A solid pool heater, doing what it's supposed to
I have spent a good week researching for a decent pool heater that isn’t going to break my wallet. The most affordable option was a solar pool cover and/or a solar pool heater that is compatible with an Intex and Bestaway Above Ground Swimming Pool. The GAME SolarPro Curve Pool Heater was a popular choice among many home pool owners.
We have about a 872 gallon swimming pool, and water temperature fluctuates often since the summer nights are cool. Our thin plastic pool cover isn’t enough to maintain drastic water temperature swings, so we’d lose a few decent swimming days for sure.
Without further ado, let’s dive into the details and the review of the product!
The GAME SolarPro Curve Pool Heater came in a box as seen above. The box included two pool hose, connectors, solar heater and manual. Wasn’t heavy to move around, the box weighed about 18 pounds.
The GAME SolarPro Curve Pool Heater is a simple piece of equipment. It’s made of strong plastic and clear acrylic sheet with two holes for the hose connecting to the pool filter. The clear acrylic sheet is made of cheap material, and flimsy. For its purpose, it just acts as a cover for the solar heater when out in the sun.
My biggest complaint about the GAME SolarPro Curve Pool Heater are the two plastic hose. They were too short, and that would limit where you could get the best sun exposure. We had to purchase a 12 foot hose to be able to extend it past the pool, which helped a great deal.
Note: Depending on your hose outlet, make sure you’re getting the right size or else you’ll need additional fittings.
Setting up the Game SolarPro Curve Pool Heater
Assembly, does not require any electricity or gas. You can adjust the legs height for maximum sun exposure and weighs about 12.50 pounds when empty.
The setup was simple enough, connecting two hose on each ends of the solar pool heater. The pool filter will be positioned in the middle between both hose connections to allow water to pass through the solar pool heater before it gets back into the pool.
You will spend more time trying to fix a leak if you had any. The solution was to make sure the hose was completely snugged in and tighten the metal hose clamps until the dripping stopped. We did find that we had to do this each time we moved the heater since the metal clamps would loosen up.
That’s basically what Solar Pool Heaters are. There’s no electricity or gas, and solely dependent on the sun’s natural heat.
They are made of strong plastic, and contains a certain gallon of water. When the water container is out in the sun long enough, the container will be hot. Any water that passes through the container will be warmer than receiving water directly from the garden hose.
The pool filter helps push existing pool water through the water container to heat up the existing water.
The advertisement is that it will raise the pool 4 degrees for every 8,000 gallons. Since our pool is about 800 gallons, we noticed a difference when its warm outside. The pool was usable in 70 degree weather, whereas, without the solar pool heater, it had to be in the low-80’s to be usable.
About Our Swimming Pool Setup
Overall, the GAME SolarPro Curve Pool Heater was a good purchase. Comparing to other ones in the market, which practically does the same thing for a bit cheaper. If you cannot afford a gas or electric pool heater, you should consider a Solar Pool Heater with a Solar Pool Cover.
As long as your expectations are realistic, obviously, you won’t get a drastic water temperature change in one day. If the conditions are right, you’ll be able to get a few more swimming days than without a Solar Pool heater of any kind.
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Quick TGR Review Summary
What I like
- Easy setup
- Light to move around
- Pool water is warmer than without it
What I don’t like
- The hose is that is included is too short