Review of In the Swim Solar Pool Covers

In the Swim is a pool supply company that sells its items primarily online, through its own website and places such as Amazon.com. In addition to selling pool chemicals, pool lines, and pool equipment, In the Swim produces a line of solar pool covers that are generally well-received by its customers. Here’s a closer look.

Technical Details

In the Swim solar blankets come in a variety of thicknesses and sizes. The thinnest solar blanket is a 5-mil blanket, which ranges in size from a 12′ round pool to 30′ x 60′ rectangular pool. The thickest solar blanket is a 16-mil blanket, which also fits anything from a 12′ round pool to a 30′ x 60′ rectangular pool.

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Each solar pool cover is designed to raise the water temperature of the pool by both capturing natural light and by insulating the pool, preventing existing heat from escaping. Unfortunately, In the Swim’s website doesn’t provide specific temperature-raising facts for each pool blanket. Despite the significant difference in thickness between a 5-mil cover and a 16-mil cover, both products’ pages claim a 10 to 15 degree temperature increase.

Installation and Sizing

One benefit of the In the Swim solar pool cover products is the wide range of sizes. Regardless of the size or shape of your pool, you should be able to find a pool cover that matches. Reels must be purchased separately.

Maintenance

The only complaint from owners of In the Swim solar pool covers is that the solar bubbles tend to shed after a few years of use. This is a fairly normal complaint about solar pool covers in general. Although they are built to absorb sunlight, the sun also wears them out over time. Some customers report that the thinner solar pool covers are more likely to tear and wear out more rapidly than the thicker covers.

Models

As previously mentioned, the solar pool covers by In the Swim differ mostly only in size and thickness. Thicknesses available include: 5-mil, 8-mil, 12-mil, and 16-mil. The two thinner blankets come with a three-year warranty; the two thicker blankets come with a 7-year warranty.

The Bottom Line

Overall, In the Swim’s solar pool covers are well-received by their customers. Most online reviews for the products are positive. The pros listed by users include the relatively inexpensive price, along with the effectiveness of the product to raise pool temperature.

The negative reviews generally center around two complaints: the longevity of the pool cover and the ease of use. For longevity, more than one customer complained that the pool cover began to break down after a few years of use. As for ease of use, several customers report handling the cover to be awkward.

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john malrin June 29, 2010 at 8:55 am

good product at a lower price point……….but if you’re interest in solar technology and investment….read more about envision solar.
Solar water heating for pools has some market penetration primarily because of Cowboys making a sale and doing a minor install. The competition was/is only pool water heaters! Public companies like Envision Solar (evsi) take on the electric companies and help form the infrastructure for solar power for electric cars, businesses with parking. Residential is huge and until we are closer to grid parity making a solar investment is for personal use the rich and the GREEN. envisionsolar.com

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