So my really old 2hp jacuzzi pump has started leaking from the housing. We've got insurance on it and went with the cash out option. I figured I'd go with a VS pump. Since I'm in california I have to go for at least a 2 speed and it seems that the VS are cheaper in the long run and easier to install, which I plan on doing by myself. I've got about $880 to get everything done, and the less I spend the more stays in my pocket, but I'm looking for some direction. From looking at it I've narrowed it down to a choice between these three pumps, all of which come with their own controllers.
This one gets good reviews, but I don't know if a 1.5 hp pump would cover my 20k gallon pool. Some reviews say it works great, but I'm replacing a 2hp pump so I don't know.
Then the other two are 3hp pentair models. This one seems to have more speeds but I don't know if I really need 8. It also has good reviews but would use all the money from the insurance, plus about $100 for tax and plumbing.
This one is also 3 speed but doesn't have many reviews.
Any opinions and advice are welcome. Thanks.