Smile! It’s pool time! The kids will be running around, jumping off the diving board, sliding down the slide, into the pool. For you, grown up time means enjoying an exhilarating early-morning swim or spending quality time with friends, in your refreshing pool.
If thinking about your pool reminds you that the kids cannot play Marco Polo because the pool pump is too noisy, then it’s time to rethink pool time. No. It’s time to rethink that loud, inefficient, low-suction, low-pressure, annoying pool pump. Maybe the last time you bought a pool pump was years ago when the technology was not near what it is today. Read on to learn what are the 8 most popular pool pump models available. Read on to find out more.
- 1 Top 8 Best Pool Pumps
- 1.1 1. Harris ProForce (H1572730)
- 1.2 2. Hayward SP2303VSP MaxFlo VS
- 1.3 3. Hayward Super (# SP2610X15)
- 1.4 4. Hayward SP3400VSP EcoStar
- 1.5 5. Xtreme Power US Inground Pool Pump
- 1.6 6. Pentair SuperFlo (342001)
- 1.7 7. Alpine’s Cyclone Pump (PAL3100 3100GPH)
- 1.8 8. Pentair IntelliFlo VS High Performance Pool Pump (Model 011018)
Top 8 Best Pool Pumps
1. Harris ProForce (H1572730)
The Harris ProForce model #H1572730 is an above ground pool pump manufactured from stainless steel and a thermoplastic body. Quality construction means the ProForce will be a work horse for any above ground pool well into the future.
It is designed to be durable and long-lasting in its performance. Its powerful 1.5 HP motor is supported by advanced engineering to make high energy efficiency the norm while operating quietly enough to play Marco Polo or sit peacefully by the pool.
It includes and easy-to-use drain plug. In addition, this model has a conventional 3-prong connection and even a 3-foot cord.
The 115-volt 1 1/2 connectors are on the discharge port and the suction port, with 1 1/2 inch threading. External threading is designed as 2 1/2 inches. This model provides brilliant performance and promises great results for many years to come.
- *Above Ground Pool Pump
- *High-quality Materials
- *Quality Construction
- *Meets CSA and ETL Requirements
If you need an above-ground pool pump that operates quietly in the background, this is a great option.
2. Hayward SP2303VSP MaxFlo VS
The Hayward MaxFlo model # SP2303VSP) is a variable speed product for built-in pools. You will love it for its Energy Star certification. The pool will perform better with this 24 x 10 x 11 inch gold and black plastic and metal pool pump.
More than that, it comes with an easy to read and simple to use digital interface. You can move it about into 4 different positions, or even hang it up for more permanent placement.
It meets industry regulations including APSP 15 and Title 20. Installs within any of the applications either in standalone mode or with Hayward OmniLogic among others. It will work with other control systems from relay as well.
- *Qualifies for utility company rebates
- *Fully programmable
- *Digital readout makes for easy operation
- *Mountable or re-positions to 4 different angles
This model provides great performance and Energy Star efficiency. It qualifies for rebates, is easy to use and easy to install.
3. Hayward Super (# SP2610X15)
Next up, we take a look at another popular pool pump: the Hayward Super (SP2610X15). There’s less wiggle room than the previous model we reviewed. That’s because it is a single-speed pump. Choose among 1/2 horsepower, 3/4 horsepower, 1 horsepower, 1 1/2 horsepower, 2 horsepower, and 2 1/2 horsepower models.
It makes up for that with super smart design features for much easier maintenance. The swing-away knobs make for easy to remove the strainer’s cover without fumbling with rusty clamps or screws that fall to the bottom of the pool. It even features a transparent strainer cover so you do not have to waste time checking if the basket needs cleaning!
The large debris basket means less maintenance, especially for homes with a lot of leafy trees. Even the interior of the pump is easy to access, thanks to the smart design of 4-bolt.
- *See through pool strainer removes guesswork
- *Easy access to the internal components
- *Extra-large debris basket means less work
- Of course, you can always expect Hayward’s pumps to hold up well over years of use.
4. Hayward SP3400VSP EcoStar
Hayward’s EcoStar (model SP3400VSP) is a variable speed pump that blows the competition out of the water on its efficiency. It leads the pack for pools with a spa up to 3 horsepower. Save up to — get this — 90% on energy, or $1,500 annually when compared to the performance of a single speed pump.
Its Safety Vacuum Release System prevents suction entrapment on its own. No extra plumber or electrician costs here.
- *SVRS prevents entrapment without any addition wiring or plumbing
- *VS functionality means energy costs 10% vs single-speed models
- *Qualifies for utility company rebates
- *Designed for spa-pool combination on medium to large pools
Can you make money on your pool while enjoying easy maintenance of low-rib large debris baskets? Combining the energy efficiency of this model with utility rebates, it may be possible. Go with well designed variable speed pool pumps like this model to slash costs while improving performance and reliability.
5. Xtreme Power US Inground Pool Pump
The Xtreme Power 75035 Inground pool pump features dual wattage for this inground pool pump. It has 110 volt and 220 volt Dual Wattage capabilities for the 60 Herz, 3,450 revolutions per minute 2 horsepower motor.
The max suction is 66′ and it operates to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Its transfer rate is 5850GPH and the inlet and outlet are 2 inches and 3 inches NPT. Most people need an adapter to hook it up to their 1 to 1 1/2 inch openings.
Its a self-priming 14.3 x 27.5 x 10.4 inch unit. The pump comes with a strainer that works effectively as well. It does not come with the cord, though it is possible to buy them at the local store. That way you get the opportunity to choose the cord length you desire. Consider this model as another best bet.
- *Strainer included
- *Need to purchase a cord
- *Self priming
- *2-inch opening
6. Pentair SuperFlo (342001)
Pentair’s Energy Star model — SuperFlo 342001 makes the list for this variable speed pool pump, which means it slashes energy costs significantly.
It’s great for standard pools requiring 110 volts to 230 volts along with between 50 Herz to 60 Herz. It features a clock with a memory going back a full day. It was designed with the user in mind and is easy to use and program. The easy access electrical connections make it very easy to install as well. It has 3 speed settings and includes an override option.
- *Variable speed to slash energy costs
- *24-hour clock memory
- *Easy to install
- *Simple to operate and use
- *Override option
- *Save up to 80% on energy costs
- *May qualify for energy rebates
- *Great for pools requiring up to 1 1/2 hp pump
- *No rewiring needed as it auto-recognizes voltage
This model is great for its variable speed energy efficiency. It also happens to be very easy to use. No rewiring necessary because it automatically acknowledges whether 115 to 230 volt power requirements.
7. Alpine’s Cyclone Pump (PAL3100 3100GPH)
The Alpine PAL3100 3100GPH Cyclone saves most pool owners money with its focus on an energy-efficient operation. It is also submersible and made from high-quality ceramic to make up its shaft. It is the oil-free option and includes magnetic-driven operation. It is designed to last as it also features epoxy protection along with a ceramic impeller shaft.
The vortex impeller includes an extra large pre-filter. It is simple to take apart for access without the use of any tools.
The Cyclone pumps between 2,100 to 8,000 gallons of pool water every hour. These figures vary based on the size of the pump your pool will require.
- *Designed to last
- *Easy access without tools
- *8 inches Long x 5 inches wide x 6 inches in height
- *3-year warranty
- Made of plastic and ceramic with a vortex impeller
- Use with a horizontal or vertical orientation.
This model is ideal for its easy access, excellent energy efficiency, and its sheer power. It is built to last, which any pool owner can appreciate.
8. Pentair IntelliFlo VS High Performance Pool Pump (Model 011018)
It’s a great sign when a manufacturer has multiple pumps on the best brand list. Pentair is one such brand. Its IntelliFlo variable speed pump (011018) lives up to its name with this Energy Star ranked pump. Compared to the conventional single speed pumps, IntelliFlo costs 90% less to operate in energy costs.
It is a dream as it is also very quiet in its operation too. It features 8 different speed and a timer for even better energy management. If there is a problem, it plays doctor for you with its built-in diagnostics.
- *Built-in diagnostics
- *Saves 90% on energy costs vs conventional pool pumps
- *8 different speeds
- *Extremely quiet operation
This is an excellent model for most pool owners. It can save up to $1,500 per year in energy costs while providing maximum performance year after year. And, it’s even a very quiet model of the pool pump.
We hope you have learned a lot about which pool pumps might work for your pool. Whether you are building a new one, or just replacing an old pump, be sure to keep this list handy. It is going to save you a lot of headaches while helping you to cut energy costs.