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    Above-Ground Cleaners

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    1. 3 years ago
      This pool vac works pretty good for the price.
      I have been using this vac and its earlier models since i put in the pool. This is #4. If you do not use a service, you will have to take ca re of some maint. yourself. It will deteriorate due to the pool chemistry over time. If you have steps and cranies it can get stuck. This wears out the pads that propel the vac. I recommend using the bumper. You will have to do a little fitting with a file to get it to fit flat to the bottom and not block the pods. Be carefull to not overtighten the screws ... read more as they can strip. The other parts can be replaced as needed.
    2. 2 years 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.
    3. 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.
    1. 10 years ago
      In-line Leaf Filter works well
      I bought this to put in-line on my water bug pool bottom cleaner. Easy to put in service. Relatively easy to empty, but you will get wet doing so. With pine trees in the area, I always seem to collect needles and this stops most of them from getting to my pump. The only drawback is that the lid can be very hard to pull open. I found that useing some petroleum jelly on the screws and gasket make getting it open much easier.
    2. 3 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. 1 decade ago
      A must have for cleaning your pool.
    1. 11 months ago
      Does a great job
      We started using it 6 weeks ago and on second set of wheels. They are plastic wheels with plastic screws and they just strip. The turtle does do an awesome job cleaning just some manufacturing flaws. We did get new wheels from company no questions asked. They were great to work with.
    2. 5 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
      Work horse
      This is our second turtle. The first one lasted 8 years and was used every day. Great value for the price.
    1. 7 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. 5 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.
    3. 3 years ago
      Time saver for me!
      I bought this product and I am glad I did ! It never claimed that it would do it perfectly but it does mostly which saves me time doing all of the pool. I know it will help when I ready the pool to close down for the winter so I don't have to go into the cold water to do the job. The only thing that I had a problem with is that it didn't have a long enough reach to the length of the pool I think I need at least two more pieces of hose. The problem there is they don't just sell two or four pieces ... read more of hose they sell a replacement hose that costs as much as the Lil shark.
    1. 3 years ago
      Aquabot Pool Rover S2-50; My Review
      When I purchased this pool cleaner; I had already used and was not satisfied with most above ground, non electric pool cleaners. This cleaner was recommended by a patient of mine, so I decided to order it. OMG; it has been outstanding. It thoroughly cleaned our pool in two hours. We love it. My husband stated that it would be great if it had a scrubber on it, but he still loves it. We have had a pool for over 10 years; I am finally comfortable with keeping it clean. Thumbs up little Rover!!
    2. 4 years ago
      WOW...Should of bought years ago !!!!!
      I bought this a Month ago, opened the pool up, having holes from squires on it, and it was GREEN !! I mean Kermit the frog home GREEN....opened the box, put the mesh filter bags on, threw it in, plugged it in, set it for large pool and BAM !!! it started working...after a few times filling the mesh bags I switched to the fine filter bags and soon the pool was back to swim condition. I wish I had seen this before !!! I had the POLARIS 65 before for years buying 3 over the years not cleaning well ... read more and worst of all having the unit flip over many times (usually when i'm not home) and EMPTY MY POOL FOR ME !!!! What a great device !! REVIEW15
    3. 2 years ago
      Works great!
      Bought this to save time vacuuming the pool. It works really well. It takes us about 2 long pool cycles to do the whole pool. 18'x33' however that was when it was first opened and really dirty. Going forward it should do it all with one.
    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. 3 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.
    3. 8 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. 8 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. 9 months ago
      Can’t live without it!
      Ok so the reason I gave it 4 stars is these don’t last very long. I think this is the 4th one I have bought over the years. They make it 2-3 years. That being said I LOVE THEM!!! They work great, easy to put it and use and for the price I will keep buying them.
    3. 1 year ago
      Works great!
      Works perfectly for our above ground pool!! Just love the little penguin....
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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