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    Above-Ground Cleaners

    1. 10 years ago
      1st one great, 2nd one not worth it
      I purchased this product about 6 years ago and it worked great - 5 stars! I would leave it hooked up all week with no problems and pool maintenance was minimal. The hose from the unit to the debris bag finally gave out and is not offered as a separate item so I purchased a new unit. After 4 months, the hose on the new unit has started to disconnect from the unit causing the unit to stop moving around the pool and preventing the return of filtered/chlorinated pool water from properly circulating ... read more and requiring a lot more pool maintenance. I give the new unit 1 star rating. Overall 3 star rating as a combination of the two.
    2. 3 years ago
      Great in the beginning!
      We've had our above ground pool about 6 years and have gone through 3 Polaris 65. We have mild winters so left it connected the first 2 years with no problems. 3rd year, hard winter so disconnected it ,next summer it made funny noises and went in circles and kept turning over. Once it almost drained the pool! Took it to our local pool store, they charged $75 to "Replace the inner workings ". Still had problems. Read where to stretch the hose in sunshine, did that, no help. Long story short, on ... read more 3rd one, now having same issues. Please tell me another pool cleaner to buy.
    3. 2 years ago
      Takes some tweaks
      I bought this for Father's Day a few weeks ahead of time. We laid the hose out in the sUn for a week, as advised to keep it from winding up in the pool. When we first tried it 4 days ago, it continually coiled up. I called tech support and they advised me to release some of the pressure using the knob where it connects to the pool. That knob does not work easily. I had to get pliers and work on it, but eventually opened it all the way. That helped greatly and the Polaris made it all the way ... read more around our 30-foot pool. Then, it started coiling up again and continues to do so after about 15 minutes of working well. One side of our pool is really clean. I've seen online that we may need to open it up and make some adjustments. I haven't done so yet and don't think I should have to on a brand, new device.
    1. 10 years ago
      A gift of time!
      After years of manually vacuuming my above ground pool, my children purchased this for me for my birthday. It was one of the best gifts I received--it is extremely easy to use, keeps my pool bottom virtually spotless, and gives me much more time to enjoy my pool with my grandchildren! I have a 24' round pool so I bought two more sections of hose to reach the side farthest away from my skimmer.
    2. 5 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. 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.
    1. 2 years ago
      Finally got my pool boy! (Well, penguin!)
      This little penguin does a super job! We have an 18 foot pool....and she gets it clean in about 1.5 hours!....plenty of time for me to get other chores done before pool time!
    2. 12 months ago
      Works great
      Bought this to clean our above ground pool and I am so glad I did. Whitin an hour my 27' foot pool is clean. No more manual cleaning. If you have an above ground pool I highly recommend this product.
    3. 10 months ago
      Awesome purchase
      My mother in law bought this as a gift for us to care for our new pool. We had read some reviews on it before hand to see what we needed to do in order for it to work properly with the pool we have. Basically as long as you take care of it and dont allow the hose to coil it does a fantastic job. I can put her (diver darla) the kids had to name her. But i can put her in the pool in the morning and a few hours later there is nothing left in it. I was a bit weary of it as well just because our pool ... read more is not all the way even so i was afraid she would get stuck. As far as I remember shes only gotten stuck stuck once but the other times she has done just fine. I absolutely love it and i make sure that no one else (kids) mess with her so we can keep her in the best shape as possible because it saves me hours worth of work.
    1. 2 years ago
      Does its job so I don't have to. My pool is so clean.
    2. 4 years ago
      Fantastic aid for pool enjoyment!
      We've had Tyler (the turtle) since we put the pool in over 10 years ago. He really takes a lot of trouble out of pool care. He even picked up a nail that I dropped in the pool while taking the cover off. With him and our Frog clorinating system, my whole pool care regiment takes under an hour each month. And I have crystal clear water with all the chemicals in balance.
    3. 2 years ago
      Turtleman is awesome!
      I bought this to get the leaves and sediment on the bottom of the pool that was clogging our Diver Dave up. It was a great purchase and does as expected.
    1. 2 years ago
      neat little thing this is
      we have used it a couple times already , of course it takes time, we have these berries that fall in the pool, this vacuum misses them the first pass but picks them up the next time around , it does make keeping the pool cleaner easier
    2. 2 years ago
      Excellent Vacuum!
      We have a 20 foot by 4 foot deep round above ground pool. This is a great vacuum as it cleans the entire pool of large and small debris on the floor of the pool. Our pump is a 1500 hog so we had to take out one section of the hose to give the vacuum more power as it was stopping for no known reason. It works great now, keeps the pool clean and it is simple to clean the vacuum. This is a terrific buy for the money!
    3. 4 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.
    1. 10 years ago
      Best purchase ever
      I purchased wanda the wail about a month ago and it is great. I own an 18 x 32 above ground pool and it cleans in a matter of hrs. I usually just put it in the pool and let it run the night. I do suggest getting the leaf canister to go along with it to catch any leaves that you may have in the pool. Overall i am very satisfied with my purchase.
    2. 2 years ago
      Good autonomous cleaner.
      We have had the Hayward aqua bug up until this year, this is the same mechanics with a different exterior. The cleaner works very well but occasionally gets hung on the ladder, also the tail attachment (cosmetic only) keeps falling off. That's the only reason I deducted a star. If you have an above ground pool it's a must have. No more vacuuming, just pop it in the pool and after an hour or two remove the cleaner, clean out the filter basket, backwash and you have a clean pool.
    3. 5 years ago
      Great product!
      I bought Wanda hoping she would cut my cleaning time down a little bit. I have not had to vacuum my pool one time since getting her. Once we got everything straight with our bottom drains she runs like a charm. Completely in love with Wanda. Have not had an automatic pool cleaner before but I highly recommend her for above ground pools.
    1. 1 decade ago
      Very Good Service
      We have always received good service wehn we order from In the Swim. The delivery is fast and the tracking helps us calculate the arrival time. This little cleaner works excellent. We have had one for almost five years and we gave this one to our son for his pool. It requires little or no maintanance and doss a sparkling job. Don't hesitate to order from this company and the products are great.
    2. 3 years ago
      I have not opened my pool yet this year but I am confident my new pool vac will work fine. It will be the 3rd or 4th one I have had over the years.
    3. 1 decade ago
      A very clever, easy-to-use design
      My husband and I have been wanting an automatic pool cleaner for years, but couldn't afford the high cost of the 'Polaris" and similar electric-powered cleaners. Allan's brother told us about this one and we ordered it right away. It's absolutely great! Rather than having an electric motor to worry about, this unit plugs right into the skimmer like a manual vacuum and is hydraulically powered by the water moving through. It also has relatively few moving parts and all are fairly easily ... read more accessible. For our 20' x 40' pool, it takes move like 3.5 to 4 hours to complete a cleaning job, but is worth the wait.There's a single door in the back of the unit that one opens to clean out fhe innards - takes only seconds. I wish, though, that the door had a locking mechanism that did not require a screwdriver (Phillips at that), because we don't normally keep a toolkit in the pool area -- but this is a very minor complaint about an otherwise excellent product.
    1. 10 months ago
      Works great
      I bought this a few weeks ago it has saved me a lot of time cleaning my pool due to not having to back wash my sand pump and keeps yuk out of it also.
    2. 9 years ago
      Great Product
      I use this with a Hayward Super Pump and a Kreepy Krauly suction side pool cleaner in an in-ground pool. When we are not in the pool I can pretty much leave the Pool cleaner in all the time now. The pump basket no longer fills up with leaves and debris from my neighbors dirty silver maple and black locust forest. Everything goes in the bag! Awesome! My water is cleaner and I haven't had to backwash as much this year. Lots of pool "Gadgets" don't always do what you hope, but this thing I love. ... read more Wish I had purchased it sooner.
    3. 5 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!!
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    In The Swim Knowledge Pool: Above Ground Pool Cleaners

    In The Swim's Dr. Pool

    Above Ground Pool Vacuums to Reduce 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 above ground pool cleaner, our pool experts are always happy to help via phone, chat or email. 

    Cool Features of Aquabot Pool Cleaners