Pool Equipment

Test Kits Compared

One of the most important pieces of equipment one can purchase to maintain their pool is a proper test kit. Unfortunately, Pool Store testing seems to be unreliable and can lead you to add chemicals to your water that’s not needed. Nothing will give you more accurate and consistent results than testing using your own test kit.

We recommended you purchase a test kit that contains the FAS/DPD chlorine test as this will allow you to test your chlorine levels up to 50ppm while cheaper test kits can only test up to 5ppm. Two of the most commonly purchased test kits on TFP are the TF-100 and the Taylor K2006C. Both test kits use Taylor Reagents, and both will give you the data you need to maintain your pool. You may find some stores locally selling the Taylor K-2005 which is missing the all important FAS/DPD test. Below is a comparison of these two kits as well as other kits you may find on the internet. 

Videos showing the tests performed can be found HERE.

Taylor K-2006 /
Leslie’s 81329
Taylor K-2006CLaMotte 7022TFTestkits
TF-100 with
XL Option2
Chlorine FAS/DPD~25 tests~70 tests~70 tests~70 tests~140 tests
Combined Chloramines~100 tests~100 tests~100 tests~100 tests~100 tests
Chlorine OTONO~100 testsNONO~100 tests
pH Test~100 tests~100 tests~100 tests~144 tests~100 tests
Total Alkalinity~50 tests~70 tests~144 tests~70 tests~70 tests
Cyanuric Acid~6 tests~15 tests~25 tests~100 tests~15 tests
Calcium Hardness~50 tests~36 tests~144 tests~70 tests~36 tests
Warranty12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months
Internet PriceRoughly $58-65$70Roughly $80-100Roughly $108$90

1 If you already purchased a Taylor K-2005 or Leslie’s 81330 DPD test kit, the FAS/DPD test can be bought separately to give you the equivalent of the recommended test kits.

2 The TFTestkits use Taylor reagents….the reagent numbers are interchangeable.