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Thread: Automatic pool cleaner for above ground pools

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    Apr 2015
    Pearl River Louisiana

    Automatic pool cleaner for above ground pools

    Just finished installing out new Intex 16'x32'x52" ultra frame pool and it was a lot of work getting the ground level but we used a transit level, dug out the high area and hauled in clay dirt to build up the low end and then used sand for the pool floor. Putting up the pool was the easy part and now it's filled, looks great and is less than an inch off, so the extra time we spent on the ground prep was definitely worth it. Now we are ready to purchase a pool cleaner that will work well, not only with an Intex pool but with a pool of this size. We have seriously been considering the Polaris 65/turbo turtle which does appear to get excellent reviews however, when I walked into our local pool (chain) store and inquired about this Polaris, the guy at the store acted puzzled and said he was unfamiliar with that cleaner and then I explained it to him and he suddenly had a vague memory of it and basically said it was antiquated and then proceeded to hand me a brochure for a new robotic cleaner called the Pool Blaster SpeedJet. He said they didn't even have it in stock yet and that it would be arriving in a few days. When I inquired about the price he said it runs about $300.00 and the Polaris turtle online is about $185. I don't mind paying more if the SpeedJet is in fact a better cleaner but I haven't been able to find many reviews on it and the only complaint was that it would occasionally get tangled in the cord. My husbands concern is that it is an electrical motorized devise that may not last as long as the turtle. If anyone has had any experience with either of these pool cleaners, I would appreciate any feedback or
    Input you may have. THANKS
    32'x16'x52" Intex rectangular pool

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    Re: Automatic pool cleaner for above ground pools

    We use a Aquabot Pool Rover Junior Above Ground Robotic Cleaner. it is a few years old but works like a champ. Found it online for as low as $239.

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    Mar 2010
    Western Pa.

    Re: Automatic pool cleaner for above ground pools

    Another pool rover Jr. It does a great job. My only gripe is the cord twists up and I have to stop it and untangle to cord.
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    Northeast Alabama

    Re: Automatic pool cleaner for above ground pools

    I use a Red Leopard Orbit suction cleaner and it works great! Best $175 I've spent on the pool so far...
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    Aug 2012
    Orlando, FL

    Re: Automatic pool cleaner for above ground pools

    Quote Originally Posted by linda1 View Post
    Another pool rover Jr. It does a great job. My only gripe is the cord twists up and I have to stop it and untangle to cord.
    I use something similar to an Aquabot, it is yellow. I paid a little over $300 for it and I love it. To keep the cord from twisting and getting caught under the wheels, I attached a one foot section of pool noodle to the cord. Now, the cord floats and does not twist or get caught.

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    My vote is for a robot. At $100+ for the suction side cleaners, a few hundred more will save you a lot of time and effort. My robot does clean my entire pool and gets caught on nothing! I did not have the same level of satisfaction from my suction side cleaner.
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