Sand Filters - Honourable Mentions and Best in Show  

by Pool Builders on 11-03-2012 in Articles

Every good swimming pool needs an equally good sand filter to keep it clean and sparkling. The two go hand-in-hand. Finding the best sand filter for your pool entails doing excellent research which will enable you to select the best from the plethora out there. We've done some of the groundwork for you with this comparison.


This is definitely one of the leading brands in sand filters in particular, as well as the swimming pool industry in general. No matter if you have a backyard or a commercial pool, Sta-Rite will take care of your needs. Its top three sand filters are as follows:

The Cristal-Flo

It is easy to work in comparison with other filters as its control valve handle can be turned effortlessly. It is durable and not prone to corrosion or rust, being made of an extra thick polyethylene tank. It is best suited to backyard pools, ponds, or fountains. This costs about $350.


It is suited for in-ground pools and hot tubs as well as commercial pools. Its model 24 can turn over up to 22,000 gallons of water, and model 30 has a turnover of 35,000 gallons of water, both in a 6-hour time span. With its increased capacity and innovative designs, the HRPB offers better handling of dirt. Priced at around $1050.

3-Sand Filter

This filter features a two-piece tank housing which is made of Dura-Glas (which is a glass reinforcement product that only Sta-Rite possesses.) This filter uses a two-drain plug system: the side one aids sand removal and the bottom one eases draining. The 3 can be used with in-ground pools of any shape or size, fishponds, fountains, and spas. You can choose between model S7S50 which can turn over 17,000 gallons or the S8S70 which can turn over 25,000 gallons, both in 6 hours. Costs start at $190. That's it for the Sta-Rite filters. Let's give some other brands a fair chance!

Hayward Pro Series S 224 t

Hayward offers superior performance and the latest technology in pool filtering. Priced between $250-460, it will not break the bank too much. It enables easy cleaning and maintenance of your pool.

Intex 2

This is a 100- gallon sand filter. If you are among those who are tired of having to buy replacement cartridges for your filter and change the cartridge all the time, then this is the one for you. Those sand filter is low maintenance and very effective. It can take care of 2,100 gallons of water per hour. If you don't have an Intex pool, you might have to buy plumbing adapters to ensure the filter works with your pool. This one boasts a 6-function control that allows you to set it for normal filtering, rinse, backwash, recirculate, and drain and close system. The amazing part is that you can set and forget. Yes, it has a daily timer that ensures automatic maintenance and less stress for you. It is very well priced, prices starting from $40 at amazon.

Our favorite is the Intex. This will be especially good if you don't have a pool yet and are about to add one to your backyard. So you can opt to get an Intex pool and filter.

These are some great sand filters you can choose from. If you wish to widen your horizons, by all means, do. Use the information provided here as a foundation for your search. Enjoy the process of selecting a sand filter€¦and the swimming!

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