Hayward Star Clear Cartridge Filter 50 Sq Ft. 1 1/2 Inch Ports - C500



Model # C500

By Hayward Pool Products

  4.5 Average  



Model # C500

Product Description

Hayward Star Clear cartridge filters provide crystal clear water and have extra cleaning capacity to accommodate pools and spas of all types and sizes. For replacement or new pool installations, Star-Clear sets the standard of excellence and value.


  • In-ground pools
  • In-ground pool/spa combinations
  • In-ground, in-deck or moveable spas
  • Hot tubs
  • Above-ground pools


  • Single locking knob securely fastens head to filter tank, eliminating bolts or clamps
  • Attractive, durable filter head may be rotated to conveniently position pressure gauge and manual air relief
  • Injection-molded filter tank for dependable, corrosion-free performance
  • Extra-large cartridge element with new precision engineered extruded core provides extra-strength and maximum flow
  • Elevated, filtered water collector and debris sump prevents accidental by-pass of heavy debris to pool or spa when cartridge is removed for cleaning
  • 1 1/2" or 2" FIP, or 2" SKT connections for plumbing versatility
  • 1/2" FIP filter drain for fast draining for elevated spas and tubs. Also accepts standard spigot valve


  • 1 year tank
  • 1 year parts

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Product Specifications

Port Size:
1 1/2 in.
Flow Rating:
50 GPM
Filtration Area:
50 sq. ft.
Turnover 8 Hrs.:
24000 gal.
Turnover 10 Hrs.:
30000 gal.

?     Asked on 3/23/2017 by curtis j knowles

I am making a portable filter for pool service. Is this an acceptable/recommended filter to be used with a 1hp pump motor? What are the dimensions of filter?

A     Answered on 3/23/2017 by Lennox H.

Hi, Curtis. This filter is too small to be used with a 1HP pump for a portable filtration unit. The physical dimensions are 29-1/2"H x 10-1/2"W.

?     Asked on 7/25/2016 by Jean-Francois D'Aragon

I have a 21 foot above ground pool with roughly 10300 gallons. My pump is a Hayward SP15932S Power-Flo Matrix 1-1/2-Horsepower 2-Speed Above-Ground Pool Pump which I keep mostly running on low. Would this C500 filter be adequate or not? If not, please propose adequate cartridge filter.

A     Answered on 7/26/2016 by Scott W.

Could you give me an estimate of how from your pump is from your main drain. I'm just estimating the flow rate so I know if that filter is able to handle the flow rate from that pump.

?     Asked on 5/30/2016 by BILL GRAHAM


A     Answered on 6/3/2016 by Lennox H.

Hi Bill, This filter can filter up to 24,000 gallons in an 8 hour time frame.

?     Asked on 5/7/2016 by Pete

I currently have a C 800 Filter and Cartridge, can i switch to a C 500? Pete

A     Answered on 5/9/2016 by Lennox H.

Hi Pete, It's not worth going to a smaller filter, I would better if you switch to the C900.

?     Asked on 3/16/2016 by John

I have a pool spa combo with 15000 gallons. What size cartiridge filter system do you recommend

A     Answered on 3/17/2016 by Lennox H.

Hi John, We do not have the proper info to recommend what size filter is needed for your pool. You can follow the steps in our How To: Size a Pool Filter to find out what size filter is needed for your pool.

?     Asked on 6/24/2015 by

What size pump is needed for this filter?

A     Answered on 6/24/2015 by Brian M.

The filter is not intended to accommodate more than 50 Gallons Of  Water per minute.  A 1/2hp Hayward PowerFlo II Single Speed Pump would just be a little higher, but is the lowest I can find.

?     Asked on 10/1/2014 by Guest

Are there specs on how many microns this filter is rated at? Is there available another filter that won't allow finer particles to pass through?

A     Answered on 10/1/2014 by Patrick P.

As a rule, sand filters sift particles ranging from 20 to 40 microns in size.  Cartridge filters can sift particles as small as 10 to 20 microns in size.  DE filters can sift contaminants as small as 1 to 3 microns in size. This makes DE filtration at least five to six times more efficient than sand filtration systems.

?     Asked on 9/21/2006 by Guest

Does this come with the filter cartridge and gauges?

A     Answered on 9/21/2006 by Patrick P.

This filter comes direct from the manufacturer and includes the cartridge and gauges.


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6     0

 (4 out of 5 stars)  

from Southern NJ ()

Pros: Easily cleaned....

Cons: Frequent cartridge cleaning...

Product is easy to install, easy to operate. A godd deal for the price.

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 (5 out of 5 stars)  

from Rolla, MO ()

I haven't put it to the test yet, I'll let you know in a couple months.

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1     2

 (5 out of 5 stars)  

from Edina, MN ()

This spa filter (Hayward 500)was ordered to replace an older one that developed a leak. It was shipped on schedule it was easy to track the shipment from Fl to MN in three days and delivered to my home. Very satisfied with with INYO information and customer service.

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 (4 out of 5 stars)  

from Homosassa, FL ()

Pros: Quick service

So far so good.

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