We are very very pleased with this solar blanket reel.
10 months ago
Compared to the reels on the groynd, this reel works so easily. You can break the wheels and actually pull it on with one person. Wheeling in is a dream. Only prob is what I knew going in. Directions are a bit confusing and you need a strong drill. Aluminum is strong and hard. But I am a 120 lb woman.
2 years ago
4th of July Reel
Bought the reel for the 4th of July party & it came on time. But, all the hardware was missing. Used the old for the 4th. Contacted In the Swim & they had the hardware to me the following week. Assembly was fairly easy, but difficult to keep the tube straight. Ended up with a slight permanent bend in the tube. Once assemblied the reel works well. The unit as a whole is well made.
We finally decided to order this because our manual reel broke last year. I'm so glad we did! We were a little worried about the cost- but using it for just a month we're so happy with it already.
I can finally take the cover on and off myself- which will be great during the summer when the kids swim every day. And I'm sure it will help save on heating the pool because I can cover it every night. It seems really well made too. We had to call the manufacturer to ask some questions about
... read more installing it- but after that it was pretty simple. I highly recommend this product!
4 years ago
This is by far an incredible reel system and Affordable compared to any other automatic pool cover system! I waited for over 2 years for a review and finally found one on another site who complained about the short cord - really?? That is not even a hiccup compared to how one person can pull off the cover and cover the pool back up with ease. Now for one we have an oval pool with steps. If you use a solar blanket cover this will work on any pool according to the Mfg. when I called. We kept the
... read more cover square where we attached the cover to the reel; we cut the cover on both sides so the seams of the cover are centered also. This is so the tether cord attaches on the seams to the poly rod which is underneath the cover. This would be for strength. We also got the adjustable Pool Boy and set it on the highest setting. Be mindful, the video does leave out the part where you do have to straighten out your cover at the start of reeling up the cover but after that, this is a DREAM come true. Wish I had it from the beginning, it would have save a lot of hassle.
5 years ago
I looked around the internet looking for reviews because of the cost. I was unable to find anything so I will give you my take on the product. It is absolutely awesome!!! It exceeded my expectations in terms of how well it extracts and retracts the pool cover. Pretty straight forward in terms of assembly. Two downsides- wish it came with caster wheels(went to home depot and put them on product-) and wish i could unplug unit from the electrical box instead of where reel is. If any of you are sick
... read more of taking off cover and putting it back on, I highly recommend this product. I was actually looking at buying an automatic pool cover but this does the same job at a fraction of the cost. I will use pool more often this summer because of the ease of use with this product.
The "Above Ground" kit for my AG pool was useless. The ropes rotted in one year and the plastic disintegrated. The "In Ground" kit works much better. Forget about attaching the straps directly to the cover. Here is what I do: get a 1/2 inch vinyl water pipe the approximate width of the cover. Glue end caps on so it will float. Pass the straps top to underneath the cover and around the pipe and back up through the buckles. The pipe floats just under the cover and when it is pulled up the cover
... read more stays nice and flat and does not bunch so much. When the cover is unrolled the ends tend to curl under the surface. I attach another 18 inch length of capped pipe to each end of the cover. The pipes pull the ends down and help float the ends out the right way.
8 years ago
Exact replacement that we got from the dealer when we bought our pool. We use this on our Above Ground pool even though it says it's for In Ground pools. Much better to attach velcro to the pool reel than screw into the metal. Our first velcro set lasted 5 years before the velcro adhesive started wearing off, so we hope that is the case with this set. Great value!
2 years ago
Ordered but didn't need it
The pool reel I ordered came with a strap set and I liked it better. Unfortunately, you only have 14 days to return something and I noticed it on the 15th day! The straps are nice and heavy, but i do not like the way it hooks to the blanket.
I just bought this reel this year. At first I tried to use it without drilling into my patio to anchor it, but that didn't work. Once I anchored to the patio it worked like a charm. So easy to roll-up the solar blanket now - even my seven year old daughter does it. We are very happy with this reel!
8 years ago
Hopefully the last reel we need to buy
we have a 24x48 pool, this reel is perfect. 1 person can manage, but 2 people makes covering and uncovering a breeze. We have had this reel for 2 years now, it has shown no wear. We do put it away in the harsh Pa. winters. Rolls very smoothly, we uncover pool toward steps, then push back out of the way.
7 months ago
Fantastic reel! Sturdy and compact. Love the anchors to hold down in place. Only minor improvement would be to make the anchors slightly longer and maybe more corse thread or other way to have them engage more easily with less chance of cross threading. Otherwise great reel and would recommend to anyone.
I've been using a hand crank reel for years and when it was time for a new one I opted for this one and boy I have not been disappointed! It's so easy to use! I don't know how I did it without this!! I'm in love!!!
8 months ago
Just purchased this battery operated reel. I was going to purchase the Pool Boy 2 with an electrical plug but I had no outlets nearby and an extension cord would be unsightly. I'm so glad I bought this battery powered reel. It was easy to install and set up, it took me and my son 2 hours to assemble. The reel is solid and sturdy, it doesn't wobble with my 20' X 45' heavy 16mil solar cover. That little battery powers up the cover in both directions in under a minute. The only drawback is the
... read more that there is only one remote and it must be re-activated with each use by pressing both buttons for a few seconds as a safety I guess. If the battery holds charge for two weeks before recharging , I'll be satisfied as it only takes 6 hours to fully charge. Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase as it was also delivered within 3 days from purchase. Thank you IntheSwim.com
The saddle does indeed make removal and installation of the solar cover a simple and speedy 1 person operation. However the brackets that attach the saddles, or hooks, to the top of the pool edge are made of plastic and break extremely easily. I just re-attached to the pool edge using electrical ties, and it works great, and a bonus is that when the cover is on, you can fold the hooks to the side of the pool out of the way. Someone creative could fabricate brackets out of metal.
The product is a
... read more bit over priced for what you get, but I would spend the money again for the ease and time saved in 1 person cover removal and install.
9 years ago
I have a 15' x 30' pool. I first purchased one set of the solar saddles, several years ago, and was very pleased with its ease in installing and the ease in use with the solar cover. Last fall I purchased a second set to add to the overall coverage of the solar cover. Some of the parts were missing. After notifying company I was personally contacted and quickly sent the misses pieces. I strongly recommend this product for those that do not want to mess around with a reel.
2 years ago
Great product saves lots of time and mess
I just want to follow up on how I moounted the saddles on a Watson pool with the waffle top rail.I did my research and talked to lots of people and reviewed the manufactures, solarsaddle.net, website and found that if you trim a small amount of the braket it will fit between the waffles just great, and it did. Talked with the customer service and they said that was fine to do since lots do it. Many reviews said it is flimsy it is not it is safe to use and the materials are very tough.
Great reel! Would recommend casters for oval pools. They allow the reel to move, keeping the cover centered. My last reel was a plastic, stationary unit, sold here. Always a hassle to get the cover even and the sun ate up the plastic in about 6 years.
2 years ago
Decent quality of components, but not steady. Easily tips when trying to roll or unroll cover.
9 years ago
Not as good As I thought
It states it can be operated by one person and yes it can, but not very well and it only has ONE crank handle. Most of the other solar reels have 2 cranks or one on each side. If ythe cover bunches or starts to go crooked on the far side, you have to stop, adjust then go back over to the side of the crank instead of being able to crank from that side.
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