Whether you’re choosing a replacement pump for your established pond or your very first pump for a new garden pond there’s lots of things you will need to take into consideration before paying out your hard-earned cash.
It’s not only the initial layout you need to think about, you also have to consider how much it’s going to cost to run a pump for 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
In this article we will look at the best energy efficient Eco pond pumps that will help you save money in the long run.
Type of pond pump
There are so many different pumps to choose from it can get a bit overwhelming finding the perfect setup for your pond.
Firstly you need to decide what type of pump you want to use, you can choose between an external pump that sits outside your pond on dry land or a submerged pump that sits at the bottom of your pond.
What works for one persons pond doesn’t mean it’s the ideal setup for another persons pond so take a look at the options and decide which type is right for you.
Maximum Flow rate
Every pond pump indicates a maximum flow rate per hour, but don’t think this is the flow rate you’ll get.
The pump might be able to hit that maximum flow rate in perfect conditions with nothing connected to it, but as soon as you start connecting things like filter systems and waterfalls to the pump, the flow rate will drop.
My advice is to halve the manufactures maximum flow rate, so if a pump says it has a maximum flow rate of 10000 litres of water you can assume it will be nearer 5000 litres flow rate once everything has been connected.
Every pump has at least one outlet, this will be used to feed your filter system, usually they will have a stepped connector to fit a variety of different sized hoses.
If you want the pump to run more than just your filter system look for pumps with more than one outlet.
Or have a separate pump for water features such as fountains or water spouts, you can turn these on and off independently of the main filter pump to save a bit of money.
When choosing a pump for your garden pond you need to match the pump to the size of your pond, but it’s not as simple as it may seem.
It can get very confusing, max flow rates not being max flow rates, the amount of fish in the pond, how often the water needs to be circulated and so on.
We have an article to help you out, you can read it here.
This is where choosing the right power usage could save you money.
Every pond pump has a power usage in watts, the bigger the pump the more power is need to run them.
Over the years pumps have been getting more efficient and now a lot of manufactures have Eco pumps in there range, so it makes sense to choose an Eco pond pump over a standard pump.
Look for lower wattage per flow of water i.e 10000 litres at 90w compared to 10000 litres at 120w.
Running cost will vary depending on the pond pump and the amount of power they use but you can work out how much each one will cost to run using this simple equation.
Cost of electricity from your supplier x the kw per hour of the pump so if you had a 100w pump and your supplier charged you 0.14 pence it would look like this £0.14 x 0.100kW x 24 = £0.33 per day.
We have an article on how much it cost to run a pond, you can read it here.
Below is a selection of Eco pond pumps that could save you money.
All Pond Solutions AqquaECO Pond Pump
There are 8 different models in the range.
The model number is the amount of water flow per hour which makes choosing a pump a lot easier.
They are designed to pump water to your filter system or a waterfall and can handle 6-8mm debris.
A separate inlet connector allows you to attach a hose to another source like a skimmer.
Maximum head range from 2 metres to 7.5 metres depending on the model.
They come with 10 metres of power cable but a plug is not included so you will need to buy one.
You can adjust the angle of the inlet/outlet hosetails if needed, and they all come with a 2-year guarantee.
- Model AquaEco 3000: Max flow rate 3000 litres per hour, 10 watt power consumption.
- Model AquaEco 4500: Max flow rate 4500 litres per hour, 30 watt power consumption.
- Model AquaEco 6000: Max flow rate 6000 litres per hour, 40 watt power consumption.
- Model AquaEco 8000: Max flow rate 8000 litres per hour, 70 watt power consumption.
- Model AquaEco 10000: Max flow rate 10000 litres per hour, 80 watt power consumption.
- Model AquaEco 12000: Max flow rate 12000 litres per hour, 100 watt power consumption.
- Model AquaEco 14000: Max flow rate 14000 litres per hour, 120 watt power consumption.
- Model AquaEco 16000: Max flow rate 16000 litres per hour, 140 watt power consumption.
These are all available to buy from Amazon.co.uk
Pontec PondoMax Eco Pond Pump
They come in 8 different sizes with the model number depicting the max flow rate, well sort of, see the model list below.
These pumps are perfect for feeding your filter system or you can use them on waterfalls and watercourses.
They can handle solids from 4-8mm depending on model with a pump head from 1.9m to 3.5m, again depending on the model.
They all have integrated thermal protection to protect against overheating and a 3-year guarantee.
The outlet connector allows for 19mm, 25mm, 32mm and 35mm hoses to be connected, and they all come with a 10 metres power cable.
- Model Eco 1500: Max flow rate 1500 litres per hour, 25 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco 2500: Max flow rate 2500 litres per hour, 40 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco 3500: Max flow rate 3600 litres per hour, 45 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco 5000: Max flow rate 5000 litres per hour, 60 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco 8000: Max flow rate 8000 litres per hour, 70 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco 11000: Max flow rate 10000 litres per hour, 95 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco 14000: Max flow rate 13400 litres per hour, 140 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco 17000: Max flow rate 17000 litres per hour, 180 watt power consumption.
The Pontec PondoMax Eco range also have 3 models that come with a controller that can be used to adjust the flow rate giving you more control over the power you are using, the display shows the power consumption in watts.
Using the controller gives you complete control over the flow rate, great for winter use and reducing the flow rate overnight when your fish are less active.
The 3 models are the Pontec PondoMax Eco 8500 C, 11500 C and 17500 C, the C stands for Control.
Oase AquaMax Eco Classic Pond Pump
They come in 7 different sizes with the model number giving you an idea of the max flow rate.
The large wrap around casing can handle up to 8mm coarse dirt particles to pass through and the pump will automatically turn off if it becomes blocked preventing damage to the pump.
Maximum flow rate to the head ranges from 2.2 metres to 3.7 metres depending on the model.
The outlet is stepped to allow 25mm, 32mm and 38mm hoses to be connected, and they come with 10 metres of power cable.
You get a 3-year guarantee as standard plus you get another 2 years when you register the product.
- Model Eco Classic 2500 E: Max flow rate 2600 litres per hour, 23 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco Classic 3500 E: Max flow rate 3500 litres per hour, 35 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco Classic 5500: Max flow rate 5300 litres per hour, 60 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco Classic 8500: Max flow rate 8300 litres per hour, 80 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco Classic 11500: Max flow rate 11000 litres per hour, 100 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco Classic 14500: Max flow rate 13600 litres per hour, 135 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco Classic 17500: Max flow rate 17400 litres per hour, 170 watt power consumption.
There are 3 more models in the range, these have a smart controller that allows you to adjust the flow rate from the controller or using an app on your smartphone or tablet.
Being able to reduce the flow rate reduces the amount of power the pump needs to run saving you even more money and you can do it from the comfort of your home or anywhere in the world using the smart app.
- Model Eco Classic 9000 C: Max flow rate 8800 litres per hour, 23-90 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco Classic 12000 C: Max flow rate 12000 litres per hour, 26-120 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco Classic 18000 C: Max flow rate 17600 litres per hour, 33-175 watt power consumption.
Oase AquaMax Eco Premium Pond Pump
There are 7 models in the range, the model number depicting the flow rate per hour.
Perfect for feeding your filter system and watercourses.
It also comes with an extra inlet that can be connected to a satellite filter or surface skimmer.
This extra inlet can be adjusted to allow you to choose how much water is drawn through it, splitting the amount of water being drawn through the inlet and the case.
They can cope with dirt particles up to 11mm for the 3 larger models and up to 10mm on the smaller models, they all switch off automatically if they become blocked.
Maximum head ranges from 3.3 metres to 5.5 metres depending on the model, and they can be used underwater in your pond or dry installed on land.
The hosetails are stepped for different size hoses, 25mm, 32mm, 38mm for the 2 smaller models and an extra step of 50mm for the larger models, they all come with 10 metres of power cable.
The three larger models 12000, 16000 and 20000 have a seasonal control switch which detects the water temperature, when the temperature drops it will slow the flow of water by 50% which can save you up to 30% on the running cost.
All pumps can be electronically adjusted using the Oase InScenio dimmer or for full control you can use the Oase InScenio FM Master EGC, it is an extra expense but it offers so much flexibility over running and monitoring your pond using an app and your smart phone.
They all have a 3-year guarantee with an extra 2 years if you register the product.
- Model Eco Premium 4000: Max flow rate 4000 litres per hour, 10-35 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco Premium 6000: Max flow rate 6000 litres per hour, 12-45 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco Premium 8000: Max flow rate 8000 litres per hour, 15-60 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco Premium 10000: Max flow rate 10000 litres per hour, 19-88 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco Premium 12000: Max flow rate 12000 litres per hour, 10-110 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco Premium 16000: Max flow rate 15600 litres per hour, 11-145 watt power consumption.
- Model Eco Premium 20000: Max flow rate 19500 litres per hour, 15-180 watt power consumption.