Variable Speed Pool Pump
This page is a buyers guide and consumer review and includes professional advice and variable speed pool pump reviews to help you choose the best variable speed pool pump for your specific pool application.

These pump reviews are accurate and up to date including the best pool pumps of 2017 and 2018.

If you are shopping for a single speed pump read the single speed pump reviewsand buyers guide section that covers both above ground as well as inground pool pumps. If you are looking for information about variable speed pool pumps then you will find everything you need contained on this (lengthy) page.

Buying a new pump & need fast facts? - If you are looking for help picking the best variable speed pump, but you are in a hurry, then you can skip to the bottom of this page for the quick reference information that you should consider before you purchase a new VS pump.

In the world of variable speed pool pumps the major three brands are Pentair, Hayward and Jandy. Pentair was the first company to introduce the concept of a variable speed pump to the market and many pool experts would argue that the Pentair IntelliFlo is the highest quality pool pump on the market. Hayward released the EcoStar variable speed pump and Jandy released the FloPro VS shortly afterwards to compete in the market for extremely energy efficient pool pumps that are dramatically quieter than their traditional single speed counterparts.

Variable Speed Pumps Save Money - More detailed information about how much money can you save with a variable speed pool pump

All of the big three variable speed pump manufacturers advertise up to 90% electrical savings when compared to full rate single speed pool pumps. While this statement may be a tad on the optimistic side once you actually get one of these pumps installed on your pool the reality is that the cost savings from these pumps is more than noticeable. Based on my field experience I tend to see customers saving between 50% TO 70% off what they had been paying previously for pump electricity. The concept is very simple actually in that a pump that you can set to run just enough to meet your minimum turnover rates will be more energy efficient than a single speed pool pump. A single speed pool pump can either run all day and provide way more flow than your filtration system actually needs - OR - you can turn it off completely at least part of the day to reduce the turnover but this leaves your pool not filtering during these periods which is bad for a number of reasons. This, however, is flawed logic that is missing one huge, critically important piece of information: pump affinity laws

  You can read more in depth about pump affinity laws in my article about why you should buy a variable speed pump but the take away is this: When you reduce a pump motor RPM by half, you reduce the energy consumed operating that motor by eight times. The lower you run the RPM, the more drastic and noticeable the reduction in energy consumption is. Running a single speed pool pump for only a few hours uses more energy than running a VS pump on low RPM for a week or more running 24/7.

A variable speed pump is not an improved, or more efficient pool pump. A variable speed pool pump is like getting rid of your old car that gets about 25 miles per gallon, and buying a new car that gets 500 miles per gallon of gas. It is such an incredible energy efficiency improvement that the Department of Energy in the USA has decided to introduce new minimum efficiency laws for residential swimming pool pumps which will come into effect in the next few years. Essentially the only pumps that will be able to pass these new guidelines? You guessed it...variable speed pumps and their ultra-efficient design. Soon it will be law that all pools use VS pumps for the filtration pump.
  • Jan 03, 2018
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