I often have customers asking me which is the better filter for their swimming pool, a cartridge or sand/media filter.

The answer depends on a number of factors, such as:

How much room is there for a filter?

Do you have room to backwash around 250-500 litres of water each time you backwash?

Whether you want to collect the finest particles in the filter, and other issues.

While I try to assess these for you when you contact me, I thought I would outline some major differences between cartridge filters and media filters to assist you in making the best decision for your pool.

Advantages of Cartridge Filters

  • Takes up less physical room
  • Don’t require somewhere to backwash
  • Filters to finer micron (filters finer particle size)
  • Having a spare cartridge makes the cleaning easier

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Advantages of Media Filters

  • Less ongoing costs, no replacement filters to buy every 2 years
  • Less maintenance, backwashing is often monthly and takes less work than hosing cartridge elements
  • Glass media filters can be used with mineral magnesium pools (Cartridge not recommended)


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