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    Above-Ground Filters

    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. 9 years 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. 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?
    3. 8 years ago
      Awesome Filter/Pump
      I had major issue with my pool water when opening this season. Unfortunatly I did not put the proper chemicals in and leafs got into the pool when closing in the winter. I opened the pool to brown water this spring. I purchased the Hayward Filter Cartridge Unit and pump and used it with no luck. Constant cleaning of cartridge and no results. I returned that filter and purchased this unit. After 8 hours of superclorinating my pool and running this filter my pool water is cystal clear. This DE ... read more filteris amazing. Note that if you see this product in a store for a cheaper price to look at the pump it comes with. I saw it for a 100 dollars cheaper in a local store but had a 1hp low end pump on it. The pump on this unit is from in the swim is high end.
    1. 9 years 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.
    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. 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
    1. 7 months 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.
    2. 2 years ago
      Plenty of Power, and Quiet
      I have a bestway 16x48 steel frame. I bought a solar heater, and within 1 year went thru 2 of the factory filter/pumps. I was figuring the strain would be too much. This year I bought 14inch Sand Filter, and couldn't be happier. It is super strong, quiet, and works EXCELLENT! It was the best pool investment I could have made. If I could do it all over, I would buy the pool, and this Filter/pump right from the start! A+
    3. 2 years ago
      Quite pump and love the timer !
      I just bought the Intex 14" Sand Filter System to replace my old system on our 18'x52" steel sided above ground pool. I also had them to send me 2 bags of AquaQuartz 20 grade sand for the filter that they recommened! Well guess what ! This sand does not work for this filter, unless you like sand in the bottom of your new liner ! I PVC pipe all my connections only to find out its blowing sand in the pool ! I called Intex and they said it had to be Silica sand ! I had to cut all my pipes again, ... read more empty out all the bad sand out the filter, go to my local pool shop and buy Silica sand and put it all back together and Now it works great ! So if you buy this system i would strongly recommend you get the right kind of sand ! Other than that everything is great ! I will continue to be a In The Swim customer, and I do recommend this product .
    1. 9 years ago
      Great choice!!
      The best investment I have made for the pool. I replaced a 2-1/2 HP sand filter and this system blows the sand filter away! I did get an extra valve and hard plumbed it with pvc and put an outlet to bypass to waste. I didnt cover my pool last winter so it was a mess. I vacuumed the worst to waste and then turned the filter on. Within a day's time the water was sparking clear without any chemicals added. I did have a problem getting my automatic vacuum to work because it had too much suction. I ... read more had to install a valve between the skimmer and hose to let water in so it wouldn't stick to the bottom and not move. It moves much better than it ever did with the sand filer and the pump moves about twice the amount of water as my old filter. I will never have another sand filter! Oh yea, I ordered it late on a Monday night and recieved it Wed., good job In The Swim!
    2. 1 decade ago
      The only type filter I will ever use!
      This is my second Hayward Cartridge Filter. I had to leave the first one behind at the home I sold. Last summer I installed another 30 foot AG pool and again picked the Hayward Cartridge Filter system. My previous one was a 24' pool. I was not sure it would work as well on such a large size, but this system is a real workhorse! My cover came off in early March and the water got in a mess. I hooked up the system in May, vacuumed the pool and let the filter do the rest. Within 4 days the water was ... read more sparkling clear but the pressure(from all the junk in the pool water) had maxed out, so all I had to do was remove the cartridge and hose it down, put it back in and off it went. Here it is July and the water remains crystal clear! One thing I will note ** The 1 1/2 hp pump is such a hard puller that I have to keep the pool filled to max to keep the pump from sucking all the water from the skimmer box. my pool is 52" deep, 30' round and it still keeps the water pulling. I can get by with running it 4-5 hrs. daily, as it pulls so fast. I will never use anything else. I give Hayward a 6 star rating.
    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
      14 ft by 4ft inter ultra
      Bought a yr ago, after a week of amazing filtering I hooked up my vacuum with in 10 min it slowed down and pressure dropped, long story short if you look closely at the pump it does not come with a skimmer housing unit. Generally intex pools (if the do not have a through the wall skimmer) they are equipped with a hole in the wall that has a large hole "screen" so pine needles and debris gets sucked up in the hole and right into the pump. This makes it slow down, I took it apart cleaned out the ... read more propeller and redesigned my filtration with a leaf canister. All better.
    2. 3 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. 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 !!
    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. 1 year 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!!!
    2. 4 years ago
      Tiffany - Spot ON!
      Filter and pool cleanliness is great. Been through multiple pumps as they need replacing and/or repairs each season!
    3. 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!!!!!!
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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.