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    Water Test Kits

    1. 2 years ago
      Works Great!
      Purchased this for the start of the pool season. I love the seven water areas it tests. It really is a great help in keeping our pool water balanced and clean.
    2. 2 years ago
      Convenient & Accurate
      Very convenient & accurate to use on our salt water pool. No more trips to the pool store for testing.
    3. 2 years ago
      always reliable
      I have used aqua strips for as long as we have had our pool. It is a great product because in enables me to keep our pool water balanced at all times.
    1. 2 months ago
      Best Test Kit
      After purchasing my third different test kit I finally found the best one. It has all of the tests that I need in one kit. It takes all of the guess work out of the equation. No more trying to match a color or line up the camera in my phone to a card that does take the correct picture.
    2. 3 years ago
      Makes test much easier, no colors to try and match
      I have only used this about 5 times but very easy, directions make it easy once you get the hang of it.
    3. 1 year ago
      Great product
      Gives you more accurate info to make adjustments for your pool experience
    1. 2 years ago
      Good product
      Needed to get water chemistry balanced in a newly re-plastered pool so needed to test more than Chlorine, PH, and Alkalinity. I followed charts in the kit regarding what to dump into the pool to get PH, calcium hardness, alkalinity, cyanuric acid in acceptable range. Numbers were within 2% - 3% of what I was shooting for upon retest (waited about 8 hours to retest) so I believe the kit is pretty accurate. I would purchase it again.
    2. 3 years ago
      very convenirnt
      For the pool owner who does not want to run to the pool store for every water check. All you need in one compact test kit. Very easy to understand directions.
    3. 4 years ago
      Easy to use and very accurate
      I used this kit and compared the results with those received from my local pool company test. They were the same.
    1. 2 years ago
      Water testing made simple
      Perfect for makin sure pool stays clear all summer.
    2. 9 years ago
      Easy testing
      I like this test kit because the instructions are in the lid and don't get lost or disintegrate if they get wet. With other kits, the instruction sheet was quickly rendered useless, so if you didn't remember how to use the drops, you were out of luck.
    3. 10 years ago
      Easiest Product To Use
      I use the Aquacheck test strips at least once a week (or more if it's rained) for a quick and easy way to check my pool water. When the test strip indicates that I need to adjust pool chemicals, I use the Taylor DPD Test Kit since it gives more accurate readings than the strips. It's easy to use and the directions are right on the box. Plus it gives me peace of mind knowing that my pool's chemicals are exactly at the levels they need to be. And thanks to In The Swim, all my pool products are ... read more brought right to my door. Thanks In The Swim!!
    1. 2 years ago
      Great test kit
      Just wish there were more of the regents that you use more. Some regents may last years and some a month depending on how high your chlorine is
    2. 1 decade ago
      Excellent Product
      The Taylor Series of Pool/Spa Test products are by far the easiest to use on the market. I purchased this kit for both my pool and spa. I get accurrate results each and every time unlike the comparatively expensive test strips that are available on the market. This product is a must for anyone with a pool or spa!
    3. 1 decade ago
      excellent product
      This is the best test kit on the market for a home pool owner. I have used many different kits in the past 15 years of owning a pool, and this is by far the best. Well worth the extra money.
    1. 4 years ago
      liquid pool test kit
      I bought this kit to replace an old one. The test procedure was slightly different, but the instructions were clear and easy to understand.
    2. 3 months ago
      Easy to use.
      Easy to use kit with easy to follow instructions. The case could be a little better.
    3. 1 year ago
      Unbalanced
      I have been having a problem with my pool this year and after the hurricane l decided to stop fooling around. I didn't believe my old test kit was accurate so l bought this. I got different accurate reading this time and can treat the water properly for excellent results.
    1. 9 years ago
      water testing
      Purchasing this monitor for testing pool water chemistry was one of the best investments I made. The procedure is easy and the results have been, no more expensive chemical purchases. I know what I need and do not waste time and money to keep my water sparkling and clear. With less maintenance, we'ver enjoyed the pool more than ever! Isn't that what summer is all about?!
    2. 1 decade ago
      Works for Me!
      I bought this tester to use for a quick daily test. If we have doubts about the results we break out the drop tester and so far the tests have been very close. I am very pleased with the ease and speed of the results. Not having to hassle with the drops is a big plus and getting quick results is just an additional bonus. I would have no problem recommending this tester to anyone.
    3. 1 decade ago
      Easiest test kit to use
      I use these type of test strips and meters all the time with diabetes, so I have some experience. Many other reviewers had problems with accuracy. The best instructions I got were from another reviewer: Dunk the strip in the water and immediately put in the reader (face down). With that, it produces fast, consistent results. This isn't really mentioned in the instructions. I have tried the other types of testing kits, and can never really tell if the color I see is out of range or OK. Having the ... read more meter is a tremendous benefit.
    1. 1 year ago
      Great Item
      This thing works great Iam done with the strips I love it
    2. 1 year ago
      OK but an not completly satisfied
      I purchased this to get better reading on pH and free chlorine. I didn't need the salt, ORP and TDS but figured, no big deal. The instrument give me much more precise pH readings than test strips - happy about that, but the instrument sequentially then test for salt, TDS and ORP, which may take 2-3 minutes (all the while, I am waiting just to get to the chlorine). Once it gets to chlorine, it provides a qualitative answer (good) verse a numerical result (3.1). I wanted the numerical result. Would not buy again
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    In The Swim Knowledge Pool: Pool Test Kits

    In The Swim's Dr. Pool

    Pool Water Testing FAQ

    Testing your pool water regularly is the best thing you can do to ensure clean and healthy water that won't make your swimmers sick. Water balance is when your pool has the correct levels of Chlorine, pH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness and Stabilizer. In addition to sanitary water that looks beautiful, balanced pool water protects your pool surfaces from stain and scale formation. 


    Why & When Test Pool Water?

    Testing pool water several times per week, is the only way to achieve 'water balance', so important for healthy, sanitary water because it affects the potency of chlorine, and creates poor living conditions for algae and bacteria. Balanced pool water also protects your pool surfaces and equipment from corrosion, etching, staining and fading. Good for all the soft and shiny surfaces in your pool; including the eyes, skin and hair of your swimmers. 

    Pool Test Kits or Test Strips?

    Pool test kits, those with liquid or tablet reagents are almost always more accurate or trustworthy than test strips, which may miss the mark by 10-20%, and can be more difficult to discern small changes in color. Pool test strips are fast and convenient however, and some pool owners use test strips several times per week, but also have a full test kit to run more complete pool water tests every week or two, or to verify and re-check test results from test strips. In addition to greater accuracy, test kits also have additional tests and charts to help in calculating the correct chemical amounts, when adjustments are needed.

    Best Test Kit for Pool Owners?

    The best pool test kit will be one that you will use - regularly. For a complete pool water Test Kit, the Taylor K-2005 is the standard in the pool industry. If you really love pool chemistry, or happen to be color blind, look at the LaMotte ColorQ test kits with digital colorimeter. For Test Strips, we carry the entire line of AquaChek strips and also strips by LaMotte and Frog. For complete pool testing, the AquaChek Select 7-way and the Insta Test 6-in-1 test strips will run the full battery of pool water tests. See also our Commercial Pool Tests Kits & Meters page for more water testers. 

    Ideal Pool Chemical Levels 

       - pH: 7.2 - 7.6
       - Free Chlorine: 1.0 - 3.0 ppm
       - Combined Chlorine: 0.3 ppm or less
       - Total Alkalinity: 80-120 ppm
       - Calcium Hardness: 200 ppm or more
       - Cyanuric Acid (Stabilizer): 30 - 50 ppm

    Pool Chemical Level Adjustments 

    Test strips will tell you what the current chemical levels are - but not how much chemical to add to raise or lower levels. A good pool test kit will also have acid demand/base demand tests, and chemical dosage charts, to help you better determine how much of what chemical, is needed to balance pool test levels. 

    Also important is to adjust each pool chemical individually. Allow a few hours for a chemical to take effect before adding other chemicals, or before testing and adjusting the same chemistry level again. For safety reasons, be sure to open only one chemical at a time, and never use the same scoop for different pool chemicals. 

    Pool Testing Pitfalls to Avoid

       - Store your test kit and test strips indoors, or in a cool and dry location. 
       - Completely rinse test vials before and after use
       - Do not interchange test reagent bottle caps
       - Hold test reagent bottle vertical when dispensing drops
       - Do not test surface water, but draw sample water elbow-deep 
       - Test a new sample, before making large chemical adjustments


    In The Swim has the most popular pool water test kits and test strips to make pool testing process easy and straightforward. Our pool water test kits also ensure accurate results so pool owners always know exactly what pool chemical adjustments are required to make their swimming pool a healthy and well balanced aquatic environment. If you have water testing questions or need help selecting the best test kit for your pool, give us a call at 1-800-288-7946.