Intex pump upgrade


Bronze Supporter
I know I don't even have my pool set up yet, but I was wondering if I should go on and upgrade the 1000 gph pump that comes with the pool to this one : Intex 28635EG Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 1500 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI : Swimming Pool Water Pumps : Gateway

It's 1500 gph, so that's 25 gpm. Canister filter. I just don't know if I should pull the trigger on it now or later. I suppose I could use the old filter pump to run a cleaner at some point.

there's a 2500 gph model as well, for about $10 more.

The one that comes with the pool is 1000 gph, which isn't much.


Bronze Supporter
Aug 2, 2017
SE Kansas!
Having upgraded ours. I would personally make the jump to min 2500gph.
Do you want cartridge, or is a sand filter a possibility?
Long term costs and maintenance are lower on sand filter 😉. The biggest downfall is the backwashing, which could be as infrequently as monthly or up to weekly.
We actually don't have to do ours but about every 6wks or so, as long as the pool is covered.
Cartridges have to be cleaned or replaced as dirty.


LifeTime Supporter
Sep 27, 2012
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Upgrading my pump was one of the first moves I made on my pool journey.
10$ more for the 2500 gph would be the way to go.
Sand filter is also very nice, another of my early upgrades, but is another 100$.
My motor died long ago but I still use the same sand filter today that I bought 10 years ago. Adding up the number of filters I have saved over the years the sand filter has basically paid for itself.