Pool vacuum or robot


Active member
May 4, 2020
Northern CA
Hey all!

Thoroughly enjoying our pool.

Need recommendations for a pool vacuum or robot to help clean the bottom. Do the manual vacuums take a lot of time? Are any of the robots safe for our kind of pool?? I need bang for the buck. We have the Summer Waves Ultra 14’ x 42”. We are just using the stock pump at this time so we are trying to find one that also doesn’t rely on the pool pump to work.


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TFP Expert
Bronze Supporter
May 3, 2014
Laughlin, NV
Pool Size
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
For a small pool like yours, the battery operated vacuums are best.
Check for something like a Watertech Pool Blaster.

They have been in short supply (and thus quite expensive) this year.

Aquabot has some robots designed for above ground pools.


Silver Supporter
May 11, 2017
Groveton, Tx
If you’re looking for a battery powered one, do NOT get the Catfish. Such a complete waste of my money. With such a small pool, you could probably just get a hose & manually vacuum with your pump.
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