Sand Filter For Above Ground Swimming Pools

Do you need a sand filter for above ground swimming pools? Well there are a few criteria you’ll want to consider before selecting the pool filter that’s right for you. In this article, I’ll go over these criteria and highlight a few high quality filters for your pool.

Sand filters have many advantages over other types of pool filters such as cartridge types and Diatomaceous Earth types. Sand filters are the lowest maintenance and the most efficient type of filter pump for your pool. Sand filtration lasts 5 years on average which means you don’t have to buy more filter cartridges, etc. The pumps on these filters last 2-3 times longer than cartridge filter pumps as well.

Here are some of the features you’ll want to look for when selecting a pool sand filter:

  • Functions – there are 6 main functions for a pool filter. They are: normal, backwash, rinse, recirculate, drain and close system. Ideally, the pump you choose will have all 6 of these, but be sure to check.
  • Timer – The size of your pool determines how often it needs to be filtered. With a good filter you can set the clean cycles to 2, 4, 6, 8, or 12 hours. Having this many options give you great flexibility in how you maintain your pool.
  • Strainer Basket – Most filters have these now, but you’ll want to make sure. The strainer basket is used to collect larger debris to prevent it from damaging the pump.
  • Max Capacity – Be sure to check the max capacity of the filter you’re considering to make sure it can handle a pool the size of yours. With a lot of filters, there is a range of pool size they can handle. Sometimes smaller pools use smaller valves so you may need to get an adapter.
  • Warranty – pool filters are expensive, look for at least a 2 year warranty from the manufacturer.

If you make sure that the filter you purchase meets all of the above criteria then you can be confident that it will meet your needs and not leave you disappointed. I have highlighted a few options for sand filters in the links below for a good starting point. I hope that this article has been helpful in your search for a sand filter for above ground swimming pools.