Best Pool Vacuums 2023 – Forbes Vetted
Having a pool at home is a luxury — but it’s a luxury that requires regular maintenance. Among the most important tools you need for maintenance: a reliable pool vacuum. The best pool vacuums are designed to vacuum up dirt and debris from your pool’s water and surfaces, making the cleaning process a little less labor intensive, extending the life of your personal swimming hole. Our top pick for most homes is the Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus for its smart navigation and ease of use, but there are plenty of other great pool vacuums on this list to consider.
If you’re new to pool ownership, here’s what you know: A quality pool vacuum is essential to have a good swimming experience. “All pools need vacuuming,” says JustAnswer pool and spa expert Randy Huckstadt. “The process of vacuuming keeps chemicals working at their best. Vacuuming is necessary to pick up the dirt and debris that has found its way to the bottom of the pool.”
So which type of pool vacuum is right for you? Before you start shopping, “consider the type and size of your pool,” says Mallory Micetich, home expert at Angi. “For example, automatic and robotic pool cleaners [often] require a pool with a circulating filter pump and are a more popular choice for in-ground pools.” The size of your pool also matters. “If you have a smaller pool, you can probably get away with a manual option,” adds Micetich.
To save you the time and headache of sorting through hundreds of vacuums, we’ve rounded up what we think are the eight best pool vacuums currently on the market. (And while you’re at it, check out our list of the best beach towels.)
How we picked the best pool vacuums
To determine the best pool vacuums you can buy right now, we spoke to two pool experts to get an insight into the category and the top factors to consider when shopping. We then identified the best pool vacuums on the market and analyzed each model by type, construction, weight and additional features. Reviews from real pool owners have also been included to get a better sense of how these vacuums perform in the real world.
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