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    Above-Ground Filters

    1. 3 weeks ago
      Beware: does NOT come with the platform!
      You do not get the platform when you buy this with our without the pump. It is an extra part EC1161PAK that you must buy separately. Don't forget to order it. I got no help calling support saying that they were sorry, etc. and there are no statements that platform is not included so buyer beware.
    2. 5 days ago
      Very good pump so far!!
      Only been up and running a couple of weeks but so far so good. Don't let the description of no backwashes fool you though as you will still have to if the pool is dirty when opening. Also, was unable to change the bump handle position because the pin they have in there wouldn't come out.
    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. 10 years ago
      Excellent Buy
      Excellent buy, bought a cheaper filter, and it was exactly that, blew up 2 yrs later, should have went with a Hayward to begin with. Keeps my pool crystal clear with very low maintenance so i can spend more time enjoing the pool. Highly recommend this filter system.
    2. 10 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.
    3. 5 years ago
      Hayward DE rules
      We recently had a bad sand filter and replaced it with a Hayward EC-50 DE Filter System. Our pool went from cloudy to clear within 48 hours with the assistance with a Mighty Pod by SeaKlear. In the Swim had the filter delivered within 24 hours after purchase which was amazing. Nothing but smiles here.
    1. 4 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. 2 months ago
      Great product, Great store!
      I have bought many pool supplies from in the Swim. The latest is the Hayward X-Stream filter system. This is the second one we've had, the old one was 12 years old. We are so pleased with how well it works and cleans our above ground pool. The filter in it is so easy to clean with a hose.. In the Swim is so fast with their delivery after ordering it is like having the store right around the corner. I love getting the catalog or looking on line. I would recommend ordering from them to anyone ... read more that owns a pool.
    2. 1 decade ago
      Great Filter
      The filter was very easy to install. It took no time at all. It took longer to get the sand out of the filter I was replacing than it did to install the new X.stream. Reading other reviews most problems I saw people saying I knew could be fixed easily. First with people with hoses blowing off, a little roughing up of the hose fittings with some sand paper, and two hose clamps on each hose will take care of the problem. I have also seem people complain about no way to vacuum to waste, when you ... read more vacuum you just dump it all into the filter. To fix this problem, Hayward makes a diverter valve the replaces the union between the pump and the filter tank. You just turn the valve and it diverts the flow of water directly out of the pump into your backwash hose bypassing the filter tank. Another thing is opening up the tank to clean the filter. Hayward provides one ball valve, you need to get another one. With a valve on the pump inlet and a valve on the tank outlet, you can close both valves and isolate the filter so you can open it up and not loose water. Do those few things and you will love this filter.
    3. 1 month ago
      Very happy with purchase!
      Filter was easy to install, works great and is very quiet. I particularly like the on/off switch on the pump so I don’t have to plug and unplug every time it runs. Keeps pool very clean. I caught it on sale so it was a great price and delivery was fast.
    1. 3 years ago
      Wouldn't recommend for in ground pool
      Should have bought next size larger have to clean cartridge quite often.
    2. 4 years ago
      Saves Water. Glad I changed from a sand filter -
      9000g indoor fiberglass pool. After a couple of weeks and one filter change my only regret is I didn't do it sooner. Instead of back flushing to waste - just change the filter. Get a spare filter and allow to dry out before cleaning. Or soak overnight in filter cleaner. Watch out for small O-ring on top as is easy to loose.
    1. 1 year ago
      Would be nice to get parts replaced the size that came with my pump !!!! Sold with an 18” hose but can’t get a replacement one that length!!!!
    2. 4 years ago
      Good product
      I recently bought this filter system as an upgrade to my existing filter. I read some positive and some negative reviews. This system is working great and I wonder if the negative reviews were a result of customers not following the directions in the owners manual. It's easy to ruin this pump by not operating it properly. Read the maual and follow the directions. You'll enjoy this quiet, efficient pump and filter system.
    3. 3 years ago
      Great pump
      We have had this pump for a couple years and it still works great!!!
    1. 1 year ago
      Thumbs up on product! Thumbs down on instructions.
      We bought this to replace a similar product that had been abused at a home we bought. Although the filter and pump are working great, the instructions to install could have been better...a lot better! Might be a breeze for a company that installs several pools in a pool season, but for new pool owners, well...It’s not impossible to figure out (and we still had the old equipment which helped visually), but better instructions would have helped. Our suggestion is to take several photos of your old ... read more equipment (if replacing) before you dismantle to install the new.
    2. 1 decade ago
      great value for the money
      I would recommend this to anyone. I have a 16 X 48 Intex above ground pool and the small cartridge filter they give you with the pool does nothing for keeping it clean. Since I have gotten this filter, my pool is always sparkling clean and chemical use is down by 50%. The cost of the cartridges for the old filter was about 15.00 a week so this is going to pay for itself in a matter of months. I would recommend this for anyone with a smaller above ground pool
    3. 2 years 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.
    1. 2 years ago
      Very happy with item, excellent results. Clean pool!!!
    2. 1 decade ago
      Good Product
    3. 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.
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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.