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Top Ten 2014 Pool Pumps Under $850

Finding reliable pool pump reviews has been nearly impossible, until now. The best swimming pool pumps from four top manufacturers - Hayward, Sta-Rite, Pentair and EcoPump are reviewed. Now you can quickly analyze complete specs and energy use on the latest pool pumps. The 2014 pool pump reviews include key data such as the amp draw, warranty and the price.

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Regular pool pumps burn a staggering 700 - 2,000 watts of power. You might think the A/C system is the best opportunity to lower energy use. But that's nothing compared to what you’ll save by replacing your pool pump. Upgrading your old pump to a new energy efficient model can save you up to $1,000. per year. You may be surprised to learn that most pool pump reviews don't include the energy use. Now you can compare the energy use of 10 leading pumps to help you make an informed decision.

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Table 1.0 - Compare the Power Consumption, Warranty and Cost of 10 Leading Pool Pumps.

Sta-Rite Max-E-Pro Hayward Super 2 Hayward TriStar Pentair Whisperflow Hayward TriStar Dual Spd Pentair Whisperflo Dual Spd Hayward Northstar Dual Spd EcoPump EcoPump EcoPump
Model No. P6e6D-206L SP3010EEAZ SP327EE WFE-4 SP32102EE WFDS-4 SP4010 X152NS EP-2 EP-4 EP-6
Marketed as Energy Efficient Pool Pump Energy Efficient Pool Pump Energy Efficient Pool Pump Energy Efficient Pool Pump Energy Efficient Pool Pump Energy Efficient Pool Pump Energy Efficient Pool Pump Ultra Energy Efficient Pool Pump Ultra Energy Efficient Pool Pump Ultra Energy Efficient Pool Pump
Horsepower 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.5 .75 1 1.5
Max Voltage 230v 230v 230v 230v 230v 230v 230v 230v 230v 230v
Amp Draw @230v 8 7.3 7.3 7.4 3 3 3.2 1.0 1.4 1.6
Power Consumption 1.84kW 1.68kW 1.68kW 1.70kW .69kW .69kW .74kW 0.23kW 0.32kW 0.37kW
Dual Electron Condensors NO NO NO NO NO NO NO check check check
Multiple Speeds NO NO NO NO check check check check check check
Annual Cost for 24hr Filtration at $.20 /kW/h $3,223 $2,903 $2,903 $2,978 $1,209 $1,209 $1,296 $403 $561 $648
Annual Cost for 12hr Filtration at $.20 /kW/h $1,612 $1,452 $1,452 $1,489 $605 $605 $648 $202 $281 $324
Motor, Impeller, Electronics Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 3 Year Warranty 3 Year Warranty 3 Year Warranty
Typical Web Price $389 $576 $469 $575 $634 $609 $609 $755 $776 $824
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Insiders Tip

You'll want to pay close attention to the amp draw or watts as it directly determines how much power your pool pump will consume. The higher the amp draw, the more energy (kilowatts) your pump will burn.

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How to Run Your Pump 24/7 for Pennies

High electric bills are now the norm. Sky high electric costs have forced pool owners to reduce the amount of time their pump operates. But this makes no sense from a water quality standpoint. Most states require commercial pool pumps to run 24 hours per day. That's because stagnant water creates a breeding ground for bacteria and algae. And how can you feed chemicals into the pool when the pump is off? You can't. Running your pump 24 hours per day allows you to maintain stable chemical levels and pH. By avoiding ups and downs, you'll actually use less chemicals and save money. Choose a pump that you can afford to operate 24/7 for the best possible water quality.

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Beware of Complicated On-board Computers

It's no surprise that the environment around your pool is hard on electronic equipment. Moisture has a way of finding its way inside even the best enclosures. Infinitely variable-speed pumps require onboard computers that are expensive and prone to premature failure. Repairing those onboard electronic circuits can cost as much as a new pump. [Google: variable speed + poor warranty + unrepairable]. The new dual condensor energy efficient pumps like EcoPump have eliminated this common failure point. EcoPump can be controlled with a simple and inexpensive 3-way switch. See the pool pump reviews to quickly compare specs and efficiency data on 10 leading pumps.

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Compare Efficiency Between Pumps by Looking at Watts or Amps

There are no set standards when it comes to pool pumps and energy efficiency. There is no rating sytem. This makes it difficult to compare one pool pump to another. Unless you know the secret. The secret formula enables you to easily calculate the power that your pump will use, using simple math. To find out how much electricity a 230 volt pump will use, simply multiply the pump's amp rating by 230. (divide by 1,000 for kW) It's that simple. Once you know the watts, comparing pumps is easy. We’ve compiled a list of the efficiency data in our pool pump reviews.

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Choose a Pump with a Strong Warranty

We know this one seems obvious. But you would be surprised how many $1200. pool pumps have a one-year warranty. That's right, some of the most expensive pumps have the shortest warranties. A one year warranty is standard on most pumps sold as premium or high-end. Why? Because programmable pool pumps have onboard electronic circuits that are prone to failure. Other energy-efficient pumps like the EcoPump use the "keep it simple" principle and rely on simple switches. These pumps tend to have the best warranties. EcoPump offers a best-in-class 3-year warranty.

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