Pool maintenance is a very mundane task but nevertheless a very important one. Although above ground pools require less maintenance as compared to the traditional in-ground pools, some care is still needed to keep them clean. Pool liners provide excellent protection to the pool, but they won’t help much against the accumulation of impurities inside the pool. The task of cleaning is best suited for above ground pool vacuums.
Though boring, it is necessary to regularly and properly clean your pool from to time to time to keep it tidy and hygienic for use. If you are not cleaning your pool regularly, it may turn cloudy in appearance. Thankfully, we’ve got the right technology, in the form of a pool vacuum, which can help to partially or completely automate the pool cleaning process!
Without further a due, let’s start with the list of the best above ground pool vacuums that you can get for your pool!
1. Aquabot Pool Rover Hybrid Robotic Pool Cleaner
It’s a customizable and robust robot which helps to clean the pool effortlessly. These are like those futuristic robots in a sci-fi film which have the capability to operate on their own. But instead of fighting against us, they help us clean the pool.
You just put the robot in your pool, switch it on and leave it there and go back inside the house for a coffee or some snacks and a few minutes later, you’ll come back to a clean pool. Yes, it’s that straightforward and convenient!
This cleaner doesn’t need any supervision as it has a guidance system built-in which allows the robot to navigate through the pool’s floor. Another feature of this robotic pool cleaner is that it can also clean the walls of the above ground pools (up to to the waterline). Seeing this robot work is an amazing thing on its own!
Not only does it capture large debris like leaves and insects, but it can also capture particles like algae which are as small as 10 microns! With a filtration rate of 4,200 gallons per hour, it can clean an average sized pool in about an hours time which is fairly quick. Some reviewers have also called it a ‘miracle’ in the pool cleaning world!
2. Polaris Vac-Sweep 65 6-130-00 Pressure Side Automatic Cleaner
The next entry in our list is the Polaris Vac-Sweep which is an easy-to-install automatic cleaner that isn’t very heavy on the wallet.It can be used to clean pools which have uneven bottom surfaces, and it can work with a maximum depth of 5 feet.
An important thing to note about this vacuum is that you will need a filtration system for your pool already in place for it to function.
The way this above ground pool cleaner works is that it connects to the pool’s existing filtration system and uses a powerful stream of water to remove the debris adhering to the pool’s floor or the walls.
The removed debris is then trapped in by the cleaner into the debris bag and the clean water is pumped back into the pool. This vacuum can be used for pools which are up to 24 feet in length as it comes with a 24 feet hose.
3. Smartpool NC22 SmartKleen-Robotic Cleaner
The Smartpool NC22 SmartKleen is another robotic pool cleaner just like the first one in the list. It has almost the same set of features as the Aquabot’s robotic cleaner but it’s a bit cheaper compared to the former.
A small difference between the two devices is that the SmartPool cleaner is manufactured in China whereas the Aquabots are made in the United States.
This robot has an intelligent navigation system allowing it to navigate smartly across your pool’s bottom. It also has a feature which enables the cleaner to shut itself off automatically after 2 hours of cleaning.
It can clean surfaces of any type like fiberglass, vinyl or concrete. The wall climbing and cleaning feature is also available in this robot. It has an extra large filter bag which provides extra cleaning time and reduces the frequency of filter cleaning required. The manufacturer provides a 1-year warranty on the cleaner.
4. Pentair K50600 Kreepy Krauly E-Z Vac Suction-Side Cleaner
The Pentair K50600 vacuum is another easy-to-maintain, affordable and automatic cleaner made out of robust materials. Setting up this cleaner is really easy and requires less than 15 minutes for the initial setup. Once it’s been setup, all you have to do is drop it into the pool and start with the cleaning.
Unlike the robotic cleaners mentioned above, this one does not have any ‘Navigation System’ built into it but it still automatically moves around the pool and cleans it up really well. The cleaner also has a random pattern coverage feature to ensure that no part of the pool remains uncleaned. It comes with a 32 feet hose included in the package.
One thing to note about this vacuum is that it’s a bit noisy. Customers have complained about a small clicking noise produced by the cleaner during operation.
5. Hayward 500Y Aqua Critter Automatic Pool Cleaner
The Aqua Critter is tiny pool cleaner designed to clean the bottom of the pool. It connects to your pool’s existing filtration system and uses the ‘SmartDrive’ feature, which is a programmed steering system, to quickly and completely clean the bottom of the pool.
The installation of this vacuum is extremely simple and requires less than 10 minutes. It can clean an average sized pool in less than an hour and a half which is pretty fast. Although Hayword does not recommend the use of this cleaner in ‘temporary’ pools like the ones made by Intex, many customers have reported it to work perfectly fine with these types of pools.
I hope this list helps you in finding the best vacuum for your pool. These automatic cleaners take the manual work out of the cleaning process and makes cleaning the pool a breeze. They are very important to keep the pool free from undesirable impurities and other waste particles leaving it clean and safe for use. If you’re looking for a heater for your pool, then take a look at this post where you can find out the best above ground pool heater for your needs.