Submersible Pumps vs Pedestal Pumps: What You Need to Know (Part 2)
Welcome to part two of our comparison series between submersible pumps and pedestal pumps. Choosing the right sump pump can be a difficult process, so it’s important to be informed about every factor. In part one, we focused primarily on quality-of-life features, such as basement space, noise level, and ease of maintenance. In this article, we’ll focus on power, functionality, and price.
Submersible pumps have a newer design than pedestals, and their build allows their motors to be more effective. Submersible pumps are just flat-out more powerful than pedestal pumps, due both to engine capacity and efficiency. For example, due to the pump being stored underwater, the motor can be perpetually cooled. When your pump is working so hard that it overheats and fails, it kind of defeats the purpose of having a pump. You won’t have to worry about that with a submersible pump—and it will be ready to deal with vast amounts of flood water.
Pedestal pumps aren’t as powerful or efficient than their submersible brethren, a fact that’s clear from the get-go with their lower price point (more on that below). The fact of the matter is that pedestal pumps just can’t pump as much water. This may not be a problem if the pump isn’t covering a lot of space, but if you have a large area, it might be worth doing some research as to whether a pedestal pump is capable of covering your needs in case of a flood.
Advantage: Submersible Pump
Submersible pumps are going to be more expensive than pedestal pumps. They’re generally made of higher-quality components and have more powerful motors. There’s really not a whole lot to say here except that you’re getting what you pay for. Just like other household appliances, the price is proportional to the quality. If you want a pump that’s more powerful while not making noise or taking up space, you’re going to pay more.
Pedestal pumps are cheaper for all the obvious reasons. Just like submersibles are higher-tech, the pedestal pumps aren’t as advanced and their price point correlates. With pumps, you’re looking at a classic quality-to-cost tradeoff.
Advantage: Pedestal Pump
Of the two home water pumps, submersibles, depending on the unit that you purchase, can potentially have more function than pedestal pumps. First and foremost, submersible units are better equipped to handle solids. Depending on what your sump pit looks like, this might be a necessity for your house. Secondly, submersible pumps are capable of running a background battery. This is useful in the event of a power outage. The most egregious floods can often be accompanied by power loss, and a pump that doesn’t work when you need it most is a waste of space. If you buy a submersible with a backup battery, it will kick in when your power goes out, ensuring that you will be safe against floods no matter what.
Unfortunately, this particular point is fairly one-sided in favor of submersibles. Submersibles just have more tech and are capable of handling more. Pedestal pumps do what they set out to do, which is pump water in case of emergencies, but if you’re looking for more advanced functionality, submersible pumps will be more ideal.
Advantage - Submersible Pump
Final Verdict: Submersible Pumps
At the end of the day, there are different reasons to look at both of these different kinds of home water pumps. However, if we had to give a hard recommendation as to which one to choose, submersible pumps would take the day.
With any advancing technology, the more capable it comes, the more expensive it gets and complicated it is to fix. This is true whether it’s home appliances, vehicles, or tech such as smartphones and laptops. However, in the majority of cases, the advanced functionality we get from the improvement in tech is worth these trade-offs.
This same logic applies to submersible pumps. Pedestal pumps may be easier to install and maintain on top of having a cheaper price point, but those are all advantages that are granted by its relatively inferior capabilities. A submersible pump will give you the utility you need, and its quality-of-life improvements are well worth the slightly higher price tag.
At Fura Inc, we’re committed to providing you with the highest-quality home water pumps available. A flood can rob you of so many precious things; why take the risk when you have the power to prevent it? Take a look at our home water pump inventory today.