(First, my many thanks to everyone who's ever contributed here on TFP. Over the last few years of owning a pool, this forum has taught me a ton, and I'm still learning through all the shared knowledge!)
To my question though. I currently have an a Jandy AqualinkRS8/iAqualink controller, and several older single speed Starite Max-E-Pro 2HP pumps. I'm looking to upgrade to one of Jandy's variable speed pumps to hopefully save a few hundred dollars a month on electricity, as well as take advantage of the $100 per pump rebate from PG&E.
All that said, I'm trying to decide between the Jandy ePump 2hp and the VS FloPro 2hp pumps. I found a few older forum threads that mention either/or, but no real reviews or comparisons, and nothing recent. From what I've been able to gather, I've found a few stand out differences as follows:
- Easy replacement with most pump mfg's, using the adjustable base system.
- Onboard controller included (I don't need it!)
- Large trap basket
- Slightly more efficient motor (~10% compared to VS-FP)
- No onboard controller (I don't need for my Aqualink setup)
- Proven Jandy Stealth wet end
Prior reviews give the ePump a thumbs up for being fairly reliable/robust. It looks like the VS FloPro's had some motor reliablity problems when they first came out, but then they started using the AO Smith motors and that seemed to make things better. Other than that, that's about all I've managed to figure out. The VS FloPro with the the adjustable base sounds like a really attractive feature, but haven't been able to find anyone commenting on the usefulness of the system. The with/without controller isn't an issue for me either way as I won't be using them. The ePump size wise is slighly larger in size and will require me to re-pipe things to make it work, where as the VSFP looks like the dimensions will work with minimal if any tweaks to the plumbing using the bases. As for a price difference, I've found that the ePump is about $40 more than the VSFP, which in the end, isn't that big of a deal.
I'm hoping some TFP folks have some 2014/2015 install/user experience to help me out with my upgrade. Good, bad, tips, tricks, I'm all ears!