Best Pool Pumps

A pool pump that suits your pool will perform efficiently and will ensure you have filtered, clean water to swim in. Support your pool’s health and functionality by reading up on what to look for when you buy a pool pump. Continue reading...

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Zodiac FloPro E3 Series

Zodiac FloPro E3 Series

2.8  (40) Summary
Peter
PeterMelbourne13 posts
  FloPro E3 Series
Phoenix M
Phoenix MAU2 posts
 
Looks Great, Super Quiet, the best running costs, with the best warranty to be found!Seeing this pump for my pool wont have a day off i needed one that is the quietest, with the best star rating and the Madimack comes with a 4 year warranty. I love tech so found the app easy and very convenient to know what's going on or adjust anything. Very Happy! Show details
AstralPool Viron XT Series

AstralPool Viron XT Series

1.9  (14) Summary
Warwick
Warwick2 posts
  P320 XT
Bearings went after 4 1/2 yearsTim the other people’s reviews I believe true as my bearings went after 4 1/2 years one day pump quit next day noisey and day 2 I had to turn pump off due to the noise
A new one is $1900 and only 2 year warranty Show details
Onga SuperFlo VS 800

Onga SuperFlo VS 800

4.5  (2) Summary
Barry Forsythe
Barry ForsytheWA
 
Good pump but annoying high pitched noiseGood pump so far but it makes a high pitched sound which is annoying. This was from new as soon as it was started. Coming from the motor.
Poolrite Gemini Pool Pump

Poolrite Gemini Pool Pump

3.0  (3) Summary
rocket
rocketNSW11 posts
 
Gemini Twin Eco Poolrite PumpMuch better with new one from poolrite just had small leak from bottom fixed which cost $200 with new mechanical seal and impellor after 5 years pool use. Over all great pump with big energy savings and can recommend now. Show details
Argento
ArgentoQLD3 posts
 
Niko T
Niko TVIC64 posts
  Verified
Madimack Inverter Plus Pool Pump

Madimack Inverter Plus Pool Pump

5.0  (1) Summary
Peter M.
Peter M.NSW
  Verified
Zodiac FloPro VS 1.5HP Pump

Zodiac FloPro VS 1.5HP Pump

5.0  (1) Summary
Chlorinator R.
Chlorinator R.NSW4 posts
 
Moust reliable filter pump and robustKnown for its excellent quality, long lifespan, sturdy construction, and seamless compatibility with automation systems like the Aqualink Tri FCC. It's an ideal choice for hassle-free automation. Show details
Waterco Supatuf 100 Pool Pump

Waterco Supatuf 100 Pool Pump

1.3  (6) Summary
Perth Local
Perth LocalWA38 posts
 
Waterco
Waterco   DM   
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AstralPool CTX Series

AstralPool CTX Series

2.0  (3) Summary
Markm
MarkmNSW4 posts
  CTX 280
Just out of warrantyPool built by Blue Haven. Finished in Sept 2020. Astral CTX280 now very noisy. Very poor quality when it only lasts until the end of warranty. Was quoted $750.00 for a new one. Show details
Manuel
ManuelSA
 
A DuDMotor shorted out after water leak
Only two years old still within the three year warranty but Davey classed
The seals as consumables and won’t fix it Show details
Hy-Clor 1.0HP Pool Pump

Hy-Clor 1.0HP Pool Pump

2.0  (1) Summary
ghosta
ghostaNSW4 posts
 
Davey ProMaster VSD200 Pool Pump

Davey ProMaster VSD200 Pool Pump

1.0  (1) Summary
Wade
Wade11 posts
 
Waterco Hydrostorm ECO-V 100 Pump

Waterco Hydrostorm ECO-V 100 Pump

No reviews Summary
AstralPool E-Series Pump

AstralPool E-Series Pump

No reviews Summary
Zodiac FloPro SS Pump Series

Zodiac FloPro SS Pump Series

No reviews Summary
Baracuda Hydra+ Pump Series

Baracuda Hydra+ Pump Series

No reviews Summary
AstralPool XP Series

AstralPool XP Series

No reviews Summary
Baracuda Supra Eco

Baracuda Supra Eco

No reviews Summary
Zodiac Titan ZTS Series

Zodiac Titan ZTS Series

No reviews Summary

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How do pool pumps work?

Pool pumps are an integral part of keeping a pool clean. The pool pump pulls water from the pool drain or pool deck skimmer and puts this water through a filter. If the pool pump has a heater or chlorinator fitted, then it will pump the water through both of these - resulting in heated, treated water - before returning the water back to the pool.

What are the different types of pool pumps?

Pool pumps are often categorised by their speeds: they’re available in single speed, dual, multi and variable speed models.

  • Single speed pool pumps only work at one speed.
  • Dual speed pool pumps can operate at two different speeds.
  • Multi-speed pool pumps can run at a few fixed speeds.
  • Variable speed pool pumps let you program different speeds and flow settings, so you can select what’s most suitable for your pool.

Variable speed pumps are considered the most effective at cleaning your pool and conserving energy while doing so, so here are some pros and cons of variable speed pool pumps.

Pros
Use less electricity than single speed pumps, so they’re cheaper to run.
More energy efficient and water efficient.
Overall quieter than single-speed pumps, as they can also operate at low RPMs.
Variable speed pumps offer better water filtration, as filtration is better at slower rates.
Running a motor at slower speeds is less taxing on the pump, so will likely mean it will have a longer lifespan.
Cons
More expensive to purchase.

What size pump do I need for my pool?

Using a bigger pump that’s needed won’t only incur more power consumption expenses, but will also overpower your filter system, which can result in damage or more wear and tear than usual. Using a pump that’s too small can leave your pool prone to algae infestation, as it won’t have the ability to properly filter all your pool water.

Here is how to calculate what size pump you need.

1. Calculate the volume of your pool.

Calculate the volume of your pool in litres by multiplying the length by the width by the average depth.

For example, length 10m x width 4m x average depth 1.2m = 48,000L.

2. Calculate your pool’s flow rate.

The flow rate determines how quickly the pump can circulate water. This is measured in litres per minute (lmp). This is important in determining whether a pool pump is suitable for the size of your pool.

You can calculate this using the pool’s volume and turnover time.

For example, if you have a 48,000L pool and a pump with a turnover time of 4 hours, you can calculate the flow rate of your pump.

Flow rate = volume 48,000L divided by turnover time (240 minutes) = 200L per minute.

3. Calculate the Total Dynamic Head (TDH)

The Total Dynamic Head is a measure of the resistance the pump faces when sucking water from your pool.

The formula for TDH is TDH = pipe head loss + fittings head loss + elevation head loss.

With the flow rate and Total Dynamic Head, you’ll be able to check with a manufacturer which pool pump size you need. Often pool pump retailers can do all the math for you, as long as you have the necessary measurements on hand.

Other things to consider when choosing a pool pump

Power

When it comes to pool pumps, more powerful doesn’t necessarily mean better. It’s recommended to choose a pump that’s powerful enough to clean and circulate the water in your pool, but you have to consider your filter’s maximum flow rate first. If you get too powerful a pump that exceeds this maximum flow rate, you run the risk of damaging your pool equipment. The maximum flow rate is displayed in litres per minute.

Noise level

It’s a good idea to buy a pool pump that’s quiet to run so you can take advantage of cheaper running costs during off-peak hours - your neighbours will thank you for it, too.

Read reviews of the pump or read the specs to figure out the noise level - even better if the noise level is listed in decibels.

Energy efficiency

Running a pool pump can make up a sizable portion of your energy bill, and it’ll take up even more if you don’t factor in energy efficiency before taking out your wallet.

The amount of energy a pool pump uses is determined by a range of factors, including the size of your pool, the type of filter you use, whether you have a heater or chlorinator, the efficiency of the pump itself, and more

The Australian government now has energy performance standards and labelling regulations for pool pumps, which means you can check the energy rating of a pool pump and calculate its estimated power consumption. You can do this by visiting the Australian government’s Energy Rating Calculator online.

Features

  • Timer: Also called a pool controller, a pool pump timer lets you choose when to run your pool pump, so you don’t have to manually switch it on and off every day.
  • Auto shut-off: This safety feature automatically turns off the pool pump if it overheats.

Cleaning and maintenance

Maintaining a pool pump to keep it in its best condition requires attention all year round. Ensure you repair sources of leaks from seals or pipe joints straight away. You should also make sure the bearings are lubricated to prevent the motor from overheating. Dust or brush build up from vents and use a damp cloth to wipe the surfaces, taking care to avoid direct moisture on the motor.

How long should a pool pump last?

The lifespan of a pool pump depends on factors like the size of your pool and what type of pool pump it is, such as whether it’s an above-ground pump or an in-ground pump. Generally speaking, a pool pump won’t last more than 10 to 15 years.

The following things may indicate that your pool pump needs to be repaired or replaced:

  • Dirty pool water. A decrease in the quality of pool water may indicate a faulty pump, chlorinator or filter. You can test the water with a testing kit to determine whether the pump needs replacing, or whether your pool just needs chlorine or other chemicals to get back to normal.
  • Damage. If there’s a crack or serious wear and tear on your pump, it will either need to be repaired or replaced.

Build quality

Look for pumps made from corrosion-resistant materials, as this will help them withstand damage from chemicals used in your pool. A sturdy construction also helps ensure a pump will stand the test of time, although this can be hard to determine before you buy, so it’s important to read reviews and see what others have had to say.

Cost

The cost of pool pumps vary, with some budget pumps costing as little as $200 and higher end models going well into the thousands. Ensure you also consider warranty; many reputable brands will have at least a 5-year warranty on their pool pumps.

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