If you live in a major city or its surrounding urban areas, then you are likely to have a safe, secure water supply from a utility company. If however, you live in remote areas far away from major supplies then you could have to get your water from a shallow well. If this is the case, the traditional way to obtain water is using a bucket, which is neither convenient, enjoyable or efficient! This is where well pumps come in and in this case, shallow well pumps. Water Pumps Our Top Picks Best Well Pumps of 2020 Well Pumps that are worth mentioning: Top 7 Products Well Pumps Our experts have looked at the main shallow well pumps on the market and put together the top 7 that we think are worth buying. As always, check out the features, benefits and potential pitfalls of each before making a purchasing decision. 1. Goulds J5S Shallow Well Jet Pump We start off with one of our favourite shallow well pumps because it is both easy to install and incredibly efficient once set up. It has the option of changing the flow rate depending on the depth of the well and has a special pressure shut off point to stop it overheating and damaging the motor inside. Its case is made from cast iron, making sure it lasts a long period of time and within, is a 60Hz motor that will be quiet enough not to bother you or the neighbours. There are not really any major downsides to this model, except for some customers report that certain components, such as the switches are a bit fragile and prone to breaking. 2. WAYNE SWS50 Cast Iron Shallow Well Jet Pump Next is the WAYNE SWS50, another cast iron unit that will last the test of time and protect the insides from the elements. Throw in a 3-year warranty and your investment will be produced for a good few years to come. This model delivers around 420 gallons of water per hour, enough for houses with 6-8 appliances attached to the system unless you are a very high usage household! It is another model that runs quietly and will soon be just another background noise. Nice and easy to install, with clear instructions definitely make this a favourite, but some reviews did note that the motor doesn\u2019t last as long as expected. 3. BURCAM 506547SS Stainless Steel Shallow Well Jet Pump System There is one major feature that stands out with this shallow well pump and that is its stainless steel casing. This makes it more resistant to the elements and corrosion than cast-iron models and so adds to the lifespan of the device. Its quiet and effective motor will help lift water from down as far as 25 feet and offers both continuous and intermittent usage, making it a great choice for most households. The team at BURCAM have certainly put some thought into its design, making it one of the nicer looking pumps to have in your garden. Be wary of the instructions on this model, as they don\u2019t quite offer as much guidance as some other models, but this isn\u2019t the end of the world as it isn\u2019t that difficult to install. 4. Acquaer SJC075 Dual-Voltage Cast Iron Shallow Well Jet Pump One of the most powerful shallow well pumps on our list now, with this unit offering an incredible flow rate of 900 gallons per hour. That is enough to supply even the most demanding households. They have used cast-iron for durability as well as offer a two-year warranty, so your investment is safe for the next few years at least. We were particularly impressed with the speed at which it will fill up the tank, only requiring up to a minute to do so and even if you don\u2019t fill it up fully, the flow rate is so high that you don\u2019t need to worry. Unfortunately, when you have something as powerful as this, you have to put up with it being a louder system than the others. If you have a high usage household or live in a remote location, this may not be an issue. Also worth noting is that you have to purchase a pressurised tank separately. 5. ECO-FLO Products EFCWJ10 Deep Water Well Jet Pump One of the budget entries on our list but certainly not lacking in terms of features is this shallow well pump from ECO-FLO. It will work up to 20 feet and has a flow rate of 20 gallons per minute, so it will provide more than enough water for medium-sized households. A very quiet motor runs inside a secure black cast-iron case, offering protection from the elements, minimal noise and long working life. We love the fact that it is a simple unit that has been built well, so you don\u2019t need to be an engineer to install this pump and once it\u2019s set up, you\u2019re unlikely to have to worry much about it. Where this model suffers compared to more expensive options is that it doesn\u2019t have a pressure switch and some have commented on the quality of the casing, so make sure when you set it up, you check to make sure it\u2019s all in good order. 6. Red Lion PWJET50 Cast Iron Shallow Well Jet Pump The Red Lion shallow well pump comes roaring onto our list and it is clear why! With a strong motor capable of pumping plenty of water from a depth of 25-feet, you will be able to easily supply large houses with enough freshwater. It has been made to last the test of time, with a cast-iron construction and easily replaceable parts mean that if you do ever suffer from damage or faults, you can fix it easily. This is another pump that suffers from noise pollution, with some customers complaining it is too noisy for them, so make sure you don\u2019t live very close to neighbours or don\u2019t mind a bit of noise in return for a solid, efficient well pump. 7. Flotec FP4012-10 Shallow Well Pump Jet The final model on our list is made from thermoplastic, as opposed to cast-iron or steel, making it a lightweight, efficient unit that is resistant to both heat and corrosion. It will work with wells up to 25-feet deep and has a flow rate of up to 10 gallons per minute, meaning it is one of the more powerful units on our list and certainly one to consider. The manufacturers have added an extra cover to protect it from the environment, which is a nice touch. Whilst it is straightforward to install and use, you will notice the noise levels with this model because the plastic doesn\u2019t hide it in the same way as the metal alternatives. Summary Thank you for reading our review of the best shallow well pumps on the market and we hope it has provided you with the answers you were looking for, in order to make a purchase. These systems are fantastic for those with water sources that are less than 25 feet deep and offer a continuous supply of water that a household can rely upon. Why you would need one With advances in technology, shallow well pumps actually offer many different uses for both domestic and commercial properties. Firstly, when it says shallow, it actually means it can pump water from around 20 feet down, making it far more useful than first thought. Some of the domestic uses are bringing water from a shallow well into your kitchen, or connecting directly to the garden water supply, for hosepipes and sprinkler systems. For homes that are prone to flooding, they offer a good solution to drainage of floodwater and even sewage. Many commercial consumers use modern shallow well pumps as they can be used on farms to water fields or bring water to commercial properties, such as construction sites. Key purchasing considerations Anyone considering purchasing a shallow well pump should consider the following characteristics, to ensure they choose one that fulfils their requirements: Power source The majority of shallow well pumps will use a standard outlet found in the majority of homes, but there are some that require a more powerful outlet. As a result, make sure you check what outlets your property has and the requirements of the pump you\u2019re looking at. Material As with any range of products, you will find manufacturers use different materials, mainly to save money. The majority of pumps will be made from metal and steel, which offer durability and longevity. However, some manufacturers choose to go for the cheaper option, a thermoplastic polymer. Whilst these will still do the job, we believe there is a greater chance of them breaking or going wrong, so saving money initially, may not always be the better investment. Noise If you require a shallow well pump for the home, then it\u2019s likely you will be using it a lot, whether that\u2019s for showers, taps, cooking water, drinking water, cleaning etc. If the pump you buy is loud and intrusive, then this is going to cause a lot of problems for you and your neighbours. Consider the reviews for each product and check noise levels before purchasing. Capacity and Flow Rate Perhaps the most important consideration for any consumer is the capacity of the well you have and the flow rate of the shallow well pump you buy. Firstly, you need to understand the depth of the water to know whether you need a shallow or deep well pump or even a submersible one. Secondly, shallow well pumps vary in how many gallons per minute (GPM) they produce and you must make sure this matches your household requirements. As a rule of thumb, count how many fixtures you have in your house and allow for 1 GPM per fixture. This will then let you map a number against the manufacturers claims for its products. Heat and Dirt protection You want to make sure the pump you choose has sufficient heat protection to minimise the chances of overheating and so last longer. Likewise, you want to make sure the pump you choose is as resistant to the outdoors as possible unless you intend on making a housing unit for it. Warranty A working shallow well pump is vital for your household, as, without it, you could be limited to the amount of clean and safe water you have. You don\u2019t want it to break down and be without one or have to pay out a lot of money to fix, so make sure it comes with a sufficient warranty that covers both a long period of time and the parts you would expect.. The Pros There are some fantastic pros of installing a shallow well pump and we\u2019ve put together a list of the most important ones for you: They actually cover up to 25 feet, far more than you would expect They are readily available and installation is relatively easy They now offer a great flow rate, ranging up to 1000 gallons per hour They will offer consistent water pressure, so you will always have a reliable source of water They are made with high-quality materials to last a long time and require minimal maintenance once installed Shallow Well Pumps vs. Submersible Pumps There can be a lot of confusion about the different type of pumps available and we wanted to explain the difference between two particular types: Shallow well pumps are for wells that are less than 25 feet deep and they do not submerge but sit outside of the pump. These work by sucking the water up and through the system and nowadays, are highly efficient, well-made systems Submersible well pumps are different in that they go under the water and are primarily designed for wells that go at least 90 feet down. These units use impellers to process the water and are very efficient units. However, for wells that are less than 25 feet, these are very costly units and not worth buying.