Pool Filters for Inground Pools

Best Pool Filters for Inground Pools in 2020

What are the best pool filters for inground pools? You don’t need to worry about getting the perfect filter for your need because I have reviewed the top six models on the market today.

Pool Filters for Inground Pools

Top 6 Pool Filters for Inground Pools Reviews

Here is the list of the six best filters that you can use for your inground pool. 

1. Hayward W3DE3620 ProGrid D.E. Pool Filter

I have listed this model on the first spot as it is a model that provides efficiency and large-capacity performance. It also offers top-down and up-flow filtration thanks to the high-impact grid material.

Another feature I find to be amazing is the long-lasting copolymer construction that is reinforced with glass to remain rust-free. It is a model that was made to deal with huge pools due to its sturdy construction.

2. Hayward W3S220T ProSeries Sand Filter 

The W3S220T offers you efficient and boasts of multilateral assembly that makes it a durable product. I can assure you that this is the model you need if you want a filter that can last for years.

One unique feature I like about this product is the top diffuser that provides even distribution of water from the top. It also comes with significant pressure water/sand drain that allows rapid servicing or winterizing.

3. XtremePowerUS 75141 Inground Pool Sand Filter

One thing I found about this sand filter is the sound engineering that gives it maximum water flow to provide you clean water. It also comes with a 7-way multi-port for waste, rinse, closed, circulates, winter, backwash, and filter.

The core of the filter is a one-piece tank that makes it handy to use and last longer. I also find it to be easy to connect to a swimming pool.

4. Hayward W3S166T Pro-Series Sand Filter

I like the Hayward W3S166T due to its durable rust-proof material that ensures it lasts for long. It also has an umbrella-fold design that ensures even distribution of water.

There is also a VariFlo valve that guarantees the maximum flow of water. Another feature that makes it a superb model is the top diffuser that makes it easy to use.

5. XtremePowerUS 16” Above Inground Swimming Pool Sand Filter System 

Here is another model that I would recommend you try as it is one of the best filters you can get for your pool. It gives you a dependable performance to leave your pool sparkling clean.

One thing I noted about this filter is the heavy-duty make that guarantees it takes a constant beating. It is straightforward to connect to your pool thanks to the threaded connection.

6. Pentair Triton II Side Mount Filter TR60 Fiberglass Sand Filter 

Pentair Triton II Side Mount Filter is a product that comes with super-construction to last for years. One great feature is the threaded design that makes it easy to connect to your swimming pool.

You can also get value for your money if you choose this product. Besides, it leaves your swimming pool clean.

Final Word

There are no better pool filters that you can get on the market than the one I have reviewed above. These are models that can give you value for your money.

Pool Filter Pressure Low

Pool Filter Pressure Low: The Causes and Solutions of Low Filter Pressure

Low pressure is a term that is used to denote weak jets and low PSI reading on a pool’s filter pressure gauge. A high PSI can also lead to low filter pressure. 

Therefore, a high or low PSI reading is any number outside the recommended operating pressure of a pool’s filter. Here I address the causes and solutions of low filter pressure.

What Causes Low Pool Pressure Gauge?

When the pressure is not within the recommended range, this often shows a flow problem, and something might be restricting or blocking the water flow into your pool pump. It can be a problem after the pump, since after the impeller, the water is under immense pressure, and blockages lead to high pressure.  

Here are some of the issues that can lead to low filter pressure:

  • Restricted water movement in your pool
  • Clogged pump impeller
  • Blocked skimmer basket or pump basket 
  • Pump priming partially or the presence of air in the system when it is off
  • Pool cleaner not circulating the pool 
  • Eyeball fittings out of place at pool inlets 
  • Filter valve letting the water to bypass the filter
  • Bad pressure gauge 
  • Chemical treatments balanced, but the water is still cloudy or turning green
  • A clogged main drain cover or skimmer pipes 
  • Partially closed or closed main drain valves or skimmer
  • Air getting into the system at pump lid, valves, or pump intake 

How to Fix Low Filter Pressure Issues 

Below are some of the solutions that you can try to fix some of the issues that lead to low filter pressure.

Strainer and Skimmer Baskets 

If the basket, strainer or skimmer, is full of trash, you can be confident that it will shut off the pipe between the pump and the skimmer. That reduces the flow of the water into the pump.

When there is less water getting into the pump, it moves less water out. What that means is that the pool pump does less work, causing the water pressure to drop.  

Ensure that you clean the dirt to leave the baskets empty.

Clogged Filter

If the water cannot get via a blocked filter, you can expect less water to flow out of the filter. That will increase the pressure in the filter, showing that it is time to clean it.

Clean the filter as follows:

  • Soak it in a TSP solution for about 12 hours to get gunk and grease out 
  • Soak the filter in muriatic acid solution (10:1) to remove the minerals
  • Backwash a sand filter 

Clogged Impeller

It is one of the most ignored problems. Water can easily rotate out the sides of these devices if it gets blocked. That reduces suction, leading to low water flow via the pump.

Ensure that you clean the impeller.

Suction Leak

A leak in the suction side of a pool pump can result in several problems. If it is large, excessive air gets sucked into the system and the pump loses prime. 

A small leak allows air to get into the pump and accumulate at the top of the pool’s filter tank.  After sometimes, the air pressure accumulated creates back pressure that reduces the water flow. 

Fix the leak to prevent low filter pressure.

Bad Pressure Gauge 

Your pool’s pressure gauge might be faulty. The low filter pressure reading might be because of this issue, meaning that you should replace the pressure gauge.

Correct Filter Pressure Gauge Reading

Most filters are made to operate in the 5 PSI to 15 PSI or 10 PSI to 20 PSI range. It is time to clean your system if the pressure rises or goes below these ranges.

Run Pool Pump with Solar Cover On

Can You Run Pool Pump with Solar Cover On?

Can you run pool pump with solar cover on? It is a common question that most new pool owners ask or those people who have installed a solar pool cover for the first time. 

The answer to this question is a simple YES, but there are a couple of things that you should know to understand why the pool pump will run effectively with the solar cover on. 

What is a Solar Pool Cover?

You probably have used a safety pool cover and now want a solar model because it can heat your pool. What you don’t know is that your pool can absorb a lot of heat without any cover.

For instance, a white plaster pool of about 4½ feet deep can absorb about 60% of the sun’s heat. That heat is enough to raise your pool’s temperature by about 0.7-degree F. 

However, that heat gain might not be possible due to evaporation, which depends on air temperature, water temperature, the wind, and humidity around your pool. Evaporation can make your facility to lose up to 5-degree F for every 1/4-inch of water loss.

Thus, a solar pool cover helps to capture the sun’s heat and transfer it into your pool to keep it warm.

What is a Pool Pump?

The pool pump is the heart of a pool’s circulation system. It takes the water from the pool to the skimmer and the main drain, then to the filter, and back to the pool via the main inlet. It has three main components: hair and lint trap, impeller, and motor.

The motor is often electrical and can use 110/220 v and rotate at 3,450 RPM and is connected to the end of the impeller’s shaft of the motor. That helps to take the water via the hair and lint trap and later into the filter.

Why You Can Run Your Pump with the Solar Cover On

As seen, a pool pump works independently of a solar cover. It helps to push the water via the circulation systems such as the filter. The solar cover helps to warm the water, prevent evaporation, and prevent debris from falling into your pool.

The solar cover, when fixed the right way on the pool, has no significant impact on the pump. Besides, the purpose of running your pool pump with either the solar cover on or off is to circulate the water. 

And with the solar cover on, it is only the top 2-foot of the pool’s water that gets warmed. The other part of your pool remains cool. 

Therefore, running the pump when the cover is on helps to ensure that the warm water gets mixed with the cooler one. It is, thus, a benefit to run the pump when the solar pool cover is on.

Final Words

You shouldn’t worry about running the pool pump when the solar pool cover is on. These are two accessories of a swimming pool that works independently of each other. 

Tomato Risotto Recipe

It’s October, Summer is officially over and we welcome Autumn. So I thought it was about time I shared my tomato risotto recipe.

It’s my favourite time of year in the food calendar (Spring is my favourite season in general). I love all the vegetables and fruit available, and the shift from Summery salads to hearty, warming meals.

It’s also a time of year when you may have a glut of tomatoes left in your glass house, and you see lots of offers on tomatoes in the supermarkets.

My favourite tomatoes are cherry tomatoes on the vine, but at this time of year I like to get the larger varieties and make big tomato stews. Top of the list is my tomato risotto.

tomato risotto recipe

I have written this recipe for Eastman who make Tritan, which is used to make the Cleary Lock & Lock containers I have been using over the past few months.

I wanted to showcase the quality of the food containers, while also celebrating meals that are easy to make at home with leftovers that save well for the next day. This is habit I have found hugely helpful this year, to help reduce our food waste, our monthly food spend and also to help me eat more healthily.

When I have a tasty home cooked meal packed in my Clearly Lock & Lock containers sitting in the staff room fridge, I know I am far less likely to go impulse buying sugary fatty foods for my lunch.

We make a daily effort to take leftovers to work, along with 2 pieces of fruit. This has cut my snacking right down. I can now honestly say I only ever eat chocolate and crisps as a treat (or if I’m having an especially bad week).

As for the containers, we have been using them for a few months now and are really impressed. They have never leaked, they are lightweight and have not stained despite lots of tomato based recipes.

I also love the variety of sizes available. The last time I made this tomato risotto I actually packaged it up for my parents, as they had both been unwell. I used the 1L oval domed container, and it was perfect.

tomato risotto leftovers

For more information on the Clearly Lock & Lock containers, see the bottom of this post.

Tomato risotto recipe

Perfect for using up the last glut of tomatoes, and packed full of flavour. The leftovers reheat surprisingly well too.Prep time: 10 minsCook time: 40 minsTotal time: 50 minsRecipe type: DinnerServes: 2-4

Notes on the Recipe

This recipe was actually inspired by a meal at The Beach House Oxwich. Although tomatoes are one of my favourite foods, I never realised the humble tomato could pack such flavour in a simple risotto, so I decided to try making a version of my own, after tasting theirs.

What I also love about this recipe is that I usually make it with my husband. It’s the one time we will cook together and usually spend the hour in the kitchen cooking, and drinking wine while discussing our days. It’s become one of my favourite meals to cook, as it feels like real quality time together with neither of us on our phones or just watching TV.

This is a great ‘whole food plant based’ or ‘vegan’ meal if you substitute the Parmesan for a non dairy version. I found the Violife Prosciano an excellent substitute and could hardly tell the difference. It is my favourite vegan cheese substitute.

To reheat, add a splash of water, mix in well and then pop in the microwave until it is totally heated through.


  • 200g risotto rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cooking onion
  • 6 medium salad tomatoes
  • 4 heaped teaspoons vegetable stock(I use bouillon)
  • 50g Parmesan or vegan substitute
  • 600ml hot water
  • 1 small carrot (optional)
  • 2 sticks celery (optional)
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • generous pinch of rock salt & ground pepper
  • 1/2 glass white wine


  1. In a large, wide pan on a medium-low heat add the olive oil and risotto rice, keep the rice moving in the pan so that it is coated but doesn’t brown.
  2. Finely cut and prep the veg and add to the pan to soften. Carrots first, followed by celery, onions and finally tomatoes.
  3. Once the veg has softened slightly make up the vegetable stock and add one splash at a time, stirring constantly between additions.
  4. Once you’ve added 2-3 splashes of the stock and it has been simmering for around 10 minutes, add the white wine to allow it to simmer out for the next half an hour.
  5. Keep stirring, and topping up with stock as it simmers down until all the liquid has been absorbed and the risotto is al dente (just cooked) The sauce should be thick and not too dry.
  6. When the risitto is almost done, crush the garlic cloves and thyme into the pan and stir well, ideally 5 minutes before serving. If you feel it needs a little longer, add a few more splashes of hot water .
  7. Season with the salt and pepper, and parmesan if using.
  8. Serve immeditately and enjoy!.

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Notes on Clearly Lock & Lock

Tritan is a BPA-free plastic, which makes the Clearly Lock & Lock products safe.These containers are suitable for microwave use to reheat your food, they are dishwasher and freezer safe and also stain resistant. I will be putting this to the test with some tomato based recipes coming up shortly too.

The food safe silicone seal around the top makes sure the container is air and water tight. This stops leakages, and also keeps the food really fresh too.

The design is nice and smooth with curved edges, so they feel good to use and you could even eat straight out of the container. The locks are also really easy to use and not too stiff or bulky.

Although they are suitable for microwave use, this is for reheating only and not for cooking. So extremes of temperature in the microwave should be avoided.

The Lock and Lock food containers made with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester are now sold in Dunelm, so if you like the look of them you can find them there!

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This risotto recipe is perfect for using up tomatoes, and is also really romantic to cook with your partner. It also saves really well for leftovers.