Buy In Ground Pool Pumps Online


Buying a swimming pool pump online is a great way to save money on a mandatory purchase for your pool. Online retailers have lower overhead than independent retail locations as well as a much deeper buying power due to the volume of products that they deal in. In addition to this the shipping costs from large volume retailers is much lower than the shipping costs from smaller online pool stores.

There are very few online retail stores for swimming pool pumps in Canada so dealing with Amazon.com and ordering from merchants that are willing to ship into Canada is likely the cheapest possible way to buy an inground pool pump online from Canada.

What Is The Difference Between In Ground & Above Ground Pumps?


The physical appearance of inground pool pumps and above ground pool pumps is quite similar to the untrained eye. The price tag is usually the biggest difference that you will notice first. A 1 horsepower above ground pump and a 1 horsepower in ground pool pump might look similar on the outside however they are entirely different products on the inside.

At a glance, inground pool pumps will require a permanent (hardwire) electrical connection to be made where above ground pool pumps typically come with a 120 volt cord end attached right out of the box. Additionally an in ground pool pump is made internally to handle higher head pressures than above ground pumps. Head pressure is "resistance to flow" and typically an inground installation will have parameters outside the scope of what above ground pumps are made to handle. Inground pumps have a typical expected life frame of around 7 years where above ground pool pumps have an expected life frame of 3-4 years.



What Is The Cheapest Inground Pool Pump


The cheapest inground pool pump will take into consideration the upfront cost as well as the ongoing energy costs to run the pump. For this reason choosing the correct horsepower for your pump is important. Many pool owners, and many pool professionals also, will oversize a pool pump greater than the actual flow needed due to an inability to calculate the correct amount of flow needed. 1.5, 2 and 3 horsepower pumps are very common in pools in North America.

The reality is that a high efficiency 1/2 horsepower, 3/4 horsepower or a 1 horsepower pump is usually more than enough flow for residential pools. Pools 20x40 or larger, L shaped pools, pools with waterfalls, in floor cleaning systems or rooftop solar panels may require more power but in almost all cases a standard 1 HP inground pump will provide all the flow needed to meet minimum pool water turnover rates of 2-4 times per 24 hour period.











The major names in the inground pool pump market are Hayward, Pentair and Jandy. These 3 brands make up over 95% of the swimming pool pumps installed in North America however there are now offshore and clone model pumps available to buy online. While the possibility to save some money upfront exists you must also be confident that you are purchasing a quality product that will last. Since professionals need to warranty the products they sell to pool owners they choose more reliable brand names with familiar warranty process.

1.5 Horsepower Pool Pumps


The Hayward 1.5HP super pump inground pool pump averages 75 gallons per minute (at 30 feet head resistance). This is suitable for pools up to 36,000 gallons.




The Pentair Superflo 1.5HP pump averages 92 gallons per minute (at 30 feet head resistance). This is suitable for pools up to 44,000 gallons.




1 Horsepower Pool Pumps


The Hayward 1HP super pump inground pool pump averages 65 gallons per minute (assuming 30 feet head resistance). This is suitable for pools up to 31,000 gallons.




The Pentair 1HP Superflo pump averages 76 gallons per minute (assuming 30 feet of head resistance). This is suitable for pools up to 36,500 gallons.




3/4 Horsepower Pool Pumps


The Hayward 3/4HP super pump inground pool pump averages 52 gallons per minute (assuming 30 feet head resistance). This is suitable for pools up to 25,000 gallons.




The Pentair Superflo 3/4HP pump averages 58 gallons per minute (assuming 30 feet head resistance). This is suitable for pools up to 28,000 gallons.




1/2 Horsepower Pool Pumps


The Hayward 1/2HP super pump inground pool pump averages 38 gallons per minute (assuming 30 feet of head resistance). This is suitable for pools up to 18,000 gallons.




The Pentair Superflo pool pump averages 58 gallons per minute (assuming 30 feet of head resistance). This is suitable for pools up to 28,000 gallons.




How To Choose The Right Pump For Your Pool


There is some basic information that you need to gather in order to determine which is the correct pump for your pool system. You need to know the volume of water in your pool and you need to determine the maximum gallons per minute rating for your filter. Many new pumps and larger than 1.5HP pumps have the ability to exceed the max GPM rating for many sand filters. Cartridge filters typically have a higher GPM max rating than sand filters so if you have sand this is even more of a concern.

You need to turn over, or filter, the entire volume of water in your pool 3 times in every 24 hour period as a general guideline. Take the volume of your pool, for example 20,000 gallons as a common size for inground pool. A 16x32' freeform or rectangle pool with a 3.5' shallow end and 8' deep end would have close to 20,000 gallons for example. So we need to filter 60,000 gallons of water every 24 hours. That is 2500 gallons per hour needed. This is 41.6 gallons per minute. You then need a pool pump that provides at least 42 gallons per minute under load yet does not exceed the max GPM rating for your filter.




What Is The Difference Between Pentair & Sta-Rite Pumps?


Pentair and Sta-Rite inground pool pumps are almost identical except for the color of the pump casing. This allows them to control two independent product lines often allowing them to sell to competing pool retail locations operating in the same territory. The reality is that the pump mechanics and design is identical between the two product lines - one is almond and one is black.