Having a good quality pool pump will greatly enhance the quality of your pool water. A pool pump filters and circulates the water in your pool – without it, your pool would be dirty and stagnant.
When buying a pool pump, it’s important to know how a pool pump functions. It’s made up of three main parts: the motor, impeller, and housing. The motor spins the impeller, the impeller pushes water into the filter, and the housing sucks in the water, pushing it towards the impeller, keeping a solid flow going.
When choosing a pump, you need to make sure it has the right turnover rate for the size of your pool, so that all of the water is getting filtered at least once a day. We’ve chosen three, well-rated pumps for above ground and in-ground pools. Get one to make sure your water is clean, clear and ready for summer.
1. Hayward Super Pool Pump
The Hayward Super Pool Pump comes as a single speed or dual speed pump. It also comes in a selection of horsepower options ranging from 0.5 to 2.0 horsepower. The range of options makes this pump fit most in ground pools and spas. Its swing away hand knobs makes it easy to remove the strainer cover, no tools or clamps are required. It comes with an oversized debris basket that allow for less frequent maintenance. This pump is made of sturdy durable materials, isn’t noisy, and is easy to install without the assistance of a professional. This is a great dependable pump that will fit all different pool sizes.
PROS: Comes in a variety of sizes and horsepower options.
CONS: You have to pay extra for professional installation.
2. Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump
The Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump is all natural low maintenance pump for above ground pools. The sand provides high quality water filtration and comes with a 6-function control valve that can be set to filter, backwash, rinse, recirculate, drain, and close. It comes with a built in 24-hour timer that allows you to go along with your day while your pool is being cleaned. The pump generates a pump flow rate of 3,000 gallons per hour that fits above ground pools 16′ and up. This sand filter pump does most of the heavy lifting for you, all you need to do is replace the sand every 5 years.
PROS: Very low maintenance
CONS: Only for above ground pools.
3. Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump
The Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump is made for above ground pools, and is easy to use and maintain. It comes with a double insulated pump, a sediment flush valve at the bottom of the filter chamber, and an air release valve to get rid of trapped air inside filter. This system is made with Hydro Aeration Technology that mixes air and water to induce the oxidation of iron, and reduces the negative ions at the waters surface resulting in extra clean and clear pool water. It comes with one cartridge filter that easily attaches to the hose. It can also be set to an auto timer with presets that range from two to twelve cycles. This filter pump fits the following above ground pool sizes; 18 feet Easy Set, 18-feet Metal Frame, or 18 feet by 10 feet Oval Frame.
PROS: Powerful but quiet pump.
CONS: Shut off valves not included.