Zeosand Reviews (vs Silica Sand, Zeolite, Glass Filter Media, DE)

Spread the love

ZeoSand is made from the minerals that you are present in volcanic rock, called zeolites. These particles feature an honeycomb structure giving ZeoSand much more sirface area as compared to regular sand.

Zeo sand also has a much lower density than regular sand and because the particles rest against each other in a certain manner, you will use about half as much ZeoSand compared to regular sand.


Here are a few facts about ZeoSand:

  • All natural product and Eco-friendly
  • Uses Molecular sieving to get rid of bacteria
  • Filters out particles as small as 2-5 microns
  • Traps ammonia ions that create chloramine reducing chlorine smell
  • Requires about half as much backwashing as regular sand

Table of Contents

ZeoSand Vs Silica Sand/Ruby Sand

Zeosand lasts the same as sand and has no reaction to any pool chemiclals. Also, Zeo is roughly half the density so you can use 100 lbs instead of 200 lbs of sand. It does work well when used instead of common sand (CHECK ON AMAZON), but there are people who still end up having significant problems.

See also  Smartpool S601P Sunheater Solar Heating System Heater REVIEW

Some other people have also argued that even though it works, it doesn’t do anything that would justify the additional expense compared to regular filter sand.

ZeoSand vs Zeolite

From experience, ZeoSand doesn’t have clay compared to other zeolites that at times may contain high elements of clay. This clay can trigger extended backwashing times and a breakdown of the filter bed in rare cases.

When installed correctly, ZeoSand provides a 2-5 micron filtration (DE quality) compared to sand 30-50 micron. It lasts the same as sand and has no reaction to any pool chemicals. Through research we have discovered that to filter correctly zeolites prefer a calcium level over 225. ZeoSand is NSF/ANSI 50 and 61 (for drinking water filtration). It is a eco-friendly/green product.

See also  Kinetico K5 Review - MY EXPERIENCE & Where to Buy, If Interested!

ALSO SEE: Sharkliine Pools vs Doughboy Pools

ZeoSand vs Sand

Standard sand is #20 grade silica sand and is easily accessible, and cheap. It’s maintenance and cleaning is easy too and do a wonderful job at cleaning your water.


  • Filters out particles as small as 20-40 microns
  • Maintenance is simple
  • Affordable
  • Eco-friendly

Zeosand Reviews

 ZeoSand vs Glass Filter Media

Glass filter media (SHOP ON AMAZON) is better in my opinion since it does super filtering for better water clarity and lasts longer. It also requires less cleaning, saves chemical and water costs. Plus, it is environmental friendly,

The best glass filter media in the USA is Activate from Dryden Aqua (manufacturers). They are available on Amazon or you can look on Youtube for US distributors.

Why is Activate so Much Better?

From experience, I suffered little tiny cuts from the fine shards of other glass filters. The area that suffers the most is where between my fingers where the skin is thinner but this never happened with Activate.

See also  Remington Solar Chlorine Free Sun Shock Review - MY EXPERIENCE

Also, Activate glass media is treated in a unique way to activate the surface to attract and absorb particles which are then washed away with the backwash. The surface of the activated glass will not support bacteria so it is self-sterilizing. The issue with sand and non-activated glass is that it will foster the growth of bacteria and that leads to clumping and channeling that allows a path for unfiltered water to pass through the filter back into the pool.

ZeoSand Vs DE

ZeoSand gives DE-like clarity with your already existing swimming pool sand filter – simply replace sand with ZeoSand. DE is more expensive to buy but are the most effective.

Author: Howard S. Baldwin

My name is Howard S. Baldwin. I am a work-at-home dad to three lovely girls, Jane + Hannah + Beauty. I have been blogging for the last 3 years. I worked for other Home and Lifetsyle blogs, did hundreds of product reviews and buyers’ guides. Prior to that, I was a staff accountant at a big accounting firm. Needless to say, researching and numbers are my passion. My goal is to be an informative source for any topic that relates to DIY life and homemaking.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *