Filter Bags or Cartridges?

Like Goldilox, you have to choose a cleaner that is just right for your pool needs. Not only do you have to consider what type of cleaner you want but you also have to decide between filter bags or cartridges. Although they both serve the same purpose, they also have differences that help pool owners maximize their cleaning ability. While a filter bag may work for your neighbor’s pool, it may not necessarily be the right choice for your pool.

Two Types

There are two different types of filter configurations: filter bags and filter cartridges. As you can imagine, filter bags have been around for longer than filter cartridges. However, cartridge filters are increasingly popular today. Before making your purchase, it is important to understand the similarities and differences that may affect your pool.

Pool Cleaner Filter Bags

Filter bags are made from fabric that is designed to catch large amounts of debris, dirt, and contaminants. However, minimum and maximum flow rates, holding capacity, construction, and style of the bag vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. This is why it is so important to do your research.

A metal or plastic basket keeps the bag from expanding from flow the pressure as the filter fills. Size does not matter when it comes to filtration. The holding capacity of a filter bag correlates with the surface area. The bigger the surface area, the higher the holding capacity is.

The surface area of a filter bag can differ dramatically depending on if it is single (typically found in disposable bags), multilayer, or pleated construction

Filter bags are a great low-cost option for pool owners who are not looking to break the bank. They are cheaper than cartridge filters and come in different styles to fit your cleaning needs.

Pool Cleaner Filter Cartridges

Filter cartridges in pool cleaners are typically made from a pleated fabric or screen and are used to help collect and trap debris in your pool. Like filter bags, cartridges vary in material and holding capacity so that they fit your specific needs.

For the most part, filter cartridges are extremely easy to use and maintain. In fact, this is one of the best selling points for pool owners.

Like cartridges for your pool filter, cartridges for your cleaner only requires a simple rinse after each cleaning session.

Filter screens also come in a variety of types to fit your cleaning needs. For example, the ultra-fine or pleated fabric screens are equipped with larger surface areas. This type is good for picking up higher levels of dirt and sand. For heavy debris, leaves, and twigs, we recommend a mesh or net filter.

Cleaner cartridges were designed to be disposable, however, you can use them multiple times before a replacement is necessary. Rinsing your cartridge after every use definitely ensures a longer lifespan.

Filter Bags or Cartridges? Which One Is Better?

When it comes to selecting a cleaner bag or cartridge, it’s not necessarily about which one is better. At the end of the day, it’s only about what you are trying to accomplish.

Which one will help you reach your desired outcome? Do price and longevity play a huge role in your decision? While some pool owners will say no, many others will certainly take price into consideration. Before making your cleaner purchase, consider the cleaner type, warranty, longevity, and if it employs a bag or cartridge.

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