You might be looking for a new single speed pump for your inground swimming pool. A pump that is efficient and relatively quiet. The Pentair SuperFlo is created for circulating the water of an inground swimming pool. It might just be the pool pump you are looking to find.
Our Pentair SuperFlo review looks at its features and answers a few questions about its self-priming, winterizing and voltage. We also compare the SuperFlo to the WhisperFlo and the Hayward Super Pump. We end with our conclusion.
Pentair SuperFlo: List of Features
- Unionized fittings (1.5-inch internal slip and 2-inch external slip).
- Single speed, single phase, 56 square flange motor, 115V or 230V models.
- Self-priming pool pump gets rid of air bubbles on start-up.
- Made for water circulation of permanent inground pools.
- Large strainer basket: holds more debris for longer cleaning intervals.
- Certifications: UL/CUL/NSF.
- Can be used as a replacement for the Hayward Super Pump.
- Cam and ramp transparent lid for quick inspection of the strainer basket.
- One year limited warranty (only valid if installed by a qualified installer).
When it comes to horsepower, there are 1/2 Hp, 3/4 Hp, 1 Hp, 1.5 Hp, 2 Hp and 2.5 Hp SuperFlo pool pumps available online at Amazon.com.
This Pentair pool pump is created for permanent, inground swimming pools. Do not use it for an above ground, non-permanent swimming pool.
The pool pump should be connected to a power circuit that is safeguarded by a ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI). It is best if the pool pump is installed by qualified plumbers and electricians with the necessary tools and experience.
The pump motor should be protected against dirt, moisture and direct sunlight. The motor needs enough air ventilation to prevent it from overheating.
How does the SuperFlo pump prime itself?
Well, you need to remove the clamp and lid. Then you fill the strainer pot with water. Replace the lid and clamp. Turn on the switch and keep an eye on the air release valve. If water comes out of the air release valve, then you may close the valve. The system should now be free from air bubbles. Never run the pump completely dry since this will damage the seal, the pump case or the impeller.
How do you protect the pump against freeze damage?
You might be watching the weather report. The weather prophet predicts freezing conditions. You decide to winterize the pool pump. This is an important problem to anticipate because the limited warranty does not cover freeze damage.
If freezing conditions are only temporary, then you may run the pool pump system all through the night to prevent it from freezing.
If the cold weather is going to last longer, then you should turn off the electrical power to the pump before draining all the water out of the pump. You do this by removing the two drain plugs located on the housing. You can cover the motor to protect it against the bitter cold and stormy weather. When the weather clears up, remove the covering material before using the pump again.
Can the SuperFlo pump run on 115 volts?
SuperFlo pumps with motors that are less than 2 horsepower can be wired to use either 115 volts or 230 volts. Pool pumps with 2-horsepower motors and above can only run on 230 volts. Pay an electrician to do the wiring properly to avoid the warranty being voided.
Pentair SuperFlo vs WhisperFlo
We really do not see any major differences between these two Pentair single speed pool pumps. The WhisperFlo is supposed to make less noise. It might also have a larger strainer basket. However, the price tag of the WhisperFlo is roughly $100 dollars more than the SuperFlo. The SuperFlo is simply the more popular and less expensive Pentair single speed inground pool pump.
You can read our review of the WhisperFlo pool pump here.
Pentair SuperFlo vs Hayward Super Pump
The SuperFlo pool pump is in direct competition with the Hayward Super Pump. Pentair promotes it as a “superior replacement” for the Super Pump. Calling it a “direct replacement” is probably closer to the truth.
These single speed pool pumps have similar features and similar price tags. The Super pump might have a slightly larger strainer basket and a different lid-locking design. You may read our Hayward Super Pump review for more information.
Conclusion: Pentair SuperFlo Produces Super Flow!
Installing this pool pump is not a headache if you pay a plumber and an electrician to do the work. Installation by qualified people, as well as product registration within sixty days, are necessary for the one year limited warranty to be considered valid. Pentair wants proof that it was installed by a professional. If you install it yourself, you will miss out on the warranty.
The SuperFlo pool pump has a single speed motor which uses more electricity than a variable speed motor. The benefit of a single speed motor, except for the cheaper price, is that it might last longer than a variable speed motor. The constant starting, stopping and variation in speed might take its toll on the longevity of a pump motor.
|The Pentair SuperFlo is not too loud while pumping water. It runs quietly and produces good pressure for water circulation. You get a quality pump at a good price (see today’s prices at Amazon.com).|