December 10, 2012

DE Filters Vs. Cartridge Filters

Choosing the right filter is not as complicated as it may seem.  The toughest decision is to go with a DE filter or a cartridge filter.  Here is a breakdown of both so you can make the decision for yourself.

DE Filters:

  1. Filters to the smallest particle of all filters (5 microns).
  2. Grids cost about $10.00 – $15.00 a piece & you need a total of 8.
  3. Grids can last 10-20 years if cleaned regularly.
  4. Easy to clean.  Just hose it off on the grass. (Some say it makes a mess)
  5. Have to add DE every time you backwash or clean the filter.

Cartridge Filters:

  1. Not as messy to clean as DE filters.
  2. Never have to add DE.
  3. Cartridges cost anywhere from $60.00 to $100.00 a piece and you usually need 4.
  4. Cartridges last about 4 or 5 years.
  5. Water does not look as clear as DE Filters.
  6. A Cartridge filter is easier to take apart and clean than a DE filter.