We are in the process of getting bids to build a pool. We built one at our last house and had the in-floor cleaning system (PCC-2000). The pool was in its 6th season when we left and we had no complaints, really. It worked great and I only used a vacuum 3x in all of the years we owned the pool.
I have read all of the mixed reviews here and am on the fence about going that way again. I did like the clean look of no vac in the pool but worried every winter about how well those lines would be blown out.
At any rate, here is my question. One builder recommends putting in 10 pv3 heads on the floor just for circulation. They are not engineered for placement and there is no canister. It costs $2250. Then the polaris 280 would be another $1250. In my mind, that is the cost for the in-floor cleaning system, so at that rate I would either just go for the whole system and plumb for the side cleaner to be added if needed, or do nothing at all.
The other company we like just uses the Dolphin cleaner. My husband really liked the in-floor, so that decision will have to come later. I am just curious if folks think the in-floor circulation is really that helpful. It will be a gunite, pebble, swg pool with a tanning shelf, swimout, steps but no spa.
Thanks for your help. This is all a pipe dream at this point, as I am awaiting someone to come probe the backyard for ledge. We know it is in the neighborhood and aren't willing to spend another $5-10k to get rid of it, so time will tell...