Best Pressure Pool Cleaners

Finding the Best Pressure Pool Cleaner

We’ve been reviewing pressure pool cleaners since 2015. Recently, we did extensive online research and found some of the best models on the market. Through our research, we found out which pool cleaners can maneuver over obstacles and provide the best coverage to clean pools efficiently in a short amount of time.

Best Overall

The Pentair Kreepy Krauly Racer is a pool cleaner with a lot of power. It has four backup jets, while most similar cleaners only have three. It moves backward and forward with equal dexterity to get complete coverage of your pool, and it can thoroughly clean a good-size pool in just a couple of hours.  

Best Value

The Polaris Vac-Sweep 165 is a cost-effective pool sweeper that is safe for all types of in-ground pools, including those made of concrete, vinyl, fiberglass and tile. It’s lightweight and can clean an average-size pool that is up to 8 feet deep in around three hours. It doesn’t require an additional booster pump to operate, saving you even more time and money.

Best for Navigating Obstacles

The Poolvergnuegen PoolCleaner has deep-tread tires and other patented features that help it navigate over obstacles and all kinds of surfaces to clean you pool quickly. It also has an adjustable roller skirt that optimizes suction on uneven surfaces. In addition, its steering system gets it around the pool quickly, and it has a wide mouth to pick up all kinds of debris.

Pressure Pool Cleaners: What to Look For

As you consider which pressure pool cleaner to buy, you should look at features such as suction, integrated pumps and pool compatibility.

Suction Power
If your pool is exposed to a lot of debris, such as leaves from surrounding trees and dense landscaping, you should consider investing in a pressure cleaner instead of a smaller pressure side suction cleaner. These are typically lighter and don’t have as much power as a pressure pool cleaner, which can handle large pieces of unwanted dirt and debris that fall into your pool.

The Kreepy Krauly Platinum is one example of a pressure cleaner that has an extra-large intake capacity, making it especially adept at picking up leaves, bugs and small branches. Note that because pressure cleaners require more suction, they also require the use of a booster pump.

Booster Pump
Each model specifies whether it has an internal booster pump or if it requires an external one. If the vacuum has an onboard booster, you may still need to ensure you have a booster line you can connect it to. If it requires an external booster, you have to contact a professional to have a booster pump installed to operate the machine. A booster pump is required for most of the pressure cleaners we considered, like the Polaris Vac-Sweep 3900, and they provide extra power.

Pool Compatibility
If you have an above-ground pool, not all pressure pool cleaners will work for you. In fact, most will not. Look for a pressure side suction pool cleaner instead.

Most pool vacuums are designed for 8-foot deep ends and a surface area of 10 x 10 feet. If your pool is larger than that, you need to buy a hose extension so the vacuum can reach to all corners of the pool. If your pool has a vinyl liner, check the device’s specifications to see whether it is suited for that type of surface – some rotary brushes can damage vinyl or tile.

A pressure cleaner is a useful addition to your pool's maintenance routine. These devices are especially good at picking up large chunks of debris like leaves and small branches, and they have more power than pressure side pool cleaners. Finding the right model can save you time and lower overall maintenance costs.

Contributing Reviewer: Noel Case