Push-Pull vs Multi-PorFilter Valves

Poolside Chat Episode #27: Push-Pull vs Multi-Port Valves

This is Poolside Chat where every week we answer your questions on how to fix and maintain your swimming pool. Poolside Chat is presented by INYOPools.com, helping pool owners find the right parts since 2001. In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:
  • Push-Pull vs Multi-Port Valves: Which one wins the title of Best Pool Filter Valve?

Now here’s your hosts – Matt and Rob.

What is the difference between a Push-Pull Valve and a Multi-Port Valve?

Jean, from Richmond, VA

A pool filter’s push pool valve only has two setting has two settings Filter and

slide valve for a pool filter
Pool Filter Slide Valve

Backwash. Meanwhile, multi-port valves can have 4,6,7 or 8 settings that divert and route the water through your plumbing. The most common multi-port valve setting are Filter, Backwash, Rinse, Recirculate, Winter, and Closed.

There is a benefit to the multi-port valve extra capabilities. The more settings allow the pool user flexibility during maintenance. Both valve types have Backwash but the multi-port’s Rinse setting allows you to clear lingering debris from the filter and pipes rather than sending it back to the pool. Recirculate allows you to bypass the filter media in cases where you are adding chemicals that may be hard your DE grids or sand or if you have a cracked tank but still need to turn over your

hayward multiport valve
Hayward SP714T Multi-Port Valve

water for chlorination. For more information on these valves, read out guide titled: How a Multiport Valve Operates or How To Operate a Hayward Slide Valve

For most filter models, the price between the slide and multi-port valve options is not to drastic. WWe suggests springing for the multiport valve to give you the extra capabilities for whatever pool issues pop up down the line.

One thought on “Poolside Chat Episode #27: Push-Pull vs Multi-Port Valves

  1. I have a Summer escape above ground soft sided pool 24’×52″. We are in need of side rail poles, as some of ours have been damaged due to either shifting or in level ground. Also is it wise to use sand for a plat form and any sugestion on how to set side rail poles so they won’t bend when the weight is against it.

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