The 7 Best Pool Heat Pumps
This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in February of 2019. A relaxing dip in your backyard pool can help to reduce stress and boost your mood - so long as the water is not chilly. A reliable heat pump will both increase your comfort and extend your swim season when the weather turns cool. Here we rank them for power, efficiency, and cost. For safety, always rely on a licensed contractor for installation. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
April 01, 2019:
Rather than actually generating heat, these energy-efficient pumps capture heat from the air and move it from one place to another. They generally work fine in outdoor temperatures above 45 degrees F. The colder the air they draw in, the more energy they need to use to warm it up. When choosing the right one for your pool, consider size, efficiency, cost, and whether you wish to go with an electric or a gas-powered model.
The Hayward HP21404T and Pentair UltraTemp, which both made top spots on our list, are both from reputable manufacturers and are known for their energy efficiency and ease of use. For a gas-powered option, look to the Hayward H15OFDN, which can be purchased in either a natural gas- or propane-using model. For a reliable choice that won’t produce significant noise, look to the Hayward HP50TA, which features scroll compressors that are designed for quiet operation.
No matter which you go with, the hookup should be done by a licensed contractor who is qualified to handle the required electrical or plumbing work.