Sand filter or cartridge filter?


Which filter should be used - sand filter or cartridge filter? This question is not just new owners of a pool. Below we have summarized for you the advantages and disadvantages of sand filters and cartridge filters.

Typical applications for sand filters and other filter systems

There are several applications where a water filter is needed. For some of these areas you can choose between different filter systems:

  • Swimming pool: sand filter or cartridge filter
  • Pond: Filter with several chambers and different filter media or sand filter
  • Aquarium: various filter media (ceramic tube, sponge, etc.) or sand filter

Filter for pond or aquarium

In principle, all systems ask which filter is best suited. With conventional pond and aquarium filters, conventional filters create a bacterial culture that breaks down dirt such as mulm. But also the sand filter can take over these tasks. However, the construction of sand filter systems must be tailored precisely to these needs.

Swimming pool: sand filter or cartridge filter

Provided that the sand filter system can be installed accordingly, the question arises in these filtration operations, which is better. In the case of the swimming pool, a distinction is made between the sand filter and the cartridge filter, but you can also refer to the advantages and disadvantages of the sand filter on a sand filter for the aquarium or pond.

Comparison between sand filter and cartridge filter systems

Advantages and Disadvantages Sand filter

Disadvantages sand filter system:

  • regular maintenance (not expensive, but regular)
  • When setting up the sand filter system, no mistakes should be made
  • various ways that sand can get into multi-way valve and pool basin
  • relatively high purchase price

Advantages of sand filter system:

  • no expensive regular replacement of a relatively expensive filter (filter cartridge)
  • low operating costs
  • If properly built, it also filters heavily polluted water effectively, so powerfully
  • easy maintenance (regular but very easy)
  • with defective components, these can be bought inexpensively

Advantages and disadvantages Cartridge filter

Disadvantages cartridge filter:

  • Costly in terms of operating costs, as regularly new filter cartridges or filter cartridges are needed
  • Regular replacement of the paper filter

Advantages Cartridge filter:

  • simple construction (malfunctions are as good as avoidable)
  • relatively low initial acquisition costs (in relation to the sand filter system)

Dealing with the sand filter

In particular, the correct handling of the sand filter requires some experience and tact. But in the long term, the operating costs are significantly cheaper and the maintenance effort is kept in moderation. In addition, the filter medium, the sand, only has to be renewed every few years (every two to three years with heavy water pollution, every five to six years with conventional water pollution).

Tips & Tricks

The fact that sand from the sand filter system can get into the pool, either due to a quickly recoverable wrong operation or a broken component of the filter (filter star or filter cross), which can be replaced inexpensively. Follow the link and get all the causes about sand in the pool.


Video Board: Pool Sand Filters VS Cartridge Filters