Regular PVC ball valve vs. Jandy or Pentair valves


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I'm not trying to be cheap .....but is there a big difference between one of the "pool" brand valves like a Jandy NeverLube 2 port valve and say a regular PVC ball valve from Lowes? I need four 2" valves and the Jandy NeverLube are $53 a piece compared to $14.

Inground gunite
19,000 gallons
Pentair Triton II TR100
Pentair Intelliflo 3HP pump


LifeTime Supporter
Jul 9, 2011
I went with the ball valves from HD and regret it. I have 8 of them if I only had 4-5 I would upgrade. With a 3 hp pump you will probably get air on the suction side with the ball valves. I get some with my pump through those valves with vacuuming. Just my


Mod Squad
TFP Expert
Apr 4, 2007
SW Indiana
Yes there is. The pool valves are much smoother to turn, are full pipe diameter while the ball valves are generally reduced diameter, and the pool valves can usually be disassembled for repair.


TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 30, 2010
Twin Cities, MN
I love the price of the ball valves, but they do tighten up over time. Also, with the three way jandy style valves, you end up needing fewer. With that said, every time I think about replacing my ball valves that control flow to my solar panels, the cost makes me happy with what I have. I'm too cheap :hammer:


LifeTime Supporter
TFP Guide
Jun 12, 2011
I have 10 Jandy valves and 2 ball valves in my system. The first time I tried to turn a ball valve off the handle broke.

Hunt around, you can find Jandy valves or less than $40 each online.