Is Pentair Clean & Clear Plus or Jandy CV Cartridge Filter Best?
How many brands can there possibly be in the pool equipment industry? A lot, as it happens.
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Pentair and Jandy are two big names you'll see when you're researching pumps and filters for your inground pool. It can be tough to see the differences in their products, especially if you're new to the pool scene.
Welcome to our guide comparing Pentair's and Jandy's similar cartridge pool filters.
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A quick summary:
- Cartridge filters: Pleated polyester filters catch dirt and debris that's 10–20 microns and bigger.
- Sand filters: The sand in the tank catches dirt and debris that's 20 microns and bigger.
- Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) filters: A set of grids/fingers is coated with crushed seashells and fossilized diatoms, and they catch dirt and debris that's 5 microns and bigger.
Are Jandy or Pentair Pool Filters Better?
In this 3-part series, we're comparing 3 pairs of Pentair and Jandy pool filters.
- Cartridge filters: Pentair's Clean & Clear Plus vs. Jandy's CV cartridge filter
- Sand filters: Pentair's Sand Dollar vs. Jandy's JS Side Mount Sand Filter
- D.E. filters: Pentair's FNS Plus vs. Jandy's DEV D.E. filter
Today is Part 1. Let's talk about their cartridge filters!
Side note: As you look into these pool filters yourself, you might see a company called Zodiac listed as the manufacturer of the "Jandy filters." Don't stress! It's the same people. Jandy is the original manufacturer, and Zodiac is their parent company. (Translation: Zodiac owns Jandy now. But that sounds so uncivilized to me.)
Pentair Clean & Clear Plus Cartridge Filter
The Pentair Clean & Clear Plus cartridge filter works for pools containing 43,200 to 108,000 gallons of water (depending on the model).
Filtration area options: 240, 320, 420, and 520 sq. ft.
Reminder: This refers to the surface area of the filter media—in this case, the pleated polyester in the cartridge, which does the actual filtering. For more details, check out What Does a Pool Filter's Filtration Area Mean?
Recommended flow rate: 90, 120, 150, 150 gpm
Maximum working pressure: 50 psi
Drain size: 1½”
Plumbing size: 2"
Height: 37", 43", 49", and 56" tall
Weight: 60, 70, 80, and 90 lb.
Cost: $591 (240 sq. ft.) to $943 (520 sq. ft.)
Warranty: On the Warranties page, Pentair warrants their products to be free from defects in material and/or workmanship for a period of sixty (60) days (parts only) from the original date of purchase and/or installation. They also warrant their filters specifically for a year.
The filter requires 4 cartridges.
It catches dirt and debris as small as 20 microns.
The Clean & Clear Plus filter uses coreless cartridges, so when you pull them out to clean, you can get right to the center. Easy peasy!
It has a high flow manual air relief valve.
It's a single-piece base and body design.
Its inlet and outlet ports are on top of each other, not on opposite sides of the filter.
It has a clamp ring for quick access to cartridges.
Average online rating: 4.5 out of 5
Jandy CV Cartridge Filter
The Jandy CV cartridge filter works for pools that contain 45,720 to 72,000 gallons of water (depending on the model).
Note: Amazon lists this filter as the Zodiac CV Series Versa Plumb Cartridge Filter. Same difference.
Filtration options: 340, 460, and 580 sq. ft.
Reminder: This refers to the surface area of the filter media—in this case, the pleated polyester fabric in the cartridge, which does the actual filtering.
Maximum flow: 127, 150, and 150 gpm
Maximum working pressure: 50 psi
Plumbing size: 2" x 2½"
Height: 41", 41", and 45" tall
Weight: 106, 106, and 112 lb.
Drain size: 2"
Cost: $811 (340 sq. ft.) to $1,211 (580 sq. ft.)
Warranty: In the CL and CV Installation and Operation Manual, Jandy warrants that the CV cartridge filter will be free of manufacturing and workmanship defects for a year.
A note from the pro!
It was difficult to find the manufacturing warranty specifically for the CV filter series.
Zodiac owns Jandy, but Zodiac's limited warranty doesn't mention filters at all, much less specify the CV series. The tiny print generalizes "all Zodiac® brand products (including those branded as…Jandy®)"—but the accompanying list of equipment and brands/models left me questioning whether this warranty actually included the CV filter after all.
After what felt like an eternity of link-clicking, I found the specific warranty at the end of the installation/operation manual.
This doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad product, but companies look better (read: more trustworthy) when their warranty is clear and easy to find.
The filter requires 4 cartridges.
In all my research, Jandy never specifies how many microns it catches in dirt and debris. That's not a great sign.
It has a heavy-duty, anti-corrosion tank clamp and easy-grip handles.
Its inlet and outlet ports are at the same height/level on opposite sides for hydraulic efficiency.
The CV cartridge filter comes with a customizable clean/dirty indicator, which would help you know when it's time to clean the cartridge. (I have a clean/dirty magnet on my fridge too, but I have to change that manually.)
Average online rating: 4 out of 5
Summary: Pentair vs. Jandy Cartridge Filters
Both brands' filters require 4 cartridges, have a one-year warranty, and max out at 50 psi.
Pentair Clean & Clear Plus sizes are slimmer and lighter but almost always taller than Jandy CV equivalents.
Jandy's drain is a half-inch bigger, and its inlet and outlet ports are at the same height/level (hydraulic efficiency). The filter's micron-catching abilities are apparently a secret.
Pentair offers more size options, costs less for similar sizes, and is open about its 20-micron minimum. It also has a clear warranty and receives higher reviews from customers.
Advantage: Pentair Clean & Clear Plus
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Editor's note: This blog article was updated on January 9, 2020.