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    Above-Ground Cleaners

    1. 1 decade 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.
    2. 4 years ago
      a must have
      This definelty is awesome time saver to clean pool. This is my 3rd one. First one lasted 5-6 years. Second one only lasted three. Needed new rubber feet and plastic wheel was lost; decided to buy new instead of wasting $ on replacement parts. I first up-graded to Shark; returned it and got this. Much better product.
    3. 2 years ago
      Easy Peasy Sparkling Water
      This is the best purchase we have ever made for our pool. We had an automatic pool vac that came with our above ground pool, but it was such a hassle to start and keep going that we abandoned it ages ago. After years of wearing myself out cleaning the pool, we finally broke down and, based on the reviews here, bought this little gem. The price is good -- it was $70 less here than at our local major chain pool store. I just put the Aqua Critter in and a couple of hours later, the pool is ... read more sparkling. I don't even have to get in the pool to start it; it's easy to get going from the side. I ordered the two extra pieces of hose for our 27-foot pool, but the vac came before those, so the first time we tried it, it left a ring of dirt around the outer edge of the pool. With the extra pieces, it does better, although there is still one area that it doesn't seem to get to. That's easy to fix -- I just nudge the Aqua Critter over that area and it picks it right up. It is fun to watch too. I love this piece of equipment and only wish I had had it the last 20 years.
    1. 4 years ago
      I luv my lil shark
      I just bought this Lil Shark and it is awesome!!!!!! As we speak my pool is almost clean and it been in there for about 1 1/2 and it scrubs great. I am in the process of closing my pool and buying this baby made it easy so it will be clean for Spring. I Would definetly recommend this to anyone with Above ground pool. I have a 24 ft round. P.S. Wish I bought it earlier this summer. LOL Thank u "In The swim"!!!
    2. 3 months ago
      I got mine s month ago works really good but it turns on it side a lot gaveling said that it does keep the pool floor clean when it’s not on its side
    3. 1 year ago
      Did the job I expected
      I bought this pool vacuum and works great. Plus you can't beat the price. I would recommend this vacuum 100 times over.
    1. 1 year ago
      Beats using a manual vacuum cleaner!
      I gave it a three star because it works great on my sisters pool but in my pool it goes slow. She has a chlorine? pool rectangle shape, mine is salt and a t-shape.
    2. 9 years ago
      Hayward Pool Vac - Skimmer connection
      I've had this cleaner for about 4 years now, and I've replaced the "feet" twice, and the paddles on each side. It constantly gets stuck at the steps, which scratches various surfaces of the cleaner. My biggest complaint is that leaves get stuck in the "throat" , and constantly requires me to pull clumps of leaves out to get the machine moving again. My house is surrounded by tall mature trees, and due to leaf production, this equipment just doesn't do the job at my location. Probably fine where ... read more there are no large trees nearby.
    3. 9 years ago
      fantastic product
      my pool vac ultra is one of many great products that hayward has to offer. the products they make are reliable last a long time and make your life easier because they do the job for you.my pool vac ultra is the best cleanner out there and i have tried some of the others. my pool is crystal clear. and i get alot of compliments from my freinds and family. i recommend the pool vac ultra and any other hayward pool product to anybody with a pool. you will never regret it.......................
    1. 1 year ago
      Work horse
      This is our second turtle. The first one lasted 8 years and was used every day. Great value for the price.
    2. 1 year ago
      Does its job so I don't have to. My pool is so clean.
    3. 4 months ago
      Works well
      Have used this product 3 times since purchase and it has worked well. Set it up and let it go!
    1. 9 years ago
      Not whats pictured
      I ordered this the other day and when it arrived it wasnt exactly what is pictured. It did come in a hayward box and the outer case looks the same but has a handle on it. The one I recieved has a blue net inside instead of the hard plastic basket. I would have prefered the basket as it seems it would be a lot more durable and less prone to damage then the supplied net that is in the canister.
    2. 4 years ago
      The pool vs. Deodar cedar needles------
      Used to get bombarded by the cedar tree needles---real hassle keeping the pool clean. My wife thought up placing an old nylon stocking inside the mesh collection bag and PRESTO-----virtually all the needles that made their way to the pool bottom were snared in the trap!!
    3. 4 months ago
      great addition
      Love this, works great to keep filter from getting full of debris
    1. 3 months ago
      Love it
      I love my penguin pool vaccuum. Just hook her up and she goes. Cleans the pool floor thoroughly. The only reason I did not give 5 stars is the instructions on how to hook her up and get her moving could have been clearer
    2. 1 year ago
      Love my Penguin
      I purchased the Hayward Penguin above ground pool cleaner this summer. So far this has proven to be an outstanding product. It has exceeded my expectations. It's easy to assemble and hook up. I think "penny" is adorable and she keeps my pool sparkling clean. I definitely recommend this product.
    3. 3 months ago
      Love this
      Used this a few times since I bought it and I love
    1. 3 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.
    2. 4 years ago
      LOVE THIS CLEANER !!!!
      This is year 2 using this cleaner! It works off the return. I have a 20 ft with a sand filter system. I have bought several automatic cleaners and this the only one that works and has kept working! I don't have to fight with air in the lines either :) It does move debris around (as it changes water pressure to move another direction) & doesn't always pick everything up on the first pass - but give it a chance! Let it run while you go do something else and come back and it will be clean! My only ... read more negative is that when I remove it from the pool I need someone able to turn off the filter at the same time - so debris does not go back into the pool and the water doesn't flood my porch lol. But all of the time saved to have a clean pool and positives of this cleaner far outweigh this!
    3. 4 months ago
      Helping hand
      I purchased this little machine to help clean the pool .I've had a couple of them over the years,this is the best time I've had with a pool and I haven't gotten in it yet .it is so clear and clean it unbelievable.thank u for this little guy.best money I've spent in years . highly recommend this .
    1. 1 decade ago
      Good quality hose. Matches hose that comes with automatic pool sweeper, Good to have extra pieces.
    2. 2 years ago
      Great service
      I purchase online, came within a few days and worked wonderfully.
    3. 1 decade ago
      saved alot of money
      i went to my local pool store and the price was approximately $5.00 more than in the swim. that can be costly if you are ordering bulk items of the same product thank you in the swim.
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    In The Swim Knowledge Pool: Above Ground Pool Cleaners

    In The Swim's Dr. Pool

    Above Ground Pool Vacuums for Daily Maintenance

    In The Swim carries a wide variety of above ground pool cleaners. From cute, yet effective pool sweeps like the Hayward Penguin automatic cleaner to the Aquabot Turbo T-Jet robotic pool cleaner and the battery powered Pool Blaster MAX HD handheld pool vacuum, In The Swim offers above ground pool cleaners from quality brands at prices for every budget and need.


    4 TYPES OF ABOVE-GROUND POOL VACUUMS: Battery, Suction, Robotic, Pressure

     1. Pool Blaster and Aqua Broom Battery-powered pool vacuums are great for Intex Pools and other small above ground pools.
     2. Hayward and Kreepy Suction Cleaners connect to a skimmer or suction inlet, works best with pumps of 1 hp or greater.
     3. Aquabot and other Robotic Cleaners operate completely independently of your pool pump and filter system.
     4. Polaris 65 and Turbo Turtle are Pressure Cleaners that connect to the wall return outlet, to keep your skimmer free. 

     - Aquabot cleaners - popular above ground robot pool cleaners, not connected to your pool filter system and programmable for push button ease.
     - Hayward pool cleaners and other suction cleaners are affordable, effective vacuums with fun designs as cute bugs, penguins, sharks and whales.
     - Polaris 65 and Turbo Turtle pressure cleaners sweep the pool floor with a jet-powered debris bag, and helps to clean the water surface. 

    With over 20 models of automatic cleaners for above ground pools to choose from, it can be a tough decision! If you have questions about any of the above ground pool cleaners from In The Swim, or want help selecting the best cleaner for your pool, our pool experts are always happy to help via phone, chat or email. 

    Cool Features of Aquabot Pool Cleaners