Variable Speed Pool Pump Buying Guide

Variable Speed Pool Pump Buying Guide

The results are in for our top selling variable speed pool pumps!  Here are the models our customers have chosen repeatedly for energy efficiency and savings.

Hayward Super Pump VSHayward TriStar VSHayward EcoStar VSJandy e-Pump
Blog Image - Super Pump VSBlog Image - Tristar VSBlog Image - Tristar VSBlog Image - Jandy e-Pump
Go to Hayward Super Pump VSGo to Hayward TriStar VSGo to Hayward EcoStar VSGo to Jandy e-Pump
What's Special:
It's no surprise that the variable speed version of this ever-popular pump would make the cut. The Super Pump has a long standing reputation for reliability and this model offers the added bonus of variable speeds with an integrated user interface.
What's Special:
Available in two models, one with a built-in programmable clock and another that integrates directly with ProLogic controllers. The clock offers up to 8 custom timer settings. Includes an alternate pump base that will properly align the TriStar to replace a Pentair WhisperFlo.
What's Special:
At 2.7 HP, the EcoStar offers more power than other Hayward VS pumps. Ideal for pool/spa combinations or the greater demands of water features. The SVRS model includes a safety vacuum release system. Digital interface with 24-hr timer can be rotated or completely removed from the pump for wall mounting.
What's Special:
Multiple control options, as one would expect from the makers of the Aqualink. Has a built-in 2-speed timer and display, or can be tied into Jandy’s Aqualink RS and PDA systems. A third option is the e-Pump Controller remote control with a range of 200 feet. The e-Pump also accommodates larger pipe sizes.
Customer Quote:
I work in a field where we use electric motors everyday. This Hayward variable speed motor has performed flawlessly.

Customer Quote:
Fabulous is the first word that comes to mind. This outperforms other pumps in all categories. Easy to install and program.
Customer Quote:
I have personally installed some of these pumps in southern CA and they are excellent. Every install saves $55 - $105 a month. Pump is almost silent.
Max HP: 1.5Max HP: 1.85Max HP: 2.7Max HP: 2.7
Speed Range: 600 - 3000 RPMSpeed Range: 600 - 3450 RPMSpeed Range: 600 - 3450 RPM (VSP model); 1000 - 3450 RPM (SVRS model)Speed Range: 600 - 3450 RPM
Port Size: 1.5"Port Size: 2” x 2.5”Port Size: 2” x 2.5”Port Size: 2.5" - 3"
Extras: Includes union connectionsExtras: Includes union connectionsExtras: Includes unions
Warranty: 1 YearWarranty: 1 YearWarranty: 1 YearWarranty: 1 Year
Pentair IntelliFlo VSPentair SuperFlo VSSpeck Badu EcoM3 
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Go to Pentair IntelliFlo VSGo to Pentair SuperFlo VSGo to Speck Badu EcoM3
What's Special:
One of the first variable speed pumps on the market and a reliable best seller for years, with several versions for different needs. The standard model has 8 speeds, the VF model has 16 speeds, and there is also the VS+SVRS model which includes a safety vacuum release system.
What's Special: Pentair designed the original single speed SuperFlo as a drop-in replacement for the Hayward Super Pump, and now the VS model offers a variable speed direct replacement as well. It features 3 speeds along with a built-in interface with timer.
What's Special: Offers a simple, 3-speed pump option for residential pools. Features a specially designed shaft seal which allows the pump to run dry for up to an hour, and an integrated controller to select speeds (low, medium, high). Speck also offers a longer warranty than the industry standard.
Customer Quote: The pump is a very nice quality made pump. It is economical to run and easy to program.
Customer Quote: Great product. Very light. Love the automatic control that is attached. Easy to install.
Max HP: 3.0Max HP: 1.5Max HP: 1.0
Speed Range: 750 - 3450 RPM (standard VS model); 1100 - 3450 RPM (VS+SVRS model)Speed Range: 600 - 3450 RPMSpeed Range: 1600 - 3450 RPM
Port Size: 2"Port Size: 1.5”Port Size: 1.5" / 2”
Extras: Includes unionsExtras: Includes 2" suction and 1.5" / 2" discharge unions
Warranty: 1 YearWarranty: 1 YearWarranty: 2 Year

8 thoughts on “Variable Speed Pool Pump Buying Guide

  1. I’m having difficulty sourcing technical specifications on pump port size and tread specifications. One manufactured sent a drawing that indicated the details as ‘matches supplied adapter’. For the record there were no data on the supplied adapter.

    Where can I get accurate specifications as this seems to be common with both pump manufactures and vendors.

  2. I bought a variable speed pump and had a intermatic timer from my old pump .well the plastic broke and stopped working can I bypass the old timer .because the new pump as you know has its own timer built in .

  3. Mr. Simmons,
    You are the pool Guru! I have never seen such usefull and practical information regarding pools and pumps in any one place for any trade that I have experienced, in over 40yrs in the field from aircraft to nuke power plants to restaurants! Very well done, light years ahead of I!
    If in the Raleigh, NC area, may I recommend a reputable full service, pool/pool maint/pool service company? That would be “Rising Sun Pool”, a very quality pool company, personally used and never a negative word.

  4. How do you determine what size pump you need for a given pool? My pool is just shy of 19K gallons and currently has a 1HP single speed pump. I purchased the house a few months ago and realized that the filter the previous owner recently installed was too small. It was a Pentair Clean and Clear 75. I have since replaced that with a Clean and Clear 150. My problem now is the filter is not staying full of water during operation. I can purge the filter until its full, then come back and house later and 1/3 of the filter is full of air again. Is this due to the pump being too small for the filter or could there be another cause? I do not have bubbles coming out from any jets.
    Any assistance would be much appreciated!

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