I'm in the beginning stages of this hobby and have not purchased a pool yet. I am trying to decide on a pump and filter system for a 24' AG pool. My local pool store is wants $1300 for a complete pump/filter/pool starter kit package. The pump is a Hayward single speed Matrix and the filter is a Perflex DE style Hayward (EC50C92STL). There will also be a vacuum package and other needed starter stuff in that $1300 price.
My issue is deciding if I should use a single or 2 speed pump. I just got off the phone with the owner of the store and he said he does not use any 2 speed pumps in his installs because they have a high failure rate. He also said that the pool will NOT filter the water as good on the low setting which will then require me to constantly buy more chemicals. I then asked about running a 240V pump versus a 120V to cut down on amp draw and he said he would have to get me into the IG pump and they are a LOT more money.
I'm confused now. This pool company has been in business for almost 30 years so I was under the assumption that they knew what they were doing. Is this guy right on what he said or should I just purchase my own stuff online and not from them. I will be buying a 24' Aqua Leader pool from them before the year is up. I have no problem buying the rest from other vendors considering his $1,000 salt water setup can be bought for $430 on Amazon!!