Hayward TriStar VS Pool Pump Reviews 

 August 17, 2021

By  Tricia Hale

Hayward SP3202VSP 1.85 HP Variable-Speed Pool Pump, TriStar VS
  • Designed to replace most full-rate high performance pumps up to 1.5 full-rate or 2.0 max-rate HP
  • Install in any application: in stand-alone mode, with Hayward automation (including Omni Logic), or with competitive control systems (via relay control)
  • Permanent magnet, totally enclosed fan cooled (TEFC) motor for up to 90% energy savings over ordinary single-speed pumps. Designed for medium to large pools. 2 inch x 2½ inch CPVC union connections make installing and servicing TriStar VS pumps simple. Two pump-base options allow for seamless retrofitting anywhere
  • Fully programmable, digital control interface rotates to four different positions or mounts to the wall for more convenient access and viewing
  • Speed Range: 600 - 3450 RPM

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Hayward’s TriStar VS residential pool pumps are the most energy efficient on the market, according to third-party tests conducted by the EPA. Hayward, which is the market leader in variable-speed design, very proudly markets this pump as the pinnacle solution for residential pool applications. These variable-speed pumps are proving to be very popular with pool owners who are looking to upgrade over their old single-speed pumps. 

Specifically engineered for medium to large sized pools, the variable-speed function of the motor supplies on-demand flow at the correct time, leading to incredibly efficient hydraulics. 

Many owners report that energy savings can be as much as 1,500 dollars a year when compared to traditional single-speed pool pumps. This alone is a great incentive for paying a bit more for this premium residential pool pump. 

This little black beauty makes pool maintenance less irritating and that is a plus for anyone who knows what is involved in maintaining a sparkling blue pool. The beauty of this pump is that you can program it to a low-speed skim setting in the overnight hours instead of completely shutting it off. 

Top Features

  • Pool owners can save up to 90% percent a year in energy costs using the pump.
  • The pump works with any automation system or on its own.
  • The digital touchpad is integrated into the pump with eight custom timer functions as well as round-the-clock programming. 
  • Reliability is assured with on-board diagnostics and an automatic shut off for failures of the priming system, high or low external temperatures, or fluctuations in the power supply.
  • The totally enclosed fan-cooled permanent magnet motor provides superb reliability and economy.
  • Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS) prevents suction entrapment.
  • Rotatable, wall-mountable digital control interface.

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  • At low flows, the motor is not just quiet; it’s like a submarine evading depth charges at the bottom of the ocean. 
  • Its high ENERGY STAR rating means that homeowners can be eligible for substantial rebates from their local electricity supplier.
  • Installation is easy with 2” x 2.5” union connections so that even retrofits are not a hassle. 
  • Programming is very straightforward with many YouTube videos available that explain the process.
  • There is a large ribless strainer included that makes removal of debris fast and easy.
  • The air-cooling should greatly extend the life of the pump motor and bearings.
  • According to the Hayward website, the unit has been improved with a new extended-life Viton pump seal that allows for improved resistance against imbalance with pool chemicals compared to standard seals in other pumps.
  • These are very durable and versatile machines and can run at very low RPMs. As stated previously, the patented EnduraDrive technology offers superior reliability and performance in all conditions as well as being barely audible at low RPMs, to the relief of your neighbors. 


  • This is quite a pricey unit compared to single-speed pool pumps. However, as the old adage goes, you get what you pay for. There is not much to complain about except that it is so quiet in its operation that you must double check the unit to confirm that it’s actually in operation.
  • For some users, it can be a nuisance to figure out how to program things, but if you are patient and read the instructions provided by Hayward, you will have the pump up and running in no time at all.
  • A few shoppers mentioned that their unit had defective seals but if this was to occur, the manufacturer will honor the warranty and supply a new unit to replace the defective one.

Buying Advice

Shopping online for this will yield the lowest price for the unit. It could be advantageous though to have it supplied to you by your local pool supply company if you are not planning to do the installation yourself. They will often give you a good deal when it is bundled together with the price of labor to install the units. 

For those who want to install it by themselves, there is little danger of voiding the warranty, as the manufacturer will honor any defects in the product under the standard warranty agreement period. 

The TriStar VS is designed for medium-sized or large pools. It comes in 1.85 and 2.7 horsepower options. If you only have a small pool, this will be overkill.

You have the option of including an integrated safety vacuum release system that helps to prevent suction entrapment at an additional cost.

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This is one heavy-duty piece of equipment with a hefty price tag to go along with it. If you have a larger pool and you are looking for the best residential grade pool pump that will save you money in the long run, it is a worthwhile investment. As stated previously, many owners recoup the cost of the unit in operational costs in the first year of using the pump. 

Hayward is one of the leading suppliers of pool equipment in the country and is well known for its excellent support and warranty work. Hayward provides a one-year warranty with each unit, which is usually plenty of time to see if you have a defective pump. 

Many owners report complete satisfaction with the smooth and quiet operation of the pump and report that their savings can be over 150 dollars a month. 

According to The US Department of Energy, there may be new legislation pending that will require swimming pool pumps to meet minimum efficiency standards. They will phase these new regulations into effect gradually. So, inevitably, government regulation is going to require homeowners to buy high-efficiency pool pumps and the charge into the future is going to be led by variable-speed pool pumps such as the Hayward TriStar VS Variable-Speed Pool Pump.

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Tricia Hale

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