3 Main Types of Pool Pumps and How to Choose One for Your Pool

Publication date : Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Pool pumps are responsible for pulling water from the pool through the skimmer and main drain, pushing it through the filter and returning it to the pool through the main returns. This allows chemicals to circulate evenly throughout the pool, sanitizing your water and moving debris out. 

When choosing a pool pump for your swimming pool, you’ll come across many different models and brands. There are also three main types to choose from: single-speed, two-speed and variable-speed pumps. Let’s learn more about these pumps and which one is right for your backyard pool. 

Single-speed Pool Pumps

Single-speed pool pumps pump your swimming pool’s water through your system at one constant speed. This is pretty much all they do, but they do it well. The benefit to purchasing a single-speed pool pump is that the initial price is low. However, because the pump runs at the same speed all the time, it can increase your energy costs.

Two-speed Pool Pumps 

Two-speed pumps run at two fixed speeds – high and low. Because you can adjust between the two speeds, your energy usage is lower when you run at a lower speed. The higher speed is equipped to handle pool cleaners while lower speeds are best for general circulation. 

Variable-speed Pool Pumps 

Variable-speed pool pumps are more expensive on the front end, but they are also the most efficient of the three. These pool pumps are considered “smart” or “intelligent” because they adjust their speed based on the task they are performing. This allows you to save significantly on energy costs.

Here are the benefits to investing in a variable-speed pool pump:

  • Extend the lifespan of your equipment 
  • Offer improved filtration 
  • Better distribute chemicals 
  • Quiet performance 
  • Possible rebates from your utility company 

What Features Should I Pay Attention To? 

Before you make the final decision on which pool pump to choose, there are a few things to consider. 

  • Type of pool. Although some pool pumps are sold for both inground and above-ground pools, it’s best to get one that is made for your specific pool type. 


  • Horsepower. The more powerful your pump is, the faster it will cycle through the water. This allows you to run the pump less often and for shorter periods of time. But don’t automatically assume more horsepower is best. Too much horsepower can waste energy and overwhelm your filtration system. 


  • Voltage. Your pool pump will either be plugged into an outlet or hardwired into your electrical system. Know what type of voltage you’re working with. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to pool pumps, but we hope it started the discussion on what to look for in a pool pump. For more help picking out a pool pump for your swimming pool, contact Paradise Pools today. 


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