5 Best Pool Pumps and Buying guide

Swimming pool pumps can account for around 25% of household’s energy bills. They are among the largest electricity consumers, and they can cost up to $1000 per year to operate. But before you freak out, you should know that buying an energy efficient pool pump can save you a lot of money and reduce big chunks of money from your electricity bills.

What is the best pool pump? Which one is the most energy efficient? Which one is the least noisy? Check out our top 5 recommendations and brief reviews down below.

Types of pool pumps

There are several types of pool pumps on the market, so it’s important to choose the right one for your swimming pool.

  • Single speed pump is the most affordable and popular type of pool pumps. It usually costs somewhere around $200 to $500 and is very efficient. The downside it that it requires more energy because it only operates at full power . Although it’s the most affordable type of pool pumps, it is the most expensive on the long run due to higher energy bills.
  • Dual-speed pump is more expensive than single-speed, it usually costs around $500 to $750 and has two levels of speed. It’s more energy efficient because it doesn’t have to run at full power all the time, and it’s quieter because less power at slower speed means less noise production.
  • Variable-speed pump is the most expensive type of pool pumps and it usually costs somewhere around $750 to $1500. It allows users to choose the speed they need, or it can automatically adjust it for the optimal performance. It is the most energy efficient type of pool pumps and although it does require higher initial investment, it can be more affordable on the long run.

Pool pump reviews

Hayward Super Pump

hayward super pump reviewIf there is an industry standard for in ground swimming pool pumps, it has to be the Hayward Super Pump. It comes with a powerful heavy-duty motor and at 1.5 horsepower, this large capacity pool pump outlasts and outperforms most other pool pumps on the market right now. The Hayward SP2610X15 Super Pump has a balanced, efficient Noryl impeller to produce higher flow rates at less horsepower than other pumps. It comes with a limited 2-year warranty on parts and 1-year warranty on labor.

Top features:

  • Very efficient high performance pump, appropriate for in-ground pools of all types and sizes.
  • Heavy-duty motor with air-flow ventilation allows quieter and cooler operation.
  • Easy to install and service with quick 4-bolt access.
  • Oversized 110-cubic-inch debris basket.
  • Self priming suction lift up to 10 feet above water level

Pentair 011018 IntelliFlo

Pentair pool pump reviewThe Pentair 011018 IntelliFlo is highly advanced and energy efficient 3 horsepower pool pump. Although it’s definitely not among the most affordable pool pumps on the market, it can be a great investment on the long run for several reasons. Its highly energy efficient motor can result in cost savings of up to $1500 per year compared to traditional pool pumps. Another advantage is the ultra quiet operation. This pool pump is about 4-times quieter than traditional pumps.

Top features:

  • Very cost effective – saves approximately $1500 per year in energy bills compared to traditional pool pumps.
  • Ultra-quiet operation – up to 4-times quieter than most traditional pool pumps.
  • Digital controls and proprietary software allow custom programming of 8 optimum pump speeds.
  • Easy to program and operate
  • Built-in diagnostics protect the IntelliFlo pump from the most common causes of premature failure – overheating, freezing and voltage irregularities

Hayward SP3400VSP EcoStar VS

hayward pumpWhen it comes to energy efficiency, the Hayward EcoStar is one of the best ones in the industry. It features a permanent magnet, totally enclosed fan cooled motor and hydraulic design which makes it highly efficient and reliable while using less energy. Just like the Pentair IntelliFlo it matches pump speed to a pool’s need, and it doesn’t have to run at 100% power all the time. This technology can reduce up to 90% energy bills compared to traditional pumps and makes it an affordable long term investment despite its higher initial costs.

Top features:

  • TEFC motor with industry-leading hydraulic design is very energy efficient and reliable.
  • The innovative digital control interface is easy to use.
  • Compliant with industry regulations including Title 20 and APSP 15.
  • Can be installed in any application; stand-alone mode, or via relay control.
  • Extra-large basket design.

Hayward SP1580X15 Power-Flo LX Series

hayward pumpThe Power-Flo LX is another high performance pump manufactured by Hayward. It’s designed for the demands of on-ground and above ground swimming pools. and it’s one of the most affordable swimming pool pumps on this page. It has a corrosion proof and sturdy design that is well suited for on-ground and above ground pools that need self priming action. Among its salient attributes are a 1.5 hp motor with automatic thermal overload protection, an extra-large debris basket with 118 cubic inches capacity, and a 6-foot power cord.

Top features:

  • Designed specifically for the rigors of above-ground and on-ground type swimming pool
  • Durable corrosion-proof construction.
  • Extra-large basket design.

Pentair 340039 SuperFlo

pentair superflo pumpLike all the Pentair pumps we have seen, the SuperFlo is built to last, with solid construction all round.  The motor is specifically designed for quiet running, which is a nice feature to have if you run your pump through the night and it is self priming, meaning you don’t have to mess around so much when you power on the pump. The SuperFlo also shares the extra large strainer basket that we have seen in other Pentairs. This is a useful feature for anyone that doesn’t like cleaning out the pump so often, and it can also double as a receptacle for chlorine tablets if you aren’t running a salt system.

Top features:

  • Heavy-duty motor with commercial grade capabilities.
  • Both 115-volt or 230-volt models.
  • Extra-large basket design.
  • UL/cUL listed.
  • NSF certified.

Buying guide

The first thing to consider when purchasing a pool pump is the size of the pool itself. Different pump sizes are necessary for different quantities of water, and buying a pump that is too small is tantamount to leaving the pump out completely. Most brands will feature a recommended volume for usage, but it can be difficult for many pool owners to judge the exact volume of their pool. In this article about pool pumps, we look at the best method to calculate the volume of your pool.

Another point to consider is the potential costs of your pool system. Swimming pool pumps cost money, and better pumps tend to cost a bit more. However, a number of costs can be associated with the product that is not apparent on the sticker. Consider the cost of replacement filters or cartridges, and also try to figure out if your unit carries any sort of warranty. A pump without a warranty may well have a practical cost of much higher than listed, as you will be on your own for repairs.

Pool pump parts

This is one aspect of the pool pump buying process that is overlooked by many buyers, but it is actually quite important. Pool pumps will fail from time to time, as will any other mechanical device. Most choose to replace the entire pump, but this process tends to be quite a bit more expensive than most can afford to do on a regular basis. It is generally a wiser idea to buy a pump with parts that are easy to replace. This generally means looking for a pump from a major manufacturer, but one must do a bit of research to find out exactly how easy it is to find the necessary parts in a region. Try talking to an owner of a pool supply store before making your purchase, and find out how he or she takes care of problems with various brands.

There are many choices when it comes to finding the right pool pump, and personal choice will have some bearing on the matter. With this said, one should always consider the size of one’s pool, the price of the unit, and the price of maintaining that unit before making any sort of purchase. These three simple guidelines will make your pool ownership experience easier and a bit less expensive.

Conclusion

Although swimming pools cost a lot of money and it’s tempting to save the money whenever it’s possible, we advise you to stay away from single-speed pool pumps. Pool pumps can account for 25% of your household’s energy bill, so you can save a lot of money on the long run by choosing a variable-speed pump.

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