Keep your above ground pool sparkling and clean with our hand-picked reviews of the best above ground pool filters.
Having a reliable pool filter can be a huge game-changer for you and your above ground swimming pool.
The big perk of having a quality filter is simple: it keeps your pool cleaner so that you can spend more time enjoying it instead of cleaning it.
Pools get dirty. Especially when you consider they are outside, collecting dead bugs, leaves, dirt, and so on. Combine that with the debris that swimmers track into the pool and you get an idea of how dirty your pool can become.
Pool filters work their magic by sucking in pool water and “washing” it through a filter, cleaning the water and pumping it back out into the pool. Larger junk gets collected into a strainer basket, which can be pulled out and emptied.
Instead of having to use your pool vacuum and balance the water daily, a good filter can decrease the amount of time you spend on cleaning the pool.
While many pools come with filters, there are some outstanding add-on filters that you can use to keep the waters of your pool sparkling and crystal-clear.
Here’s a breakdown of our favorite pool filters for above ground swimming pools.
1. Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter for Above Ground Pools
Intex is a popular name in the backyard swimming pool niche, making pools and pool accessories like replacement liners, pool toys, and much more.
Sand filters are awesome because they are ruthless with attacking algae spores and dirt. With a built-in timer, the soft sand filters, backwashes, and recirculates the water at a rate of over 2,000 gallons per hour. A strainer basket is included that helps to extend the life of the sand, which Intex says only needs to be changed once every five years.
The Intex Krystal Clear Pool Filter is designed for above ground swimming pools that are between 16’ and 24’.
2. Hayward DE Above Ground Pool Filter
This filter might look like a beige fire hydrant, but make no mistake, Hayward makes some powerful pool equipment, and this particular pool filter is a total monster when it comes to cleaning pools.
Hayward uses DE—diatomaceous earth—to rapidly and quietly clean pool water without the need for backwashing. Their pool filters are more powerful than sand filters and can tackle difficult algae blooms and dirty pools with ease. In terms of cleaning ability and speed, the Hayward DE Pool Filters are worth the extra cost.
Even though the unit itself is relatively small, the DE Filter attaches to a pump and goes to work immediately, resulting in noticeably clearer and cleaner water in just a couple hours.
3. Summer Waves Filter Pump System for Above Ground Swim Pools
The Summer Waves Filter Pump System is available in 1000 and 1500 gallons per hour and fits most above ground swimming pools. It is a combination skimmer and filter pump that works to continuously clean the water with a strainer and filter cartridge.
Easily attachable to the sidewall of your pool, the Summer Waves Filter Pump stays out of the way so that you can enjoy your pool and the surrounding areas without worrying about tripping on it. Users note the importance of keeping moisture out of the power switch to maximize the life of the pump.
4. Hayward ProSeries Sand Pool Filter
Another entry by Hayward is its ProSeries. Unlike the DE-filter, the Hayward ProSeries uses sand to filter the water from your above ground swimming pool. (It works for some smaller in-ground pools, as well.)
The durable filter tank has a 7-position valve that keeps pressure, and the durable corrosion-resistant housing ensures that it will keep coming back to keep the water clean season after season.
Easy to set-up, the ProSeries comes in a variety of sizes, includes the filter, a weather-proof base, Teflon tape. Hayward makes durable and powerful pool filters, and if you are looking for a sand filter this is your best bet.
5. GAME SandPRO Above-Ground Pool Filter
As you can guess from the product’s name, the GAME SandPRO uses sand to filter the water in your pool. Powered by a ¾ horsepower pump, the SandPro is a quiet-running debris-busting pool filter that leaves your pool sparkling and clear.
Recommended for Intex and Bestway above ground pools, the SandPro has a see-through top that allows you to see the debris that has been collected in the strainer, and has a clear pressure gauge at the top of the housing. The 75D model (pictured below) cleans pools up to 15,000 gallons.
The SandPro is highly-rated, with a nearly five-star rating, with many users lauding the ease to operate and install the pool filter.
6. Intex Krystal Klear Cartridge Pool Filter
Designed specifically for above ground swimming pools, the Intex Krystal Klear Cartridge Pool Filter. The filter uses Type A or C filter cartridges that are switched out every 14 days or so. Able to filter 1,000-2,500 gallons per hour, the unit requires a little bit of work to set-up, but it’s straightforward.
The 1,500 and 2500gph models come with a 24-hour timer. The double-insulated pump has an air release valve that aerates the water, oxidizing iron and manganese and works to keep your pool water clean and sparkling.
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