While a backyard swimming pool is a fabulous perk, it can be a pain to keep it clean. Whether you have an above ground or in-ground pool, leaves and debris can be blown in making the water dirty and not something you want go swimming in.
That means it’s essential to have some sort of pool cleaner on hand. Even if you have a service that deals with maintenance, you’ll need a device that can keep the water clean. But the question is what kind to buy? There are three different options. The first one... is a pressure pool cleaner which uses your existing pressure line to produce a high-pressure water stream that moves the debris into a filtration bag for easy collection. The next kind is a suction pool cleaner which works with your existing suction line to essentially suck up the debris and scrub the surface. Finally, there is the robotic pool cleaner that requires an extension cord from your home for the power to scrub and clean the pool, removing debris with its filtration system.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best pool cleaners on the market to help you find the one that’s right for you.
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This pressure pool cleaner from Polaris is one of the top sellers in its category. It works for all in-ground pools, no matter the shape or size. It’s powered by three jets to sweep, scrub, and vacuum the bottom and sides of your pool. Some pressure pool cleaners require an extra booster pump, however this one doesn’t since it works with your existing pool circulation pump. It has 31 feet of hose and a filtration bag that will capture large debris.
Most customers who have this pool cleaner at... home have been satisfied with its functionality and results. One raved about how clean and spotless their pool was after using this one time. Even a reviewer who was a professional pool cleaner said it works well. However, some have had issues with the wheels locking or the unit requiring repairs needing repairs over time. But the majority of those who have purchased this would recommend it to others.
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This product will clean your pool in less than three hours, according to the description. While you will have to buy an extra booster pump, it’s still a good buy. Featuring front-wheel drive with four treaded tires, the design prevents tipping and helps with uninterrupted performance. A large-capacity bag can handle large debris and a tail hose scrubber sweeps and scrubs the floor and sides.
Those who have purchased this product have been mostly satisfied with its performance. Many have attested... that it doesn’t tip, and that it works well when picking up large debris. Some have had issues with it getting stuck on the steps or going around in circles. But most of the people who have used this pool cleaner in their own homes were happy with it and would recommend it to others.
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Suited for most average size pools, this suction pool cleaner is available in two or four-wheel drive. For surfaces other than concrete such as vinyl, tile, or fiberglass, you may need to purchase special tires for it. Featuring self-adjusting turbine vanes, it ensures maximum power at any flow. This product picks up debris and is programmed to climb walls, manage obstacles, and clean the pool floor completely.
Those who have this product have been mostly satisfied with it. One professional said... it’s the best cleaner on the market and that it can get the job done within five to six hours. Others have praised the product for holding up through the years. In terms of critical reviews, some had issues with it tilting or not being able to climb stairs. And one reviewer said it damaged their pool liner. But most customers were happy with the performance and their purchase.
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If you’re looking for a quiet, yet powerful suction cleaner, this is a good option. It can pick up small- and medium-sized debris while cleaning the floor and walls of your pool. A special valve regulates the water flow to maintain its performance and efficiency, while a wheel deflector helps it move around tight corners. It also has a scuff-resistant long-life hose that prevents it from marring your pool surface.
Most people who have used this product in their home have been happy with their... purchase. A pool professional wrote that it is a very durable cleaner, and another reviewer said that it has saved them money on electric usage of the pump as well as additional chlorine each month because it does such a good job of cleaning. Some have had issues with it getting stuck on things like the main drain while in motion, but the majority of people were satisfied with their purchase.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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A number one bestseller in its category, this robotic cleaner is recommended for in-ground residential pools up to 50 feet in length. The entire process of scrubbing, vacuuming, and filtering the pool surface will take about three hours with this machine. The filter is easy to clean and a patented swivel cable prevents tangling. The company says that because it’s so efficient, it costs less than 15 cents to clean the pool each time, and it comes with a 12-month warranty.
Customers have said this... is a great value and works well when it comes to cleaning. One said that the filters are easy to maintain and clean and that it’s silent while it works. One critical review warned that it left black streaks on the surface after a cleaning. Others have had issues with it breaking over time. But most were happy with the performance and would recommend it to others.
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Designed for pools up to, 20 feet by 40 feet, this robotic cleaner can brush, scrub, vacuum, and remove debris within about 90 minutes. It has an efficient 24-volt motor that helps it use less energy, and therefore costs less money to use. It also has an easy-to-clean reinforced cartridge element, which means no more bags.
Most customers have been satisfied with their purchase, saying it’s worth the high price because of its performance. One said it left their pool immaculate. Some critical... reviews have had issues with it breaking over time, but the majority of those who had one were happy with its functions and durability.
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Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to get large debris from your pool for maintenance in between cleaning sessions? A hand skimmer like this one is great to have. This aluminum pole stretches four feet and has an adjustable handle to get the hard-to-reach leaves and debris floating in your water.
It’s lightweight at about 14 ounces but still pretty strong and durable. Customers say the net stays in place and the pole is sturdy enough to not bend or feel like it’s going to snap. It is small... though, so if you’ve got a big pool, you might want to find one with a bigger net and longer pole. But if you just need something simple, this is a great buy.
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