This guide has been compiled for above ground pool owners to help find and match the best Intex filter pump system to their pool. It is concentrated on Intex range, highlighting both the Intex sand filter pump and the Intex cartridge filter pump systems.  Included in the guide are some other first class buying alternatives from other manufacturers as well.

A lot of choices of pump and filter systems are available to above ground pool owners, and most of them are simple to understand, and simple to install.

The Intex filter pump range in particular has been especially made for installation by the pool owner rather than a professional.

Intex is one of the most popular manufacturers of above ground pools, and they have made owners lives very easy by combining and matching pump and filter systems for their pools into a single combo unit.

However Intex is not the only provider of above ground pool pump and filter systems, there are other excellent alternatives, in particular the brilliant Haywood product range that we have included in this guide. 

The Haywood range is an alternative that some Intex pool owners have converted to with great results. Many see it as an upgrade from the stock equipment that comes with their pools.

So if you are an Intex above ground pool owner it is simply a matter of matching your pool size to the type to a filter pump product from their extensive range.

ABOVE GROUND POOL

Pool Dimensions
Pool Capacity (90%)
Typical Pool ProductsFeet / InchesCentietersGallonsLiters

EASY SET POOLS

15' x 33" 457cm x 84cm25879792
15' x 36" 457cm x 91cm282210681
1.2 Intex Easy Set Pool
15' x 42" 457cm x 107cm328412430
15' x 48"457cm x 122cm373614141
16' x 42" 488cm x 107cm375414209
16' x 48" 488cm x 122cm427316173
18' x 42" 549cm x 107cm478618115
18' x 48" 549cm x 122cm545520647
18' x 52" 549cm x 132cm589422309

CIRCULAR POOLS

15' x 36" 457cm x 91cm328212422
15' x 42" 457cm x 107cm386114614
1.2 Intex Metal Frame Pool
15' x 48" 457cm x 122cm444016805
16' x 48" 488cm x 122cm506119156
18' x 48" 549cm x 122cm642324311
18' x 52" 549cm x 132cm698126423
20' x 52" 610cm x 132cm863832695
24' x 48" 732cm x 122cm1148343462
24' x 52" 732cm x 132cm1248147241

OVAL POOLS

18' x 10' x 42" 549cm x 305cm x 107cm288510920
INTEX oval frame pool
20' x 12' x 48" 610cm x 366cm x 122cm439316628
24' x 12' x 48" 732cm x 366cm x 122cm540720465
28' x 12' x 48" 853cm x 366cm x 122cm642024300

ULTRA FRAME

16' x 48" 488cm x 122cm506119156
18' x 52" 549cm x 132cm698126423
18' x 9' x 52" 549cm x 274cm x 132cm454517203
24' x 12' x 52" 732cm x 366cm x 132cm840331805
32' x 16' x 52" 975cm x 488cm x 132cm1436454368

Intex Filter Pump; CARTRIDGE System 

The Intex filter pump cartridge filtration system is super easy to use and maintain. Pulling, cleaning and reinstalling cartridges is just a five minute job, but it does have to be done on a regular basis.  Like all filters at some point they will need replacing at the cost of around $2 – $3 per filter.

A cartridge filter system with new filters installed can clear out particles down to 10 microns.  As the filter wears they obviously become less efficient.

The filters used in the Intex filter pump are made from pleated Dacron (a synthetic polyester) so depending on the type of particles they are dealing with they should be able to be rinsed and reused several times before needing replaced.

Intex Filter Pump: CARTRIDGE System Specifications

Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 1000 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 1500 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 2500 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
Intex Cartridge Filter Pump
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 1000 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 1500 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 2500 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
Product Code
28637EG
28635EG
28633EG
Pump Flow Rating
1000 GPH
1500 GPH
2500 GPH
Est System Flow Rate
750 GPH
1180 GPH
1900 GPH
Timer
Min Pool Size
-
-
4000 Gallons
Max Pool Size
6000 Gallons
9400 Gallons
15200 Gallons
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 1000 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
Intex Cartridge Filter Pump
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 1000 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
Product Code
28637EG
Pump Flow Rating
1000 GPH
Est System Flow Rate
750 GPH
Timer
Min Pool Size
-
Max Pool Size
6000 Gallons
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 1500 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
Intex Cartridge Filter Pump
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 1500 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
Product Code
28635EG
Pump Flow Rating
1500 GPH
Est System Flow Rate
1180 GPH
Timer
Min Pool Size
-
Max Pool Size
9400 Gallons
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 2500 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
Intex Cartridge Filter Pump
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 2500 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
Product Code
28633EG
Pump Flow Rating
2500 GPH
Est System Flow Rate
1900 GPH
Timer
Min Pool Size
4000 Gallons
Max Pool Size
15200 Gallons
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 1000 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
1756 Reviews
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 1000 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
  • Easy to use - simply replace the old cartridge with a new one every two weeks, Double insulated pump
  • The number on the actual item seen in the image is 637R, is the component part number that corresponds to the individual part for the system and this does not pertain to the model # 56637EG.
  • Air release valve for air trapped inside filter chamber
  • Sediment flush falve at bottom of filter chamber
  • Works with 15-feet Easy Set, 15-feet Metal Frame, or 18-feet by 10-feet Oval Frame pools. the hoses are 1-1/4 so if you need 1-1/2 you need an adapter.
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 1500 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
962 Reviews
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 1500 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
  • Specially designed for above ground pools. For use with Intex Easy Set pool models 18', Frame pool models 16' or 18', Oval Frame pool models 20' X 12'.
  • Easy installation - just attach hoses and plug in (Partial assembly required).
  • System flow rate: 1,180 gph (2,839 lph). Pump flow rate: 1,500 gph (3,785 lph)
  • Double insulated pump. Auto timer with preset 2 to 12 hour cycles.
  • Air release valve for air trapper inside filter chamber. Sediment flush valve.
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 2500 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
1329 Reviews
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 2500 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI
  • Easy to use - simply replace the old cartridge with a new one every two weeks
  • Double insulated pump
  • Air release valve for air trapped inside filter chamber
  • Sediment flush falve at bottom of filter chamber
  • Works with 18-feet Easy Set, 18-feet Metal Frame, or 18-feet by 10-feet Oval Frame pools

Intex Filter Pump: SAND System 

Pool filtration systems using sand as the filter medium are the most common and most economical to maintain and service.

Unlike the cartridge system of filtration which needs a particular cartridge filter installed,  the special inexpensive pool filter sand can be found at most good home and hardware stores.

Whilst the sand filter system is an efficient method of removing particles from pool water it typically only filters out particles down to around 20 microns. Of course this is sufficient for most pool owners and systems, if you are looking to trap smaller particles than that then the Intex cartridge filter range is available as an option.

 

Intex Filter Pump: SAND System Specifications

Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 10-inch, 110-120V with GFCI
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 12-inch, 110-120V with GFCI
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 16-inch, 110-120V with GFCI
Intex Sand Filter Pump
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 10-inch, 110-120V with GFCI
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 12-inch, 110-120V with GFCI
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 16-inch, 110-120V with GFCI
Product Code
28643EG
28645EG
28651EG
Pump Flow Rating
1200 GPH
2100 GPH
3000 GPH
Est System Flow Rate
1050 GPH
1600 GPH
2450 GPH
Timer
Tank Size
10 inch
12 inch
16 inch
Sand Tank Capacity
26 lbs
50 lbs
120 lbs
Min Recommended Pool Size
2800 Gallons
2800 Gallons
5500 Gallons
Max Recommended Pool Size
8400 Gallons
12800 Gallons
19600 Gallons
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 10-inch, 110-120V with GFCI
Intex Sand Filter Pump
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 10-inch, 110-120V with GFCI
Product Code
28643EG
Pump Flow Rating
1200 GPH
Est System Flow Rate
1050 GPH
Timer
Tank Size
10 inch
Sand Tank Capacity
26 lbs
Min Recommended Pool Size
2800 Gallons
Max Recommended Pool Size
8400 Gallons
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 12-inch, 110-120V with GFCI
Intex Sand Filter Pump
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 12-inch, 110-120V with GFCI
Product Code
28645EG
Pump Flow Rating
2100 GPH
Est System Flow Rate
1600 GPH
Timer
Tank Size
12 inch
Sand Tank Capacity
50 lbs
Min Recommended Pool Size
2800 Gallons
Max Recommended Pool Size
12800 Gallons
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 16-inch, 110-120V with GFCI
Intex Sand Filter Pump
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 16-inch, 110-120V with GFCI
Product Code
28651EG
Pump Flow Rating
3000 GPH
Est System Flow Rate
2450 GPH
Timer
Tank Size
16 inch
Sand Tank Capacity
120 lbs
Min Recommended Pool Size
5500 Gallons
Max Recommended Pool Size
19600 Gallons
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 10-inch, 110-120V with GFCI
2599 Reviews
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 10-inch, 110-120V with GFCI
  • Keep your above ground pool water clean, soft, and refreshing with the Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump by Intex. The all natural sand provides excellent water filtration as the 6-function control valve allows the pool owner to: filter, backwash and rinse, recirculate, drain and close the system.
  • The built in 24-hour timer adds to the hassle-free experience with maintaining a cleaner pool. The strainer basket provides easy-cleaning, and prolongs the life of the sand.
  • The Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump generates a pump flow rate of 1,200 gallons per hour, ideal for above ground pools. This pump requires virtually no maintenance except replacement of sand every 5 years.
  • Pump Flow Rate: 1,200 gph (4.5 m3/hr). System Flow Rate: 1,050 gph (4.0 m3/hr).
  • Includes: 6-way Valve. Pressure Gauge. Heavy Duty Tank. Strainer Basket. Built-in Timer. Powerful Motor.
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 16-inch, 110-120V with GFCI
2599 Reviews
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 16-inch, 110-120V with GFCI

  • The Intex Sand Filter Pump Krystal Clear: Keeps your above ground poolnot only clean but soft, and refreshing.
  • Well matched to 16' and larger above ground pools.
  • Easy to understand built in 24-hour timer
  • Pump Flow Rate: 3,000 gph (11.3 m3/hr). System Flow Rate: 2,450 gph (9.2 m3/hr).
  • 6-function control valve allows: filter, backwash and rinse, recirculate, drain and shut system.
  • All Intex sand filters are extremely low maintenance. Just except sand replacement approximately every 5 years.

Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 12-inch, 110-120V with GFCI
2599 Reviews
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 12-inch, 110-120V with GFCI

  • Natural sand provides excellent water filtration.
  • Perfect for 16' to 24'above ground pools.
  • Built in 24-hour timer
  • Pump Flow Rate: 2,100 gph (7.9 m3/hr). System Flow Rate: 1,600 gph (6.0 m3/hr).
  • A 6-function control valve enables: filter, backwash and rinse, recirculate, drain and shut system.
  • Requires low maintenance except sand replacement approximately every 5 years.

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