Hi I'm not partial to any brand, I use Pentair, Hayward, Jandy, and Waterway. It all depends on the situation and the pool/spa setup. I take in a lot of information before guiding customers on a system that is best for them. I think Pentair is big here because its the most accessible to the public. Hayward's best equipment is found on their expert lineup which isn't available to the public (per their terms). Jandy also "quit the internet" so their products are not easy to get unless your in the industry. Waterway is not as well known and is an economy option, also for the pool guys for the most part.Hi @SacPoolPro and thank you for the detailed info. I'm curious now though... you seem to be the only one on these forums with anything good to say about Hayward. The Hayward option got no love initially and I didn't get any response to a follow-up question. I've noticed that the forums seem to slant pretty heavily towards Pentair. Any idea what's driving this?
One new question: my heating plans have changed and now I'm looking into an FPH rather than a gas or electric heater. I've been following the other FPH threads on this forum and I think it will work well. But I'm not sure it will work with the Hayward Omni controller. You need a controller that can take an external input, and when it fires, open an actuator valve and increase the pump speed. I've been reading the Omni manual and I can't find any way to program it to do this. I have an open call to Hayward (waiting for a call back) but maybe you know?
Leaving the Omni out of it, you can do this directly on the VS using relay inputs and I could drive the actuator separately. But I want remote control and I'm wondering how the relay inputs play together with the Omni.
If you just compare the phone app ratings for Pentair, Jandy, and Hayward. Hayward is at the top.
I'm not familiar with the Hotspot FPH heaters. I've come across 2-3 while working. One of the customers absolutely loved it though and said it took his pool guy, an electrician, and a HVAC guy to install it. His was a custom install so I don't know how they normally work with the automation systems. I would imagine the manufacturer would know how to set it up for any system though.
If the Omni smarthub unit won't work, then their new OmniPL should. It's a full size control system like the Easytouch.