Best Budget Pool Vacuum for Most Consumers

Over the years Ashley’s Pool Service has installed and serviced many pool vacuum types for customers. In a previous blog post we’ve outlined and detailed the different pool vacuums available and the benefits and pool environments in which each one excels at operating. These vacuums can range from cheap ($90) to expensive ($500+) vacuums and each one has it’s pros and cons.

One thing we’ve noticed is that just because a vacuum is more expensive doesn’t mean it will last longer or perform better. About 3 years ago Ashley’s Pool Service started recommending to customers the $90 XtremePowerUS Automatic Suction Vacuum. This product is recommended to customers that wanted a pool vacuum but didn’t have the budget to spend hundreds of dollars on the more popular name brand ones. In comparison, you could buy three of these vacuums over the cost of many other name brand vacuums. Since then, she’s installed this vacuum in 10+ pools for a wide variety of pool types and environments and has found that this vacuum, while being substantially cheaper than others, performs very well. Our recommendation is that only customers with in-ground concrete pool surfaces should use this vacuum. It may cause damage to vinyl pool liners.

I want to reiterate, that this is not the best vacuum on the market. There are many other vacuums that have better cleaning features, patterns, and are more stylish or quieter. But I’ve found that for the price this vacuum can be the perfect cleaning tool for pools that just need that little extra cleaning during the week.

Recommendations

Ashley recommends this vacuum for mostly any in-ground concrete pool. Many of her customers are quite surprised by the performance and reliability this cheaper alternative pool vacuum gives them, especially when considering the price. Below we outline the pros and cons we’ve noticed for the multiple years and 10+ vacuums we’ve installed of the XtremePower vacuum.

Pros:

  • Cheap reasonable price so it can meet many budget ranges
  • One single moving part, which results in less internal mechanics to break
  • Comes with the required pool hoses to attach the vacuum to an existing skimmer or vacuum port
  • Works well to clean pollen or dirt from screened in pools
  • Works very well in environments that often give other vacuums a difficult time. Small leafy debris and acorns can cause robotic or diaphragm vacuums to become clogged or stuck. This vacuum has a larger opening without the delicate suction or moving parts of other cleaning vacuums.

Cons:

  • The rear of the vacuum chamber can become clogged with decaying leaves. Clearing the leaves out is easy with something long and thin.
  • Pools with a vinyl liner may be prone to damage
  • Like many vacuums, the hole on the bottom is about an inch in diameter. So large debris may not be picked up.
  • Like many non-robotic vacuums the vacuum randomly ‘crawls’ along the surface in an undefined pattern.

If you’re interested, the vacuum can be purchased from online for around $90.

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