We receive quite a few inquiries from pond owners wondering which external pond pump is the best choice for their specific needs. Since every pond is different, there is no universally accepted "best" answer when it comes to making a pump recommendation. But when it comes to choosing an external pump for smaller residential ponds or water gardens, many experienced pond professionals would agree that two pumps on the market offer the best value in terms of price and performance. For many pond builders it ultimately comes down to a choice between either a Sequence 750 Series Pump or an Elite 800 Series Pump. So for the benefit of our valued customers nationwide, below are the actual published performance curves for these popular external pond pumps. In addition, you will also find a side-by-side comparison of the published specifications and current retail prices of all models included in the Sequence 750 Series and Elite 800 Series line of pumps. We hope you find this article informative and helpfulPerformance Specifications Comparison:
While both Sequence and Elite Pumps offer a solid reputation for quality and reliability, Elite 800 Series Pumps actually do offer higher flow rates and higher maximum head compared to Sequence 750 Series Pumps. Both Sequence 750 Series and Elite 800 Series Pumps offer outstanding energy efficiency, with both pumps ranking basically dead even once you factor in head pressure and actual wattage used. There are three models available in the Elite 800 Series, with the largest model offering a maximum flow rate of 5,600 GPH. There are only two models offered in the Sequence 750 Series, with the largest offering a maximum flow rate of 4,200 GPH. Both series of pumps offer whisper quiet operation. Elite Pumps feature extra-long 15’ power cords with molded plug, compared to 8’ cords offered by Sequence. This added cord length is important for ponds that are not constructed near an electrical outlet. Both Sequence and Elite Pumps are covered by a three year warranty. Based on our experience, both manufacturers make it a point to respond quickly to any warranty issues brought to their attention. For added peace of mind, Elite 800 Series Pumps are also available in “Platinum Series” models covered by an extended 4 year warranty. These pumps are easily identified by their gold motor.
The maximum flow rates commonly advertised for Sequence 750 Series Pumps are based on zero total dynamic head (TDH), whereas the maximum flow rates advertised for Elite 800 Series Pumps are based on 5’ TDH. Since zero TDH rarely exists in a real-world pond application where actual plumbing is involved, it can be argued that using 5’ of TDH as the baseline provides a far more accurate expectation of real-world performance. When you do an actual side-by-side comparison of published flow rates between Sequence 750 Series and Elite 800 Series Pumps based on equal TDH, the performance difference between these external pumps is even more profound.
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