IntelliFlo Variable Speed


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IntelliFlo® Variable Speed Pump

IntelliFlo Variable Speed is the newest member of the IntelliFlo pump family with more features than ever before! The IntelliFlo Variable Speed features 8 speeds with a programmable time clock for each speed and an LCD screen that displays actual wattage consumption and speed settings. It is the perfect solution for customers who want the savings and performance provided by dependable IntelliFlo technology with integrated time clock settings for code compliancy or installations without automation systems. This new IntelliFlo offers the same reliable performance and energy-savings that has made the IntelliFlo the best selling variable speed pump on the planet.


  • Energy savings up to 90% versus traditional pumps
  • 8 programmable speed settings and built-in timer assure optimum speed and run times for maximum efficiency and savings
  • Ultra-efficient permanent magnet motor design reduces noise and vibration for greater efficiency and longer pump life
  • Dramatically quieter operation - as low as 45 decibels
  • Totally enclosed fan-cooled (TEFC) design and low average operating speed makes IntelliFlo the quietest pump on earth
  • Fully compatible with IntelliTouch®, EasyTouch®, SunTouch® and other brands of digital pool/spa controls for managing pump, heating, lighting, spa jets and water features.
  • Built in diagnostics protect the pump for longer service life

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Flow Rating:
Up to 160 GPM
3 HP
Product FAQs


Q:How much money can I save with a variable speed pump?

A:The amount of money that a pool owner can save will vary greatly. Using this guide will help you get the most out of your variable speed pool pump.


Q:What is the max amps on the Pentair IntelliFlo pump?

A:The max amp on the Pentair IntelliFlo is rated at 16 amps.


Q:Does variable speed mean variable horse power?

A:The variable speed pertains to the rpm settings which the pump can be set to. The lower the rpm, the greater the energy savings.


Q:Can the Pentair IntelliFlo be wired for 115v and 230v?

A:The Pentair IntelliFlo is only available in 230v.


Q:Are the 2" unions included with the IntelliFlo Variable Speed pump?

A:No, unfortunately the 2" unions are not included with the IntelliFlo pump. you can view the necessary 2" unions here. Two are required per pump and they are sold individually.


Q:Does the Pentair IntelliFlo Variable Speed pump qualify for Southern California Edison rebate?

A:Yes, this Pentair Intelliflo pump is a SCE qualified variable speed pool pump


Q:I have a Pentair Intelliflo 3 HP VS pump. My pool is small- about 10,000 gals. I know my pump is overkill. What size DE Filer would be most compatible and efficient to use with this pump? 36, 48 or 60??

A:If you wanted the ability to run the Intelliflo pump at the highest speed which is roughly 3 HP then I would suggest the largest of these filters. On a standard pool set up the Pentair Intelliflo VS will be outputting 120 Gallons Per Minute (GPM) at the high speed, with this being said we would suggest a filter which can handle at least 120 GPM's. Out of the Pentair FNS DE filters you listed we would suggest the Pentair FNS Plus 60 Sq. Ft. Filter which would have a max flow rating of 120 GPM's. You would also need to get the Multiport Valve for the FNS filter which allows you to backwash or clean the filter.


Q:Can I replace my 1.5HP motor with a 1HP?

A:Yes. You can downgrade the motor. You will also have to downgrade the impeller, diffuser and eye seal (if applicable) as well.


Q:I recently changed my pool motor and gaskets. I made sure to lubricate all the gaskets with vaseline. A few days later water is leaking from the pump. What did I do wrong? Help please!!

A:You never want to use vaseline on any rubber gaskets or o-rings. Vaseline is petroleum based and will deteriorate the rubber quickly. Whenever you change the motor on a pool pump it is recommended that you replace the gaskets and shaft seal as well. A >Go-kit contains the shaft seal, packet of non-petroleum based lubricant and gaskets you will need for your pump. If you already have the gaskets, you can purchase >Magic Lube.


Q:I need a pump for an outdoor garden system. I don't want to filter the water as I want all nutrients flushed through my planting bed. Can I run a pool pump without a filter so I can achieve this? Thanks.

A:You can use a >pool pump for quite a few different applications as long as there is enough water to "feed" the pump. You will want to pay attention to the flow rate of the pump (gallons per minute). You do not need a filter in order to use it. Please note that while the pump strainer basket will help catch moderate-large sized debris, smaller debris will pass and may lodge itself by the impeller. The type of pool pump you will need will be dependent upon your  application. An above ground pool pump needs to be installed below the water surface and an inground pool pump needs to be installed above the water surface. The warranty may/may not be affected and it's a good idea to contact the manufacturer to find out.


Q:What parts on my pool pump can I replace before I have to buy a new pump?

A:You can extend the life of your pump 10 or 20 years by replacing worn parts. These include the motor and motor shaft seal, 3 gaskets, the strainer basket and cover, the impeller and diffuser. Click our guide on "How a Pool Pump Works" to see where these parts are located in a typical motor. See our other pump guides for step-by-step procedures on replacing these parts.


Q:How do I check my pool pump's impeller to see if its bad?

A:Your pump's impeller may be cracked or worn and wobbling or just clogged. To look at or replace your impeller see our guide on "How to Replace a Pool Pump Impeller". For information on how a pump works, see our guide on "How a Pool Pump Works".


Q:How do I change the shaft seal on my pool pump?

A:Changing the >shaft seal is quite simple. Here's > >How To Replace a Pool Motor Shaft Seal.


Q:How do I change the motor on my pool pump?

A:Changing the motor on a pool pump is not that difficult. Here's a video on How to Replace a Pool Pump Motor. In addition to the video you can read our step by step guide here  Make certain that you purchase the correct shaft seal or Gokit to go with your new motor.


Q:I have a leaking pool pump that seems to be getting louder when it turns on. I made sure everything is clear inside of the basket. How do I know it's just the motor? Please help.

A:If you have a leak, it is more than likely caused by a failed shaft seal. Once the shaft seal fails water is able to enter the motor body and cause damage to the bearings. Typically it will cause the motor to run louder than normal and the motor will eventually fail. Your most cost effective option would be to replace the motor and the surrounding seals/gaskets. You can purchase the >shaft seal alone, but it is recommended you purchase a  >GoKit. A Gokit contains the shaft seal, housing gasket, lid gasket, diffuser gasket and non petroleum based lubrication.


Q:I'm trying to replace the motor on my pool pump but all these numbers and abbreviations on the motor label are really confusing me. What do they mean?

A:Replacing a pool pump motor is not as difficult as it seems. You can try looking >here >  >if you need help figuring out what the information on your label means. If you are still having difficulty figuring it out you can call us at our toll free number or you can send us a photo of your motor label >here.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:

   (5 out of 5 Stars) Great economical to run pump.

Reviewed By: from La Verne, Calif. ()

Pros: Great energy saver.

Cons: Does not come with the fittings.

The pump is a very nice quality made pump. It is economical to run and easy to program.

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The Most Recent Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

   (5 out of 5 Stars) Excellent pump

Reviewed By: from Sun City West, AZ ()

Pros: Quiet, efficient, well made.

Cons: None

This is the best performing variable speed pump product on the market. It was easy to install, and program, and quiet. My first pump was a Pentair 1 1/2hp, which lasted 7 years. I would have just replace the motor if I could, but the state of Arizona require all pool pumps now to be variable speed pumps. When I found that out and review the options with my pool man
, who has been in the business for 15 years, he said Pentair is the best.
I checked around for pricing and INYOPools beat the competition. My questions were all answered by the sales people, and because I am in Arizona, they set me up to have my product shipped from the closest wharehouse location, instead of Florida. It was shipped from Texas. Thank you INYO for the excellent service. Lou in Arizona.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

   (5 out of 5 Stars) quiet and efficient

Reviewed By: from Orlando, FL ()

Very quiet and efficient.

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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful:

   (5 out of 5 Stars) Intelliflo works

Reviewed By: from Virgin Islands ()

Great pump, installation was easy, works as planned

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