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    Above-Ground Filters

    1. 5 years ago
      we are on are same filter for 20 years. what a great filter!
    2. 2 years 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. 3 years ago
      SAND VS FILTERS
      I bought an above ground pool which came with a small filter. The filter system did not work as well as it should have. We were buying filters every week. I originally tried to buy a larger pump & filter unit, when I was told about the sand filter system. This was a very interesting. No more filters, and the sand can last an entire year. So I searched for one that would work with my pool and found it at in the SWIM. I cannot say how it works yet as I did not set it up. I will start my next ... read more summer with it and I am truly waiting to enjoy my pool with a pump and cleaning system that will work.
    2. 1 year ago
      Life Changing!!
      If you still have a cartridge filter, I am sorry! Don’t waste any more time! Switch to a sand filter ASAP! No more changing filters, with this filter you can actually vacuum your pool, and the water stays crystal clean! Should have done this a long time ago!!!!!!
    3. 1 year ago
      Great value. Easy setup.
      I Purchased this pump and filter for my 22ft round Bestway above ground pool in April this year. The original filter cartridge style pump and filter was useless in my opinion and I spent most of last year trying to keep my pool clean and clear. I decided to upgrade the pump and filter this year and I am very glad that I did. Shipping was fast and the initial setup went great. With this being a intex brand and my pool is a bestway brand I had to change the fittings on the inlets and outlet on the ... read more pool itself but I didnt have to buy anything extra I just used a combination of fittings that came with the pool originally and the ones that were sent with the pump/filter. Setup time was roughly 2 hrs start to finish including a trip to town to buy filter sand. Overall I would reccomend this product to anyone looking to upgrade or replace their current pump/filter setup.
    1. 4 years ago
      Hayward EC-50 DE Filter System
      I live in North East, Massachusetts, and own 15' round pool. This 1 hp pump system was perfect and cleaned the pool the first day. Just keep in mind, it does not come together and there is assembly required.
    2. 3 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.
    3. 1 decade 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. 8 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.
    2. 2 years ago
      Very happy with item, excellent results. Clean pool!!!
    3. 1 decade ago
      Good Product
    1. 3 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..
    2. 2 years ago
      Great sand pump, does the job well.
      Bbought this sand pump for my 9x16 pool. Works great!
    3. 2 weeks ago
      Amazing
      What a difference this filter system made in our 14' above ground pool. Keeps it crystal clear only running the filter a couple hours a day instead of 24/7 with the small filter system out Intex pool came with. Plus we don't have to buy anymore filters!!!
    1. 5 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!!
    2. 3 years ago
      simple
      the best filter system I have ever had hello the best
    3. 3 years ago
      Lots of power
      I didn't think a cartridge filter would clean as well as a earth or sand filter. But I was wrong, I will never go back to those types of filters, very happy with the cartridge.
    1. 1 decade ago
      better than local company
      I have delt with my local pool supplier for years not only there prices have gone threw the roof but the products i buy from them just dont work to my expectations.I was mailed a catelog from this site and to my surprize the prices were way lower than my local pool supplier.Not to mention all the products and supplies this site offered for my pool. So of course i said there is no way these prices are correct on this site there has to be a catch here so i put in a order for a filter for my above ... read more ground pool and the price was perfect plus they gave me 10% off with my purchase. Wow i was so happy that not only i was getting the filter i needed but the price and service from the operator was absolutly fantastic.They told me i would receive my filter within 5 days with FREE SHIPPING and in 5 days it was at my door.I put the pump on and started my new filter and it was better than the one that came with the pool.Do yourself a favor and buy from this site you will not regret it Thank You in the swim
    2. 3 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?
    3. 5 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. 1 decade ago
      Best Filter, Truely low maintence
      I have owned my 18,000 gallon above ground pool for 14 years. Last summer, after years of battles, I got tired of fighting my DE filter over water clarity and water flow pressure. I cleaned my filter bi-weekly and always had problems. Tried reducing DE nothing worked. I bought the Hayward X-Stream in the spring and for the first time ever had a completly trouble free and easy pool maintence season. I did not have to clean the cartridge until pool closing. I cannot recommend this system enough. ... read more Definately a purchase you will not regret! And In the swims payment plan made the purchase easy on the wallet as well.
    2. 2 months ago
      Wish I got it sooner!
      After years of struggling to have a clean pool I gave in and did research about what pump and filter type best suited my pool. I have a 24 foot 52' deep. This filter keeps a strong current running in my above ground pool and any sediment is either sucked right into the skimmer or collected in the middle of the pool making and vacuuming fast and very easy. I have alot of trees that drop debris in my pool daily, now between this amazing filter system and two chlorine floaters I have the sparkling ... read more pool I always hoped for.
    3. 1 decade ago
      GOOD UNIT
      AFTER INSTALLATION THE POOL RAN FOR 3 DAYS AT 16 PSI. OUR OLD FILTER BROKE SO THE POOL LOOKED LIKE A SWAMP. THE WATER CLEARED UP BUT WHEN WE WENT TO VACUME UP THE DEAD ALGAE IT BLOCKED THE FILTER. WE NOW CLEAN THE FILTER EVERY 3-4 DAYS WITH A HIGH PRESSURE WASHER AND IT SEEMS TO GET BLOCKED QUICKER. GOES FROM 16 PSI RIGHT AFTER CLEANING TO 21 PSI WITHIN 3 DAYS. WE INSTALLED IT IN BAD CIRCUMSTANCES SO WE WILL REVIEW THIS ITEM AGAIN AFTER A NORMAL SET UP AND RUN.
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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 remove very small particles of 2-4 microns. Inexpensive DE filter powder is added through the skimmer, to coat the DE filter grids or Perflex tubes. Every 3-6 weeks, the filter cake is reset with an easy-to-use bump handle, and once or twice per season, the tank is drained, flushed and refilled with fresh DE powder. 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 or tubes 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.
    • •  Jandy valves, pump timers, backwash hose and more can be found on our pump and filter accessories page.