Intex Pool Filter Pump Upgrades: A Buyer’s Guide

Is your Intex Pool Pump a little… tired? Intex pools are very well known to be a quality pool for the price; a nice starter pool.


Intex Fast Set and Frame Set pools are also known for coming with filters which are a bit on the small side, to make the package price competitive.
If you’ve struggled with Intex pool filter problems, and have ever thought you might need to upgrade one day ~ well, today can be that day!
advantages of Bigger & Better


The Advantages of a larger filter system are many, suffice it say that whenever you water is over-filtered, you’ll have fewer pool water problems.


– Bigger filter surface area goes longer between cleanings.
– Poor water conditions are cleaned up faster, or prevented.
– Bigger pump with basket makes it easy to vacuum to pool.
– Greater suction and circulation keeps the pool cleaner.

Now, let’s get down to some actual equipment recommendations for an Intex pool. I’ve grouped the pump and filter suggestions below by the kind of Intex pool – Inflatable Easy Set, Frame Set or Ultra Frame Pool.

Easy Set Pool Filter Systems

These pools have been available in many sizes, from 8′ round, all the way up to 24′. Which is the reason there are plenty of sizes of Intex filter pumps for these pools.

Easy Set pools come with an integrated pump and filter unit that’s matched to the pool size. These filters are rated in gallons per minute of water flow; 530 gpm, one thousand gpm, 1500 gpm and 2500 gpm.

A very simple way to upgrade your Easy Set pool filter is to just purchase a larger Intex Filter System, to increase the water volume per hour. They all have the same filter size however, excluding the 2500 gpm unit, that uses a larger filter cartridge.

To upgrade even further, look at the Intex sand filter systems. For a great price, you get a 16″ sand filter coupled with a pump and oversized sieve basket.

Metal Frame Filter Systems

Metal Frame pools are much deeper than the Easy Set pools, and with a sturdy frame around the laminated canvas pool shell, they can hold much more water.


More water = more pump capacity. Our 24′ round Metal Frame pool is sold with a 2500 gpm cartridge filter. It’s adequate, but if your pool sees a lot of dirt and debris or swimmers and sun, you might need something better and bigger.


Based on your frame pool size, you could look at the Sand Master filters, with full-tilt pool pumps mounted on a skid.

Installing a New Intex Filter System

All you need to do is swap hoses from the old system to the new, prime up the pump and plug it in! However, if you replace with a sand filter, you’ll need some filter sand, and DE filters need DE powder. Both of these items can be purchased online, but pool filter sand is best bought locally, to save shipping costs

Let your old filter retire and order your new bigger and better Intex filter system today, and start enjoying a more carefree summer!

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