Best Submersible Well Pumps 2019 – Reviews & Top Picks

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Red Lion 14942402 Submersible Deep Well Pump

If you’re experiencing water pressure fluctuations, spitting faucets, or overly expensive energy bills, it may be time to replace your well pump. Keep in mind that picking a new pump is an important decision since you’ll depend on it every day. A new pump could last 10 to 25 years, but it’s important to make sure you get a good one so that you don’t have to dig it back up in just a few months.

How powerful does your pump need to be? Which pumps are built to last? Are there important drawbacks to be aware of?

We’ve gone digging through the best pumps on the market and simplified the information into the following reviews to help you figure out which is the best option for you.

A Quick Look at the Winners (in 2019)

ModelPriceWarrantyEditor Rating
Red Lion 14942402
Red Lion 14942402
(Best Overall)

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3 Years4.80/5
Hallmark Industries MA0414X-7
Hallmark Industries MA0414X-7
(Best Value)

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1 Year4.60/5
Happybuy 1/2 HP150ft
Happybuy Deep Well Submersible Pump 0.5HP

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4.45/5
SCHRAIBERPUMP 4"
SCHRAIBERPUMP

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1 Year4.40/5
Grundfos 10SQ05-160
Grundfos 10SQ05-160

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1 Year4.20/5

7 Best Submersible Well Pumps

1. Red Lion Submersible Deep Well Pump – Best Overall

Red Lion 14942402

With a flow rate of 12 gallons per minute (GPM) on the ½ HP model, this deep well pump from Red Lion has plenty of water flow for most four-bedroom homes. If you need more flow, a 1-HP variant is available that will provide 22 GPM of water displacement. While still good, this isn’t quite as high as its closest competitors, which is this pump’s only noticeable drawback. The stainless-steel pump shell keeps the motor protected from external damage. A suction screen protects it against internal damage from debris being sucked up while a built-in check valve stops backflow from occurring. This pump is designed to pump from wells up to 250-feet deep, with a diameter of four inches or wider.

High-quality manufacturing in the USA means that this pump will last the long haul. Red Lion backs up their product with a three-year warranty. The motor is properly sealed, as are the wire connections, helping this pump achieve a long lifespan. A waterproof splice kit is also included. This pump will need to be wired into your main 230V power. No control box is necessary with this pump.

Pros
  • No external control box necessary
  • Three-year warranty
  • For wells up to 250’ deep
Cons
  • Only 22 GPM of water flow

2. Hallmark Deep Well Submersible Pump – Best Value

Hallmark Industries MA0414X-7

When you want the pump that provides the best bang for your buck, we believe the Hallmark Industries MA0414X-7 is the best submersible well pump for the money. Though it’s meant for home use, it’s built to heavy-duty, industrial-grade robustness. Its powerful 1-HP motor delivers an impressive flow rate of 33 GPM. It is built to be powered by standard 110V electricity and includes built-in thermal overload protection. Built in America, this quality pump is supported by a 12-month warranty on all parts and labor.

Designed to be used in wells that are five inches in diameter or larger. The built-in starter box means that no external control box is required. Hermetically sealed motor is built for high efficiency, therefore using less energy and reducing your electric bill. Although it’s a great pump and makes our pick for best value, the shorter warranty period and inability to be used in a four-inch diameter well keep this pump out of our number 1 spot.

Pros
  • Powerful 1-HP motor
  • Flow rate of 33 GPM
  • No external control box needed
Cons
  • Short warranty period of 12 months
  • Can only be used in 5” diameter and larger wells

3. Happybuy 1/2 HP Submersible Deep Well Pump

Happybuy Deep Well Submersible Pump 0.5HP

This ½ HP deep well pump from Happybuy has a maximum head height of 150 feet and is designed for use in wells with a diameter of four inches or more. With a flow rate of 25 GPM, this pump moves a respectable volume of water. The heavy-duty stainless-steel body keeps the motor protected in any conditions. This makes it usable in wells made of steel pipe, ash pipe, or even soil wells. Adding to the versatility, this pump can use a steel pipe, plastic pipe, or even a garden hose as its water pipe as long as pressure allows it.

This submersible pump is powered by standard 110V electricity. Unlike the two pumps in our top positions, this pump will require an external control box, an additional expense that keeps it in our third spot. Also, it is only suitable in wells up to 150-feet deep, much shallower than the capabilities of our number one pick.

Pros
  • Can be used in many types of wells
  • Standard 110V power
Cons
  • Only for wells up to 150’ deep
  • Requires an external control box

4. SCHRAIBERPUMP 4″ Deep Well Submersible Pump

SCHRAIBERPUMP

This pump features a thermally protected motor enclosed in a stainless-steel casing designed to keep the pump safely functioning for years. With a flow rate of 22GPM, it’s not the best in class. Despite this, it can be used in wells up to 315-feet deep. This model is a two-wire direct start version that doesn’t require the use of an external control box. It is meant to be hard-wired into 230V power. Included with the pump is a submersible wire splice kit as well.

SCHRAIBERPUMP offers a one-year warranty on their product. However, if any sand gets in the pump, this damage will not be covered by the warranty. Unfortunately, no screen is included to help filter out sand to avoid this problem.

Pros
  • No external control box needed
  • Can be used in wells up to 315’ deep
Cons
  • Only 22 GPM flow rate
  • Short one-year warranty is canceled if damaged by sand

5. Grundfos 115V 3″ Submersible Water Well Pump

Grundfos 10SQ05-160

This submersible pump from Grundfos is the highest priced option on our list. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really warrant the incredibly high price. Its ½-HP motor only provides 10 GPM of water flow. The soft-start motor is generator and invertor friendly though. It will also last for many cycles and should have a long lifespan. This pump features over and under-voltage protection, overload protection, thermal protection, and even dry-run protection.

This pump doesn’t require an external control box. Of course, you wouldn’t expect to be required to make more purchases to get a pump at this price point to function. It does run off of standard 115V electricity. Overall, this is an overpriced option with features that don’t quite live up to the price.

Pros
  • Protection from everything built-in
  • Soft start motor has long life-expectancy
Cons
  • Extremely high priced
  • Poor water flow of only 10 GPM

6. XtremepowerUS 4″ Deep Well Submersible Pump

XtremepowerUS

With no requirements on the well and water pipe, this pump from XtremepowerUS can be used in wells of all types. The body and built-in check valve are built out of stainless steel, making them highly resistant to corrosion. At 1 HP, this pump should provide plenty of water flow and lift. The 33 GPM of flow is ample, however, it can only be used in wells up to 213-feet deep. While better than some options, this doesn’t put it in the running with our top picks.

XtremepowerUS is not known for their quality control and this product is no exception. Expect the possibility of products arriving broken or ceasing to function in a shorter time frame than anticipated. This pump is also a bit more expensive than some of its competitors, without packing in extra features.

Pros
  • Can be used in any type of well
Cons
  • Only for use in wells up to 213’ deep
  • Not a strong company known for quality products

7. Little Giant Submersible Pump

Little Giant WE20G05P4-2

Little Giant’s pump features a franklin electric submersible motor designed to run on standard 115V electric. It has ½ HP and is protected by a stainless-steel casing. With a maximum flow rate of 20 GPM and a maximum depth of 150 feet, this is one of the poorer flowing pumps on this list. It’s also very high priced, especially when you consider the features available on other lower-priced models. Although this pump looks similar to the well pumps on this list, it’s actually an effluent pump. You’d be better served by going with one of our higher picks instead.

Pros
  • Runs on standard 115V electric
Cons
  • Very high price
  • Only 20 GPM flow
  • Maximum depth of 150’

Buyer’s Guide

At this point, you know our top picks for best submersible well pumps. But before you go run out and make a purchase, there are some basics about submersible well pumps you ought to understand. What makes one preferable to another? Are there any things you need to know to make sure that the one you get will work for your well? In this section, we will cover all of the important information that you should know before you actually make your final purchase.

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Power/Flow Rate

One of the most important factors when it comes to picking a well pump, is whether that pump can actually move enough water to supply the needs of the home. Each home will have different supply needs depending on how large it is and how many water fixtures it contains. Water pumps have two ratings that will tell you how much power they have. First, is the horsepower rating. This tells you the power rating of the motor. Next will be the flow rate, which tells you how many gallons per minute or GPM the pump can move.

For each fixture in your home, you’ll need about 1 GPM of water flow. As an example, if you have one bathroom in your home with a sink, shower, and toilet, that’s three fixtures. A sink in the kitchen makes four, plus one more for a washing machine equals five total GPM of flow necessary for your single-bathroom home. Even if you add a second bathroom and three more fixtures, you’d still only require 8 GPM of flow from your well pump. Every pump on this list offers at least that much water flow.

Electric Type

When it’s time to install your new well pump, you’ll have to hardwire it into your home’s electricity. While some pumps are designed to be wired into your standard 110V electricity, other pumps are not. If your pump requires 230V electric, you may need to run new wires and/or a new breaker from your main power box. This could be more hassle than it’s worth. On the other hand, if your current pump is already wired into 230V, it may be more headache for you to try to run 110V and you should instead get another pump that will utilize your existing wiring.

Vertical Lift (head)

Your well is dug deep underground, and your pump needs to push that water all the way up to your home faucets. Although a pump may have ample water flow, you’ll still need to check how deep it can pump water from. If you happen to get one that doesn’t create enough vertical head for your well, then you won’t get proper flow to your home. In fact, you may get no flow at all.

Reliability

Once you go through the trouble of fishing your current pump from the well, unhooking it, deciding on a new one, hardwiring it in, and lowering it back down into your well, you probably won’t even want to think about well pumps for a long time. If you get an unreliable model, you may be thinking about them much sooner than you’d care for. While sometimes things just happen, you can help avoid unfortunate situations by purchasing a high-quality pump with a good track record. A decent warranty won’t hurt either and it could help provide some peace of mind.

Price

For some people, price will be the final determining factor. Others may disregard price entirely. While this may not directly affect the functioning of your well pump per se, the old adage is certainly true to at least some extent; you get what you pay for. Your well pump is relied on day in and day out to supply your home and your family with clean water at the turn of a knob. For the most part, it continues to function in the background unnoticed. If you want it to remain unnoticed, you need to be certain to purchase another reliable model.

Conclusion

Choosing which submersible well pump to trust with serving your family for the foreseeable future is an important decision that you need to be sure of. Our goal is to help you wade through the seemingly endless numbers of products online and narrow the choice down to the best ones on the market. We hope our reviews have simplified the comparison process for you, allowing you to make a purchase with confidence.

We feel that the Red Lion 14942402 is the best overall pump. It won our pick with its rock-solid dependability supported by a class-leading three-year warranty and the ability to pump from wells 250-feet deep. For the best value, we think MA0414X-7 from Hallmark Industries is pretty difficult to top. Set at an affordable price point, this pump offers great flow of 33 GPM from standard 110V electric hookups. No matter which of these you choose, you’ll be sure to have a pump that will provide you with plenty of fresh water from your well for years to come.

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!