Updated August 17, 2019 by Quincy Miller

The 10 Best Utility Pumps

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This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in August of 2019. Whether your basement is flooding or you just need to empty out a pond or aquarium, one of these utility pumps can help remove standing water quickly and efficiently. Lightweight and highly portable, they can clean up wet messes from all sorts of places. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best utility pump on Amazon.

10. Wayne PC2

9. SumpMarine UTP

8. ExtraUp Low Suction

7. Superior Pump 91330

6. Wayne Waterbug's

5. Green Expert 203618

4. HydraPump Smart

3. Liberty Pumps 260

2. WaterAce WA80UP

1. Superior Pump 91250

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Barnes 126 This durable piece of machinery can handle high temperatures and small solids, making it a smart choice for plumbers. The water-cooled motor has built-in overload protection, so there's no need to babysit it. waterpumpsdirect.com

Little Giant Franklin B50S The .5 HP motor on this model lets it move large quantities of liquid quickly. It's perfect for cleaning out fountains, ponds, and large evaporative coolers. sears.com

Saniflo Sanicom 1 This model is well-suited for commercial kitchens, as it can handle water up to 194-degrees Fahrenheit. The rubber discharge elbow can be rotated 360-degrees, giving you myriad installation options. lowes.com

Editor's Notes

August 13, 2019:

The Wayne Waterbug is one of the more interesting models on this list, as it's incredibly versatile and perfect for outdoor use. If you have standing water that's drawing mosquitoes and other bugs, it can help clean everything up with minimal effort, especially since it has discharge ports on both the top and side.

Regardless of which unit you choose, read the operating manual before you get started. Some, like the HydraPump Smart, will start and shut off on their own, but others require you to monitor them, because continuing to run them after the water's gone will burn out the motor. Also, not every unit is capable of being fully submerged, so do your research beforehand.

These pumps are designed for sporadic, as-needed use. If you need something more permanent, consider a sump pump instead. They're better-suited for permanent installation in your basement or other flood-prone area.


Quincy Miller
Last updated on August 17, 2019 by Quincy Miller

After getting his bachelor’s from the University of Texas, Quincy Miller moved out to Los Angeles, where he soon found work as a copywriter and researcher, specializing in health and wellness topics for a major online media brand. Quincy is also knowledgeable about home improvement, as he’s had extensive experience with everything from insulation to power tools to emergency room trips, sometimes in that order. Sharing a home with three dogs and a couple of cats has forced Quincy to learn as much as he can about pet supplies, animal nutrition and, most importantly, the best ways to tackle the mountains of fur that accumulate in every corner of your home.


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