Cartridge vs Sand Filters: Picking the Right Pool Filter

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to selecting the best Pool Filter for your pool.All filtrations keep the water in your pool pristine, but what’s the difference? What exactly can they do and how do they operate? We understand that you want economical and effective pool gear for your in-ground or above-ground pool. Sand and cartridge filters are the most common pool filter types.

Let’s take a closer look at how the system operates before we get into the advantages and downsides of Sand vs. Cartridge. Filters of both kinds, as well as DE Filters, function in tandem with your pool pump to filter the water before it re-enters the pool. Dirt, trash, and other minute particles are trapped by the media filter (Sand, D.E., and Filter Cartridges). Bigger pool filters, on the other hand, will allow you to go longer between cleanings.

Sand Filters

For example, Sand pool filters are the simplest and most cost-effective way to filter an in-ground or above-ground pool. Sand screens use pool filter sand that eliminates debris and dirt as water passes through the medium. The filtered water then returns to the pool through to the filter’s bottom end. Back-washing happens in a Sand Filter when water rushes out through the waste pipe rather than back into the water, cleansing the filter.

The flow of water pressure through the filter will drop as the filter sand becomes older and filthy. The filter’s flow rate will go up as the water flow pressure decreases. The pool owner will be notified that it is necessary to backwash the equipment. Depending on usage, the sand media should be updated every 5 to 8 years.

Cartridge Filters

Cartridge filters may filter twice as much debris and dirt as sand filters. Its greater filter area allows water to flow more freely through the cartridge, allowing finer particles to be removed. As there is no need for a back-washing phase, upkeep is much easier. By not continually removing water and pool chemicals, pool owners could save money. All you have to do now is remove the Filter Cartridge and clean it or replace it with a new one.

These filters save energy by using low pump pressure, although they may have a greater initial cost. Because the required pressure is lower, your pool pump’s life can be extended.

A good pool filter is essential for developing and keeping a healthy and hygienic swimming environment. When deciding between Cartridge and Sand Pool Filters, we usually choose Cartridge Filters since they capture fewer dirt particles, clean faster, need less pump pressure, and are easier to maintain. Larger is always better when it comes to Cartridge Filters.

Filtration are still a good choice, especially in larger pools with more robust Pool Pumps. Sand Filters, like cartridge filters, must be sized according to the size of your pool pump.

We usually prefer a Cartridge Filter more than a Sand Filter if your swimming pump is over 1.5 HP. Cartridge filters are more adaptable, have a greater maximum flow rate GPM (Gallons per Minute), and will save you money on maintenance and pump expenditures.