12 Best Sump Pumps

Last Updated on by Anthony Brown

A good sump pump can protect your basement from water damage, saving you thousands of dollars in potential damage. When it comes to basement water damage – and sump pump – and a little prevention goes a long way.

We found the 12 best sump pumps on the market right now and reviewed them based on their features, pump power, and price and choose our favorites. If your sump pump has stopped working then check out these great models.

Top 12 Sump Pumps

Top Pick: Zoeller M53 Mighty-Mate Submersible Sump Pump

Zoeller M53

One of the most popular sump pump pumps on the market is the M53 Mighty Mate. It has a high flow rate thanks to its powerful motor and a cast iron build that will last for many years.

The Zoeller M53 Mighty-Mate is one of the best-selling sump pumps due to its dependability, powerful water pump and affordability on any budget.

Don’t be surprised if your local waterproofing company also recommends the M53 from Zoeller – and it is easy to see why.

The M53 can lift clear gallons of water per minute from a normal size sump put and its sold cast iron casing means it is build to last. All you need to do is install this in your basement and let the powerful pump shine.

If you have ever repaired or installed sump pumps you have likely come across the M53 Mighty Mate. It is one of the most popular pumps at its price point and is great value for the money. One of our favorite things about this pump is how easy it is to install!

Pump Features

  • Pump Type: Submersible Sump Pump
  • Weight: 21 pounds
  • Size: 7.8 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Material: Engineered Thermoplastic and Cast Iron
  • Motor: 1/3 HP
  • Maximum Flow Rate: 2700 Gallons Per Hour

Pros

  • Can lift 30 gallons of water per minute to a height of 9 feet
  • Epoxy finish to resist corrosion and extend pump life
  • Cast iron casing is built to last many years

Cons

  • Not as powerful as other pumps on the market

Runner Up: Superior Pump 91330

Superior Pump 91330

This pump is an excellent choice for small to mid sized homes that need a pump with a high max head height.

Another favorite sump pump of ours is the Superior Pump 91330.

This pump can be used both as a sump pump and as a utility pump around the house.

We like it for its affordable price and it powerful pump that can push up to 2400 gallons of water per hour.

A high capacity pump that does not sacrifice dependability for flow rate – sign us up! This pump from Superior Pumps is one of our favorite picks for small to mid sized houses. The 1/3 HP motor can blast water 25 feet in the air and the plastic is built to last for years of heavy pumping.

Pump Features

  • Pump Type: Submersible Utility Pump
  • Weight: 8.3 pounds
  • Size: 7 x 7 x 13 inches
  • Material: Thermoplastic construction
  • Motor: 1/3 horsepower
  • Maximum Flow Rate: 2400 Gallons Per Hour

Pros

  • Capable of high capacity pumping with a 1 1/4 inch top discharge
  • Can vertically pump water 25 feet in the air
  • Durable thermoplastic material and a one-year warranty provide the trust and protection you need

Cons

  • Thermoplastic body is more fragile than cast iron

Stainless Steel: WAYNE CDU980E

WAYNE CDU980E

The WAYNE CDU980E is a good choice for homeowners looking for a powerful pump that will last for a long time due to a strong exterior.

The Wayne CDU980E is assembled in America and features a stainless steel motor housing for protection and a cast iron pump base provides a solid foundation.

A top suction design minimizes clogs and air locks while the powerful pump can push up to 46000 gallons per hour. It is unlikely to airlock thanks to its top suction design.

Pump Features

  • Easy to install
  • Max flow rate of 4600 GPH and 3500 GPH at 10′
  • 5-year warranty
  • Weights about 12 pounds
  • Fits 11 in and larger sump pump pits

Pros

  • Pump Type: Submersible Sump Pump
  • Weight: 12 pounds
  • Size: 8 x 8 x 12 inches
  • Material: Stainless Steel and Cast Iron
  • Motor: 3/4 HP

Cons

  • More expensive than other pumps on the market

Budget Pick: Simer Geyser II

Simer 2305

The Simer Geyser II is a good pick if you need a basement pump that can also be used around the house and backyard for other 

The best sump pump under $50 is the Simer Geyser II 1/4 HP Submersible Utility Pump.

The Geyser II is made of strong thermoplastic, making it lightweight but tough enough to handle most jobs with its powerful 6 Amp motor.

While it is most often used as a sump pump in a basement sump pump pit it can also be used in a garden with its garden hose adapter. All you need to do to install this pump is place it in your pit and plug it in!

Pump Features

  • Easy to use
  • Thermal overload protection
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Plug in and use – good for other jobs around the house
  • Comes with 8 foot power cord and garden hose connector

Pros

  • Pump Type: Submersible Utility Pump
  • Weight: 8 pounds
  • Size: 7.5 x 7.5 x 12.8 inches
  • Material: Thermoplastic construction
  • Motor: 1/4 horsepower
  • Maximum Flow Rate: 1260 Gallons Per Hour

Cons

  • Some reports of a short lifespan

Safe Pick: Zoeller M57

Zoeller M57

The M57 is a top of the line pump that is a good choice for high water areas. 

If your home or commercial building is prone to flooding or other water problems then you need a dependable pump you can trust to protect your basement. It is activated by an automatic float switch and can pump 43 gallons per minute.

The Zoeller M57 High Capacity Sump Pump is one of the premier high capacity pumps on the market and the powdered epoxy finish and solid cast iron construction mean this pump is built to last.

Pump Features

  • Thermal overload protection
  • Cast iron construction with stainless steel screws
  • 2 Pole float operated switch
  • One year limited warranty

Pros

  • 1.5" discharge that can safely pass 1/2" solids in sump water
  • Cast iron and stainless steel construction
  • Automatic float switch with 3/10 HP pmp

Cons

  • More likely to corrode than plastic models

Most Powerful: Zoeller M98

Zoeller M98

The M98 is a good choice for high water flow areas. The pump is one of the most powerful on the market and the cast iron build can last for years leak free.

The biggest and badest sump pump on the market is the Zoeller M98 Submersible Sump Pump.

The M98 pumps up to 72 gallons per minute and can pass up to 1/2 inch solids. Like other high-end Zoeller pumps it is made of cast iron and coated in a corrosion resistant epoxy.

With an oil-filled, hermetically sealed slip capacitor motor plus a plastic vortex impeller the Flow-Mate M98 is a great choice for anyone looking for a long lasting sump pump that does not sacrifice power

Pump Features

  • Maximum temperature of 130 degrees
  • 100% cast iron construction means no rusting parts
  • Thermal overload protection
  • One year limited warranty

Pros

  • Pump Type: Submersible Sump Pump/Effluent Pump
  • Weight: 39 pounds
  • Size: 10.8 x 8 x 12.3 inches
  • Material: Cast Iron
  • Motor: 1/2 Horsepower
  • Maximum Flow Rate: 3420 Gallons Per Hour

Cons

  • One of the most expensive pumps on the market

Top Pedestal: Flotec FPPM3600D

Flotec FPPM3600D

Pedestal pumps like this Flotec model are easy to install and very efficient. The motor is built in the head, above the water line but it does not lack power!

If you have a narrow sump pump pit or other size concern then the Flotech 1/3 HP Pedestal Sump Pump may be the perfect pump for you.

Pedestal pumps can fit into almost any size sump pump pit and as long as there are not too many solids in the pit the Flotec can offer the same pumping power as a traditional sump pump.

Pump Features

  • 6′ grounded cord with 3 prong plug
  • Screened and filtered inlet
  • Easy installation in pits and basins

Pros

  • Pump Type: Pedestal Sump Pump
  • Weight: 11.3 pounds
  • Size: 6 x 33 x 6 inches
  • Material: Cast Iron and Thermoplastic
  • Motor: 1 Horsepower
  • Maximum Flow Rate: 3600 Gallons Per Hour

Cons

  • Keep an eye out for shaft warping after heavy rainfall

Easy to Install: WAYNE WWB WaterBUG

WAYNE WWB WaterBUG

The WAYNE Waterbug is a good choice if you are looking for a pump that is easy to install and can be used in almost any situation.

The Wayne WaterBUG offers a top and side discharge allowing it to be used as a sump pump and in open areas.

Made of sealed thermoplastic and corrosion resistant brass in the United States the WaterBUG offers homeowners a dependable multi-use pump. With a 30 ‘ max head height this pump can be used in deep basements, around the house and in small ponds ans pools.

Pump Features

  • Easy hang tabs for seasonal users
  • Removes water down to 1/16″
  • Top and Side discharge allow for multiple uses
  • Max flow rate of 1257 GPH
  • Corrosion resistant design
  • Remove water down to 1/8″

Pros

  • Pump Type: Submersible Sump Pump
  • Weight: 8 pounds
  • Size: 6 x 4 x 8 inches
  • Material: Thermoplastic construction
  • Motor: 1/6 horsepower
  • Maximum Flow Rate: 1257 Gallons Per Hour

Cons

  • Motor prone to overheating when over worked or clogged

Magnetic Float: Liberty Pump 257

Liberty Pumps 257

Magnetic float activated pumps are a good choice for places with long on/off cycles. We recommend the Liberty Pump 257

The Liberty Pumps 257 is the most popular pump is Liberty’s line and it is easy to see why. With its magnetic vertical float VMF switch and cast iron motor housing, the pump is tough enough for any basement or septic tank.

In areas with heavy flooding, the 257 also integrates with backup sump pumps like the SJ10 and sump pump alarms like the ALM-2.

Pump Features

  • Cast Iron construction
  • Filter solids up to 1/2″
  • 21 foot max discharge head height
  • Pumps up to 50 gallons per minute
  • Activated by VMF float
  • 3-year warranty

Pros

  • Pump Type: Submersible Sump Pump
  • Weight: 21.2 pounds
  • Size: 9.6 x 9.6 x 10.5 inches
  • Material: Cast Iron
  • Motor: 1/3 Horsepower
  • Maximum Flow Rate: 3000 Gallons Per Hour

Cons

  • Some reports of lemons and switch issues

With Backup: WAYNE WSS30V

WAYNE WSS30V

It is always a good idea to have a backup pump, the WAYNE WSS30V is a combo kit with a built in backup and battery power supply.

Sometimes the risk of water damage is too great and you need to be sure your basement is dry while you are away.

The WAYNE WSS30V has a primary and battery powered 1/2 horsepower back up pump to keep your property dry even when the power is out.

When the backup system comes online the alarm alerts you the backup, which can pump 3300 gph, has activated. Read our full review of this model here.

Pump Features

  • Cast Iron construction
  • Filter solids up to 1/2″
  • 21 foot max discharge head
  • Built in back up pump and battery power supply
  • 3-year warranty

Pros

  • Pump Type: Submersible Sump Pump
  • Weight: 21.2 pounds
  • Size: 9.6 x 9.6 x 10.5 inches
  • Material: Cast Iron
  • Maximum Flow Rate: 3000 Gallons Per Hour

Cons

  • Reports of problems with the electrical system

Best Thermoplastic: WAYNE RSP130

Wayne RSP130

The WAYNE RSP130 is made of an exterior thermoplastic shell to protect the interior 1/3 HP motor.

The WAYNE RSP130 offers homeowners a Corrosion resistant, sealed thermoplastic sump pump at an affordable price.

The pump has many of the same features as more expensive pumps, like debris screening and 1-1/12 in. NPT discharge without the larger price tag.

Built in the US, the RSP130 can pump up to 3060 gallons of water per hour with its 1/3 HP, 100-volt motor.

Pump Features

  • Thermoplastic construction
  • Fully submersible
  • Activated by Piggy back tether float
  • Pumps max 3060 gallons per hour
  • Debris screen
  • 1-year warranty

Pros

  • Pump Type: Submersible
  • Weight: 6.7 pounds
  • Size: 9.5 x 9 x 12 inches
  • Material: Thermoplastic construction
  • Motor: 1/3 horsepower
  • Maximum Flow Rate: 3060 Gallons Per Hour

Cons

  • Make sure the float switch keeps working

Best Backup: Zoeller Aquanot 508

Zoeller 508

The Aquanot 508 from Zoeller is an all in one pump system that comes with a backup pump and alarm.

If you need a fully assembled, ready to install sump pump with a battery backup to protect your basement from water damage during a power outage then the Zoeller 508 is a must buy.

The Zoeller 508 includes the Model 53 pump and Model 508 backup pump as well as the necessary power system, valves, float switches and piping. It also has an alarm system so you know when the back up is active.

Pump Features

  • M53 and 508 pump system
  • Fully assembled sump pump and backup pump
  • High Water, Reverse Polarity and Low Battery alarms
  • Solid state controller with alarm and warning system
  • Backup pump powered by 1 12 Volt battery
  • 3-year limited warranty

Pros

  • Pump Type: Submersible Sump Pump and Backup
  • Weight: 43.1 pounds
  • Size: 8.5 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Material: Cast Iron
  • Motor: 1/3 horsepower
  • Maximum Flow Rate: 2700 Gallons Per Hour

Cons

  • More expensive than just a single pump

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best sump pump to buy?
In most cases the best pump to buy will be the Zoeller M53 Mighty Mate.

How do I choose a sump pump?
Start by reviewing how much water you will need to pump as well as other information like drain line size then shop for pumps in your price range.