Getting water from your well is considerably easier today than it was during the bucket and rope days. Although with so many different well pumps on the market, it can still be difficult to figure out which pump is the best for your situation. If your well is less than 25 feet deep, you need a shallow well pump.
When purchasing a shallow well pump, there are several things to keep in mind. How much water can it supply and how much does your home need? Will this pump last for years without worries? Don’t forget to determine what type of electric is running there now! If this sounds daunting, don’t worry. The following reviews will help to make the process easy and painless.
After reading the comparison of our top picks, the buyer’s guide we’ve put together for you will make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for so you can make an informed decision that will serve you for years to come.
|Aceshin 845 GPH|
|BURCAM 506547SS||2 Years||4.35/5|
|Acquaer SJC075||2 Years||4.25/5|
When it comes to your well pump, you want set and forget dependability. No pump delivers reliability like the robust FP4012-10 from Flotec. This pump regularly exceeds a lifespan of 10+ years. The stainless-steel shaft, balanced rotor, and heavy-duty ball bearings all provide exceptional long-lasting power with minimum wear and tear. The fiberglass-reinforced thermoplastic shell protects against corrosion and sandy water while the dust-proof cover keeps the electrical parts free from dirt, dust, and pesky insects. When you put all of these great features together, it makes this one of the best shallow well jet pumps available.
With the ability to be wired into 110V or 220V electric, this pump is versatile enough to fit any situation. On 115V electric, this pump is preset to push 0.5 horsepower and 8 GPM flow. When hooked to 230V electric, it can run at 0.75 HP with 12 GPM flow or 1 HP with 18 GPM flow. No matter what your circumstances, this pump has the power and hookups to make it happen. The one improvement that could be made to this pump is the lackluster one-year limited warranty.
Often, when your well pump goes out it’s unexpected, which makes it unlikely that you have funds set aside for its replacement. If you want to maintain a low budget without sacrificing the quality to something you’ll regret, this pump from Aceshin is the best shallow well pump for the money. The powerful 1.6-horsepower motor manages to move about 14 GPM of water. This is sufficient for even most very large homes. It is designed to run on standard 110V electric.
The first downside to this pump is that with only 14 GPM flow coming from a 1.6-HP motor, this pump is not very efficient and won’t be saving you any money on your energy bills. Another drawback is that even the tiniest piece of debris at only 1 mm in size will clog the system. As long as no impurities are sucked through it, this pump will provide your home with clean water for a long time to come.
If you want the top of the line offering and the price is not an issue, then the J5S from Goulds is our premium choice pick. Goulds is a long-standing name in the industry, well-known for rock-solid reliability and long lifespans. Their pumps regularly reach service lives of 20-30 years and even longer. Corrosion and UV resistant baked-on coating protects externally and internally. Dual compartment motor provides easy access for replaceable components and motor wiring. Everything is designed for longevity and serviceability. This pump can be wired into either 115V or 230V electric. Built-in overload protection with automatic reset prevents overheating. Each unit is individually tested before leaving the factory. This means you can be sure that yours won’t arrive DOA.
Despite all the upsides to the J5S, it does have two glaring flaws that keep it from placing higher on this reviews list. First, it’s very expensive, well above its competitors. Of course, you get what you pay for, and this pump is also high-quality. Second, no warranty is available for this pump unless purchased from and installed by an authorized local dealer.
If awards were given based on unique looks, this pump from BURCAM would definitely be in the running! With a sleek all stainless-steel construction, this pump looks pretty industrial. The 0.75-horsepower jet pump equipped with a fan-cooled motor is also stainless steel, helping send corrosion-free water to your entire home. Achieving over 15 GPM of flow at just 30 psi, this pump will provide sufficient water flow for even very large homes. It is capable of running a max pressure of 65 psi.
A full-time run capacitor helps to reduce starting wear on this pump when compared to regular motors. Thermal and overload protection also help to prolong its projected service life. It is built for both continuous and sporadic use and will run on either 115V or 230V power. A two-year warranty protects your wallet should a complication present itself. This pump looks great on paper. In contrast, it actually left an unpleasant rubbery taste in the water, especially after sitting overnight. While it does offer some useful features, the price is definitely very high compared to similar products.
Made entirely from durable cast iron, this Acquaer pump should be able to take a beating. With a 0.75-horsepower motor providing 15 GPM of flow, this shallow well jet pump will definitely move enough water to supply almost any home. It also features a dual voltage motor that allows it to be wired into 115V or 230V power. To top it off, a two-year warranty serves to protect you should anything go wrong.
Even though the cast iron body is strong and robust, it does create a drawback. Iron pumps are known to eventually oxidize, and when they do, that rust often gets transferred into the water. It’s probably not something you’ll have to worry about in the next few months, but further down the line, it could become an issue. Also, it was quite surprising just how loud this pump was. If you live close to neighbors, or your well pump is just outside your bedroom, it may become a nuisance.
If you don’t already have a pressure tank for your well pump, you may consider purchasing a pump that comes with one already attached. The Red Lion 97080503 pump comes pre-mounted onto a 5.8-gallon pressure tank. The casing on the pump is made from cast iron so it should be strong and durable, though iron can eventually lead to some oxidation in the water over years of use. The pre-charged pressure tank however, is made from steel. This pump is capable of maintaining a water flow of over 12 GPM. The pressure tank ensures that the water pressure remains consistent during use.
This isn’t the quietest pump, though it’s not jet engine loud either. The real problem with this pump is the lack of quality control. It seems that this pump just isn’t exactly reliable. If you’ve ever gone through the headache of wiring up and installing a new device just to find out you were shipped a dead unit, you’ll understand the frustration. Once you get a working one, you’d expect the cast iron housing should be strong enough to protect the pump. However, the water inlet jacket broke and created a large leak, rendering the pump unusable.
An affordable solution manufactured by XtremepowerUS, this shallow well jet pump comes attached to a steel pressure tank to provide consistent water pressure. At 1.6 horsepower, this pump is equipped with a very powerful motor. In spite of this, it only puts out 16 GPM of water flow. This is definitely adequate flow for most homes, it just doesn’t live up to the expectations of a 1.6 HP motor. The downside to this is that since your motor is pulling more power, it will cost considerably more to run than a 0.5 HP motor that is pushing the same volume of water. Basically, it’s very energy inefficient.
The other serious drawback to this pump is that although the manufacturer says it is for transferring water from wells, the manual actually states that it is not intended for use with potable water. To make matters worse, the connection between the tank and the pressure controller started leaking within a few months. For the price, this pump still outperforms many of its close competitors, just not the higher picks on this list.
Although the body is made from cast iron, this jet pump utilizes a rotor made of stainless steel. This equates to a quieter pump with smoother operation. The 0.5-horsepower motor displaces nearly 14 GPM of water, providing plenty of flow for most homes.
This pump is completely unmarked. No branding on the pump or the box it came in. It’s also very affordably priced. That being said, the reliability and craftsmanship seem to match the low cost. When you get a brand-new pump and it refuses to prime, it’s generally not a good sign. After getting everything hooked up properly, an internal short caused the pump to fail within the first year. Although the price is low, with such a short projected lifespan, the quality is also not the highest.
With a full 1 HP being pushed by the motor in the WAYNE SWS100, you’d expect to see some impressive flow rates. With a maximum flow rate of only 10.5 GPM, it doesn’t quite live up to expectations. Since the motor is pulling enough power to push 1 HP but only providing moderate flow, this model isn’t going to save you any money on your energy bill.
The cast iron housing should keep it protected, but it is also prone to rusting. Strangely, the manual states “this pump is designed for indoor installation only.” You’ll want to make sure it is well protected from the elements. Worsening matters, this pump is plagued by quality control issues. It burned up in the first week, and this seems to be a rather common occurrence. The three-year warranty means you should have no problems getting a working replacement though. This pump can also be hardwired into 120V or 240V making it pretty versatile. The pressure switch is also set for automatic operation from 30-50 psi.
With a high-powered motor capable of pumping over 15 GPM, this shallow well pump from DRUMMOND offers plenty of flow for most homes. The pump is mounted on top of an included five-gallon steel pressure tank. At a modest price point lower than many pumps that aren’t equipped with a tank, this product is a better deal than many of its competitors, just not the ones on this list.
Although it does offer great specs, sometimes you really do get what you pay for. This pump seems to operate well and move water like it should, at first. Problems arise within just a few weeks or months of light use. The motor seized up. A replacement pump leaked. It seems that these are also not isolated incidents. Many others had similar experiences with this pump. To make matters worse, DRUMMOND refuses to stand behind their product and often makes communication extremely difficult. Though it may save you money in the short term, one of the pumps placed higher on this list will make a better long-term investment.
After reading our comparison of the best shallow well pumps on the market, you probably feel ready to go out, make your purchase, and be done with it! Well, not so fast. There are a few things you ought to know before spending your money. Here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing your new pump.
One of the most important things to check when purchasing a new pump is if that pump is capable of moving enough water to satisfy the needs of your home. The flow is rated in gallons per minute, abbreviated GPM. Although the motor power is measured by HP, higher horsepower doesn’t necessarily mean more water flow. Be sure to check the GPM of the pump to know exactly how much water it can supply.
Deeper wells need pumps that can provide more pressure, increasing the distance vertically that the water is moved. All of the pumps on this list are designed to work in wells 25 feet deep or less. Keep in mind that the GPM flow rating is usually measured with no slope, so if you’re pumping from a 20-foot well, don’t expect the pump to live up to the ratings advertised.
After reading this article, you’re probably much more knowledgeable on shallow well pumps than you were a few minutes ago. That said, I’m going to go out on a limb and make the assumption that you’d rather not go through this buying process again in the near future. By getting a pump with proven reliability and a long life expectancy, you can (hopefully) avoid having to deal with this process again soon!
At 1 HP, some pumps produce only around 10 GPM while others can move 18 GPM with the same 1 HP. Both motors need to pull enough electricity to power 1 HP, but the pump with higher flow can replenish the system quicker, making it more efficient. Efficiency equals energy savings. If you want to save money in the long term, purchase an efficient well pump that will conserve energy.
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Now that you’ve carefully read through our reviews, you should have plenty of information to arrive at your own conclusions about which pump is the best fit for your well. Hopefully, the decision will now be an easy one to make.
After careful testing, we agree that we can confidently recommend the FLOTEC FP4012-10 as the best all-around shallow well pump. With a single pump being able to offer ½ HP, ¾ HP, and 1 HP configurations and a flow rate up to 18GPM, on either 110V or 220V power, it’s clear that no other pump can match the flexibility of the FLOTEC, making it suitable for almost every application. The robust build means you can expect this pump to work hard for years.
In our second position, the Aceshin 845 GPH 1.6 HP Stainless Shallow Well Pump, provides the most bang for your buck. With up to 14 GPM flow rates running on standard 110V electric, the affordability of this model makes it our pick for best value. A purchase of either of these pumps is a great investment that should supply water to your home for years without another thought.
It’s also worth mentioning that we recently compared some of the most popular submersible well pumps.
Featured image credit: Aceshin Water Transfer Pump, Amazon
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