Just because you’ve added stabilizing chemicals to your pool and covered your pool doesn’t mean that you’re done dealing with your pool for the season. That’s because rain will continue to fall all throughout the winter and spring seasons, which can cause water to weigh down your pool’s cover. Fortunately, this problem is easy to solve by buying the best pool cover pump available and deploying it as needed to keep rainwater off your pool’s cover.
Since these pumps are a necessary part of just about any off-season maintenance routine, you are going to want to buy not only the best model available but the one that’s the most appropriate for your type of pool. To help you out a bit, we’ve decided to find the ten best models currently available, so that you can find the best cover pump for your pool.
Best Pool Cover Pumps
10Little Giant APCP-1700 Automatic Pump
This submersible pump is suitable for use on pool covers for several different reasons. For one thing, it’s an automatic pump that will automatically operate when it finds itself in 2-inches of water. Once activated, this pump will side-discharge water at a rate of approximately 1,700 gallons per minute, if it’s level. It comes with a 25-foot long power cord that enables it to be installed just about anywhere, and it has a 3/4-inch connection for connecting to a garden hose. And since it has a built-in handle, it’s easy to take from place to place so it can be used for multiple projects on the user’s property.
9Fibropool Electric Cover Drain Pump
This inexpensive cover drain is a great pump to use for winter pool maintenance. It can pump water at a rate of 600 gallons per hour, and it has a 16-foot power cord that plugs into a standard 110-Volt outlet. It also features a drainage hose that’s approximately 16-feet long, so water can be removed away from the pool. Although this pump doesn’t have an automatic shutoff, it can be used manually quite well to remove rainwater from pool covers. And because it has a lightweight but durable design, it won’t weigh down pool covers and can be used for both above ground and in-ground pools.
8Superior Pump 91250 Utility Pump
Since this is a utility pump, it’s not only useful for clearing off pool covers but can be used for a variety of products around the house. It can move up to 1,800 gallons of water per hour with a max head of 25-feet. It’s completely submersible and has a 1-1/4-inch NPT discharge that can be used with 3/4-inch garden hose adapters. This pump utilizes a special screen that can handle solids up to 1/8-inch. All of the pumps produced by this company are tested at the factory for reliability, and they’re designed to give homeowners many years of service life.
7Wayne WWB Water Bug Submersible Pump
This product is manufactured in the United States and is made from high-quality components so pool owners can be assured that it’s a quality product. With a 30-foot max head, this submersible pump is able to remove water down to 1/16th-inch and can do it with a maximum flow rate of 1,257 gallons per hour. Because it has a side discharge, it’s not only useful for removing standing water from pool covers but can also be used to remove standing water in flooded basements or for clearing water off of flat roofs. And since it has multi-flow technology, the user can select how water should be discharged from the unit.
6Superior Pump 92395 2100 GPH Pump
This quality pool cover pump is designed to activate in 1-1/2-inch of water, so it’s always ready to keep water off of your pool. This model has a large base that prevents debris from entering the pump and has an internal automatic float switch built into it. Since it has a low-amp draw, this pump not only lasts longer and runs cooler than most other pumps, but it also uses less energy. This pump also has a thermally protected motor that comes with an automatic reset protector, so it can be reset as necessary. And since it has a screened intake, it’s easy to clean and maintain.
5Ocean Blue Water Products 350 GPH Pump
Although this particular pump doesn’t have an automatic shutoff and has to be turned on/off using its switch, it’s still a great pump for clearing off pool covers. While running, this pump is capable of removing 350 gallons of water from a pool cover per hour and is completely submersible. It’s also clog-resistant and can easily be fitted to a standard gardening hose. Since it has an extra long 25-foot power cord, it can be used in places that can’t be reached by other outdoor pumps. And because it has an easy-clean mesh filter that can be used over and over again, this product is also easy to use.
4Little Giant 550-GPH PCP550 Pump
The PCP550 is named the Little Giant for a reason and that reason is that it can pump water at 550 gallons-per-hour when deploying with no-lift. Of course, its pump rate decreases as it lift increases, so if it’s elevated at 3-feet of lift, then it will only pump about 400 gallons per hour. Even so, this high-quality pump is ready to clear off just about any pool cover. It operates at 58-watts and has a 25-foot power cord, so it’s easy to setup and use. This pump is also equipped with a removable intake screen that makes keeping it clean and maintained quite easy as well.
3Swimline Siphon Cover Pump
Although many pool owners would outright discount the value of this siphon cover pump, the beauty of this product is that it is simple. Using the enclosed siphon pump and its 13-feet of hose, this pump can be set to effectively drain the cover of just about any pool, all without having to find an outdoor outlet or running a network of extension cords to power it. It will continue to pump as long as the end of has water to drain, and when it’s finished it will automatically stop. This may not have all of the bells and whistles of more advanced pumps, but it’s easy-to-use and is inexpensive.
2Little Giant 170 GPH Black Pump
Designed with a plastic housing that resistant to corrosion, this pump is ready for outdoor use anytime during the year. It comes with a long 25-foot power cord and has a 1/4-inch mini outlet that can be used with garden hose adaptors to attach to your garden hose. Although it doesn’t have an automatic on/off switch, it does do a good job at removing water from pool covers and can do so at a rate of 170 gallons-per-minute. This allows it to be deployed when the pool owner needs to their cover to be cleared and then put away when it has finished its purpose.
1Danner Manufacturing Cover Care
Since this pool pump cover pump uses a magnetic drive motor, it doesn’t have a whole lot of moving parts that can break down over time. This pump only has one moving part and is completely submersible for the pool owner’s convenience and safety. It’s designed to be easily hooked up to any 3/4-inch standard garden hose and comes with a foam filter that’s easy-to-clean and is clog resistant. When this pump is in full operation, it’s capable of pumping up to 300 gallons-per-hour, which is more than enough to keep the covers of most pools nice and dry throughout the entire winter season.