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This guide has been compiled to help owners find the best Intex above ground pool pump to match their pool installations. 

If you’re upgrading, or just need a replacement pump, we’ve highlighted the some of best pool pumps and pump / filter systems on the market.

We’re concentrating on the brilliant Intex above ground pool pump range, but we’ve also included pumps from other trusted manufacturers.

There’s a lot of pump choices and filter systems available to above ground pool owners. Most of them are simple to understand, and very simple to install.

The Intex filter pump range is especially straightforward for easy installation by the pool owner rather than a professional.

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

Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump

Of course Intex is not the only provider of above ground pool pumps and filter systems, there are other excellent alternatives for permanent above ground pool installations. That’s why we’ve included the Hayward product range in our guide.

Above Ground Pool Pump vs Pool Size

It’s going to be fairly simple to match a new above ground pool pump to an existing pool. 

Since most above ground pools have their pump filtration systems very close to the pool there are really no complex calculations to made.

We can just use a rule of thumb method that is should be good for 99% of cases.

Pools under 15000 gallons require a 1 HP pump and for those over 15000 then go to a 1.5 HP model.

If you are an Intex above ground pool owner it is simply a matter of matching your pool size and capacity to the correct model of Intex filter pump from their extensive range.

Intex Pool Dimensions 

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INTEX 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 they will need replacing at some point at the cost of around $4 – $6 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 many times before needing replaced.

Intex Filter Pump: CARTRIDGE System Specifications

Intex Cartridge Filter Pump
Intex Krystal Clear 1000 GPH Easy Set Above Ground Swimming Pool Filter Pump System 110-120V includes GFCI, Type A Filter and...
Intex 28635EG 1500 GPH Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump System with 1,180 GPH Flow Rate, 110-120V GFCI, and Automatic...
Intex 28633EG 2500 GPH Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump System with 1,900 GPH Flow Rate, 110-120V GFCI, and Automatic...
Min Pool Size
-
-
4000 Gallons
Max Pool Size
6000 Gallons
9400 Gallons
15200 Gallons
Pump Flow Rating
1000 GPH
1500 GPH
2500 GPH
Est System Flow Rate
750 GPH
1180 GPH
1900 GPH
Timer
Product Code
28637EG
28635EG
28633EG
Intex Cartridge Filter Pump
Intex Krystal Clear 1000 GPH Easy Set Above Ground Swimming Pool Filter Pump System 110-120V includes GFCI, Type A Filter and...
Min Pool Size
-
Max Pool Size
6000 Gallons
Pump Flow Rating
1000 GPH
Est System Flow Rate
750 GPH
Timer
Product Code
28637EG
Intex Cartridge Filter Pump
Intex 28635EG 1500 GPH Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump System with 1,180 GPH Flow Rate, 110-120V GFCI, and Automatic...
Min Pool Size
-
Max Pool Size
9400 Gallons
Pump Flow Rating
1500 GPH
Est System Flow Rate
1180 GPH
Timer
Product Code
28635EG
Intex Cartridge Filter Pump
Intex 28633EG 2500 GPH Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump System with 1,900 GPH Flow Rate, 110-120V GFCI, and Automatic...
Min Pool Size
4000 Gallons
Max Pool Size
15200 Gallons
Pump Flow Rating
2500 GPH
Est System Flow Rate
1900 GPH
Timer
Product Code
28633EG

Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump 1000 GPH. MAX Pool Size 6000 Gallons
39,914 Reviews
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump 1000 GPH. MAX Pool Size 6000 Gallons
  • Hydro Aeration Technology: Transforming the Above Ground Pool industry, by bringing water aeration benefits such as improved circulation and filtration; Improved water clarity, increased negative ions
  • Easy Installation: Just hook up hoses and plug in! This pump is a must-have for any INTEX above-ground pool up to 6,000 gal (Partial assembly required)
  • Simple Cartridge Cleanup: Equipped with Krystal Clear Cartridge uses Type A filter cartridges; Can be changed every 2 weeks; Cartridge is made with easy-to-clean Dacron paper for ultimate filtration
  • Pump Flow Rate: Water flow rate at pump (pump capacity): 1,000 gph (3,785 lph); In pool (system flow rate): 750 gph (2,839 lph); Ideal for pools up to 6,000 gal with 1.25in (32mm) diameter hose fitting
  • Pump Safety and Value: Intex designs, builds, and tests all its products to the highest standards with safety the first order of business; our affordable and innovative products are built to last; Dimensions (L x W x H): 10.6 x 10.6 x 15 inches
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump 1500 GPH. MAX Pool Size 9400 Gallons
39,914 Reviews
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump 1500 GPH. MAX Pool Size 9400 Gallons
  • Krystal Clear filter pump with Hydro Aeration Technology improves circulation and filtration while improving water clarity and increasing negative ions in the water; Pump runs on 110-120 volts
  • Pump for pools up to 9,400 gallons with 1.5-inch diameter hose fittings, making it easy to clean, compatible with Intex 15-foot Easy Set, 14 and 15-foot Frame Pool, and 16-foot x 8-foot Prism Frame
  • Double insulated design has sediment flush and air release valves with a built-in ground fault circuit, interpreter, and strainer basket included on the pump to prolong the life of the filter
  • Featuring an automatic timer with 2 to 12-hour preset cycles, and pump capacity of 1,500 GPH, and a system flow rate of 1,180 GPH, ideal for above-ground pools
  • Set includes (1) 29000E type A filter cartridge and (1) Hydro Aeration Technology inlet fitting
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump 2500 GPH. MAX Pool Size 15200 Gallons
39,934 Reviews
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump 2500 GPH. MAX Pool Size 15200 Gallons
  • Krystal Clear filter pump with Hydro Aeration Technology improves circulation and filtration while improving water clarity and increasing negative ions in the water; Pump runs on 110-120 volts
  • Pump is compatible with pools up to 15,200 gallons with 1.25-inch diameter hose fittings, making it easy to clean, and replaceable Type B filters are included for maximum convenience
  • Double insulated design has sediment flush and air release valves with a built-in ground fault circuit, interpreter, and strainer basket included on the pump to prolong the life of the filter
  • Featuring an automatic timer with 2 to 12-hour preset cycles, and pump capacity of 2,500 GPH, and a system flow rate of 1,900 GPH, ideal for above-ground pools
  • Set includes (2) 1.25-inch hoses, (1) 29005E type B filter cartridge, (1) inlet strainer, and (1) output strainer

Above Ground Pool SAND Filter 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 specific cartridge filter installed,  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 above is available as an option.

Intex Filter Pump: SAND System Specifications

Intex Sand Filter Pump
Intex 1500 GPH Above Ground Pool Sand Filter Pump with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter and Strainer Basket for Outdoor...
INTEX Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools with 2100 Gallons Per Hour Flow Rate, Improved Circulation, and...
Intex 26651EG Krystal Clear 16 Inch 3,000 GPH Above Ground Pool Sand Filter Pump with Automatic Timer, GFCI, and 6 Function...
Min Recommended Pool Size
2800 Gallons
2800 Gallons
5500 Gallons
Max Recommended Pool Size
8400 Gallons
12800 Gallons
19600 Gallons
Pump Flow Rating
1200 GPH.
2100 GPH
3000 GPH
Est System Flow Rate
1,050 GPH
1600 GPH
2450 GPH
Timer
Tank Size
10 inch
12 inch
16 inch
Sand Tank Capacity
26 lbs
50 lbs
120 lbs
Product Code
26643EG
26645EG
26651EG
Intex Sand Filter Pump
Intex 1500 GPH Above Ground Pool Sand Filter Pump with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter and Strainer Basket for Outdoor...
Min Recommended Pool Size
2800 Gallons
Max Recommended Pool Size
8400 Gallons
Pump Flow Rating
1200 GPH.
Est System Flow Rate
1,050 GPH
Timer
Tank Size
10 inch
Sand Tank Capacity
26 lbs
Product Code
26643EG
Intex Sand Filter Pump
INTEX Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools with 2100 Gallons Per Hour Flow Rate, Improved Circulation, and...
Min Recommended Pool Size
2800 Gallons
Max Recommended Pool Size
12800 Gallons
Pump Flow Rating
2100 GPH
Est System Flow Rate
1600 GPH
Timer
Tank Size
12 inch
Sand Tank Capacity
50 lbs
Product Code
26645EG
Intex Sand Filter Pump
Intex 26651EG Krystal Clear 16 Inch 3,000 GPH Above Ground Pool Sand Filter Pump with Automatic Timer, GFCI, and 6 Function...
Min Recommended Pool Size
5500 Gallons
Max Recommended Pool Size
19600 Gallons
Pump Flow Rating
3000 GPH
Est System Flow Rate
2450 GPH
Timer
Tank Size
16 inch
Sand Tank Capacity
120 lbs
Product Code
26651EG

Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump 10-inch. Nº28643EG. MAX Pool Size 8400 Gallons
19,468 Reviews
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump 10-inch. Nº28643EG. MAX Pool Size 8400 Gallons
  • Keep your swimming pools clean and sand-free with Sand Filter Pump with Strainer basket that prolongs the life of the sand and is easy to clean
  • Simple to use sand filter pump that will outperform your standard cartridge filters with its 6-function control that makes maintenance easy, giving options to backwash, rinse, recirculate, drain, filter, and close the system
  • Built-in 24-hour timer enables you to set automatic filtration times for the pool to save on daily maintenance and the Hydro Aeration Technology improves circulation and filtration, improves water clarity, and increases negative ions in the water
  • Heavy-duty 10-inch tank with durable pump enclosure and ergonomic handles for more protection and easier operation; Suitable for use with above-ground pools with a water capacity of 2,800 to 8,400 gallons
  • Dimensions of the pool pump are 12.5 inches long, 15 inches wide, 20.5 inches tall, and weighs 27.5 pounds
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump 12-inch. Nº28645EG. MAX Pool Size 12800 Gallons
6,369 Reviews
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump 12-inch. Nº28645EG. MAX Pool Size 12800 Gallons

  • 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.

Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump 16-inch. Nº28651EG. MAX Pool Size 19600 Gallons
6,369 Reviews
Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump 16-inch. Nº28651EG. MAX Pool Size 19600 Gallons

  • The Intex Sand Filter Pump Krystal Clear: Keeps your above ground pool not 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. Expect sand replacement approximately every 5 years.

HAYWARD Pumps and Filter Pump Range

Hayward XStream 1.5 HP Above Ground Pool Filter Pump

Haywards XStream above ground pool filter pump
Hayward XStream 1.5 HP Above-Ground Pool Filter Pump Combo
404 Reviews
Hayward XStream 1.5 HP Above-Ground Pool Filter Pump Combo

  • FILTRATION: This model uses the XStream cartridge filter system, it provides a huge filter body for extra dirt and debris collection capacity and longer more efficient filtering cycles. Its large size and excellent pump performance should mean years of trouble free filtration. The cartridge filters aren't cheap, coming in at around $60.00, but should last a couple of seasons with the proper care and maintenance.
  • INSTALLATION: Specially manufactured for outdoor use,  and engineered for easy installation with flexible or rigid plumbing. .
  • POWER OPTIONS: The XStream cartridge filter system combo comes in either 1 or 1.5 HP versions. There is also a DUAL SPEED 1 HP pump option available if desired.
  • MOTOR: All model options are 60-cycle single-phase motors that run off 115-volts, and need a 20 amp circuit.
  • ADDITIONAL FEATURES: A flush mounted pressure gauge and a quick release, high capacity air relief valve.
  • APPLICATION: ABOVE GROUND POOLS.
  • WARRANTY: 1 Year.

Included In The Box

  • Standard filter base. .
  • Two 1.5″ x 6′ lengths of hose.
  • Hose clamps and four union connections.
  • 6 foot electrical cord.
  • 1 HP Model = W 21.00 in x H 30.5 in.
  • 1.5 HP Model = W 21.00 in x H 37.25 in.

What Owners Like

  • Owners who transitioned from their old sand filters  to this cartridge system were astonished the difference it made to the clarity of their pool.
  • Low energy setting still gave amazing pool circulation.
  • Good customer care and advice from Hayward online help desk.

What Owners Don’t Like So Much

  • Difficult to find meaningful complaints for this pump.

Hayward 0.85 HP Variable Speed Pool Pump

Hayward SP26115VSP Super Pump VS 0.85 HP
Hayward 0.85 HP VARIABLE SPEED Pump
29 Reviews
Hayward 0.85 HP VARIABLE SPEED Pump

  • SPEEDS: This pump has four preset speeds. 1000,1750, 2500 and 3250 RPM. They can be adjusted to suit your pool installation size and usage.
  • USER INTERFACE: The neat control panel can swivel in place or be completely detached and placed anywhere to make adjusting settings a breeze.
  • TIMER OPTIONS: Full flexibility here. Simple adjust daily run times and on which days to activate.
  • LOW NOISE: Very low audible impact. Totally enclosed fan cooled motor means the pump can hardly be noticed even when running at full speed.
  • ENERGY SAVING: Enjoy as much as an 80 percent saving on energy bills with this Hayward VS pump.
  • APPLICATION: Above ground or inground pools.
  • POWER : 110v or 230v models available.
  • WARRANTY: 1 Year.

Additional Features

  • ENERGY STAR RATED
  • Dimensions: 25 x 9.9 x 11.6 inches.
  • Plumbing: Port size 1.5 or 2 inches.
  • Power: 115v or 230v.
  • Weight: 28 lbs.
  • Diagnostic firmware.
  • Detachable user interface.
  • Super quiet even at high RPM.

Additional Features

  • ENERGY STAR RATED
  • Dimensions: 25 x 9.9 x 11.6 inches.
  • Plumbing: Port size 1.5.
  • Power: 115v or 230v.
  • Weight: 28 lbs.
  • Diagnostic firmware.
  • Detachable user interface.
  • Super quiet even at high RPM.

What Owners Like

  • Owners amazed by energy savings.
  • Plenty of power despite being a 110v VS pump. Virtually in audible when running.
  • Easy installation.

What Owners Don’t Like So Much

  • Nothing much here, although one owner reported pump failure after 2 years of service.

Hayward PowerFlo 1.5 HP Dual Speed Above Ground Pool Pump

Hayward PowerFlo Matrix 1 HP Dual-Speed above ground pool pump
The Excellent Hayward PowerFlo Matrix 1.5 HP Dual Speed Above Ground Pool Pump
396 Reviews
The Excellent Hayward PowerFlo Matrix 1.5 HP Dual Speed Above Ground Pool Pump

  • GENERAL BUILD: The durable and robust corrosion-proof housing should give years all weather service. This model of Hayward above ground pool pump can claim the largest strainer basket on the market. That means it's great for larger debris collection and minimal maintenance.
  • INSTALLATION: It can easily be adapted to suit owners pool plumbing as it converts from horizontal to vertical discharge orientation at the push of a button. It also has a quick connect intake and discharge pipe connections and when comes time for maintenance a C-clip connector allows for easy disengagement of strainer housing for easy servicing.
  • POWER OPTIONS: This series is built for above ground pools so the dual speed models come in either 1 or 1.5 HP versions. The PowerFlo Matrix series has quite a number of other single speed options, that should cope even the largest pool.
  • MOTOR: All model options are 60-cycle single-phase motors that run off 115-volts, and needs a 20 amp circuit.
  • THERMAL PROTECTION: A nice safety feature is the integrated automatic thermal overload protector that shuts the pump down when abnormal heat is sensed..
  • APPLICATION: ABOVE GROUND POOLS.
  • WARRANTY: 1 Year.  Additional 3 or 4 year available.

What Owners Like

  • An incredibly quite pump but then this really is one of the Cadillacs of the pump world.
  • The ability to move the discharge from horizontal to vertical was a real time saver when plumbing in.
  • Low energy bills.

What Owners Don’t Like So Much

  • No reoccurring complaints.

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