Owning a pool pump is absolutely necessary in order to keep the water in your swimming pool clean. Without this piece of machine, the cleaning system of your pool won’t work properly. Do you really want to risk your kids swimming in dirty, unfiltered, unhygienic water? Definitely not. With so many options in the market, we understand how difficult it is to choose the best pool pump within your budget.
To make your work easy, our team members collaborated with two individuals who have been repairing pool pumps and other related accessories for over 20 years. Together, we picked and tested over a dozen products. Finally, we narrowed down to 10 models.
Want to know what they are and read their in-depth reviews? Keep reading.
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Harris Pool Products
Best pool pump over dozens of competitive models from different brands listed below:
We kept this in-ground pool pump at the top of our list for a number of good reasons. If you want to replace your old pump rated for 220V with this device, setting up this device will be a cakewalk. Even if you are installing a pool pump for the first time, you will find the process pretty straightforward.
Another reason we loved this model is its whisper-quiet operation. Once installed properly, it works like a charm and maintains a stable flow rate. We found the inlet strainer housing cover very easy to open.
Add to that, the 3-way suction valve makes maintenance a breeze as well. The only downside is that it is a single-speed pump. Hence, you can lower the speed to save energy bill. But this issue is common to all single-speed pool pumps.
This highly energy-efficient above-ground pool pump is an investment you won’t regret. It keeps your pool water crystal clear and purified while being extremely low-maintenance. Its oversized debris basket can hold up to 118 cu.in. of debris, thus eliminating the need for frequent maintenance. Its strainer comes with a see-through lid which lets you keep an eye on the level of collected debris.
The energy-efficient motor works at optimal levels without disrupting your peace of mind with a gurgling noise. The powerful motor is encased in a corrosion-resistant thermoplastic material, making it supremely resistant to the vagaries of weather.
A double-sized seal is used for enclosing the motor which also makes the motor completely drip-proof. Not just that, whenever the motor runs the risk of overheating, the machine shuts off automatically.
If you are looking for an entry-level variable speed pool pump for a small pool, this one is definitely worth checking out. It offers 3 motor speeds and comes with an LCD screen that gives you information on wattage consumption, speed, RPM and so on.
The voltage range of 110V-230V makes the machine a breeze to install if you had previously owned a pool pump. It is one of those rare budget pool pumps that uses 115/208-230V and single phase power supply.
We also loved how the pump adjusts itself according to the input voltage. The fully enclosed fan-cooled motor is designed to last for years to come.
When it comes to buying heavy-duty products like pool pumps, people tend to invest in only the big brands. And while that is not a bad thing, it sure costs you quite a fortune. Harris ProForce, though a lesser known brand, is far more durable and accessible than most other pumps you’d get out there.
Why pay more when you can get the same services at a much cheaper price? The stainless steel framework is almost unbreakable. The durability is further enhanced by its thermoplastic, rust-proof and water-resistant construction.
It comes with a large, see-through filter basket that’s very easy to clean. The corrosion resistant motor shaft meets all CSA and ETL guidelines- it’s strong, accessible and extremely convenient. The powerful suction pump supports varying degrees of units including 3/4, 1 and 1 ½ HP. Harris ProForce can clean out even the deep-seated toxins from the pool in a matter of minutes. The drain pipe comes with a three-plug cord connection that’s portable and easy to store.
Most customers complain about how the above ground pool pumps are not self-priming, i.e. they’re situated below the water level and cannot lift the water vertically. Inground pool pumps solve this problem. If you have a small pool that doesn’t need a lot of maintenance, then the Harris ProForce H1572748 is the perfect option for you. Featuring a stainless steel motor encased in a thermoplastic body, the pump is pretty powerful and efficient in removing the impurities on the water surface. The framework features carborundum and graphite construction, with water-proof seals and durable components.
The pump comes with filters and drains basket attached to it. The suction pump runs on 1.5 HP power and comes with discharge posts and corrosion resistant drain pipes. The transparent strain has a twist and locks feature for easy access and efficiency. And Harris ProForce meets all ETL and CSA standards. That’s quite an achievement for a relatively new brand!
Never judge a book by its cover and the performance of a pool pump by its framework. The Pentair IntelliFlo 011018 is not a most aesthetically pleasing of models out there but it sure gets the job done. The simple, durable construction features a high-performance 3HP motor and a drain plug. And contrary to most other traditional motors, the IntelliFlo is surprisingly silent and energy efficient- it saves about 90% electricity as compared to its peers.
The magnet motors come with built-in fans that keep the pump from overheating. We absolutely loved the flexible 8-speed programs that allow you to customize the speed and run time of the motor. Other features include an inbuilt SunTouch Pool Control System and compatibility with EasyTouch and IntelliTouch operations. The advanced digital controls help you manage the spa jets, lighting and temperature of the water.
Pentair is among the more popular brands that incorporate some of the most state-of-art components and advanced engineering designs. The 1 ½ HP single-speed motor saves on both electricity and your water bill. It lowers the energy consumption of the pump without affecting the performance of the machine. The internal flow design of the pump reduces the hydraulic noise produced. The large strainer pump comes with a transparent filter basket.
There are three speed options- high, medium and low- that let you control the run-time and performance of the pump. All the internal components feature thick insulation, that’s corrosion proof and water resistant- it protects the machine from wear and tear. And the best part is, the machine has a digital console that saves the settings for a full day! This is a real lifesaver in case of a power problem.
The Pentair has consistently been regarded as one of the best single-speed pool pumps available in the market and its consistent performance has ensured a steady reputation. The 340038 allowed us to fill up the test pool easily without any trouble.
As mentioned above, consistent performance is a highlight of the pump and it pumped in water at a decent speed. The volume of the water pumped did not put any form of pressure on the pump. We also loved the general build quality of the machine. While most pumps in an effort to cut costs try to cut costs on build quality, the 340038 comprises of thick lining which ensures that exposure to chlorine wouldn’t cause rust.
The pump, being self-prime, does not need to be doused with water before its first run and can directly be used after installation. The general operation of the pump apart from being smooth is extremely silent. Thus, there is minimal noise produced even if the pump is running for a long time.
Since it’s single speed, there are fewer controls and thus provides a hassle-free experience. The pump also comes in a series of variants depending on the size of your pool so that you don’t need to those spend extra bucks.
The Hayward SP1580X15 is one of the best pool pumps you can invest in should you require a pump for above ground use. The pump is obviously built for performance and though available in two variants is one of the best pumps on the market right now. Obviously, the pump provides a consistent performance that would put many premium products to shame.
However, the highlight of the product has got to be the strainer. The strainer ensures that debris do not slip into the pool along with the water. This would, in turn, ensure a lesser cost in maintaining the pool. The pump by virtue of its design is drip proof so water doesn’t leak out.
The seal of the pump ensures heat resistance and so the pump can be used for hours at a stretch. The pump requires no lubrication prior to starting up and therefore reduces maintenance cost. The pump is quite petite in terms of size and does not occupy a lot of space.
The WAYNE WAPC250 is a premium product and everything starting from its look to its performance is evident of that fact. The first thing we noticed on switching on the pump is its energy efficiency. The pump has a high flow rate and is completely oil-free. It does not require any form of lubricants to keep the parts running. Apart from being energy efficient, the pump has features like switch technology and auto-flow which ensure a seamless experience when it comes to handling the device.
Apart from that, there is also a strainer which filters any debris which might be there in the water from entering the pool, thereby keeping the pool water clean. It also has features like an automated freeze protection that prevents the pump from overheating and damaging itself.
The pump is housed in within extremely petite dimensions which allow it to be used almost anywhere and not take up a lot of space. It can merely be plugged and started without any form of extra installation costs or maintenance. The product does not come cheap. However, in our opinion, it is completely value for money.
So that was all for today’s segment. We had to work pretty hard to find the best pool pumps and testing them thoroughly for the reviews. Now it’s time to do your bit of research and choose a product that meets your specific demands. Having pool without a proper pool pump can pose health hazards you don’t want to deal with. Pool pumps are a one-time investment so we would request you to be a little generous with the budget. Hope that helps.