The Wayne WWB WaterBUG utility pump is quite extraordinary in almost every aspect. A price comparison with most competing brands, may leave some wondering if the WaterBUG is worth the above average price tag. This review may help you decide if this submersible utility pump is a worthwhile investment.
Wayne WWB WaterBUG – The Full Review
The mighty little Wayne WaterBUG looks like no other submersible utility pump. Then again, it is no ordinary pump. The bright yellow WaterBUG is unmistakable and the original design is not a mere fashion statement. Every aspect of its design is done with clear purpose. A gallant attempt has been made manufacture the most practical, high quality utility pump on the market.
The wide base makes the Wayne WaterBUG incredibly stable, certainly the best pump to be used on a flat surface. It is equally suited for a small drain pit with a minimal footprint of only 8-inches. Another feature making this a versatile pump for all applications, is the unique Multi-Flo technology. Unlike most submersible sump pumps, with a single discharge at the top, the Wayne WaterBUG has dual discharge ports, at the top and side an of the pump. This further enhances the versatility of pumping from a confined sump or on a flat surface.
Even the Multi-Ring filter at the base of the pump is unique by design, and exceptionally effective at eliminating clogging. One of the best design features has to be the low level impeller, capable of removing water down to ¹⁄₁₆”. This leaves an almost perfectly dry surface.
A simple yet innovative storage solution comes in the form of a hanging eye in the base of the pump. It also has a small caddy to neatly wind the 10’ power cord.
The Wayne WaterBUG submersible utility pump is manufactured using high-grade thermal plastics for the housing and impeller. Like most other utility pumps, using similar materials, this means no rust or corrosion.
Where the WaterBUG displays it’s superiority, is in the solid brass ¾” discharge fittings, for a standard garden hose. Most of the competing pumps have plastic outlets which strip easily, making it impossible to seal the discharge pipe as the pump gets older.
The electric motor is of the oil filled type to improve cooling and pump lifespan. Water temperature range is 40°F to 120°F. It also uses an ultra-durable stainless steel shaft.
At¹⁄₆ HP, the Wayne WaterBUG has one of the smallest electric motors used for this type of pump. The obvious advantage to using such as mall motor is a more compact size and reduced energy consumption. However, this usually comes at the sacrifice of pumping capacity. This is another area where the WaterBUG defies expectations.
This is a super-efficient little pump, easily capable of taking on larger pumps that use much more electricity. Below, is a list of the pumping capacity at various vertical heights:
Not only does this pump lift water to a greater height than some ¼ HP utility pumps (MAX 30’), it moves large volumes of water at any height.
Wayne pumps are often the more expensive options in most categories. Then again, the brand is synonymous with outstanding quality and expert engineering. Something worth paying for.
Few pumps can compare to the Wayne WWB WaterBUG. It is one of the most compact utility pumps and uses very little electricity. Yet this pump has one of the best lifting and GPH capacities for a small utility pump.
Several unique design features make this one of the most versatile and functional utility pumps. It is highly durable and wonderfully practical. Whilst many Wayne pumps come with a 3-year warranty, this smaller model only has a 1-year warranty – comparable to most others of this size.
About the Wayne Brand
Few American pump manufacturers can boast such an illustrious history as the Wayne Home Equipment Company can.
Starting out as an oil burner, heating, and industrial oven manufacturer in 1928, Wayne was founded by Norbert G Berghoff. The company name is derived from its origins in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This was where the company headquarters was located until 1991, when it moved to the current location in Harrison, Ohio.
The Wayne Home Equipment Company began manufacturing pumps after acquiring Zepher Pump Company in the 1940s. The pump manufacturing plant was incorporated into their Indiana heating factory to minimize costs.
In 1978, the Berghoff family sold Wayne Home Equipment Company to Scott Fetzer Corporation. The company remains proud of its longstanding reputation as an American manufacturer of quality products. Like most modern companies, Wayne has embraced global manufacturing in a bid to reduce manufacturing costs. However, they have not allowed this to interfere with their reputation for high quality.
Wayne pumps are all assembled in the USA, with the highest quality control standards. Global materials are used, but the company remains true to their original creed, building the best pumps in the US. Amongst the more expensive pumps, Wayne has not sacrificed affordability for quality, providing one of the best warranties on their products.