Sump Pump Reviews: How to Choose the Best Sump Pump

Learn everything you need to choose the best sump pump for your needs

Zoller Pump

Good features yield good ratings. Zoeller sump pumps like this model are used exclusively by Basement Systems because they have features associated with reliable, long-term performance.

“Buy the best sump pump you can afford.” That’s good advice, whether it comes from a homeowner or a contractor who specializes in basement waterproofing. After all, the sump pump plays a critical role in keeping your basement dry.

It must be up to the task of pumping water out of your basement or crawl space before it floods onto the floor.

Finding the best sump pump

There are a number of websites where you can find sump pump reviews and sump pump ratings. Zoeller sump pump reviews are the most common, since Zoeller is a major sump pump manufacturer.

While many customer-based sump pump ratings simply describe the installation and performance of a recently purchased sump pump, it’s smart to dig deeper and consider all the factors that an experienced basement waterproofing contractor would value. Consider the following details:

  • Power: There are two measures of power with sump pumps: the horsepower (HP) rating of the motor and pumping capability in gallons per hour (GPH). For example, the Zoeller model M98 (a very popular sump pump) has a 1/2 HP motor and can pump up to 4320 GPH. A typical basement waterproofing system should have a sump pump with a motor rated at 1/3 HP or more.
  • Housing materials: The housing or exterior casing of a sump pump will be made from plastic, steel, cast iron or combinations of these materials. Cast iron is more expensive, but it’s proven to have more long-term durability than steel or plastic.
  • Switch type: The ball-on-a-wire float switch used on inexpensive sump pumps is more prone to malfunctioning than the arm-actuated float switches used on higher-quality models.
  • Intake details: The screened intakes found on some sump pumps are not recommended by most waterproofing experts because they tend to clog easily with mud and debris.
  • 2-pole vs. 4-pole motor: Many sump pumps have 2-pole motors, but the best models (which also tend to be more expensive) have 4-pole motors. A 4-pole motor can produce twice as much torque as a 2-pole motor, meaning it doesn't need to spin as fast. Spinning at half the speed of a 2-pole motor, a 4-pole motor has just as much pumping power but will last longer.

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