Looking for manual vacuum recommendations


LifeTime Supporter
Mar 23, 2012
The automatic vacuum that came with the pool in our "new" house does a decent job, but won't stay in the shallow end, and brushing the debris from there to the deeper end is a pain and doesn't work very well. I think my solution will be to use the Zodiac for most of the pool, then a manual vacuum for the shallow end and steps. I'm looking for recommendations. I've seen a few that will attach to the skimmer pole, are independent of the pool systems, and run on a rechargeable battery. That seems like the ideal, but I'd like to hear what others have to say. I've seen vacuum heads that attach to tubes and the skimmer pole, but I don't know if they would fit on the tubes I have for my Zodiac.




Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 10, 2009
Houston, Texas
Most vacuum hoses are the same size as the tubes Zodiac uses (1 1/2"). I use mine attached to a manual vacuum head. The vacuum head attaches to my telescoping pool poll and the tubes connect the vacuum head to the hole in the skimmer using the valve cuff that came with my Zodiac Ranger pool cleaner.


Well-known member
Jun 2, 2008
Marana, AZ
I used the Pool Blaster Catfish with a ladies' knee high in the bag instead of the sand and silt bag. Gets fine dust and dead algae quite well. Other than that, I use a manual vacuum head with my auto vac hose all the time. Most manual vacuum heads I've seen work with either 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 inch hoses.