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    Water Test Kits

    1. 1 decade ago
      Quick and Convenient
      These test strips are so easy, our kids want to do it for us. Normally with test kits, the kids would help put the drops in, etc but with these simple to use and simple to read strips, they can do it all themselves.
    2. 1 decade ago
      Great Product!
      This product is so much simpler to use than the old way of testing the water. As long as you keep up with the instruction paper (chart is on it), you will know exactly what your pool needs. And it is very inexpensive.
    3. 3 years ago
      These are the first ACURATE test stips I've found!
      I was skeptical when I purchased the 'AquaChek Select 7 Way Test Strips' but, after using them, I'm so glad I did! I've used other test strips before and their accuracy wasn't that great. They would be okay for say PH, but not accurate for Chlorine, etc. In fact, it got to the point where I would drive to the pool store to have my water tested because I didn't trust the results, and as it turned out, it was a good thing I did. But these strips are accurate every test, every time! And results are ... read more fast, 15 seconds for accurate results. PS - did I mention they are accurate?
    1. 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.
    2. 3 years ago
      Great test kit
      Just wish there were more of the regents that you use more. Some regents may last years and some a month depending on how high your chlorine is
    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. 1 year ago
      Pool Testing Simplified
      I have used Taylor tests kits since our pol was built in 2007. Great product, easy to use and provides accurate readings.
    2. 4 years ago
      very convenirnt
      For the pool owner who does not want to run to the pool store for every water check. All you need in one compact test kit. Very easy to understand directions.
    3. 5 years ago
      Easy to use and very accurate
      I used this kit and compared the results with those received from my local pool company test. They were the same.
    1. 1 decade ago
      Another great high tech gadget
      Wow is this thing sweet. Easy to use, just dip in water, and place on meter and press the button and 10 seconds later you have every thing you need to know. No more drops, no test tube things, no more making sure you have the right amount of water in the test tube, and no more color matching, just a small test strip, and meter. Plus another high tech. gadget (witch I love to have).
    2. 1 decade ago
      Great for Color Blind People
      I have been using this tester for two years and love the ease of use. Being color blind it was a pain to chase my wife around to get her to read results. Now I can do it all in one shot. I do agree results vary from dropper testers but if you just rely on this test you will be okay.
    3. 1 decade ago
      Awesome Reader!
      I love the AquaChek! I have owned a pool for 16 years and have used every pool water tester in the book. I am done with the dropps and the mess. I like how easy the AquaChek is to use, just turn it on, dip a strip and place it on the reader. You get a reading in seconds. I also like the design of the device, it is built very solid and easy to hold. Maintaining a pool can be a pain but this product makes it a bit easier.
    1. 2 years ago
      Great Item
      This thing works great Iam done with the strips I love it
    2. 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
    1. 2 years ago
      Great product
      Gives you more accurate info to make adjustments for your pool experience
    2. 3 years ago
      Easy & Efficient
      This test kit is easy to use and accurate. Much better then the color matching. The bottles last me about 1.5 months with daily testing. The only problem I have had with this kit is that the tester didn't work after the first summer the pool was open, about 3 months. I did keep it outside at our pool house so I don't know if cold affects it that much. The price is not so bad, but I don't want to have to buy a new one each summer.
    3. 9 months ago
      Best Test Kit
      After purchasing my third different test kit I finally found the best one. It has all of the tests that I need in one kit. It takes all of the guess work out of the equation. No more trying to match a color or line up the camera in my phone to a card that does take the correct picture.
    1. 3 years ago
      always reliable
      I have used aqua strips for as long as we have had our pool. It is a great product because in enables me to keep our pool water balanced at all times.
    2. 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.
    3. 5 years ago
      Great strips
      I have been using tthese for 5 years now and like the fact that they show 7 different categories. They have been acurate compared to my actual pool suppliers checks done with a machine
    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. 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...
    3. 9 years ago
      Essential to a healthy pool
      I have used the Aqua Test Strips and Digital Meter for three years now. A base line for comparison: I use an automatic chlorine feeder with 3 inch tablets and the Natural Chemistry products for water maintenance. I have compared the accuracy with other traditional testing kits and find the results to be within 10% of each other. I haven't had an algae or any other water problem for three years.
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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.