Although it may seem like pool heaters are available in an almost endless number of different styles, the truth of the matter is that there are really only 3 basic types current sold. There are solar pool heaters, pool heating pumps, and natural gas or propane swimming pool heaters. And that’s it. Some of these are more suitable for in-ground pools, and others are more suitable for above-ground pools.
The problem that many people have when choosing one of these heaters is selecting from among all of the different manufacturers. That can make the task of buying the best heater for a pool quite difficult. That’s why we’ve decided to take it upon ourselves and review some of the heaters currently available, so you can find the best pool heater for you.
Best Pool Heaters
10Hayward H150FDN Natural Gas Heater
Designed with the highest quality components available, including a standard Cupro-nickel heat exchanger and a weather-resistant exterior, this product is sure to provide the pool owner with years of pool heating excellence. This model uses cost-effective natural gas and is one of the more reliable and economical pool heaters in its class. It’s known for its hydraulic efficiency and for being able to provide pools and spas with up to 150,000 BTU of heating power. And it can be used on a variety of different pools. Although it does require professional installation, it is a product that’s sure to do its job well.
9Xtremepower US Solar Pool Heating System
This swimming pool heater is made from high-quality materials that not only do a job at capturing the rays of the sun to heat above-ground and in-ground pools but is also durable enough to hold up to a variety of different weather conditions. Using the pool owner’s own pump and filter system, this model heats the water before it’s returned to the pool. This allows it to heat up the pool by up to 10-degree Fahrenheit. Each system is made using 2-foot by 20-foot panels that are light, flexible and made out of black polypropylene.
8Hayward H400FDP Universal Propane Heater
Although this pool heater is designed to be professionally installed, once it’s been set up it’s a unit that’s very easy to use. It’s a propane unit that’s designed to be efficient and reliable. This model and has an intuitive LED control screen that’s easy to read and provides the operator with not only the temperature readout for the pool’s water but also diagnostics and lock-out temperature settings as well. This digital control allows the operator to set the ideal temperature for their pool without all of the guesswork that some other models require.
7Sta-Rite SR200NA Natural Gas Heater
Although this natural gas pool heater costs more than comparable heaters, it’s designed to be up to 84% more efficient, and this makes it one of the more energy efficient heaters in its class. This product also has a compact design that allows it to be used even with older pools. It’s also lightweight, has weather-proof housing and is easy to use. Additional features that can be found on this model include an LED temperature readout, 6-position control panel, dual thermostat controls and a safety lockout for the temperature. And since it outperforms most air pollution output standards, it’s also an environmentally conscious heater to use.
6Fafco Solar Bear Heating System
This 20-foot by 4-foot heating panel is designed and manufactured by a company that’s been making efficient swimming pool heaters for the past 47+ years, so they know a few things about keeping pools warm. And their expertise really comes to the forefront with this model. Since it’s designed without couplings or connectors, it doesn’t lose its heating capacity due to a reduction of circulated water like smaller 1.5-inch headers have a tendency of doing. As long as its properly set up and tilted at a 10 to 30-degree angle to the South, it will warm average sized above-ground pools quite well.
5Fibropool FH 220 Heat Pump
Designed to heat pools up to 7,500 gallons and also suitable for use with just about any hot tub manufactured, the Fibropool FH 220 is a model that’s sure to provide the homeowner with the warm waters they’re looking for. This 240-volt model has a 20,000 BTU heating capacity which allows it to heat round above ground pools up to 18-feet in diameter and whirlpool spas of just about any size. This model is highly efficient, so it won’t cost the operator a ton of money to run every year. And since it only has a foot print of 36×16-inches, it’s easy to place and use.
4EcoSmart Smart Pool Tankless Heater
Although this electric tankless water heater is a little more complicated to set up than many other pool heaters and requires the homeowner has a sufficient number of 50-amp double pole breakers in their electrical box, once set up this model can heat up to 11,000 gallons of pool water. It’s also equipped with flow activation and has a digital thermostat that allows the operator to set it and forget it. The temperature of the pool can be raised by 1-degree increments, and this model is compatible with the Ecosmart Remote Control if the user decides to buy it separately.
3Smartpool Sunheater Above Ground Heater
Manufactured out of durable polypropylene and with a square footage of 80-square feet, this product is not only durable, but it also heats up pool water quickly and efficiently. This panel array is easy to set up and is approximately 20-feet long and 4-feet wide. Since it uses the pool’s existing pump system, the pool owner doesn’t have to spend extra money on a specialized pump. All they have to do is unroll it, hook it up and then let the sun do its job. Using this product, pool owners will see the temperature in their pool increase by a maximum of 15-degrees Fahrenheit, which allows for a longer pool season.
2EcoSaver Solar Heating Panel System
Designed to be used with your pool’s own water pump, this 20-foot solar heating panel system can quickly and cost-effectively heat both in-ground or above-ground pools. This model can be used in 24-foot above-ground pools or in 15×30-foot rectangular or oval in-ground pools. It has a design that’s modular, meaning that additional solar heating panels can be added to it if the need arises. Since this product is up to twenty percent wider than some other solar panels, it’s capable of heating up pools a whole lot quicker. And since it has twist-connect fittings, it’s quick and easy for most people to set up.
1Kokido Keops Solar Dome
Just because summer may be coming to a close doesn’t mean that you have to stop using your above ground pool. After all, you can keep on using it well into the autumn months by simply installing the Kokido Keops Solar Dome on your pool. This pool heater is designed to be connected to your pool between the pool return and the filter pump and uses the power of the sun to heat the water all year round. This makes this product not only environmentally friendly but also means that it’s easier on the pocketbook. And since it’s compatible with just about all above ground pools, just about anyone can use it.