Taking a quick dip into the pool on a hot summer’s day can be a refreshing way to end any day, but that experience can sometimes be lessened by the fact that sometimes the pool’s water is a bit too cold. This is especially true at the beginning or the end of the swimming season. And this can result in the pool owner looking for ways to keep their pool just the right temperature.
One way that homeowners can ensure that their pool is the perfect temperature all through the season is by purchasing a solar pool heater. These heaters do a great job of harnessing the power of the sun to keep the pool at the perfect temperature. This allows the homeowner to get more use out of their pool without spending extra money on electricity. Let’s look at ten models and see which ones will are the best.
Best Solar Pool Heaters
10Smart Pool In-Ground Pool Heaters
This is one of the best solar pool heaters available because it’s not only easy to install but can raise a pool’s temperature by 6 to 10-degrees Fahrenheit in a little under a week’s time. It’s capable of accomplishing this features because it’s 4×20-foot panel array is capable of capturing more of the sun’s radiant energy than comparable solar heaters. This system has 80 square feet of surface area, so it can grab more of the available sunlight. Although this unit doesn’t come with an installation kit, once that’s been acquired, it’s still pretty easy for just about anyone to install.
9Smart Pool Universal Sun Heater
This 4×20-foot pool heating system is made out of polypropylene that’s designed to capture as much sunlight as possible and use it to raise the temperature of just about any pool. Since this system uses a Direct Flow System that allows one header hole for each of the tubes, it’s able to heat up the water quickly and easily. For convenience, this model comes with steel hose clamps, end caps, a rubber connector hose, and even Teflon tape. The most important thing about this system, however, isn’t just its ease of installation but the fact that it can raise pool temperatures by up to 10-degrees.
8Fafco Solar Bar Above-Ground Pool Heating System
At first glance, this heater may not look impressive, but it does do a great job at warming most compatible pools. This system includes a 20-foot by a 4-foot solar collector, a couple of hoses, a bypass valve, clamps and all the other hardware needed for its proper installation. Once fully installed and tilted up to 30-degrees to the South, this heater can raise a pool’s temperature by up to 5-degrees in just a week. And because the system is made from UV stabilized polyethylene, it will hold up to use year after year. Now anyone can enjoy warmer pool water.
7Game Solar Pro Contoured Heater
Of all of the domed heaters, this model is designed to be one of the largest ones available. And it does, in fact, do a great job of raising a pool’s water temperature. This model can raise the average temperature of a compatible pool by up to 5-degrees Fahrenheit in just under a week. It’s a heater that’s injection molded, has foldable legs, and is easy to set up for most Bestway or Intex swimming pools. If this unit is used with a 1.5-HP pool pump, then this model is able to be used without even having to use a bypass. And this allows the homeowner to easily heat their pool without a whole lot of fuss.
6Doheny’s Above Ground Pool Heating System
Although many solar pool heaters are designed to raise the temperature of a pool but 3 to 5-degrees, this model is actually capable of raising a pool’s water temperatures by up to 15-degrees. It’s capable of doing this by using two 2.5-foot by 20-foot panels that capture the sun’s rays and focus that energy into the pool’s water. This allows homeowners to significantly raise their pool’s temperature without having to spend money on natural gas, propane, or electricity. And since this kit comes with all of the mounting hardware necessary for installation, this system is easy-to-setup by just about anyone.
5Game Solar Pro Curved Heater System
Although this heating system is specifically designed for Bestway and Intex above-ground or in-ground pools, it’s probably a product that could be used by any pool owner. This unit features a curved shape that allows it to collect more sunlight than flat or domed systems, and it concentrates that sunlight for the best heating results. And it also has adjustable legs that can be set by the user to maximize its sunlight collection. When properly installed, this system will increase the average pool temperature by up to 5-degrees in just 4-days, as long as the pool is 8,000-gallons or less.
4Sun Quest Complete 2×20 System
Every day the sun radiates the Earth with a powerful source of heat, so why not take advantage of that power to warm your pool? Fortunately, the folks at Sun Quest have designed a system that can capture this “free” energy and use it to warm up a homeowners pool. This product is designed to be easily installed and can usually be accomplished as a DIY project by most pool owners. Once installed, this system uses 2-inch headers to better circulate pool water, which increases this unit’s efficiency and reduces the stress placed upon the user’s pump by back pressure. All of which makes this a system that some pool owners may want to investigate.
3Sun 2 Solar Ground Mounted Solar Panel System
This system is designed to adequately capture the power of the sun to keep the homeowner’s pool nice and warm, even on cooler days. It’s composed of two 20-foot long and 2-foot wide panels that are made of black polyolefin and has a neat tube construction that increases the unit’s overall surface area. With a greater surface area, this system can not only warm more pool water at one time, but it can do it quicker. And if the pool owner needs even more heating power than what this system provides, then they can connect additional panels using a rubber hose connector.
2Flow Xtreme Flat-Panel Heater
When using this product, one of the first things any pool owner is going to notice is the size and shape of this heater. It has a flat-panel structure that’s approximately 41-inches long and 28.8-inches wide, so it has some surface area to soak up the rays of the sun. This unique shape allows it to absorb up to 40% more sunlight per heating cycle than comparable size heaters. The next thing worth mentioning about this product is that it’s easy to install using only standard fittings and is designed to be attached to the pool’s filter and pump system.
1Flow Xtreme 21-Inch Dome Heater
Although this product may be a bit odd looking thanks to its domed design, it’s actually an easy-to-use solar pool heater that really gets the job done in a pinch. It hooks up to the pool pump and filter system using standard fittings, and it’s dome shape easily captures the power of the sun and magnifies it through its housing. This allows it to slowly raise the temperature of the pool, especially on sunny days. And if extra pool heating is required, the user can install another one of these units to work in tandem with the one they’ve already installed.