Does a great job cleaning as long as you have plenty of time. It cleaned our 24 ft round pool in about 4 hours. It did a terrific job picking up very little particles. I would buy this again in a heartbeat! We had a more expensive one that was always breaking so this is a wonderful change. Diver Dave is a great deal!
7 years ago
Not bad after 2.5 years up on the northeastern seaboard. Pool is used from around mid May pending sun and til around October something. We don't used Dave all the time but possibly 3 to 4 times a month. This year his little "feet" springs broke and the spring along ca't be replaced, you need to purchase new "feet". Oh well he did such a great job on the bottom that I will probably give up my serch for stainless steel springs the same size and just purchase the new "feet".
Hope this helps all of you.
2 years ago
Great little cleaner
This auto cleaner works really well with just a few minor quirks that once you learn are workable. This is my second year using it in our 21 foot above ground pool. I found I needed to set the return jet to the side and just under the surface, otherwise when he gets to that side the hose can be pushed across the pool which then drags him and tips over. Make sure hoses are tight and assembled under water so all air is out and he will work great.
I have used it for two years now. I have the intex 32X16 pool. The only thing is it don't do corners very good, but it cleans up leaves and dirt very good. I read some of the comments they loose vacuum. if so you are hooked up wrong. this unit hooks to your return water side. It does not vacuum like most cleaners. nothing goes to your filter. It uses return water pressure to make it move. It has it's own filter inside the unit. easy to open and clean filter.
Intex pool owner
2 years ago
Decent for the price
First of all, for all you people complaining that it is letting air into your pump, you have it connected to the wrong line. This is not meant to suck debris into your filter, it is meant for the water that discharges out of your pump and back into your pool to go into this pool cleaner. It uses the water pressure FROM your pump to move around back and forth, as well as operate a venturi to bring debris into a screened compartment. There is no way it can suck air into your pump, unless you have
... read more it connected to the wrong side of your pump.
I had to bypass my solar collectors to get enough water flow to operate properly. Be sure you have a pump that delivers at least 1200 GPM.
I think it could use more suction, though. I'll leave it run overnight and see how things look in the morning.
Happy for now
7 months ago
Fantastic Pool Cleaner
Got it two days ago, set it up in the pool and watched it run around and clean up EVERYTHING on the bottom of the pool. !,000x better than the "hand pool cleaner" I have used the past two seasons which took me 20 min+ every time! Like others have said, "It MUST be connected to the pool return" - the port that shoots the water back into the pool. Just follow the EZ instructions and you will be set.
i bought this whale to clean the pool because with the hand vacuum you have to get into the pool and all the dirt is stirred up so you cant see where it needs to be cleaned. It works well but its kinda slow we leave it in the pool over night and the pool is clean in the morning as long as you take the ladder out. Price is good for the investment i have had no problems with it.
6 years ago
Excellent for Above-ground pool
With my 18ft round 52in. deep pool, I had to upgrade from 1000 gph pump with Type A/C filter to a 1500 gph pump with larger Type B filter. Better filtration and better performance with Wanda. Easy to install, only 5 minutes to connect hoses to skimmer. Definitely need leaf catcher accessory, sold separately. Highly recommend this cleaner.
4 years ago
Excellent Pool Cleaner
I have a small above-ground pool and this cleaner works quickly and efficiently. Easy to assemble and fun to watch as it goes about its' business. I used the Hayward Aqua Critter satisfactorily for several years before I dropped it and it broke. A few years ago, I hooked up my sand filter unknowingly switching the intake/outtake hoses and my pool bottom was covered with sand. This cleaner sucked out all the sand and I was able to enjoy the pool once again. Best cleaner I have ever purchased and
... read more I have had several over the years. Hayward is a trusted brand. I am well pleased with this handy must have!
I bought this a Month ago, opened the pool up, having holes from squires on it, and it was GREEN !! I mean Kermit the frog home GREEN....opened the box, put the mesh filter bags on, threw it in, plugged it in, set it for large pool and BAM !!! it started working...after a few times filling the mesh bags I switched to the fine filter bags and soon the pool was back to swim condition. I wish I had seen this before !!! I had the POLARIS 65 before for years buying 3 over the years not cleaning well
... read more and worst of all having the unit flip over many times (usually when i'm not home) and EMPTY MY POOL FOR ME !!!! What a great device !! REVIEW15
9 months ago
How do you order new bags
I like this product would give higher rating but after 3 years I need new bags can not find. Any one with a part number?
8 months ago
We bought this a month ago and are really pleased with how well it picks up debree. Saves us so much time! The clean up on the filter bags is really simple too!
Rover T has some issues on the direction it turns to sweep the bottom of the pool. It skips spots, but I think it eventually gets to it. In the beginning you have to clean it alot & it took us awhile to get it setup, but it does work & doesn't bulk when it eats leaves.
Our pool is above ground so limitations on sweepers are an issue, but for what it does, its pretty good.
It is kinda pricey, but it seems to make dads life easier, so were good w/ it.
8 years ago
Makes my pool life much easier
I am so glad I bought the Pool Rover Jr.! It used to take me forever to clean my pool with a skimmer and my pool's just 15ft round. It sucks up even the tiniest particles. The only thing I've seen that's an issue is sometimes it can't reach the stuff closest to the wall. I just use the skimmer to push the junk towards the center and the rover picks it up! The bag is easy to clean and it is easy to use.
3 years ago
Best Purchsse Ever!
We had one of these that was several years old that was given to us by a friend who got rid of their pool. It performed great for the additional 4 years we had it too, but we forgot and left it out on our deck and it was pretty much destroyed by a storm and furniture that blew over and broke it beyond repair. We ordered this yesterday afternoon and it was delivered TODAY! I got home and my husband had already put it in the pool and it was wonderful to see how quick and clean our pool was despite
... read more how nasty it was for failure to cover it this past winter. Very highly recommended!!!
Purchased 2 of these these for my Barracuda Ranger above ground autovac. It comes with 3 foot hose sections that are fairly fragile, and I have already broken one. These are 4 foot and seem a little more durable. The Ranger covers better now with a longer section of hose, and more flexibility means that it handles some of those tight turns better. We'll see how they do when the water starts getting cold- the Ranger original hoses get quite brittle and stiff. Hopefully these will stay flexible.
... read more Wish I could afford to replace the whole hose length with them.
9 years ago
These work great! Good Value
8 years ago
Wasn't what fit my cleaner!
I'm not sure why they don't offer a hose with male/female for this... but I have a Hayward Ultra pool cleaner... and I have to find the correct replacement parts. Found one locally for more money... but it fit!
We bought our Critter last year and have used it almost every week during swimming season. The Critter does a good job and is easy to assemble. Just put the hoses together, put the critter in the water and force the air out of it, hook it up to the skimmer and let it go. The bad part is that it is slow and it doesn't do the walls. The good part is that where it does go it does an excellent job. All in all it IS worth the money. It saves us time because we just hook it up and let it run. The
... read more Critter stops moving when it is time to backwash the filter. I would give it a B+ for a grade.
10 years ago
very industrious critter
Our new Aqua Critter is replacing an aging and broken Polaris 65, and I must say that I'm glad we switched.
The Bug (as we call it) is easier to set up, and did it's job with no trouble. Our pool floor has no wrinkles, but is a bit dimply, so I had some minor concern about the need for a "smooth" pool bottom. There was no difficulty, however.
I love the way it cleans the fine silt - something the Polaris, as dependable as it was, never did. If we encounter too much heavy debris, we can always
... read more add the leaf canister.
Removing it from the water, section by section, was easier as well.
3 years ago
Fantastic Time Saver
This little Aqua Critter, we call Eunice, has given me back my life! It cleans our 24’ X 12’ pool so all I have to do is scoop out the leaves. Before Eunice I had to spend at least an hour vacuuming each night after work.
It took me a while to actually figure out how to hook Eunice up to the pool. YouTube showed me how to hook Eunice up to my Intex pool. I took the hose that runs from the filter to the pump and, after closing the valve to the pool, I jammed Eunice’s hose tightly into the hose
... read more going into the pump and turn it to filter. Viola! It worked!
Eunice runs about 3 – 4 hours a night. Occasionally she gets stuck by the pool ladder so I just slide her out of the way and off she goes!
I would highly recommend this little Aqua Critter.
When shopping for above ground pool cleaners, be sure to consider if it is compatible with your specific pool shape and size. Some above ground pool cleaners only work on flat bottoms while other above ground pool cleaners work on flat and dished-out bottoms. Of course, if you have questions about any of the above ground pool cleaners or any of the pool supplies from In the Swim, our customer service team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have via phone or email.
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