Summer has arrived and it’s time to open your pool for the season! Exciting, right? Before you can open up your pool a good cleaning will need to happen to be sure the pool is safe for swimmers. Part of that cleaning involves thoroughly vacuuming the pool and without the right vacuum head, that process can be difficult and sometimes costly.
Our team wants to help you choose the right pool vacuum cleaner head. Choosing the wrong one could cause damage to your pool and nobody wants that! We happily did the research for you and so we could provide our expert opinions on top-rated vacuum heads for your pool.
The Pool Vacuum Heads – What’s Good and What’s Bad
10. Poolmaster 27402 Deluxe Air Relief Vinyl Liner Vacuum
Great for use in vinyl and fiberglass pools, this vacuum head has deluxe bristles on both the perimeter and underside. It has a stainless steel tension spring handle that will keep it submerged and on the pool floor. You can adjust suction strength with two air release valves and it has a swivel-function hose adapter.
Well made; solid construction. Has great suction. Glides smoothly.
Bristles are a bit too soft on this one. Some users may find it swivels a bit too much making it difficult to use.
9. Swimline 8150 Weighted Flex Vacuum Head
For concrete pool cleaning, this one has a weighted attachment. It will fit standard 1-1/4-inch and 1-1/2-inch vacuum hoses. It has a Snap-Adapt handle for simple assembly and an extra-wide 14-inch head which is weighted to help it stay submerged. Note: the manufacturer does state that pricing may vary on this item.
It’s a good quality vacuum head; well-built and durable. It is a bit flexible so it will work with contoured surfaces.
This one doesn’t come with instructions and isn’t very intuitive. Assembly is a bit difficult.
8. Poolmaster 18510 Triangle Vinyl Liner Vacuum – Basic Collection
This is a weighted vacuum head for use with vinyl pools. The perimeter brushes are made of durable Polypropylene and replacement brushes can be purchased if needed. It is suitable for use with a vacuum hose and standard pool pole. It measures 10-3/8″ wide.
It’s very affordable compared to some other brands. It’s well-made and durable. Cleans well at the edge of pools.
You might find it’s a very tight fit to a standard pole. Could benefit from more brushes.
7. Hydro Tools 8110 Weighted Half Moon Pool Vacuum Head
This one is weighted and designed for all pools. This pool vacuum head can be used with 1-1/4 or 1-1/2-inch vacuum hose. The manufacturer states that their quick snap pole adapter fits 99% of vacuum poles. Replacement brushes are available for purchase if needed.
The half-moon shape works great on pools with curves. It has great suction and nice, sturdy bristles.
While weighted, it may not be weighted enough and float a bit; additional pressure might be needed to keep it on the bottom of the pool.
6. Hydro Tools 8130 Weighted Butterfly Pool Vacuum Head
This one is designed specifically for vinyl lined pools. It is weighted to keep it submerged. The unique butterfly shape channels debris directly to the vacuum for simple removal. The Snap-Adapt handle should fit any standard pool pole.
It’s well-made. Has great suction and works well.
The retaining clip is a bit weak and tends to pop out when vacuuming.
5. Hayward SP1068DL Deluxe 3-Brush Pool Vacuum Head
The manufacturer claims the see-thru design makes for “fast and easy cleaning.” The long wear brushes loosen algae spots quickly. To end annoying hose tangling, there is a 360-degree swivel. It has a contoured shape which makes it ideal for pools with curves. An optional weight package can be purchased.
The weights are removable which means you can adjust then according to your needs. It’s sturdy and well built.
The brushes could be better quality and they are a bit expensive to replace.
4. Poolmaster 27400 Air Relief Vinyl Liner Vacuum
Made for vinyl lined pools, this one is weighted. It has a durable 13” ABS body. It is suitable for use with standard vacuum hoses and poles. For suction control, it has an adjustable air release valve. It also has perimeter brushes.
It scrubs stubborn dirt loose with little effort. Has great suction. It is durable and well-built.
Doesn’t work great on curves.
3. Milliard Sea-Thru Triangle Weighted Pool and Spa Vacuum Head
Molded from ABS plastic, this one has several great features. The triangular body is see-thru for ease of use and accurate vacuuming along walls and corners. It is weighted to help keep it submerged and has rubber bumpers to stop scratching and scraping of vinyl liners. The vacuum port fits 1½ and 1¼ inch standard vacuum hoses and it has locking clips for attaching to standard poles. The cleaning surface is 11” wide.
This unit functions nicely and has great suction. It funnels dirt in such a way that makes vacuuming quicker. It’s easy to use.
Although weighted, some users may find additional pressure is needed to keep it firmly on the bottom of a pool.
2. Milliard 14″ Flexible Spa and Pool Vacuum Head
This vacuum head comes with a handle adapter and locking clips to fit standard poles. The body is flexible so it curves to the floor of the pool and maintains constant suction. It is weighted and has free rolling wheels. The suction port is 1.5” and the cleaning surface is 14” wide. It is made of durable ABS plastic.
Glides easily along the bottom of pools. Has great suction. It’s very easy to use.
This one has no brush so it may not work well on tough spots.
1. PoolSupplyTown Flexible Swimming Pool Vacuum Head
This one is weighted with 6 weights. The cleaning surface is 14”. It connects to hoses that are 1.5”. The handle is chrome plated for easy movement. The wheels are made of long-lasting urethane and have ball bearings that roll smoothly.
It does roll quite smoothly. Well-made and durable. It’s a bonus there are no plastic parts that can break quickly. It’s a high-quality pool vacuum head.
Doesn’t hug sides of pools well so additional pressure may be needed.
A Few Tips on Pool Maintenance
Just some friendly advice on maintaining your pool…
- Check skimmer baskets and empty them
- Be sure to check the water level in your pool
- Check the filter and pump system to be sure they are working as they should
- Clean the skimmer baskets thoroughly
- Make sure the pump basket is cleaned
- Clean above the waterline in your pool
- The walls of your pool will need to be brushed
- Vacuum the pool manually (this is where our product guide comes in handy!)
- Make sure you check the pressure gauge on your filter to determine if backwashing is necessary
We hope these tips will help you further enjoy your pool!
Choosing the right pool vacuum head is important and you’ll want to be sure yours is in good shape. Never store it with the bristles down. You’ll also want to periodically check the bristles to be sure they are in good shape. Bristles in bad shape could cause damage to a pool liner.
We’re sure our reviews of the top 10 pool vacuum heads will point you towards the right one to meet your needs. Most importantly stay safe in the water. Happy swimming!