Best Sump Pumps 2019 – Top Picks & Reviews

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sump pump in action Which pumps are powerful enough to keep your basement dry? Is there a pump that will be quiet enough for you to sleep? With so many pumps on the market, it’s hard to know which pumps will deliver and which will fail at critical moments, leaving you with an underground pool where your basement used to be. These reviews will simplify the process so that you can hopefully find the right sump pump for your needs.


Comparison of our Favorites in 2019

ModelPriceWarrantyEditor Rating
WAYNE CDU980E
small WAYNE CDU980E
(Best Overall)

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5 Years4.90/5
Superior Pump 91250
small Superior Pump 91250
(Best Value)

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1 Year4.65/5
Wayne WSS30VN
small WAYNE WSS
(Best Battery Back-Up)

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3 Years4.60/5
Liberty Pumps 257
small Liberty Pumps 257

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3 Years4.45/5
WaterAce WA50CPED
small WaterAce WA50CPED
(Best Pedestal)

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1 Year4.40/5

10 Best Sump Pumps

1. WAYNE CDU980E Sump Pump – Best Overall

WAYNE CDU980E

If you want to sleep soundly with no worries about water and noise, this Wayne unit is one of the best submersible sump pumps on the market.

No matter how much water you need to remove, this pump can handle it and keep your home dry, with a flow rate of 4,600 gallons per hour (GPH). Even when pumping water 10 feet vertically, this pump can still discharge 3,500 GPH, making it one of the best sump pumps for a basement.

This robust pump is tested to one million cycles, ensuring a long life expectancy. To help you sleep better at night knowing your pump won’t fail, a five-year warranty is included.

Installation is a 15-minute process. Most homeowners can save money by completing the installation on their own without the need for a professional.

Expect to pay a premium for the Wayne CDU980E’s power and longevity. It’s the best pump on the market, and the price reflects this.

Pros
  • Very powerful
  • Long lifespan
  • Five-year warranty
  • Easy installation
Cons
  • Expensive

2. Superior 91250 Sump Pump – Best Value

Superior Pump 91250

When budget is a factor, the Superior Pump 91250 is the best sump pump for the money.

This submersible pump is equipped with a ¼-horsepower motor that can pump up to 1,800 gallons per hour. When pumping water 10 feet vertically, it is still capable of moving 1,200 gallons per hour. While this is great flow for the price, it’s only about one-third of the amount of water that the sump pump in our top spot can move. And the one-year warranty can’t compare to the five-year warranty provided by Wayne.

Still, this pump is built to last. Double O-ring seals and heavy-duty construction provide peace of mind, and the screen filters out large debris. The pump itself can handle up to 1/8” solids with ease, so you don’t have to worry about little pebbles and leaves ruining your system. It also features multiple discharge and hookup options to make it simple to set up for any homeowner.

Pros
  • Low price
  • Multiple hookup options
  • Filters debris and can handle solids up to 1/8”
Cons
  • Only a one-year warranty
  • Not as powerful as our top pick

3. Wayne WSS30VN Sump Pump – Best Battery Back-Up

Wayne WSS30VN

If power failure has ever left you with a useless sump pump and a flooded basement, then the Wayne WSS30VN combination sump pump system will bring you peace of mind.

This unit is actually two separate pumps together. One is the main sump pump that is wired into the home’s electricity. The other is a battery-powered backup that activates when the power goes out and the main pump shuts off.

The battery-powered backup pump has a flow of up to 2,900 GPH. On a single charge, it can move 10,000 gallons of water. No matter how much rain is pouring down outside, this pump will keep your home dry, even with no electricity. Additionally, it is nearly silent and will never wake you up. In fact, you may not even know when it’s in use.

While this pump provides incredible peace of mind with its battery-powered backup, it does come at a high price. This keeps it out of many consumer’s homes and out of the number-two spot on this list. The question is, though, can you put a price on being prepared?

Pros
  • Battery backup works when the power dies
  • Great flow, even from the backup
  • Quiet operation
Cons
  • Very high price

4. Liberty 1/3 HP Submersible Sump Pump

Liberty Pumps 257

This sump pump from Liberty Pumps has a unique and attractive one-piece cast iron housing. This keeps the motor safe from any sort of exterior damage, helping improve its life expectancy. A three-year warranty backs up the company’s belief in their product.

The motor is thermally protected and permanently lubricated. It provides an adequate flow of 3,000 GPH. While this is a decent flow for a sump pump, it can’t quite compete with our top contenders.

Where this pump excels is its ability to handle solids up to 1/2” in size. If you find the need to constantly clear your pump of debris to be annoying, then this feature may be an important factor in your decision.

The big drawback of this pump is the high price. Other pumps at the same price point offer higher flow rates and better warranties.

Pros
  • One-piece cast iron housing
  • Handles solids up to 1/2”
Cons
  • Very high price

5. WaterAce Pedestal Sump Pump

WaterAce WA50CPED

If you’re going to use a pedestal sump pump in your home, our best recommendation is the WaterAce WA50CPED.

This pump avoids many of the problems that plague other pedestal sump pumps. For instance, it can pump solids up to a 3/8” size. This means you won’t have to spend time cleaning and unclogging your pump.

The top-mounted adjustable float switch is easy to access. The overload protection built into the motor should prevent issues. If any should happen to arise, the motor is also easily accessible.

A high flow rate of 5,000 GPH keeps up with even the best submersible pumps. Despite the high water flow and easy accessibility of the motor, this pump is very quiet. If your current pedestal pump sounds like a jet engine, this unit is a great choice for an upgrade.

Pros
  • 5,000 GPH flow rate
  • Quiet operation
  • Accessible motor
Cons
  • Takes up basement space
  • High price

6. Zoeller M53 Submersible Sump Pump

Zoeller M53

This 1/3-horsepower submersible pump from Zoeller can also be used as an effluent pump in a septic tank. It is able to pass up to 1/2” solids.

With a flow rate of 2,580 GPH, this pump is certainly not the most powerful on this list. The price, however, is up there with the other highest-priced sump pumps.

A cast-iron casing keeps the motor inside safe from damage. A three-year warranty backs up the reliability of this submersible pump. Unfortunately, the manufacturer will only give a warranty to products purchased directly from them, so if you purchase yours somewhere else, they may not honor the warranty.

The float switch is a common failure on these pumps. Sometimes, they fail in as little as one to two years of moderate usage. However, many of the units are stable and reliable for over seven years.

Pros
  • Can pass 1/2” solids
  • Cast-iron housing
Cons
  • Float switch failure is common
  • The manufacturer will not honor warranties of purchases from supply houses

7. WAYNE WaterBUG Sump-Pump

WAYNE WWB WaterBUG

This versatile multi-flow pump from Wayne can be used for a variety of applications. You can choose between top discharge and side discharge with this pump, which may be beneficial in a non-standard sump pit arrangement.

The biggest drawback to this unit is that it does not have automatic operation. You can’t leave it plugged in and expect it to sense water and pump it away. If you turn it on, it stays on until you turn it off. This makes it impractical as a main sump pump in most situations.

Because it can remove water down to 1/16”, this pump is a great choice for smaller sump pits that only fill up on occasion. However, its poor flow rate only moves a maximum of 1,257 GPH. For this reason, this pump is not a great choice for full-size sump pits or anywhere where maximum water flow is a necessity.

Pros
  • Can clear water down to 1/16”
  • Top and side discharge available
Cons
  • Manual operation only
  • A maximum flow rate of 1,257 GPH

8. DEKO Submersible Sump Pump

DEKO Sump Pump 1HP 3302GPH

This pump from DEKO features a 1-HP motor capable of pumping 3,302 GPH. It manages to accomplish this at a modest price point. Unfortunately, this low price is reflected in the build quality. All plastic housing and components don’t inspire confidence in this pump’s longevity, nor does the lack of any available warranty information.

The top-heavy design causes the pump to often want to tip over. This unit is also known to occasionally deliver an electrical shock when trying to adjust the cutoff switch.

Pros
  • Low price
  • Adequate flow rate
Cons
  • All plastic build
  • Top-heavy design is unstable
  • May shock you when adjusting

9. WaterAce WA50PSV Submersible Sump-Pump

WaterAce WA50PSV

This submersible sump pump from WaterAce is priced near our highest rated sump pumps on this list, but it lacks the same features and longevity.

This pump can move 3/8” solids. The impeller is made of plastic, though, which doesn’t inspire confidence when it comes to passing small stones, sticks, and other debris. While most of our top-rated pumps had cast-iron parts and housings that are built to last, this pump is made from cheaper aluminum instead. No warranty information is available for it, which doesn’t build trust with consumers. For the price, you’d be better served with one of our top picks instead.

Pros
  • Can move 3/8” solids
Cons
  • No warranty information
  • High price for the features
  • Aluminum construction instead of cast iron

10. Basement Watchdog BW1050 Sump Pump

Basement Watchdog BW1050

This pump is priced similarly to the top contenders on this list. On paper, this pump seems to be a decent pump, but in reality, it doesn’t live up to expectations.

With 4,400 GPH flow, this pump won’t match its top competitors, but it’s not terrible by any means. The best feature of this pump is its narrow footprint, which allows it to fit in sump pits as small as 7” in diameter.

The downside with this pump is durability. It is common for this pump to fail in the first two years, sometimes even sooner. A three-year warranty means that replacement should be covered by the manufacturer, but when your home was flooded due to the first one failing, do you really want another of the same pump that just let you down?

Unfortunately, that’s not the only problem. The Basement Watchdog pump is also easily blocked by debris, causing the pump to run dry. If this goes on too long, the motor will burn up and die prematurely. It’s also a noisy pump compared to similarly priced competitors.

Pros
  • Small footprint
Cons
  • Over-priced for its longevity
  • Likely to die in the first two years
  • Easily blocked by debris
  • Loud compared to competitors

Buyer’s Guide

After reading our reviews of the best sump pumps currently available, you know which pumps we recommend. But do you understand the features of the different pumps? Here, we will go over the important things to know before making your final purchase.

Motor Size/Water Flow

Sump pumps are available from 1/3-HP to over 1-HP. Powerful motors are able to move more water, which is measured in gallons per hour, or GPH. If you have occasional water accumulation of only moderate amounts, then a less powerful pump with lower water flow may be adequate for your situation. On the other hand, wet climates with heavy rainfall or snowmelt may require a high-power pump to keep things dry.

If you purchase a sump pump that does not create enough water flow to keep up with your needs during the worst of storms, you will end up with water buildup. Your basement will slowly fill up as the storm continues, despite your pump’s best efforts. Our favorite pump, the WAYNE CDU980E, has a ¾-HP motor that moves 4,600 GPH. This is sure to be plenty of power for homes in climates that experience high levels of rainfall.

Longevity/Reliability

The last thing you want to experience is your sump pump failing during a critical time of heavy water buildup. If this happens, you’ll end up with a flooded basement and ruined belongings. This makes reliability a key factor in your choice of a sump pump.

The pumps on the top of our list will provide you the greatest reliability and longevity, backed up by great warranties. Our number-one choice, the WAYNE CDU980E, is tested to one million cycles, which results in a pump that is guaranteed to not let you down when it matters most. And its five-year warranty provides peace of mind that helps you sleep at night, even during the heaviest rainfall.

As you get to the lower options on our review list, the warranties get shorter. Some of them do not even have warranty information available, which makes you question what sort of confidence the manufacturer has in their own product.

Power Source

Most of the pumps we tested and reviewed are meant to plug into your home’s main power. Under most circumstances, this is adequate. However, what happens when the power goes down? In such cases, it’s common to wake up with an underground lake that you didn’t ask for. The best way to avoid such a catastrophe is to get a pump with a battery backup, like our number-three pick, the WAYNE WSS30VN.

Type of Pump

There are two main types of pedestal pumps: submersible and pedestal. Pedestal pumps feature an above-ground motor that is easily accessible. This makes repairs easy but noisier and more obtrusive. Submersible pumps are submerged inside your sump pit. This makes them less accessible but quieter. They also tend to have much shorter lifespans than pedestal pumps. For an in-depth comparison between the two, read our article, “4 Different Types of Sump Pumps & Their Differences.”

Conclusion

Now you have the information to make a sound decision when purchasing your new sump pump. We’ve determined the WAYNE CDU980E to be the best overall choice. The high flow rate, five-year warranty, and long life expectancy all add up to the best feature set and quality available.

The Superior Pump 91250 is our pick for when the budget is a factor. With a 1,800 GPH flow and ability to handle solids up to 1/8”, this pump may not have the strongest feature set on this list, but the low price point and high reliability make this pump the best choice for the money.

It’s time to make your decision and purchase with confidence. You now know how each of the top sump pumps stacks up against its competitors. Which one will you choose to keep your basement dry?

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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!