Best Pool Pump Reviews, Single, Dual & Variable Speed 2018

A pool pump is undoubtedly one of the main components of a pool. There are tons and tons of verticals that come into play when you're trying to purchase the best pool pump for your residential/commercial pool.

It goes without saying that your pool is the heart of your pool. It does the job of pulling water from the main drain, and skimmer, then pushing it through the filter back into the pool.

 Experts say that purchasing a right pool can help you save more than $200 every month  - which is no doubts a great saving.

I've compiled a list of top 10 pool pumps that'll help you pump water into your pool and ensure a pleasant experience.

Why Should You Trust ME?

I've been a pool equipment repairmen for years. Over the years I have worked with tons of corporations, swimming pool clubs, and individuals to help them set up, and maintain/repair their pools.

Things I considered While Making this List

For this review, I picked over 65 pool pumps. Out of which, I selected top 10 based upon a handful of factors such as

  • How much electicity they consume/save
  • How they perform
  • Product pricing.

Staff Pick : Best Pool Pump

The Hayward SP2302VSP Max-Flo: Best Variable Speed Pool Pump for Easy Installation

Why I choose this ?

Energy-efficient star certified model from Hayward. The SP2302VSP is amazing with features such as a built-in time clock to assist in making programming changes quickly and easily.

Types of Pool Pumps

Dividing on the number of speed modes they can run on, there are 3 main kinds of pool filters :

  • Single Speed Pool Pump
  • Dual Speed Pool Pump
  • Variable Speed Pool Pump
Single Speed Pool Pump

Now, as the name implies, it operates on single speed due to the induction styled electric motor on which it runs. You can’t configure/change the pumping power. The only control you have on the motor is turning it on or off. The standard speed is around 3.4k rpm.

These are the oldest types of pool pumps around. The current producing torque, induction AC motor, allow it to turn. Works on a very basic method, and is cheap as well. But, it makes a lot of noise and will consume a lot of energy as well.

Dual Speed Pool Pump
Variable Speed Pool Pump

Which Pool Filter do You Need ?

Best Single Speed Pool Pumps

1. The Hayward SP2610X15: Best Pool Pump for a Stable Flow Rate

This pump has been the industry standard for more than 2 decades. The Hayward Super Pump is capable of circulating water in your pool quickly and efficiently with the steady  3450 revolutions per minute. 

The centrifugal pump comes with a self-priming functionality. This ensures that any air that might get in the pump via suction piping is eliminated. It also means that the water source can be lower than the pump.

Now, needless to mention that it's a single speed pump, which means you won’t be able to change the speed or run it at a lower speed. This means you won’t be able to save on electricity bills.

But, regardless of everything, the best feature of this pump is the reliability. The reason Hayward become popular is that  they’re designed to last long  and ensure efficient performance. The company also doesn’t make them expensive.

The Hayward SP2610X15
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Industry Standard & Long Life

Why I love this ?

  • Reliable, and Steady Performance
  • Capable of circulating pool water quickly
  • Getting rid of pool debris is easy
  • Easy installation

Drawbacks

  • Outdated model with the only single-speed operation.

2. Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools

On second is Intex which is a great quality product. This pump ensures that water stays crystal clear and refreshing all summer long. This is ensured by the 2500 gph filter cartridge pump. This model is made specifically for above ground pool and can be installed easily. Out of the box, the pump comes insulated. It also has an  auto-timer with which you can pre-set to 2 to 12-hour cycles. 

Intex has installed a built-in air release for times when air gets trapped inside the filter chamber. Apart from this, it also has Hydro creation technology inlet fitting, and sediment flush valve. You also get a replaceable filter which can be cleaned with ease.

 This product works with 18’ Easy Set, 18x10 oval frame, and 10’ metal frame pools. 

Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools
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Hydro creation technology inlet fitting

Why is it in the list ?

  • Auto Timer for easy usage
  • Built in air release controls
  • Free replaceable filter

Drawbacks :

None that I could think of !

3. Pentair SuperFlo Single Speed Pool Pump

Pentair has done an excellent job to meet all the possible needs of a pool or an excellent spa with its SuperFlo single speed pool pump. Regardless of what you’re going to use it for, the pump can handle it well.  It’s quiet, energy-efficient and extremely easy to maintain. 

The materials used in the design are tailored to handle the most demanding and challenging installations and conditions. They’re among the leaders of single speed pool pumps. Regardless of whether you’re replacing your old model, or getting a new pump, this can certainly be a worthy piece of investment.

It has advanced built, including thick-walled parts, 56 square flanged heavy-duty motors along with highly sophisticated engineered hydraulics. It comes with a strainer as well. Pentair has also built in a  see-through lid  which ensures easy and fast inspections. It has self-priming for easy startup and quick pumping.

Pentair SuperFlo Single Speed Pool Pump

Highly Sophisticated Engineered Hydraulics

Why is it in the list ?

  • Highly Sophisticated Engineered Hydraulics
  • Energy Efficient pump
  • Easy to install and maintain

Drawbacks

Some users report that pump vibrates violently. Also, if you install it manually, the warranty is reduced 60 days, as compared to one year warranty if done by maunfactorer.

Best Dual Speed Pumps

4. Hayward SP15932S Power-Flo Matrix 1-1/2-Horsepower 2-Speed Aboveground Pool Pump

Hayward engineered this pump as an exceptional, efficient above ground pool pump. With a simple button push, you’ll be able to switch pump from vertical to horizontal discharge (and vice versa).

The pump has an industry standard sized strainer basket that comes handy in large debris collection and  requires very minimal maintenance.  The heavy-duty motor along with thermal overload protection ensure your pump lasts for a long time.

Hayward SP15932S Power-Flo Matrix 1-1/2-Horsepower 2-Speed Aboveground Pool Pump

Heavy Duty Built

Salient Features :

  • Energy Efficient Model
  • Easy Install Design
  • You can install both vertical or horizontally
  • Reliable in moving water efficiently
  • Lasts for years

Drawbacks :

  • Tends to get noisy while working

Best Variable Speed Pool Pumps

5. The Pentair 011018 IntelliFlo: Best Variable Speed Pool Pump for Horsepower

If you take into consideration the three horsepower operation, this pump has got a very powerful operation. Much like the above-mentioned pump, this one is an energy efficient product as well. Pentair put a lot of work into making this product to have a  built-in diagnostic feature  which makes it very easy to troubleshoot any small issue.

A lot of users reported that the product gave errors when they tried to change pump settings. Direction for programming is also slightly confusing.

But, the pump has got 8 programmable speeds which means you’ll get a wide variety of settings for overall operation. The keypad is fully integrated which is quite a convenient feature.

The Pentair 011018 IntelliFlo: Best Variable Speed Pool Pump for Horsepower

In-Built Diagnostic Feature to Troubleshoot

Why I love this ?

  • Very quiet pump, especially at higher speeds
  • 8 programmable modes
  • LCD display for changing settings
  • Efficient and quick

Drawbacks :

  • Instructions are confusing for some people
  • Louder at low speeds
  • The instructions are a bit confusing
  • Under lower speeds, tends to be louder than other pools under this category

6. The Hayward SP3400VSP EcoStar: Best Variable Speed Pool Pump for Managing Debris

Another energy star certified product in the list which offers a quiet operation along with a large basket which is capable of holding tons of pool debris or leaves. Although not always, but some people report that these pumps fail after a few years.

The  digital display is simply amazing  and is designed in a way that you can change pump’s output settings on the go with a very small physical space. Like the Pentair model, it also has  8 modes to ensure energy savings. 

The motor drive can withstand in high temperature & also temperature below freezing point.

Extra large basket designs helps in easy debris removal.

The Hayward SP3400VSP EcoStar: Best Variable Speed Pool Pump for Managing Debris
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Digital Display to change Pump Settings

Salient features :

  • 8 modes
  • Quiet pump
  • Simple to use

Cons

  • Some people claim that it failed after a few years

7. The Hayward SP2302VSP Max-Flo: Best Variable Speed Pool Pump for Easy Installation

Another energy-efficient star certified model from Hayward. The SP2302VSP is amazing with features such as a  built-in time clock  to assist in making programming changes quickly and easily.

Although it is a very reliable and efficient model, some people report that it tends to develop some faults after a few years. It is also counted among some of the most energy efficient and reliable variable pumps in the market. The pump uses a permanent magnet that helps in keeping the pump very quiet and reliable.

The Hayward SP2302VSP Max-Flo: Best Variable Speed Pool Pump for Easy Installation

Built in Clock for Programming

Salient features :

  • Surprisingly quiet while working
  • Intuitive controlling method
  • Easy to install and connect design

Drawbacks :

  • A few people reported that the circuit board develops faults over the time.

8. The Hayward SP3202VSP TriStar: Best Variable Speed Pool Pump for Positioning

This pool can easily cycle through a bunch of presets and even includes a user interface positioned o top of the motor. The only problem seems to be the fact that it can’t be connected to the Goldline/Hayward software control, this is quite inconvenient for some users.

You can mount the  user interface in 4 different ways . It can also be installed remotely via a communication cable and a mounting hardware This lets you be flexible and install the pump nearly anywhere without having to compromise with the functionality.

The Hayward SP3202VSP TriStar: Best Variable Speed Pool Pump for Positioning

Built in Clock for Programming

Salient features :

  • Surprisingly quiet while working
  • Intuitive controlling method
  • Easy to install and connect design

Drawbacks :

  • You need tools in order to switch the user interface

9. The Pentair 023005: Best Variable Speed Pool Pump for Easy Scheduling

Last, but not the least, the Pentair 023005 is among the easiest to use and schedule pumps in this article. You can schedule flow changes via a digital display that comes with  several settings for varied circulation profiles for your pool. 

The motor and other components are protected and shielded from the elements, but the digital display isn’t. Now, this means that you’ll have to be careful not to wet it because in case it gets wet, you’ll have to get a replacement.

Another selling point that the company puts forward is the ability of the pump to schedule easily and quickly. The well-built pump is sure to  last for years even after rough usage. 

The Pentair 023005: Best Variable Speed Pool Pump for Easy Scheduling

Quick Scheduling & Programming

Salient features :

  • Easy scheduling
  • Great designed
  • Easy installations

Drawbacks :

  • The display isn’t protected from water

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