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Pool pump reviews: the best swimming pool pumps in New Zealand

Swimming pool pumps are essential for keeping your pool water clean and clearBut there are a lot of options on the market that suit different types of pools.

So in this comparison guide, we’ll take you through the best swimming pool pump options available in New Zealand, and how to choose between them.

In this guide to buying the best swimming pool pump, we'll cover:

Your pool pump buying checklist

Before we dive into the best swimming pool pump options, it’s a good idea to get your search criteria together. This will help you avoid running into pump problems later.

You need to take the following into account when buying a pump:

  • the type of pool you have
  • the size of your pool
  • the pump speed and efficiency you’re after
  • the pump mount you have
  • how the pump is made

Here’s a list of considerations to keep in mind:

What type of swimming pool do you have?Do you have an inground pool above-ground pool, or a spa pool?

Some pool pumps are versatile and can be used for different pools. Others are not, so make sure you check before buying.
How big is it?Your pump needs to have enough power to “turn over” your water (i.e., filter its entire volume) at least once a day - the more the better for better water quality.

To calculate turnover rate:

Pool volume ÷ number of litres per minute a pump can process = turnover rate

Unsure about your pool’s volume? Use this handy calculator.
What is your filter’s maximum flow rate?Your pump and filter need to work together. So you want to make sure a powerful pump isn’t going to overwhelm your filtration system.

Make a note of your filter’s maximum flow rate to refer back to when choosing a pump.
Do you want a single speed or variable speed pump?Most pool pumps are either single or variable speed. This refers to how much energy they use.

Variable speed pumps tend to be more energy efficient. Their speed can be adjusted to save energy. And considering that pool pumps can be one of the most energy-consuming appliances for a home, this decision makes a big difference!
What kind of mount do you need?Swimming pools have pump outlets placed in different heights/positions.

This is where the pump connects to the filter and to the suction line from the pool. Make sure the pump you buy will fix into the right position without needing too much alteration of the pipework.
DurabilityAs you might expect, some pumps are built to last better than others.

Stainless steel components, for example, are more resistant to corrosion, rust, drips, and heat, than other materials.

Now that you’ve got your list of criteria, use our easy guides and pool pump reviews below to choose your pump. For each, we list the price range, pool type, speed, voltage, and our “best for” features based on customer reviews online.

Find the full range here and click on your chosen pump to find a stockist.

NB: We do not supply exact costs as these are determined by our stockists. Instead, we have used a symbol range:

  • $ – less expensive
  • $$ – moderately expensive
  • $$$ – upper end of the market 

Please reach out to our local dealers for exact prices. 

The best single speed swimming pool pumps

We stock a range of single speed swimming pool pumps. 

Check out the top options below.

Hayward Super Single Speed

Cost rangePool type/sSpeedVoltageBest for
$$> Inground
> Spa pool
View of Hayward Super Single Speed pool pump

Special features of the Hayward Super Single Speed pool pump:

  • Often the best-selling single speed pump worldwide. 
  • Durable, built to last.
  • Suitable for pools of most sizes. 

Find out more about the Super SS here.

Hayward Power-Flo II

Cost rangePool type/sSpeedVoltageBest for
$> Above-ground
> Water features
Single230V> Small pools
> Quiet

View of Hayward Power Flo II pool pump

Special features of the Hayward Power-Flo II pool pump:

  • Automated self-priming technology.
  • Designed for all weather conditions.
  • Best for small pools, and can also be used for water features, pond circulation, and aquariums.

Discover more about the Power-Flo II here

Hayward Super II Eco

Cost rangePool type/sSpeedVoltageBest for
$$> Inground
> Spa pools
Single230V> Easy installation
> Energy efficient
View of Hayward Super Eco II pool pump

Special features of the Hayward Super II Eco™ pool pump:

  • See-through cover so you can check when the pump needs cleaning.
  • An advanced air flow ventilator so it runs quietly.
  • Full flow hydraulics for a better flow at a lower cost.

To learn about it, check Super II Eco page.

The best variable speed swimming pool pumps

These variable speed pool pumps not only keep your energy costs down, but many also come with automation options you can control from a device. 

Let’s check them out.

Hayward MaxFlo VS pool pump

Cost rangePool type/sSpeedVoltageBest for
$$$> Inground
> Above-ground
> Spa pools
> Water features
Variable230V> Energy efficient
> Very quiet
View of Hayward Max Flo VS pool pump

Special features of the Hayward MaxFlo™ VS pool pump:

  • Can be programmed via a touchpad.
  • Exceptionally quiet compared to single speed pumps.
  • Up to 80% energy reduction compared to other residential pool pumps.
  • Able to interface with Hayward automation systems.

Find out more.

Hayward Tristar VS

Cost rangePool type/sSpeedVoltageBest for
$$$> Inground
> Above-ground
> Spa pools
Variable230V> quality
> automation controls
> energy efficient
> easy installation

Special features of the Hayward Tristar VS pool pump:

  • One of Hayward’s best-selling pool pumps.
  • Save up to 90% on energy costs with this elite energy efficiency. 
  • Control the pump and adjust its settings through smart automation on your phone or tablet. 
  • Link up other automated pool equipment like heaters, lighting, sanitation, water features, and more for one centralised control system. 
  • Works with voice devices like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home. 
  • Built for long-lasting performance and durability. 

Find out more.

Hayward Tristar VS pool pump

Get more free help with your swimming pool

Hopefully this guide has helped you find the best swimming pool pump for your needs.

If you need any additional support looking after your pump, check out our dedicated pool pump troubleshooting guide

Over on our blog, you’ll find a load more resources on swimming pool setup, maintenance, chemistry, and more.

Check it out.

About the author
Adrian Hill
Adrian Hill

Hey! I'm Adrian, founder and pool expert here at Dolphin Pacific. I love spending time with family, fishing, and have been known to brew my own beer.

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