Now that you have an Intex pool, you need to consider maintenance. The number one accessory that comes into your mind is a cleaner.
But there are so many types of pool cleaners and brands out there.
We have different types of cleaners:automatic, robotic, suction side, pressure side and so on.
If you’re not sure which is the best vacuum for Intex pool, this buying guide will be resourceful.
In the first section, we have reviewed the top 5 best cleaners that should be on your wishlist.
Top 5 Best Vacuums for Intex Pools
After thorough research and testing, we came up with a final list of 5 top models for Intex above ground pools.
Hayward Wanda 900 – Automatic Suction side vacuum
It is a suction side model that is available in three theme styles:
- ‘Aqua Bug’,
- ‘Diver Dave.’
It is also very affordable and works with your existing pool pump. It also connects to the skimmer basket thus reducing street on the pump filter.
Hayward 900 requires at least 1500gph for maximum efficiency.
Even though it offers excellent performance, the price tag is quite high compared to other cleaners.
It’s also not ideal for pools with a wavy or dish-shaped floor as it can get stuck and rip the floor material.
- 3 animal-themed styles
- Boosts water circulation
- Excellent maneuverability
- Long 32ft. hose
- Minimal maintenance
- Quite expensive
- Not for uneven pool floors
Intex 28001 Automatic Pool Cleaner – An Affordable Model
The Intex 28001 is an affordable pool vacuum and is among the few reliable options if your budget is under $100.
It connects to the existing inlet with the 24ft. hose. The requirements for this cleaner is 1600 – 4000gph.
It can handle Intex above ground pools of up to 24ft.
Regarding maneuverability, it has four wheels, but they aren’t powered.
This will make it get stuck if it encounters the slightest obstacle.
But in deep corners, it won’t get stuck as it reverses to free itself.
- For small to large above ground pools
- Cleans deep corners
- Fast turnaround
- Gets obstructed easily
Pentair Kreepy Krauley E-Z – Ideal for Small to Large Above Ground Pools
It is ideal for small to large above ground pools as well as the in-ground with dished-out and flat bottomed pools.
Regarding pool system requirements, Kreepy Krauley K50600 works with at least 3/4hp pumps and 2000gph.
The advantage of Pentair Kreepy Krauley is that it doesn’t lose power as the skimmer valve regulates water pressure.
The random pattern ensures that every inch of the pool is covered. Even the largest Intex pool won’t be a bother. However, expect it to take longer.
Even though the one piece design significantly cuts down maintenance, the cleaner produces an irritating noise.
- Cleans all pool sizes and shape
- Vacuums and skims
- Doesn’t lose power
- No clogging
- Low maintenance
- Quite noisy
VINGLI Automatic Pool Vacuum – Suction Side Vacuum Head Cleaner with 10 Hose
But it’s performance is quite impressive when you consider the under $100 price tag.
This suction side cleaner is similar to Kreepy Krauley regarding pool system requirements.
It works with at least 3/4hp pumps and 1600gph flow rate.
On the downside, VINGLI has a 10ft. hose which is short compared to the 32ft. hose other models come with.
- Very affordable
- Short hose
- Suction loss
However, this one is a pretty much-updated model and is suited for larger above ground Intex pools.
This vacuum also connects to the inlet vias a 24ft hose.
The specified hose fittings should be 1-½-inch.
Just like the other model, this one works off your pool pump and requires a flow rate of between 1600 – 3500gph.
The maneuverability still depends on four wheels, but they are not powered.
The good thing is that it won’t get stuck in the deep corners.
- Affordable price
- Fast cleaning
- Gets obstructe
Buying Guide: How to choose?
Now, having looked at the top 5 best models, it’s time we discuss several important aspects that you should consider before buying any one.
To start, let’s find out why a pool vacuum is essential.
What’s a pool vacuum and why do you need it?
Types of Vacuums
There are 4 types of vacuums:
- Pressure-side vacuums
Robotic – These are models work independently. In other words, robotic pool cleaners don’t rely on your filter system of the pump.
Examples include Maytronics Dolphin Nautilus and Aquabot.
On the downside, they are white expensive. Robotic pool vacuums also require intensive maintenance.
Pressure side models – Here, the vacuum cleaner connects to the wall’s return outlet and leaves the skimmer free.
The household names here include Turbo Turtle and Polaris.
The downside is the high installation costs as they require separate booster pumps. The maintenance is also intensive because of the more components and parts.
Suction side models – These connect to the suction inlet or in some models, the skimmer. They work with at least a 1HP pool pumps.
There are two subsets of suction side models:
- inertia driven
- gear driven.
The difference is the movement pattern. Inertia driven cleaners like Kreepy Krauley move randomly. On the other hand, gear driven vacuums, for example, Hayward move methodically.
The major downside is that they are for small pools only just like battery pool vacuums. This time it’s because of low power and not runtime. It also overwhelms your filter system as it doesn’t have its filter bag. Suction side models are also the slowest and have no simultaneous skimming action.
Cordless models – Also known as battery vacuums, these are used for small portable vacuums. As the name suggests, they are powered by rechargeable batteries.
Examples include Blaster and Aqua Broom.
But unfortunately, they are not ideal for large pools as the runtime is pretty short.
Factors to Consider when Buying Above Ground Pool Cleaners
Below is some checklist about all the aspects that should inform your buying decision.
Intex themselves also feature in the list of the best brands with their Intex Krystal Klear cleaners.
Top brands are expensive but offer great value for money compared to the lesser known cheap pool vacuum brands like VINGLI.
Pool vacuums vary in price depending on the type and features as well.
- Suction side models are the cheapest and range between $100 and $400.
- Pressure side cleaners follow suit with the base models retailing at around $200 and the high end going up to $800.
- The robotic pool vacuums are the creme de la creme and cost from $500 all the way up to $1300.
Design, shape & size
The size of your pool determines how long a complete cleaning cycle will take.
- If you have a large pool, make sure to go for an automatic pool cleaner.
- For the small pools, a manual cleaner is ideal.
Type of debris
For pool owner’s dealing with the mid-sized dirt and debris like pebbles, sand, small leaves, and dead insects, a suction side cleaner will be the best. It has enough power to vacuum the small and light dirt particles.
For those who have to constantly deal with medium to large sized debris (twigs, acorns, and large leaves), buy a pressure side cleaner. This is because it has more power to suck up the large dirt and debris. Others have filters to ca capture even the small debris like sand.
Robotic pool vacuums are designed for pools with all types of dirt. This includes the finest dirt particles to the large-sized debris. We also have tough pool dirt like algae and the water scaling residue.
Advanced models like Dolphin Nautilus premier have the power to vacuum the large debris and interchangeable filters for the finest residue.
Power & flow rate
The performance of an above ground pool vacuum can be described in two;
- flow rate
The size of the motor determines power. It is matched regarding horsepower with the majority ranging between 0.5HP and 2.0HP.
Flow rate refers to the volume of water that can be pumped against time. The flow rate is calibrated in gph (gallons per hour).
The size of your pool should inform the choice of the cleaner.
There are two types of filtration mechanisms;
- bagged vacuums
- bagless options
Suction side cleaners are the bagless options. They rely on the filter system of your pool pump, and that means shorter lifespan for the pool pump filter.
Pressure side and robotic pool vacuums come with filter bags. They collect the dirt and debris they vacuum, and that means longer lifespan for the pool pump filter.
The length of the hose is as important as power & flow rate.
Also, consider the detachable hose. It allows you to lengthen the hose or shorten it as necessary.
When choosing a scrubbing system, the tough bristle brush sounds the best deal because of the equally tough stains.
The more components and parts a vacuum has, the more intensive its maintenance becomes.
If you want a low maintenance pool vacuum, get the suction side. It has the fewest components, requires no booster pump and has no ports and valves. Most importantly, it has no separate filter bag to be emptied like in pressure side and robotic cleaners.
Pressure side vacuums come second because the extra booster pump means more maintenance. The filter bag also requires emptying.
Robotic pool cleaners require higher maintenance because of the complexity of robotics. These too need frequent bag emptying.
This doesn’t affect the pool cleaners performance.
However, it’s worthy to mention that some animal-themed cleaning may be great purchases for families with kids.
Hayward has perfected the art of designing lovely pool cleaners.
You have the choice of Ladybug themed cleaners (Hayward Aqua Bug), Whales (Wanda the whale) as well as the duck- styled (Penguin).
How do above ground pool vacuums work?
There are different types of vacuums, but the working principle makes them different. They all work by drawing water and passing it through a filter system.Can I use an in ground cleaner for my Intex pool? Intex pools are above ground, and that means your in-ground vacuum is not suitable. Using an in ground cleaner in an above ground pool is running a risk.
Pool Walls and sturdiness will be compromised by the high power of in-ground pool vacuums and the tougher scrubbers.Should I clean my pool daily? It sounds like a great idea to clean your pool daily, but it isn’t. The pool cleaning needs are dependent on the dirt it is exposed to with time. Ordinarily, you need to clean the pool twice a week.
If there is more debris, you can increase the frequency to three times a week. The important thing to note is that the more you use your pool vacuum, the higher the wear and tear. That said, you shouldn’t clean daily.Is an automatic pool cleaner better than the manual type? It all depends on the type of pool you are talking about. A manual model may be ideal for certain small above ground pools while others can be suited for large above ground pools.
This is the same case for automatic cleaners. There is no better option between the two; it all depends on the suitability of each pool vacuum with the kind of pool you have, and the cleaning needs.Do I change my filter bag daily? You shouldn’t change the filter bag daily. However, you’re supposed to empty it daily after cleaning the pool.
If you leave the dirt inside the bag for long, it wears down your pool system. The dirt may also corrode the pool filter bag material.How to use Intex vacuum with dual outlets? Old Intex pools came with two holes on the filter. However, new regulations require that they have three holes per the Virginia Graeme Baker Act. You can still use two holes instead of 3. Use the black rubber cap provided to block off one hole. How to use a garden hose with Intex pool vacuum Attach the vacuum bag to the garden hose valve. The filter bag will vacuum debris from the pool’s floor. Then, connect the telescoping wand to the garden hose and turn on the water to the garden hose.
After this, lower the vacuum inside the pool. With the telescoping handle, move vacuum around the pool. If it loses suction, it’s time to empty the bag.
There you have it folks; the best Intex pool vacuums review as well as a shopping guide.
If you weren’t sure about the best model to buy, at least you have some light now.
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