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Solar Outdoor Pool Heater

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on March 16th, 2010

Solar Pool Heater

The Solar Pool Heater by Hammacher Schlemmer is a simple device to heat the water of an above ground pool without incurring any energy bill costs.

The Solar Pool Heater is designed to be attached to a pump-operated filtering system, it takes the water from this and passes it through its 6 meters (20 feet) of coiled black piping. This piping is housed into the device to make the heater only measure 58.5 cm x 58.5 cm x 25.5 cm (23 in. x 23 in. x 10 in.). It is this black piping that heats the water, exposed to the sun this piping heats up in the sunlight, warming the water that is passing through it effectively. this warmed water is then fed back into your pool.

Obviously this type of heating will not make a drastic change in temperature of a pool, but it will help take away the chill. It is estimated that the pool heating system increases the temperature of a 6,000 gallon (2271 liter) pool by 5º F (around 3º C) in 10 days. Up to 4 of these heaters can be connected to the one pool at once to speed up the heating process. By only using the heat from the sun there is no long tern running costs for this heater, though obviously it will be ineffective on cold cloudy days.

The Solar Pool Heater comes with all the hardware and accessories needed to connect it to your above ground pool and its pump-operated filtering system. It also comes with a protective cover to protect the heater while it is in storage over the cooler months.

The solar pool heater retails for $199.95 plus shipping.

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Your Comments

  1. Steven on March 16th, 2010 at 1:31pm

    Unfortunately, this is a pretty useless product. If you live somewhere where solar powered water heating works (like southern Florida), you probably don’t need to heat your pool. Please take this product down, because it’s use of plastic damages the environment with no benefit.


  2. Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on March 16th, 2010 at 1:34pm

    Hi Steven

    Thanks for your comments. I understand your point about the plastic. However, I’m not going to take down the product, so that others can make their own choices on what products they feel are worth it or not.


  3. Elaine on May 23rd, 2010 at 6:04pm

    I was wondering if you can leave this product hooked up throughout the swimming season?
    I live in Northern New York and I can use all the help I can get to heat my pool for the kids but I read so many opinions that this product can break/leak very easily, is that true.
    I also read that the product that was made 2010 are the ones to buy cuz the older ones don’t work that well, was there a recall on the previous made heaters in this design.

  4. Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on May 25th, 2010 at 9:47am

    Hi Elaine

    We just review products here. I suggest you contact the manufacturers for more information.