauge has risen 5-10 lbs, or if the water flow drops off noticeably. Getting in the habit of cleaning the filter weekly, whether the pressure builds or not, is a good habit to get into.

Chemicals For Your Best Pool Filter

The best pool filter can do an amazing job at keeping your pool water clean, but they need to be clean of debris, and they need to be running chemically balanced water through the filter. To extend the life of your pool filter, you need to test the water a few times per week to make sure your water’s chlorine level is constant and consistent. It only takes a few minutes to test your water and this test will let you know if you need to adjust your pool water balance.

Proper chlorine levels not only keep the water clear, but they ensure your water is sanitized and less likely to make anyone using the pool sick. Regardless of how frequently or what system you use to add chlorine to the water, the chlorine level should stay between 1.0 and 3.0 parts per million (ppm) to maintain a healthy pool. Any higher and you start to run the risk of red eyes and swimmers itch

Testing Water

There are a variety of water testing kits available. Either test strips or a test kit can be used. Liquid kits are more accurate than test strips.

Chlorine Levels

What is chlorine and why do you need to keep consistent levels of it in your pool? Chlorine is a disinfectant. It’s regularly fed into the pool water (usually through the use of chlorine tabs, or through measured liquid or powder) and it should be tested daily—at a minimum—for proper disinfection. It doesn’t hurt to test it first thing in the morning, and again after people have used the pool.

Routine chlorination kills harmful microorganisms that can cause health-related problems, such as gastroenteritis, Legionnaires disease, ear infections and athlete’s foot. Learning how to properly test your water will allow you to identify the chlorine residual and demand in pool water. If your pool gets a lot of use, it will need more frequent testing.

Use chlorine tablets in a floater to keep a constant level of chlorine in the pool. You’ll need at least 1.0 ppm – around the clock, to prevent anything green from growing and to ensure your pool doesn’t turn into a green lagoon of algae and bacteria. Algae and bacteria are always waiting for you to drop your guard, take a day off from cleaning, or blow off testing your water and they can take over. If you do forget to test your water, and then find it’s near zero when you do, or if you spot algae, use a granular shock (powdered chlorine) to boost your chlorine quickly.

Water Balance

You’ll need to test your pool’s chlorine levels daily. You’ll also need to check the pH levels, and the total alkalinity once or twice per week. Add pool pH or alkalinity when levels are too low or too high. Once a month check the calcium hardness and cyanuric acid levels. These are slower to change than your chlorine or other levels, but they’re very important to your overall water balance.

The Best Above Ground Pool Pump: How to find the right size

Some pool owners report their filters aren’t keeping their above ground pool clean enough – only to find it’s not the filter – it’s the pump! Even the best pool filter won’t keep your pool clean if it isn’t used with the right sized pump.

So, how do you determine what size and type pump you need? While the salesperson who sold you the pool may have recommended what they thought was the best size pump, it never hurts to check their recommendation against the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Most above ground pools are similar in size and shape, so there aren’t a lot of complex variables to figure out. However, the one critical thing you do need to know is what the maximum gallons per minute (GPM) your pool filter can handle. Your pump’s GPM should never exceed your filter’s GPM.

If you already have a pool pump, verify the GPM of the pump – it should be printed on the outside of the pump housing. If you can’t find it, or it’s so badly weathered you can’t read it, look for the information in the user manual. You could also call the dealer where you bought the pump or pool. If you don’t have a user manual, find one online and then print it, or download it for future reference.

The user manual will also include things like the filter specs for your pump. These specs typically include the flow rating, filtration area, port size, and turnover rates. The flow rating is essential because it dictates the maximum gallons per minute your filter can handle. In other words, do not go over this number. If your GPMs on the pump exceed the GPMs on your filter, figure out whether it’s the pump or the filter, or both that need to be larger.

Look at the turnover rate listed on the filter. Your pool size should fit within those parameters. If they do not, you should consider purchasing a bigger filter. It’s better to have a larger than needed filter, than the exact size or one that’s too small. The experts will tell you, a properly sized filter is always larger than the gallon size of the pool. A little wriggle room in your filtration area is good if you forget, or just don’t backwash or clean your cartridges every week. That way, you won’t destroy your pump, and your pool will stay clean in spite of your forgetfulness. Unlike your pool pump, any pool expert will always recommend oversizing your filter.

  • For round above ground pools up to 24 ft. ( pools with less than 15,300 gallons) use a 1 HP pump.
  • For round above ground pools over 24 ft. (pools with more than 15.300 gallons) use a 1.5 HP pump.

Pool sizes can vary from 3,500 gallons of water to 30,000 gallons of water depending on the height and diameter of the pool. Some of the best above ground pool pumps don’t have, or need, a lot of bells and whistles. They just need to get the job done. First, the pool must be the right size.  Then the filter must not only fit, but be a little larger than what you anticipate you’ll need. If in doubt, refer to the owner’s manual for both.

In general, these charts from InyoPools are helpful for determining the number of gallons your pool will hold. This should help you decide what kind of pump and filter sizes you’ll need.

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Test kits for a pool

7 Best Pool Test Kits | The Top Rated Pool Testing Kits To Keep Your Water Clean

Test kits for a pool

Are you tired of paying a pool company $300 a month to send a college boy over to test your pool? The best pool test kit can help you save hard-earned money. Even though your teenage daughters don’t want you to fire the pool boy, it makes economic sense to learn to do the process yourself, especially since there are so may pool testing kits available on Amazon.

Before you decide to do your own testing, it is important to really understand yourself. Are you a perfectionist who likes spending extra time to make sure something is perfect? Then consider purchasing one of the more complex kits. If you are someone who just wants to jump in the pool, green or not, perhaps you should purchase the testing strips and then take a pool sample in once a month to your local pool store.  Here’s a quick list of our top pool test kits available today:

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Before we dive into the best pool test kits, let’s first learn a bit about pool maintenance.

How often do you need to test your pool?

This is a complicated question because several factors determine it. Here are the basics. Of course, you need to test your pool as soon as it is opened during the summer and before you close it in the fall. During the swimming season, experts say your backyard pool needs testing at least once a week. If your pool receives heavy use, testing needs to occur two or three times a week.

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Other factors that may increase the number of times you need to use one of the best pool test kits is if you have received a lot of rain, or if animals are enjoying the pool with you. Especially for those with little experience with pool maintenance, it’s a good idea to test the day after you placed new chemicals in the pool. Of course, when it comes to your family’s health, it is better to err on the side of caution. Also, don’t forget to test those hot tubs.

The Best Pool Test Kit: What are you testing for?

Pool owners should test for pH and chlorine levels one to three times a week.

  1. pH Levels

Too low of a pH level will lead to red eyes and itchy skin. A pH level is too low when it falls below 7.0. If a pH level is too high, more chlorine will need to be added to the pool. You will also feel the effects of an inappropriately high pH level by having red eyes and dry skin. Also, your swimwear won’t last as long. The pH level is too high if it exceeds 7.6. (These numbers seem to alter depending on the source. Some experts say the pH should be between 7.2 to 7.8.)

On a side note, did you know that pH levels can be controlled with regular baking soda? Consider using baking soda if your water is too acidic – it may save you money.

  1. Chlorine Levels

Chlorine loses effectiveness when the pH level is too high. That’s why these two tests run hand in hand. Chlorine levels need to stay between 1.0 and 3.0 ppm (parts per million.) To receive the correct levels keep this formula in mind. One ounce of chlorine will give you 1 ppm in 75,000 gallons of water. That means put in 0.013 ounces of chlorine per 100 gallons of water.

Too high of chlorine levels can be dangerous. Besides having itchy eyes and skin, swimmers enjoying a pool with high chlorine levels can have difficulty breathing. Swimming is already a sport where breathing is difficult. Your chlorine levels shouldn’t make it more difficult.

Since chlorine levels are super crucial in maintaining a healthy pool, let’s take a moment to discuss the different methods of testing it. All have advantages and disadvantages.

Test Kit for Pool

Liquid testing has been around the longest.

The first liquid testing kit was the OTO-Phenol liquid kit. Pool owners fill a test tube with pool water and then slowly add a reagent to the water. The water changes color and that color is matched with a color chart. The color determines the amount of chlorine in your water.

The advantages of this type of testing are that it can be very accurate if the directions are followed correctly. The disadvantages of this system are that it is not accurate if you don’t follow the directions. It also is not sophisticated enough to determine what type of chlorine is present in the water (more on this later.) Also, the liquid used in the testing kit is a known carcinogen.

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The next type of system is the DPD liquid kit. This is also a very accurate test when performed correctly, and more sophisticated than the first liquid tester because it measures the free chlorine levels and total chlorine levels. Free chlorine levels are the most critical indicator of pool health. The disadvantage of this testing kit is that high levels of total chlorine may not accurately measure the free chlorine levels. This type of kit is usually more expensive as well and may be too complicated for the person just wanting to float around their pool with a beer.

Testing strips are the newest kid on the pool-testing block. Test kits are easy to use, and now test for all chemical levels. The disadvantage of this type of testing occurs when trying to measure the tiny testing strip to the color strip on the side of the bottle. Is that blue? Or is it green? Or maybe gray?

There are digital testers as well, but they are not cost-effective, and none of those types of kits will be included in the listing below.

  1. Total Alkalinity

Test the total alkalinity level once a week. These levels don’t fluctuate quickly, and they should be between 80-120 ppm. If the alkalinity is too high, the water will appear cloudy, and deposits will develop on the pump, equipment, and on the sides of the pool. It can cause the water to turn green.

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If the alkalinity is too low, the water can turn green as well. Do you see why pool testing kits are essential now? An inconsistent alkalinity level can also affect the chlorine levels. I’ll have my high school chemistry teacher call you to explain how the chemicals react to each other.

  1. Calcium Hardness

Calcium hardness also only needs to be tested once a month, even though some sources say to test every two weeks. The levels should be between 200-400 ppm. If the calcium levels are too high, your water will be cloudy, and your pool and equipment will build up with calcium sediments. If the water is too soft, it becomes corrosive. This can also weaken your equipment and cause costly repairs.

  1. Cyanuric Acid

I don’t know about you, but testing for something called cyanuric acid in your pool sounds hard-core. It sounds like something that a Bond villain would try to use to kill our favorite secret agent.

Apparently, cyanuric acid, sometimes called CYA, is a pool stabilizer. Its levels should be between 20 and 50 ppm. If the levels are too high, the chlorine won’t work, and you have wasted time and a lot of money. Again, depending on the sources, cyanuric acid levels should be tested at least once a month.

Pool testing kits

Shocking the Pool

“Shocking” your pool is a vital component of maintaining a healthy swimming environment. Even though I can think of a lot of things I would see at the pool that would shock me, the term shocking refers to adding chlorine or other chemicals to the pool to raise the level of free chlorine. Chlorine kills the nasties in your pool – like algae and bacteria.

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Shocking is necessary when algae begins to grow in the pool or when the free chlorine level of your pool measures zero. Do you see how important those testing kits are now? The number of times this will be necessary depends on the use of your pool and how much sunshine you get.

How do you do it? Test the free chlorine level of your pool Add enough chlorine to reach the breakpoint chlorination level. Your overnight free chlorine test should read 1.0 ppm or less after shocking the pool, and your water should become crystal clear.

Tips for Water Testing with the Best Pool Test Kit

Now that you know what type of chemicals you are testing for, here are some general suggestions on how to check for the different chemical levels.

First, make sure the water you test is 12-18 inches below the surface of the pool. Some experts recommend an elbow’s length into the pool. If you don’t get a deep enough sample, your test may be inaccurate. Chemicals alter depending on the amount of sunshine or rain the pool receives.

Especially if you are having issues with chlorine levels, do your water testing in the morning.

Follow the instructions for the testing strips. If the instructions say to read the testing strips after 20-30 seconds, follow those instructions. Reading the testing strips too soon or too late will lead to inaccurate results. If the testing kit says to add five drops of the reagent, add five, not six or seven. If the instructions say to swish the product, swish it and don’t shake it. It may seem silly but not keeping the chemicals in check can wreck expensive equipment in your pool.

Take your samples away from the return jets or outlets. For some reason, chemicals become concentrated around these areas. This causes the readings to be inaccurate.

Keep your testing supplies in a cool, dark place and pay attention to expiration dates. Old testing strips will not work as well. Keep supplies tightly capped.

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Pay attention to the expiration date of chemicals and testing strips. Check those expiration dates when you purchase the product. If the manufacturing company or salesperson says they don’t matter, return the product and get your money back.

Don’t touch the testing strips or water samples before you test them. Your fingers have all sorts of contaminants on them. Don’t cover the testing tube with your finger. This contaminates the sample and makes the date you collect unhelpful.

Run your pump 15-30 minutes before testing.

The 7 Best Pool Test Kits

Now let’s take a look at the pool kits available on America’s favorite retailer – Amazon. We will examine seven different pool test kits– some look like a mini chemistry lab and others are a simple tube with test strips. We will see which products have the highest reviews and determine what is the best kit for the money.

The first product is…

1. Taylor Technologies K-2006 Test Kitbest pool test kit

Type of kit

This is a DPD powder kit, meaning that it tests for free and total chlorine levels. According to the company, DPD powder is more accurate than DPD liquid testing kits. It comes with .75 ounces of reagent and includes a Taylor 9058 comparator. It does not use test strips.

Size of the kit

The Taylor kit comes in a small, blue tackle box. The box is 9.5 inches x 6 inches x 4 inches. It weighs two pounds.

Price, rating, and number of reviews

The Taylor K-2006 sells for $54.94. It has received 4.4 out of 5 stars, and customers have reviewed it 807 times.

Chemicals tested

The Taylor kit tests for total and combined chlorine, pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness, and cyanuric acid.

The Plus Side

Customers leaving positive reviews were happy because following the advice from the kit allowed them to save money. By following the testing advice, they did not have to hire expensive pool companies or buy additional chemicals from the local pool store. Customers say the results are easy to read and seem to be accurate. Some people who purchased the product were so enthusiastic that they wished they would have bought it years ago.

Overwhelmingly, customers seem happy to cut costs by taking care of their pools on their own.

The Drawbacks

Even though hardly any of the reviews are scathing, customers do have some concerns about this best pool test kit. Some said the containers were difficult to open and close. Others said the powder from the chlorine testing kit was in chunks and challenging to break up for the testing. Also, if you do not purchase reagent refills, the bottles only hold two ounces. These larger bottles did not fit into the small box. While the testing kit seems to work great for chlorine, it’s not as efficient for testing the pH levels. Some customers had problems with the products leaking in shipment and arriving empty. It does not seem as if the company interacts with those negative comments on Amazon like other retailers on this list do.

Most of the drawbacks regarding this product revolve around the same two things. One, this pool test kit is sometimes more complicated than people expect. Secondly, check the date on the chemicals in the kit to make sure they are not expired.

Other notes

The Taylor kit can be used on saltwater pools, but the kit does not include a tester for sodium chloride. It includes a book that explains what to do when tests come back with levels that are not optimum. The cheat sheet for testing is located on the lid of the kit and is waterproofed. This kit can be used in an above ground and in-ground pool. Someone writing a customer review reported that they received top-rate customer service by calling the company and asking for advice.

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2. AquaChek 551236 7-Way Pool Water Test Strips

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Type of kit

This kit includes a bottle of test strips that test seven different chemicals within your pool. The instructions say to dip the testing strip into your pool and wait 15 seconds. After the required length of time, compare the colors on the strip to the colors on the side of the bottle.

Size of the kit

The product dimensions are 1 inch x 1 inch x 1 inch. The kit weighs .64 ounces and comes with 100 testing strips.

Price, rating, and number of reviews

The AquaChek kit costs $16.47. It has earned 4.4 stars, and customers have written 1,099 reviews.  Four bottles of this product can be purchased at a discount. Right now the price is $54.99 for four bottles. Reviewers said that one bottle would last for three seasons, but I guess there are some people lucky enough to live where a pool can be used all year long.

Chemicals tested

Even though other reports said that testing strips could not differentiate between free and total chlorine, the AquaChek kit lists both as chemicals that are tested. Other chemicals tested by the AquaChek include bromine, total hardness, total alkalinity, pH and cyanuric acid.

The Plus Side

Many happy customers were excited to be able to test free and total chlorine using a testing strip. These are the same strips that many pool stores use to test water when customers bring it into the store.

Overall, this test pool kit is economical and extremely easy to use. You may want to purchase a more thorough system to use a couple of times a year, but these simple testing strips are great for frequent use.

Drawbacks

Some of the reviewers said that their product was expired when they purchased it, and again, it seems that there is not a company representative watching the comments for their products on Amazon. It seems as if this is a missed opportunity. Some companies monitor these comments carefully and can provide impressive customer service by following up on the complaints of their customers.

Overall, most drawbacks relate to the accuracy of the pH levels. It tends to test on the low side for those levels.

Other notes

The AquaChek testing kit can be used for saltwater pools, but it will not test the levels of sodium chloride in the water. They work for above and below ground pools. This is a very basic kit. It does not come with a book explaining what to do if the levels are not as they should be. The discussion online said that if the levels weren’t off, you would need to go to a pool store or watch YouTube videos to determine your course of action.

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The third best pool test kit is…

3. The Poolmaster 22211 Smart Test 4-Way Pool and Spa Test Stripsbest pool test kits

Type of kit

Like the last product, this is a container of testing kits that checks a variety of chemicals within your pool.

Size of the kit

The kit is 1.5 inches x 2 inches x 3.5 inches. It weighs 1.44 ounces. There are 50 strips in every container.

Price, rating, and number of reviews

The Poolmaster 22211 is rated 4.1 out of 5 stars. Just over 1,000 customers have rated the product.

Chemicals tested

The Poolmaster testing kit rates free chlorine, bromine, alkalinity, and pH. The color comparison kit is on the side of the bottle, just like the previous product reviewed.

The Plus Side

The positive reviews are not very specific. Overall, they seem to indicate that the test performed as well as to be expected, and they were happy with the quick response time and how inexpensive the product was compared with the competition.

Drawbacks

Don’t leave your container of strips open overnight or the product will become unusable. This isn’t necessarily a drawback, but more of a warning to keep the lid closed. Several other customers said that even after storing their strips inside their home, they quit working after several day’s use.

The biggest complaint is that these strips are not as accurate as they could be when it comes to testing the chlorine or the pH levels. This caused several customers to over chlorinate the pool, so beware of that and lean towards the side of caution.

Other notes

The company that makes this product has been in the pool testing industry since 1958. The company says the testing strip needs to go at least six inches into the water. Poolmaster warns that the testing strips cannot get wet until used to test your pool’s water. The container they provide can be opened and closed with one hand. The testing kit will work on saltwater pools, but again, it does not test for salt levels. There is no booklet accompanying this product that tells the consumer what to do if the levels are not standard. Customers report they need to go to YouTube or their local pool store to find ways to fix their pool chemical problems.

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The best pool test kit number four is another Taylor testing kit…

4. The Taylor Deluxe DPD Pool and Spa Water Test Kit (K-2005)pool test kits

Type of kit

Like the first product, this is a DPD kit. This is designed for use at a professional level – for public or semi-public pools. Depending on how picky you are about your water quality, this could be the right kit for you.

Size of the kit

This kit comes in a small tackle box. The size of the box is 9 inches x 5.5 inches x 4 inches. It weighs one pound.

Price, rating, and number of reviews

The Deluxe Taylor kit costs $52. It has earned 4.4 out of 5 stars, and 96 customers have written reviews on this product.

Chemicals tested

This product tests the levels of total chlorine, free chlorine, bromine, pH, acid demand, base demand, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, and cyanuric acid. This product tests more chemicals than the other Taylor product.

The Plus Side

This pool test kit product appeals to those precise people out there who enjoy learning about water chemistry. Some of the reviewers even admit to being scientists and say they enjoy the process of learning about the chemicals reactions with each other in their backyard pool.

On the plus side, this pool test kit comes with a wheel that’ll tell you exactly what the outcome of the tests mean so you can make the best decisions for the well-being of your pool.

Overall, customers rave about this kit for its accuracy. Several reviewers had positive things to say about all Taylor testing products.

Drawbacks

On the downside, nearly all complained about the same thing… this pool test kit was too complicated. Although, it seems the more complicated testing kits are the most accurate.

Other notes

Like the others, this testing kit can be used for saltwater and chlorine-based pools. This is the only kit that has different bottles for saltwater testing over the other type of testing.

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The fifth best pool test kit goes to…

5. The HTH Pool Test Kit (1173)top pool test kit

Type of kit

From what I understand about pool testing kits, this HTH Pool test kit seems similar to what was used in the past. Customers collect their water once a week. To test the total chlorine (real chlorine is not tested with this product), you add five drops of OTO to your water sample. After you cap the sample, you invert it to mix. The resulting substance’s color needs to be matched with a color on a chart. This process needs to be repeated for the bromine and pH testing.

Size of the kit

The kit is 2.6 inches x 6.9 inches x 4 inches. It weighs 1.44 ounces. The kit performs 100 tests. Each testing reagent bottle holds .75 ounces.

Price, rating, and number of reviews

The HTH kit costs $22.49. It has received 19 customer reviews and is rated 4.4 out of 5.

Chemicals tested

The HTH kit tests TOTAL chlorine, bromine, pH, total alkalinity, total hardness, and cyanuric acid. Note, as mentioned earlier, the total chlorine number does not offer as valid of reading as the real chlorine number provides.

The Plus Side

This kit kit works as promised. No one seemed worried about the type of chlorine level tested. Plus, it comes with an app to help simplify the use of this product.

Drawbacks

Besides complaining about inaccurate readings, there are some other valid complaints about this product. You are unable to buy a refill of one of the reagents. This is a pain because you use some of the drops more often than others. Also, the product does not come in a sturdy carrying case. Instead, it arrives in a cheap, plastic clamshell—this may or may not be a deal breaker for you.  The color comparison card was also not waterproof, which just seems like poor planning.

Other notes

Even though this testing kit is very different than the other products listed, they are one of the only ones to offer an app that works with their system. Customers are encouraged to download the app and input their water results. After doing so, you can see the immediate analysis of your water. The app then provides step-by-step treatment recommendations for balancing your pool’s water. A handy pool-size calculator is included to help you determine the amount of chemicals you need to add to your water. Pool owners can save the history of their water tests so you can easily compare the results from day to day. They even provide videos on pool maintenance and other common pool problems. I wonder if they provide a video on how to get the neighborhood kid to go home and quit using my pool.

The other unique thing about this product is that the customer service department interacts with questions on Amazon. Although this is refreshing, the only response they leave is for the customer to call a toll-free number to get the answer to their question. I’m not sure why they didn’t just answer the question in the first place.

This product tests for salt-water pools, but does not test the salt levels per se.

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The sixth best pool test kit on the list is….

6. JED Pool Tools Inc. 00-481 Standard Dual Test Kit

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Type of kit

This kit is a combination reagent and test strip kit. It is an OTO testing kit, which means you need to be precise when going through the testing process. It is also unable to determine the levels between total and real chlorine. As mentioned earlier, the OTO reagents may be carcinogenic.

Size of the kit

There are four different bundles available for this product. The first bundle (confusedly) is for Aquachek Salt Test Strips. There are 10 in the bottle. There is no sizing information available for this product.

The second product under this listing is the JED Pool Tools AquaChek Test Strips. There are 50 strips in this container. It checks for seven different pool chemicals. No sizing information is available.

The third product under this listing is a blue case with liquid reagents and collection tubes. It tests the chlorine level and pH level of your pool water. Each reagent bottle holds .5 ounces of solution. This product’s case is 7.2 inches x 1.2 inches x 11 inches. It weighs 5.6 ounces.

The fourth product under this listing is a bundle. It includes the blue carrying case that holds the chlorine and pH testing kit, and it also consists of the AquaChek Test Strips.

Price, rating, and number of reviews

Since there are four products under this listing, the pricing is complicated. The only item that can be shipped with Prime is the third product listed above. It is the blue case with reagents that test chlorine and pH levels. It is $7.39.

The other products listed have incredibly high shipping rates. The salt testing strips are $8.67 plus $14.49 for shipping. The set of 50 testing strips that test seven different pool chemicals is $7.11 plus $20.30 shipping. The bundle of the testing strips and the reagent case is $36.49 and $29.03 shipping. The product description says it is made in China, but the photo of the product says it is made in the USA. Maybe the case is made in the USA?

Unfortunately for the company, all the products are lumped together under one rating. Only 287 people have reviewed this product, and it has earned 3.4 out of 5 stars.

Chemicals tested

The blue case contains reagents to test for chlorine and pH levels. The testing strips look at free chlorine, total chlorine, bromine, alkalinity, cyanuric acid, pH and total hardness. The salt test strips look at the range of sodium chloride in the water.

The Plus Side

Some of the positive reviews said that the product performs as it should. Although, if you are colorblind you may struggle to use this pool-testing product.

Drawbacks

One drawback to this pool test kit is that it is difficult to see the difference in the yellow gradient. Some said that the bottles leaked and that made it difficult to add the recommended number of drops to the water sample. Others said their products showed up half-empty. You do have to pay money to return this product.

Other notes

Twenty percent of the reviewers gave this product one star. This does not bode well for this product. I would proceed with caution. This is the only product that is on our list that also includes a sodium tester.

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Finally, the last best test pool test kit we will be discussing is another test strip kit.

7. The Milliard 5 in 1 Spa and Pool Water Test Strips

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Type of kit

This water testing kit includes a cylinder containing testing strips.

Size of the kit

The container measures 3.7 inches x 1.7 inches x 1.7 inches. It weighs 1.17 ounces.

There are 50 strips in the container.

Price, rating, and number of reviews

The product is $8.99. It is rated 3.5 out of 5 stars and has 173 customer reviews.

Chemicals tested

Each strip tests for free chlorine, total chlorine, overall pH, water hardness, and total alkalinity. Customers say it also checks for bromine but not for cyanuric acid.

The Plus Side

Half of the product reviewers gave this product five stars. They said the product performed as expected. Most people like that the 50 testing strips are bundled and packaged separately every ten pieces.

Drawbacks

On the other hand, some people disliked the extra packaging inside the product because it is difficult to open and uses more resources. A common problem with many test strip kits, it is not unheard of to receive a strip that is out of date by a couple of months. Also, the colors on the strips don’t exactly match the colors on the label, which can make it a little challenging to understand the readings. Also, the label fades quickly, so it’s important to compare the color strips as quickly as possible for accurate results.

Other notes

This is the only testing strip container that says the strips are bundled in groups of 10 and packaged separately. This is a nice feature, as it would protect the strips if the container accidentally falls in the pool. I’m assuming that happens quite a bit for products such as these.

The instructions say to dip the testing strip into the pool for 15 seconds before receiving a reading.

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So, which of the best pool test kits is really the best?

It depends on how you see yourself. If you are scientific and precise, then, of course, buy one of the Taylor kits. I would recommend the deluxe package since it is the same price as the first Taylor kit listed.

If you just want a fast check, try using the AquaChek testing strips. Keep in mind what customers said about inaccurate pH levels on this product. You might have another system to check those levels in place because this is one of the most critical readings you have to take for your pool.

Besides testing water quality, there are other things to keep in mind when maintaining a pool. Of course, skim out the debris every day. Be vigilant in removing leaves, sticks, and other debris found floating in the water. Also scrub the sides of the pool down at least once every two weeks. It will keep your pool looking new for years to come.

Cleaning your pool doesn’t end with the water and the walls. Also, keep in mind that the pool filter needs cleaning at least once a week. You might need to clean the pipes that feed your filter system. Check the maintenance guide on how to do this. Also, don’t forget about cleaning the deck around the pool. A power-washer set on medium should do the trick.

One thing beginning pool owners fail to do is to pay attention to the water level. The level needs to be halfway up to the opening of your skimmer. If the water level is too low, add more water using the garden hose. If it is too high from a deluge of rain, rent a submersible pump. Don’t forget to recheck the chemicals after you add or take away water!

Do you need a tip from the pros? Our body’s natural oils can be removed from the pool with a . . . are you ready for it? A tennis ball! The fibers covering the outside of the ball soak up some of the oils in the pool.

If you live in the same area as I do, and winters are harsh, make sure you winterize your backyard pool. Blow water out of the supply lines and invest in a good cover. Make sure the water is at the right levels before storing your pool away for the winter as well. That’s another reason to invest in a functional testing kit!

It’s a good idea to call in a service technician once a year. Pay attention to any loud sounds coming from any of the equipment or any smells coming from the water. Look for small leaks that can quickly turn into significant leaks. Pools are an expensive addition to your home, so you might as well spend the money to take care of it, or it will become not only an eye-sore but a danger as well. The service technician can also talk to you about alternatives for heating your pool. This is one of the costs many homeowners may not think about when putting in a new pool. Keep your pool’s temperature as cool as possible for a refreshing dip, and to also save on energy bills. Those living in sunny climates can check into solar covers to keep your pool as comfortable as possible.

Regardless of what system you choose to test your pool, remember to be a vigilant pool owner. Monitor children and pets at all times if you have a pool in your backyard. Teach children how to swim – without floaties or other PFDs. There are classes in large metropolitan areas that teach even infants to be able to survive in water.

Make sure you have a secure four-foot fence around your pool and consider adding an alarm to let you know when someone might be there that you didn’t invite. Keep your spas and pools covered when not in use, and learn CPR for adults and children. Also, be careful when consuming alcohol or any other substance that would affect your decision-making abilities around a pool.

Enjoy your clean and safe pool. Happy splashing!

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Those who already have a home pool and need a little boost on the heat are prime candidates for purchasing some of the best solar pool heater panels. Of course, those with a limited budget can also expect to get some great solar pool heater panels. Getting the best solar pool heater is something which requires careful research and consideration of the facts.

On this page, we will break down everything that you need to know about the best solar pool heater panels. From their basic function to the advantages of using solar pool heater panels. Although, even the best solar pool heater panels work better in some areas than others, and it’s important to remember that. But first here’s our quick list of the best solar pool heaters:

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What is a Solar Pool Heater?

These aren’t something that has been around for that long. Solar pool heaters are a mix of modern ingenuity with a touch of luxury. To put it simply, a solar pool heater is a solar panel which can be used to heat up your swimming pool. Allowing you to be a tad more comfortable, solar pool heaters are something which are both affordable and wonderful additions to your pool.

Use Solar Energy to Warm your Swimming Pool

For starters, solar pool heaters are wonderful ways to ensure that you have a pool temperature which is of a considerable temperature. We all know how uncomfortable swimming in a cold pool can be—talk about killing the experience! The beauty of a solar pool heater is that this problem will be gone, and you will be able to enjoy warmer water.

Solar energy is something which is completely free of charge when used for heating swimming pools. Typically, it works typically by pumping water to the solar cells and then using the sun to charge up the water. Once the water is heated up to a suitable level, it returns to the pool using the same filtration system you have already installed. That is, if you already have your swimming pool set up.

Great Means of Saving Energy

Saving energy is something which is useful both in the short term and the long term. Since they harness the power of the sun and simply use the existing filter system, they don’t cost you any sort of extra energy. One thing that they will cost you, though, is the space for the panels themselves.

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If you want to get some of the best solar pool heater panels, be prepared to spend a little extra and invest in something which is efficient to handle your entire pool. Remember, there are many different things which will affect the level of efficiency. For example, more solar panel space typically means that you can also expect to produce warm water more rapidly than less solar panel space.

Easy Installation

As we briefly mentioned, the installation of any of the best solar pool heater panels will be something which is easier than you might imagine. Nobody likes to purchase a product knowing that it will take hours upon hours to install it at home. Of course, you can always have a handy friend of yours come over and install things for you if you aren’t confident in your abilities.

Regardless, it’s important to remember that the installation of your solar pool heater is something which shouldn’t be too much a cause for concern. You already did the hard work when you installed your pool. Now, all you need to do is hook up the solar heater panels to your filter and mount your solar panels in a sturdy position which provides plenty of sunlight during the daytime.

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Why Use a Solar Pool Heater?

Of course, solar pool heater panels are not the only means by which you can heat up your swimming pool. There are many electric heat pumps and gas heaters which people may otherwise be interested in. Of course, the immediate advantage of any of the best solar pool heater panels is that they provide the same service as an electric or gas heater would without the investment for energy.

  • Higher water temperatures
  • Connects to an existing filter system
  • Very easy to install and maintain
  • Is durable and long-lasting
  • Surprisingly affordable

Any of the best solar pool heater panels will provide warmer water at a level which is both efficient and suitable towards your desires. Since they can easily connect to your pre-existing filtration system, the installation with any of the best solar pool heater panels will be an easy process. They are also very durable and affordable. If you need some extra heat in your swimming pool, a solar pool heater is perhaps the best place to start.

Best Solar Pool Heater Panels: Buying Guide

Before we start to dive in on some of the best solar pool heater panels, let’s start by exploring each of the different types of solar pool heaters you may find, as well as many factors and variables that should be aware of. After all, getting the best solar pool heater panels should be your top concern.

Unglazed Solar Pool Heater Panels

This is referring to the solar panel itself. An “unglazed” solar panel is one which doesn’t have a glass cover, or “glaze” covering the panel. These panels are also typically made with strong plastic or rubber. They usually come with some sort of UV protection so that the panels can last a long time. Unlike their “glazed” counterparts, unglazed solar panels are made with parts that are inexpensive.

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As a result, unglazed solar pool heater panels are also typically more expensive than glazed ones. Just keep in mind, unglazed solar pool heater panels can be just as effective as those which are made with stronger parts and come with a glass cover. In fact, many people might actually prefer to purchase unglazed solar pool heater panels since they are both affordable and well-performing.

Glazed Solar Pool Heater Panels

Glazed solar pool heater panels are slightly more expensive and built much more durable than unglazed solar pool heater panels. These solar pool heater panels are covered with glass and have copper tubing and an aluminum plate. When you compare these specifications with their unglazed competitors, you can quickly realize why glazed solar pool heater panels may be in higher demand to some.

Usually, glazed solar pool heater panels come at a higher price than unglazed ones. Since they are made with fancier parts, efficient piping, and sturdier frames, they are also typically a tad more expensive than unglazed solar panels. If the price is less of your concern, you should opt to spend some extra funds to get a glazed solar pool heater since they are stronger and more durable.

Above Ground Pool Solar Heater

Not all swimming pools have the luxury of being professionally installed into the ground. In fact, above ground pools which are created using a giant tub or something similar produce a very similar swimming experience. Getting an above ground pool solar heater is possible, but these pools also typically are a tad harder to heat and keep at a certain temperature.

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Think of it this way, pools which are placed into the ground have natural insulation, whereas pools placed in a plastic tub on a lawn or something similar will much more easily lose heat. As a result, those who have an above ground pool will need to much more carefully consider their options. An above ground pool will need more heating than one placed in the ground.

Solar Pool Heater Inground

Those who want to place their solar pool heater inground and heat up their backyard pool will find that that inground pools have a considerable amount of pre-existing insulation. Especially when paired with some of the best solar pool heater panels. If you have an inground pool, then you are more likely to get some of the best solar pool heater panels since you already are well-invested in your swimming pool.

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The best part about installing your solar pool heater inground is that many of the best solar pool heater panels already come with the ability for you to quickly install your panels and then start using them. Those with inground pools may also be top candidates for getting solar panels and placing them on your roof to be used for their swimming pool. Remember, there are no energy costs!

Consider Getting a Solar Cover

Those who have above ground pool solar heater needs might choose to also get a solar cover for their above ground pool. As we have discussed, above ground pools tend to have less insulation since, after all, there is less stopping the heat from escaping the water. Another way to combat cold water is to get a solar cover in addition to the best solar pool heater panels.

The beautiful thing about solar covers is that they are extremely easy to install once you have the right size. Best of all, they retain heat and reduce evaporation much more efficiently than what is possible naturally. If you are concerned that your above (or inground) pool will not retain heat warm enough naturally, then you should also consider getting a solar cover for added protection.

Solar Panel Space

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The amount of space provided by your solar panel actually has an effect on how efficient it is. Those with large pools will definitely need to consider adding an extra solar panel or two simply so that the solar panels have enough capability to heat up your pool to your desired level. If you don’t have enough space present for your solar panels to absorb the sunlight, then you will notice that they don’t work as well as you hoped they would.

A general rule of thumb is to first consider your pool size before you purchase solar panels. Typically, any of the best solar pool heater panels will include how efficiently they will heat water. In other words, make sure to check the product page of the solar pool heater panels you like the most and then ensure that the manufacturers recommend using their panels for your pool’s size. There are also wonderful online tools to help you determine how much panel space you need.

How Much Space Can You Dedicate?

Probably the biggest toll that you will take with installing some of the best solar pool heater panels is that they will take up space. Those who are concerned with being able to provide adequate space for their solar pool heater panels should consider getting smaller ones, or dedicating a special place which will be used for them once you finally purchase them. Space is something which is important to plan for.

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For instance, imagine getting the best solar pool heater panels right to your door. You probably invested a decent chunk of change on them. However, you run into a problem. You don’t have enough space. Now, you are forced to return them and buy smaller ones. Take notes. Be sure to measure how much space you have to dedicate and know exactly how big you expect your solar pool heater panels to be before buying them.

How Does it Pump Water?

Although we have discussed the fact that many of the best solar pool heater panels will focus their attention on using the existing filter system, it’s important to note that there are also certain solar pool heaters which won’t have this function. Instead, they come with their own pumps and pipes. Of course, this doesn’t actually mean the installation will be much more difficult.

Just keep in mind how a solar pool heater works. It has a panel which is connected to pipes. These pipes reach down to your swimming pool water and filter it up into the heating system. Once warmed, it is then jetted back down into the pool. Regardless of where and how the solar pool heater connects to your swimming pool, remember to take note of this before purchasing anything.

Account for the Amount of Sunlight Present

Hopefully this will go without saying, but you need to have adequate sunlight where you position your solar pool heater panels. There is simply no sense in using solar power if you can’t provide the power that it needs via sunlight. In this case, you can ensure that your solar panels will generate plenty of power as long as you give them a home where they can thrive and process plenty of sunlight.

A good rule of thumb is to ensure that your solar pool heater panels are in a place where they can get around 4 – 6 hours of consistent sunlight each day. Of course, the more the merrier. If you are able to provide the bare minimum amount of sunlight with a specially-dedicated spot, then you are one step closer to providing yourself with the best solar pool heater panels.

Consider the Climate Which you Live in

The climate that you live in will have a huge impact on what you should purchase and consider when it comes to the best solar pool heater panels. Those living with occasional snow and blizzard conditions, for example, will likely opt for gas or electric heaters. That is, unless, there is still plenty of snow. In reality, those who live in cold climates may still have adequate access to the sun.

Depending on where you live, you may discover that even getting the best solar pool heater panels may not necessarily mean that you will effectively be able to heat up your water. Make sure to check with other people in your area to see if they have successfully used solar panels. You can always check a local almanac or online weather resource to see how much sunlight you should expect to have for your solar panels. If you know how much sun you have available, it is easier to shop around the different best solar pool heater panels easily.

Check the Price

Finally, the price is something which will definitely be a prime concern to those who would otherwise wish to have unlimited funds for the best solar pool heater panels. Of course, any of the best solar pool heater panels are surprisingly affordable. However, it’s important that you start by first setting your budget and then draw a line where you simply cannot afford to pay any more.

Some people may set their budget to $200 while others set it at $2000. Both may be suitable depending on how much heating you need, the type of pool you have, your climate, the level of sunlight, and so on. Those who consider price to be one of the biggest limitations should be sure to start by shopping around for prices before deciding if they want to go any further.

Best Solar Pool Heater Panels: 7 Options to Consider

Establishing background knowledge which is necessary for purchasing decisions is always more important than the decision itself. Now that we have spent an adequate amount of time discussing what the best solar pool heater panels will look like, how they will function, and what factors you need to be aware of, let’s go ahead and show off the best solar pool heater panels themselves.

The following list will give you plenty of options to work with. Whether you need an above ground pool solar heater or need to place your solar pool heater inground and use it for a typical swimming pool, you should find the product you need here. There is also a solar cover listed below which is a wonderful addition to any of the best solar pool heater panels.

1. SmartPool S601P SunHeater Solar Heating Systemsolar pool heater panels

Intro

This is a 4 x 20 feet solar pool heater which is both effective at raising the temperature of your pool and reasonably priced. Those who are confident that they have all the tools outside of the solar panel will especially like this model.

With 80 square feet of panel space, these panels can be powerful and heat just about any size pool when paired together with additional panels. One thing you need to be aware before you purchase this product is that you will need to separately purchase the installation system as well.

Price

The price of this product is reasonable, but perhaps not quite as reasonable as some of the other best solar pool heater panels on this list. However, those who value high-quality products and efficient heating over the price of the product shouldn’t mind this.

In any case, those who are serious about getting one of the best solar pool heater panels should not be concerned as much about the price of this model. Unlike getting a glazed solar panel, models like this work well for plenty of time.

Type of Solar Pool Heating Product

This product is a 4 x 8-foot inground and above ground solar pool heater panel. It can be used with just about any type and size of pool. When paired with additional solar panels, it can be incredibly efficient at heating up large and small pools alike.

This product is simply the solar panel. It will not come with all of the tools and parts necessary for installing and connecting it. As a result, make sure to account for the fact that you will need to also get an installation kit for this product.

Sizing and Efficiency

As stated, each of these inground and above ground solar pool heater panels are 4 feet by 20 feet. Added together, there are 80 square feet of solar panel space. Of course, there are many different variables for calculating whether or not this is adequate for your needs.

As far as the efficiency of this product goes, it can heat heater very efficiently. When installed correctly, this product will be able to compete with just about any of the best solar pool heater panels on the market. Just be sure to clean and maintain it properly.

Best Pool Size and Type

According to the manufacturer, pools which are roughly 450 square feet (or 15 x 30 feet) will need 2 of these solar panels. This means that, if you also account for other variables, that those with pools less than this can get away with only one of these heaters.

Best of all, this product can be used on both above ground and inground pools. Since it has plenty of panel space, it is powerful for doing some heavy-duty water heating. Pools of all shapes and sizes will be able to use this product with the adequate level of panel space.

Installation Process

The installation process of this product is one area where it may be more of an inconvenience than some of the other best solar pool heater panels on this list. Since this product requires the purchase of a separate installation kit and a personalized setup process, make sure to study up on what is necessary.

For starters, you need to purchase the connectors and tubing to connect to your swimming pool pump system. Then, you need to connect it to the tubing of the solar panel for it to begin working properly. The water should flow through the pipes, up to the solar panel, and then back to your pool.

Special Features

Having a product like this means that you will be able to install it once and then have it ready for its lifetime of use. Of course, you also need to take some time every now and then cleaning and maintaining the panel system.

Those who live in climates which can turn extreme may also consider adding a glass panel and glazing this product on their own. However, at the end of the day, this is a high-quality solar pool heater panel system which is a wonderful way to heat your pool without extra energy costs.

Durability and Material Strength

Although this product will hold up well for a long period of time in places with consistent climates, those who live in parts of the world where the temperature and weather can get extreme should definitely consider adding some extra protection for these elements.

There are two great ways to fight against the potential of destruction. First, you can keep a consistent eye on the panels. Or, you can remove them when the pool is out of use for the season and re-install them yearly. Either way, make sure to preserve this product and handle it with care.

Warranty and Protection

Not all of the best solar pool heater panels come with a generous warranty. This product, however, is an exception. Anybody who desires to have a generous warranty will love the 4-year limited warranty that comes with this product.

This covers normal use, which means that those who happen to have it break under random circumstances (and have been doing their best to take care of the product) should probably expect coverage. However, remember that the amount of coverage will vary, depending on how far along you take advantage of the warranty.

Overall

This product is a wonderful product, and as such, should be heavily considered by anybody in the market for the best solar pool heater panels. With a reasonable price, outstanding functionality, and a warranty, this product has an outstanding lineup.

It can be used with both above ground and inground pools, and even large pools when paired with additional solar panels. If you want a nice balance of price and quality, this is one of the best solar pool heater panels you can find.

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2. SmartPool S240U Universal Sen heaterbest solar pool heater

Intro

This is easily one of the best solar pool heater panels. It comes in convenient sizes and has a beautiful design which is both efficient and affordable. If you want the best solar pool heater panels which can be used on pools of all types, then this is a great option to consider.

Since this is a high-quality solar pool heater, it has an easy installation process, and can be used on pools of all types, those on the market for the best solar pool heater panels may choose to start here before looking at other options.

Price

This surely isn’t the most affordable means of using the sun’s energy to heat up your swimming pool, but it is one of the best solar pool heater panels you can find. Those who recognize this will also recognize the fact that there is a certain degree of utility which comes with top-quality products.

To put things plainly, this solar pool heater may be pretty reasonably-priced, but it is absolutely not the most affordable means of heating your swimming pool. If you are willing to pay the price to have a product which works well with many different pool types, though, this is a great one to consider.

Type of Solar Pool Heating Product

This is a product with solar panels which connect up to the filtration system you have in your pool. Once connected, it heats up the water in your pool using the sun’s energy. Of course, this means that this product will operate at completely no cost to yourself.

If you are sure to position your solar panels in a position where they can receive quick access to sunlight, you will discover that these solar pool heater panels will heat up your water rapidly, immensely, and quickly. Just be sure to make sure you have enough panels.

Sizing and Efficiency

Depending on how big your pool is and what type it is, this may be an adequate level of solar panel space already. However, those with pools that are of a considerable size will need at least a couple of these in order to get things working as efficiently as possible.

Remember that this product comes in two different sizes. On one hand you can choose to purchase a 2 x 20 feet solar panel or, on the other hand, one which is 4 x 20 feet. Of course, this is a pretty big difference in efficiency since one has panels twice as big as the other.

Best Pool Size and Type

Those with a pool right around 400 square feet should expect to purchase several of these. As a matter of fact, you might even need more than two depending on all of the factors that go into creating your pool. Thus, ensuring the most comfortable pool temperature possible.

For these solar pool heater panels, you should expect to be able to accommodate for just about any size, shape, and type of swimming pool. This is a product which, when powered with additional solar heater panels, can prove to be just as efficient as any other heating system.

Installation Process

This is a solar panel product which has a typical installation process which requires you to hook up to your existing filtration system. In turn, this product will siphon water out of your pool, heat it up, and then put it back into your pool once it is adequately heated up.

In fact, this product comes with detailed installation instructions which can be conveniently read in three different languages. Those who already have a pool at home and are confident with the tubing system will likely find that installation with this product is simple.

Special Features

Perhaps the most important special feature of this product is the fact that it comes in two standard solar panel sizes. Outside of this, these solar panels have a direct flow system and comes with all the necessary accessories.

Other parts that come with this product include four end caps, four stainless steel hose clamps, a roll of Teflon tape, a rubber connector hose, and a bonus solar pool cover. This means that anybody who wants an all-in-one heating system which preserves the pool’s heat should look here first.

Durability and Material Strength

The durability of the solar pool heater panels themselves is not atypical to what you would find with an affordable set unglazed panels, which could very well be the best solar pool heater panels in general. Remember that the glazed property only means that the product is built with stronger parts.

Although there are various instances where this product is made with durable materials, this is not the most durable solar panel you will find on the market. Of course, though, with plenty of maintenance and upkeep, a solar panel is not something which withers away and dies rather easily.

Warranty and Protection

One thing which is nice to have is a product which comes with a nice warranty. This way, you can ensure that you will be able to use the product for several years confidently. However, not all high-quality products come with clear warranty protection. This product is one of them. Those who need to get a top-of-the-line warranty policy should probably look away from this product.

Overall

As a whole, this is a wonderful option for anybody who needs the best solar pool heater panels to consider. Since it comes in standard sizes, is easy to install, reasonably priced, and very high-quality, this will definitely remain as one of the best solar pool heater panels for quite some time.

Of course, the lack of warranty service is something which will drive some people away. However, those with a basic knowledge of how solar panels work will surely be able to maintain and keep these solar pool heater panels in their possession for several years to come.

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3. GAME 4721 SolarPRO Curve Solar Pool Heaterabove ground pool solar heater

Intro

This is a wonderful one-stop solution for anybody who has an above ground pool. Since the solar pool heater panel easily hooks up to nearby above ground pools and comes in a perfect size for average-sized above ground pools, this is perhaps the best option if you have this type of pool. Granted, inground pools can use this product too.

Although this product could feasibly be used for inground pools, the placement of the cords and filter system may prove to be an inconvenience. There are also two different shapes of solar panels which you can purchase from this manufacturer. Depending on your circumstance, you might choose to use the contour or curved model.

Price

The price of this product is something which is competitive, but definitely not cheap. You need to realize that solar panels, in the first place, are not entirely cheap. However, this isn’t to say that those who are on the market for the best solar pool heater panels won’t be able to find what they need within their budget.

This particular product actually comes very reasonably priced when you consider that you receive a solar panel and a product which is efficient at heating above ground pools without taking up that much space.

Type of Solar Pool Heating Product

When you choose to purchase this product, you can either have a curved or contoured design. The curved design is shaped much like a typical solar panel but is designed to sit on the ground while curving up at an angle which will put it in a natural position and allow adequate sunlight.

The contoured design is in the shape of a half-sphere and works in a similar manner. The main difference between the contour and curved products is their shape. They both can effectively warm up an above ground swimming pool.

Sizing and Efficiency

Although they pack a considerable punch, these solar pool heaters don’t actually have enough panel space to heat up anything more than a simple above ground pool. Sure, they could feasibly be placed on an inground pool too though.

The efficiency of these solar pool heaters may not be up to speed with want you want. In fact, this is a product which should be used on a permanent swimming pool. You should expect the temperature to rise by about 5 degrees every 5 days.

Best Pool Size and Type

Those with small pools which are the size of a hot tub (or less than 10,000 gallons) are prime candidates for this product. In fact, those with small pools may consider these to be the best solar pool heater panels since they are so portable and easy to arrange when it’s time to swim.

Although this product works well with above ground pools, those with inground pools may find that the design is a little inconvenient. After all, this is not the type of solar pool heater which will require you to place panels at the top of your house. On the contrary, you will likely need to keep it nearby the pool.

Installation Process

The installation process of this product is one of the reasons that GAME provides some of the best solar pool heater panels. To install this product, simply connect the tubes up to filter, the solar panel, and the pool. Once you are all hooked up, you are ready to start heating your swimming pool.

Whether you get the curved or contoured version, the installation will remain the same. However, the hard part of the installation will likely be how effectively you are able to connect the tubes to each mechanism. Those who have done this sort of process before will have no issues.

Special Features

Perhaps the clearest benefit of this product is that it comes at a reasonable price and works wonderfully for those who have swimming pools which are less than 10,000 gallons. As a result, this is a great above ground pool solar heater as well as a solar pool heater inground.

The size of this product is another area where this product stands out. That, and the fact that you can purchase this product to come in two different sizes. Whichever suits your size needs and spatial limitation better.

Durability and Material Strength

Although this product isn’t made with indestructible materials by any means, they are constructed with a considerably strong frame and come with decently-sturdy parts. Although there have surely been issues in the past with the durability of this product, proper care and maintenance will eliminate these potential problems from ever occurring in the first place. That, along with careful installation and use.

Warranty and Protection

Not all of the best solar pool heater panels come with any sort of insurance. However, this product proves to be a worthy exception. This product comes with a healthy 90-day limited warranty. This will cover any sort of issue which is not your fault.

In other words, this product is covered by GAME as long as you don’t personally break the product. Even if it’s by accident. So, be sure to take good care of your product. Then, you can guarantee that it will work for the first 90 days.

Overall

Those who want an above ground pool solar heater which is below 10,000 gallons will love this product. Those with inground pools can also use this product but may need additional panels to make it strong enough. Since this product is portable and compact, it is likely best for the person with a small swimming pool.

Of course, this product can still be used effectively with large pools. Simply add in some extra solar pool heater panels. Regardless, the simple installation process, a reasonable level of efficiency, and presence of a limited warranty are all good enough reasons to make this one of the best solar pool heater panels.

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4. Intex 29025E Solar Coversolar pool heater inground

Intro

Those who hope to have some of the best solar pool heater panels might also choose to get a solar cover. When used as a supplement or by itself, solar covers like this can eliminate almost all evaporation and retain the heat in your pool much more easily.

When pools are left uncovered, the heat will escape through the top of the water. Those with above ground pools will experience heat loss on both the sides and the top of the pool. However, with this product you will be to keep some extra heat without any sort of energy cost.

Price

When it comes to solar pool heater panels, the price can usually be a common concern. This is why many people might instead opt to try using a solar cover like this so that they can cut back on costs and save some funds for other things.

The price of a solar cover is not what you would expect any of the best solar pool heater panels to be. You have to remember that solar covers are not some sort of advanced electronics and can come at a very reasonable price.

Type of Solar Pool Heating Product

This product is a retaining cover which you can get at specific sizes to put on your pool. When used correctly, the product will reduce evaporation and retain the heat in your pool. As a result, this isn’t a heating product per say, but it is a wonderful product to consider using alongside a heating product.

Both those who are on a limited and unlimited budget will enjoy using a product like this since it can either naturally keep your pool warm or can be used to retain heat in pools to heat them quickly. In the end though, it is only a great addition to a solar pool heater.

Sizing and Efficiency

Solar covers are something which is usually made to your precise pool dimensions. Those with round hot tubs or swimming pools are especially in luck with this model since it comes in a circular design which you can install in seconds with the right pool size.

Best of all, this product can be used for hot tubs and swimming pools. It will effectively eliminate most evaporation from taking place. In other words, the pool will keep most of its hot water. When used with a solar pool heater panel, the efficiency of heating water is increased.

Best Pool Size and Type

This solar cover is designed with those who have circular pools in mind, as briefly stated. Specifically, those with pools which have diameters ranging from 10 – 18 feet will be able to use this solar cover. Those who have larger pools may need to consider having one specially-designed.

This can be used on pools of all types, including above ground and inground pools. Hot tubs are another great potential partner for this solar cover since they typically have a high need for heat retention and evaporation control.

Installation Process

When it comes to products which can be involved in the heating process of pools, the installation process of this solar cover is comparatively extremely simple. All you need to do is simply take the cover out of its original packaging and then place it on your pool. This can be done within a matter of seconds.

However, just be sure to properly clean and maintain this solar cover so that you can ensure a long life for your investment. There is a certain degree of satisfaction that comes with making sure that you take care of a purchase like this.

Special Features

Unlike any of the best solar pool heater panels, this product works to retain the heat which you have in your swimming pool. This can either be used with one of the best solar pool heater panels or by itself. In any case, remember that this is not itself a heater.

This product is very easy to install, take off, and store. It doesn’t require any sort of advanced background knowledge to use and comes in special sizes which will be wonderful for those who have round pools between 10 – 18 feet in diameter.

Durability and Material Strength

This is not the kind of product which you purchase and then expect it to be durable and indestructible. On the contrary, this is the kind of product which needs plenty of tender loving care if you expect it to last a long time.

If you are sure to clean the product regularly, handle it with care, and make sure to gently wrap it up when you are finished using it, then this is a great means of retaining heat in your swimming pool. However, those who treat this product carelessly may have difficulties establishing a long life for this product.

Warranty and Protection

Although this product doesn’t have an extremely long warranty, there is a comfortable 30-day return policy from the date of the delivery which you can take advantage of. However, the policy states that the product much be unused.

If you receive a defective product, then things are a little different. In this case, you must report your defect within 15 days from which you received the product. From this point, Intex will work with you to calm the situation and ensure your satisfaction.

Overall

Not everyone is going to purchase one of the best solar pool heater panels. On the contrary, many might instead choose to get a product like this which allows you to retain the heat of your pool naturally. Since this product reduces most of the evaporation in your pool, it is great for hot tubs as well.

This product is a wonderful addition to any round swimming pool or hot tub which is 10 – 18 feet in diameter or less. Of course, those who have swimming pools in other sizes may need to consider going with another product unless you are confident that the shape will still work for you.

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5. Kokido Keops Solar Dome Above Ground Water Heaterbest solar pool heater panels

Intro

This is a great option to consider if you have an above ground pool and need a water heater which comes with a little extra punch. For a wonderful balance of price and quality, this is one of the best solar pool heater options is you like the dome design over the panel design.

This product can be paired with additional heaters if you find that it doesn’t produce the results that you want. Of course, there are many variables to account before you can calculate whether it is right for you. However, those with an above ground pool and desire to have an affordable pool heater will like this product.

Price

The price of this product is one of its most attractive features. Featuring a simple design which has black coils put together in a dome, the water will naturally use the sun’s rays to heat the water. As such, there aren’t too many resources used in the production and shipping of this product.

This product is a wonderful balance of price and quality. Although it may not be an elaborate solar panel with plenty of area space and an advanced tubing system, it is still able to effectively heat water for less of an investment than some of the best solar heater panels.

Type of Solar Pool Heating Product

This product doesn’t come in a panel, but instead has a dome which contains black coils which collect your pool’s water, let it sit and heat up, and then return it back to the water. Don’t imagine that the water returned will be boiling, per say, but it will definitely be able to be able to increase any pool by a few degrees or so.

Sizing and Efficiency

This product measures roughly 2 feet by 2 feet. The dome of the product goes up about another foot into the sky. As a result, this product won’t take up too much space or be considerably hard to place. However, it will be necessary for you to put in the effort for installation.

As far as the product’s capability of heating the water, it is pretty standard. Although don’t expect this product to turn your swimming pool into a hot tub by any means. It will definitely be able to make a difference, though. Especially for smaller than average-sized pools.

Best Pool Size and Type

Depending on the level and efficiency of the heating you require, those interested in this product may consider getting more than one. Inground pools which are around 300 square feet of space might be able to pass with one, but those with 450 square feet or more will definitely want two or more.

Ideally, this product is used for above ground swimming pools. It isn’t entirely big, but will be able to raise the temperature in the pool to a point where you will at least feel comfortable getting in. The smaller the pool, the better.

Installation Process

Installing this product will require that you also have a pump and tubing system ready to go. After all, it doesn’t come with a pump. However, if you already have one then installing this product will prove to be a breeze. Just plug it in and you’re ready.

Since this product has a very simple installation which can be easily done and redone, it is a wonderful accent to any above ground swimming pool. Anybody who with an above ground pool who already has a pump ready to be hooked up to a solar heater may consider this to be the best solar pool heater.

Special Features

The dome design that this product uses is something which really makes it stand out as unique. Other than that, it also is also very easy to install if you already have the pump system ready to go. Those who wish to use this for big pools, though, should definitely look elsewhere.

Although this product is definitely high-quality and easy to install when you have the pump and tubing system ready to go, it may also be difficult to manage for those who want a solar pool heating system which comes with all the parts they need.

Durability and Material Strength

Unlike many of the best solar pool heater panels on this list, this product comes with a cover which will help preserve the coils. This means that some may find it much easier to maintain and clean than a solar panel. However, individual experience may vary.

The dome itself is made with plastic and could be a tad stronger, but this isn’t something that needs to take a big beating anyway. As long as you give the dome a comfortable home and clean it every once and a while you should make it last a relatively long time.

Warranty and Protection

Not all of the best solar pool heater panels come with warranties. In fact, this is something which is a nice addition. This product comes with a pretty healthy warranty, which provides coverage from defects for 30 days. This should be at least enough for you to confirm that it works as expected.

Since this is only from normal defects, a limited warranty like this shouldn’t be expected to cover things like accidents and personal damage. However, the fact that there is even a limited in the warranty in the first place is something to be applauded.

Overall

Anybody who has a pool around 300 square feet or so will be able to use one of these and expect a few degrees difference. Those with bigger above ground pools and are interested in this product should consider getting a different solar pool heater.

Although this may not be the best above ground solar pool heater, it will definitely be suitable for anybody who simply wants an above ground pool solar heater with the ability to provide a difference in the level of comfort for your above ground pool.

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6. XtremepowerUS Inground / Above Ground Solar Panel Heater

best solar pool heater inground

Intro

The ExtremepowerUS inground and above ground pool solar heater has over 40 square feet of panel absorption space and can be used on many different pool types and sizes. When paired with a pump and all the right connectors, though, this product will prove to be one of the best solar pool heater panels.

After all, you can always add in extra solar panels if this one doesn’t provide enough space for you. Those who like the strip design of this solar pool heater will definitely appreciate the reasonable price and relatively easy installation process this product provides.

Price

The price of this product is something which might be lower than what you expect. This panel doesn’t provide as much square feet as some of the other best solar pool heater panels on this list. Still, it is both affordable and worth considering.

Best of all, these solar panels are of considerably decent quality. They don’t have glass covers or any sort of expensive equipment used in their installation but are still capable of being the best solar pool heater to those who have small – medium-sized pools.

Type of Solar Pool Heating Product

This manufacturer provides some of the best solar pool heater panels for a reason. For starters, the panels on this product will last a long time if you are sure to take care of the panels and the tubing. To install them, you will need to connect the pump up to the panels, and then back into the pool.

This is a typical solar panel product but is rather thin in design. Therefore, it is really easy to set up and place as long as you have the flat area ready at your disposal. Of course, this is also the kind of product where you will need to install it yourself and to your filtration system.

Sizing and Efficiency

This panel comes in a 28-inch by 20-foot size. Added together, this is just over 40 square feet of panel space. This is a very competitive size when you consider the competition that is on the market. It is designed with pipes to easily connect to its tubing.

Depending on the size and the other variables regarding your swimming pool, these solar pool heater panels are incredibly efficient. Worst come to worst, those who like the product can always buy additional panels and increase their power.

Best Pool Size and Type

These inground and above ground pool solar heater panels are capable of heating up pools which are right around 400 square feet pretty effectively. However, be sure to keep in mind that there are many other variables which will help you determine whether or not you can heat up your pool efficiently.

Since these panels are a tad over 40 square feet in total, you may consider adding more than one to optimize the amount of panel space you have working towards heating your pool. In the end, these panels can also be either used as inground or an above ground pool solar heater.

Installation Process

Installing these panels can be either simple or complicated. This all depends on what materials you already have, and those which you are lacking. What you need to do is have a pump and filtration system in place. If you have this, then you will easily be able to connect to the panels.

The panels will not work unless you have something pumping water up and threw them. This can be a deal-breaker for some because they don’t want to invest in the extra product. However, if you have all the right tools this product can have a very straightforward installation process.

Special Features

As we have briefly illustrated, the panels on this device are extraordinarily thin when you compare them with some of the other best solar pool heater panels. They are also capable of being stacked up with as many additional solar panels as necessary to ensure your pool is warm.

Another main reason why this is one of the best solar pool heater panels is the fact that this product provides such a quality service at a reasonable cost per panel. This is especially the case for those with the spare pump and tubing to install this product yourself.

Durability and Material Strength

One thing to firstly keep in mind is that the solar panels are rather thin. They can be placed on the roof but will definitely require you to keep a special eye on them to ensure a long life. This means making sure that the tubes stay intact, the panel doesn’t break, and cleaning the panel.

Another great thing to do is take the panel inside when the weather starts to turn into a problem. Those who live in climates which can have cold seasons may consider taking it inside during the winter and leaving it out in the summer.

Warranty and Protection

Although there is no precise warranty with this product, there is a 30-day free return policy which is available from the manufacturer. If you are unsure whether or not you wish to pursue this option, you can at least have the pleasure of ensuring that it works first.

As we have stated though, cleaning and maintaining this product is something which is crucial. Since these are unglazed solar panels, there is not much there to protect them. As a result, they can be easily broken and/or damaged if not handled properly.

Overall

As a whole, there is a big reason why these are some of the best solar pool heater panels. For starters, they are both reasonably-priced and powerful. Secondly, they can be easily installed and come with a competitive amount of panel space.

However, there are probably those who will either choose a product with more panel space or one which is more suited for an above ground pool. Although there are many different products to choose from, this one is a wonderful option to consider.

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7. FlowXtreme NS1004 Dome Heater 21-in Pool Solar Heater

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Intro

This product is a best for those who like the shape and function of a dome heater. This is another great solar pool heater which can easily hook up to your pump and then heat up water slowly in the coils within a dome.

The dome is specifically designed to boost the heat within the compartment. Then, there are black coils which will naturally cause the water to heat up when the sun’s rays continue to pound down on them. This product has a very simple design and portable shape which is easy to both use and store.

Price

If you like the dome design when it comes to solar pool heaters, then this is definitely one of your best options. Since it comes at a reasonable price and can also work pretty effectively, it is definitely a great deal as far as similar products are concerned. Due to the nice warranty of this product, the price you pay is that much more worth it in the end.

Type of Solar Pool Heating Product

This is a typical dome-shaped solar pool heater which is both portable and reasonably effective. What is nice about it is that it can be placed nearby your solar pool and then easily hooked up where your pump is installed.

Additionally, this product does a wonderful job taking full advantage of all the space inside the dome. Water that is in there will be heated up more efficiently than some other models solely by the design of the inner-tubing of this product.

Sizing and Efficiency

This product comes in a square shape which is roughly 2 feet by 2 feet. The dome stretches up to about a foot high. Although, it may not be a big product, it is relatively efficient. The coils which connect to the dome are packed in a space-sparing manner.

However, there are other factors such as climate, sunlight, and so on, which can also affect the efficiency of this product. Bigger pools over 450 square feet which may experience a consistent rise of a few degrees a day.

Best Pool Size and Type

The size of the pool that this product will best serve depends on a few things. For starters, it’s important that you first consider how much you need to increase the temperature by. Secondly, you need to consider whether your pool is too big, too small, or just right.

In any case, it is recommended to consider getting multiple if you have a big pool. This is especially true if you want to either heat up the pool more than 20 degrees or so, have quick heating speeds, and so on. People with bigger pools may choose to go elsewhere.

Installation Process

One wonderful thing about this product is that the installation process is both simple and straightforward. Since the product is so small, it can be conveniently placed near the pool’s pump. Therefore, all that you need to do to install the product is to connect the pipes together. However, finding the right connectors may prove to be difficult.

Special Features

As we have shown, one thing which is nice about this product is that although it is small it still packs a punch. After all, even large pools can be heated a degree or two each day by this device. Since its pipes are so compacted, it heats water pretty efficiently.

This product also comes with a relatively simple installation process and a comfortable warranty policy. Finally, those who really aspire to have a solar pool heater which is portable should make this one of their top options.

Durability and Material Strength

Instead of many of the other best solar pool heater products, this one really has some defenses lined up. Unglazed solar panels have a minimal-to-no defense against sharp objects. However, products like this which are placed within a dome which acts both as a greenhouse and as a protection for the black tubes which are placed inside. All-in-all, this product is considerably durable.

Warranty and Protection

As we have stated, it isn’t entirely common to find solar pool heaters which come with nice warranty policies. However, this one is a worthy exception to this general rule of thumb. Coming with a 1-year warranty, you can ensure this product will at least be functional that long.

As you may know, though, it can be difficult to deal with warranty processes, so be sure to take care of the product regardless. However, if you need to take advantage of a warranty than at least it is possible within one year of purchase.

Overall

If protection and a reasonable price are what you aspire for the most in a solar pool heater, then this is perhaps the best option for you to consider. Unlike a typical panel, this product has a dome to protect the tubes.

Additionally, this product can heat up small-medium sized pools pretty efficiently. Especially so when paired with other heaters. Since it so portable and easy to install, many people may consider it to be the best solar pool heater.

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Best Solar Pool Heater Panels: Potential Top Choices

Now that we have looked at each of the best solar pool heater options, let’s go ahead and break down what the top choices may be. This will be especially helpful for those who need a more precise look at the many options that we have just presented.

Although each of the options may not be the best for your precise needs, they definitely can be suitable. Especially when paired with other solar pool heaters, each of the following products will be a wonderful addition to a pool which needs a little bit of heat.

Overall Best Solar Pool Heater

The overall best solar pool heater is hands-down the SmartPool S601P SunHeater Solar Heating System since it comes at a very reasonable price when you consider how much panel space that you receive. This product comes in several sizes and is relatively easy to install.

When it comes to heating up larger pools efficiently, there is perhaps no option on the market which is better than this one. Since it comes in sizes up to 80 square feet and it comes at a price-per-square-foot that is very reasonable, this is a top option.

Best Solar Pool Heater: Honorable Mention

The honorable mention for best solar pool heater has to be the GAME 4721 SolarPRO Curve Solar Pool Heater. One thing that is nice about this product is that it is a hybrid and can easily be used on above and inground pools.

Secondly, this product is very easy to both set up and tear down. It is rather portable in that it can be placed on the glass and use its legs to tilt up towards the sun. If you need a portable solar pool heater which is both high-quality and efficient, check this one out.

Best Solar Pool Heater which is Affordable

The best solar pool heater which can be purchased by those with limited budgets is easily the Intex 29025E Solar Cover. The reason that this one is the most affordable thing for you to consider is that it is actually an accessory which you can use to retain some of the pool’s heat.

What this product does is keep a vast majority of the evaporation from seeping back out into the air. As a result, this is something which should be perhaps tried by anybody who monitors the heat of their swimming pool throughout the day and night.

Best Solar Pool Heater Panels: Summary

At the end of the day, the best solar pool heater for your exact needs will depend on the type of the pool which you have, the amount of space you can provide, the hours of sunlight which occurs in your area, what size your pool is, and so on. It’s important that you consider the many variables that can have an effect on what type of solar pool heater you need, the size of the panels, and what will work best.

However, if you carefully consider your needs and the many different types of solar pool heaters and accessories that there are available, you should easily be able to find the best solar pool heater for your swimming pool. At the end of the day, don’t purchase anything without first knowing that it will be the product which best serves your interests and makes swimming more comfortable and enjoyable.

Pool Pump Reviews

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Looking for the best pool pump of the year? We’ve got you covered! When you got into your car this morning, you steered yourself to get through the last day of the week to sail into the weekend. You knew that if you could just endure the next 8 hours, you would be able to come home to a cool dip in the peaceful pool in your backyard.

No screaming teenagers, no blown-up pool toys and teary-eyed toddlers. Just you, a pair of shades, and a glass of your favorite summer drink.

Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it?

If you’re a pool owner, you know what it’s like, that freedom of cooling your body down from the near-boiling temperatures of the scorching sun. Sure, it does cost a bit more every year to run and there’s maintenance involved. But having a pool is an amenity you probably won’t go without in the future, if you have anything to say about it.

For those who are thinking of owning a pool, you might be wondering, is it worth all the worry and cost, just for that reprieve from the heat? Ask a pool owner and you’re sure to get a resounding, “yes!” If you’re not convinced, keep reading. We’ve got the skinny on the cool dip of the season.

In this article, we’ll show you 7 of best top pool pumps on the market today. Before that, however, we’ll talk about what you should know as a (potential) pool owner, and what sort of things you should keep in mind as you consider owning a pool. If you’ve ever wanted to know about the different types of pumps out there, we’ve got you covered, too. Here’s a quick guide to our top 7 picks

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Consider this an unofficial, crash-course pool guide, if you will. Because once you’ve finished reading what we’ve got for you here, you’ll feel like an expert in pool cleaning, best pool pumps, and above ground pool pumps.

To start off, let’s talk about some myths you might have heard about pools. Which ones have you always believed?

Swimming Pool Misconceptions

Unless you know someone that owns a pool, you’ve probably never really thought about what owning a pool means. There are a lot of misconceptions about owning a pool, and you might be surprised to find out that what you thought about pool ownership may not necessarily be true.

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Here are some common misconceptions about pools. If you’ve been guilty of believing some of the following pool myths, it’s okay. Consider this your learning moment of the day!

  • You have to be rich to own a pool. Some people confuse the luxury of a pool with a money-laden, worry-free life. While that is very true in some instances, it doesn’t take a credit check to have a pool. Most pool owners make an average wage that allows them to pay a standard mortgage for a house with a pool.
  • Pools are a waste of water and energy. Technology has come a long way in just even the last 20 years. Pools do require water, so yes, it can seem like a waste to some, but many pools are incredibly energy-efficient.
  • Pools are a huge drowning hazard. Drowning can occur in a bathroom tub. Owning a pool, like most responsibilities in this world, requires diligence, especially if you have younger children. There are ways to keep toddlers away from pools, and there are several safety measures that should be enforced whenever young children are present around large amounts of water. Practice common sense whenever possible.
  • Owning a pool means hours of maintenance. Some people invest in a lawn or landscaping. Others choose to invest in a pool. Having such a water feature is going to take attention from your daily responsibilities, but if you can stay on top of maintenance, it will not keep you more than 1 hour per week. Striking the proper balance in terms of chemicals and cleaning can take a bit to get the hang of, but once you’ve got a schedule going, it’s simply putting in the few minutes of upkeep each day or week.
  • Operating a pool costs a pretty penny. Depending on what your budget looks like, yes, pools can be an expensive monthly fee. But when compared to other costs that surround you, it could be worse. RVs and boats are notorious for running costs through the roof, so having something you can enjoy, even as you have to pay for the luxury, is not so bad. You get use out of it whenever you want and it’s private. For some people that’s reason enough.

If you’re still curious about how pools work, keep reading! Better yet, strike up a conversation with your friendly pool owner and see what they have to say. They’ve probably been in the same place you are if you’re considering a pool, and they most likely will have some guidance that is 20/20 to them but may not be so in focus to you.

Next up, we’re going to talk about how a pool pump works. Understanding how the pump works is key to being able to maintain your pool properly. After all, if you know what the pump is supposed to be doing, you can very obviously identify when it is not performing as it should.

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How a Pool Pump Operates

When you hear the term “pool pump,” you probably aren’t sure what to picture. It’s a bit hard to wrap your head around, but once you understand what a pool pump does, you might begin to see a clearer picture.

The first step in understanding how a pool pump works is knowing the basic process the pool pump accomplishes. Mainly, that is, the pool pump directs water from the bulk of the pool’s supply through a filter, and then back into the pool itself. The pump supplies the filter with water—and inevitably, debris—so that it can perform its function. The pump must then supply that clean water back to the pool itself.

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Circulation is key to keeping a pool safe and sanitary. Standing water can breed all sorts of unwanted bacteria, so constantly-moving water prevents any of those icky creatures from forming or taking hold. If your pool pump isn’t working right, your 5,000+ gallon pool could become an enormous petri dish.

Now that you understand the pump’s basic function, let’s delve deeper into the anatomy of a pool pump specifically. There are a lot of variations as to what manufacturers do to make their product unique, but as long as the structure completes the above-mentioned task, any pool pump is pretty similar to the next.

Anatomy of the Best Pool Pump

The basic structure of a pool pump consists first of an inlet and an outlet. Water must get to the pump, through it, and then back out again. Once water has entered the pump, it filters through what is called a “strainer basket” that acts much like a colander. Small perforations allow water to flow through, but catch debris like leaves, pebbles, and sand.

The strainer basket is often covered by a see-through lid that allows pool owners to see how full the basket is getting. If you have trees planted near your swimming pool, you’re inevitably going to be cleaning out more leaves, but it’s best that you either scoop the leaves up out of the water yourself or have the filter catch them. Proper filtration is key to keeping your pool clean and healthy.

After water has made its way through the strainer, it is directed via the diffuser outwards by the centrifugal force of the impeller. The diffuser channels the water toward the impeller shaft, which is driven by the pump’s motor. Water will not naturally flow through the pool pump itself, so suction is necessary to establish circulation.

Once the impeller has forced the water out, it is returned to the tank of the pool. The process begins again as the pump works through the pool’s entire volume of water, to theoretically have the entire pool clean within a few hours’ time. Debris usually enters the pool throughout the day, so a pool pump’s job is almost never completed.

When to Replace your Pool’s Pump

Like all moving parts, a pool pump’s motor is going to wear out sooner or later. It’s key to know when to repair certain parts and when to replace them completely, especially if you’re operating on a budget.

The first step in figuring out whether you should repair or replace is pricing out the repair itself. How much would it cost to simply fix the pump you have, rather than replace the entire unit? At the same time, you should also research your pool pump online to see what a new unit costs. Think of this as your cap for repair costs.

Motors, as they are the only moving part in the system, tend to require purchasing an entire new pump due to their high replacement costs. Because if you can get a whole new pool pump for the price of fixing one already installed, sometimes it’s smart to shell out those few extra dollars.

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If you do find yourself having to replace a pump, we’ve got 7 you should consider. Pool pumps can be expensive to replace, but the right purchase could mean you won’t have to spend the same amount of money for a few years. Because as a pool owner you know, pumps and filtration systems are only one of many agents in the pool-cleansing process.

Other Ways to Keep your Pool Clean

Though a pool pump and filtration system are the hardest working in terms of keeping a pool clean, there are other ways to combat dirtiness as well. One of the most widely-known ways is using chlorine. Though it might turn blonde hair green, it does a lot to kill the harmful bacteria that loves huge pools of water, not to mention the various organic matter that we as humans constantly shed.

To learn more about the chemistry that goes into maintaining a pool, check out this HowStuffWorks webpage. You can find out more about pH levels as well, which go hand-in-hand with pool chemicals and shock schedules. Hardly an all-encompassing guide to pools, it’s a great resource for beginners looking to learn a bit more about pools and how they operate.

With phase 1 of understanding a pool pump complete, let’s move on to what makes for a good pool pump and how you can be on the lookout as you peruse our list of the top 7 pool pumps on the market today. Before we discuss that, however, do you know the difference between an in-ground pool pump and one that is above ground?

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Pool Pumps: Above-Ground Pool Pump vs. In-Ground

As you likely already know, pools can be above-ground or in-ground. A lot of above-ground pools typically end up on those “fail” compilations where unsuspecting owners end up with more of a giant waterfall than a contained body of water. Nonetheless, it’s pretty obvious which type of pool you own, but can you just as easily tell if the pool has an in-ground or an above-ground pool pump?

To help you out, we’ve compared in-ground pumps to above-ground pumps. The biggest difference between these types is size, because in-ground pool pumps must move more water and thus are more expensive. To understand this comparison, think about the Hoover Dam. Now, water is not necessarily moving in a local circle through the famous dam, but the enormous amount of water flow requires ginormous equipment. Tiny pools in your backyard don’t require such massive-scale accessories.

In-ground pool pumps are also located above water level. Above-ground pumps are located below the water level. This might seem a bit like an oxymoron but consider that in-ground pool pumps must self-priming to bring the water up to the filtration system, while above-ground pool pumps make use of gravity to create flow.

Because above-ground and in-ground pool pumps vary in size, they also vary in flow rate. Above-ground pumps range anywhere from 30-60 gallons per minute (GPM), which translates to about 1,800-3,600 gallons per hour (GPH). In-ground pumps have much higher flow rates of 75-150 GPM, or 4,500-9,000 GPH.

As you can see, knowing which type of pool pump you’re equipped with is essential to finding the right replacement or upgrade. Pools cannot easily be switched between pump types, as entire systems are typically built as one. Be sure you know which type of pump you’re looking for before you even begin searching online. 

A Note About Pool Pump Flow Rates

It’s all fine and dandy to have a fast-flowing pool pump, but what consumers need to keep at the forefront of their minds is this: the water can only flow so fast as your pool filter can perform its function properly.

Unrestricted, the water could probably flow very fast, but unless you’re tailoring the speed to your filter, there’s really no reason. Your pump and filtration system are in place to filter the water effectively and efficiently and you should always adhere to manufacturer’s guidelines when choosing a pump and/or filter.

Pool Filter Requirements

Any pool pump should be able to filter through the entire body of pool water within 8 hours. To find out what that means for your pump specifically, there’s an easy calculation. Most pumps will be rated at an efficiency level, that is, how many gallons of water they can filter through each hour. This is measured in gallons per hour (GPH), as we’ve mentioned before. Figure out the volume of water your pool holds and see how many hours it takes for the pump to meet or exceed that amount. Theoretically, if a pool were to hold 20,000 gallons of water and the pool pump was rated to 5,000 GPH, it would only take roughly 4 hours for the entire pool to be filtered.

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This calculation will help you find the right size pool pump you’re looking for in terms of flow rate but may also require you to choose between different types of filters as well. As we discussed, the pump and filter must work in harmony. Let’s take a closer look at the types of pool filters out there.

The 3 Types of Pool Filters

There are 3 main types of pool filters, each with their own sets of pros and cons. The biggest difference between each type of filter is how thick they are. Filters are measured in microns. This is because the harmful bacteria cannot be seen by the naked eye, so filtration must occur on the same level as the harmful contaminants. For comparison, a single human hair can measure between 30-120 microns. With this in mind, let’s consider the first type of filter: cartridge.

If you’re looking to filter right down to the 10-20 micron range, cartridge filters are going to be at the top of your list. These filters are constructed of filtering material that is folded in layers and is typically found in a cylindrical-type form. Cartridge filters require replacement once a year with typical use.

Sand filters require a bit more attention and are not as good at catching anything under 20 microns. Basically, the water filters through the sand, which catches the contaminants and allows the clean water to run freely out the other side. Sand filters require what is called “backwashing” every few weeks. This means that instead of directing the water in one end and out the other, the direction is reversed. Beyond backwashing the filters, the sand needs replacing only every 3-4 years, so it’s a nice long-term investment if your pool doesn’t contain a lot of fine contaminants.

DE, or diatomaceous earth, filters are the nitty-gritty if you’re looking to catch even the smallest—that is, 2-5 microns in size—contaminants. Grids coated with DE powder filter the water in the same way sand filters do but require new powder to be added each time the filter is backwashed.

Filter Type Pros and Cons

Choosing the type of filtration system you prefer really depends on your definition of clean. You might prefer to go with the cartridge filter and call it good, while perhaps increasing your chemical supply to the pool. All the same, other pool owners may choose to filter as much as possible.

If you’re unsure about which type of pool filter you’d like to invest in, here is a quick list of the pros and cons of each type, at a glance:

Cartridge Filters:

  • Pros: low maintenance, energy efficient, larger filter area
  • Cons: yearly replacement, higher maintenance costs versus other types

Sand Filters:

  • Pros: long filter life, doesn’t need replacing as often, cheapest filter option
  • Cons: regular maintenance, higher pressure required versus other types, takes up a large amount of space compared to other types

DE Filters:

  • Pros: reliable, environmentally-friendly and natural, provides the clearest pool water
  • Cons: regular maintenance, high replacement costs, DE powder can be expensive

Keep these characteristics in mind as you’re shopping for a pool pump and/or filter. We’ve also got a few more things you’ll want to consider as you peruse through our top 7 list of pool pumps on the market today.

Best Pool Pump Qualities

Knowing if your pump needs to be in-ground or above-ground is only part of determining which brand to buy. Similarly, you might know the best pool pump to purchase for the particular filtration system you have, but there are a few other characteristics you’ll want to consider as well.

The first of those characteristics is the type of motor each pump is powered by. Pump motors can either be single, dual, or variable speed types. Single-speed motors are the most common and are typically denoted by a horsepower rating. Some of the pumps you’ll see below feature a horsepower rating, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re only one speed.

Dual speed motors feature a high and low speed variation, with the high speed equal to what a single-speed’s only setting is. Lower speeds are used for efficiency when the pump doesn’t need to be working as hard.

The best types of motor, however, are variable speed. Though they are more expensive, they are quieter, longer lasting, and digitally controlled to increase efficiency and decrease power bill charges. The permanent magnet motor on variable speed pumps allows you to set the flow rate at any speed you want.

It’s also a good idea to look at the voltage requirements for each pump. Units requiring 110-120 volts can be plugged into a standard outlet, but anything that requires 220 volts will, like many clothes dryers, need a special outlet. If you’re already spending money on putting a pool in, you probably don’t want to have to call an electrician out as well to change your outlet to the proper size.

Choosing the best pool pump can be a tricky thing, so that’s why we’ve created this extensive guide on how you can choose the right pump the first time. Before we delve into which pumps we recommend as the top 7 of this year, let’s talk about one more component that is sure to ruin your day if you don’t consider it before spending a single penny.

Horizontal and Vertical Discharge Ports

Pool owners looking for an above ground pool pump need to determine if they should purchase a pump that has a vertical or a horizontal discharge port. As you might be able to discern from the names, vertical discharge ports have an outlet that faces upward, while horizontal discharge ports face to the left or the right.

Some pumps feature ports that can adjust to either become vertical or horizontal. You won’t really know what type of port you’ll need unless you’re able to look at your existing pump. While it might seem like a trivial aspect, the location of the port can make a huge difference. After all, the entire system was created with that particular port in mind.

Armed with more knowledge about pool pumps, you should feel confident about finding the right pump for your setup. Without further ado, here are the top 7 pool pumps we’ve found on the market today. Which pump will fit your needs?

The Top 7 Best Pool Pumps of 2018

Here they are, in all their glory.

1. Hayward Super Pump 1HP Pool Pump above ground pool pump

This best pool pump from Hayward is the most expensive on our list, costing consumers around $332. Now, it’s true that it pays to opt for quality when you’re investing in your pool, but some customers might still dislike the high price of this pump, especially considering it is only a single-speed unit.

However, there are a lot of features that redeem this pool pump, including the legacy that stands behind this product. Hayward has been in the business of pool products for over 80 years and continues to create high-quality pool accessories that last.

This 1-horsepower pool pump might not seem like much, but it is capable of filtering your pool’s water in a small amount of time, relatively. The pump features swing-away hand knobs that allow for easy access to the strainer cover. A see-through lid aids in knowing when the strainer needs cleaned. The strainer basket itself is oversized. This is a great thing to have because a larger debris-catching area means you won’t have to change filters as often, so your maintenance bill should be less overall.

Known for their dependability and performance, Hayward pumps are easy to install and service. This particular pump only requires removal of 4 bolts to access internal components. The corrosion-proof construction, efficiency, and quiet nature of this pump make it a favorite among pool owners. The Hayward Super Pump is also self-priming.

For those who are looking to spend more to get more, Hayward is the way to go. However, if your budget doesn’t allow for such high maintenance costs, we’ve still got 5 more pool pumps to check out. Maybe one of these pumps will better fit your needs and budget.

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2. Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump, 2500 GPHbest pool pump

Starting off our list is an $88 above-ground pool pump by the experts at Intex. This pump runs on 110-120 volts and includes a GFCI plug. The pump itself is double insulated and features an air release valve and a sediment flush valve. When you purchase this pump, you’ll also receive 1 free filter.

The Intext Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump is best used on pools that are up to 24 feet in diameter, holding anywhere from 4,000 to 15,200 gallons of water. Though partial assembly is required, this pump is easily installed; all owners need to do is attach the hoses to their proper ports and plug the unit in. Intex recommends changing the filter every couple of weeks and/or as needed. This pump also features a 24-hour timer.

There are a lot more expensive pumps on our list, as you’ll soon see, but there are cheaper ones as well. Intex’s pumps sit in the middle of the pack in terms of cost; so, if you’re looking to save some money and you don’t need a 2,500 GPH pump, keep reading. We’ve got more—including more pumps from Intex—in store, so don’t make your purchase just yet.

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  3. Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump, 1000 GPH above ground pool pumps

The second Intext pump on our list is one with a flow rate of 1,000 gallons per hour. Though that’s less than half the speed of the first pump on our list, some swimming pools won’t need a pump that strong. This size pump from Intex is a great alternative if your pool is smaller and/or doesn’t require such heavy flow.

Intex’s 1,000 GPH pump costs around $40 and includes one free filter. Easy to install and only partial assembly required makes this pump a no-brainer if you’re looking for a quick and simple solution. Again, these pumps feature an air release valve and a sediment valve as well, to remove air pockets and any sand caught in the filter. This above ground pool pump works for pools up to 6,000 gallons in capacity or up to 15 feet in diameter.

As with the first Intex pump we discussed, this pump also features a 110-120-volt plug with GFCI. For your basic pool pump needs, Intex is a brand you should check out for sure.

It’s always important to make sure you’re choosing the best pool pump for your specific pool needs. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, be sure to consult whoever installed your pool, or feel free to call pool supply companies and ask their opinions. As long as you keep in mind that they’ll probably try to sell you a pump they stock, you can still ask them what they recommend in terms of rates and specifications.

This is something you’ll want to keep in mind as we continue through our list of the 7 best pool pumps out there today, especially if you live in California. As will be discussed, some of the pumps cannot legally be sold there due to the regulations of Title 20, so make sure you’re getting the right pump for your area as well. It’s always better to spend a bit more to get something that will fit than to skimp on price and find you’ve purchased the wrong pump entirely.

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 4. Harris ProForce 1.5HP Above Ground Pool Pumpbest pool pumps 

Though this pump is not available in California, but it’s a great buy for people who live elsewhere at around $130. Running on 115 volts, this above ground pool pump features 1.5-inch connections on the suction and discharge ports and has a convenient drain plug. The see-through strainer lid is great for knowing when to clean the pump’s filter, and the 3-prong plug and 3-foot cord ensures safety and flexibility. Harris cautions pool owners not to use this pump on storable pools.

Harris’ stainless steel impeller motor shaft is strong enough to keep this pump running for quite some time and the reinforced thermoplastic body means it can endure even the harshest of Mother Nature’s moods. The high efficiency and minimal noise offered by Harris’ ProForce pool pump is a hard package to beat for the price.

If you live in California, you’ll want to go ahead and skip the next pool pump on our list. But, make sure to check out the last 2 pumps we’ve gathered for you, because they might just meet your needs. If you’re looking in a similar price point to the Harris ProForce pump, however, check out our number 5 pool pump. It offers some features the Harris pump does not.

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 5. Blue Wave Maxi Replacement Pump for Above Ground Poolsbest pool pump reviews

Banned to California residents, the Blue Wave Maxi Replacement pool pump will cost you about $131 and offers 1.5 horsepower. The pump is self-priming and runs on 110 volts via a 6-foot cord. With a clear strainer lid, pump is made of polymer construction and boasts the same quality as Hayward, Pentair, and Sta-Rite. We’ll leave the judging of that statement up to you if you choose to purchase this pump.

What pool owners will really love about the Blue Wave Maxi pump is that it offers a unique dual port design for either vertical or horizontal discharge. We discussed earlier that you’ll want to make sure you know which type of discharge port you’ll need because every pool pump is different. What works in one instance may not fit in another.

The best way to get around this choice is to invest in a flexible pump like this one from Blue Wave. It can be a great spare to have on hand in case you need it and will certainly come in handy in a pinch. Filtration is just as important as circulation when you own a pool, so make sure you’re covered in case of emergency.

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 6. Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump, 1500 GPH above ground pool pump reviews

Our final Intex pool pump on the list is this middle-of-the-road pump that will cost customers just over $60. Like many of the other pumps we’ve discussed, it runs on 110-120 volts with a GFCI plug. Plunger valves and inlet/outlet fittings are not included with this pump, but customers will receive a free filter with their purchase.

Intex recommends changing a pool’s filter every 2 weeks or so for maximum cleanliness. Intex pumps of this variety come programmed in 2-12-hour cycles, so you can run your pump as much or as little as necessary. This above ground pool pump is best for pools up to 9,400 gallons, of up to 18 feet in diameter.

The easy installation and minor assembly for Intex pumps is part of what makes them so popular. Double insulation means the pump stays protected against drastic temperature changes, thereby prolonging the life of the pump itself. If you’re looking for a bit more than 1,000 GPH but don’t want the enormous power of the 2,500-GPH pump, this 1,500 GPH unit is a great middle-ground option for pool owners.

Have you found your perfect pool pump yet? We’ve still got one more for the books, so keep reading just a bit further. After all, you want to make sure you know all the options out there before you invest in something, because the pump you don’t see could be the exact one you need.

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 7. Hayward Power-Flo LX Series Above Ground Pool PumpReview of above ground pool pump

Our second most-expensive pool pump comes from Hayward and will cost customers about $200. This above ground pool pump is 1-1.5 horsepower and comes with the cord and replacement lid O-ring.

A clear strainer cover, convenient drain plug, and 6-foot, 120-volt cord make this pump a contender. Made of durable, corrosion-proof construction, this pool pump is quiet and high-performance. The heat-resistant impeller is great to have in any climate where the summer temperatures near the 90s and 100s.

The best feature of this pump, however, is the flexibility it offers owners. Hayward’s Power-Flo pump can be adjusted for horizontal and vertical discharge. As we mentioned with the Blue Wave pump, this is a great feature to have if you’re not sure which type of pump you need but you know you need one in a hurry. Great in a pinch, these types of pool pumps are a lifesaver.

There you have it! We’ve counted down the top 7 pool pumps available for online purchase right now. We hope that you’ve been able to select the proper pump for your setup and come away from this article knowing more about pool pumps in general.

If you’re curious and want to learn more about the rules and regulations that prevent some of these pumps being sold in California, skip down a few lines. It’s all in the name of efficiency and energy-saving procedures, so do your homework before investing in a new pool pump if you live on the West Coast.

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Pool Pump Rules in California

As you might have noticed from some of the pool pump descriptions, California does not allow certain pumps to be sold within its borders. If you’re not familiar with the laws in California, keep reading. We’ll break it down for you.

California Title 20 was passed to ensure that pool pumps manufactured after January 1, 2006 met new standards of energy efficiency. Given the Californian climate and the simple fact that most households include a pool, it’s reasonable that lawmakers would address this issue in an effort to save pool owners money in the long run. Some might argue that Title 20 costs more up-front, however. All the same, the law requires higher efficiency ratings for any pool pumps that have to be replaced.

While you’ll need to check specifically what type of pool pump requirements to fulfill in your particular situation, the efficiency of a pump as defined by this law is measured in RPMs. New pool pumps must have 2 speeds in order to meet Title 20 standards, which sometimes require pool owners to replace their entire pump and filtration system, rather than just their pump. As you know from our discussion of types of pool pumps, variable speeds do improve efficiency. And while it may be a hassle and a financial blow to your budget this year, the pool pump’s efficiency over the next few years might just make up for it. Pool maintenance and upkeep costs should be integral to any homeowner’s decision. Having a cool place to take a dip in when it’s hot is a great thing to have, but such luxuries do come at a cost.

Owning a pool might bring a lot of new responsibilities with it but enjoying the pleasure of a personal pool is not something you can easily replicate. Take on the challenge and see why pool owners across the nation continue to maintain their little slice of paradise. Because, if you want to cool down in the summer but don’t want to contend with the crowds at a community pool, it might just be worth the added time, effort, and money.

Inflatable Pool

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Inflatable Pool

Looking for the best inflatable pool options? Inflatable pools are becoming more common in residential back yards. However, too many adult inflatable pools are going unmaintained. It is important to note that inflatable pools need to be cleaned just as often as permanent, larger in-ground or above ground pools. Proactively cleaning your inflatable pool will extend the life of your pool and keep everyone swimming in your pool safe. We will provide with our best inflatable pool options and inform you on how to inflate, clean and maintain your pool.

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As you can see above, there are several options to choose from when choosing an adult inflatable pool. Budget may be a factor in your decision. You should consider the size of pool you would like for the amount of people that will be swimming or lounging. Also note the size of the pool when placing in your yard. Make sure you have space on all sides of your pool to properly get in and out of the pool and to frequently maintain it. Level ground is also important so that the pool will maintain its water level.

Some pools come with filters and can be cleaned easily, while others will need to be cleaned manually. Thus, they’ll take more time to maintain. Check to see if your pool comes with any accessories such as a cover, or if you will need to purchase separately. If you live in a climate in which you cannot use your pool year-round, you will also need to think about how to deflate your pool and the space you will need to store the inflatable pool so that you can use it year after year.

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We will inform you on how to inflate, maintain and store your inflatable pool. By spending time learning how to properly use and care for your pool, you will have more time to enjoy relaxing in your new adult inflatable pool.

Inflating the Best Inflatable Pool 

When purchasing an inflatable pool you will need to think about how you are going to inflate it. While some pools come with a pump, some do not. There are a few ways you can inflate your pool.

The best way to inflate your pool is using an electric or battery-operated pump. They are fairly inexpensive, quick to setup and easy to store. Plus, they inflate your pool very quickly so you can enjoy a nice swim or soak. Electric or battery-operated pumps often come with different nozzles so you can use the pump for other items in your home or garage that occasionally need air such as pool toys and various balls for sports.

If you already own a shop vac, you can use this device to inflate your pool and save yourself the purchase of an electric or battery-operated pump. A shop vac can also inflate additional household items. A shop vac will inflate slower than a pump but it still a viable option if you already have one on hand. A pump is also more affordable than a shop vac so if you only need a device for inflation, choose the electric or battery-operated pump.

If you do not have the budget or resources for an electric pump or shop vac, the third option is a manual hand or foot pump. If you have a large pool, this option will not work. You will tire before you will be able to properly inflate your pool. However, this might still work for smaller inflatable pools.

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The last option is to use a hair dryer that has a cool setting. The benefit is that you probably already own this type of hair dryer so there is no money out of pocket to inflate your pool. However, there are a few drawbacks. You will need a power source near to where you plan to place your adult inflatable pool. You may also need an additional person or set of hands to help you inflate your pool since a hair dryer does not have the proper nozzle to inflate. You will need to hold the hair dryer as close to the air entry point of the pool as possible. The better you are able to accomplish this, the faster your pool will inflate.

Once your pool is inflated for the first time, you will need to fill your pool with water. Most inflatable pools are large enough that they will require an outdoor garden hose to fill. There are several garden hose options. Choosing a hose that is long enough to reach your inflatable pool is critical. Adding a sprayer to increase water pressure will help you save time, especially when completely filling your pool for the first time. 

Filling Your Pool

It is important to maintain the recommended level of water in your inflatable pool. Maintaining water levels helps you have a better experience when using and swimming in the pool. You will also be able to easily calculate the amount of chemicals needed to keep the pool water clean. Make sure you have an adequate water source to fill your pool such as an outdoor spout and garden hose. Filling a large adult inflatable pool with buckets of water is not ideal.

If the level of water in your pool is too high, drain the water by using a bucket or gently pressing down on one area of the inflatable pool to release small amounts of water at a time. If the water level is too low, fill the pool with a standard garden hose. You can also add hot water from a bathtub or kitchen sink if the pool water is too cool. If you do not have a bathtub or kitchen sink close to your inflatable pool, simply fill the inflatable pool with a garden hose and allow the sun to warm the water. This process takes longer but is just as effective as using heated water.

Inflatable Backyard Pool

Occasionally heat from the sun will evaporate water from your pool. This is a natural process. You will need to occasionally add water to your pool to compensate for evaporation. Sometimes rain water will refill your pool water that was lost to evaporation. If your pool is overfilled from rain water, remove the excess water to prevent too much stress on your inflatable pool.

If the water level in your pool is constantly too low to use your pool properly, you will need to check and see if your pool has a leak. Unfortunately, with the materials used to make inflatable pools, punctures or defects in the seals can happen.

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If the leak is not easy to see, use soap and water to find the leak in your pool. The area that produces bubbles is likely where you will find the leak. The air that is escaping from the pool produces excess soap bubbles. Thoroughly drain your pool and allow it to dry. Once dry, use a repair kit (should be included with your pool) to patch the tear in your inflatable pool. After following the repair kit instructions, fill your pool. Your pool should now hold water and only lose small amounts to evaporation or small spills when getting in and out of the pool.

Our Best Inflatable Pool Picks

Choosing a high-quality pool can save you time and money. There are many options when choosing the best inflatable pool. Purchase a pool that fits the number of people who plan to use the inflatable pool at once. As well as one that corresponds to the size of your yard. Budget may also be a concern as inflatable pools can vary greatly in price.

The following inflatable pools are all easy to maintain and fairly simple to store. Some of the pools have built-in-benches and slides while others offer more space and water capacity. The inflatable pools below offer different drain solutions and most have multiple chambers for inflating or deflating.

All pools will need to be installed on level ground. If you do not have a yard with level ground, you will need to use a shovel or some other tool to level the ground under your inflatable pool before you can spread out the pool and inflate it for the first time. If you are unsure of how to check to see if your ground is level, it is best to ask a professional to look at your yard before you set up and fill your large inflatable pool. Level ground is critical for the longevity of your pool. It will help your pool maintain its water capacity and keep it from developing a leak.

All of the inflatable pools listed below are priced at less than one-hundred dollars. There is an inflatable pool for every budget. Check out the specs of the below pools and choose the one that is right for you.

1. Intex 12ft X 30in Easy Set Pool Set with Filter Pumpbest inflatable pool

The Intex Easy Set 12’ x 30” inflatable pool is super easy to assemble. Installation DVD included. The Intex is the perfect pool that the whole family can enjoy. This inflatable pool includes a 110-120 volt filter pump for easy maintenance and cleaning. The pump is easy to install, simply hook up the included hoses and enjoy clean water swim after swim.

Pool must be installed on level ground. After spreading out the pool evenly, simply inflate the top ring and fill the pool with water (whole process takes approximately ten minutes).

The pool is manufactured with super-tough laminated PVC sidewalls for durability. The included filter pump allows over five hundred gallons of water to cycle per hour. The Intex Easy Set includes a drain plug that connects easily to your garden hose in order for water to be drained away from your pool or house. This pool holds over fourteen hundred gallons of water or eighty percent capacity.

Price
$81.99

Product Dimensions
144 x 144 x 30 inches

Item Weight
28.8 pounds

Shipping Weight
33.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Manufacturer
Intex Recreation Corp L&G – Imports

ASIN
B00OX5BB6A

Item model number
28131EH

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2. Intex Swim Center Family Lounge Pooladult inflatable pool

Need to add a little relaxation to your backyard this summer? Purchase the Intex Swim Center Family Lounge Pool for your whole family to cool off in. Adults or parents can sit on the built-in-bench while kids enjoy playing in the rest of the pool area. This adult inflatable pool is manufactured with two separate air chambers. Each has a combo valve to easily inflate and deflate each section. A drain plug is also included for quick water removal. Includes repair patch kit. The pool is thirty inches high and holds 169 gallons. Easy to manage and store. Intex Swim Center Family Lounge Pool is recommended for ages three plus.

Price
$49.89

Product Dimensions
88 x 85 x 30 inches

Item Weight
15 pounds

Shipping Weight
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3. Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool, 103″ X 69″ X 22″, for Ages 6+adult inflatable pools

The Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool is twenty-two inches deep and has a water capacity of 198 gallons. The rectangle size makes this pool comfortable to sit or just relax in. The best inflatable pool is designed with two air chambers that both have a double valve intake and free-flow exhaust valve. Recommended for ages six plus.

Price
$25.59

Product Dimensions
103 x 69 x 22 inches

Item Weight
6.6 pounds

Shipping Weight
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Manufacturer
Intex

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Item model number
56483EP

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4. Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool, 120″ X 72″ X 22″, for Ages 6+adult inflatable pool review

The Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool has a large area for sitting and lounging. It is easily one of the best inflatable pools. The 15-gauge vinyl walls of the pool have three air chambers for easy inflation and deflation. Each chamber has a double intake and free flow exhaust valve.

The pool holds 246 gallons of water. The side walls are extra wide allowing you to comfortably lounge in the pool longer. Plus, it makes the inside of the pool feel more spacious. The drain plug is included with this pool. Please note that this pool does not include a pump. Recommended for ages six plus.

Price
$29.99

Product Dimensions
120.1 x 72 x 22.1 inches

Item Weight
15 pounds

Shipping Weight
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Item model number
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5. Intex Swim Center Paradise Inflatable Pool, 103″ X 63″ X 18″, for Ages 3+best inflatable pool review

The Intex Swim Center Paradise Inflatable Pool is a large inflatable pool suitable for family use. The height of the pool is eighteen inches with a water capacity of 151 gallons. The inflatable pool has two air chambers with double valve intake and free-flow exhaust valve. Family friendly summer fun beach pattern printed on the sides of the pool. Includes repair patch.  Recommended for ages three plus.

Price
$27.95

Product Dimensions
103 x 63 x 18 inches

Item Weight
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Shipping Weight
10 pounds

ASIN
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Item model number
56490EP

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6. Giant Inflatable Kiddie Pool – Family and Kids Inflatable Rectangular Pool – 10 Feet Long (120″ X 72″ X 20″)best inflatable pool for backyard

The Giant Inflatable Kiddie Pool is a rectangular pool that is ten feet long and twenty inches high. This pool can hold up to 328 gallons of water. The wide side walls help the pool feel more spacious. The inflatable pool has three separate air chambers, each with a combo valve for easy inflation and deflation. This is a great adult inflatable pool, but it can also accommodate the whole family.

  • Recommended for ages six +
  • Drain plug included

Price
$49.95

Product Dimensions
120 x 72 x 20 inches

Item Weight
6 pounds

Shipping Weight
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ASIN
B009HUAHAM

Item model number
10291-2

Manufacturer recommended age
6 – 12 years

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7. Bestway H2OGO! Two-In-One Wide Inflatable Family Outdoor Pool, Features Dual Pool and Slide Combo, Cup Holders, Easy Set Up, Green/Whitebest inflatable pools review

The H2OGO!™ Family Pool is perfect for home or a day at the beach. It includes an adult area with built-in-bench that is separated from the kid’s area with a built-in-slide. Watch the kids play while you relax on your cozy padded seat.

The adult side also includes two cup holders. Now you can enjoy your adult inflatable pool as much as the kids do. The H2OGO!™ Family Pool is a functional, two-in-one pool with lots of room for summer fun. The inflatable pool is manufactured with sturdy pre-tested vinyl for longevity. An easy to release drain valve makes draining the water to maintain and store the pool a breeze. Two interlocking quick release valves are built in to deflate the pool with ease. Includes a heavy-duty repair patch.

Price
$62.99

Package Dimensions
16.5 x 15.5 x 9 inches

Item Weight
22.2 pounds

Shipping Weight
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Manufacturer
Unknown

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B07B7MFVD8

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The Best Inflatable Pool is Clean: how to clean your adult inflatable pool

 Cleaning your inflatable pool will help improve longevity and general hygiene. There are several steps to keeping your pool clean. The steps are simple but all essential in maintaining a safe environment for swimming.

 Wash Off Before Swimming

 To prevent any germs including bodily fluids from entering the pool, it is essential to wash off before swimming in your inflatable pool. Simply hopping in the shower for a few minutes or washing off with an outdoor shower or garden hose will do. If illness is present it is best to stay out of the pool to prevent the spread of cold and flu. Any small children that are invited to swim should always have a fresh swim diaper on hand.

If you place your inflatable pool in a grassy area where grass clippings are present, place a small foot bath next to your pool. Before entering the pool, wash off any grass or debris off of your feet and legs. This will help keep your pool cleaner and reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning your pool.

However, simply washing off your body before entering the pool is not enough. You will need to use chemicals such as chlorine to keep the water clear and free of bacteria. The heat and humidity can cause algae to grow on your inflatable pool. Keeping the pool free of bacteria is a must for keeping out disease and for the overall longevity of your pool.

Chlorine Dispenser for Best Inflatable Pool

 A chlorine dispenser is a must for keeping your inflatable pool clean and sanitized. The dispenser is usually a basket that has a closable lid and tiny holes on the sides and/or bottom of the basket.

Simply fill the basket with a chlorine tablet (or more depending on the size of your pool) and float the basket in the pool. The holes in the basket distribute the chlorine tablets evenly in the pool using the pool’s own water. Once the basket is empty, add more bleach tablets to continue sanitizing the inflatable pool.

When you are ready to swim, remove the basket from the pool so that you will not come in direct contact with the bleach tablets. When you are done swimming, you can put the chlorine dispenser basket back in the water to continue distributing the chlorine. The pool will be sanitized when you are ready to take the next relaxing swim.

If you pool is hazy, you will need to add more chlorine to clear it up. A proper concentration of chlorine is 1.5 to 3.5 parts per million. The odor of chlorine that you frequently smell when you get near a pool is actually gas as the chlorine kills organisms that can cause pool water issues and the spread of disease. You will need 2 lbs. of chlorine for every 10,000 to 12,000 gallons of pool water.

If you are still having water issues, you may need to take more aggressive measures. You may need to look into filters that would help your pool circulate the chlorine. If you still experience cloudiness or algae buildup you will need to drain your pool and clean and sanitize before refilling your pool with fresh water.

PH Test for Best Inflatable Pool

 A pH test kit can be purchased at your favorite pool supply store. Using the water from your pool, you can quickly see if the water is the correct ph. It is important that your pool water is pH balanced to keep your water clear and clean.

It is important to test a sample of your pool water once a week. Several factors can change the acidity of pool water including chemicals, weather and how often you use your inflatable pool. There are several things you can test your pool water for but the main factors to focus on are pH, alkalinity and free chlorine.

To test the water in your pool, you will need to use a small, clean cup. Dip the cup elbow-deep in your pool water open side down, then invert the cup and bring to the surface. It is best to collect the water from the middle of your pool for the most accurate results. If your pool is too large to properly collect the water this way, just make sure you are not close to any filters or skimmers when collecting your water sample.

Once you have your water sample, you will need to purchase either test strips or a liquid test kit. Using test strips is the best way to check your pool water. It eliminates human error and only takes fifteen seconds to see results. Simply dip the test strip into your water sample (make sure your hands are clean and dry) and match up the colors on the test strips to see if you need to add additional chemicals. Only purchase enough test strips to get you through one season to maintain accurate results. Expired test strips can alter the results of your testing and may lead you to buy chemicals you do not need.

When using a liquid test kit, you will need to add your water sample to the test kit cylinders. Using the included drops, follow the test kit instructions to test for pH and chlorine levels. The liquid test kit should have the color levels right next to the water sample cylinders so you can easily see what your pH and chlorine levels are. Be careful that you add exactly the amount of chemical drops your kit instructs or your results could be off.

If you have issues seeing shades of colors or prefer to have a number reading when testing your pool water, consider purchasing an electric pH test kit. Keep the electric tester out of sun and heat and occasionally recalibrate the unit to keep it accurate. The downside to the electric tester is that it runs on batteries but it is a great option if you have problems reading test strips or just prefer the digital accuracy.

If you have any questions or prefer not to purchase test strips, liquid or electric test kit, you can also take your pool sample in a container with a lid to a local pool store. It is recommended to take a sample to your local store at least once a month to maintain a well-balanced pool. You will want to take a sample when opening and closing your pool as well to save money on maintenance and to make sure you purchase the right chemicals.

Skimmer Net for Best Inflatable Pool

 A skimmer net is a great tool for removing leaves, insects and debris from your pool. Attaching the skimmer net to a telescoping pole allows you to use the net outside of your pool or reach areas that may be difficult to get to using only the reach of your arms. Depending on what trees, plants and grasses you have around your pool, the wind and rain can cause pieces of these various forms of nature to enter your inflatable pool.

There are two types of skimmer nets, a flat skimmer net and a bag skimmer net. A flat skimmer net is recommended since it is easier to empty when wet. A bag skimmer net collects more debris than the flat skimmer net but can be difficult to clean thoroughly when wet. It is important to purchase a heavy-duty skimmer net. Cheap plastic skimmer nets can break easily and you will be constantly replacing this tool. Stick with a slightly more expensive heavy-duty option that will last you year after year.

Before getting in the pool, check the pool for debris. Remove large debris with your hands. Use the skimmer net to remove smaller debris that is floating on the surface of the pool water. Simply tap the skimmer handle on the edge of the pool, the ground near the pool or a nearby deck to remove debris. Then place the skimmer net back in the pool to remove additional debris. Allow the skimmer net to thoroughly dry after each use to completely remove all debris from the net.

You should skim the pool daily to remove surface debris so it does not sink to the bottom. Taking the time to skim will save you time vacuuming the pool floor.

Pool Vacuum for Best Inflatable Pool

 A pool vacuum can be handy for clearing the debris from the bottom of the pool, or debris that is too difficult to reach with a skimmer net. A pool vacuum can catch very small dirt and debris similar to a vacuum for carpet.

A pool vacuum consists of your telescoping pole and pool brush. Using the right pool brush for your inflatable pool is critical. When cleaning a vinyl pool, you must use a pool brush that has nylon bristles only. If you use a pool brush that has stainless steel bristles, you will puncture the inflatable pool and it will no longer be usable. Choose a heavy-duty pool brush that has well attached bristles. Over time the pool brush will break down from the elements and chemicals that you use to keep your pool clean. Purchasing a heavy-duty brush will ensure that you can properly clean your pool and you won’t leave broken nylon bristles everywhere.

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It is recommended that you brush your pool at least twice a week. Brushing removes large debris while small debris is whisked into the water and can be sanitized by pool chemicals, filters and drains.

Brushing your pool takes time but it is worth the effort. Brushing the top, sides and bottom of the pool keep your inflatable pool from growing dangerous bacteria that can cause illness and require additional chemicals to maintain. It is important to brush all areas of the pool, even hard to reach areas to kill all the algae that forms from body oils and humidity. To cut down on the time it takes to brush, consider investing in a quality pool cover.

Pool Cover for Best Inflatable Pool

Keep your pool from being attacked by the elements with a sturdy pool cover. Your inflatable pool is susceptible to becoming a haven for mosquitoes and other insects. A pool cover can also help keep large debris out of your inflatable pool. Pool covers can break down easily in the hot summer sun. Purchase a quality pool cover that will last you through several seasons.

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Summer heat can cause your pool water to start to disappear. A pool cover slows down or stops evaporation. The water in your pool will naturally evaporate due to the sun and heat. Using a pool cover can also help decrease the need for lots of chemicals to keep it clean. Using a pool cover can reduce a pool’s chemical consumption by 35 to 60 percent.

Who wants to swim in a chilly pool? A cover for your inflatable pool can also help maintain pool temperature. Even in the summer the temperature drops significantly at night. Covering a pool in the evening before bed with a solar cover or vinyl tarp will kept the heat until you are ready to lounge or swim the next day. The cover does not have to be expensive or specifically made for your pool. As long as the cover is big enough to spread over the entire top surface of the pool it will help the inflatable pool maintain its temperature. Diligently covering your pool when not in use will save you money in time (cleaning), chemicals and energy costs.

Safety is a growing concern with backyard pools. Children can easily fall or crawl into pools and face dire consequences. By covering your pool, you can detract children and non-swimmers from entering the pool while you are not present. Keep in mind that if you cover is not anchored down it will not keep someone from falling through the cover into the pool. However, simply covering the top of the pool can keep curious children from wandering in the pool unattended.

If your inflatable pool did not come with a cover, you can use a thick tarp to cover the pool. Weights such as gallon water bottles or bricks can be added to keep your tarp in place. If the tarp is large enough, simply tuck the tarp edges underneath the pool so it will stay in place when wind is present or any storms may arise. If large debris or a lot of leaves are gathering on your cover or tarp, wait until the debris is dry and use a leaf blower to remove the built-up debris. The cover will stay cleaner and easier to lift from the top of the pool with large debris removed.

Now that you have learned how to properly inflate and care for your inflatable pool, you can spend more time outside enjoying your investment.

Conclusion

Choosing the best inflatable pool is all about preference. Do you need a pool with a built-in filter or pump? Do you need an adult inflatable pool or is it more for the kids. Even the shape of your yard can dictate the size of pool you purchase.

Keep in mind the larger the pool you purchase the more time and money it will take to maintain it. A large pool is more expensive, takes longer to inflate or deflate and requires more water to fill. A larger pool will also gather more debris and require more chemicals to maintain. However a large inflatable pool is great for families that need the extra space to spread out. Large inflatable pools are also good for people who have a decent size back yard and an area away from the pool and house to drain the pool when it needs cleaned or put away for the season. You will need a decent size area to store your large inflatable pool if you live in a climate that the pool cannot be left outside year round.

If you choose a smaller pool, the cost will be significantly less. It will take less water, less time to inflate or deflate and be easier to clean and maintain. However, if you are a tall person or have a large family, a small inflatable pool is not a good option. Choose a small inflatable pool if you only have a few people who will be using the pool on a regular basis. It is also good for small yards and for those who do not have access to an outside water supply. Small inflatable pools are easy to store and if properly cared for are more likely to last multiple seasons. Small pools still need to be maintained and cleaned for proper usage.

Buying one of the best inflatable pools on this list offers a great retreat from the summer heat. Choose an inflatable pool that meets your needs and budget. Take care of your investment and you will be lounging in style and comfort for years to come.

Winter Pool Heater

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Winter Pool Heater

Outdoor pools are great to have, but when the days turn cooler, then consider looking for the best pool heater that allows you to keep on swimming outside during the fall season. There is nothing better than cooling off in your pool during a hot day, or in the evening, when you can relax and gaze at the stars as they appear one by one in the night sky. During cooler days, you can still enjoy swimming in warm water, even if the temperature is cooler and you normally would no longer be swimming in your pool. Just be sure to wrap yourself up when you get out, an important reminder for both children and the elderly who can be susceptible to chills.

Swimming is great exercise too, leaving far less impact on the body than running laps around a track, or jogging down a hard-surfaced road and back. So, you want to extend those days of exercise for as long as you can before you turn to using an indoor pool at a spa or gym, unless you can get an indoor pool built in your home. But where do you even start figuring out what is the best pool heater to use for your circumstances? First, let us look at the current available options, including pros and cons for using any one of these options.  Here’s a quick list of our top 7 heaters

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Finding the Best Pool Heater: Gas Pool Heaters

Do you already have gas service to your home for your stove and, possibly, for your fireplace? If yes, then you can use a gas pool heater and have one installed without too much trouble. It will also cost less overall to install than an electric heater but may cost more to run over time. Gas pool heaters are efficient and run consistently, but your gas bill may be substantially affected, especially when prices fluctuate in the marketplace. You can also check on using propane heaters instead, if you currently do not have natural gas service. Remember that all gas heaters (gas generators too) should always be placed outside where they are properly ventilated.

Gas pool heaters are used most often to heat pools today, particularly as they heat the water faster than any of the other heaters, such as pump or electrical heaters. The basic process is that the gas heater pump draws water from the pool, passes it through a filter, then to the heating system. Burning gas in the combustion chamber generates more heat, transfers the heat to the water, and sends it back into the pool water. Gas pool heaters are also very effective in not only heating the water to desired temperatures quickly, but also keeping the temperature constant, regardless of the weather and climate, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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When you begin looking at gas (and heat pump) pool heaters, you will look for the rating of each as British Thermal Unit or BTU. This is how thermal, or heat energy is measured. One BTU represents the energy output used to raise the temperature of one pound of water at sea level, by one-degree Fahrenheit. You also see this rating on air conditioners and furnace heaters, although for air conditioners, the BTU stands for how much energy is used to reduce heat, rather than raising it.

The best way to calculate the gas (and heat pump) size for your pool, comes from the Department of Energy (USA) and should give you the most exact outcome for an educated decision.

First, decide what your favorite water temperature is when you swim in your pool. Then, figure out what the average temperature is for the coldest month of pool use. This may be in May, depending on where you live, or it could be in September or October. Now, you will subtract the coldest month’s average temperature from your desired pool temperature, which is higher than the coldest month. The result is what your temperature rise will be to reach your preferred temperature.

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Calculate the square footage of your pool’s surface area, length by width. Depth does not count. The last step is to take your pool’s square foot calculation, multiply that number by the temperature rise you need, to get to your desired swimming temperature, and multiply that result by 12. This formula bases the result on one degree to 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (F) temperature rise over one hour, with a 3.5 mph wind average over the surface of your pool water. If you want to raise the heat faster over an hour, you can calculate it by 1.5 degrees F, multiplied by 1.5, or 2 degrees F multiplied by 2.0. Simply stated, the formula is: pool area x temperature rise x 12.

Gas pool heaters are tested for energy efficiency by a ratio of available output to energy input. So, an 80 percent heater’s efficiency will use $80 of usable heat out of $100 worth of fuel. This means that 20 percent of the fuel is wasted. Therefore, you want to find a gas heater that maximizes your fuel at the highest percentage rating, such as 95 percent efficiency. For more information on this, go to the DOE site here.

The cost of buying a gas pool heater may be almost half of what it costs to buy an electric pool heater. It will also be the same difference in installing it. But, you may make up for that difference with higher monthly gas bills. How fast your pool water heats up when it concerns an outdoor pool, will also be dependent on where your pool is placed on your property, and for how long the sun also shines on the water, giving natural heat during the daytime. That will change how hard the pool heater must work to reach the temperature you have set for it.

While many outdoor pools are built in the ground, others are built above ground, thus avoiding having to dig a hole in your backyard. You would just need to add the holes on the side of your above ground pool, where your heating unit’s pipes/fixtures will access the interior fixtures of the pool. Generally, these gas heaters are smaller units and they are designed to sit outside on a solid platform, such as a cement block, and are capable of withstanding heavy weather and drastic temperature changes.

Consider how and where you will place a gas pool heater, when you think about high winds, for example. While you do need proper ventilation, you also want to block heavy winds from damaging your unit, due to flying debris that might cause dents or other damages. You can install a well-ventilated casing unit, something like a steel fence unit that surrounds it, but still stays in place during heavy winds. You can also add a solid latch-down or removable top cover to protect against occasional hail storms and heavy snowfalls.

Heat Pumps

Heat pump processes may sound complicated when one describes the process of providing heated water to the pool. Essentially, the pool pump circulates water in the pool, and as the water is drawn from the pool, it passes through a filter and the pump’s heater.

The pump’s heater fan, meanwhile, continuously draws air from the outside, directs that air over the evaporator coil which absorbs the air’s natural heat, and the coil’s internal refrigerant (Freon) creates a heated gas. This gas then goes through the compressor where it is heated further, then travels through the condenser, where the gas heat is sent to the pool water. If it is cold outside, the pump must work hard to achieve the given heat setting, so the best outdoor efficiency temperature should be 40 degrees and above. However, these heat pumps are more efficient than gas heaters, and they have a longer life span as well, up to 10 years in some cases. You can also look for dual operation water pumps that both heat and cool your pool water, as desired.

Heat Pump Pool Heater

When you decide on using a heat pump for your pool, you would need to know the exact surface area of your pool, plus your pool’s water temperature and the typical temperature outside when you are using the pool. You should also know the wind exposure, humidity levels, and daily temperatures, including those in the evening.

Of course, all these things change with the seasons as well, so these numbers and surrounding environment will vary over time. If you live in a location that has little humidity and is cool at night, along with moderate wind gusts, then you would need a bigger heater than if you lived in a humid area that stayed warm in the evenings and had little to no wind gusts or light breezes.  The usual sizes you will see for heat pumps are 3.5 hp (horse power)/75,000 BTU, 5 hp/100,000 BTU, and 6 hp/125,000 BTU.

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When you are looking at different heat pumps, you will also see a label for COP rating. This is the Coefficient of Performance of the pump, and a higher number means a more efficient rating. This is decided by tests that the manufacturers conduct and, typically, the test is done with a heat pump pool heater at an outdoor 80 degrees F temperature, with pool water at 80 degrees F. A COP can be 3.0, up to 7.0, which translates to 300 percent to 700 percent efficiency. Each unit of electricity used in running the pump compressor, stands for 3 to 7 units of heat created. You can find out more here at the DOE website.

While you can install the heat pump pool heater yourself, you may prefer a pool professional do the installation, and then call in an air conditioner technician to support the system at least once a year. Heat pump heaters will cost more than gas heaters, but the savings comes in the annual operating fees, making them very efficient.

Electric Resistance Pool Heater

Electric pool heaters, while cheaper to buy and install, will cost you more money during monthly to annual use, as compared to a pump heater. The big plus here is that you do not get the carbon dioxide emissions you get with gas heaters. However, the installation can cost a lot because of the wiring and installation of large-amperage circuit breakers to handle that load.

Electric resistance pool heaters use a system of applying the heat of an electrical current to a metal resistor, that is extended throughout the unit. As the water passes through the unit, it is heated up to the designated temperature and then passes back out into the pool (or spa). The way to look at this, comparatively, is that electric heaters generate heat while heat pumps capture and transfer heat from the air or water. Heat pumps use electricity but not in the way that electric heaters do, hence the differences in long-term costs. Also note that while heat pumps can last a long time, the life span for most electric and gas heaters are between five to 10 years.

Solar pool heaters

These are popular in areas where the sun shines consistently, typically in warmer climates. This system also works with the pool circulation pump and, therefore, does not add to operational costs. Water travels through the solar collectors of your solar heater, runs through the pipes and goes back into the pool, heated.

The down side to using a solar heater is the high expense of the initial purchase, roughly between $4,000 to $7,000, and higher. Currently, solar panels are installed to collect the sun, and they can take up quite a bit of space. Over time, we may see a reduction of space waste, as technology advances and figures out how to reduce collection space, and yet still collect more sun.

Additionally, solar heaters take longer to heat the pool water, and cannot heat water at night. Yet, this system is environmentally friendly, and it can last for 25 years. Consider adding a heat pump to your overall heating system, so that you can have warm water at night. As the solar heating system takes care of warming your water during the day, the water will still be warmish closer to evening, and the heat pump system can take over.

When you choose a solar collector heating system for your pool, it should equal between 50 percent to 100 percent of your pool’s surface, according to the DOE website. The example used for figuring out the size is, if you had a 20-by-40-foot outdoor swimming pool, located in Florida, then you would use 800 square feet of solar collections at 100 percent of the pool’s square footage. Be sure your pool pump is also up to the task of circulating the water through the solar heat system.

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Make sure your solar pool heater collectors are placed to gather the most amount of sun during the day with little to no obstruction, such as being in the shadow of another building or tall trees. You may need to tilt the collectors, so long as sun directly hits them throughout the day with a horizontal directional path. If the sun is crossing over the top of the roof where the collectors are, then laying them flat is the better plan.

You can calculate the solar collector thermal performance rating by BTUs per square foot daily, and the formula looks like this: BTU/(ft2day). You can also use megajoules (MJ) per square meter daily: MJ/(M2day). What you want to look for, as weather conditions and other factors may affect ratings, is that each collector can be rated individually, such as using solar mats. If you find that two mats are within 25 BTU/(ft2day) of each other, then they are running at the same capacity. You can check out more information here.

Added enhancements you can look at when using a solar heating pool system is using floor return lines where the heated water is dispersed to the bottom of the pool (instead of the surface), whereupon the heat travels upwards to the surface, warming cooler water at the bottom and middle areas, along the way. Also use a solar cover when the pool is not being used, to retain heat in the pool, and expending less during the nighttime hours. While this total system may be a heavy expenditure at the beginning, using both systems would be your most efficient energy system to use to get enjoyment out of your pool. As with any system, be sure you are following any local building codes and regulations. Now, we look at seven of the best choices we found that will fit any scenario you might have.

Above Ground Pool Heater, Hayward Pool Heaters & More of the Best Pool Heater Options

#1. Hayward H400FDP Universal H-Series 400,000 BTU Pool and Spa Heater, Propane, Low Noxbest pool heater

The Hayward H400FDP propane pool and spa heater has a patented polymer header design that gives superior hydraulic operations and is a top energy saver. It is designed to prevent any erosion due to high flow conditions, improving on reliability. Hayward pool heaters use only high resilient Cupro Nickel, an alloy of copper and nickel (3:1 ratio), for its heat exchangers, making the system capable of working in salt water, high flow water or under strong water chemistry conditions. It is a self-contained forced draft combustion system unit, unaffected by outdoor weather, such as high winds. The temperature is easy to set with its LED control panel, that digitally shows current temperatures accurately and consistently, and gives an electronic lockout at the set temperature and includes diagnostic status readings.

This Hayward Universal H-Series of propane gas heaters give 18 percent or more in energy savings and runs at 83 percent efficiency at 400,000 BTUs. This heater is very low in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, making the unit very safe to run for long periods of time. As with gas and propane heaters, these should always be installed outdoors to avoid any potential poisonous emission buildup in an enclosed area. This is one of the best above ground pool heater units available.

Model #: H400FDP

Size: 37 x 32 x 29.3 inches

Weight: 197 pounds

Efficiency: 83 percent at 400,000 BTUs

Price: $2,113. 93 plus free shipping (Prime or not)

What Buyers Say

Over 493 customers have rated this unit, and it has four stars to date. Note that you may need to check your gas regulator to make sure you can add this heater to your house and billing. One customer in the Q + A section said she needed a larger gas regulator, according to her service provider. This is also important because if the regulator is too small, one of the heaters, house or pool, when both are run at the same time, can be starved of gas. You may also need a 1-inch pipe rather than a ¾-inch pipe. Always check with your service provider to make sure about what you should have, so you are not short-changed on heat when you need it.

In reviews, a customer went with a slightly higher BTU, which allowed her to heat the pool at 2 degrees every hour. As her pool does not receive much sun, the heating unit now allows her to swim every day, instead of waiting until the outside temperature hits 90 degrees to get in the pool, thus extending her swimming season.

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Another customer mentioned that he was very happy with his heating unit. The unit ships configured for 220 volts and it was simple for him to change it to a 110 volt. If you have trouble lining up the ¾-inch gas line to your existing gas line, then you should call your plumber to help you. It may also need a flexible gas pipe instead of a rigid one. Another tip he offered was, if you should need to install this unit inside, you will need the Hayward Negative Vent adapter that attaches to a 6-inch flu pipe in your chimney. You can buy that here.

As a further note, check the warranty that comes with this product, as one customer who installed the unit herself, found she could not replace her unit after two years when she discovered that it was leaking water. Therefore, you may prefer having a professional do the installation, ensuring some type of warrantee is available if things go wrong. Most customers really like this product, and only a few had problems that were significant, usually concerning the warrantee. You can find a copy of it on this product’s Amazon page at the title link at the beginning of this section.

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#2. Intex Solar Heater Mat for Above Ground Swimming Pool, 47in X 47inbest solar pool heater

The Intex Solar Heater Mat works with the pool’s filter pump if rated at ½ hp or with a pump water flow rate at 2,500 gallons per hour, or less. These mats work with above ground pools with up to 8,000 gallons of water, or less, with a surface area of 11 square feet (ft sq). The solar mat uses 1¼-inch hose attachment contact points and includes adaptor connection (A and B) for 1½-inch hose connection, if needed. The installation packet also comes with a 1¼-inch connection hose for the bypass valve.

The key feature here is setting them to access the sun throughout the day to keep on building the reservoir of heat, so that it reaches the set temperature and then runs efficiently the rest of the day. You can also add a solar cover over the pool surface to keep heat in, ready for the next day of swimming.

The Intex solar heater mat works with Intex filter pumps, using natural sunlight to warm the pool water by five degrees F to nine degrees F more than the usual water temperature for above ground pools.          They work best as an above ground pool heater. At the end of your swimming season, you can dry the mat of any water condensation, then fold it up for storage over the off season.

If you live in California, you should take note of the posted warning concerning California’s Proposition 65, concerning products having certain chemicals known to cause cancer. You can find out more about this information here.

Model #: 28685E

Size: 47.3 inches x 47.3 inches x 0.5 inches

Weight: 5.3 pounds

Efficiency: N/A although customer reports show that it does not cost any more to run it.

Price: Available from 3rd party sellers; range $43.99 (used) to $59.98 new.

What Buyers Say

There are 364 reviews from buyers, giving a total rating of 2.5 stars out of five. It is important to read the Q & A section, as some buyers have come up with solutions for installing this, including buying several to get the heating temperature to the level they want for their pool. One customer in the review section, said he bought 12 mats for his 18-ft round pool with a 52-inche depth of water. The mats were installed on a flat garage roof in three rows of four mats laid across the roof. He then reconfigured his pool outlets and ended up with one large intake for the filter and pump, and two 1¼-inch outlets for the pool. One outlet was routed through the solar layout. Along with a few other adjustments, he also bought a solar cover for the evening hours to help with keeping heat in.

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You could also use a solar fountain pump, rather than the filter system or bilge pumps, with great success. The solar mats, according to reviews, do not work well with significant water pressure. There were no extra costs with using this type of fountain pump, and they activate when the sun hits the solar panel and turn off when the sun goes down. Another recommendation is to buy sump pump hosing to use with the mats.

Overall, the mats work great although they may take longer to heat the water, especially when using only one. When using several mats, this may be the one way to save money, as opposed to buying more expensive heating solutions.

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#3. Kokido Keops Solar Dome Above Ground Swimming Pool Water Heater | K835CBX/RVbest pool heaters

The Kokido Keops solar heating dome for above ground swimming pools is environmentally efficient and is a great way to extend your swimming season. You may wish to buy more than one for added heating capabilities. You also do not have to worry about rooftop installations, but you do still need to make sure that direct sun can reach these domes for greatest energy collection. The water is pumped into the solar heater, circulated through, and passed back into the pool. Here is a chart found on the Amazon product page that shows how many you may need, depending on your pool size.

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Consider placing the solar heater(s) at an angle where the collectors can receive direct sunlight, much like the solar mats in the earlier choice. Think through how you will lay the hoses so that water can flow easily from the pool, directly into the solar heater, and back to the pool again. If the water force struggles at either the entrance or exit point, then efficiency in speed of heating may be diminished. Inverted installation racks are included to help point the solar heaters directly at the sun.

Model #: K835CBX/RV

Size: 23 x 11.2 x 23.2 inches

Weight: 14.9 pounds

Efficiency: N/A although you can calculate efficiency the same way as the solar mats.

Price: $132.99 and free shipping

What Buyers Say

This product was rated at three stars out of five, with 21 customers. Reviews are mixed on this product, with some buyers loving them, while others had complaints that the heaters barely made any difference in heating the pool. Make sure you install a good line-of-sight angling of the solar heaters for sun to reach the collectors, and that the hoses allow free direct passage of water to and from the solar heating domes. Keep them as close to the pool water pump as possible. Another complaint was that the hoses provided, were not long enough.

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#4. SmartPool S120U Universal Sun Heater, 2 by 20-Feet          best pool heater review

The SmartPool S120U is both an above ground pool heater, and an inground pool heater, made with a polypropylene heat collector. It can be laid out anywhere, such as on the ground, but laid at an angle where it catches sun rays during the sun’s transit across the sky. You can also install this on a rooftop as well but consider if your pool pump will give enough energy to pump water up the side of the wall, as it needs more force behind the water going up than coming down.

If you do have a place on the ground where sun shines throughout the day without interference from tall buildings or trees, then you might lay it there and try it out for its heating and circulation capabilities. Just add a slanted rack that is placed on the ground, like the picture above, or you can attach it to a fence to keep it out of the way.

This SmartPool heater has two threaded-elbow adapters, along with two end caps, four stainless steel hose clamps, a roll of Teflon tape, and two extra connector hoses for more solar units. You can buy more than one of these and just connect them together for added heat, depending on the size of your pool. Use a solar cover on your pool to add to solar efficiency and you will have it made, with plenty of heat available during sunny days.

The installation guide is included on this Amazon product page and it has important information you should know up front. If you are doing a roof installation, then choose the south-facing side so the sun hits the solar collectors directly. You will also need the SK-43 mounting kit, essential to use per your warranty, and one of these will secure two SmartPool heater systems. In addition, you may need one SK-34 high wind kit, one for each collector, to keep your collectors safe from blowing away. You can call Smartpool at the following number: 732-730-9880 or check on Amazon to buy them there.

Note that a 1hp water pump gives enough power for installations up to 30 feet away, and one floor up. SmartPool says if the collectors are cool to the touch while water is moving through the collectors, then there is a good water flow.

The extra tools you will need on hand for installation are: a flat-head screwdriver or 5/16-inch (8mm) nut driver, power drill (rack mount or roof install), 1/8-inch (3mm) drill and Phillips head bit, and silicone sealant gel or equivalent. Use a 1½-inch to 2-inch PVC adapter if current plumbing pipe is 2 inches. You also need your measure of 1½-inch (38mm) Schedule 40 PVC pipe that goes to and from your pool. Check the table below to decide how many units you need to heat your size pool.

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Model #: S220

Size: 16H x 27.5W x 16L (inches)

Weight: 18 pounds

Efficiency: Figure out the time it takes for one unit to heat the pool, and by how much in degrees. Your variables include amount of daily sun, size of pool, and how strong your water pump is.

Price: $113.99 for Prime Members

What Buyers Say

The SmartPool S120U Universal solar heater received 11 reviews and three stars. Several buyers like this solar heater, although some had to get a second unit and install it, as well as adding a solar cover. This is usually due to larger pool surfaces. There are issues with fittings and water leaks, which can be problematic, but might be solved with the silicone gel or PVC primer.

You can also use this for a salt water pool but may need to clean it periodically. Another pointer is that this does not come with a stand, so you will need to make one if you plan to angle it on the ground. Make sure it is secured so it stays in place during heavy winds.

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#5. GAME 4721 SolarPRO Curve Solar Pool Heater for Intex & Bestway Above Ground and in Ground Pools (Includes Intex Adapters)best above ground pool heater

The GAME SolarPRO CURVE is made to attach to both an in-ground or above-ground pool and comes with all the adapters and hoses needed for the hookup. You can add more units as needed. This solar heater is made with a blow-molded plastic frame with clear cover, to lock in the heat and reduce cooling wind flows. It fits best with the Intex and Bestway pool brands, although you may be able to use it with other brands, with some modifications.

As with other solar heaters, it is slow to heat, but heating temperatures will rise five degrees over four days. If using more than one unit, you may have a higher outcome sooner. The ports are threaded, and the kit includes two hoses with stainless steel hose clamps. The image below shows one way of setting this unit up by the above-ground pool.

Pool Heater Assembly

Model #: 4721

Size: 43.3 x 9.4 x 27.2 inches

Weight: 18.3 pounds

Efficiency: Figure out the time it takes for one unit to heat the pool, and by how much in degrees. Your variables include amount of daily sun, size of pool, and how strong your water pump is.

Price: $142.99

What Buyers Say

This GAME 4721 SolarPRO Curve Solar Pool Heater has received 253 reviews and a 2.5-star rating. In the Q & A section, most buyers say this is very easy to install yourself, and if you are elderly, or have physical issues, have somebody you know well, install it for you. In exchange, you could offer a day or more of swimming privileges.

One person mentioned that they let the heater run all day long when the sun was shining and had to cover the heater at one point, so as not to have a hot tub instead. Consider adding a solar cover to keep in the heat overnight. He also mentioned that the hoses are not long, which may be a problem if the installation must be further away from the pool.

A common complaint, however, was that once leaks started from the connections, it was hard to stop it. If in doubt, have a professional do the installation to ensure there are no leaks.

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#6. Thermo-Tex 2831224 Swimming Pool Solar Pool Cover, 12′ x 24′, Bluebest pool heater cover

The Thermo-Tex swimming light weight solar pool cover helps extend your swimming season by a month or more, and in combination with another solar heater already spoken of here, the season can be extended several months more.

Using a solar cover, such as this one, also reduces chemical consumption, heating costs, and water loss from evaporation. This cover is made from UV stabilized polymers, designed to resist degradation typically caused by extended periods with pool chemicals, combined with sun exposure. There is a three-year warrantee and it is made on the North American continent.

This pool cover is specifically made to cover the water’s surface in-ground pools and is easy to pull off the surface whenever needed.

Model #: 2831224

Size: 24 inches x 12 inches x 1 inch

Weight: 9 pounds

Efficiency: Test cover efficiency by getting water temperature first, before using the cover. Test it under several weather conditions as well, for a full overview of efficiency, and with another solar heater in use.

Price: $39.00 for 12 feet x 24 feet (rectangle)

What Buyers Say

This solar blanket with bubbles has received four stars out of five, with 39 buyers giving a review on its use. This solar cover behaves like a blanket of bubble wrap, although you do not want to pop the ¾-inch bubble cells in this product. You can, however, add grommets where applicable, if you wish to use it on an in-ground swimming pool, or if it extends over the edges, just weigh it down with bricks to avoid having it blow away in high winds. Just be sure to put the bubbles face down over the pool, as that helps with heat distribution. You can also cut it to pool shape if you wish.

Even getting one year’s worth of use is a big plus, as it works very well in giving solar heat. However, pool chemicals can take a toll over time, unless you can care for it better by rinsing it off every time it is pulled off the pool water. That may help extend the cover’s life span.

This cover works well, even if it has to be replaced every one to two years, despite the 3-year warrantee. The most positive aspect is that when the pool heats up during the day, and the cover was added in the evening, there was little heat loss when the pool was uncovered the next day. This is a great bargain for the price, and even better when used with another solar power application.

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#7.  Pentair 461059 Master Temp 125K, BTU Heaterbest pool heaters review

The Pentair Master Temp 125K BTU natural gas pool heater is an affordable heater, with a rating of 82 percent thermal efficiency, considered the highest performing heater in this category. It has a 1.5-inch plumbing arrangement and heats up to 15,000 gallons of water. The premixed combustion technology gives an ultra-fast heating time for the water to reach desired temperature. This heater uses a rotating digital display, giving easy access to programming and checking the unit as needed. It is certified for low-NOx emissions and for outdoor and indoor-vented installations.

This is a well-designed unit that is simple and convenient to use. According to the manufacturer’s website, it is the first offered on the market in its class, and advanced features gives you more control and information on the unit’s status. It also would be worth your while to check local codes and regulations, and to have a professional install it for you. You can find the warranty and the installation instructions on this Amazon product page. Just click on the title link.

Model #: 461059

Size: 39 x 27 x 25 inches

Weight: a hefty 150 pounds

Efficiency: 82 percent

Price: $1,061.31

What Buyers Say

There is just one five star review for this pool heater at the time of writing this. In the Q & A section, there are some important notes given, such as you will need a ¾-inch gas line for the installation. If you do not have gas service, you cannot use this unit. The heat exchanger material is made of copper, which is a good conductor. You can also check with the manufacturer as to whether this can be changed to run on propane. One customer said yes, but it is always wise to check first with the manufacturer and a professional. This is a very good heating unit to use if you have the budget for it.

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Water Maintenance – Shock Your Pool

It is so important to take care of your pool water on a regular schedule. A major part of supporting healthy clear water is to shock your pool. Your water needs to have a balance of chlorine, pH, and alkalinity, especially if you are warming your water with a pool heater. If you lapse on controlling your pool water’s needed mixture, your swimming water will begin growing algae and turn green and cloudy.

Shocking a pool entails adding excess chlorine to sanitize the water, killing any bacteria and getting rid of contaminants. If your water is turning cloudy, then it is time to get this done. You must first know the size and volume of your pool to get ready for this procedure. If you have 10,000 gallons of water (volume) in your pool, then you will need one or two pounds of shock.

First, measure the water’s pH, which should be between 7.2 to 7.6, with alkalinity between 80 and 120 parts per million (ppm). Should you find that you have a measure of total alkalinity (TA), a major out-of-balance situation, then you need to get it back down to the measure given earlier. Add Muriatic Acid, based on your volume, and then let your water “air out” or aerate naturally, without using any spa jets, air compressors, or other active procedures that need forced water movement. If in doubt of what to do, call a pool professional to help you with this.

If you have been using a pool heater, turn it off and get the temperature down to the level it normally would be without the heater. Do not use your solar cover either. Right before applying the shock treatment, make sure that you clear any leaves and other debris out of the pool beforehand. If there have been heavy rains, then drain the water until it reaches its regular level in the pool.

Make sure your pool water is at its regular level in the pool, then prepare your shock treatment, which can be chlorine or a non-chlorine product. In some cases, you may need to mix your treatment with warm water to fully dissolve it. Fill your container with the warm water and add treatment a bit at a time and stir it as you go. Usually a bucket with five gallons of warm water will work.

Walk around the pool edge while evenly distributing the shock treatment until you have none left. Next, you run your filtration pool pump for 24 hours to get rid of the pool’s contaminants by passing that water out of your pool’s system. It also cleans the pool pump as well.

If using a chlorine-based treatment, wait at least eight hours before getting into the pool. The chlorine concentration should be 3 ppm or less, before you get in. Beware; a high chlorine content can be dangerous to your health. If you have sensitivities to chemicals, try a non-chlorine product. If you use a non-chlorine treatment, you only need 15 minutes to wait before getting in to the pool water.

Ideally, it is best to shock the pool in the evening hours, when there is little to no sunshine left, otherwise direct sun will reduce your chlorine treatment’s effectiveness. DO NOT run your pool’s heating system until after the pool pump has run for 24 hours. You may have to disconnect it to avoid any chances of heating up, such as with solar heating systems.

How Often to Shock Your Pool

If you are swimming daily and if other people are swimming in the pool too, then you may want to do this treatment once a week. Otherwise, every two weeks will work fine. Using heating systems for warmer water, means you must do this at least every two weeks, or sooner. You can regularly test your water to see how its composition changes over time while using the heating system.

Free chlorine is the standard term for what should be in your pool and the measure should be a constant 3 ppm to keep your pool water clean. The combined chlorine (chloamine) is a measure of a combination, aside from free chlorine, of other properties that get into the pool water, such as body oils, sweat, urine, suntan lotions, and other undesired properties. When the combined chlorine measure is high, then free chlorine has less of a chance to keep your water clean.

The total chlorine measure is a combination of both free chlorine and combined chlorine properties. Develop a regular schedule of testing the water to keep up with any problems that are developing, particularly if you use a heating system on a regular basis.

Use a Professional Water Testing Kit

You can find several professional water testing kits, either at your local big box store or on Amazon, that will help greatly in getting all the right measurements you need to know what steps you must take next.

If you are new to managing your pool water, have a professional pool person come in for the first time or two, and learn from them how to do it yourself. You can check prices for pool maintenance schedules done by pool professionals, if you have little time to spend on this yourself.  Whichever way you decide, you must set up a regular schedule to avoid unhealthy situations, especially when using pool heaters.

Between using your pool heater of choice and conducting regular water maintenance procedures, you will enjoy using your pool for a long time to come.

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Best Solar Pool Cover | Best4YourHome’s Guide To The Top Solar Pool Covers

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Looking for a way to affordably maintain warmer pool temperatures? This guide helps you find the best solar pool cover on the market right now.

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There is nothing more refreshing than taking a dip in a nice, cool swimming pool after a long, hot summer day. Although a cool swimming pool can be a relief on the hottest summer days, taking a dive in cold swimming pool water is uncomfortable, and it can even be dangerous. A chilly swimming pool can lead to many complications for swimmers. Even during the warmest months of the year, the temperature of a backyard swimming pool may only reach up to 75 degrees. Although that may seem warm enough, 75 degrees is actually too cold for swimming according to most people. 75 degrees is a fairly warm air temperature, but our bodies react differently to the temperature in regards to water.

Because of the risks associated with swimming in chilly water, it is important to control the temperature of your swimming pool in order to prevent it from getting too cold or too hot. The best temperature for swimming largely depends on the age, weight, and body type of each particular swimmer. Swimmers from colder climates may be able to withstand cooler temperatures than those who are used to warmer temperatures.

Swimming in chilly water can be detrimental to the health of babies, children, and elderly swimmers, who require a water temperature ranging from 82 to 86 degrees for safe swimming. Pregnant women also have special water temperature requirements. The suggested water temperature for pregnant swimmers is between 78 and 84 degrees. Swimmers with larger body types are another group that requires warmer water temperatures. The best water temperature for individuals of larger body types ranges between 80 and 86 degrees.

Your level of activity as a swimmer also plays a role in determining a safe water temperature. For example, high energy activities, such as swimming laps and racing, require temperatures ranging from 78 to 82 degrees. While low energy swimming pool activities such as wading or floating require higher water temperatures.

The High Risks of Cold Swimming

There are many risks associated with swimming in water that is too cold. The biggest risks include cold shock, hypothermia, and hyperthermia. Cold shock and hypothermia occur when your body experiences an unexpected drop in overall temperature. These illnesses can occur once water temperatures reach below 70 degrees. Even water temperatures above 70 degrees can be dangerous for swimmers whose bodies are not acclimated to colder temperatures. Longer swimming sessions can also result in a drop in overall body temperature.

Many people falsely believe that either increasing the intensity of your swimming or remaining outside for a longer period of time can reduce the risks of cold shock and hypothermia. However, purposefully trying to raise your body temperature can lead to the risk of hyperthermia, which occurs when the body overheats and is unable to cool itself.

Luckily, there are many options available for avoiding these risks and maintaining the temperature of your backyard swimming pool. One of the easiest, most affordable options is a solar pool cover. Solar pool covers are great for swimming pool owners who are searching for a low cost, yet high value method for heating their swimming pool. Also known as a solar blanket, a pool solar cover is a large sheet of plastic that works by trapping heat beneath its surface to increase your swimming pool’s water temperature.

Water evaporation causes 75% of all swimming pool heat loss. Pool covers provide a barrier that keeps evaporated water molecules from escaping into the air, which results in a loss of heat from the swimming pool’s water. Solar pool covers are available in a variety of different colors, sizes, and levels of thickness. Choosing the best solar pool cover for you will depend on your own personal needs and preferences.

Solar pool covers are arguably the most energy efficient and budget friendly swimming pool heating option. The best solar pool cover can reduce the cost of heating your swimming pool by up to 70%. Although the price of a pool solar cover differs based on factors such as the size of your swimming pool and the thickness of the pool solar cover, they are generally very affordable. Most solar pool covers will cost you between $20-$300. This is relatively cheap compared to the cost of purchasing a swimming pool heater, which can cost anywhere from $1,000-$5,000. A high quality solar pool cover can last for up to three years, which makes investing in a good pool solar cover a rewarding option.

Finding the Best Solar Pool Cover: Different Types to Consider

Pool solar covers are available in a variety of different sizes, thicknesses, and colors. The type of solar pool cover that you choose is largely dependent on how warm you want your swimming pool to be. Some of the thickest solar pool covers on the market can increase the temperature of your swimming pool by up to 15 degrees. However, if you simply want to increase the water temperature of your swimming pool by a few degrees, then a lightweight pool cover will be best for you.

There are a few types of solar pool covers that use different methods for heat retention:

Straight Line Vinyl Pool Covers

Straight line vinyl pool solar covers are large sheets of vinyl that float on the surface of your swimming pool. This type of pool solar cover inhibits evaporation and traps heat beneath its surface. This results in a warmer swimming pool for an extended period of time.

Insulated Vinyl Pool Covers

Insulated vinyl pool covers use a different method for trapping heat. This type of solar pool cover consists of multiple vinyl layers that are joined together by air pockets. Insulated vinyl pool covers stop heat from transferring from your pool to the air.

Pool Bubble Covers

This type of pool cover looks like a giant sheet of bubble wrap. With pool bubble covers, heat is trapped within the bubbles. The bubbles then transfer this heat to the water. The bubbles keep the heat from escaping into the atmosphere. Many of the swimming pool solar covers on our list our pool bubble covers.

Liquid Solar Pool Covers

Liquid solar pool covers are a new option for swimming pool owners who are looking to heat up their swimming pools. Using this liquid to cover your pool works through the use of a dispenser of non-toxic chemical that floats on the surface of your pool. The chemical in this option is supposed to be able to trap heat from the sun.

The Best Solar Pool Cover for Your Swimming Pool

There are many factors to consider when it comes to purchasing a pool solar cover. One of the biggest concerns of swimming pool owners purchasing solar pool covers for the first time is finding a pool cover based on the specific type of pool that they own. There are solar covers for inground pools and solar covers for above ground pools. Although some pool covers work best with certain pool types, there are also many solar pool covers that work for both.

Solar covers usually come in either a circular or rectangular shape. If you are purchasing a solar cover for an above ground pool, it is likely you will be purchasing a round solar pool cover. No matter the shape you decide to purchase, it is important to purchase a pool cover that is large enough to cover most of the surface of your swimming pool. A wide majority of swimming pool covers can be trimmed with scissors in order to fit any pool shape. So, it’s better to go bigger than smaller.

When it comes to color, you will most likely be deciding between a transparent or a tinted solar pool cover. Some people argue that a transparent solar pool cover can be more effective than a tinted one. Those who prefer transparent pool covers argue that tinted pool covers lower the temperature of your swimming pool in the same way that tinted windows can keep the temperature lower in a car.

Although some people believe that sunlight is more easily absorbed through transparent surfaces, others argue that tinted solar pool covers absorb more heat. The arguments for transparent and tinted pool covers are both valid, and for many pool owners, the chosen color comes down to personal color preferences.

Determining the level of thickness that the best solar pool cover for you should have depends on your own personal temperature preferences, For an extremely well insulated swimming pool you will need a thicker solar cover. Thick pool covers tend to have large bubbles underneath. Although thicker pool solar covers provide maximum insulation, they are heavier and more difficult to move around. For individuals who do not want the hassle of moving around a heavy solar pool cover, a lightweight cover may be a better option. For most people, thick solar pool covers work best with inground swimming pools.

The Best Solar Pool Cover: Our List

Now that you have learned more about the basics of solar pool covers, it is time to find the best solar pool cover for your swimming pool. You will want to keep in mind the level of heat you would like for your swimming pool to retain, your budget, and the size that you will need to adequately cover your pool. To make this process easier, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite solar pool covers on the market. These pool covers are top of the line and there are options that fit all types of swimming pools and shopping budgets.

1. Intex Solar Cover for Easy Set and Frame Poolsbest solar pool cover

This Intex Solar Cover is perfect for medium-sized, above ground pools. This straight line solar pool cover is circular shaped and made of tough PVC plastic. The Intex Solar Cover for Easy Set and Frame Pools is perfect for those who are searching for a pool solar cover that is dependable and affordable.

This solar pool cover is top of the line when it comes to solar heat retention. The Intex Solar Cover maintains a consistent water heat by reducing water evaporation by up to 95 percent. This solar pool cover collects the sun’s heat by trapping it in the water.  The Intex Solar Cover is made for 15 foot round swimming pools. It is available in the color blue.

This Intex Solar Cover is made of the tough PVC plastic that keeps your pool free from debris. This material is made to last throughout multiple swimming seasons. The Intex Solar Cover can last for up to two seasons under the summer sun. If a durable, affordable pool cover is what you have in mind, then the Intex Solar Cover is the best option for you.

The Intex Solar Cover is thin for those who want a modest increase in water temperature. The Intex Solar Cover can increase the temperature of your swimming pool by up to 10 degrees. At a weight of around 5.8 pounds, the Intex Solar Cover is lightweight and easy to place and remove. The pool cover fits slightly inside the edge of your swimming pool as it floats in place. When you’re not using your Intex Solar Cover, you can store it away in the accompanying storage bag that comes with the pool cover.

This solar pool cover is available in multiple sizes ranging from 10-18 feet in diameter. This solar pool cover can be purchased on Amazon for prices ranging between $20-$40.

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2. Sun2Solar Blue Rectangle Solar Coversolar pool covers

If you’re looking for an attractive, water-efficient swimming pool heating option, then the Sun2Solar Blue Rectangle Solar Cover is one of the best solar pool cover options for you. The Sun2Solar Blue Rectangle Solar Cover is a visually appealing, blue pool bubble cover. These solar blankets use tiny bubbles to trap heat and warm the water in your swimming pool. The Sun2Solar Blue Rectangle Solar Cover even retains heat at night and on chilly, overcast days.

This solar pool cover’s ability to maintain its retained solar temperature for long periods of time makes it a very economical choice for swimming pool owners. This pool cover can be left on overnight to protect your swimming pool from debris and the cool, night air. The protective features of this swimming pool cover mean that you won’t have to refill your swimming pool as often as you normally would. This saves you money on your overall water and energy costs.

Although the Sun2Solar Blue Rectangle Solar Cover uses bubbles to retain heat it also minimizes water evaporation in the same way that straight line vinyl pool cover does to increase your swimming pool’s temperature. Sun2Solar’s Blue Rectangle Solar Cover can prevent up to 95% of swimming pool water evaporation. This reduced level of evaporation can save you money on water and energy costs by decreasing the frequency at which you need to fill up your swimming pool.

This swimming pool cover can be trimmed with scissors to easily fit most swimming pools. When trimming, always be sure to keep the side with the bubbles facing down. Trimming the Sun2Solar Blue Rectangle Solar Cover will not affect its warranty.

While this may not be the best solar pool cover for anyone who is on a tight budget, the Sun2Solar Blue Rectangle Solar Cover is well worth the investment if you can swing it. It can be purchased on Amazon for around $94.

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3. In The Swim Rectangle Swimming Pool Solar Blanket Coverpool solar cover

In The Swim’s Rectangle Swimming Pool Solar blanket is one of the best solar pool covers on the market. If you’re searching for a dependable pool solar cover with an average level of thickness, then this is a great choice for you. In The Swim’s Rectangle Swimming Pool Solar Cover has a thickness of 12 mils. This is a perfect middle ground when it comes to solar pool covers. This solar pool cover provides superb heat retention, without the bulk of a thicker solar pool cover.

This solar pool cover provides insulation for your swimming pool through the use of thousands of micro bubbles. These bubbles provide an even distribution of heat throughout the swimming pool. These swimming pool covers retain a comfortable, safe water temperature for your swimming pool. Within just a few weeks of use, this solar pool cover can increase your swimming pool’s water temperature by up to 15 degrees.

In The Swim’s Rectangle Swimming Pool Solar Blanket Cover comes pre-shaped, but it can easily be trimmed to suit a variety of swimming pool shapes. You can purchase a 16 x 32-foot pool cover by In The Swim on Amazon for $88.

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4. Intex Solar Cover for Rectangular Frame Poolssolar cover for above ground pool

Another one of Intex’s budget friendly, top of the line swimming pool solar covers makes our list. If you are on a tight budget, but still want the advantages of using a pool solar cover, then this solar swimming pool cover should be at the top of your shopping list.

This pool solar cover by Intex is made for rectangular frame swimming pools. The Intex Solar Cover for Rectangular Frame Pools is made of a durable 160-micron material that protects your swimming pool from unwanted objects and retains the heat of your swimming pool’s water. With advanced heat retention abilities, this Intex Solar Cover distributes heat evenly throughout your swimming pool.

This durable swimming pool cover is able to withstand a variety of weather conditions. It is built to last for multiple summer seasons. The surface of this solar pool cover features heat retaining bubbles that keep the pool cover floating while in use and evenly distribute heat.

This solar pool cover is also designed with holes that provide ventilation. This design is perfect for swimming pool owners who live in rainy climates. The solar cover’s holes allow rainwater to pass through rather than creating puddles on top of the pool cover. This increases the lifespan of the Intex Solar Cover for Rectangular Frame Pools by preventing the damage that can be caused by the weight of heavy rain puddles on top of the pool cover.

Not only is this solar pool cover strategically designed, it is also affordable. This pool cover is available for a little more than $26. When it comes to affordability, the Intex Solar Cover for Rectangular Frame Pools is arguably the best solar pool cover.

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5. Harris Rectangle Solar Coversolar covers for inground pools

Although it is one of the pricier swimming pool covers on our list, the Harris Rectangle Solar Cover provides an excellent value when it comes to heating your swimming pool. For those who are searching for a pool solar cover that can provide maximum heat retention without the cost of a swimming pool heater, the Harris Rectangle Solar Cover is the best solar pool cover on the market.

This rectangular solar pool cover has the ability to increase your swimming pool’s water temperature by up to 15 degrees. In many cases, you would have to purchase an expensive swimming pool heater that would drive up your energy costs in order to increase your water temperature by this amount. This fact alone makes the Harris Rectangle Solar Cover and incredible value for swimming pool temperature control.

This swimming pool cover is quite large in size, which makes for many advantages. The heavy weight of this pool solar cover helps it to reduce water evaporation by up to 90 percent. This keeps your swimming pool comfortably warm and leads to savings on chemicals such as chlorine. This pool cover’s heaviness also helps to prevent the pool cover from being disturbed by strong winds or other elements. Finally, the large size makes it an excellent value for owners of large swimming pools.

This swimming pool solar cover is available in multiple sizes ranging from 12 x 18 feet to 20 by 40 feet. It is easy to trim to meet the needs of your swimming pool. Prices for this swimming pool cover range from $59.99 to $134.99 on Amazon.

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6. Harris 24 ft. Round Solar Coveroutdoor pool solar cover

Swimming pool solar covers by Harris are known for providing an excellent value to owners of large swimming pools. If you have a large, round swimming pool, then the Harris 24 ft. Round Solar Cover is the best solar pool cover for you. This is an excellent solar cover for above ground pools. This swimming pool cover is made from a high quality material that is lightweight. This makes the Harris Round Solar Cover easier to place and remove from your swimming pool. The lightweight design also keeps the swimming pool cover from sinking. This solar cover is a great option for anyone who is looking for a full coverage option for reducing the water evaporation from your swimming pool.

The heat retention technology of the Harris 24 ft. Round Solar Cover can increase your swimming pool’s water temperature by up to 15 degrees. This pool solar cover absorbs heat quickly and is able to retain it for an extended period of time. This pool solar cover allows for optimal penetration of the sun’s UV rays.

This round solar swimming pool cover is both flexible and durable. It is lightweight and easy to handle, while also being durable and built to last for multiple summer seasons.

Although Harris’s solar swimming pool covers can be on the more expensive side, their water heating abilities are unmatched by other solar pool covers. If you are searching for a solar cover that can provide maximum heating to your swimming pool, then investing in a Harris Round Solar Cover is a great idea. Get yours on Amazon for $124.99.

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7. In The Swim 8 Mil Swimming Pool Solar Blanket (24 ft. Round)outdoor solar pool covers

If In The Swim’s Rectangle Swimming Pool Solar Blanket Cover caught your eye, but you own a round pool, then you’ll be happy to know that In The Swim also offers a pool solar blanket to round swimming pools. This pool solar cover can be trimmed to fit a variety of swimming pool shapes including oval, kidney, and other irregularly shaped swimming pools.

In The Swim’s 8 Mil Swimming Pool Solar Blanket has many of the same economically and environmentally features as it 12 Mil Rectangle option. This pool solar cover has a thickness of 8 mils and uses tiny air bubbles and reinforced flat seams to provide insulation for your swimming pool. These features work together to transfer the sun’s heat to your swimming pool’s water. This pool cover minimizes evaporation, which keeps your swimming pool pleasantly warm and reduces the number of chemicals that you need to use in your pool. This swimming pool cover has a weight of 28 pounds. This is perfect for swimming pool owners who live in climates that commonly face strong winds.

If you’re looking for a durable swimming pool cover by a trusted brand, then this is the best solar pool cover for you. In The Swim’s 8 Mil Swimming Pool Solar Blanket is available on Amazon for $69.99.

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7 Best Kiddie Pools | The Ultimate Guide To The Best Pools For Kids

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If you’re looking for the best kiddie pools for your child available on the market in 2018, you’ve come to the right place. In this ultimate guide to the best pools for kids, we go over our 7 favorite inflatable kiddie pools—one of more of which your child is sure to love. You’ll be able to see our rankings and how each kiddie pool stacks up against one another.

Also, along the way you will learn how to take care of your kiddie pool to ensure it lasts for a long time without needing to be replaced, including where to place your kiddie pool and much more. Most importantly, however, you will be able to see how valuable each one is to you personally as we break each one down by various factors, including:

  • Price
  • Design
  • Size
  • Comfort
  • Extra features
  • Ease of installation and use
  • Durability

We combine all factors listed above to provide an overall recommendation.  You can check out our quick-view list below:

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While all seven options on this list are fantastic, no two inflatable kiddie pools are the same. Allow us to highlight what makes each one great and then rank them accordingly for you to quickly and easily review. Ultimately, you will learn how to make the best possible kiddie pool decision to help your child get outside and have fun. But first…

Why Is Having a Quality Kiddie Pool Important?

Unlike large adult swimming pools, which are expensive and dangerous for children, kiddie pools are a great way to introduce your child to water. That way, when they are older, they will have a head start on knowing how to properly swim and have fun in a pool.

It is possible to teach your child to swim in a large adult swimming pool, but it can be more dangerous to do so. It can also be intimidating to the child. With a kiddie pool, however, your child will be safer and feel more comfortable. Also, kiddie pools are relatively inexpensive. While an in-ground swimming pool can cost upwards of $20,000 thousand dollars to install. Rest assured, the best kiddie pools cost under one hundred dollars.

Related: Best Pool Cleaner

Even if you currently have an adult swimming pool at your house, your child will still love having a child kiddie pool. As previously mentioned, large adult swimming pools can be very dangerous and intimidating to a young child, and they, in most cases, feel far more comfortable in a smaller kiddie pool. Not only will a kiddie pool help keep kids safe, but it will also help them have more fun in the water as they won’t be as scared. Allowing children to gain experience in a kiddie pool before moving on to an adult sized pool is a great option. It lets your child have fun in the water at a young age while gaining confidence in their ability to swim and be around water safely.

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What Ages Are Kiddie Pools Suitable For?

Most kiddie pools are designed for children two or younger. However, every kiddie pool is different and some, which we will show you in this guide, are suitable for children up to age five.

To determine if your child is too old for a kiddie pool, you should consider both the size and weight capacity of the pool. For example, if your child is far less than one hundred pounds and the kiddie pool in question has a weight capacity of one hundred and fifty pounds and is large enough for him to move around and have fun, then your child shouldn’t have any problem with the kiddie pool. With that said, if you plan to use the kiddie pool for two children at the same time, then you might want to find one with a larger size and capacity for weight.

The larger your child is, the larger the kiddie pool should be. However, a large kiddie pool may be too big for your child if your child is under two years of age. In many cases, children under the age of two prefer smaller kiddie pools as it helps them feel secure and they may become overwhelmed when placed in a larger kiddie pool that is not recommended for children under the age of two.

What Makes a Kiddie Pool Great?

If you’ve never used a kiddie pool with your children before, then you are probably skeptical and asking yourself if your child will enjoy it. The short answer is, more than likely, yes. However, the longer answer is: it depends on the kiddie pool you are using.

In order to choose the right kiddie pool for your child, you need to find out not what you think would be good for him, but instead what he actually wants. If your child is more creative and enjoys shiny, cool toys, then the design will matter more than anything else. However, if your child is more active and cares more about having space to play and move around, the size and additional features may matter more.

Regardless, determining the best kiddie pool for your child is extremely important. Otherwise, you run the risk of your child not enjoying the inflatable kiddie pool as much as they probably should. With that said, however, if you know how to choose the best kiddie pool for your child, you will get to see your son or daughter have fun playing and learn to be around water at a young age.

While this guide does not specifically address reviews and ease of installation, these are important factors to consider when choosing the best kiddie pool for your child. If a kiddie pool has poor reviews, which none that we will present will have, you should be skeptical of purchasing. Also, if you don’t feel like taking several days to properly install the kiddie pool, you should stay away from kiddie pools that require highly complex installations.

How to Take Care of Your Kiddie Pool

Taking care of your child’s kiddie pool is also very important. Otherwise, you risk having the pool float begin to deflate faster than it should and need replacement long before it is due. While some inflatable kiddie pools are more durable by nature than others, there are certain preventive techniques you can, and should, do to ensure longevity with your child’s kiddie pool.

First and foremost, you should keep your child’s kiddie pool put up and out of harm’s way when it is not in use. If you have extra space in your garage, a storage shed, or a pool equipment room, you can easily pick up and place the kiddie pool in there. This keeps it out of bad weather and away from harmful UV rays that’ll only damage your kiddie pool.

Related: Best Pool Floats

Also, it is highly beneficial to clean your float once or twice a month. While it may seem counter-intuitive, cleaning your inflatable pool keeps dirt and nasty particles from it. No one wants their child playing in a dirty pool float. Cleaning your kiddie pool regularly can also keep harmful chemicals from fading the color if you plan to place the kiddie pool around a pool that uses chlorine or any other form of pool chemicals.

With that said, if you keep your child’s pool float put up when not in use and clean it once or twice a month, you should ensure its longevity. That way, your child can enjoy it for years to come.

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Where to Use Your Kiddie Pool?

Technically, you can place your child’s kiddie pool just about anywhere and it will work. However, there are some recommended guidelines to follow to make sure your child gets the most out of the experience and the float lasts for a long time without going flat and needing to be replaced.

The most important thing to keep in mind when determining where to place your child’s new kiddie pool is to keep it away from anything that can put a hole in it, such as a place where you’ve recently used nails. Or, a deck that is used for cooking out and other activities.

Also, if you have a full-size pool at your home, then you should try to keep the kiddie pool away from the adult pool as much as possible. By doing so, you can minimize the risk of your child attempting to migrate over to the big pool, which as we all know can turn disastrous.

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Lastly, be sure to keep your child’s kiddie pool away from any steep hills, unsturdy decks or any other potentially dangerous areas. Preferably, it is best to keep your child’s kiddy pool on a clean surface area either on cement or in low cut grass.

Ranking and Reviewing the Best Kiddie Pools in 2018

Without further ado, let’s reveal the details of the seven best kiddie pools on the market right now. For each kiddie pool, we will give a detailed explanation of what makes it unique.

Here are the eight factors that look at with each kiddie pool: price, design, size, comfort, additional features, ease of installation and use, durability, and an overall combination of all factors. All these inflatable kiddie pools have their own strengths, many of them also have their own limitations and drawbacks. Instead of ignoring these weaknesses, we will highlight them as well. That way, you can make the most informed kiddie pool purchasing decision possible.

While reviews aren’t specifically discussed, we will take the reviews and overall customer satisfaction into account. Also, making note of the quality and quantity of reviews when it is relevant to do so.

1. Step2 Play and Shade Poolinflatable kiddie pool

The Step2 Play and Shade Pool is perfect for children under the age of two who enjoy being in the water and don’t require much space to move around. Due to specific features designed for children under the age of two, and the additional umbrella that comes with it, it is a fantastic option that young children are sure to love.

Price

The Step2 Play and Shade Pool is the second most expensive kiddie pool on this guide, but the price doesn’t come without quality. With this kiddie pool, your children under the age of two will have an exciting learning experience as they explore and learn how to be around water the right, safe way.

Design

Although the design seems basic, it is the features that make this kiddie pool so appealing. We will go into depth on that in just a second. Another great part about the construction of this kiddie pool is the ease for young children to get in and out of it safely.

Size

The dimensions of the Step2 Play and Shade Pool are 37.5” in length x 37.5” in width. While some may see the smaller size as a con, it could be a pro for really young and small children. Larger kiddie pools can be intimidating to tiny tots. As a result, this is the perfect size for young children to adjust to the feeling of being in a pool.

Comfort

Although it isn’t inflatable, which means the surface will be harder, this kiddie pool is very comfortable for young children due to the molded-in seats. Unlike most kiddie pools, the Step2 Play and Shade Pool offers a seat designed into it for kids to comfortably sit on.

Features

As previously mentioned, the coolest feature is the molded-in seats that allow young children to sit down and play in the water in a comfortable manner. This kiddie pool also comes with an umbrella, three funnel cups and a spinning wheel that easily attaches to the umbrella post.

Ease of Use

Because the Step2 Play and Shade Pool isn’t inflatable, it comes ready to use right out of the box. It may take some time to attach the umbrella and all the other cool features, but this kiddie pool can still be ready to go for your child within minutes.

Durability

Because it isn’t inflatable, you won’t have to worry about holes deflating this kiddie pool and ruining a fun afternoon in the sun. Due to this, the Step2 Play and Shade Pool is ranked the most durable kiddie pool on this guide to the best inflatable pools for kids.

Overall

Overall, this is a fantastic, reliable kiddie pool for children under the age of two. With that said, it may not be big enough for children over the age of two and therefore isn’t a realistic and practical option for them. However, this is a great kiddie pool for really young children.

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2. Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable PoolBest inflatable kiddie pool

While the Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool doesn’t stand out with a ton of crazy features or an extravagant design, it is a very reliable inflatable kiddie pool. It is sure to provide your child with plenty of room to play. Plus, it is arguably the most practical kiddie pool on this list.

Price

This kiddie pool is reasonably priced at $30.99. It’s very rare to find an inflatable pool of this size and quality for such a low price. While there are kiddie pools with more features, they are higher in price. There are also inflatable kiddie pools at lower price points, but we don’t think they offer the same quality as the Intex Swim Center. The Intex Swim center is the best of both worlds.

Design

The Intex Swim Center doesn’t have an extravagant design, but it is well constructed to provide for ample amount of space. Plus, it looks very attractive to children with a cool dark and light blue color scheme. This kiddie pool is an excellent choice for children learning how to interact in the water.

Size

This kiddie pool is the second largest on this guide. It is 122” in length by 72” in width, which allows children to move around and have fun. It is also 22” in height, which is tall enough to keep the water in but not so tall that it poses increased dangers to children.

Comfort

If you’re looking for affordable comfort, this is one of the best kiddie pools for your child. Its inflatable design allows for a soft bottom, so your child doesn’t’ have to worry about banging their leg or getting scraped against a hard surface.

Features

The only drawback of the Intex Swim Center is that it isn’t rich in fascinating features. Still, it is absolutely perfect for any child who is simply adjusting to the water and doesn’t care about additional features, it isn’t as good of an option for children who want to play in various ways.

Ease of Use

The Intex Swim Center is arguably the easiest kiddie pool to install and use. It comes with three air chambers, each with double intake and free flow exhaust valves and a drain plug to easily drain the pool and store it when finished using it.

Durability

As one of the more durable kiddie pools available in 2018, the Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool should last for a long time. But, only if you properly protect it from harmful weather, potentially dangerous tools, and harmful water chemicals. This kiddie pool has 1,321 reviews, most of which are good, for a reason.

Overall

Overall, this is the best kiddie pool you can buy when considering both price and quality. If price isn’t an issue, then you may be able to find a kiddie pool, which we will show you some options in just a second, that are richer in features and overall quality. However, this inflatable kiddie pool offers quality at a very affordable price.

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3. Intex Kiddie Pool – Kid’s Summer Sunset Glow Designbest kiddie pool for summer

Intex is one of the more popular kiddie pool brands, and this is one the better Intex kiddie pools available on the market today. Similar to Intex Swim Center Inflatable Pool, this isn’t a pool rich in cool features, but it is a great deal when considering both the quality and the price.

Price

This Intex Kiddie Pool is the most affordable kiddie pool on this list and one of the most affordable in general. At the low price of $14.25, you will get a great deal with this kiddie pool. Unlike most that are available at such a low price, the Intex Kiddie Pool is of great quality.

Design

The coolest part of the design is the three colorful rings. While this inflatable pool may seem basic, it has a very inviting construction to children. Due to its colorful, unique design, your child will love spending time in the Intex Kiddie Pool.

Size

The Intex Kiddie Pool is 58” by 13.” This isn’t huge, and it won’t support multiple children at once. But, it is a great option for children under the age of two who are looking to learn what it’s like to be in and around the water. Due to its smaller size, you can feel comfortable knowing your child is safer.

Comfort

This is one of the more comfortable options available today. With its inflatable vinyl construction, it is very soft for young children to sit on for extended amounts of time without getting scraped, bruised or banged up by a hard surface.

Features

The main reason this inflatable pool for kids is so inexpensive is because of the lack of extravagant features. With that said, it does have a 12” wall of colorful, attractive rings that invite children into a fun experience in the water.

Ease of Use

The Intex Kiddie Pool is one of the easiest floats to inflate and is extremely easy for children to get in and out of and enjoy. Due to its smaller size, this unique inflatable kiddie pool is also easy to drain and store. Storing it properly ensures it lasts for a long time without wearing down.

Durability

In many cases, low price means low durability. However, that is not the case with the Intex Kiddie Pool. Instead, you are sure to get a great, long lasting kiddie pool with this purchase. It has over 800 reviews that are mostly positive, which suggests there is little reason to doubt the quality.

Overall

While the Intex Swim Center takes the number one ranking in this guide, the Intex Kiddie Pool isn’t far behind. The combination of quality, practicality and affordability makes this the best kiddie pool for children under the age of two. While it may be a little dull for older children, very young kids are sure to love how easy this kiddie pool is to use.

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4. Homelux Dinoland Play Centerbest kiddie pool review

If your child likes cool features and unique, large designs, then they will love this very interesting dinosaur-themed kiddie pool. The Intex Dinoland Play Center has a more interesting design, more features, and more room to play than any other pool on this list.

Price

Quality doesn’t come without a cost. While the Intex Dinoland Play Center, which is available anywhere from $62 to $114 dollars, is by far more expensive than all other floats on this list. Still, we believe it is worth the cost when considering the size, features and durability of this very unique inflatable kiddie pool.

Design

As previously mentioned, the Intex Dinoland Play Center has the most interesting design. It is much larger and taller than almost every kiddie pool available on the market. Plus, it comes with inflatable animals and trees which make for a very friendly environment for children.

Size

The Intex Dinoland Play Center is 131” in length, 90” in width and 44” in height. To put this into perspective, it is taller than every child under the age of two and can fit and hold multiple children at once.

Comfort

Although the Intex dinoland Play Center isn’t the type of kiddie pool that children usually sit down and relax in, it can comfortably be used for that purpose if desired. The main function of this cool kiddie pool is to provide a fun, entertaining atmosphere for young children. Additionally, it has a very comfortable sitting surface if your child would rather just sit in the water and cool off.

Features

This kiddie pool has an extensive list of cool features, including a soft slide, landing pad and dino-arch water spray that easily attaches to a water hose. It also comes with some cool inflatable dinosaur animals to surround the kiddie pool. Feel free to get creative and come up with fun games for your child to play because the Intex Dinoland Play Center allows for just about anything.

Ease of Use

Due to its complex design and numerous amounts of intriguing features, the Intex Dinoland Play Center can be challenging to inflate and get used to. There have also been problems with inflating the kiddie pool. However, once everything is set up and ready to go, your child can easily get in and out and have fun splashing around.

Durability

More space means more chances the kiddie pool gets a hole. In order to prevent this from happening, be sure to keep it on a flat surface away from anything that can potentially poke holes in the kiddie pool.

Overall

If price isn’t an issue, this is the best kiddie pool for children above the age of two. However, all the additional features and extravagant design can be far more than what is needed for children under the age of two.

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5. Sun Shade Inflatable Pool for Ages 2 Plusbest kiddie pool 2018

Another great Intex kiddie pool, the Sun Shade Inflatable Pool is the perfect water hangout spot for young children. With a neat design and some interestingly unique features, this kiddie pool is sure to get your child active outdoors on a hot summer day.

Price

The Sun Shade Inflatable Pool is the second least expensive kiddie pool on this list, which is surprising given all its cool features and extravagant design. At a low price of $24.68, this kiddie pool is a steal when considering the quality and uniqueness of the design.

Design

While the base of the sun shade inflatable pool is simple, it comes with an inflatable sun shade roof to keep your child from being exposed to the sun on hot days. Due to the unique design, your child can stay protected from the sun while still being outside in the water.

Size

This inflatable kiddie pool is 62” by 62” by 48”, which is large enough to comfortably fit and hold two children at once. Although it may seem rather large to children under the age of two, children over two years old are sure to love the extra space provided by this kiddie pool.

Comfort

Not only is the Sun Shade Inflatable Pool comfortable to sit in, but the sun shade roof provided along with the kiddie pool makes for an even more comfortable experience. It also features a comfortable side railing for children to lean against.

Features

The Sun Shade Inflatable Pool for Kids does not come with a lot of additional features other than the inflatable roof. However, it is still a great hangout spot for children to relax and enjoy the water. It can even be paired beside another inflatable kiddie pool, such as the Dinoland Play Center, to make it even more intriguing.

Ease of Use

This inflatable kiddie pool is extremely easy to set up and use. It comes with a drain plug and a repair to make deflating it for storage very easy. Also, it has a 74-gallon capacity, so you don’t have to worry about it suddenly deflating without warning.

Durability

The Sun Shade Inflatable Pool for Ages 2 Plus has over 800 great reviews, in large part due to its durability. Because it isn’t designed for heavy, intense activity, it should last you and your child at least a couple summers without becoming defective and needing to be replaced.

Overall

Overall, this is another fantastic kiddie pool designed by Intex. Although it doesn’t have a bunch of unique features, it is one of the better deals when considering both the price, durability and quality. Many children whose parents purchased this kiddie pool have thoroughly enjoyed it, and your child will likely love it as well.

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6. Intex Fantasy Castle Inflatable Play Centerinflatable kiddie pool 2018

This a child’s dream kiddie pool castle. It is rich in castle features, such as dragons, lance and shields, and, of course, a castle. Although it is ideal for children over the age of two, the Intex Fantasy Castle Inflatable Play Center is great for young children of any age.

Price

At first glance, you’d probably expect this extravagant looking kiddie pool to be much more expensive than other kiddie pools. However, this fantasy castle inflatable kiddie pool is very reasonably priced at $33.67. That’s a steal given the high quality and additional features.

Design

The design is the best part of this kiddie pool. When children play in the Intex Fantasy Castle, they can truly pretend they are in a real castle. While also getting the advantage of being outdoors and in the water. With its creative construction, your child is sure to love this really cool castle-themed kiddie pool.

Size

It’s a castle, so of course it is going to be larger than average! The Intex Fantasy Castle is 73” in length, 60” in width and 42” in height, which is much larger than the average kiddie pool. It also has a weight capacity of 178 pounds, so it can fit multiple small children without risking the pool deflating.

Comfort

Similar to the Dinoland Play Center, the Intex Fantasy Castle isn’t designed for comfort, but it just so happens to offer exactly that. The pool has a sprayer that children can sit under and enjoy the cooling water while relaxing in their water castle.

Features

The features of the Intex Fantasy Castle Inflatable Play Center include a built-in water sprayer, inflatable lance and shield, water slide, soft landing mat, drain plug and repair patch. In other words, it’s easy for children to find fun activities to do while splashing around in the Intex Fantasy Castle.

Ease of Use

Due to the massive amounts of unique features, installation and use can take some time to figure out. For children under the age of two, this kiddie pool might be a bit too much to take in and might be more well suited for a smaller kiddie pool. With that said, the more difficult installation is more than worth it for parents who have children over the age of two.

Durability

As with kiddie pool with a larger size and more features, this inflatable kiddie pool is at a higher risk of getting a hole or losing air. Therefore, it is important to keep it on a flat surface away from anything that could puncture a hole in the pool. The pool does come with a repair patch incase an accident occurs.

Overall

Overall, this is one of the most fun kiddie pools for children over the age of two. The castle-like design keeps things fun and creates an imaginative environment for children. There are few floats, if any, that offer the quality and features at such a reasonable price.

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7. Intex Dinosaur Play Centerbest kiddie pool

The Intex Dinosaur Play Center is a fun, interactive kiddie pool that is rich in cool features and has a very creative design. Although it might not be the best option for children younger than two, it is a great option for children over two years of age.

Price

At $51.99, the Intex Dinosaur Play Center is one of the more expensive kiddie pools on this guide to the best pools for kids. However, the price is understandable and reasonable when taking into consideration the features and overall quality of this unique kiddie pool.

Design

The design of the Intex Dinosaur Play Center is very advanced and is constructed for massive amounts of fun. It consists of cool artwork displayed on the colorful sides of the pool, including an inflatable shark and flowers. Plus, there’s a slide surrounding the play area.

Size

At 96” by 75,” this kiddie pool is the perfect size for some fun in the sun. It is large enough to easily hold multiple children at one time but not so large it becomes difficult to store when not in use.

Comfort

While it is constructed for children to play, slide and jump around in, it is also a comfortable kiddie pool for simply relaxing and enjoying a nice day outside. Children can play until they get tired, and then relax and catch their breath sitting comfortably in the nice, cool playing area.

Features

The features of the Intex Dinosaur Play Center include a landing mat for extra padding, a palm tree sprayer, and a waterfall. It also comes with a drain plug in the floor and a repair patch just in case an accident occurs.

Ease of Use

Since it is larger than the average kiddie pool, it is more difficult to install and get used to than many other kiddie pools. However, after the installation process is over, your child is sure to love their new, fun play center.

Durability

It is important to keep the Intex Dinosaur Play Center in an area where it won’t be exposed to harmful objects that may damage or puncture the inflatable pool. With that said, this kiddie pool has over 650 reviews, most of which are positive, in large part due to its quality of construction and durability.

Overall

For children over the age of two, you can’t go wrong with the Intex Dinosaur Play Center. However, it can be slightly dangerous and require more supervision for younger children as they may slip and fall on wet surfaces.

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Things to Remember

Well, there you have it. We feel confident that you will find all seven of these kiddie pools to be of high quality and make for great purchasing options. It’s important, however, that you pick the one that is best for your child’s own personal preference.

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Once again, the most important considerations to make are: the design, comfort, ease of use, durability, and available features. While price should certainly be a consideration when purchasing anything, you should also weigh the cost over time. In other words, simply because a float is cheaper doesn’t mean you will save money if you must replace it after one or two summers. Happy swimming!