Swimming Pool Filter Types
Swimming Pool Diatomaceous Earth (DE) Filters
D.E. pool filters are
similar to sand pool filters in that these filters operate by pumping
water through D.E. powder (diatomaceous earth).
In my opinion, these filters are as much of a
hassle as sand filters - if not more. You'll have to change
the D.E. powder fairly regularly (though these filters use a far less
amount of powder as compared to sand filters) and the filters even have
the same kinds of settings as sand filters, like backwash, rinse, waste
and so forth.
The main advantage of a D.E. filter over a sand
filter and a cartridge filter is that it filters out almost everything
from the water. A D.E. filter will give you the absolute clearest
water, and it might be good for someone who has extremely sensitive
skin. However, I personally doubt that most people would be able to
tell the difference between a pool filtered by a sand, cartridge and
At the place I used to work at, I can't remember a
single person ever buying a D.E. filter, we never recommended them, and
there were only a handful of customers out of hundreds that even had
If you absolutely need the best filtration you can
get your hands on, consider a D.E. filter, but otherwise it's probably
not for you.