The 5 Best Pool Draining Sump Pumps

Last Updated on by Anthony Brown

Picking a pool sump pump for your home can be hard with so many similar models on the market with good reviews – how can you pick the right pump? Draining your pool is never a fun process but the right pump can make a world of difference.

The team at Sump Pump Problems did the research and testing to find the best pump for any size or style of home. We reviewed each pool drainage pump for portability, flow rate and overall usability.

Keep reading to learn about the cheapest, most powerful, best cover pump and even our pick for above ground pools so you get the perfect pump! Still not sure which model to pick – check our buyers guide for info on pool pumps from the most popular manufacturers.

Best Pool Pumps – List of Top 5

  1. WAYNE WAPC250 Cover Pump
  2. Little Giant APCP-1700​
  3. Superior Pump 92250
  4. EZ Travel Collection Submersible Pool Pump
  5. WAYNE WWB WaterBUG Submersible Pump

Top 5 Pool Sump Pumps

Our PicksPumpRating
Top PickWAYNE WAPC250 Cover Pump2760
Runner UpLittle Giant APCP-1700​2160
Best for Small PoolsSuperior Pump 922501800
Best for Big PoolsEZ Travel Collection Submersible Pool Pump1500
Budget PickWAYNE WWB WaterBUG Submersible Pump720

Top Pick: WAYNE WAPC250 Cover Pump

WAYNE 57729

A dependable pump that will keep your cover clear of sitting water

Our pick for the best pool cover pump is the Wayne WAPC250. This pump auto activates when it detects a little over 2″ of water and uses iSwitch technology to sense water.

Sitting water on your pool cover can break the plastic and attracts bugs. The Wayne WAPC250 is the perfect solution to keep your cover dry without having to spend time every weekend trying to get your discount pump working since you don’t have to worry about particle blockage or oil changes!

Pump Features

  • 1/4 horsepower motor
  • Auto activated pump at 2 1/8″ of water
  • Oil free design
  • Strainer filters water to prevent clogging

Pros

  • State of the art iSwitch water sensor
  • No need for oil
  • Built in pump filter
  • Turns on at 2 1/8 in. of water

Cons

  • Does not drain full pool
  • Works best with a Weep hole

Runner Up: Little Giant APCP-1700​

Little Giant APCP 1700

A powerful pool pump that can handle high pressure a 23 foot head height

Another cover pump with a little more power is the Little Giant APCP-1700. This Glass-filled polypropylene pump has an intake screen and 23 foot head height!

Don’t let the name fool you – the Little Giant cover pump has a 1/3 HP pump and can pump 1700 GPH. The 25′ power cord is long enough to reach the outlet on the side of your house – not to mention it drains via a standard garden hose. Worried about the elements? Don’t be! The polypropylene body is built to withstand the elements.

Pros

  • Powerful 1/3 HP pump
  • Actives at 2" of water
  • Side discharge via garden hose
  • Built in float switch

Cons

  • Watch out for air locks
  • Can require priming

Best for Small Pools: Superior Pump 92250

Superior Pump 92250

Keep your small backyard pool cover clear of standing water with just the right size pump

The Superior Pump 92250 is a good choice for small pools, hot tubs and above ground pools. It is not as powerful as some other pumps on the market but it gets the job done every time without problem!

Pros

  • Clears 800 gallons of water per hour
  • Lightweight Thermoplastic design for cold and hot weather
  • Automatic On and Off with tethered float switch

Cons

  • Watch out for air locks
  • Can require priming

Best for Big Pools: EZ Travel Collection Submersible Pool Pump

EZ Travel Pool Pump

Drain your hot tub or pool at up to 3,700 gallons of water per hour

Got a deep pool that you need to drain asap – then you need the EZ Travel Sump Pump. It works at depths of the 16′ and can pump up to 1,580 gallons of water per hour.

Draining all the water from your pool is never fun – or fast but this EZ Travel pump can get the job done in as little as a few hours. There are 2 different power options – 1,580 GPH and 3,700 GPH. We recommend choosing based on the size of the pool and how fast you need it drained!

Pros

  • Plastic body is rust resistant
  • Perfect for hot tubs and big pools
  • Automatic shut off at low water level

Cons

  • Does not work on pool covers

Budget Pick: WAYNE WWB WaterBUG Submersible Pump

WAYNE Waterbug

Our top pick for small spaces with lower water lines that are prone to flooding

Some people need a pump that can work in a pool, crawl space, pump pit or anywhere else that is flooding – for them we recommend the Wayne WaterBUG!

Don’t let the low profile of this pump fool you – it can pump 900 GPH up to 10 feet! The WaterBUGs small size may take you by surprise but the low profile allows it to remove water all the way down to 1/16 of an inch! Unlike many other pumps this multi-flo pump can be used to drain a pool, clear your cover or just about anywhere else in your home!

Pros

  • Work anywhere in your home
  • Removes nearly all water
  • Pumps 900+ GPH

Cons

  • Can overheat and stop working

Who Needs A Pool Sump Pump?

A pool cover pump is key if you want to prevent your cover from tearing and having other problems from standing water. The longer water sits on top of your cover the longer it has to breed mosquito’s and rip holes in the cover. Even a small pump has more than enough power because the head height is very low and there is not much water to drain.

Buyers Guide

Need some extra help deciding which pump to buy? Don’t worry our team put together a 3 step guide to help to find the right model.

Two Types of Pumps

Before you buy a pool sump pump you will need to decide which kind you need. There are two primary kinds of pool pump. The first sits on top of your pool cover and drains any rain or ground water that collects on top. The second style of pump is a more traditional pump that you place at the bottom of your pool and use to drain. Some models can clear water from covers and drain the pool if they have a low enough water line.

Cover Pump Information

If you use a pool cover of any size we recommend using a cover pump to drain the water. Letting even a few inches of water build up can cause permanent damage to the cover and attract pests like mosquitos.

Cover pumps sit onto of the cover, usually near the middle. When the water level gets to a certain level the pump activates and drains the water into your yard or sewer via a hose. They are usually made of plastic to save on weight and not tear pool covers.

Drainage Sump Information

Sometimes you need to drain your pool fast – that is when you need a drainage sump pump. This type of pump drops to the bottom of the pool and pumps water out via a hose.

They are much more powerful than cover pumps since they have to pump water much higher and are normally made of solid metal instead of thermoplastic. This design allows for a much high horsepower pump that can push more gallons of water per hour and withstand underwater pressure.