The Best Variable Speed Pool Pump
Before you crack out your wallet and start upgrading your pool pad there are a few factors that must be considered to make sure you are ready for this upgrade. One of the biggest differences that pool owners need to be aware of is that variable speed pumps often have the ability to output more volume of water than pretty much any single speed pumps on the market under 2HP. This is especially true if you are looking to purchase the flagship models from Hayward or Pentair which have very powerful 3 HP maximum ratings. A 3 HP pump is going to exceed the maximum flow rating for pretty much any sand filter, most DE filters and even some cartridge filters. You will need to know what the maximum flow rate for your filter is to make sure that you get a suitably sized pump. For new pool installations the 3 HP Pentair IntelliFlo and 2.7 HP Hayward EcoStar are great when paired with mid size and larger cartridge filters. If you are retrofitting a variable speed pump to an existing pool system you may like to look at variable speed pumps with a smaller motor such as the Hayward TriStar VS with comes with a 1.85 HP motor but all the same hardware and technology used in the flagship EcoStar. **

** Hayward has updated their entire line of variable speed pumps to now share the same interface and controller as originally used on the flagship EcoStar VS pump. The allows for the same level of control, programming and features with every model of VS pump from Hayward. This is a huge upgrade for the entry level VS pump series from Hayward, the Super Pump VS and the MaxFlo VS, as you get the same high quality and versatile controller with these pumps now as you would with their most expensive EcoStar model. If you would like to know moew, you can read this article that compares all of the Hayward variable speed pumps together.
  • Jan 09, 2018
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