Zoeller pumps are not cheap. This type of engineering and level of quality is going to cost more. Though in the Zoeller M50 ¹⁄₃HP pump range, the M53 Mighty-Mate is the most affordable. Around the world, Zoeller pumps are rated amongst the vey best. This review is going to examine the cost vs quality and performance of the M53 Mighty-Mate. If you’re looking for the best, rather than the cheapest submersible sump pump, the Zoeller brand should be high on your priority list.
Before spending your cash on one of the more expensive options, I’m sure you want to know that this going to be the best decision. This review should answer all your questions.
What Size Basement Can the Zoeller M53 be Used For?
Submersible sump pumps of this size (¹⁄₃HP) are the most common. They offer good flow rate, provided the vertical lift isn’t too high. From this, we can deduce that the Zoeller M53 Mighty-Mate is designed for an average size basement. This is the general answer and you should have the correct data on hand before deciding if this sump pump is a perfect match for your basement or crawl space.
You need to consider two factors. The volume of water that you need to extract from your basement will be determined by how much water drains into the lower areas of your home. Every sump pump has a Gallon per Hour rate (GPH). It should be self-evident that this spec indicates how much water will be pumped from the sump drain within an hour.
However, GPH is not a constant, it is relative to the vertical height or head requirement for the pump. In other words, how high the water needs to be lifted in order to prevent it from flowing back into the basement. As the vertical height increases, the GPH decreases. Any pump will have a lower flow rate if it is required to lift the water to a higher point.
In order to accurately determine if the M53 Mighty-Mate is sufficient for your needs, you’ll need determine the height in feet from the lowest point of your sump drain to highest point of your discharge pipe. You then need to assess how much water needs to be extracted from the basement per hour. Since flooding isn’t always the same, make sure you allow for the maximum possible water accumulation, with an extra 25% for additional safety.
With this information, the list below should make your decision easy. I’ve taken key points from the Zoeller M53 performance graph and listed them for a quick analysis:
Note that the Zoeller M53 has a maximum vertical lift of 20’ at which time the pump will switch off. For increased GPH or head, you would need to consider a more powerful pump. As this is probably the most powerful ¹⁄₃HP pump submersible sump pump on the market, a ½,¾, or 1 HP sump pump would be needed for greater performance.
Is the Zoeller M53 Easy to Install?
One of the really great things about the Zoeller Mighty-Mate is its delightfully compact design. The pump is just short of 11” in diameter, making it perfect for any drain from 11”. You also will need a depth of about 11”.
Another thing that makes this sump pump easier to install, or remove, is the great fold down handle at the top. This is literally a drop-in submersible sump pump. You will obviously need to connect up your discharge pipe and check valve. This is also made easy by the use of a standard 1½NPT pipe fitting. The pump is supplied with a 9’ sealed power cord which plugs into a regular 120V household outlet that can supply 10A without tripping.
So this is clearly an easy pump to install safely.
Is the Mighty-Mate M53 Automatic?
Like most submersible sump pump pumps, the Zoeller M53 is equipped with a mechanical float switch and will switch on and off automatically according the water level in the sump drain.
The pump switches on at 7¼” and off at 3”. In other words, the water level in your sump drain will fluctuate between a depth of 3”and 7¼”.
Does the Zoeller M53 Clog Easily?
In this regard, the Mighty-Mate is about the best. The vortex impeller is able to handle solid debris up to ½”. Because this pump is so good at removing debris, there is no need for a sold mesh that can become clogged over time. It doesn’t block the solids; it pumps them out of the pit.
Is the Zoeller M53 a Durable Sump Pump?
Durable materials and expert design is certainly an area where Zoeller pumps shine. While this (slightly cheaper) model isn’t quite as durable as the brass Zoeller pumps, the cast iron enclosure, with an epoxy coating has great rust resistance. Individual components have all been selected for maximum waterproofing and greatest durability. You can view the critical components below and see what they are made of, as well as other features that improve reliability.
There are precious few sump pumps that can boast this level of expert engineering and highly durable materials.
Is the Wayne Zoeller Mighty-Mate Sump Pump Quiet?
In general, submersible sump pumps are the preferred option for quiet operation. With some great design features, the Zoeller M53 is one of the quietest there is, beating most other submersible sump pumps.
The oil filled motor and bearings not only improve durability, they also serve to make this an almost silent pump.
Where are Zoeller Pumps Made?
Zoeller proudly advertise: “Made in the USA, using majority US components”. Form this, we can logically deduce that this is a US made pump. I guess some minor components would be imported to reduce costs. However, since this is a brand heavily invested in their reputation, I would think that quality control (on every level) is of the highest priority.
How Much Does the Zoeller M53 Sump Pump Cost?
As I said in the introduction to this review, Zoeller is a pretty expensive brand. Quality products are never cheap. Though, the M53 Mighty-Mate is one of the most affordable options from this prestigious brand. Prices will obviously vary, and you should expect pay in the region of Check Price for this model.
How Much Electricity Does the Zoeller ¹⁄₃HP Sump Use?
The biggest benefit, when buying a small ¹⁄₃HP submersible sump pump, is their low energy consumption. Even better, is the superior engineering that goes into Zoeller products, making this one of the most energy efficient sump pumps.
What Is the Warranty On the Zoeller Mighty-Mate?
I respect the Zoeller warranty agreement for its basic simplicity with no fine print. You have a 3-year warranty, provided you don’t abuse the pump – as they so clearly put it.
No one can dispute that Zoeller is a premium brand for pumps of every description. When you’re paying more for your sump pump, you expect the best quality. Possibly more importantly, customer service you can depend on for years to come. In this regard, Zoeller cannot be faulted.
The M53 Mighty-Mate may be cheap by Zoeller standards but is not an inferior pump at all. Utmost care has been taken in the design and manufacture of this product. In specifying the materials for this model, Zoeller has done a fine job of balancing their high expectation for quality, whilst offering more reasonable affordability.