The 5 Best Small Sump Pump Reviews

Last Updated on by Anthony Brown

A small sump pump is the perfect choice for keeping water out of crawl spaces, small pump pits and other areas that larger pumps don’t fit. Don’t judge a pump by its cover – or the size of its body. Picking the right mini pump can make draining standing water as easy as plugging in and running a drain line – but you have to pick the right pump.

Picking the best tiny sized submersible sump pump can be confusing with so many similar models for sale and not all pumps were created equal. Some small pumps are cheaply made and will stop working after heavy use or when the inside gets a little damp. A good small pump should be light enough to pick up with one hand, durable enough to pump large volumes of water and manufactured to last multiple years – as well as drain water!

Our team did the hard work and made a list of the Top-Rated small-sized sump pumps so you don’t buy a lemon and still get the smallest sump pump with enough power to get the job done!

Best Mini Sump Pumps – List of Top 5

  1. ECO-FLO Products EPP33
  2. Superior Pump 91250
  3. SumpMarine UTP
  4. V-Pump 060400
  5. Little Giant 501003

Best Small Sump Pumps

Our PickPumpRating
Top PickECO-FLO Products EPP333.8
Runner UpSuperior Pump 912504.5
Mini PumpSumpMarine UTP4.3
Pressure PoweredV-Pump 0604004.1
Smallest PumpLittle Giant 5010034

Top Pick: ECO-FLO EPP33

ECO-FLO Products EPC50

A pedestal pump that can pump up 5000 GPH with its 1/2 HP motor

Vertical sump pumps like the ECO-FLO EPP33 pack a punch without taking up a bunch of space. Pedestal pumps with a vertical switch take up less space and need a smaller body than a traditional pump – making them the perfect choice for tight spaces with poor drainage. This pump is good for basements with a lot of particles in the basins as it can handle small pebbles and rocks up to 3/8″.

Features

  • Top-mounted float switch design
  • Can drain 3/8″ solids
  • 115-volt motor
  • Weight just under 20 pounds
  • Cast iron exterior
  • Drains 5000 GPH
  • Vertical float switch

Pros

  • High-powered 1/2 HP pump
  • Adjustable float switch
  • Able to pass 3/8" solids without damage

Cons

  • Keep an eye out for rust on the shaft

Runner Up: Superior Pump 91250

Superior Pump 91250

This thermoplastic pump fits tight spaces and attaches to discharge and garden hoses

Not many pumps have a 1/4 HP motor and can still pump 1800 gallons of water per hour. The Superior Pump 91250 may have a thermoplastic shell but it watertight and built to last! It drains via a standard garden hose or a 1 1/4″ NPT discharge line so it works for almost any job.

The intake does have a screen, but it can only block particles under 1/8″ so make sure to keep your pump pit clean. The pump can drain 540 GPH at a 20′ head height, anything more and we recommend a more powerful model.

Features

  • Fits 1 1/4″ NPT lines
  • Thermoplastic body
  • Filters solids with internal screen
  • Pumps solids up to 1/8″
  • Double sealed motor plate prevents interior water damage
  • Split capacitor provides extra power
  • Comes with garden hose adapter
  • Weighs about 7 pounds
  • 10′ power cord

Pros

  • Thermoplastic does not rust or corrode
  • Easy to install
  • Double sealed to prevent water damage

Cons

  • Some reports of over heating

Mini Pump: SumpMarine UTP

SumpMarine UTP

This model is perfect for small outdoor jobs that only need seasonal drainage

The SumpMarine UTP may not look like your average sump pump but it is one of our favorites for quick and easy jobs. It may not be the biggest pump out there but is quick and easy to set up and get running.

The motor is only 1/10 HP so if you plan on running it for more than a few hours you might want a more powerful pump. Although it has lower than average horsepower it can still pump up to 330 gallons per hour. It comes with a 6′ hose – just make sure to oil it before you turn it on!

Features

  • Fully submersible pump
  • 115-volt motor
  • Weighs just under 6 pounds
  • 1/10 Horsepower motor
  • Drains to 1/8″
  • Good for indoor and outdoor use

Pros

  • Weighs less than 6 lbs
  • Good for emergency jobs and outdoor gardens
  • High-flow rate for water removal

Cons

  • Requires oil

Pressure Powered: V-Pump 060400

V-Pump 060400

A suction-powered pump that still works while the power is out thanks to water pressure

The V-Pump 060400 might not look like much but it can save your bacon when there is no electricity! This plastic pump is powered by water pressure and suction rather than electricity. It does not have a filter because it does not need one – instead, it can pump small objects that would clog other sump pumps.

This Venturi pump is tiny – it weighs only 4 ounces but can still clear sludge that causes problems for other pumps. The V-Pump also works well for pools, ponds and garden floods, but we would not recommend it as a full-time basement pump due to lower power.

Features

  • Powered by water instead of electricity
  • Drains 1 part water for 4 parts in from the hose
  • Connects to garden hose
  • Pumps up to 1200 GPH
  • Weighs 4 ounces
  • No filter needed

Pros

  • Does not need electricity
  • Able to pump solids without clogging or internal damage

Cons

  • Requires intake hose

Smallest Pump: Little Giant 501003

Little Giant 501003

Another tiny pump with a timeless design that is built to last

The Little Giant 501003 is the same pump you have seen for over 30 years – and there is a good reason why. It is made of a super-durable aluminum body and a nitrile shaft seal to keep the inside watertight. The internal motor is only 1/150 HP so this is not the pump to keep your basement from flooding but it does work well in emergency situations.

Features

  • Baby blue aluminum exterior
  • 1/150 HP system
  • Max head height of 7.4″
  • Weight 14.6 ounces 

Pros

  • Easy to set up and start pump
  • Typically last 10 or more years
  • Little to no maintenance required

Cons

  • Not designed as a every day sump pump

Who Needs a Small Pump?

Small sump pumps have countless uses, not just in the basement. We recommend every homeowner, condo owner, and maintenance crew have a small pump that they can set up in a few minutes. Water damage from flooding can cause thousands of dollars in damage in just a few minutes so it is important to be prepared and protect your property.

Many homeowners that have a backyard pool, spa or other water feature like to use these pumps to drain for yearly cleaning. Removing all the water makes it easier to clean the inside and unclog the pipes.

Top Features to Consider

There are a few things to consider when shopping for a new pump. Here are the 4 most important things to consider before making a purchase.

  • Pump type. When shopping for a mini-pump there are a few types to consider: Pedestal, Traditional, Mini or Venturi. Each style has its pros and cons so do your research on the best style for your job – you don’t want to drain a pool with a pedestal pump!
  • Pump power. Pump horsepower is always going to be one of the most important factors. Different models, and styles, have different power levels. Pick too powerful of a motor and you will burn out the engine, pick too little power and you won’t drain enough water.
  • Body Type. Some pumps are made from plastic while others are made of the cast iron or steel. Plastic pumps tend to be a little cheaper, and weigh less, while metal-bodied pumps have a longer life.
  • Total size. The total size of a pump should always be one of the biggest factors if size is a concern. If you need to fit a pump into a tight area or storage space is limited a pump that is too large simply won’t work!