Above ground pools allow swimmers to enjoy a nice cool swim on a hot summer afternoon and do it at a fraction of the cost of an in-ground pool. However, they can also be somewhat of a pain to clean, as anyone who owns one can attest to, especially without a good vacuum for the pool. An above ground pool vacuum is definitely a necessity if you own one of these pools.
Finding the best vacuum for your particular above ground pool can be somewhat of a challenge because it seems like there’s a million of them available. And that’s why we’ve decided to do some research and find out which of these vacuums are actually the best. We then rated them according to their quality, efficiency, and effectiveness.
Best Above Ground Pool Vacuums
10Pentair Kreepy Krauly EZ VAC K50600
This automatic above ground pool vacuum is designed to make the job of cleaning the pool a whole lot easier. It’s easy to set up and use, so the pool owner doesn’t have to spend as much time setting it up as they may have to do with other automatic pool cleaning systems. Although it does use a random cleaning pattern to clean the pool, it’s still surprising quick and seems to get the job done quite efficiently. And since it only has one operational part, this unit isn’t subject to the same malfunctions and breakdowns that other pools tend to have.
9Dolphin Escape Robotic Above Ground Cleaner
Although some people may find its design imposing, it’s actually made in a way that makes it more efficient at picking up pool debris. Without having to use any bags, this unit is able to pick up and hold up to 60% more debris than comparable pool cleaners. It has Hypergrip Continuous Tracks that give it improved traction on the pool’s floor, and its scrubbing brush is capable of removing even stuck-on debris. Using its patented Smart Navigation System, this unit is able to optimize its cleaning patterns according to the size of the pool, so it gets done quicker.
8Poolmaster Big Sucker Swimming Pool Vacuum
Leaves in the pool are a thing of the past thanks to the Pool Master Big Sucker pool leaf vacuum. This 15-inch diameter vacuum is designed with a large central opening that allows it to quickly and effectively remove large sections of leaves at one time. It also has a handle that can be attached to a pole for ease of operation. Another innovation found on this vacuum is its reusable mesh leaf bag that is easy to remove and easy to empty. Since this model also comes with a quick-disconnect adapter, it’s also easy to attach to any standard sized water hose for quick operation.
7Zodiac Ranger Suction-Side Cleaner
Although the Zodiac Ranger is a suction-side pool vacuum that’s not meant to be used with soft-sided pools, for other types of above ground pools its an absolute dream to operate. This model comes preassembled, so the pool owner can immediately begin to use it, and it comes with a full 32-feet of feed hose for convenience. This product has fewer moving parts than other pool cleaners, so homeowners don’t have to worry about that annoying flapper noise that’s associated with some cleaner models. And it’s also easier to operate and maintain than some other models.
6Hayward 900 Wanda The Whale
Hayward is a company that doesn’t want their customers to have to deal with handheld vacuums, so they created Wanda The Whale. This whimsical above ground pool cleaner is designed to be installed in 10-minutes or less, and all without the use of tools. This means that the pool owner can get it and press it in service as quickly as possible. Once it’s in service, this unique vacuum will use its Smart Drive Technology to steer it around the pool, so it cleans faster than any vacuum that cleans the pool randomly. And when it has done its job, all the pool owner has to do is remove it from the pool.
5Aquabot Pool Rover Junior Robotic Cleaner
Although this robotic pool cleaner may look like a toy, it’s actually a powerful robotic pool vacuum that can clean any above ground pool quickly and efficiently. This model comes with 40-feet of floating cable and is capable of cleaning any round, rectangular or oval above ground pool in an hour or less. And it can do it without the need for hoses. This little robot is powered by a single-pump motor that provides the unit with both drive propulsion and with its vacuum suction. Another feature found on this unit is its automatic shut-off times which shuts off after 2-hours and therefore reducing energy and chemical costs.
4Pool Rover S2 40 Robot Vacuum
This robotic pool vacuum is designed to relieve the pool owner the burden of having to vacuum out their pool on a regular basis. This unit is designed to be set up, placed into a pool and then allowed to do its job. This product comes with a 40-foot kink-free EZ swivel cable and can clean pool floors, partial walls and coves quite easily. It’s also equipped with filter media that can be accessed through its top so that it’s easy to clean. And since this robot can filter up to 85-gallons per minute and can filter particles as small as 2-microns, it will leave any pool crystal clean.
3Bestway Aqua Handheld Pool Vacuum
The Bestway Aqua Powercell is a handheld pool vacuum that’s designed to suck up the debris in your above ground pool. It comes with a 5 section pole that gives the user a full 87-inches of reach and has 2 different interchangeable heads that can be used for different jobs. Its first head is used to clean surfaces and its second head is designed to get into hard-to-reach corners. This unit is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that allows it to run for up to 40-minutes on a single charge. And to keep it charged, it even comes with its own charger. All of this makes this a useful vacuum for any above ground pool.
2Pentair Kreepy Krauly Lil Shark
Vacuuming the pool can be a tedious process, and no one knows this fact more than the manufacturers of this above ground pool vacuum. This model is designed to be placed in the pool and completely let loose so it can clean your pool on its own. It’s capable of doing this job because it’s programmed with the best cleaning routines for efficient pool floor coverage, and it also has a dual-band of bristles that scrub debris loose as it vacuums sucks it up. This unit is able to clean a 10-inch wide path across the pool and because its made with an extremely simple design, it’s less likely to break down than other automatic pool vacuums.
1Polaris Vac Sweep Auto Pool Cleaner
Designed for use on only fiberglass and vinyl above ground pools, this automatic pool vacuum installs in only a few minutes and does a great job at removing debris. Since it’s powered by the return of clean water to the pool, it frees up both the skimmer and the filter to eliminate contaminants. Using its special jet sweet assembly, this product blows water against the sides of the pool to hasten the loosening of stuck-on debris, and it sweeps the floor debris into a filter bag. Its unique filter bags remove the debris and are easy for the operator to remove when they need to dump it out.