My pool builder is letting me decide between the Haywared (Goldline) PS8 and the minimum intellitouch i7 controls. The former (Hayward) is more or less all the bells and whistles (wireless, aquapod remote) and the Pentair is bare bones (1 wired controller and 1 wired spa side). This option (Intellitouch) will cost us an additional $500.
They feel the Goldline is a better choice for us as we don't need some of the advanced features and it has 2 more relays than the intellitouch, but have warned that service is poor in our area for Hayward.
I never see much info on this stuff and our last pool was Jandy automation(not an option), so this is uncharted territory.
As I understand it, the Goldline is easy to use and has some good features, but is very proprietary and if you lose your programs you have to start over. The intellitouch is an actual computer and has more robust features.
Is the Intellitouch worth the extra $500?