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Handheld Swimming Pool Vacuum Cleaner Reviews

This page is intended for "handheld pool vacuums" so if you are looking for a review of traditional suction cleaners, pressure cleaners of robotic pool vacuums then read the Pool Vac Reviews found here.



Every now and again you stumble upon a product that makes you stop and think...why did this not exist up until now? Looking at it, it makes perfect sense as to why this product exists, and you can instantly see many ways that it will improve or enhance your life in some way when it comes to day to day maintenance of your pool. The Pool Blaster Brand Pool and Spa Cleaner is one of these things.

In a nutshell this is a small, battery operated vacuum cleaner (think along the lines of a dust buster vacuum on steroids) that attaches to your telescopic pool pole. It does not need to be connected via vacuum hoses to your pool skimmer, nor does it require an electrical cord like a robotic cleaner. As a day to day maintenance and spot cleaning vacuum there has simply never been a better product on the market for this purpose.





#1 Bestseller on Amazon.com

This is a situation where concept wins the day. While there are better pool vacuums on the market - more powerful ones, ones with bigger storage bags, ones with extra scrubbing power, ones that do not need batteries - the concept of a small, but reasonably powerful vacuum that can operate independently from the pool plumbing system is the reason this smaller, less powerful vacuum is one of the best selling pool products on Amazon.com.

Day to day use - When you have a spring cleaning with tons of leaves and slime in your pool then take the time to hook up your manual pole vacuum and get the vacuum hose out. Prime the line and start vacuuming through the filtration system of the pool. For the other 98% of the time you just need to do a quick pass of a few target areas to pick up some errant leaves or bugs on the floor of the pool. This is where the Pool Blaster design leaves all other vacuums in the dust. Water Tech also makes lighter duty and heavier duty versions of this product.





The Pool Blaster Aqua Broom has the same great convenience as larger models of handheld pool vac, but in a smaller, more maneuverable package. This light duty pool vac is suitable for small pools, above ground pools and hot tubs.

Power: 150 watts
Vacuum head: 8 1/2"
Cleaning area per charge: 974 sf
Run time: 3 hours
Recharge time: NA - Requires 5 "D" batteries
Weight: 2.4 lbs



The Aqua Broom XL is the same as the Aqua Broom however the vacuum head opening is 30% larger and the debris holding capacity of the XL model is 3 times more than the standard Aqua Broom - and also comes with a 3 piece sectional pole.

Power: 150 watts
Vacuum head: 8 1/2"
Cleaning area per charge: 974 sf
Run time: 3 hours
Recharge time: NA - Requires 5 "D" batteries
Weight: 2.4 lbs




The Pool Blaster Catfish model is the best selling handheld cleaner on Amazon and this is likely due to the middle of the road size that makes it suitable for above ground pools, in ground pools as well as hot tubs.

Power: 200 watts
Vacuum head: 7 1/4"
Cleaning area per charge: 1102 sf
Run time: 45 minutes
Recharge time: 4 hours
Weight: 3.1 lbs




The Pool Blaster Catfish Ultra has the same body and design as the Catfish model, plus a small increase to the size of the suction motor that operates the vacuum. If you like the size of the Catfish model but want just a bit more suction power then this is the one you are looking for.

Power: 225 watts
Vacuum head: 7 1/4"
Cleaning area per charge: 1102 sf
Run time: 45 minutes
Recharge time: 4 hours
Weight: 3.5 lbs





Pool Blaster Max is the strongest, most heavy duty of the three models of handheld pool vac from Water Tech. It has a detachable 10 3/4" head for large sweep passes or spot cleaning, as needed. It has an approximate run time of 1 hour on a fully charged battery which is capable of covering up to 1771 sf of surface area during this time.

Power: 300 watts
Vacuum head: 10 3/4"
Cleaning area per charge: 1171 sf
Run time: 1 hour
Recharge time: 4 hours
Weight: 5.1 lbs






The commercial grade Pool Blaster Max CG is a strong, heavy duty handheld pool vac designed for use in commercial pools. Similar in design to the Pool Blaster Max, this model features an upgraded motor for maximum power in commercial applications.

Power: 400 watts
Vacuum head: 10 3/4"
Cleaning area per charge: 2232 sf
Run time: 1 hour
Recharge time: 4 hours
Weight: 5.3 lbs




The Pool Blaster Max HD is a powerful handheld pool vac that is similar to the Pool Buster Max, but has a 40% larger debris storage area for maximum cleaning area in between bag changes.

Power: 400 watts
Vacuum head: 10 1/2"
Cleaning area per charge: 1771 sf
Run time: 1 hour
Recharge time: 4 hours
Weight: 6.0 lbs





The Pool Blaster Pro 900 is a cordless, hoseless pool vacuum suitable for use as a service and maintenance technician in the pool and spa industry. With a very heavy duty cordless motor and large storage capacity, this cleaner is the fastest tool on the market to get the pool clean. Comes with a second rechargeable battery so once can charge while the other is in use.

Power: 900 watts
Vacuum head: 15"
Cleaning area per charge: 4419 sf
Run time: 1 hour
Recharge time: 4 hours
Weight: 7.4lbs




The Pool Blaster Pro 1500 is the same technology as the Pool Blaster Pro 900 with an even stronger motor and larger storage capacity. If you have a service route that requires between 2-4 hours of vacuuming per day then this tool can get your work done, faster and easier!

Power: 1500 watts
Vacuum head: 19"
Cleaning area per charge: 5593 sf
Run time: 2 hours
Recharge time: 4 hours
Weight: 11.0 lbs




The Easiest Way To Keep Your Pool Clean

If you have been searching for an easier way to keep your pool clean and free of leaves, bugs, algae and other sunken debris then this is the tool that you have been looking for. While certainly not required for every pool - if you would prefer to sacrifice a little cleaning power over traditional pool vacs for the convenience of battery operate, no cords and no hoses then these are the best products on the market.

Service and maintenance technicians looking for a way to increase your speed and reduce the workload of your service route will certainly find the convenience to be a game changer. With multiple battery packs and long battery life you can use these handheld vacuums most of the day which is going to save a TON of setup and teardown time for traditional vacuuming methods.






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