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12 Best Swimming Pool Filters

Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to get those pools ready for the summer swimming season. Are you due for a new filter on your pool?

12 Best Swimming Pool Filters

Your filter is the life blood of your pool as it works hard to remove contaminants from your water so you can enjoy a pool that is clean, clear, and free of any debris. Choosing a filter can be tough, especially if you are new to pool ownership. These filters represent some of the best we have found and will do a great job keeping your pool clean all summer long.

Best Sand Filters

1. Hayward S244T In-Ground Sand Filter

1. Hayward S244T In-Ground Sand Filter
List Price: $350.15
Price: $338.39
You Save: $11.76 (3%)

Featuring a weather-proof tank, this sand filter is built to last. Designed for in-ground pools, the S244T from Hayward will make your maintenance schedule much easier and much less frequent as it only needs backwashing every few months, depending on pool use, of course.

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2. Hayward S210T93S Above Ground Sand Filter

2. Hayward S210T93S Above Ground Sand Filter
List Price: $417.48
Price: $417.48
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This easy to assemble filter is perfect for any above ground pool owner. It’s made from all weather thermoplastic that can withstand all types of weather. If you have low pressure problems, it’s 7 position valve will allow you to adjust the flow even for maximum output even if your pressure is low.

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3. Pentair Triton II In-Ground Sand Filter

3. Pentair Triton II In-Ground Sand Filter
List Price: $999.99
Price: $999.99
You Save: $78.00 (8%)

A serious sand filter for the in-ground pool owner, this filter is designed with easy in mind. The gauge is easy to ready and conveniently placed, and all the parts are designed to be easily serviced and repaired if you run into a problem. Worried about the winter? Don’t be. This filter is easy to winterize so you can leave it connected all year long.

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4. Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter

4. Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter
List Price: $299.99
Price: $208.00
You Save: $91.99 (31%)

If you have an Intex pool, you will love this sand filter designed specifically for these types of above ground pools. It’s easy to setup and keep clean, and it even includes a handy 24 hour timer to help you set when your filter runs on your above ground pool. At the end of the season, you can quickly break down this filter and pack it away for the winter.

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Best DE Filters

5. Hayward EC40AC DE Filter

5. Hayward EC40AC DE Filter
List Price: $254.45
Price: $212.00
You Save: $42.45 (17%)

If you are looking for serious cleaning and low maintenance, then look no further than the Hayward EC40AC. Featuring a cool bump mechanism that allows the DE flex tubes to clean themselves, your maintenance time will be very low with this filter. It also cleans your pool ultra fast, so you don’t have to worry about particles in your water right before you have that swim party.

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6. Pentair 188592 DE Filter

6. Pentair 188592 DE Filter
List Price: $770.57
Price: $769.57
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This DE filter has four large capacity cartridges designed to give the most surface area possible to give your water a really good scrubbing. It’s designed to be easily removed so maintenance is easier than ever and you will even notice your energy costs drop as it moves and cleans the water faster than many other filters.

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7. Jandy Zodiac DEV60 In-Ground DE Filter

7. Jandy Zodiac DEV60 In-Ground DE Filter
List Price: $931.64
Price: $931.64
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This filter is designed to stand the test of time. It’s made from a heavy duty and durable composite that is designed to be UV and corrosion resistant. The pressure gauge is easy to read and even includes a clean and dirty indicator so you know when the time has come for you to clean it. With easy grip handles and a well thought out design, maintenance and service is easy reducing your costs in the process.

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8. Hayward EC50C93S DE Filter

8. Hayward EC50C93S DE Filter
List Price: $915.39
Price: $620.00
You Save: $295.39 (32%)

This modular and corrosion proof design is made for many different types of pools with a wide range of features. It’s also designed to save you money, as it will push more water per horsepower than other filters so you don’t have to worry about high energy costs because your filter and pump are running on your pool.

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Best Cartridge Filters

9. Pentair 160301 In-Ground Cartridge Filter

9. Pentair 160301 In-Ground Cartridge Filter
List Price: $881.85
Price: $881.85
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The Pentair 160301 is the perfect cartridge filter for in-ground pool owners. Designed with the maximum filter surface area to clean your water much more quickly and efficiently than other filters, you will never have to worry about your water quality ever again. With both internal and manual air relief, you will never have to worry about water pressure ever again. It’s easy to clean and service is simple, reducing not only your maintenance costs, but your energy costs as well.

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10. Jandy Zodiac CL460 In-Ground Cartridge Filter

10. Jandy Zodiac CL460 In-Ground Cartridge Filter
List Price: $1,083.78
Price: $1,083.78
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Designed specifically for Jandy pumps, this filter is amazingly simple to connect and use. It includes a unique gauge to display when the filter is clean and dirty so you know when you need to remove and clean the cartridge. Its designed tough and made to last so you can connect it to your in-ground pool in a matter of minutes.

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11. Intex Krystal Clear Above Ground Cartridge Filter

11. Intex Krystal Clear Above Ground Cartridge Filter
List Price: $77.99
Price: $66.00
You Save: $11.99 (15%)

If you prefer cartridge filters and own an Intex pool, then this is the filter for you. Unlike other systems, the Intex Krystal clear is designed to be used with disposable cartridges. Simply flush the system with the handy flush valve and then replace the cartridge. It’s that simple. At the end of the season, it can easily be dismantled with your pool or thanks to its double insulation it can be left set up all year long depending on the weather.

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12. Hayward C2251540LSS Above Ground Cartridge Filter

12. Hayward C2251540LSS Above Ground Cartridge Filter
List Price: $266.70
Price: $266.70
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This filter and pump combo is perfect for any above ground pool owner. With its diversified sizes, you can connect this to almost any pool. While primarily designed for above ground pools, it has the flexibility to be used on in-ground pools as well. Its filter is designed to give you maximum surface area for high quality filtering so your water stays clean and clear without a lot of maintenance from you.

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How to Buy The Best Pool Filter

The definitive guide to how to buy the best pool filter for your backyard system. Get a easy and detailed breakdown of Sand, DE, and Cartridge pool filters.

Your pool’s filter is one of the most important pieces of sanitizing equipment you have. It works hard all summer long cleaning your water so you can enjoy a clean pool. So why skimp on your filter? Instead, why not pick up one of the best pool filters available so you know your pool will stay clean and you won’t have to worry about filter problems during those hot, summer months? One of these filters should do the trick.

So what are you waiting for? Grab one of these filters today so you can get your pool ready for the swim season this year.

Happy Swimming!

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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017