Is a 1.65hp variable speed right for a 20x40? It seems small.


TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
May 3, 2007
Pleasanton, CA
For general circulation and filter any pump will do. I have a 20k pool and am running a 1/2 HP two speed pump on low most of the time. But with a VS pump keep in mind it is variable so you decide the actual "size" with RPM setting.


Active member
Jul 3, 2015
As a followup to this, the 1.65 is awesome. I run it 12 hours overnight at 800 rpm (120 watts), then 10 hours at 1600 rpms to generate chlorine, and then 2 hours every evening on high for the heck of it. My bill is 25% of what it used to be and all is well.