The 5 Best Pool Pumps

A pool pump is the heart of your swimming pool. It is the thing that circulates the water in the pool, preventing it from stagnation and rotting. The pool pump always has a large basket with a filter that catches garbage and holds it, until you remove it. This keeps the pool clean and prevents it from getting infested with bacteria.

Pool pumps come with different levels of power – some only 0.5 horse powers, and some going up to 2 or more. The more powerful pumps with a larger garbage basket are needed for larger pools with more water to clean.

They are also made by different manufacturers, and while many try to make quality machines with good quality control, others may try to save money on the materials, resulting in a poor-performing pump that soon breaks. Therefore you have to choose wisely, and to help you make a smart choice, we have compiled the 5 best pumps in one list. All the models listed have a good quality to price ratio and do their job well.

Place#
Product
Editor’s Rating
Editor’s Opinion
Single-speed
#1
Hayward W3SP2600X5 Super Pump
10
/
10
Editor’s Pick
#2
Pentair 340039 SuperFlo
9.6
/
10
Customer's Choice
#3
Hayward W3SP1580 Power Flo
9.3
/
10
Best Budget
#4
Pentair 342001
9.1
/
10
HIGH END MODEL
#5
Harris H1572747 ProForc
9.1
/
10
AFFORDABLE RELIABLE MODEL
Hayward W3SP2600X5 Super Pump
#1
Editor’s Pick
Editor’s Rating:
10
/
10

This is a single speed pump with a power of 0.5 horse powers, and its efficiency makes it one of the best picks for a pool pump. It is built to resist damage, and the special ventilation allows it to function for a long time without overheating, making the motor last much longer.

The pump is also pretty quiet, which is a result of its good efficiency. The model has a large attached debris basket that hold s a lot of garbage, be it dirt, leaves or other contaminants. The basket does not need to be emptied often.

The swinging hand knobs make it easy to remove the strainer cover without the use of tools.

All the internal machinery is easy to access by removal of 4 bolts.

Pros:

  • Extremely quiet, to the point it is almost silent
  • Very efficient in energy usage, therefore saves your money
  • Very durable – in many cases this pump lasted over ten years

Cons:

  • The setup is pretty difficult, made more complicated by the instruction manual

Pentair 340039 SuperFlo
#2
Customer's Choice
Editor’s Rating:
9.6
/
10

This is a powerful model, which produces 1.5 horse powers, making it one of the more powerful models. Nonetheless, it is pretty quiet, and that is actually one of its best points – it makes almost no noise while working.

The body parts are made of heavy, thick steel and are ruggedized. The 56-flange motor is also very sturdy and is built to last a long time.

The large strainer basket allows the machine to work a long time before cleaning is required again.

The self-priming motor makes the pump very easy to start, even on cold days.

The 1-year warranty is another reason to consider this pump one of the most durable.

Pros:

  • Very quiet – almost no noise, even after a full year of use
  • Very powerful – the pump is not just strong to start with, it also keeps its power for a long time
  • Very durable – the model is made of heavy-duty materials and is virtually indestructible

Cons:

  • This pump, like most others, get louder as it gets older

Hayward W3SP1580 Power Flo
#3
Best Budget
Editor’s Rating:
9.3
/
10

This model is also a heavy-duty pump, designed to take abuse. It has a large basket for collecting debris, and that minimizes the need for cleaning. The clear cover lets you see when the debris basket is full.

The housing of the pump motor is made of thick steel. This is stainless steel, so it will never corrode.

The drain plug makes maintaining the pump much easier.

The model gives 1 horse power and does it with almost no excessive noise – the pump is almost silent.

The motor casing is 100% waterproof and resists overheating. Therefore you can expect a very long motor life, and many users have reported that this pump is a very durable one.

Pros:

  • Very easy to set up, connect and start
  • Very durable motor, combined with a water and heat-proof casing
  • The debris basket is very large and only has to be cleaned very seldom

Cons:

  • The discharge outlet points up, while many pool filters require it to point sideways

Pentair 342001
#4
HIGH END MODEL
Editor’s Rating:
9.1
/
10

This model is almost maintenance-free. The 1.5 horse power motor is encased in a strong case made of resin epoxy. This material is very tough, virtually indestructible, and also cushions any impacts, protecting the motor from damage.

The model has a clock with 24-hour memory. This allows you to set the time for it to turn on and off during the day. This pump is one of the few models with a variable speed.

The pump is constructed in such a way that wiring and installing it is made easy. The electrical connections are easy to access, and there are three speeds, including a manual override speed.

The motor is efficient, so it does not waste electricity. This makes the cost of electricity lower, so the pump soon pays off.

The pump’s insides adjust to 115 or 230 volt electricity automatically.

Pros:

  • Easy to install, set up and wire correctly
  • So quiet, that at medium speed it is almost impossible to hear
  • Built with great attention to quality – no leaks, no weak points

Cons:

  • Very expensive, however, the quality of materials and assembly make the pump worth the money

Harris H1572747 ProForc
#5
AFFORDABLE RELIABLE MODEL
Editor’s Rating:
9.1
/
10

This motor has a reinforced body made of thermoplastic, and this guarantees a longer lifetime and better durability. The mechanical seals are made of very hard materials – carborundum and graphite, and this makes the motor almost indestructible.

The precise engineering guarantees high efficiency and almost no noise. The pump has 2 inch diameter connections for both input and output of water.

The pump weighs 35 pounds, and this is very light for a pump that gives 1 horse power.

The pump works on 115 volt electricity.

Pros:

  • Easy to install and get working – no assembly needed
  • Great energy efficiency, so the pump saves you money in the long run
  • Very low price for the high level of quality you get with it

Cons:

  • A few users report that this pump is loud, when compared to more expensive models