Best Pool Test Kit on the Market – 2018 Review and Buying Guide

Oh, swimming pools, they represent summer, fun, playing and all things light and happy. With mermaid races, shark in the pool and other fun swimming pool games, swimming has been a very good way of bonding with family or friends. Unfortunately, swimming pool needs to be thoroughly maintained for these reasons and more.

It needs to be properly clean and to be properly cleaned, chemicals will be necessary. Because of the presence of chemicals, you need to be constantly testing the pool. You need to make sure the chemicals are just enough to maintain the cleanliness of the pool and not to the extent that it can harm you already. With that being said, I have listed down 2017’s best pool testing kit.

Best Pool Test Kit Today

This pool test kit is one of my top faves for it offers five possible ways of testing your swimming pool’s chemical content.

It allows you and fellow users to test the water in swimming pools in terms of Chlorine, Bromine, pH, Acid Demand, and the Total Alkalinity. Structurally speaking, I really love this because this kit comes in a polyethylene case which is really sturdy.

Moreover, this kit also provides a round test block that is clear-view. Along with these are color chips that are used for accurate matching of colors. Aside from all these, this kit also comes with a variety of solutions that come in 1 oz bottles.

Specifications:
  • Dimensions: 4.8 x 7.5 x 4.2 inches
  • Includes 1oz. solutions of #1-#3 and 1/2oz. solutions of #4 - #5
  • #2 Phenol Red is for use with 5-Way Test Kits and Phenol Red is for use with 2 or 3-Way Test Kits

PROS

  • Allows you to test all 5 which include Chlorine, Bromine, pH, Acid Demand, and the Total Alkalinity
  • Provides a clear-view round test block
  • Comes in a polyethylene case
  • Comes with color chips for accurate color matching

CONS

  • Can be a bit basic for those looking for more advanced or intermediate kits

This kit is one of the most integrated and inclusive pool kits. First of all, inside this kit, is a an equipment called photometer which allows you to have a digital reading of the test results.

In terms of structure, this kit is housed in a carrying case that can resist against water. Moreover, this pool test kit also allows you to test the water in 7 ways. You can evaluate the chemical content in terms of Free Chlorine, Total Chlorine, Bromine, PH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness, and Cyanuric Acid.

Aside from these, this kit also comes with a large variety of solutions. This certainly comes as no surprise considering that the owner company is one of the oldest manufacturers of pool materials and products.

However, this one uses liquid detergents instead of powder ones. Other user like it better when powder detergents are in use.

Specifications:​
  • Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Water resistant housing and carrying case provided.
  • Uses liquid reagents for all test factors except Cyanuric Acid, which uses tablets.

PROS

  • Can test the water in pool in 7 aspects which are Free Chlorine, Total Chlorine, Bromine, PH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness, and Cyanuric Acid.
  • The carrying case is sturdy and waterproof
  • The kit comes with a photometer which lets you have a digital reading of the test results
  • Manufactured by a credible and old company

CONS

  • Instead of powder detergents, this one uses liquid detergents
  • Some users prefer using powder detergents

Just like the previously mentioned company, Taylor Technologies has been one of the most reputable companies when in the industry. In fact, Taylor Technologies has been making high quality pool testing kits since the year 1960s.

This kit can test the state of the water in terms of both the Total and Combined Chlorine, pH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness and Cyanuric Acid. This kit can also be considered a bit advanced since this one comes with a Taylor 9058 comparator.

This kit also comes with reagents that are 75 ounce. Moreover, this kit is very easy to use considering that it comes with a pamphlet that serves as a guide. There is also a color-coded testing sheet which will also further serve as a guide.

Specifications: 
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 6 x 4 inches
  • Sanitizer tests are titrations

PROS

  • Tests both the Total and Combined Chlorine, pH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness and Cyanuric Acid
  • Manufactured by a known and old company
  • Comes with reagents that are 75 ounce
  • Comes with a complete guide in the form of pamphlets and color-coded testing sheets
  • Tests both the Total and Combined Chlorine, pH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness and Cyanuric Acid
  • Manufactured by a known and old company
  • Comes with reagents that are 75 ounce
  • Comes with a complete guide in the form of pamphlets and color-coded testing sheets

CONS

  • Not the best when it comes to pH testings and readings

This next kit on the list allows users to test and evaluate the water in terms of 5 aspects. These aspects and areas are Chlorine, Bromine, pH, Alkalinity and the Acid demand.

More than this, this kit comes with a comparator and this comparator comes with markings that will help you and fellow users to point out the ideal levels. One thing I appreciated about this one is that the comparator is aso very easy to read and use as compare to others.

As a result, this can be a good purchase for beginners or those who do not have any previous experience with pool testing. As for the features I did not quite like, first, the case is a bit difficult to close due to the latch.

Specifications:​
  • Dimensions: 4.3 x 4.5 x 7.1 in
  • Instructions and a plastic storage case included

PROS

  • Can test Chlorine, Bromine, pH, Alkalinity and the Acid demand
  • Comes with a comparator
  • Comparator comes with markings that help point out the ideal levels
  • Easy to use

CONS

  • Case is difficult to use
  • Alkalinity may be a bit hard to test and read

This pool test kit is probably specifically designed for beginners use. This test kit is highly efficient but since it seems like it was created for beginners use, this kit can also be very basic.

As the name suggests, this kit mainly tests the state of the water in the swimming pool in terms of 2 aspects or areas. These aspects are the pH and the Chlorine levels of the water.

Because of this, this kit is also very portable and compact which is a plus in terms of storage.It also includes a half ounce of OTO and pre-blended pH among all others.

Specifications:
  • Dimensions: 15.75 x 11 x 4 in
  • Includes 1/2-ounces OTO and pre-blended pH, CL range 0.3 - 3.0, blue hinged case
  • Packed 1 kit per
  • 2 in 1 pH and Chlorine test kit

PROS

  • Specifically designed for beginners
  • Mainly test the water in terms of pH level and Chlorine level
  • Includes a half ounce of OTO among others

CONS

  • May be too basic for some users

Chemicals Found in Swimming Pools

A pool test kit has been created to test the chemicals found in the water in the pool. This is necessary to make sure that the pool will stay chemically balanced and therefore, safe. There is a variety of chemicals found in swimming pools. Let us go through the basic ones. This will give you an insight on how to use your test kit as well.

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  • Sodium Bicarbonate: The compound and chemical sodium bicarbonate is mainly used to increase the total levels of the alkalinity of the water in the swimming pools.
  • Bromine: The element Bromine is mainly used to stabilize the acidic level or the pH level of the water. Bromine is used to make sure that the water of the pool will not become too acidic.
  • Calcium hardener: This one is pretty much self-explanatory. This element is used to increase the level of the hardness of the calcium found inside the pool.
  • Calcium Hypochlorite: This chemical is notorious for increasing the level of chlorine found inside the pool. As a result, this substance is used to purify the pool and also get rid of the algae, in the process.
  • Cyanuric acid: This chemical is mainly used to stabilize the levels of chlorine. Another one of its functions is that it protects chlorine from the UV rays of the sun. Usually, the cyanuric acid is infused into dichlor or trichlor.
  • Chlorine: This chemical is most known as either trichlor or dichlor. Of course, both are used to chlorinate the pool. The difference between the two is that trichlor typically still has to be attached to an already installed chlorinator. Meanwhile, dichlor can be used to chlorinate pools at a much faster and quicker pace.

A Guide on How to Use a Pool Test Kit

Generally, testing a pool is composed of three areas or aspects. These areas are mainly the pH level of the water, the hardness of calcium, the level of the cyanuric acid and last but certainly not the least, and the total amount of alkaline or alkalinity of the water.

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  • Step 1: First, you have to make sure you have some pool strips ready, preferably the plastic ones. You can buy it online and or at physical stores. Aside from these, you are also going to be needing some vials. These are where you will store the water you will be testing later on.
  • Step 2: Next, after you get yourself some plastic pool strips. You can begin the next step by dipping these strips into the pool. The purpose of this is for you to be able to get a sample of the water in the pool.
  • Step 3: In each section or part of test, you will be required to put the water inside a vial. After this, you will be needing to check the water in terms of the said factors above. These factors include pH level of the water, hardness of the calcium, level of the cyanuric acid and the total alkalinity of the water.

For best results, it should be appropriate if you test your pool at least once up to twice a week. Remember, testing your pool’s chemical level is the only way to know of your pool water is chemically balanced. This to ensure your safety as well.

A Guide to the Right Chemical Levels

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Of course, when testing the chemical levels of pool water, you need the proper guidelines and table on which level is right.

First, let us talk about the pH level of the water. Ideally, it should be about 7.2 up to around 7.8. Next, we have the hardness of calcium. For this factor, the ideal levels should be around 200 up to over 400 mm. Third, let us move on to the level of the cyanuric acid. Its level should be around 20 to 50 ppm.

And lastly, we have the total amount of alkalinity or alkaline. As for this, it should be around 80 up to around 120 ppm. In addition to these, we have to test the levels of chlorine as well. Ideally, the levels of chlorine should only be around 1.0 up to 2.0 ppm. Lastly, we also have to discuss the total amount of dissolved solids. These should only be around less than 5,000 ppm.

What a Pool Test Kit Must Contain?

pool test kit

The perfect pool test kit has to be inclusive. First, the pool test kit needs a sturdy case that will be big enough to hold all the materials and needs to be strong enough to protect what is inside.Inside, there has to be color scales that is created out of color chips that is protected against UV rays of the sun. The use of these is to test the chemical levels of the mixture of the solutions with the pool water. Next you need the pool strips and lastly, the solution for the testing.

Final Thoughts

And the winner for the review roundup for 2017’s best pool test kit goes to LaMotte 2056 ColorQ Pro 7 Digital. This test kit is manufactured by one of the leading companies in the industry and not to mention, oldest. The number one good thing about this is that it can test the water in all 7 areas. It is also more accurate since you no longer have to color match. This kit is very digital and more efficient.

So there you have it, guys! I hope this article really helped you on your journey to finding the best pool test kit for you! If you have any more questions, suggestions or just recommendations, do not hesitate to leave them down below! 🙂

Amanda Landers
 

Hi, I am Amanda. I live in New York City. I’m a passionate beauty aficionado and I have a burning desire for makeup and skincare products. I would like to serve up great beauty tips and awesome pictures to share the common interest with all beauty lovers.

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