Test strips are a great way to get a snap shot of your pool or spa chemistry levels. They are easy to use, coinvent and inexpensive. Taylor now makes a whole new family of test strips for your pool and spa and for service use.
Here is a breakdown of the different test strips Taylor now carries.
Pool Test Strips 50 count test for (S-1331):
Free Chlorine, pH, Alkalinity, CYA
Spa Test Strips 50 count test for (S-1332):
Chlorine/Bromine, pH, Alkalinity, Hardness
7-Way Test Strips 50 count (S-1335):
Free Chlorine, Total Chlorine/Bromine, pH, Alkalinity, Hardness, CYA w/ mobile app
Salt Test Strips 10 foiled wrapped strips (S-1341):
Borate Test Strips 25 count (S-1342):
Service Pro Test Strips 100 count test for (S-1351):
Free Chlorine, Total Chlorine/Bromine, pH, Alkalinity
When using the Taylor test strips it is highly recommended that you use a water sample bottle and get the sample 18 inches down in the water away from a return jet to get the most accurate reading. Then dip the strip in the water sample for the time indicated on the bottle and hold it flat without shaking the excess water off. Then wait the recommended time indicated on the bottle and match the color with the color chart on the back. Failure to follow the proper steps will result in an inaccurate reading.
Also note that when using test strips in general the color matching will not be exact at every reading. This means that there is some variations of shades and the user will need to decide which color matches closest. You will not be getting an exact reading with test strips but a range. So, if you need an exact reading of a test factor you can use a digital tester or a photometer tester.
In most cases the test strip will be enough in determining the range of the chemistry in the pool or spa but again you will not be able to tell if it a pH of 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 or 7.4. You will know it is between 7.0 and 7.4 which is fine if you are adjusting the pH up or down in your pool or spa.
I think the ease of use really sets test strips apart from reagent testers and digital testers. You don’t need any experience to read the results of the test strip and if you follow the usage steps correctly you will get a good idea of the chemistry levels in your pool. If you want to verify the test strip reading a reagent test kit would be a good investment. The Taylor K-2005 or K-2006 would be my choice for the best reagent test kits.
Test strips can also test for things that reagent or photometer testers can’t test for like the salt level and borate levels. If you have a salt water pool the Taylor Salt Test Strips would be a good way to verify the salt level in your pool. If you add a borate product to your pool the Borate Test Strips are a great way to see if you are at the recommended 30 ppm of borate in your pool or spa.