I've done a considerable amount of homework.. I've read that the pump/filter combos the "package" deals give you are usually always wrong for the pool.. We know we want a 24' x 52"/54" and from what I've read I want a 3/4 - 1 HP pump and at lease a 150lb sand filter.. Please correct me if I'm wrong on that..
I've been to 4 stores and emailing back and forth with a 5th now..
The Great Escape (More of a national type store):
Quest 24' x 54"
Massive 8" wide injection-molded resin top ledges, resist bad weather, chlorinated water and constant wear
Decorative 8" Krystal Kote steel uprights and resin foot collars give the Quest strength, support and style
54" high wall finished with Duratex anticorrosion paint protects against humidity and chemicals
Durable resin caps and boots give the Quest strength, support and style
Heavy-duty tracks, over-sized connectors and over-sized fasteners add strength to a pool that will last for summers to come
Oval Yardmore space saving system saves much needed yard space and looks more attractive
20 Gauge blue liner included with pool price with the option to upgrade to a 25 gauge blue or printed liner
Widemouth Thru-wall skimmer and water return fitting included
Wall Color/Design: Champagne/Panorama
Warranty: Manufacturer's 60-year limited warranty
Made in the USA
- See more at: http://www.thepoolfactory.com/quest-...specifications
Pump / Filter: Hayward 110 SwimPro (Cartridge) with Hayward 2.0HP Pump
Liner - 25 Gauge liner
Extras - Solar Cover, Zodiac Knoticki 2 Pool Cleaner, Maintenance Kit, hoses, yada yada..
Total Price - $3,850 Installed tax included
BY Pools (Local Pool Place)
Distinction 24' x 52"
Specs here: http://www.apollo-pools.com/PDF/pool-distinction_lx.pdf
Pump / Filter: Hayward S180T 18" Sand Filter and a Hayward 1.0 HP Pump
Liner - 20 Gauge liner
Extras - Solar Cover, Maintenance Kit, hoses, yada yada..
Total Price - $4,050 Installed tax included
So the differences in the above.. The first pool has the resin ledges, the second has steel. The first pool is 54" the second is 52".. The first pool has an automatic pool cleaner, the second does not.. The first has a 25 gauge and the second does not..
So all that to say.. The second is more and seems like I shouldn't go with them for the differences noted above.. Problem is, they are local and I would like to buy off them then more of a "walmart" type store.. Are the differences above that big of a deal?
Then there's the last one I'm still trying to get some good pricing with.. LiteHouse Pools.. They have the pool I want the most (at least I think so).. Basically either of these aluminum pools are nice looking.. Looks like for a similar package to what the above offer its around $4,040 plus tax installed.. Problem is, this place wants to just give a 100lb sand filter (on the website it says 100lb but the sales guy quoted me a FIFTY lb sand filter!!)..
So, what are your guys thoughts..