Pool Test Kits

Note: A newer and more up-to-date version of this article can be found here.

This Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies video will teach you how to properly use a test kit at home.

  • Test kits measure pH, total alkalinity, and sanitizer
  • We recommend the DPD Deluxe Test Kit from Taylor
  • The test kit has enough supplies to last for 1 year
  • Store your test materials in a cool, dry place, and pay attention to the expiration date

Video transcription:

Regularly testing your water is the best way to keep your pool and spa clean, safe and ready to enjoy. During swim season we recommend testing your water two times per week.

Now the two most common ways to test your water are by using test kits or test strips. This video looks at test kits which use chemicals called reagents to react with the sample of your pool water and give you an accurate reading on your pools pH, total alkalinity and sanitizer like chlorine or bromine.

We recommend the DPD deluxe test kit from Taylor. It's the perfect test kit for people who want to test their water at home. It has enough supplies to last a year and includes a simple waterproof instruction card. When you're not using the test kit, store in a cool dry place. That helps keep the equipment and reagents in tip top shape.


In addition to testing your water at home, you should bring in a sample of your water into one of our stores every two weeks for a free test and analysis. Our trained team members will conduct a nine-point of your water sample and provide step-by-step instructions on how to fix any problems or maintain your pool's water chemistry.


Thanks for watching. Our goal at Leslie's is to make pool care easy.

If you have any other questions about water testing, visit Water Testing, or go to lesliespool.com

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