1. Pool Filter Buying Guide
 
Pool Filter Best Sellers
Intex Easy Set
Pool Type A or C
Filter Cartridges
Twin Pack | 29002E

$8.99
Intex Pool Easy
Set Filter
Cartridge - Type B
(6 Pack) | 29005E
(59905E)

$36.95
Intex Krystal
Clear 3000 GPH
Above Ground Pool
Sand Filter Pump -
28651EG

$179.99
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Finding the best pool filter

best pool filter

A pool filter buying guide

Pool filters help to clean out your pool and keep it sparkling throughout the entire swimming season. By setting up a filter, you're able to do less upkeep on the pool since you have something cleaning it out. By cutting down the time you'll spend skimming and vacuuming, the right filter will allow you more time to lounge in your pool. Consider the following points as you go looking for the best pool filter to meet your needs.

>> Consider the pool that you have

types of pool filters

Consider the pool that you have and the specifications that come along with it. This is to ensure that you have the right pool filter size for the pool that you own. Specific types of pool filters provide varying degrees of services for your swimming pool.

The size of the pool makes a difference when it comes to the type of pool filter that you choose to purchase. Considering the dimensions of the pool will help you determine the type and size of pool filter. The best pool filter for the job will be one that is able to adequately clean your pool. You'll need to know the capacity of your pool, and the easiest way to do this is to check the paperwork you received when you purchased the pool. Another way to know is to contact a qualified pool professional and arrange for an estimate.

Consider the space around the pool. Larger pools will require a larger sized pool filter. However, you have to have adequate room around the pool to place the filter. It may have to sit on the ground or off to the side of the pool. Adding a small fence around the filter can protect it from damage.

The type of pool filter that you get also depends on the type of pool that you have. Above-ground pools can have a larger or smaller sized filter depending on the size of the pool. Generally, temporary pools have smaller, lightweight filters that are able to be removed with ease. In-ground swimming pools tend to have filters on the inside of them that clean out the debris. Check on the type of pool filter label to find out if it will work with the type of pool that you have.

>> Compare different types of filters

Comparing the different types of pool filters will help you determine the best pool filter for the job. Each type of pool filter has different specs that you should be aware of in order to determine which you should purchase.

The best pool filter should not be chosen based only on the design. Each filter is usually a bucket or container of some sort. Some are circular, while others might be more of a bucket shape. Either type of pool filter is able to do the job right.

The size of the pool filter you choose depends on the size of your pool. They come in very small sizes up to very large sizes depending on how many gallons of water are in your pool. The best pool filter will be able to cycle all of your water through the filter and then back into your pool without being overloaded.

Motors are an important aspect of any pool filter. This is what is going to run the filter and pump the water in and out of the canister. There are smaller motors that are able to be placed in temporary pools, while the larger filters are needed for large in-ground pools. Each of the types of filters will need to be hooked up to a power source either on the inside or outside of the home.

Comparing filters for different sized pools is essential. Depending on the number of gallons in your pool, one filter may be better than another. Filters are designed so that they turn over the water inside the pool, or move all of the water in the pool through the filter. Each pool has a minimum rate at which the water should be turned over. The best pool filter will generally let you know the turnover rate per gallon on the packaging, usually expressed in gallons per hour. The entire pool should be turned over within 12 hours. This means that if you have a 20,000 gallon pool, you're going to want to choose a filter and motor capable of about 1700 gallons per hour. For a 6,000 gallon pool, you'll want a filter that does at least 500 gallons per hour. Anything that can turn your pool over in 10 to 12 hours will provide the right filtration for your specific pool.

>> Consider the maintenance and installation of the pool filter

pool filter size

Considering the maintenance and installation will help you choose the best pool filter that is designed for you and your pool. Pool sand filters generally have some sort of maintenance involved with them and the installation may depend on your particular level of skill. That being said, pool sand filters that are the right pool filter size for you may end up being the best pool filter to meet your needs.

The ease of installation is something to be concerned about if you do not know anyone that is able to install the pool pumps with filters for you. There should be adequate information available within the directions that come with the new pool filter for you to attach it yourself and get it running.

The maintenance and upkeep should be easy to do as well. The best pool filter should require little to no maintenance. Cleaning it out at the end of the summer using pool supplies, as well as changing the pool filter cartridges, should be more than enough to take care of it.

>> Consider peripherals for the pool filter

Considering the peripherals for the pool filter and understanding what they are used for is essential. You want to ensure that you have everything that you need to clean out your pool. The type of pool filter that you own will determine whether or not you need one or all of these items.

Filters

Hoses

Filter bags

Filter cleaner

Filters catch and clean the water in the pool. Depending on the type of pool filter that you have, it may require you to use a smaller or larger type of filter. The filter is made from a cotton material that is able to trap and hold all of the debris. Hoses can be placed into the side of the pool and then into the side of the filter to help with the removal of the debris and to create a way for the water that has been cleaned to make it back into the pool. Filter bags work in much the same way as the regular pool filters. They catch the debris that comes out but do not clean the water to put back into the pool. Filter cleaner is used to clean the inside of the filter. It usually comes in a spray bottle for ease of use.

Be sure to read up on individual pool filter brands as much as you feel is necessary to make an informed decision when thinking about how to buy a pool filter. This way, you'll be able to make your own pool filters comparison based on your own specific needs, and you can find the types of pool filters that are right for you. With the right pool filter size and characteristics, your new pool filter will be able to last a long time and get the job done right.

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Pool Filter Best Sellers

Intex Easy Set Pool Type A or C Filter Cartridges Twin Pack | 29002E

Intex Pool Easy Set Filter Cartridge - Type B (6 Pack) | 29005E (59905E)

Intex Krystal Clear 3000 GPH Above Ground Pool Sand Filter Pump - 28651EG

INTEX 1000 GPH Easy Set GFCI Swimming Pool Filter Pump 637R | 56637EG

Intex 15' x 48" Easy Set Swimming Pool Kit w/ 1000 GPH Filter Pump & Skooba Vac
$8.99 $36.95 $179.99 $47.95 $279.99
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