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    Water Test Kits

    1. 3 months ago
      A great value
      Both the super shock and the test strips were a great value!
    2. 5 years ago
      Accurate Readings
      Test strips seem to be giving an accurate reading. I do not have anything to compare against but the pool water looks awesome It was a little cloudy; the test strip was showing me low on chlorine. I added the chlorine the test strip read good for pool and the water is sparkling now.
    3. 7 years ago
      Makes Testing Easy
      These strips are great. I no longer feel like a chemist messing around with different bottles of solutions to figure out my levels. Just dip wait a few seconds a see what your levels are and they have a nice chart for matching colors. The only one that is a bit sketchy is the PH level although you know when you are at 6.8 it is just hard to tell the difference between 7.2 and 7.6 which doesn't really matter since both of those levels are good.
    1. 4 months ago
      Good kit
      Easy to use kit with easy instructions for testing pH,chlorine, and alkalinity
    2. 1 year ago
      Love this kit
      I normally use test strips, but due to some problems with my alkaline and pH levels, I had to get real accurate - since then I've completely switched over to this kit, and hardly use the strips anymore. I'm here today to find the other test liquids so I can also use this kit to test for calcium and stabilizer.
    3. 3 months ago
      Very Accurate
      Very easy to use. Great price for a good product. Very accurate.
    1. 6 months ago
      Phosphate removal
      Gives a general level of phosphates. Realy need one giving PPB. I have a salt pool need to keep phosphates low, this is helpful but not exactly what I expected. Water companies put phosphates in water to protect piping, not conducive to salt pools, must be removed. There are HD phosphate removers out there Phosfree only keeps small quantities under control.
    2. 4 weeks ago
      No complaints
      Easy to use, good little test. Easy to clean, and take care of.
    3. 2 years ago
      I use this to test my pool water. We live in the country around farms, so we het phosphates constantly from them spraying.
    1. 4 years ago
      Good water test kit
      The 4 way test kit is essential for all pool owners if you want to avoid water problems and expensive treatments to correct them. This kit is easy to use.
    2. 1 decade ago
      Very easy to use
      We are new to pool ownership and testing our water was low on our to-do list untill to turned a brilliant shade of emerald green! Now we test regularly with this kit and it's much more accruate than the strips. I like the instruction card with everything you need on one page.
    3. 5 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.
    1. 1 decade ago
      Plain & Simple
      I have had a pool for about 15 years now. Chlorine level and PH level have been all I need to keep the water crystal clear and PH balanced. Other family members have bought me more sophisticated testing kits but I have ended up just using the basics. As far as I'm concerned, "if it's not broke, don't fix it".
    2. 5 years ago
      easy to use
      purchased this kit to replace my daily in use kit.simple to use and basic. it gets the job done
    1. 2 years ago
      Worth the money.
      Bought this kit because I was tired of driving across town to the pool store and getting a different answer and $80 dollars worth of product every few days trying to get my pool chemistry right. It works like a charm. its easy to read and the the results are consistent. Took a couple samples to the store after I ran my own numbers to see if they were comparable and they were. Was able to balance my water and clear it up within days. Best 80 bucks I have spent on my pool this yr. The only reason ... read more I didn't give it 5 stars is because measuring the CYA level requires alot of product and I don't feel like it would last the season. Luckily CYA is one product that doesn't disappear in the pool water after you add it so the levels stay pretty consistent. If your one the fence and struggling to keep your pool water clean and clear. I highly recommend this kit. It makes knowing what your pool needs a breeze. Now instead of spending $80 every 3 days at the pool store trying to get my water clear. I can throw a couple gallons of shock in it about 1 a week and walk away. The water is clear and balanced and I am confident that it is not damaging my liner and is safe to swim in.
    2. 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.
    3. 2 years ago
      Good quality
      Testing kit gives accurate and repeatable results. Includes excellent pool maintenace instructions, and tools. Comes in a heavy duty plastic case.
    1. 2 years 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
    2. 2 years ago
      Great Item
      This thing works great Iam done with the strips I love it
    1. 1 decade ago
      Great
      Found that the reader and strips are a great way to maintain levels in the pool and spa. No more trying to guess at colors.
    2. 1 month ago
      Love this
      Easy to use, number scale much easier than colors.
    3. 5 years ago
      AquaChek TruTest Test Strips
      I have used these for years and my readings have always been spot on with what The Pool places get with their test kits, for the items checked. It takes a few tries to do it properly, reading the instructions is a good place to start! Not trying to snipe at anyone, the instructions just elaborate on how to get a good reading...
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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.