I personally use test strips. After having done hundreds of strip tests and probably hundreds of drop tests with our Lamotte Colour Q at the store, strips are not as evil as pretty much everyone on here makes them out to be.
How much fun is it to use your Taylor test kit everyday, awfully time consuming i would imagine and tiresome after awhile.
I use strips daily and having a good idea of exactly where my pool and hot tub are 'at' i can make quick changes in under 5 minutes, of course if I need to really nail it down i use the Colour Q.
I dont get why everyone here has got a hate on for test strips. Do I use them exclusively? no. Do they have their place in water chemistry? I think so.
I believe in 'balance', i cant honestly tell someone that the ONLY way to test their water is by using one of these test kits, they would shop elsewhere guaranteed. I tell our customers that if they are having problems balancing their water then to bring in a sample and we will test it and get them back on track.
I always have a hard time believing anything or anyone that says their is only one way to do things properly.
This just seems to be one of those things that forums in general always have, one way of thinking, regardless of anything else.
There I said it.