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Best Handheld Pool Vacuum

Pool vacuums are a requirement if you are going to own your own pool, so taking the time to find the right one for your needs is a good idea. They come in various shapes, sizes and cleaning ability, from picking up leaves to just picking up accumulated dirt on the pool bottom, where some might be whole pool cleaners and some work best for spot cleaning.

The best handheld pool vacuums will be those that work well sucking up any type of debris, yet will be relatively straightforward and easy to use. Debris bags should be easy to empty, and hold enough debris at any given time, to give you more time cleaning and less time hassling with the collection bag.

Water Tech Pool Blaster Max Battery Powered Pool and Spa Cleaner

The most versatile vacuum here that will work on virtually any pool surface from concrete to vinyl, that's what makes the Water Tech Pool Blaster Max #1 on this list. It's lightweight at about 5 pounds, and gets even lighter once under water. The rechargeable battery lasts over an hour of run time, which should be enough time to clean virtually any pool. The easy rinse collection bag makes cleaning painless, and it will suck up just about anything that it comes into contact with beneath the water, and that includes algae. Attach it to the end of a pool pole and get to work.

Aqua Broom Battery Operated Pool Vacuum

For spot cleaning or just those occasional vacuuming jobs, none do it better than the Aqua Broom Battery Operated Pool Vacuum. It looks like a house broom and will pick up just about anything on the pool bottom, but the bag may be a bit small for whole pool cleaning. In truth, this is the best bang for the buck pool vacuum on the list. It is easy to use, versatile and takes 5 "D" cell batteries. Get 5 rechargeables, and you'll never have to worry about new batteries again. Plus, it is the least expensive handheld vacuum on the list.

Catfish PPV Pool Cleaner

If you want a similar item to the Water Tech Pool Blaster Max, but you don't want to pay the price, consider the Catfish PPV Pool Cleaner. It has an easy to clean bagging system, it's lightweight for ease of use and it will run for a solid hour on its rechargeable battery. While a great cleaner, it's sometimes difficult to turn on and off switch. Wet hands slip while turning it and some people have a hard time using it properly. That doesn't mean it isn't a good pool vacuum, but in that one respect, ease of use is suspect. However, it is one of the least expensive vacuums here, so it is still a good deal regardless.

Leaf Gulper Pool Vacuum

If you have major leaf problems in your above-ground or in-ground pool, the Leaf Gulper Pool Vacuum is the way to go. Although it is made primarily to pick up sunken leaves, it will do a credible job picking up other debris as well. The large bag will capture a pools worth of leaves, just attach this unit to your garden hose and a pool pole, and have at it. The pressure from your hose creates a high pressure jetting system that funnels leaves into the bag. Suggested use is only for concrete or vinyl, but it is an inexpensive and effective way to remove the leaves from the bottom of your pool.

GAME 4855 Spa and Pool Vacuum

This is the most unique pool vaccum on the list. The GAME 4855 Spa and Pool Vacuum is easy to use, requires no batteries, hose or pole attachment, yet it will do a good job of vacuuming any pool or spa bottom. It is powered by you, working the pump handle up and down to achieve adequate suction at the tip. It includes a leaf skimmer, slide-on brush and both a dual nozzle and a wide nozzle. You will have to get into the water to use it effectively, and it may not be the best choice for a large pool, but for spas, inflatables or spot cleaning, this one will do the job.

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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