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Best Automatic Pool Vacuum Cleaner 2014 Review

Updated on July 22, 2014

Pool Vacuum Cleaner Review

If you own a pool, it is essential that you get a vacuum cleaner to help you clean out all of the inevitable debris that will eventually collect on the bottom of your pool. No one likes a dirty pool, and you can ruin your pool pump if you never take the time to clean out your watery recreation area. There are some big differences between vacuums you can find on the market, so you should know what you are looking for while you are shopping.

First, if you have a large pool, using a manual vacuum could take you a long time. Manual cleaners are ones that you will run over the floor to remove debris yourself. These are probably the cheapest machines you can find as well; they run anywhere from $100-$200.

Side suction automatic cleaners will help get out fine particles like sand. It attaches to your skimmer and it uses your pool filter to get around. These can run around $200-$500 depending on your preferences in one. These pull debris straight into your filter and pump basket so you need to make sure to empty it frequently.

Pressure side pool cleaners do a great job if you get a lot of debris. This is a good choice for those that may have a pool in a windy area and get things like leaves or acorns that blow into your pool. It uses the water pressure to roll over the pools surface and suck dirt into a bag. These can run $400-$900. They cost more because they have a motor and a dedicated water pressure line. These don’t scrub the walls very well and they don’t act as a moving drain.

Robotic cleaners are kind of fun to have. They work on their own and not only do they scrub the floor and walls of your pool, they can also clean the tile line. These can cost you anywhere between $600-$3,000, so make sure you research the features and determine if this is a right fit for you.

These will suck debris into its own filter by the pump that exists inside the unit. These smart devices will teach themselves the layout of your pool and remember it for the next time you use it. These also circulate the water in your pool better than any of the others.

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Baracuda Ranger Suction Side Automatic Pool CleanerPentair Kreepy Krauly Great White Automatic Pool CleanerZodiac F5 Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner
Baracuda Ranger Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner
Baracuda Ranger Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner
Pentair Kreepy Krauly Great White Automatic Pool Cleaner
Pentair Kreepy Krauly Great White Automatic Pool Cleaner
Zodiac F5 Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner
Zodiac F5 Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner
5 stars for Zodiac F5 Polaris Vac-Sweep Pressure Side Pool Cleaner

Top Rated Automatic Pool Vacuum Cleaner 2013

Zodiac F5 Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner

The first one on our list here is the Zodiac F5 Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner. This device hooks up to a dedicated pressure line and is powered by double jets that have a separate booster pump. This is a great option for in ground pools. Not only does it vacuum, but also it sweeps and scrubs the walls, floor, and steps of your pool. It can suck up larger debris like pebbles and then will put it all into its own filter bag.

They do have a different model that is great for vinyl pools should you need it. You will need a Polaris booster pump for this vacuum to work the best. It comes with a 31-foot feed hoes and connects to a 1.5 inch dedicated pressure cleaner line. Set up for this vacuum is very easy and once you get it adjusted to your pool, and get the pressures figured out, it will run like a dream. Unloading the leaf bag is pretty user friendly too.

I did notice that the sweep tail is pretty powerful and often will spray out of the pool pretty far. I suggest cleaning your pool when you have your windows closed (if your pool is close to your house), or not entertaining outside near it when you do. If you’ve had problems in the past with other vacuums, you will be pleased to know that this one does not get tangled as easily as others. Overall, not a bad piece of equipment to own.

Pentair Kreepy Krauly Great White Pool Cleaner

If you want an automatic cleaner, take a look at this Pentair GW9500 Kreepy Krauly Great White Pool Cleaner. This device is for in ground pools only and features a vacuum port door fitting that is spring loaded for safety; this door must be opened with a tool. The bristle drive and oscillating vortex design scrubs and vacuums both large, and small debris.

It works best for flat, dish incline, and hopper bottom pools. It cleans in a 15” path and will scrub gunite, fiberglass, vinyl and other specialty surfaces. It has a special turning mechanism that will keep it from getting stuck in certain areas. Because it doesn’t use an auxiliary pump, it will save on electricity.

I have noticed that this does not clean the corners as well as I would like but it is a small area, and I don’t mind doing it manually when needed. The other downside to this unit is that replacing parts, if and when needed, can be a bit costly. The hose sections it comes with are translucent and seem to be more flexible than what you can buy at pool supply stores.

It also has an adapter for a dedicated cleaner port and tele pole attachment so you can use it manually when needed. As is pretty normal with this kind of cleaner, it does not clean the shallow end as long as the deep end. Set up is easy since you just plug it is and it starts working. This is a pretty good unit to add to your pool accessories.

Baracuda Ranger Suction Side Pool Cleaner

If you have an above ground pool, consider this Baracuda W01698 Ranger Suction Side Pool Cleaner. This is a much more affordable option than the others. It can remove all the debris an in ground pool vacuum can, even pebbles. This vacuum can clean out dished out bottoms of up to 72 inches.

You don’t need any additional plumbing to run this device and it comes pre-assembled. You do get a 32-foot hose as well. Putting it together takes just a few minutes and there are no tools required to do so. It features an extra large wheel deflector that keeps it from getting stuck on ladders, steps, or corners. The hyper disc on it will let it glide along the bottom of the pool, and up the sides.

There are no gear, no wheels and no flappers so maintaining and using this piece of equipment is quite easy. It has a self-adjusting flow control valve that regulates water flow. I have noticed from time to time that I need to adjust it to make it get to all areas of my pool, but for the most part, it does a great job and doesn’t hurt the wallet too much.

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Hayward Navigator Pro Automatic Suction Pool CleanerAquabot APRVJR Pool Rover Junior Robotic Pool Cleaner
Hayward Navigator Pro Automatic Suction Pool Cleaner
Hayward Navigator Pro Automatic Suction Pool Cleaner
Aquabot APRVJR Pool Rover Junior Robotic Pool Cleaner
Aquabot APRVJR Pool Rover Junior Robotic Pool Cleaner

Best Pool Cleaner for 2013

Aquabot Pool Rover Junior Pool Cleaner

If you want a pool cleaner that does more on its own then check out this Aquabot APRVJR Pool Rover Junior Pool Cleaner may be just the thing for you. Be advised that this is an above ground pool cleaner only. This cleaner will allow you to never worry about tangled hoses again.

It runs with a 24-volt pump motor that will filter the water and scrub your pool floor with a patented jet drive propulsion venture system. It has its own internal pump and filtration system, as well as a filter back that can trap algae and bacteria that are as small as two microns. It will also pick up dirt, leaves and sand as well. The wheels on it are extra wide and don’t mark up your pool bottom. It features an easy to set guidance system that cleans above ground pools of any shape.

I like the 2 hour automatic shut off timer, which will help reduce costs if you forget about it and leave it running. I did notice that this device is great when you need some light cleaning and will do its job without much supervision. However, if you have a lot of debris and leaves, it tends to get clogged and will need to be emptied a few times during your cleaning session. You should remember as well to reset the wheel pin before each use so you don’t have issues with cord twisting.

Hayward Navigator Pro Automatic Suction Pool Cleaner

If you want a machine that you can set and forget, you might be interested in this Hayward 925ADV Navigator Pro Automatic Suction Pool Cleaner. This device comes with an advanced programmed steering function so it cleans more of your pool than many others.

The design harnesses the flow of water through the filtrations system and will drive the machine right and left to get the best coverage. It will clean your pool in about 3 to 4 hours. It comes with a hydrodynamic head for better performance as well. Putting it together was very easy with no tools required and it took me about 8 minutes overall.

This was pretty good considering the instructions were not as clear as they could be. It can take a bit of fiddling to get the pressure just right for your pool, but once that is done, you can set it and walk away for a few hours.

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