In this guide we’ll look at the best water feature pumps for the UK market.
We’ve compared build quality, reliability, performance and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Water Feature Pump?
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Blagdon Minipond Pump Review
The Blagdon MiniPond Pump is the best water pump for water features because it’s compact, energy-efficient and includes great filter systems.
This is a nice compact water pump that is easy to hide away in your pond or water feature. Its dimensions are 1.8 x 1.85 x 0.45m and this compact size combined with its design means it easily disappears in your pond.
Once hidden in your pond and turned on it produces enough power to pump a fountain 70cm above the water level. This is enough for a small to medium water feature. It does this very efficiently too, so you won’t use too much electricity to power your pond feature.
The pump runs efficiently and the filters also work to keep your feature flowing. Water pumps can often get blocked by leaves or debris from the pond. This pump has a great filter system that is easy to remove and clean keeping your pump flowing smoothly.
Overall, this is a great option if you want a compact water pump that’s energy-efficient and includes a great dual filter system.
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Blagdon Outdoor Water Feature Pump, 550 Litre of Water Per Hour Review
The Blagdon Outdoor Water Feature Pump, 550 Litre of Water Per Hour is another good choice because it is small, economical to run and it has an adjustable flow rate.
At 6.5 x 5 x 6cm, this a nice small option that can be easily tucked away ensuring your pump doesn’t ruin the aesthetic of your water feature. Thanks to its size, it’s also very economical to run as it only requires a small amount of power. This makes it energy efficient, saving you electricity.
This water feature pump also has an adjustable flow rate. This gives you good options in terms of how much water will be moved to create your display. On its highest setting it can power a good-sized fountain, with the ability to pump water up to 1.6 metres high. Its moderate to low flow rates are great for small water features and also ensure water is circulated around your pond stopping it becoming stagnant.
Overall, this is a great choice if you need a small pump that’s economical and has adjustable flow.
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Decdeal 5W Solar Fountain Solar Water Pump Power Panel Kit Review
The Decdeal 5W Solar Fountain Solar Water Pump Power Panel Kit is the best solar water pump for water features because it has a nice sized solar panel, doesn’t require any wiring and the pump creates a good flow rate.
The solar panel is a nice size and looks quite good so won’t become an eyesore around your garden feature. Combined with looking pretty good it also allows the water pump to be powered independently and solely by the solar panel. This is because it’s nice and large and can collect a lot of light. This saves you from having to run wires to your pump.
The pump is reasonably powerful and can create a nice feature in your garden pond.
Overall, this is a great option if you want a great solar water feature pump that doesn’t require any mains power and creates a nice water feature.
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VicTsing Submersible Water Pump, 400Gph 1500L/H Ultra-Quiet Fountain Water Review
The VicTsing Submersible Water Pump, 400Gph 1500L/H Ultra-Quiet is a good inexpensive option that offers dry burning protection and is very versatile.
This is a good choice if you are looking for a good inexpensive option. One of the things that makes this useful is the 48-hour dry burn protection. If there is not enough water in your feature pond it will still work for 48 hours before it starts to become damaged from the lack of water. This is a long time for a pump to be able to function dry without damage to the pump.
This pump is designed with many use cases in mind making it a very versatile option. You can use this to create a water feature and/or ensure there is a flow in your pond so it doesn’t become stagnant. It can even be used in an aquarium.
This is a great option if you want something inexpensive with dry burn protection that can be used in lots of different ways.
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AITOO Submersible Water Pump - [Ultra Quiet] 140 GPH Review
The AITOO Submersible Water Pump – LED Submersible Water Pump Fountain for Fish Tank is a great water feature pump which includes LED lights, has an adjustable flow rate and is built extremely well.
This pump comes with LED lights to add some colour and style to your water feature or pond. It has 12 different colours and is adjustable allowing you to create mood lighting in your garden easily.
This pump produces a strong, steady flow of water. The flow settings are also adjustable so you can get it just right for whatever you need. This is a very well-made product that uses good materials including the copper axis that supports the pump.
This is a great option for you if you want a well-made pump with different flow settings but also want to bring some lights and colour to your garden feature or aquarium.
Water Feature Pump Buyer’s Guide
Flow rate – litres per hour
The flow rate will affect how much of a water stream is created if you are using a water feature. It will also affect the circulation of water if you are using it to ensure your pond doesn’t get stagnant.
Flow rate is measured in litres per hour. A good flow for a small pond is above 400. This will create a nice jet of water that will look great. It will also allow a good flow of water to be moved around your pond to prevent stagnation and oxygenate your pond.
Economical to run
Having an energy-efficient pump is a great way to save on the electricity use. Some options will have a solar panel that can either solely run the pump or assist the mains power to save you money. In general, a well made and good quality pump will be built efficiently. Therefore, it will require less power to create its desired flow rate saving you money.
Some pumps have adjustable power so you can turn them down when you don’t need full speed. This can save you money by leaving it on low most of the time to stop your pond going stagnant. But, when you want to impress you can turn it to full power to get a full water stream.
The power source can vary but commonly pumps use mains power or solar power. Sometimes they blend the two.
Mains powered options need to be plugged in. This requires you to run cables from an outdoor mains plug to your pond.
Some can run solely of off the solar panels they include. This options need no mains power and this saves you on two fronts. Firstly, you don’t need to run cables and plug them in and secondly, they save you electricity. The only issue is in the winter months and on cloudy days you may not get enough light for your pump to work.
The third option uses a combination of both. This saves you money on electricity when there is enough sun but keeps your pump running even when the weather is not good. This is a great option if you are using your pump to circulate water and stop your pond from going stagnant.
Additional features – LED lights
LED lights are a great way to add colour and style to your pumps. The LED lights illuminate the fountain and create a stunning effect. This looks great in your garden when you are entertaining in the evening as it provides some ambient light and style to your garden.
Other useful features to look out for are dry flow protection and adjustable flow rate options.
A garden pump can add life to your pond. They can be used to create a fountain which is a lovely feature and also oxygenates the pond keeping it healthy. Alternatively, they can be used to run a larger feature such as a mini waterfall. If you do not want a feature in your pond you should still fit a pond pump as it will circulate water and oxygenate it to stop your pond becoming stagnant and unhealthy.
We have a range of pumps on our list that can help you with whatever you want to create in your garden pond. Overall the Blagdon MiniPond Pump is the best water pump on the market, thanks to its compact nature, energy efficiency and great filter systems.