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Thread: Hayward vs Pentair

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    Hayward vs Pentair

    Hi everyone,

    I am considering installing a 15'X30'X54" Sharkline above ground pool in my backyard. I have 2 quotes from 2 different stores. The first one recommends a HaywardCC1000 series XStream filtration system with a 100 ft2 cartridge filter and a Hayward 1hp power-flo matrix pump and adding a pool frog for reduced chemical use. The other one recommends Pentair cartridge filter system with 1.5hp pump and adding a power ionizer to reduce chemicals use.
    Can anyone help with feedback about the 2 systems? Cost is similar.

    Also, has anyone heard of/ used Spectralight UV system?

    Thank you,


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    Mod Squad Bama Rambler's Avatar
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    Re: Hayward vs Pentair

    First you should tell both of them to keep their Frog or Ionizer. They'll cause you nothing but problems, and the ionizer is of no use on and outdoor residential pool.

    Do you know what size the Pentair filter is? Whatever it is, the pump is too big for that pool. Also insist on a 2-speed pump no matter which system you go with.

    I go with at least a 200 sqft filter and a 2-speed 1 hp pump. Either brand will serve you well.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
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    Re: Hayward vs Pentair

    For an outdoor residential pool skip the UV system. UV can be great on a commercial pool but is essentially useless on an outdoor residential pool.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
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    Re: Hayward vs Pentair

    Thank you SO MUCH!

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