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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
      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.
    2. 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!!
    3. 3 years ago
      simple
      the best filter system I have ever had hello the best
    1. 2 years ago
      Love the Hayward brand
      We needed a replacement filter for our pool and went straight to In The Swim and browsed their filters and learned a lot about filters and features, sizes, etc. we bought the exactly the same one we had before!! Took less than 15 mins to install and had it running. Pool was super clear all season long with this filter and In The Swim pool products. PH free and clear, and 2" Clourine tabs. Couldn't be happier!!
    2. 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.
    3. 1 decade ago
      Amazingly Wonderific
      We ordered the 21" sand filter for our 27' x 52" Intex pool after trying for 3 weeks to get the water clear with that ridiculous cartridge filter after opening the pool this year. The filters are $10 a piece and we used 8 in that 3 weeks. We ordered the sand filter on Friday, it was here Saturday, we installed it on Monday and by Thurday, the pool was absolutely clear. Thank you In The Swim. You have a customer for life.
    1. 6 years ago
      Best valued unit
      I bought this unit to replace the filter/ pump that came with my Intex 24ft pool. It may be a little to much for this size of pool but after vacuuming my pool from the winter dirt ( I live in Arizona) there was alot of residual dirt and algae floating in the pool. This Hayward filter cleaned up the water in no time. My old pump never did that. I have purchased Hayward products in the past and have always had good luck with performance. I should have bought a Hayward when I first bought the pool. ... read more I highly recommend this unit to anyone with an above ground pool.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    1. 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.
    2. 3 years ago
      Wouldn't recommend for in ground pool
      Should have bought next size larger have to clean cartridge quite often.
    1. 2 years ago
      Great sand pump, does the job well.
      Bbought this sand pump for my 9x16 pool. Works great!
    2. 3 years ago
      Great pump
      We have had this pump for a couple years and it still works great!!!
    3. 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..
    1. 2 years ago
      Best Filter
      This filter was brought to replace a sand filter. It was for my parents' pool. All summer the water was cloudy and very uninviting for swimming. We took water to a local pool place to have the water tested. They sold us various chemicals to try to clear the pool. It would work for a few days, but then the water would be cloudy. About 3 weeks ago, we got this filter. Within the first few days, the water was starting to clear up. Within the first week, the water was sparkling. It is now a ... read more very inviting pool. It is getting used everyday, as pool should be during the summer. This was a good buy.
    2. 1 decade ago
      A Great Product
      This filter systems saves electric use and cleans the water at very fast rate.I live in the country side with farms all around me. We have a lot of dirt in the air in mid summer with harvest season, but our D.E. filter keeps our water very clean. I only have to clean my filter once a month even with the dirty enviroment in July and August. This pump system has saved us money on electric and clean supplies.
    3. 1 year ago
      Best filter
      We had a cartridge filter that could not get the green out from an algae problem we had after coming home from vacation. After two weeks, we still had the green, but all of the chemicals were perfect. One day after instlling this filter, the pool was back to normal. After an additional day, the pool was clearer than it has ever been. We love this filter.
    1. 1 year ago
      Works great
      I bought my second one as a replacement as I left the first one in freezing weather and it cracked. Unit works good. Pretty much just hook up and go. Keeps water clear.
    2. 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.
    3. 2 years ago
      Best purchase for my pool!
      Struggled for 2 years trying to get my 30ft round pool crystal clear! Decided to purchase this DE filter from Hayward after lots of research about them. After about 3 earth flush outs (note THIS IS NOT A HARD THING TO DO!) to get my pool opened after winter. Now my pool is crystal clear!! Also I will add that I dont have to break my back with the sand filter anymore!!!
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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.