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    Tristar vs Ecostar?

    I just received a quote from a pool builder that included a Hayward Tristar pump. How does it compare to an Ecostar? Which one is better for a roughly 14k gallon pool without a spa or water features?

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    Re: Tristar vs Ecostar?

    The Ecostar is certainly a bigger pump than you need ... for that matter the Tristar is also likely overkill.

    Have you considered a smaller 2-speed pump? Cheaper up front, most of the electrical savings, and less worry about the electronics messed up from nearby lightning.

    Does not sound like you have a need for a lot of speeds.
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    Re: Tristar vs Ecostar?

    Was it a Tristar VS, single speed or two speed?

    Also, what kind of water features?
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    Re: Tristar vs Ecostar?

    You, know, I just assumed the Tristar VS, which re-reading might have been a bad assumption.
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    Re: Tristar vs Ecostar?

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    The Ecostar is certainly a bigger pump than you need ... for that matter the Tristar is also likely overkill.

    Have you considered a smaller 2-speed pump? Cheaper up front, most of the electrical savings, and less worry about the electronics messed up from nearby lightning.

    Does not sound like you have a need for a lot of speeds.
    The Tristar is included with the pool. I could probably ask to downgrade the pump and upgrade the filter. Currently the quote includes a Hayward C1500 (150 sq ft) filter.

    Quote Originally Posted by mas985 View Post
    Was it a Tristar VS, single speed or two speed?

    Also, what kind of water features?
    Yeah, Tristar VS and no water features.

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    Re: Tristar vs Ecostar?

    FYI, I would recommend a 200 sqft cartridge filter as a minimum.
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    Re: Tristar vs Ecostar?

    With that size pool and no features, you could easily get away with a MaxFlo VS. Are you planning any automation?

    And I agree with JB that a 200 sq-ft filter is more appropriate.
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