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    Above-Ground Filters

    1. 2 years ago
      Great!!
      Using this for 4 weeks , bought and put on a 33 x 52 above ground that was on vacant for loses property for over 2 years. Water was a green swamp. Emptied half by vacuuming to waste all sludge. Filled and was still a green emerald pond with no bottom in sight. I hooked up this filter n pump, ran for two days straight , with in the swim start up chemical kit and pool was crystal clear and balanced ready to swim, 2 days!!!!!!! I would highly recommend. DE gives you the clearest pool and easy ... read more operation. Hayward is best brand by far for quality n dependability. I plan on keeping pump in shed during winter and therefore it will last years. Like my last one did at previously house. Best price from in the swim with fastest shipping. They can be beat in service. If thinking of buying hit check out already you won't be disappointed.
    2. 9 years ago
      Amazing
      This filter system is AMAZING. In just two hours our pool was clean and clear again, and it was GREEN!!!! Our old filter was just two years old and just didn't do the job. Our pool is 24 x 52. It only took my husband minutes to hook it up. Well worth them money!!!!!!
    3. 9 years ago
      Excellenct Investment
      We love this new pump and filter. Very easy to use. Much better design than our old "sand system". Our pool has never been clearer or stayed cleaner. Would highly recommend this product.
    1. 3 years ago
      Great pricing
      I liked that we could make four payments. They were very competitive in pricing.
    2. 7 years ago
      Can't Go Back
      After finally deciding my Hayward DE EC-40 filter purchased 20 years ago was done, I decided to purchase another. If I had never owned a Hayward filter I would have been satisified with the purchase. However, I was shocked at how cheaply made this product was as compared to the one purchased 20 years ago. First, there was no on/off switch. When I called In The Swim, Vicky said it doesn't have an off/on switch and you had to simply unplug it. When I asked if there was an ugrade she said "none of ... read more them have on/off switches". For $500 you would think they would include even a cheap switch. I am also surprised that in 20 years they haven't come up with a better way to connect the pieces. I followed the instruction of putting pipe sealant and then tightening the piece. However, when I started the filter it leaked as usual.And now the pieces is sealed into palce and cannot be removed. Nothing major but it would be nice. As I said, I am satisfied with the filter but it is true you can't go back.
    3. 1 decade ago
      Good Product
    1. 8 years ago
      great pump but hard to get off cover
      I purchased the easy clear star system 2009 and here it is 2010 and I cannot get the cover off the filter cartridge to clean the filter. I am very disappointed that Hayward would create such a difficult mechanism. The pump works great to keep the pool clean. Very happy with that. But when they say easy lok, that's what is it, but not easy off. I would not recommend this product.
    2. 4 years ago
      Excellent set up!!!
      I bought this system a couple weeks ago. I am so impressed with how fast it cleans my pool. It is very quiet and much nicer than I thought it would be. Love it!!
    3. 2 years ago
      simple
      the best filter system I have ever had hello the best
    1. 1 year ago
      Great sand pump, does the job well.
      Bbought this sand pump for my 9x16 pool. Works great!
    2. 2 years ago
      Perfect for the money.
      I should have bought this when I purchased the pool 4 years ago, this is the cleanest my pool has ever been, and no more buying those expensive filters !!
    3. 2 years ago
      Great product
      I bought this and I received it very fast. It was very easy to put together and it works great. I have an above ground pool..
    1. 4 years ago
      we are on are same filter for 20 years. what a great filter!
    2. 1 year ago
      I bought this last month for a pool that was so dirty you could not see the bottom. Took about 3 days , pool looks great and its very easy to back wash. Recommend.
    1. 2 years ago
      Holy Cow!
      I am not one to ever write a review, but I always read them before I buy anything. I have been dealing with a cloudy pool for 2 years now. I have spent hundreds of dollars in chemicals and wasted water. No matter what I did my pool was always cloudy. I completely disassembled, cleaned, and replace the sand in the sand filter twice and still a cloudy pool. I would shut the pump off for a couple of days and all the debris would settle to the bottom. I would then try to vacuum and the return ... read more would blow it right back into the pool. I tried to vacuum to waste and I have went through thousands of gallons of water. I was about to give up on ever having a clear pool again and then I stumbled across this thing called a DE filter. I hesitated for about 2 months and then I just decided to try it. 24 hours later my pool was just clear enough to see a pattern on the bottom. 48 hours later, the pool was clear. 72 hours later the pool was crystal clear. WHAT? HUH? Yes, CRYSTAL CLEAR. Can you give this product a 100 star. Why didn't I do this sooner?
    2. 9 years ago
      Excellent Purchase
      We bought this after getting a crack in our original DE filter. After some research, we noticed that our old pump could be applied to this Hayward filter and we know of people who have used Hayward and really liked it. The pump is working great, it shipped in no time at all, and I saved about $100 than if I were to buy the exact same one at a local pool supply store. But what really sold me was that I would be able to return it to In The Swim within 30 days if I found out it wouldn't work with ... read more my old pump, whereas the local store would not accept it if I tried it out. Way to go In The Swim!
    3. 4 years ago
      Very Effective filter
      I've owned DE filters in the past. Inherited a pool with a sand filter a few years ago. I changed the sand this summer but had continual algae and water clarity issues all year. Received this filter within 3 days after ordering. Easily hooked up. Water was post card clear within 24 hours. Great filter. One down side, the filter basket cover is a little difficult to open close because of the “jar cover” style. Other wise, like it very much.
    1. 3 years ago
      Good product with terrible instructions
      This is my second Hayward filter, luckily I had the spare filter and accessories to use as a reference, as the assembly instructions for the pump & filter were basically useless. There were a multitude of parts, with no clear way of identifying what went where. The filter system is a great product and I purchased the unit because of the quality for the money.
    2. 1 year ago
      Finally, no more cartridges!
      I bought this filter because I got sick and tired of replacing paper filter elements. This system works great for my 24' above ground pool. The six way valve allows for many options and cleaning the filter is a breeze. Plus, when I get too many leaves in the pool after a storm or end of season, I pull the baskets and vacuum right out of the filter through the waste line. I am really happy with this filter, it works great.
    3. 9 years ago
      clean, sparkling pool
      We have an old pool, about 10 yrs. old. The sand filter and pump were still working great but the top piece with the levers were failing. We couldn't backwash and the pool looked terrible. We tried to find just the top piece in our local pool shops--we tried 2 kinds but were unable to get a fit. So I called up " In the Swim" and they found the right one and sent it to us. They saved us money and time and a lot of headache. Now the whole system works (old and new-- all Hayward Pro Series) and the ... read more pool is beautifully clean.
    1. 2 years ago
      My pool turned green with the pump that I received with it. I have a 15ft above ground pool. Holds 4,000 gals of water. We drained it cleaned it and set it up again using this pump. The pump has a lot of pressure I can see it working to move the water and and filter it. Pools been crystal clear since I've been using this pump. I'm very happy with it
    2. 4 months ago
      Best Sand Filter for Intex Pools
      I love this filter. I moved to Fl. four years ago, bought a small Intex pool, then upgraded to the large rectangular pool. My pool is clear even through the winter months since we do not have to close it down. Yes, we can actually swim all year due to the filter working. I would highly recommend this filter. Love it!
    3. 6 years ago
      Intex Filter
      Good filter, works great with little maintenance. The only problem was I had to change the return in my pool and rig the skimmer so it would work as Intex doesn't sell the right adapters for 1 1/2 or 1 1/4 to Intex couplers. This seems designed for a pool with their adapters already in place. I made it work, but it took some doing and it works great now.
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    In The Swim Knowledge Pool: Above Ground Pool Filters

    In The Swim's Dr. Pool

    Filters for Above Ground Pools

    Above ground pool filters are the unsung hero of summertime fun in the sun for anyone with an above ground pool. The above ground filter, used on a daily basis, will trap bacteria and germs, and also pollen, dust, dirt and other contaminants that find their way into your swimming pool. Above ground pool filters use the same technology as in-ground pool filters, in a smaller package and an attractive price point. 


    ABOVE-GROUND POOL FILTER TYPES:

    Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) filters are the best possible filter for above ground pools, removing particles of 2-4 microns. Inexpensive DE filter powder is added through the skimmer, to coat the DE filter grids. Every 3-6 weeks, the filter is easily backwashed to flush out the dirty DE powder, and a few cups of DE powder is added again. Above ground pool DE filters include the popular line of Hayward Perflex filters.

    Cartridge filters use a pleated polyester cartridge that traps particles down to 10-20 microns in size. Cartridge pool filters for above ground pools have a simple design with very few parts, and also have the lowest resistance level of all filter types. Cleaning is accomplished by removing the filter every 1-4 weeks and hosing clean. Above ground pool cartridge filters include the Hayward X-Stream and Easy-Clear and the Pentair Clean & Clear.

    Sand filters for above ground pools use graded pool filter sand (or alternative media) to trap particles of 20-30 microns. Sand filters may be the easiest to operate, cleaning is accomplished by backwashing the filter every 2-4 weeks. Above ground pool sand filters include the Hayward Pro Series and VL Series, Pentair Sand Dollar and our smaller Intex and Sandmaster sand filter systems for above ground pools.

    How Long Do Pool Filters Last?

    Above ground pool filter tanks can last for decades, but the filter media and other internal parts will wear out sooner. DE filter grids last the longest, perhaps 10 years. Filter cartridges will usually last for 2-4 seasons and filter sand can last for 1-4 years, both depending on how large the filter is in relation to the pool, and also how well the water is maintained, or the condition of the water that the pool filter operates.  

    Sizing an Above Ground Pool Filter

    A larger above ground pool filter has many advantages like longer time between cleanings, faster prevention and clean-up of poor water conditions, and longer lasting filter media. When buying filter systems for above ground pools, it is good practice to buy one or two sizes larger than indicated for your pool size, in gallons. Buy the largest above ground pool filter system you can afford - it's money well spent! 

    Installing an Above Ground Pool Filter

    When buying a complete above ground pump and filter system, an installation kit is included which consists of a base, hoses, adapters and hardware. When joining together a separately purchased pump and filter, our above ground plumbing kit can be used, or find the connectors needed on our filter hoses and clamps page. After connecting the pool suction and return lines, flood the pump with water and plug into a grounded outlet to start the circulation. 

    Above Ground Filter Accessories

    • •  DE filters will need to have a supply of DE Powder or Perlite on hand to replace after each backwashing.
    • •  Sand filters need enough filter media - Filter Sand, Zeo Sand, FilterGlass, or FilterBalls to fill the filter tank.
    • •  Shut-off valves, pump timers, backwash hose and more can be found on our pump and filter accessories page.