I went to get a CYA kit today because I ran out and didn't want to wait for it in the mail. They pointed me to their test strips and I said no, I don't want strips. One worker said it's only made in strips and the other said "no, you can get a regular test but it's not as accurate as the strips". Then he told me they recommend strips only for ALL testing as the strips are WAY more accurate than the other tests. The only way they carried the CYA non-strip test was in a 5 way kit and I think I have enough left for one more test so I passed. I know the pool stores aren't the greatest places for the type of info you get here but wow. Strips only? Even walmart sells some test kit components.
Needless to say, I'll be placing a refill order soon.