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    Above-Ground Cleaners

    1. 3 years ago
      It's ok, but not what I expected
      I purchased this based on others reviews and the price seemed more reasonable. It is not exactly what I expected. It does not completely go forward all the way & backward all the way, it stops short of getting to the walls & does not climb the walls all the way to the tile as others have stated. However the machine is easy to open & netting that comes with it is easy to put on. I ran it on large pool and there was a lot of sand and leaves it had picked up but there is not a consistent line of ... read more cleaning, it missed a lot! It also shuts off or quits working after the allotted (per "large pool") 2 hours and I had to pull it from the deep end near the drains and tried to restart it on large pool, it did the same moves. I have a 26,000 gallon pool with a 4 ft shallow & 8 ft deep end and dramatic stairs with a tanning ledge. So much for hoping to not have to brush my pool to keep it clean. Others stated they could "tweak it" but I have not found where that is possible on this machine. I would recommend for a really small pool, but not large.
    2. 5 years ago
      Great Purchase--Like having a MAID for my pool!
      I bought the pool Rover a month ago, and have used it weekly since to keep the pool sparkling clean! It is so nice to be able to do other chores, and have the pool ready for a quick splash to cool off. This thing is WAY more helpful than my kids! We have an octogon pool, with a depth running from 3 feet to 8 feet deep and it does a great job---even the walls, which is still pretty amazing for me to watch! I realize that I am easily entertained, but the first time out of the box, both my daughter ... read more and I sat beside the pool with a cold drink and just watched the Rover manuver and clean!
    3. 2 weeks ago
      Good quality vacuum
      Cleans very well. I like the basket on it. much easier to clean than bags from other vacuum I had. It’s a simple design that works as it is described
    1. 1 decade ago
      Great value! Super company support!
      Terrific cleaner, easy to use. It climbs the walls and does a great job on the sides and floor of my gunite pool. Hayward tech support the best around. Even out of warranty, they are absolutely the best company to do business with. I have used this cleaner for 4+ years. Once, under warranty, overnighted it to them, they completely rebuilt the unit, and paid for return shipping, all done within 5 days -- no charge. Out of warranty, they did the same - no charge! Works flawlessly. Occasionally, if ... read more big debris (rocks, tile grout flaking off), get caught inside, it's fairly easy to get this out. Need to check the "flippers", which occasionally either need to be replaced or re-attached. Otherwise, no complaints. I use it in conjunction with a leaf/debris catcher (separate item). The best thing about it is, there are no electrical cords to mess with, you can leave the unit and the hose floating in the pool when not in use....just disengage it from the skimmer and let it float!
    2. 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.
    3. 1 year ago
      adjustment knob missing
      Pool Vac arrived , but I need/o suction adjuster @ left rear of unit. This I'm second Hayward Vac and I have always been pleased with it's performance, but I need to set it to setting III to get up my pool walls.
    1. 1 decade ago
      Does a good job-not a speedy process
      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.
    2. 1 year ago
      Hard working little bug
      I had purchased this about a month ago - was a bit leery that it would work well, but wow...I was surprised. It's way easier than doing it manually. It takes about 2-3 hr for my 24' round above ground pool, but I don't mind. It takes literally 5 min to connect everything, and then I just let it do its thing. Saves me effort, mosquito bites, and makes the bottom look great. It also won't poke a hole in the liner so that's a plus. Even if it wears out in 2 or 3 seasons...it's the best ... read more money I've ever spent on pool maintenance.
    3. 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.
    1. 4 months ago
      Great cleaner - great price.
      After years of consistent use, I replaced my Ranger with The Splasher. I've only had it a few months now, but am truly pleased with its performance. I purchased mainly because of the price and so far it's been a great deal. I'll update this review at a later date.
    2. 2 months ago
      Manual is worthless, product rocks
      The manual has tiny pics, tiny print, and is next to impossible to read. Wife and I put it together by taking pics of the manual and zooming. 2 extra parts, Put it together expecting failure, but, this thing, this thing rocks. WOW, a little disappointed that the hose kept getting tangled, but we'll try something different next time we use it. I WOULD suggest this to anyone tired of standing there and going back and forth. Works like a charm.
    3. 1 month ago
      Works great in smaller above ground pool!
      I like this pool cleaner, it does a good job. This is the first automatic cleaner that keeps moving around the pool (above ground, 18’ round). I keep my eye on it as one time it scooted under the ladder. It was easy to clear from the ladder and it hasn’t done that again. This was a good purchase.
    1. 2 years ago
      You get what you pay for
      It gets the job done but does get stuck so you have to keep checking on it.
    2. 6 years ago
      auto vacums
      these little guys are great, hook them up and let them go! with in couple of hours your pool is ready to go. Just empty the bag and go!
    3. 2 years ago
      Does its job so I don't have to. My pool is so clean.
    1. 1 decade ago
      I LOVE this product
      I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. I have my pool filter attached to a timer so it goes on and off automatically; and I keep the Polaris 65 hooked up unless we are using the pool. As a result I haven't had to vacum the pool since I bought this product. The pool is now essentially self maintaining and always sparkling clean. In fact, it's cleaner than when I vacumed the pool myself. When first installed the Polaris would flip over (because the presure from the filter return was too strong), but once I reduced ... read more the water pressure with the regulator valve that comes with the Polaris, it slowed down and has worked perfectly ever since.
    2. 1 decade ago
      Great Purchase and Customer Service
      This pool cleaner is very easy to put together and use. It is not so heavy that you struggle getting it in and out of the pool like some of the bigger pool cleaners. This cleaner is not suitable for soft sided pools, however customer service is very accomodating and helpful with any concerns you might have.
    3. 1 decade ago
      Very Satisfied
      This thing works great. Completely cleans everything from bottom of pool. Even used it to find a lost earring once. Only problem, as stated in another review (and why I gave only 4 stars), was the fact that it doesn't connect to my 18' EasySet. Here was my fix - I purchased a small hose, like the one that connects the skimmer that comes with the EasySet, and the same connector that connects the skimmer to the EasySet input valve. I connect this to the Polaris hose using a clamp. Total cost was about $10.00.
    1. 3 years ago
      Great product.
      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.
    2. 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
    3. 1 year 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 .
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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 AquaBug 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