Pool Pump Reviews

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.

Why Pump Reviews

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 below 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.

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.

Pump Make Pump Model Item Number Rated HP Actual HP Service Factor Volts Amp Draw (230v) Energy Use (watts) Multi Speed Annual Cost @ 24 hr filtration Annual cost @ 12 hr filtration Pump Warranty Web Price ROI (5 year) Energy Efficiency Rating Overall Product Rating Buy
Leaf Pumps Leaf L3 2 2.4 1.2 230 .6 138 Yes $245. $123. 3 years $1,275. 5 5 5 Buy
Sta-Rite Max-E-Pro Review P6e6D-206L 1 1.65 1.65 230 8 1840 No $3223. $1611. 1 year $553. 1 1 1 Buy
Hayward Super 2 Review SP3010EEAZ 1 1.5 1.5 230 7.3 1679 No $2941. $1470. 1 year $576. 1 1 1 Buy
Hayward Tristar Review SP3027EE 0.75 1.3875 1.85 230 7.3 1679 No $2941. $1470. 1 year $435. 1 1 1 Buy
Pentair Whisperflow Review 011513 1 1.65 1.65 230 7.4 1702 No $2981. $1490. 1 year $560. 1 1 1 Buy
Hayward Tristar Review SP32102EE 1 1.85 1.85 230 3 690 Yes $1208. $604. 1 year $634. 2 2 2
Pentair Whisperflo Review 011486 1 1.65 1.65 230 3 690 Yes $1208. $604. 1 year $609. 2 2 2
Hayward Northstar Review SP4010X152NS 1.5 1.87 1.25 230 3.2 736 Yes $1289. $644. 1 year $609. 2 2 2
Pentair Intelliflo VF Review 11012 3 3.45 1.15 230 0.87 200.1 Yes $350. $175. 1 year $1241. 4 4 4 Buy
Eco Pump Ultra Efficiency EP-2 0.75 1.23 1.65 230 1 230 Yes $402. $201. 3 year $755. 5 4 5 Buy
Eco Pump Ultra Efficiency EP-4 1 1.65 1.65 230 1.4 322 Yes $564. $282. 3 year $776. 5 4 5 Buy
Eco Pump Ultra Efficiency EP-6 1.5 2.47 1.65 230 1.6 368 Yes $644. $322. 3 year $824. 5 4 5 Buy


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.

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.

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.