I know this topic has been bounced around in a few different threads, but every scenario is different and I'm having trouble finding out what the best choice is. The various PB's I have talked to all have different opinions which makes it even more difficult to decide.
I live on the east coast on the south shore of Long Island. The new pool package Im considering has the following:
Inground 27'x15' Kidney, 3.5' - 6' deep (approximately 12k gallons)
Jandy DE 48 Filter
Pool Pilot Digital Nano SWG
AquaClean Robotic Cleaner
The pool steps have built in seats with jets otherwise there are no water features. There is also no heater, but I might decide to put one in at a later date.
The standard pump the pool comes with is a one speed Jandy Stealth 1.5 HP. I asked the pool builder about 2 speed and variable speed pump and he strongly recommended the variable speed., which would be the Jandy ePump Stealth 1.5 HP (8 speed) over the two speed Jandy Stealth 1.5 HP. HE said the variable speed over the two speed would be a no-brainer. IT would be a $800 upgrade with a potential $400 rebate from LIPA. The two speed would be $300 more with a $150 rebate. My concern is that the variable speed, with its added technology and electronic controls may not last as long as the other pumps. And do I really need a 8 speed pump or will two speeds be sufficient for the proposed setup?