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Simply, pumps suck. Just like when we suck on a straw, pool pumps create an area of pressure lower than one atmosphere, so that the water rushes into the pump to counter the imbalance. When setting up a new pool pool we want a pump (the money muncher) to run as efficiently as possible. One thing that will aid in gaining this efficiency is to make the journey from the pool to the pump as easy as possible. The ideal situation is to have the pool pump located as close as possible to the pool suction point (usually the skimmer box) and in as direct a line from that point to the pump as possible. Obviously, the ideal is not always achievable and that’s where pump selection, pipe size and plumbing layout becomes important. We take these things into consideration when we are selecting your pool pump.



Understanding the differences between different types of pool equipment is important, especially in selecting a pump, because this is where the costs can mount up.

Single Speed

These are the pool pumps that have been around for years. They operate at one speed with a set power consumption dependent on the size of the pump.

Variable Speed Pumps

These pumps have the ability to save power in two ways.

Firstly, by running a pump at a lower flow rate, that is, at a lower shaft speed, there is a considerable saving in power consumption. There is a very interesting relationship between shaft speed and flow; between shaft speed and pressure (or head); and, between shaft speed and power, known as the “Affinity Laws“. Flow is proportional to shaft speed. Head is proportional to the square of shaft speed. Power is proportional to the cube of shaft speed (refer to Wikipedia). Running this item of pool equipment on its lowest setting will result in a substantial power savings, even when you run the system for longer.

Secondly, power is saved as these DC pumps run far more efficiently. A single speed AC pump runs at about 65% efficiency (apparently). Noise and heat rob these pumps of their efficiency and power. Efficient operation varies according to manufacture and model, as well as age. This applies to both AC & DC pumps.

Before installing one of these pumps you will need to know if it will work on your system. The efficient operation of these pumps may be restricted by your pool equipment or your existing plumbing. The installation of the wrong pump for your system may even lead to greater power consumption than your existing system. You might not have the space for a DC pump. You need to know if the flow through the chlorinator cell housing can be set low enough to save you power. If you have a suction cleaner (i.e. a cleaner which works out of your skimmer box), you will need to consider how you intend to use it, especially if you rely on you cleaner for good circulation of the pool water. Again, you will need to know if you will be able to save power if you want to have your cleaner running at all times. This will not be a problem if you have a Robotic Cleaner.

Two and Three Speed Pumps

These a similar to variable speed pumps. The difference is that the speeds are pre-set by the manufacturer and cannot be changed. You need to be certain that you will save money before installing one of these pumps. As pool equipment goes, these are not a good choice. They were on the market before the variable speed pumps were sorted out.



When replacing a pool pump we are usually faced with plumbing that cannot be changed and the existing pool equipment that does not need replacing. Incorrect selection of a pump can result in years of filtration problems as well as higher than should be running and maintenance costs. Care should be taken when choosing this piece of pool equipment.

The pump price should be the last consideration in the selection process.



“Our preferred variable speed pumps are the three Hayward pumps. They have a German motor (manufactured in Germany) which has very smooth operation. We don’t know for certain how long any of these variable speed pumps will last as variable speed pumps have not yet seen the test of time. All we can say is, so far, so good with the Hayward range and from our observation they are the best on the market. When choosing this item of pool equipment, we look at the length of the warranty period, the cost of the pump and expected power savings before we recommend a particular manufacture and model of pump.”


Super Pump® VS

Hayward’s best-selling Super Pump is now even better! The new variable-speed Super Pump VS takes efficiency to the next level with up to 80% energy cost savings over traditional single-speed pumps.

TriStar® VS

This pump has the highest star rating on the market. From the tests that we have done after installing these pumps, that claim certainly looks to be true. This pump is a perfect piece of pool equipment for an apartment block. TriStarVS Brochure.

MaxFlo™ VS

While this pump does not have as high a rating as the one above, it certainly is a very nice power saving item of pool equipment, more suited to a domestic pool. MaxFloVS Brouchure. 




“Where the situation does not allow for a variable speed pump or our testing shows that you will not save any power costs by paying extra for a pump then the following are the options that we recommend.”


Powerflo II

Reliable performance and quiet operation. The latest Hayward Pump in a wide range. This small pump is ideal for small pools, above- ground pools, solar heating and narrow technical rooms

Super II™

We have been installing these pumps for over 14 years. We have been very happy with their length of service and lack of problems. They have a very efficient wet end which has resulted in very quite operation. Super-II brochure.

Super Pump®

The Hayward Super Pump series of large-capacity, technologically advanced pumps blends cost-efficient design with durable construction, setting the standard for excellence and value.



Superior performance, energy efficiency and value are the qualities that you can depend with TriStar. Its advanced design delivers superior flow, energy efficiency and reduced maintenance creating a new benchmark in residential pool pumps.

MaxFlo XL

Advanced hydraulics and the latest conveniences combined with incredible economy and performance.


Booster Pumps

Booster Pump

Boost the efficiency of your pressure cleaner with the efficacy of Hayward’s new booster pump. The pump greatly increases a cleaning systems ability to propel and circulate water, providing the power needed to thoroughly clean your pool.


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We will come our with a suitable selection of pumps. Quote you an installed price and complete the install there and then.

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