Wayne Sump Pump Reviews – (Buying Guide 2019)

As we have mentioned before, we don’t really see an opponent against Wayne Sump Pumps when it comes to the design; however, Wayne doesn’t impress us only with its beauty, but its long experience in this sector and this experience doesn’t only include sump pumps designed for one specific purpose. There are many primary products within the wide product range of Wayne from well pumps to multi-use pumps, from sewage pumps to pool pumps. As their brands and registered trademarks. In addition to these, Wayne allows you to supplement these primary products with battery backup sump pump systems and backup systems and have the whole basement system, accessories and spare parts like switches sump pump check valves, sump lids, repair kits, etc. Considering all these products, Wayne manages a huge manufacturing system.

Maybe they get the inspiration for the name from John Wayne or Bruce Wayne, we don’t know that but we know for sure that it is one of the most important brands in the sector which produces some of best sump pumps for the basement. Again we have mentioned the importance of brand recognition and experience when it comes to background works such as customer support, technical support or warranty. If the brand is not your side after you buy the product, cannot promise you the necessary support, parts, and warranty or even if it does, cannot keep this promise, then you are going through bad customer experience. You must be aware of the importance of the customer’s experience. Obviously, Wayne is aware of that and therefore, showing a real effort to maximize the customer’s experience.

So let’s have a look at our Wayne sump pump reviews for detailed information about the best sump pump of Wayne.

PRODUCT COMPARISON CHART

 WAYNE CDU800 Submersible Cast Iron and Steel Sump Pump

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Price: $$ | Hp: 1/2 | Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 12 inches | Item Weight: 17.25 pounds | Material: Cast Iron

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 WAYNE CDU1000 Submersible Cast Iron and Stainless Steel Sump Pump

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Price: $$$$ | Hp: 1 | Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 12 inches | Item Weight: 18.5 pounds | Material: Cast Iron-Stainless Steel

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 WAYNE CICDU790 1/2 HP Heavy Duty Cast Iron Submersible Sump Pump

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Price: $$$ | Hp: 1/2 | Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.8 x 13.8 inches | Item Weight: 23 pounds | Material: Cast Iron

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WAYNE SPF50 1/2 HP Thermoplastic Sump Pump

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Price: $ | Hp: 1/2 | Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 12 inches | Item Weight: 15 pounds | Material:Thermoplastic

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WAYNE Sump Pump CDU800 1/2 HP Submersible Cast Iron and Steel

Wayne CDU800

Design

Compared to WAYNE CDU790 –another type of CDU series – WAYNE CDU800 1/2 HP Submersible Cast Iron and Steel Sump Pump with Integrated Vertical Float Switch discharges 4500 gallons of water per hour at 5 ft. of the head. The black color gives it an aggressive design and it looks different than the classic silver Wayne sump pumps.

Quality

Wayne gives you the guarantee that the product you will buy is tested to a 1 million cycle. We can’t say that they do offer affordable or cheap sump pump prices in the market but, This production style makes the brand produces durable, efficient and some of the top-rated sump pumps in the industry. The motor housing has a classic design and coated with durable, solid steel. While the volute casing is cast iron, the impeller is made out of glass reinforced thermoplastic.

Usage

The vertical switch is an advantage when the sump pump has to work in narrow pits. Similar to the last generation of sump pumps, this type is also automatic and used for clean water meaning that the water shouldn’t have any chemical or physical particles, drain cleaner or any kind of inflammable fluid.

Another distinctive feature is that it can’t be used outdoors. For example, in pools. That is, the product should only be used for one purpose. The advantage, on the other hand, is that its 1/2 Hp motor has higher performance compared to other sump pumps with 1/3 Hp or lower motor power and this advantage shows itself when you face larger amount of water. Another advantage is its vertical float switch. This kind of switches gives you the possibility to dig a basin approximately 3 feet smaller and a hole much smaller than that. In the end, you save on the place and stay away from the problems that the tethered float switch may cause.

WAYNE CDU1000 1 HP Submersible Cast Iron and Stainless Steel Sump Pump

Wayne CDU1000

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Design

We can call this sump pump the monster of the CDU series. It has the same Wayne design and vertical float switch and is capable of discharging 5100 GPH at 10 ft. of the head and 5640 GPH at 5 ft. As a result of this capacity, it gives you the impression that in addition to residential areas it can also be used for heavy duties in the industrial areas. Of course on one condition: only to discharge clean water.

When we look at the housing materials, stainless steel is preferred for the motor which is usual for Wayne sump pumps and cast iron is used for the impeller. This pump also promises durability against corrosion and rusting as well as long-term use.

Quality

Like the other Wayne sump pumps, CDU100 is also tested to a 1 million cycle. Indeed, this is not the only thing that Wayne is ambitious about, they also claim that they created the most silent sump pump of all. As a matter of fact, the noise of the sump pumps is a whole another matter. As you can also guess that pumping water to vertical height with such high power is quite a noisy job. On the other hand, it is obvious that as submersible sump pumps work under the water, most of the noise is eliminated. But Wayne trusts its engineering capabilities on this matter and guarantees that they have created the most silent sump pumps on the market.

Usage

We have mentioned before the features which separate Wayne from the other the pumps such as the quiet operation. Another distinctive feature of Wayne which is worth mentioning is that you don’t need to drill a hole on the pipe to prevent air locking which happens to be a problem for sump pumps. It is because Wayne, As one of the best sump pump brands, has a unique top suction technology integrated with the sump pump to eliminate this problem. Long story short, may the force be with you.

WAYNE CICDU800 1/2 HP Heavy Duty Cast Iron Submersible Sump Pump

Design

Wayne CICDU800 is one of the most powerful sump pumps of CICDU series and its 1/2 HP motor has the capacity to discharge 4500 gallons of water per hour at 5 ft. and 3150 gallons of water per hour at 10 ft. Contrary to CDU series, Wayne preferred cast iron motor housing for this sump pump. You can tell the difference from the opaque gray color.

Quality

The sump pump or all of its parts are made in the USA and tested to a 1 million cycle. The top suction design which surpasses applications such as the weep hole or vent hole is also available in this series. So you don’t need to make any further efforts to deal with air locking and clogging.

Usage

Contrary to sump pumps with a tethered float switch, this model can fit in the 11-inch basin. (At this point, we probably don’t need to mention that this model has the vertical float switch.) It weighs 23 pounds and compared to CDU series, it is wider and a little taller (9.75 x 9.75 x 13.75). It comes with a 3-year warranty.

When you use Wayne sump pumps which won the approval of customers in terms of its quietness, you don’t hear not only the noise of the motor but also the interesting noise coming from check valve when some pumps start working. It works quietly thanks to its inner mechanism. In addition to that its top suction design which keeps the dirt and debris also eliminates the gurgling coming from most of the fully submerged sump pumps that have a vent hole on their pipes to prevent clogging.

WAYNE SPF50 1/2 HP Thermoplastic Sump Pump

Design

WAYNE SPF50 1/2 HP Thermoplastic Sump Pump with Integrated Vertical Float Switch, a product of SPF series, comes with a 1-year limited warranty which differs it from other Wayne series. As it comes to power, while the discharge capacity of the 1/2 HP motor is 3900 GPH at 5 ft., it decreases to 3360 GPH at 10 ft. Another difference of this pump is the housing materials; motor housing is reinforced thermoplastic and impeller housing is glass reinforced thermoplastic instead of cast iron. Therefore, we can call this product thermoplastic sump pump.

Quality

Actually, its performance is lower than other series, but the amount of water that it removes is quite satisfying for residential use. For this reason, you can consider it with respect to sump pump cost and performance. On the other hand, it is obvious that thermoplastic housing is not as durable as cast iron or stainless steel sump pumps. So, as we mentioned before it has a 1-year limited warranty most probably for that manner.

Usage

It can be understood from the customer reviews that the easy installation is a plus among other features. We can say that it may not last long given the warranty duration and housing material, but again the customer reviews prove that the lifetime period varies from customer to customer as some of the customers state that it can last longer under some circumstances and they are satisfied with the product. Therefore, it is highly likely that some customers gave negative feedbacks because of manufacturing problems or installation faults. You better check the product during the delivery.

Wayne Pumps Company and Wayne Sump Pumps

Foundation

Wayne is founded by Norbert G. Berghoff in Fort Wayne Indiana and it almost has 100 years of history. At first, Wayne started manufacturing oil burners under the name of Wayne home equipment co. These oil burners were usually used for home equipment such as water heaters and ovens. As oil burners were seasonal and needed mostly in autumn and winter, the company looked for supplement products. As a result, the company entered the pump business and acquired a company in Illinois which was manufacturing pumps at that time and moved the company to Fort Wayne where they first founded their company. They showed great improvement in this new industry that they entered in the 1940s. At that point, they had to make a decision as a result of transportation and manufacturing costs of both companies and decided to sell their home equipment company and continue with the pump company.

Wayne Water Systems Company, Ohio

Basement Systems Bussiness

After the 90s, the company was moved to Ohio and this is the location where they still manufacture their sump pumps today. Wayne earned a well-deserved reputation in this sector as a 70-years of sump pump manufacturer. They identify themselves as a manufacturer of basement systems and as an experienced company, they attain great importance to the customer experience and work to improve it. Consequently, their units which always put customer satisfaction first offer 7/24 support to customers who choose them. They identify the end user experience as their largest goal and state that they try their best to achieve this goal. They even appointed an expert who reads customer reviews and feedbacks and prepares a report on them.

Production

The company management and manufacturing units are in the same premises. They emphasize the necessity of this for information flow and fast reaction. They manufacture thousands of pumps in a day in the company and they are not only sump pumps. As we have mentioned before they completely work on basement systems and manufacture various pumps for different areas. They especially underline the fact that they are an American company which manufactures in the USA and addresses particularly to Americans. This is especially important in terms of knowing the needs of their own community. You can’t know the needs of the community unless you live inside is how Wayne thinks.

Wayne designs, engineers and mass-manufactures its own products, tests them several times, packs and tries its best to make the company successful in this sector by maximizing the customer experience. You can easily find their products or components from their own websites and partner websites as well as retailers all over the USA. This is one of the biggest benefits of buying a product from a corporate company.

Warranty

Wayne, which has come a long way both in the house and basement systems since the 1920s is one of the most reliable brands in this sector without any doubt. Warranty period changes according to the product scale and it can be a maximum of 5 years. All transportation charges of products or parts submitted for repair or replacement must be paid by the purchaser and as we have mentioned before there are some restrictions.

As per the statements in the warranty, this limited warranty does not cover the product which has been damaged as a result of accident, abuse, misuse, neglect, improper installation, improper maintenance, or failure to operate in accordance with WAYNE’s written instructions. As they also indicate, they send the product manual together with the product which explains everything in diagrams from the installation to maintenance. Reading these manuals and knowing the warranty conditions are of course to your benefit. Apart from that, writing the model and serial no. of the product to the warranty will be quite useful in the next stages.

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According to the manual, if you did everything written on the manual, the expected life of your sump pump would be longer than the warranty period, for example, your pump will last 3 years if the warranty period is 1-year and again it will last 6 years if the warranty period is 5-years. Here is the table showing the product warranty and the expected life:

Product Warranty Expected Life
1 3
2 3
3 6
5 6

Final Thoughts

Positives
  • Experienced company & after sales support
  • Corporate guarantee
  • Previously tested products
  • Availability of Battery Backup and Combination Sump Pump Backup systems

Negatives
  • Different warranty periods for different product scales
  • The absence of international distributors
  • Only submersible sump pump option (they don’t manufacture pedestal sump pumps)
  • Rusting on the volute cast according to the critical customer reviews (Most probably it is related to how you use the product.

Conclusion

If you are looking especially for submersible sump pumps, we are sure that Wayne will be on top of your list. If you really know what you are looking for, then we highly recommend you to search for some technical features in line with your need. It is completely to your benefit to compare the products that you review in terms of their technical details and invest some time in it.

You should consider everything including the electrical equipment, the HP, the dimensions such as weight, height, and width of the product, the type such as residential or industrial, the sump pit, backup battery or backup sump pump. Therefore, we highly recommend you to read our best sump pump reviews and comparisons. Because every information you get will be helpful from the installation phase to everything that you need in order to use the product longer. You should remember that improper installation and misuse will shorten the lifespan of the product and the product won’t be covered by the warranty.

Apart from grabbing a good quality sump pump for your basement, better off you learn some home improvement tricks as well to protect your home better.

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