We are meeting with our pool builder to finalize designs and to talk 'equipment'. They quoted me a Hayward SP3220EE Tristar 2HP pump in my quote but said they could upgrade to the Ecostar for an additional $700.
I went out to amazon just to get a general price idea. It appears that the Tristar is around $800 then it jumps to $960 for the Ecostar VSP model and then $1,400 for the Ecostar VSPVR model.
My question is what is the difference between these two Ecostar models? I know they are both variable but not certain of the difference between each model.
I'm reading up on pumps and I am leaning towards a variable speed pump vs the Tristar single speed pump. We are building an inground 17,000 gallon pool with a spa, waterfall, two bubbler and two scuppers. The builder said they would put the water features on a separate pump (not certain about spa). They said they build with 2 1/2" suction (this is all new lingo to me so I feel as if I am learning a foreign language - plus I am a girl and just want it to look pretty! LOL) But, I am trying to be level headed and do the research on the equipment as well.
I generally, sort of understand the difference between variable and single speed pumps (energy efficiency). I'm definitely not certain about how much pump we should purchase for our pool needs. The whole turnover and flow rate, I am not really understanding.
Any guidance would be great so I can not be completely in the dark on Saturday when we meet to talk pool equipment. I have read that often pool builders will sell you more pump then you need. So in this case I want to be somewhat informed.
Thanks for any help!