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8 Best Aboveground Pool Filter Systems

Best Aboveground Pool Filter Systems
by Mark Garcia February 09, 2016

best aboveground pool filter systemsAbove Ground pool packages usually include a ground cloth, winter cover, maintenance kit, chemicals, ladder, light and a pump/filter system.

Problem is - most of the equipment that comes with above ground pool packages tends to be 'economy' equipment, or not very effective or full featured, and ineffective filters and puny pumps can cause water problems.

Inadequate or marginal filter sizes with small pumps that don't even have a strainer basket are common. If your pool has a small and ineffective filter and pump system, it's time to upgrade.

Here's a look at 8 aboveground pool filter and pump systems, most priced from $200 to $500. These are made by Hayward, Pentair and Intex - 3 brands you know and trust, and for which replacement parts can be found easily!

 

HAYWARD PERFLEX EC-30 DE FILTER SYSTEMHayward EC-30 aboveground pool pump and filter system

  • For above ground pools 24' round or 16x32' oval - or under 12,500 gals
  • 40 GPM Power-Flo pump and 15 sq ft Perflex D.E. filter
  • Includes platform base, union connections, as shown
  • Bump handle regenerates the DE cake, for longer filter cycles
  • Pump includes power cord plug to 115V GFCI outlet or timeclock.
  • Requires draining and 3 lbs of new DE powder every 2-4 months
  • Easily drain and store for winter
  • Parts Available widely
  • 1 yr warranty
  • $450

 

 

Hayward EC-40 Perflex DE pump and filter system

HAYWARD PERFLEX EC-40 DE FILTER SYSTEM

  • For above ground pools up to 33' round or 20x40' oval - under 20,500 gals
  • 1 hp Power-Flo Matrix pump and 20 sq ft Perflex D.E. filter
  • Includes platform base, union connections, as shown
  • Bump handle regenerates the DE cake, for longer filter cycles
  • Pump includes power cord for 115V GFCI outlet or plug-in timeclock
  • Requires draining and 4 lbs of new DE powder every 2-4 months
  • Easily drain and store for winter
  • Parts Available widely
  • 1 yr warranty
  • $522

 

 

Hayward Star-Clear Cartridge pump and filter system

HAYWARD STAR CLEAR PLUS CARTRIDGE FILTER SYSTEM

  • For above ground pools, in 4 sizes to fit pools from 9000 to 21,500 gals
  • 3/4hp or 1hp Hayward Superpump, America's favorite pool pump
  • Threaded ports on tank bottom accept 1.5in plumbing
  • Long Life hi-flow Hayward pool cartridge, in 75, 90, 120, 175 sq. ft.
  • 1.5in high flow drain assembly and air bleeder for fast tank draining
  • Durable glass reinforced copolymer filter tank opens without tools
  • Parts Available widely
  • 1 yr warranty
  • From $710

 

 

 

Hayward Pro Series sand filter and pump system

HAYWARD PRO SERIES SAND FILTER SYSTEM

  • For above ground pools 24' round or 16x32' oval - or under 14,400 gals
  • 3/4hp, 1hp or 1.5hp Hayward Power-Flo Matrix pump included
  • Includes platform base, hose, adapters and top mounted valve, as shown
  • 4 tank sizes, 14in, 16in, 18in, 21in; holds 50, 100, 150 and 200 lbs of sand
  • Pool filter sand purchase is required, can find locally, about $12 per 50 lbs
  • Easiest filter, just move valve to backwash position every 4-8 weeks
  • Parts Available Widely
  • 1 yr warranty
  • From $369

 

 

 

Hayward XStream Cartridge filter and pump system

HAYWARD XSTREAM CARTRIDGE FILTER SYSTEM

  • For large aboveground pools, 20000 - 40000 gals
  • Easy Lok ring design opens filter tank easily
  • Includes Hayward Power-Flo Matrix pump, 1hp or 1.5 hp
  • Two cartridge filter sizes; 100 and 150 SF, the largest filter area available
  • Includes platform base, union connections, as shown
  • Nothing else to add, just clean cartridge every few months
  • Parts Available widely
  • 1 yr warranty
  • From $455

 

 

Hayward VL Series pump and filter systemsHAYWARD VL SERIES SAND FILTER SYSTEM

  • Designed for soft sided pools, up to 18' Round, under 11000 gallons
  • 30 GPM Hayward pump with cord included
  • Hayward VL has a 13 inch tank and holds 42 lbs of sand.
  • Integrated filter and pump base hold both securely on level ground
  • Pool filter sand purchase is required, can find locally, about $12 per 50 lbs
  • Easiest filter, just move valve to backwash position every 4-8 weeks
  • Parts Available from Hayward
  • 1 yr warranty
  • $225

 

 

 

Pentair Sand Dollar pump and filter system for aboveground pools

PENTAIR SAND DOLLAR FILTER SYSTEM

  • For pools up to 24' Round, under 12500 gallons
  • Pentair Sand Dollar SD-35 sand filter holds 100 lbs of sand
  • 3/4 hp Pentair Dynamo pool pump with cord included.
  • Respected Pentair Pac-Fab filter and valve design ensures performance
  • 6 position top mounted valve for backwashing every 4-8 weeks.
  • Includes Platform base, connector hose and adapters.
  • Parts Available widely
  • 1 yr warranty
  • $320

 

 

 

Intex Krystal Klear sand filter and pump system

INTEX KRYSTAL KLEAR SAND FILTER SYSTEM

  • Designed for soft sided pools, up to 18' Round, under 12000 gallons
  • 3 filter sizes 12in, 14in and 16in tanks, holding 50, 77 and 120 lbs of sand
  • 3 matching pump sizes, 1/2hp, 3/4hp and 1hp, with pump trap
  • New design pump, filter, base with automatic timer and GFCI cord
  • Pool filter sand purchase is required, can find locally, about $12 per 50 lbs
  • Easiest filter, just move valve to backwash position every 3-6 weeks
  • Some parts Available from Intex
  • 2 yr warranty
  • From $184

 

 

Which one of these 8 above ground pool filter systems is right for you? That depends on your preference to filter type (sand, DE or Cartridge), and also on the size of your pool. Pool filter sand can be purchased locally at home or hardware stores. Or you could use one of the many sand substitutes like Filter Balls, FilterGlass or ZeoSand in a sand filter. Perflex D.E. filters need a few lbs of diatomaceous earth powder added each cleaning interval, or every 2-4 months.Cartridge filters are removed and cleaned every 1-3 months. After 10-15 cleanings, they are replaced.

above ground pool gallons chart - 48in deep pools, for 52in deep pools, add 10%For very small pools 15' round or smaller, I like the Hayward VL series. For 18' round pools the Hayward Pro Series or Hayward Perflex systems are a good buy, and for 24' round pools I'd go with the Hayward XStream system or their S210T Pro Series sand filter system.

Intex pools - Easy Set and Frame Set pools with those dinky little cartridge filters will triple their water quality by installing the Intex Sand Filter system. The Hayward VL sand series would also be a good choice.

In short, you can't go wrong with any of these aboveground pool filter systems - unless you undersize it. Be generous and buy one size larger than you need, and you'll thank me later! Better water quality reduces chemical needs, buy a big filter system and run the pump for 1-2 complete turnovers daily.

 

Thanks for Reading!

Mark Garcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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