Help me choose a vs pump. Jacuzzi, Pentair, Speck/Aqua technix, or Hayward?

D_Nyholm

Well-known member
Mar 8, 2013
55
Sayville, NY
Hello,
I purchased a Hayward Max Flo Vs 4 years ago to replace the 20 year old working single speed pump on my pool. Last summer it developed a leak which ended up rusting the motor bearings. No one by me can repair it for a reasonable cost and it seems the only alternative is a new pump. I've been to the local pool stores by me and these are the options they are giving me:

-Aqua Technix/Speck Unifit III1.65. Rep said they dropped Hayward after multiple failures. Performance curve is slightly better than thr Hayward. The pump weighs about 3x the amount of my current Hayward and they were touting the build quality and the 3 year warranty. This pump qualifies for a rebate and will be about $900 self install

Jacuzzi 1.65 VS - Rep didnt seem to know much about this pump other than it is 'equivalent to Hayward and Jacuzzi is working hard to be a top player in the pool pump area'. This pump doesnt qualify for rebate and it $939 self install.

Pentair - spoke over the phone and didnt get a model number off hand. Some pentairs qualify for rebate by me but he wasnt sure if this one did. Said price was 1000 but if it did qualify, it would be 650. Self install voids warranty and some reviews I've read dont seem greqt.

Hayward max-flo 1.65 vs. This is the pump I currently have and replacement is 800 after rebate. While I liked this pump when I had it (wish the control board had more options for scheduling), I'm reluctant to buy another just to have it go out after it is past warranty. Seems insane that they are unrepairable or the repair will cost almost as much as a new pump.


Unfortunately the place closest to me doesnt seem to have a very knowledgeable rep so the information I have is lacking. I'm going back today to get my old pump and find exact model numbers for comparison. I think I'm between the Aqua technix/speck pump and a Pentair but I have to narrow down which pentair qualifies for the rebate and which one is available. Here is my rebate list if it helps: https://www.psegliny.com/saveenergyandmoney/-/media/57C07A6DE3974E6D845F975636218BD3.ashx

Thanks for the help!
 

Jimrahbe

Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 7, 2014
13,977
Bedford, TX
D,

Most rebate systems require the pump to be installed by some "professional", so I would double check with them about who can install the pump, before buying...

I personally like Pentair IntelliFlo pumps, but that is because I have three of them that have been running 24/7 for between 7 and 5 years without any issues at all..

Thanks,

Jim R.
 

D_Nyholm

Well-known member
Mar 8, 2013
55
Sayville, NY
Thanks, looks like the pentair is a max flo vs 1.65 hp. Installed (to get the rebate) would be about 1100. I can purchase the same pump from Amazon for under 700. Same goes for the Hayward. Not sure if the 400 price premium is worth it as the Hayward makes no mention of having to be professionally installed to have a warranty.

Though wish I could self install in order to get the pump for 350 after rebate!