My favorite filter in the world is the Sta-Rite Modular Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) Filter.
This thing is awesome. Here’s another story of how well it cleans up:
I installed the following 60SF filter in April 2013 and the homeowner never cleaned it ( I DO NOT advise the same!!!!) until I showed up in February 2015 because of “pump” issues. Well of course the pump was struggling! The filter was so impacted with dirt it wasn’t allowing much water flow. I opened the filter and here is what I found:
Need I say more? The proof is in the pictures- they look brand new.
If this were a paper cartridge filter you’d be spending hundreds of dollars on new elements.
Yes, D.E. filters in the old days were and are a pain in the rear but Sta-Rite modular D.E. filter (out since 2001) is a game changer. Check it out if you’re in the market for a new swimming pool filter (and remember, you MUST recharge the filter with new DE or you will ruin the element).