How to Choose the Best Cartridge Filter for Your Pool

So you’ve ruled out a sand filter, and the options are endless with cartridge filters, here we will outline the best cartridge pool filters on the market suited for any application.

The size cartridge filter you require heavily depends on the size of your pool, under sizing your filter will be nothing but a headache for you and keeping it clean, but also oversizing it may cause issues if your pump is not powerful enough, resulting in a loss of suction and poor water flow.

Obviously, the larger your pool, the larger filtration area is required, which, "surprise, surprise", the larger filter is needed. Many brands will state the filtration surface area required for their application and even a flow rate to correctly match a pool pump for optimum operation.

We have outlined some key points to consider with a cartridge filter.

Cartridge Filter Pros

  • Cartridge filters require much less experience to install and are much quicker to connect to pool equipment, they do not require a backwash line!

Cartridge Filter Cons

  • Cartridge-style filters can crack and break fairly easily when left out in inclement weather, especially direct, hot sunlight.
  • The filtration elements require replacing yearly, You may find yourself needing to replace this type of filter more often if you experience heavy bathing loads or excessive chemicals.
  • It's much harder to clean a pool with a cartridge filter, and once the pool is green (or black) it usually requires a new element.
  • Cartridge filters may need more maintenance and more frequent cleans than sand filters.

Basic Cartridge Filter Maintenance Tips

  • Check your cartridge once per month. Remove the element and give it a quick hose to remove any debris, this will ensure the filter is working properly and keep your pool clear.
  • Thoroughly soak your cartridge every 3 months with some specially formulated filter cleaning solution. This should be a simple soaking process during which you place the filter in a large tub with filter cleaning solution and plenty of water to cover it. You will then need to rinse it fully and then put back into the tank for operation. For this reason, it may be helpful to have two separate filters to swap out
  • Replace your cartridge every year, many can see 24 months of use if you perform regular cleaning on them.
  • Rinse your filter cartridge every few weeks, for easier rinsing, use a special filter cleaning wand.

 

Choosing the best cartridge pool filter system can be a little bit of a challenge, but with this article to back you up, you never have to worry about making the wrong decision again.

Water TechniX Cartridge Filter Eclipse  

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With the success of our Water TechniX Filter Cartridge Elements, many of our customers kept asking when Water TechniX is coming out with its own filter cartridge, well friends, that answer is now!

The Water TechniX Elipse CF Cartridge Pool Filter has unbeatable value when it comes to your pool filtration needs. Its ultra-compact and bulletproof design makes it one of the sleekest and easiest to install cartridge filters out there. It is also covered by a 2-year iron-clad Mr Pool Man Warranty so you can rest easy that your investment is protected.

With a filter cartridge size of 100sq ft, the CF100 is ideal for most Australian pool sizes. The CF100's compact design coupled with the filter cartridge's filtration area ensures unmatched water clarity and longer filter cycles!

Compact in design with a small footprint, the Water TechniX Elipse CF Cartridge Pool Filter is ideal for confined spaces. No need to backwash, simply hose down the element when required. Save hundreds of litres of water per year compared to backwashing a sand filter (on average you are using 750 litres of water per backwash with a sand filter).

The element is made from Reemay materials providing superior filtration and a long life. The tank is covered by a 2 Year Warranty and 1 Year Warranty on all other parts

Features:

  • Constructed from highly durable UV resistant materials
  • Lightweight design for ease of installation and maintenance
  • Screw type air bleed for easy removal of any trapped air within the filter
  • High-quality oil filled pressure gauge
  • Tank is covered by a 2 year warranty and 1 year on other parts
  • A cartridge filters a finer dirt particle (approx 8 micron) than a sand filter (between 15 - 25 micron)
  • The element is made from Remay materials that provides superior filtration and long life
  • Height: 98.5cm
  • Width: 22.5cm

 

Benefits:

  • Eclipse CF cartridge filter is ideal for confined spaces
  • No need to backwash, simply hose down the element when required. On average each time you backwash a sand filter you are using 750 litres of water
  • A cartridge filters a finer dirt particle (approx 8 micron) than a sand filter (between 15 - 25 micron)
  • The element is made from Reemay materials that provides superior filtration and long life

 

The Water TechniX Elipse CF Cartridge Pool Filter comes in three sizes. A 100 sq ft model, which is featured above, and a 75 sq ft model which is perfect for smaller pools and spas, and a 150 sq ft model which is great for larger pools.

 

Waterco Trimline CC100 Series Cartridge Filter

Waterco Trimline CC100 Series Cartridge Filter

Trimline cartridge filter housings are designed for top loading with an easy locking ring system requiring no additional tools for simple filter cartridge removal and replacement. Constructed from high impact polypropylene and designed for easy maintenance, Trimline cartridge filters will give years of trouble free service.

The quick release lid locking ring for easy removal when the cartridge element needs to be cleaned. Allowing a more effective filtration area a cartridge filter takes up less space when compared to sand or D.E. filters. They are lightweight, compact and easy to install

Features:

  • Air relief valve
  • Easy to read pressure gauge
  • Hand operated lid lock ring, allowing simple cartridge removal and replacement
  • High impact polypropylene body
  • Pleated filter cartridge
  • 40mm half unions

 

Onga Pantera Series Cartridge Filter

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The compact Onga Pantera range of Cartridge Filters makes them ideal for confined spaces. A Cartridge Filter offers a more effective filtration area for the space taken. When water is in short supply a Cartridge Filter is a wise choice, as there is minimal waste-water due to no backwash cycle.

  • Ease of Access When Cleaning - The Onga Pantera Filters use a quick release lid locking ring for easy removal when the cartridge element needs to be cleaned
  • Compact Design - Allowing a more effective filtration area a cartridge filter takes up less space when compared to sand filters. They are lightweight, compact and easy to install
  • 40mm and 50mm Plumbing - For ease of installation the Onga Pantera range of cartridge filters inlcudes connections for both 40mm and 50mm plumbing for hassle free connection
  • Warranty: 5 Years on tank and 6 months manufacturing defects for the element

 

Davey Easy Clear Series Cartridge Filter

Davey Cartridge Filter Easy Clear 1000 - 100 sq ft-Mr Pool Man

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The Davey Easy Clear cartridge filter has been specially designed for the swimming pool owner who is after clean water without the higher cost of backwashing. The range on offer suits small to medium sized swimming pools and designed for easy installation and maintenance.

Supplied with a pressure gauge to identify when cleaning is required, the Davey Crystal Clear cartridge filter range is perfect for low flow pumping and for use with the Davey PowerMaster ECO and Silensor ECO swimming pool pumps.

Features:

  • Air relief valve
  • Easy to read pressure gauge
  • Hand operated lid lock ring, allowing simple cartridge removal and replacement
  • High impact polypropylene body
  • Pleated filter cartridge

 

Our Recommendation

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Hands down, our recommendation would be the Water TechniX Cartridge Filter Eclipse. Not only is it the best value for its price range, but it's designed and built right here in Australia ensuring that it is perfect for our harsh weather conditions. Other cartridge filters are designed to be as "neutral" as possible or a "one-sized-fits-all" when it comes to weather conditions so one model can be re-sold all over the world.

Not only that, but the Water TechniX Cartridge Filter Eclipse also has the full Ironclad guarantee of MrPoolMan, if there's anything wrong with it, we'll deal with it immediately, no more waiting around to contact the manufacturer.

Do you have any questions about this topic or the featured products? No worries, we're here to help! Drop us a question down below and we'll get back to you ASAP.

Happy swimming :)

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Tom Hintze

Head of eCommerce & Operations at Mr Pool Man,
Co-Founder at Water TechniX

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