If you’re new to pool ownership or are just in the pool planning stages, you may not know a lot about water testing just yet. Pools require a certain balance of chemicals to keep bacteria and algae growth to a minimum. To keep that optimal balance, the water needs to be tested regularly. This can be done in one of two ways. So, if you need some help making your decision on which method to use, here’s a basic rundown of test strips vs chemistry kits.