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Thread: Cartridge filters: Unicel vs. Filbur

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    Cartridge filters: Unicel vs. Filbur

    Hi TFPers,
    Hope all are having a great day.

    I need to get some new cartridges for our filter. We moved in last year, and I cleaned the current ones last summer. The filters were pretty stained up and they were not the correct size from what I learned after the fact. Anyhow, it has been on my list of to-dos.

    Through research here, I learned that Pleatco filters really don't compare to Unicel or Filbur. And, of the later two, Unicel gets the nod. I have been Google shopping for filters, and came across some deals on Unicel and Filbur. The Filbur is cheaper though. Just wanted to figure out what others would do here. Get the Filburs, or pay a little more and get the Unicels? Is there really much of a difference between these 2 brands.

    Here are the details of the deals I found:
    4 Filbur cartridges at $182.36 from Filtersfast.com
    https://www.filtersfast.com/P-Unicel...FQqVfgodukIASA

    4 Unicel cartridges at $225.50 from Ebay:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/3908358...lpid=82&chn=ps

    Worth the $43.14 for the Unicels?
    19k gal IG plaster, built '70s, probably resurfaced in '80s-'90s; Blue Haven Hayward filter C4520BHMB (Filbur FC-1275 cartridges); Hayward MaxFlo sp2302 VSP 1.5hp; 6 solar panels 288. sq. ft. total (142"x47.5" ea.) on 1 story hm; Pentair Compool LX220 Solar Controller; FlowVis flow meter; Maytronics Dolphin S200; AG 300 gal AquaTerra spa; TF-100 & Speedstir; gone: Pentair Challenger 3/4 HP 1 speed; Polaris 280

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    Re: Cartridge filters: Unicel vs. Filbur

    I think they are very similar. Although have also read that the Pleatco are a little lower quality.

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    Re: Cartridge filters: Unicel vs. Filbur

    I vote for Pleatco over Pentair OEM cartridges. Don't know about the two you actually want to know about.
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    Re: Cartridge filters: Unicel vs. Filbur

    What about the Hayward OEM filters ?? http://www.allpoolfilters4less.com/product/cx880xre
    Last edited by Donny; 04-18-2015 at 08:34 PM. Reason: edit link
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    Re: Cartridge filters: Unicel vs. Filbur

    Judging from the limited reponses and no poll results, I can infer that it is 6 of one, half dozen of the other. As such, I will just be getting the Filburs and save the $40+.

    Reason for not looking at the Haywards is b/c they are generally more $. That link you provided Donny is for Unicels anyway. Tx though.
    19k gal IG plaster, built '70s, probably resurfaced in '80s-'90s; Blue Haven Hayward filter C4520BHMB (Filbur FC-1275 cartridges); Hayward MaxFlo sp2302 VSP 1.5hp; 6 solar panels 288. sq. ft. total (142"x47.5" ea.) on 1 story hm; Pentair Compool LX220 Solar Controller; FlowVis flow meter; Maytronics Dolphin S200; AG 300 gal AquaTerra spa; TF-100 & Speedstir; gone: Pentair Challenger 3/4 HP 1 speed; Polaris 280

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