Bestway is a Chinese brand created in 1994 in Shanghai that offers self-supporting pools, tubular pools, inflatable spas and a range of materials and equipment for residential pools, including heat pumps for small pools.
Thanks to its practical products and aggressive pricing policy, Bestway now dominates the global market for outdoor leisure products, with a market share of 35 %. The company employs 10,000 people in its five manufacturing plants and sells its products in more than 110 countries worldwide. It also has 12 subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Australia.
These heat pumps marketed under the Bestway name are the products of a Belgian group, House of Duratech, active in pool lighting and all types of pool accessories, which markets these pool heat pumps under the Hot Splash or Sunspring names. The technical data are the same, and it's a question of naming.
In the following lines you will find an objective opinion on Bestway / Hotsplash Sunspring products[all4affiliates id="3150″ title="Bestway Hot water pool heat pump"]
Aesthetics of Bestway pool heat pumps
From a distance, the Bestway / Hotsplash pool heat pumps look more like a stylish Bluetooth speaker than an old-fashioned heat pump. We're looking at a modern, high-tech, cylinder-shaped design in a beautiful dark gray chrome that contrasts nicely with a beautiful blue. For once, these heat pumps will flatter your exterior.
Even the "mini" model, designed for above-ground pools, boasts an attractive design, again featuring a small loudspeaker. The Sunspring models are a little more imposing, but still pleasing to the eye.
Performance of Bestway pool heat pumps
Bestway focuses more on above-ground pools, wading pools, pool accessories (covers, ladders, etc.), beach toys, air mattresses and inflatable spas. Its range of pool heat pumps is relatively small, with three main models available in Western Europe.
#1 Bestway Hot Water Pool Heat Pump or Hot Splash
Bestway claims that this is the smallest heat pump plug & play in the world, and we want to believe it, as it is only 290 x 310 x 370 mm for about fifteen kilograms.
This heat pump is obviously designed for small above ground pools and inflatable spas. It develops a power of 3.75 kW and increases the temperature very slowly, from 1 to 3° C per 24 hours on a small pool of less than 12 m3. As a reminder, the time it takes for the temperature to rise depends on several factors:
- The volume of water in the pool;
- The power of the pool heat pump ;
- Initial water temperature;
- The desired water temperature ;
- Wind exposure;
- The type of pool (covered or not, material, etc.).
|Min. air temperature to start||10° C|
|Heating capacity A27 / W26||3.75 kW|
|Heating capacity A10 / W26||1.85 kW|
|COP for A25 / W25||5.73|
|COP for A15 / W25||3.74|
|Noise level at 10 m||55 dB(A)|
User reviews of the Bestway Hot Water /Hotsplash
Users have various opinions about this device, but overall they are quite positive. The elements below summarize the positive and negative points of the Bestway Hot Water pool heat pump.
#2 Sunspring 10 Pool Heat Pump from Bestway
This is the brand's flagship model. This heat pump develops 10.1 kW and efficiently heats pools of up to 30 m3 with a COP that oscillates between 4.5 and 5.6, which is very good. The temperature increase time is similar to the previous model, i.e. one to three degree(s) every 24 hours. Here is a concrete example:
- Swimming pool of 25 m³;
- Initial water temperature: 15 °C ;
- Desired temperature: 28°C, i.e. a temperature difference of 13°C (28 - 15);
- Heat pump capacity: 10.1 kW ;
- Heating time : 24/24 ;
- Climatic conditions: moderate climate (April to August);
- Wind: weak ;
- Indoor pool;
- Pool: standard (without overflow).
To calculate the time to reach the desired temperature, the following formula must be applied: Temperature rise time (hours) = Volume (m3) x temperature difference (desired temperature - initial temperature) x 1.5] / pump output 10.1 kW, which gives us 48 hours.
#3 Sunspring 7 Pool Heat Pump from Bestway
The Sunspring 7 model is simply a version of the light of the Sunspring 10 heat pump. This heat pump has a power of 6.7 kW, and is therefore suitable for pools of less than 20 m3. Here again, the COP is estimated at between 5 and 6. In concrete terms, you only pay for one fifth or one sixth of the kilowatts delivered to the pool.
The acoustics of Bestway pool heat pumps
The Sunspring heat pumps are relatively quiet, which is not the case with the small Hot Splash model:
- The pocket-sized Hot Splash, designed for small above-ground pools and inflatable spas, produces 55 db(A) at 10 meters, which is as much as a modern dishwasher, the noise of car traffic at 15 meters from the road, or the noise of a normal conversation in a nearby room;
- The Sunspring 10 pool heat pump produces 40 db(A) at 10 meters, the same as a low-speed electric fan or a quiet conversation;
- The Sunspring 7 produces 37 db(A), as much as the background noise of a library or the noise of a laptop computer at a safe distance.
The price of Bestway pool heat pumps
Bestway heat pumps are offered at attractive prices, but it is important to keep in mind that they are designed for small pools (Sunspring range), or even for small above-ground pools or inflatable spas:
- The Bestway Hot Splash heat pump is offered at 449 € (above ground pool up to 12 m3);
- The Bestway Sunspring 7 PAC is sold at approximately 970 € (pools up to 20 m3);
- The Bestway Sunspring 10 PAC is sold at 1 220 € (pools up to 30 m3).
Although these models are in a configuration Plug & PlayIf you're looking for a professional installer, we recommend that you use one. Feel free to use the tool below to generate three quotes from professional installers near you.
Availability of Bestway pool heat pumps
Bestway markets its products in more than 110 countries around the world and has 12 subsidiaries in Europe. You should therefore not have any trouble finding its references, especially in Switzerland where the brand is very present. Note: the French e-shop Bestway Store does not offer the brand's PACs online.
Bestway heat pumps are available on Amazon, CDiscount, ManoMano and many other online shops specializing in the pool industry.
Control of Bestway pool heat pumps
The Hot Water / Hot Splash heat pump is powered by an electronic controller that sets the pool water temperature in real time, operates the heat pump on a timer and monitors heat pump operation.
Adjustment knobs are used to set the water temperature, and the Start/Stop button is used to start and stop the heat pump. LED indicators show when the heat pump is operating, and the parameter lock prevents accidental changes.
|Electronic controller||Regulates pool water temperature in real time|
|Retains settings in the event of power failure|
|Allows the heat pump to be operated with a timer|
|Adjustment buttons||Adjust pool water temperature|
|On/Off button||Starts and stops the heat pump|
|LED indicators||Indicates the operation of the heat pump and the fan|
|Flashes when the heat pump is not using the compressor or fan|
|Locking the parameters||Locks settings after 5 seconds to prevent accidental changes|
|Screen||Displays pool water temperature in real time|
|Displays error messages in the event of operating problems|
Installing a timer between the heat pump and the socket is best done by a professional!
Dimensions of Bestway pool heat pumps
Since they are designed for small pools, or even just above-ground pools or inflatable spas (as in the case of the Hot Splash), Bestway heat pumps are compact:
|Heat pump model||Dimensions (L x W x H)||Weight|
|Bestway Hot Splash||290 x 310 x 370 mm||15 kg|
|Bestway Sunspring 7||458 x 472 x 530 mm||29 kg|
|Bestway Sunspring 10||458 x 472 x 750 mm||37 kg|
The Hot Splash is the smallest and lightest, while the Sunspring 7 and 10 models are larger and heavier, but still compact and suitable for small pools, above-ground pools or inflatable spas.
In addition, the heat pump must be placed on a solid, flat base, at least 2 meters from the pool. It is also recommended to leave a free space of at least 1.5 meters in front of the fan to avoid any obstruction.
Accessories for Bestway pool heat pumps
Bestway PACs are equipped with an inlet and outlet water connection of 32 mm nominal diameter for connection to your pool filtration system. For Sunspring hose connection DN 32/ DN 38
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About the author
Juliena mechanical engineering graduate and specialist in climate engineering since 2009, has become a writer specializing in renewable energies, with expertise in heat pumps and photovoltaic solar panels for individual housing.