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    Above-Ground Cleaners

    1. 5 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. 2 years ago
      Works great
      It's a bit heavy, so depending upon your cleaner, you may also need a very short piece of hose to keep it close to the pool wall (to keep the hose from tangling)
    3. 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!!
    1. 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.
    2. 1 year 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.
    3. 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.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 5 months ago
      Great product
      I was skeptical about this pool cleaner at first, but once it was hooked up, it t did a wonderful job cleaning my pool. I don't know why I didn't get one sooner. I did have to buy an extension hose for my 18 x 33 oval pool.
    1. 3 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.
    2. 3 months ago
      Great product
      I Love the automatic pool cleaner, The only complaint I would have is the hose gets tangled a few times in the 3 hours I use it
    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. 4 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.
    2. 6 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. 5 months ago
      OMG why didn't I buy this sooner!
      Purchased in May and have been using weekly - "Tux" has been keeping the pool spotless! I've had my above ground pool since 2004 and of all the items I've purchased, this is the absolute best $129 I've ever spent for it. We had an awful storm last week that knocked out the power for 2 days and left the pool covered in leaves and branches. With the help of Tux the pool is crystal clear again. He's the best. And he NEVER complains :)
    1. 6 years ago
      Best Cleaner I've Had
      First I would like to thank the other reviewers for their input - it helped me with my decision. This is my 3rd cleaner for an 18x33 pool and the first one to actually clean the whole pool. It doesn't tangle or get stuck very often and cleans the pool in 2-3 hrs. It won't pick up the big leaves but will get the small ones as well as bugs and silt very well. It works well on the irregular bottom of my pool. I would highly recommend this cleaner. Very Satisfied !!!
    2. 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"!!!
    3. 4 years ago
      invest in something else
      Have 7,700 gal. Splash pool. Had two Haywards before this. Though i'd spend a litte more $ and try this. Only cleaned one section of pool after being in pool 6-7 hours each day. Did all troubleshooting including trying every setting and cleaned filter twice. Tired of pushing it around with skimmer pole and returned it.
    1. 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.
    2. 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!
    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. 4 years ago
      Wonderful pool cleaner!
      We used to buy KK, better known to the kids as 'Kreepy', but all the replacement parts were so expensive. So we switched to the Aqua line, and they function exactly like the KK. Had the Aqua EZ-Vac for several years, now have the Mamba Aqua- bot. AND @ $100 each, I can buy 3 more of these, to equal what we paid for our last KK. A no brainer! It keeps our 25'x50' pool clean, and hassle free! LOVE IT!! Definitely recommend this little guy!
    2. 2 years ago
      Easy to put together and easy to operate.
      I have been using the Mamba Automatic Pool Vacuum for a few years. The one shown in the photo had no protection for the two plastic pipes that resulted in damage to one plastic pipe which affected the operation detrimentally. I had to tape over the cracked pipe damaged when the vacuum tried to pass the built in steps in the lower end of our pool.The latest model, the one I recently bought, has another protective plastic guard that covers the pipe preventing damage. Inexpensive/Good!
    3. 1 year ago
      Ultimately mamba worked but instructions minimal and need magnifying glass to read. Help phone lines not as helpful as neighbor with experience
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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