11 Best Way To Test Swimming Pool Water

Updated on: December 2020

Best Way To Test Swimming Pool Water in 2020


Poolmaster 22211 Smart Test 4-Way Swimming Pool and Spa Water Chemistry Test Strips, 50 count (Pack of 1)

Poolmaster 22211 Smart Test 4-Way Swimming Pool and Spa Water Chemistry Test Strips, 50 count (Pack of 1)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

Poolmaster 22212 Smart Test 6-Way Swimming Pool and Spa Water Chemistry Test Strips, 50 count

Poolmaster 22212 Smart Test 6-Way Swimming Pool and Spa Water Chemistry Test Strips, 50 count
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • For maintaining healthy water chemistry in swimming pool or spa
  • Analyzes six chemical factors; free chlorine, bromine, alkalinity, pH, total chlorine and total hardness
  • Free Chlorine/Total Chlorine /Bromine maintain sanitation, Alkalinity/pH measure the amount acidity, Test Total Hardness to help prevent formation of scale on hard surface pools
  • Dip in water for instant reading; no-bleed pads give accurate color reading
  • Comes in easy-to-store container; contains 50 strips per kit

Blue Devil 5-Way OTO Swimming Pool Test Kit- Chlorine/Bromine, pH, Alkalinity and Acid Demand, Includes Easy to Read Vials

Blue Devil 5-Way OTO Swimming Pool Test Kit- Chlorine/Bromine, pH, Alkalinity and Acid Demand, Includes Easy to Read Vials
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • 5-WAY TESTING: Test the Chlorine/Bromine, pH, Alkalinity and Acid demand levels of your pool
  • EASY TO USE: Comes with an easy to read color comparator and testing vials
  • COMPACT STORAGE: Store all the supplies in the plastic storage case provided!
  • MULTIPLE USES: Use the kit to test chemical levels year after year
  • INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED: Don't second guess your testing, use the included instructions!

Poolmaster 22270 5-Way Swimming Pool or Spa Water Chemeistry Test Kit with Case, Premier Collection

Poolmaster 22270 5-Way Swimming Pool or Spa Water Chemeistry Test Kit with Case, Premier Collection
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • For maintaining proper water chemistry; Tests for Chlorine, Bromine, pH, Acid Demand, and Total Alkalinity
  • Includes clear-view round test block with integrated color chips for accurate color matching
  • Includes 1oz. solutions of #1-#3 and 1/2oz. solutions of #4 – #5; (Note: #2 Phenol Red is not the same as Phenol Red – DO NOT interchange)
  • #2 Phenol Red is for use with 5-Way Test Kits and Phenol Red is for use with 2 or 3-Way Test Kits
  • Note: The #1 solution is sealed to comply with transportation regulations. No other solutions in this kit require sealed caps.

Poolmaster 22240 3-Way Swimming Pool or Spa Water Test Kit with Case

Poolmaster 22240 3-Way Swimming Pool or Spa Water Test Kit with Case
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • For maintaining proper water chemistry; analyzes three chemical factors: Chlorine, Bromine and pH
  • Round, clear-view test block with matching color caps to 1/2 ounce solutions of OTO and Phenol Red
  • OTO tests for chlorine levels and Phenol Red tests for pH; Phenol Red is for use with 2 or 3-Way Test Kits Only - not to be used with 5-Way
  • (Note: Phenol Red is not the same as Solution #2 Phenol Red - DO NOT interchange)
  • Note: The #1 solution is sealed to comply with transportation regulations. No other solutions in this kit require sealed caps.

U.S. Pool Supply Standard 3-Way Swimming Pool & Spa Test Kit, Tests Water for pH, Chlorine and Bromine

U.S. Pool Supply Standard 3-Way Swimming Pool & Spa Test Kit, Tests Water for pH, Chlorine and Bromine
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Professional 3-way water test kit for maintaining proper Chlorine, Bromine and pH chemical levels in swimming pools and spas
  • Kit includes a 1/2 ounce dropper bottle of OTO (Orthotolidine) Chlorine Test Solution and a 1/2 ounce dropper bottle of Phenol Red pH Test Solution
  • Includes clear view water testing block with accurate measuring scale and integrated color markings for the chemical levels
  • Comes with a user guide and it all stores in a polyethylene case
  • Easy to use, just fill each test tube with pool water, add 5 drops of the proper solution into each test tube, put the test tube caps on, shake the testing block then check the Chloride, Bromine and pH readings

HTH 1274 Multi-Purpose 6-Way Swimming Pool Test Kit

HTH 1274 Multi-Purpose 6-Way Swimming Pool Test Kit
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • BENEFITS: Tests chlorine, bromine, pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness and CYA in your swimming pool
  • USE: Test weekly so you can keep your pool water clean all season long
  • COMPATIBILITY: All pool types including chlorine, bromine and saltwater systems
  • FEATURES: Allows you to see results of the test in seconds and get pool instructions from HTH by texting a photo of your results to 484-123
  • INCLUDES: One set of 30 test strips in the bottle

AquaChek 561140A Salt Water Swimming Pool Test Strips - White, 1-Pack

AquaChek 561140A Salt Water Swimming Pool Test Strips - White, 1-Pack
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Includes Water Chemistry Insert With Directions
  • 10 Strips/Bottle
  • Tests For: Salt (As Sodium Chloride)
  • No Assembly Required

hth Pool Test Kit 6-Way Test Strips (1174)

hth Pool Test Kit 6-Way Test Strips (1174)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • The hth multi-purpose 6-way test strips will test for free available chlorine, bromine, pH, total alkalinity, total hardness and cyanuric acid stabilizer
  • These are the readings that will help you keep your pool clean
  • Contains 30 strips. Tests for free available chlorine, bromine, pH, total alkalinity, total hardness and cyanuric acid stabilizer FREE Water Analysis using the Test to Swim trade; Website/Station/App
  • hth is here to help with you swimming pool needs
  • hth is owned by Lonza, a leading manufacturer of water treatment chemicals
  • TO USE: Dip the test strip into the pool water about 18” below the water surface (approximately deep enough so the water reaches your elbow) and away from jets or return lines. Immediately remove with pads facing up. Do not shake off excess water. Hold strip level for 20 seconds. Compare to color chart on the back of the canister.

XtremepowerUS 5-Way Swimming Pool Test Kit pH, Chlorine, Bromine, Alkalinity Chemistry Testing with Case

XtremepowerUS 5-Way Swimming Pool Test Kit pH, Chlorine, Bromine, Alkalinity Chemistry Testing with Case
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • DIY Tester - Basic 5-Way Water Test Kit is an affordable, yet accurate, product to easily maintain proper chemical levels in your pool. The clear-view test block with matching color chips makes it easy for DIY water testing week after week
  • Five Testing Options - Tests for Chlorine, Bromine, pH, Acid Demand, and Total Alkalinity
  • Drop-Testing is Easy - Instructions included with step-by-step testing information plus added tips. A quick-reference guide is also included
  • Accurate Color Scales - For accurate test results, the readout scales are made from UV protected color chips integrated within the polystyrene test block - NOT PRINTED on the block
  • Polyethylene Case - Keep test kit components organized between testing and store in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight

U.S. Pool Supply Swimming Pool & Spa Test Kit Refill Solutions, Test Water for pH, Chlorine and Bromine

U.S. Pool Supply Swimming Pool & Spa Test Kit Refill Solutions, Test Water for pH, Chlorine and Bromine
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • The 2 standard refill solutions for pool & spa chemical test kits
  • 1/2 ounce dropper bottle of OTO (Orthotolidine) Chlorine Test Solution
  • 1/2 ounce dropper bottle of Phenol Red pH Test Solution
  • The 2 standard testing solutions that are used for measuring and maintaining the proper Chlorine, Bromine and pH chemical levels in swimming pools and spas
  • 5 drops of each solution are typically mixed in a test tube block along with pool water to check the Chloride, Bromine and pH readings

My Top 10 Tips for Preparing Outdoor Swimming Pools for Summer

Follow these easy 10 steps and your pool will be operational.

Preparing outdoor swimming pools for summer - Tip #1
Remove the cover. Depending on the size of your pool this may require someone to assist you. You want to clean off leaves and debris from the top of the cover before you start. You do not want that mess on top wind up in the water.

Preparing outdoor swimming pools for summer - Tip #2
Now that the cover is off, give it a good cleaning with the garden hose. Let it dry and then fold it as neatly as possible for storage. Check it for damage. If it appears that it will not make it through another winter you will have lots of time to find a new one on sale.

Preparing outdoor swimming pools for summer - Tip #3
Walk around your pool and do a visual survey. Does the liner look ok? Did the water level drop lower than usual, which may indicate a possible leak? When you feel that you have checked it out as much as you can without going in the pool its time to move to the next step.

Preparing outdoor swimming pools for summer - Tip #4
For an in ground pool your next step is to put your hand rails back in place. If you have a safety rope you should hook that up now.

For an above ground pool hose off your steps and put them in the pool.

Preparing outdoor swimming pools for summer - Tip #5
Now it is time to turn on the filer and make sure it runs. Adding water to a pool changes the chemical balance. You should fill your pool to the required level before you take a water sample.

Preparing outdoor swimming pools for summer - Tip #6
This step is very important as the results will serve as guidelines for the season - take a water sample to the pool store. They do not charge for this service. You will receive a printout stating the levels of: alkalinity, pH, water hardness and chlorine.

Preparing outdoor swimming pools for summer - Tip #7
The pool store associate will then use the results from the testing to make recommendations as to what you need to add to the pool to bring it up to acceptable levels. Once you know what chemicals you need you can purchase them while you are there.

Preparing outdoor swimming pools for summer - Tip #8
Get out the printout from the pool store, follow the recommendations, add your chemicals and then use your home testing kit to check the levels. Buy yourself a good 5-way test kit so that you can check the levels yourself.

Preparing outdoor swimming pools for summer - Tip #9
Algae is a problem that will develop fast. You want to nip that problem in the bud before it even starts. We use a three month algaecide. We put it in the day we open the pool and again three months later and that covers our season. If you are in the North or colder areas you may only keep your pool open for three months so one bottle will be enough. There are many brands of 3 month algaecide choose the one you feel comfortable with. Do not waste your money on 30 day algaecide.

Preparing outdoor swimming pools for summer - Tip #10
Next you need to give the pool a thorough vacuuming. Once that is finished and you have your pool chemically balanced and the water is warm enough - its pool time. If you have kids you need to remind them of your pool safety rules. Now lather on the sunscreen, grab the hat and head for the pool.

If you follow the above steps for preparing outdoor pools for summer you will be on your way to enjoying your pool season. Remember to check your chlorine levels daily and make adjustments as necessary. Very shortly my husband and I will be following the above steps to open our pool. We have been doing this together for 13 years at 4 different homes, 4 different pools. You are on the road to a fun time in your swimming pool - enjoy the pool and be safe!

Sources:

Greenhill personal experiences

Poolsupplies.com

Poolcenter.com

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