DE or new Cartridge Filter


New member
May 20, 2017
Twin Lakes
Hi All,
I purchased a house that has pool, 20,500 in-ground. Old house had a 24' round above ground.
My old pool used a Hayward Pre-Flex DE filer. Loved it, I replaced a Hayward Cartridge filter in 2012 and never looked back.

New pool has a Jandy 460 cartridge filter. The cartridges
1) look original, 5 years old - broken bands, seem in bad shape.
2) Jandy OEM - meaning cheap, basic cartridge filter.

So I need to either replace the cartridges or switch out for DE.

I am reading that cartridge filters have made improvements over the last 8 years or so.
Open Flow cores (larger rectangle opening in the core as opposed to little circles)
Better material (polyester as opposed to remmy)
And now Pleatoco has a band less filter Pleatco Ultra or so,

Should I spend the $200 - $250 to upgrade to a higher quality cartridge filter.
Or should I just rip it out and put in a DE?

Anyone have positive experiences with these new cartridge filters ? How do these new cartridge filters stack up against DE ?



LifeTime Supporter
Jul 24, 2007
Suwanee, GA
I have the Jandy 460 and the OEM filters lasted 12 years, the were still in good shape when I replaced them. My pool stays open year round.

They were replaced with Unicel media, was about $220.


Gold Supporter
Jul 3, 2018
I have DE and really like the filtration I get with it. Since taking over my pool from the builder's service and getting a robot, I've broken it down once at the beginning of the swim season. I backwash once a month even though pressures have not warranted it. I feel the life of the DE is greatly extended without all the use flocculant and algaecides from the pool service.

I recall when getting our pool built there were different pump requirements for DE versus other filters so I'd suggest verifying your pump can handle the size DE you'd need.


Well-known member
Jun 16, 2019
Everybody has their own favorite. I have a 500 sq ft, dual cartridge. It works great and is easy for me. Some people swear by sand and others DE.
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