The most essential part of pool care is a tricky matter: water chemistry. While homeowners often take those sparkling blue waters for granted, any pro knows there's a lot of work that goes into keeping things perfectly balanced. (And sometimes, even some detective work, too.)

Making that job easier is the wide range of water testing devices on the market, ready to become your sidekick on the job. Here, we take a look at just a few options, their features and more.

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LaMotte
The new WaterLink Spin Touch water analysis lab is designed to be used by retailers and service professionals. The precise photometer can measure 10 different tests in just 60 seconds to obtain perfect water chemistry. All test results can be viewed on the touchscreen or can be transferred to LaMotte's DataMate water analysis program, which provides step-by-step treatment instructions and stores test history in the cloud.
waterlinkspintouch.com | (800) 344-3100

 


 

Industrial Test Systems
The eXact iDip Smart Photometer System by ITS is the first product in the recreational water testing market to provide complete wireless connectivity between an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and a photometric device, the company says. Data is seamlessly transferred in real time between the two devices when paired via Bluetooth technology. The application stores the test results history of multiple pool, spa and tap sources. Data can be shared via email and the built-in GPS feature allows for easy retrieval of water locations. NSF certified.
exactidip.com | (800) 861-9712

 


 

NC Brands
NC Brands is pleased to offer its dealers a free test kit to test for phosphates in pool water. NC Brands understands the importance of knowing the phosphate level in pool water before choosing a NC Brands phosphate remover or determining the best course of action for water treatment. NC Brands' custom test kit comes complete with a color chart, test tube vial and 100 powder packets for quick, accurate test results. Qualifying dealers who purchase either Natural Chemistry or SeaKlear phosphate removers are eligible for the free test kit program.
testkit@ncbrands.com | naturalchemistry.com/en-us/dealers/test-kit-request

 


 

Hach
The new DPD Pro test strip kit offers a quick and easy method to obtain accurate and reliable test results for commercial pools in less than two minutes. DPD Pro comes with two bottles of multi-way test strips and a durable color chart. Test strip refills are also available. The free DPD Pro smartphone app logs, tracks, analyzes and graphs test results, making it easier to identify pools or spas requiring extra attention. Hach's DPD Pro is certified by NSF to NSF/ANSI Standard 50 for free chlorine and pH and meets MAHC requirements.
dpdproteststrips.com | (888) 763-2435

 


 

Home Port Water Testing
The original in test strip scanning, the Wave III is a fast, accurate and cost effective choice for water testing. The Wave III runs six tests in 15 seconds for just 16 cents. Results can be connected to the company's Pool Watch Software, which can be programmed for any chemical brand or chemical program you choose.
homeportcomputer.com | (866) 275-0547

 


 

Taylor Technologies
The DSR (L-0207) is designed to work with Taylor's sureTRACK Total Balance test strips (S-1325). Tests include free chlorine/bromine, pH, total alkalinity, total hardness and cyanuric acid stabilizer. The DSR operates with sureTREAT Water Analysis Software installed on a PC at your water-testing station to give you results in about one minute. Simply initiate the testing sequence and sureTREAT walks the user through the test from dipping the strip to printing the customized report.
taylortechnologies.com | (800)-TEST KIT