Zoeller M57 Sump Pump Review


A definite step up from the Zoeller M53 the M57 features all cast iron parts while the M53 has a plastic base and engineered plastic impeller. While the float switch on the M53 is a commonly reported problem the M57 somehow avoids this issue, for the most part. Why that is the case, when they have similar switches, is unclear.

No Screen

The Zoeller 57-0001 M57 comes with an intake that can handle objects up to ½ inch in diameter. This ensures that the chances of clogging are minimal if not completely zero. This is actually a very important consideration since most basements have debris that could interfere with pump operation. If clogging happens, you would have to manually work on the pump to get it going again which is no joy. Most sump pumps come with a screen-like intake which can actually make the clogging worse.

 Zoeller M57 Sump Pump Review

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What is the Pump’s Capacity?

This refers to the rate of water transfer per minute or hour.  As for the Zoeller 57-0001 M57, it comes with a 1/3 horsepower motor which is ok for most. If your previous sump pump was operating often and you live in an area with a high water table or lots of rain/snow you may want to look into a 1/2HP sump pump. Most homes have varying needs for pump capacity since they deal with different flooding issues but for the most part, 1/3 HP is ok.


The Zoeller M57 pump also has thermal overload protection so it will shut off should the unit overheat due to pipes freezing, something getting lodged within etc. It’s also worth noting that if you do not plan on purchasing a battery backup (which I would highly advise if you can afford it and you care about your home not becoming an attractive home for an orca) you could also opt for the less expensive water alarm should the sump pump stop functioning.

Utilizing two pole float operated switches the pump will activate once those switches reach a certain level within the basin or sump pit.

How Much Does It Cost?

The Zoeller 57-0001 M57 Basement High Capacity Sump Pump is around $150 so it falls within the average cost.  There are infinitely cheaper models but they are obviously not built to last. The pricier ones are tempting and come with additional features. However, this product provides the most basic components, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Product Specifications

  • 3/10 HP
  • 2 pole float operated
  • 115 volts
  • 2580 GPH at 5’ head
  • 2040 GPH at 10’ head
  • 1140 GPH at 15’ head
  • 1 ½ NPT discharge

Is it Covered by a Warranty?

Yes, the Zoeller 57-0001 M57 Basement High Capacity Sump Pump comes with a one-year limited warranty.

What Others are Saying

This Zoeller 57-0001 M57 has been getting good reviews from many users. In the Amazon website, it earned 4.5 stars – an almost perfect rating. Some of the comments that can be found on the website are:

“After the installation, the sump pump works really well and very quiet.”

“3.5 yrs and no problems.”

“Had this pump for four years in my house and eight years in my businesses ‘ it has never failed yet…”

“He said Zoeller has a reputation for quality, indicating my pump is solidly built of cast iron…”

“Great pump! Works like a charm. Very happy with it. Heavy enough to not need stabilizers. No vibration.”

Common Complaints

There is very little complaint about the Zoeller 57-0001 M57 as most people find that they got their money’s worth. One common issue however is, once again with Zoeller, regarding the packaging of the product which wasn’t well cushioned and merely placed in a cardboard box. Since the sump pump is durable, the product was still received intact despite the less than savory packaging. I did notice Amazon stop selling all the Zoellers  for a few days saying they received feedback regarding them and were working to fix the issue. Perhaps they were fixing the packaging issues?

What about Customer Service?

Lately it seems there are more complaints regarding Zoeller’s customer support. Some say how wonderful it is with Zoeller willing to replace parts that were damaged due to improper packaging, and others say they were never received a response back. So I assume your experience with their customer service will be hit or miss.

Where to Buy the Zoeller 57-0001 M57?

You can purchase the sump pump from Amazon and have it delivered directly to your home. There are other websites that offer the product but once again, Amazon is the one selling it at the best price.

All things being said the M57 is a decent sump pump with reports of major issues being rare.

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