pH testing: Taylor vs. dipstick


Well-known member
Jul 4, 2019
Scottsdale, AZ
My Taylor kit and Leslie's dipstick both agree that my Free Chlorine is 3ppm. The Taylor reagent R-0004 reads a pH of 7.4 while the dipstick reads 6.8-7.0. Why the difference?


Mod Squad
TFP Expert
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LifeTime Supporter
In The Industry
Apr 1, 2007
Sebring, Florida
Within reasonable cost, The drops based pH (Phenol red) is as good as it gets. It certainly is good enough for the accuracy and repeatability that TFP requires.


Mod Squad
LifeTime Supporter
Jan 17, 2012
Evans, Georgia
Consider that if you were making alterations in your chemistry based on that strip pH, which reading would you use? 6.8 or 7.0? Huge difference between them.

Using a test that is most accurate and repeatable also helps us help you. We know we're speaking the same "language" and can advise you safely.

Maddie :flower: