7 Best Automatic Above Ground Pool Cleaners

by Matt Giovanisci | Last Updated: July 28, 2013

Growing up, I had a 28-foot round above ground pool with NO walk around deck and NO fence. And because I was the oldest son (and worked at a pool store), it was my job to hook up the manual vacuum and clean the pool every other day.

I learned how to balance myself on the thin edge of my pool, using only the vacuum pole to steady myself — it was the WORST. I begged and pleaded for my dad to buy an automatic pool cleaner, but he refused because, “they are too expensive.”

Well, Dad, they are not! But since I don’t have that pool anymore, it’s too late for me. However, if you’re tired of vacuuming your pool the old fashioned way (by hand), you should seriously invest in one of these automatic above ground pool cleaners. Trust me, they are heavenly.

1. Aquabot Pool Rover S2 40

Robotic Pool Cleaner
This is the new and improved Aquabot Rover robotic pool cleaner. Not only does it look really cool, but it’s also affordable for a robot that cleans your swimming pool. This clean will work for both an above ground pool and an inground pool.

Aquabot is my favorite brand of robotic pool cleaners. They’re extremely innovative and their goal is to provide affordable cleaners that save energy. Gotta love it.

2. Polaris 65

Pressure-Side Pool Cleaner
For fast, efficient and easy pool cleaning, the Polaris 65 automatic above ground pool cleaner is a great solution. The Polaris 65 pool cleaner is a pressure-side cleaner designed specifically for use in above ground pools. This powerful pool vacuum will sweep and clean the sides and floor of above ground swimming pools and takes just minutes to install. The Polaris 65 automatic pool cleaner features a patented jet sweep assembly which will loosen and remove dirt and debris even from hard-to-reach places.

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3. Aquabot Pool Rover Jr.

Robotic Pool Cleaner
Aquabot Pool Rover automatic pool cleaner is programmed to methodically clean any size in-ground pool or above-ground pool in less than 3 hours. This completely automatic pool cleaner can clean pools up to 18′ x 36′ and comes with a 40′ cord with floating buoys.

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4. Aquabot Pool Rover

Robotic Pool Cleaner
The Pool Rover Hybrid incorporates hydraulic engineering and an independent filtration system into one revolutionary above ground pool cleaner. The Hybrid features a direction guidance-locking pin for precise navigation, cleaning floors and slopes of all above ground pools and surface types, filtering large and small debris down to two microns with its 34-quart maximum capacity microfiltration bag.

5. Zodiac Ranger

Suction-Side Pool Cleaner
The Zodiac Ranger automatic pool cleaner will quickly and effectively clean any above ground swimming pool, even pools with dished out bottoms up to 72 inches. With just one moving part, the Zodiac Ranger automatic pool cleaner is exceptionally easy to maintain and provides remarkably quiet operation.

6. Hayward AquaBug

Suction-Side Pool Cleaner
Utilizing Hayward’s patented AquaBug programmed steering, the AquaBug automatic pool cleaner for above ground pools quickly and efficiently cleans your swimming pool. Plus, the AquaBug pool cleaner for above ground swimming pools installs in less than 10 minutes into your existing filtration system and provides advanced cleaning. Most importantly, the AquaBug above ground pool cleaner is economical so you can enjoy a sparkling pool with pristine water without making a huge dent in your budget.

7. Pool Blaster Catfish Portable Vacuum

Robotic Pool Cleaner (Battery-Powered)
The Pool Blaster Catfish is a versatile, dual function cleaner for large spas, above ground pools and small in-ground pools. Like all Pool Blasters, the Catfish offers the convenience of hose and cord-free operation. The Pool Blaster Catfish with its High-Flow pump tackles the largest of messes in any above ground pool, spa or hot tub. The innovative quick start button makes this cleaner very convenient and the Max-Cone™ Technology compacts all the dirt so more fits in the bag. The All-Purpose filter bag is easy to empty so hands do not touch the dirt. The catfish simply attaches to your existing telescopic pole and includes a reusable filter bag, spot cleaning nozzle and battery charger.

Happy Swimming!

Matt Giovanisci, the founder of Swim University®, started in the pool and spa industry at age 13 and moved to bigger companies along the way, helping thousands of pool and hot tub owners every year. He wanted to share his knowledge and unique teaching style on a larger scale, so he launched Swim University® in 2007. Since then, he's worked to make pool and hot tub care easy for over 10 million homeowners. And each year, he continues to help more people with water chemistry, cleaning, and troubleshooting.

Frustrated by adding chemicals and trying to keep your pool clear all the time?

We cut out all the confusion of pool maintenance in this easy-to-read illustrated ebook and video course. It'll help you save $100 right away on pool care!

Click here to learn more
The Pool Care Handbook