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    Water Test Kits

    1. 2 years ago
      Great Item
      This thing works great Iam done with the strips I love it
    2. 1 year 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. 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. 1 year ago
      Good quality
      Testing kit gives accurate and repeatable results. Includes excellent pool maintenace instructions, and tools. Comes in a heavy duty plastic case.
    3. 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
    1. 9 years ago
      excellent test strips
      These test strips with my digital reader make keeping chemicals in balance so easy!
    2. 9 years ago
      Helpful Product
      The range of test strips colors is so wide your guessing at the readings. The AquaChek TruTest meter helps me get a better results without guessing.
    3. 6 months ago
      fast and easy
      I have been using this unit for quit a few years love the ease
    1. 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.
    2. 4 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
    3. 6 months ago
      GREAT PRODUCT
      EXCELLENT PRODUCT TO HAVE IN HELPING KEEP YOUR POOL CLEAR. NO GUESS WORK IN ADDING CHEMICALS, IT DOES THE CALCULATING FOR YOU
    1. 1 year ago
      iT DOES NOT FLOAT.
      I love it. A floating thermometer is not accurate because of the sun shining on it. I tether my thermometer on a line and it tells me the water temperature below the surface. I am able to read it despite my low vision.
    2. 9 months ago
      increaser-PH
      PH increaser- bought 1 mo, works great, only had to use 1 time so far
    3. 3 years ago
      Consistent
      Consistent results - I can confidently add chemicals with this kit.
    1. 2 years ago
      Always a smooth transaction
      Easy to read strips.:) easy to use and colors work for me since I'm colorblind.
    2. 1 year ago
      Quick, easy, accurate!
      We use these strips every year to check the chemical balance in the pool. We always have accurate readings with them. They are so easy to use!
    3. 3 years ago
      Excellent and Easy
      These strips make it so easy to keep your levels perfect
    1. 1 decade ago
      Works for Me!
      I bought this tester to use for a quick daily test. If we have doubts about the results we break out the drop tester and so far the tests have been very close. I am very pleased with the ease and speed of the results. Not having to hassle with the drops is a big plus and getting quick results is just an additional bonus. I would have no problem recommending this tester to anyone.
    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. 3 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. 6 months ago
      Pool water test kit
      Easy to use and very accurate. I have always use test strips in the past and they did not perform well. With this test kit, I know exactly what chemicals to add to keep my pool perfectly in balance.
    3. 4 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.
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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.