My pool guy retired, and so I thought I would try to do the pool maintenance myself. Turns out it’s not that difficult. I had been bringing water samples to the local pool supply store, so thought I would try out this test kit as a time-saving alternative. I am not a chemist, nor do I care to be, so I was looking for something very straight-forward, leaving the scientific explanations of water chemistry behind.
It took about 10 minutes for me to go through the abbreviated instruction cards provided and to "run" the tests. In the future, I expect this time will be cut to under 5 minutes as I get accustomed to the process. You can run any one or more tests as you wish, the most common I suppose, being the test for chlorine content, which means that the test bottle for that particular test is likely to be consumed much faster than the other test bottles. I saw other comments posted that were unhappy to have to purchase the full complement of 5 replacement test bottles, when only 1 or 2 of them will be consumed more often; however, in view of the rather nominal cost of the complete bottle collection, it makes sense to me that a vendor doesn’t want to track multiple items of a very low-cost product. Wasteful perhaps, but since we’re talking about a few tablespoons here, I’ve got no issue with that.
The kit comes with a comprehensive paper-back booklet explaining the why’s and where-for’s of pool water chemistry, but as mentioned I didn’t spend much time with that. It also comes with 2 small postcard-size, plastic laminated cards that provide brief and concise test instructions and tables to help determine the quantity of chemicals to add to your pool. The test bottles are color coded, and (unless you’re color-blind) it is easy to determine the test results by matching the water color in the test tube to the color-key imprinted on the housing of the kit. No guessing, or measuring is necessary. All water quantities are clearly marked on the plastic kit housing.
I would guess that the paper booklet is bound to get wet over time, so having the information on water-proof laminate cards was a thoughtful plus. The bottles and tubes fit neatly inside a reusable/resealable plastic container for easy storage and transport. I think this is a simple to use, but comprehensive test kit that the average pool owner should have.
Lots of Features, Easy to Use, Nice Design