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Pool Pump Reviews for 2014

Pool Express has compiled the most comprehensive review of swimming pool pumps on the web. Our pool pump reviews focus on the three key qualifiers for any pump: energy efficiency, warranty and return on investment. Spending a little extra time choosing the right pump can pay big dividends.

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EcoPump - Energy Star Rated, Ultra-Efficient Pool Pump

Like saving money? Then you’ll love EcoPump - a whole new kind of energy efficient pool pump. Most inground pool pumps run on 2 kW of energy. EcoPump runs on just 1/3 kW. The result is a savings up to $1,000 per year and the highest ROI of any pool pump.

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Rated / Actual HP Service Factor Multi-Speed Volts Amp Draw (230v) Energy Use (Watts) Pump Warranty Annual Costs @ 12hr / 24hr ROI (5 Year) Our Price Buy
Leaf [L3]
by Leaf Pumps
55 stars 8.9 2 HP / 2.4 HP 1.2 Yes 230 Volts .6 138 3 Years $245 / $123 55 stars $1,297 Buy
EcoPump Ultra Efficiency [EP-2]
by EcoPump
55 stars 9.2 .75 HP / 1.23 HP 1.65 Yes 230 Volts 1 230 3 Years $245 / $123 55 stars $755 Buy
EcoPump Ultra Efficiency [EP-4]
by EcoPump
55 stars 9.0 1 HP / 1.65 HP 1.65 Yes 230 Volts 1.4 322 3 Years $564 / $282 55 stars $776 Buy
EcoPump Ultra Efficiency [EP-6]
by EcoPump
55 stars 9.0 1.5 HP / 2.47 HP 1.65 Yes 230 Volts 1.6 368 3 Years $564 / $282 55 stars $824 Buy
Intelliflo VF Review [11012]
by Pentair
45 stars 8.5 3 HP / 3.45 HP 1.15 Yes 230 Volts 0.87 200.1 1 Year $350 / $175 45 stars $1241 Buy
Tristar Review [SP32102EE]
by Hayward
25 stars 5.2 1 HP / 1.85 HP 1.85 Yes 230 Volts 3 690 1 Year $1208 / $604 25 stars $634 Buy
Whisperflo Review [011486]
by Pentiar
25 stars 4 1 HP / 1.65 HP 1.65 Yes 230 Volts 3 690 1 Year $1208 / $604 25 stars $609 Buy
Northstar Review [SP4010X152NS]
by Hayward
25 stars 4 1.5 HP / 1.87 HP 1.25 Yes 230 Volts 3.2 736 1 Year $1289 / $644 25 stars $609 Buy
Max-E-Pro Review [P6e6D-206L]
by Sta-Rite
25 stars 2 1 HP / 1.65 HP 1.65 No 230 Volts 8 1840 1 Year $3223 / $1611 25 stars $576 Buy
Super 2 Review [SP3010EEAZ]
by Hayward
25 stars 1 1 HP / 1.50 HP 1.50 No 230 Volts 7.3 1679 1 Year $2941 / $1470 25 stars $576 Buy
Tristar Review [SP3027EE]
by Hayward
25 stars 1 .75 HP / 1.3875 HP 1.85 No 230 Volts 7.3 1679 1 Year $2941 / $1470 25 stars $435 Buy
Whisperflow Review [011513]
by Pentair
25 stars 1 1 HP / 1.65 HP 1.65 No 230 Volts 7.4 1702 1 Year $2981 / $1490 25 stars $560 Buy
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Pool Pump Buying Guide

Pool Express breaks out the most important things to know when shopping for a pool pump.

Pool owners lacked a reliable source of information they could rely on to help them separate fact from hype, and good pool pumps from inefficient ones. The pump review table found above summarizes the key data needed to evaluate pool pumps. Not only does it give you all the important data in one place, but you can also click on the header to sort any direction.

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Easy to Understand Pump Reviews

We bring you credible and easy-to-understand info that helps you find the best pump for the money. Our goal is to empower consumers to make good choices. Armed with comprehensive pricing information, side-by-side ratings, and a large inventory of pumps, PoolExpress.com puts buyers in control of the pump buying process.

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Why are Amps and Watts so Important?

Our pump reviews place a high importance on the watts and amps. Old style pool pumps require a shocking 1,600 - 2,000 watts of power. In fact, the biggest opportunity for power savings is not with your air conditioning system, but with your swimming pool pump. Upgrading the energy efficient pump can save over $1,000. per year when compared to traditional pool pumps. Our pool pump reviews will help steer you in the right direction.

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How Long Should a Pool Pump be On Each Day?

In the past, electric costs have forced pool owners to reduce the amount of time their pump operates. This is great for utility bills, but makes no sense for water quality. Stagnant water creates a breeding ground for bacteria and algae. Plus, it is difficult or impossible to feed chemicals into the pool when the pump is off. Most multi-speed pumps are designed to run 24/7 for the best possible water quality.

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Why does the EcoPump have a Better ROI than the Pentair Intelliflo in the Review?

EcoPump and the Pentair Intelliflo are very close in the typical watts required to operate. However, the Pentair Intelliflo is a VFD equipped pump and is considerably more expensive. The EcoPump uses electron condensor technology which is less expensive but is also highly efficient.

How Do I Compare Pumps not on the Pump Review Table?

If you want to compare a pump on the table to another pump, simply calculate the watts. To find out how much electricity a 230 volt pump will use, simply multiply the pump's amp rating by 230. It's that simple. Once you know the watts, comparing pumps is easy.

How Much Does Warranty Factor into Your Pump Reviews

Our overall review placed 1/3 of it's points on the pump warranty. Here's why. The problem is that many pool owners are finding that programmable pool pumps have complicated circuits that are prone to failure. Not surprisingly, these pumps only have one year warranties. There are limited number of pool pumps with two and three year warranties, and these pumps are typically worth the small premium paid for the peace of mind.

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