Hi folks. Just joined here. We have been upgrading in depth our pools over the years as the kids grow older. We are in the market for a full depth pool now, just looking for a round ultra frame Intex.
Here is my dilemma as I'm not sure which way would be better to go. I can get an 18' x 52" Ultra Frame online at Sears currently for $712. Comes with the 1600 gph sand filter. (ship to store for pickup.)
Right before pulling the trigger on that, I see a 22' x 52" Ultra Frame online at Walmart for $699, (again ship to store for pickup.) This pool comes with the 2500 gph cartridge filter.
Knowing our experience with the cartridge filters on the smaller pools (nearly need to replace them every few days, gets costly) I am not at all interested in a cartridge filter at all no mater what the gph rating is. So, what I'm asking is, is the 1600 gph sand filter good enough or will I want more with that? Would getting the 22' with the cartridge filter be better (larger pool) for cheaper if I was to end up replacing the 1600gph sand filter next year anyways because of inadequate circulation?
Ideally, I want a sand filter over the cartridge and also plan to add in a salt water system next year (not now due to expense.) I don't want to be disappointed with the 1600gph sand filter and have to replace it anyways after I could have gone 4 foot bigger on the pool this year.
Previous years with our 6, 8, and 10' pools, we've just drained for winter, shopvaced the residue out of the bottom in the spring and refilled with the well over the course of several days. I definitely don't want to be filling an 18 or 22 foot pool with the well every spring, so we plan to winterize. I want to be sure the filter type/size would be good to do this every spring. Seems we go through about 4+ filters within days with the cartridge type when we refill the small pools, I don't want to have to go through filters like crazy with a larger pool.
Thanks, I'm enjoying the reading here and plan to keep reading.