There is nothing quicker to ruin a nice day than the anticipation of going for a swim, only to be greeted by dirty, slimy, or just generally unclean water.
Nobody wants to be the neighbor with the pool that some describe as an “eyesore”.
Keeping a pool perfectly clean isn’t always easy, but it doesn’t have to be hard.
When it comes to tools to keep your pool clean, there are generally two kinds of pool cleaners.
Suction side, which means the machine uses suction to stick to, and clean, your pool walls. Or pressure side, which functions using your pools built-in pumps to push the cleaner against your pool’s walls.
One option isn’t necessarily better than the other, but this article will focus strictly on pressure side pool cleaner options.
There aren’t too many reliable pressure side pool cleaner choices, but we’ll take a look at some of the most popular products out there, and try to narrow down the very best of the best. Let’s go!
The 4 Best Pressure Side Pool Cleaners for 2020
Zodiac Polaris 165
About the Zodiac Polaris 165
The first pool cleaner we’ll take a look at on this list is the somewhat affordable, and surprisingly capable, Zodiac Polaris 165.
This pool cleaner works in all in-ground vinyl or fiberglass pools and requires no extra tools or electricity. All that’s needed is your pool’s circulation pump.
The 165 uses a patented jet system to propel water against your pool’s surfaces to loosen any stuck-on debris.
your pool in three hours or less.
The performance of the Zodiac Polaris 165 is definitely above average, but with any pool cleaner there is more to consider than just performance. One must also take into account the durability of the cleaner, the quality of the parts, and the warranty or replacement policy of the company they are buying from.
The Zodiac Polaris 165 is a very respectable machine when it comes to performance, but it does have some concerns when it comes to build quality and reliability.
One of the issues that buyers have with this pool cleaner is the inconsistent hose. Some have complained of the hose “stiffening up” and thus rendering the pool cleaner useless at reaching every bit of their pool.
Other have complained about the hose giving out, or holes forming along its length over time.
These can be worrying concerns, even if Zodiac Polaris has above-average customer service and part replacement policy.
That being said, the Zodiac Polaris 165 is definitely a machine that outperforms its price point. So, if you’re looking for a pressure side pool cleaner that works well, and doesn’t cost a fortune, this might be the cleaner for you.
This is our “Best Budget Pick”, and a respectable pressure side pool cleaner option.
Pentair 360228 Kreepy Krauly
About the Pentair Pool Cleaner
The second pool cleaner we’ll take a look at is the Pentair Kreepy Krauly pool cleaner.
Pentair is a brand that offers many industrial, agricultural, commercial, and residential water systems.
They make some big promises when it comes to the 360228 Kreepy Krauly, but our job is to see how well they deliver on them.
The Pentair is relatively easy to assemble and set up, and it has some great features – such as the built-in lights to add ambience and illuminate night-time cleanings.
It also claims to be 30% faster than any competitor at cleaning pools, and sports front rotating brush scrubs for a deeper clean.
The larger intake on this model also is better at picking up larger scale debris.
Overall, the Pentair seems to be a pool cleaner that has some great design choices, and one that is capable of delivering a very solid clean to your pool.
Although, we’d recommend you keep reading for a breakdown of the negatives with this machine.
The Pentair is one of those machines that is extremely useful, when it works.
The overwhelmingly mixed reviews are perhaps a sign of poor quality control, or poor build design by Pentair.
While we like the Pentair, we think that considering the price of the product, there are better and more reliable options available.
However, if you think the Pentair is for you the video below is extremely informative about, and does a good job breaking down its parts, assembly, and even demonstrating the cleaner in action.
Polaris Vac-Sweep 360
About the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360
Polaris makes another appearance on the list with their Vac-Sweep 360 model.
This model is one of the most popular pressure side pool cleaners out there, but does it deserve that popularity?
For starters, the Polaris Vac-Sweep is respectfully priced, and can actually be found for cheaper than other, and older, Polaris Vac-Sweep models.
It easily connects to any dedicated pressure line and works in all in-ground pools.
It is powered by triple jets and has a large intake and large filter bag, meaning it will suck up and hold pool debris of any size.
The in-line backup valve is also handy in that it will automatically free the 360 if it gets stuck anywhere in your pool.
The hose length is also adjustable to customize the cleaner specifically to your pool size.
When it comes to cleaning performance the Vac-Sweep 360 is among the very best pool cleaners out there, and the machine is likely to last you for many years.
If you are looking for something in the medium price range with above average performance this is the pool cleaner for you.
The online reviews of the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 are mostly positive, and there are very few reviews that specifically cite the machine breaking.
For the most part the issues seem to be circumstantial, rather than indicative of Polaris having manufacturing issues.
The high quality, mostly reliable build, and fair price point make the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 our “Best Value Pick”.
For those that don’t like the Vac-Sweep 360, many cite the Vac-Sweep 280 with the booster pump as even more reliable, and we see it as an incredible secondary option for those that want reliable power and cleaning at a good price. You can find that option here.
Hayward TVP500C Trivac
About the Hayward TVP500C
The next pool cleaner is the Hayward TVP500C Trivac, one of Hayward’s most well-received pool cleaners.
This Hayward machine is definitely expensive, so let’s see if it is worth its large price point.
The device is equipped with patented AquaDrive technology. The powerful jets propel the cleaner around the pools and also allows for a short back up sequence to keep the cleaner from getting stuck and reduce cleaning time.
Additionally, the low-friction wheels eliminate the possibility of damage to any of your pool surfaces.
The TVP500C also has a 25% larger debris bag with an easy-open float that makes the bag easier to empty.
The 40% wider suction inlet allows for even the largest debris to get sucked up!
Our favorite feature of the bunch has to be the powerful sweep hose, which loosens debris in areas that the cleaner might not be able to reach!
Overall, the Hayward pressure side pool cleaner is one of the best performing cleaners we’ve looked at, as it effectively and efficiently cleans most pool shapes and sizes.
There is nothing but positive reviews for the Hayward TVP500C Trivac.
The machine looks good, it works great, and it seems to last very long.
The Hayward TVP500C comes with a 1-year warranty, but it seems relatively unlikely you’ll run into issues for at least 1 year, and most are happy with the device, even after many years of owning it.
It is pretty rare to find a pool cleaner that is so well received, but Hayward has themselves a winner here.
It is expensive, but it is also reliable, and guaranteed to clean your pool hassle free.
That makes it our favorite machine yet, and the “Best Overall Pressure Side Pool Cleaner” on our list.
The video below shows just how effective this pool cleaner is, and why it is probably the very best option on the market:
It is rare for one of our lists to only consider four options, but when it comes to pressure side pool cleaners there are many companies delivering sub-par products that break easily.
The “Best Budget Pick” was the Zodiac Polaris Vac-Sweep 165, a wallet-friendly option that may not have blown us out of the water, but it is definitely the best cheaper option on the market.
Our “Best Value Pick” was the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360, although we also noted the greatness of the earlier Vac-Sweep 280. This cleaner is in a nice middle ground as far as price goes, and its performance is among the very best of any pool cleaner out there.
Finally, our “Best Overall Pick” was the Hayward TVP500C as it met all of our requirements when it comes to build quality, reliability, and great performance. And it even looks pretty cool. It is an expensive, but worth it, option that is guaranteed to leave your pool clean with very little hassle.
We hope that this list helped you find a pressure side pool cleaner that works for you, and not against you.
Writer and Researcher
Sean is a Canadian University graduate with a degree in Communication Studies and Business Management. With over four years of experience in the field working with different newspapers and online magazines, mixed with his impeccable researching abilities, his talents are a perfect fit.