The Poolvergnuegen by Hayward is one of their top-selling models and is best suited for small to medium sized above ground pools. This is a four-wheel model, which means you can expect a reliable performance thanks to this stable design.
Our Verdict: This is a suction pool cleaner, which means it’s not packing the type of power a standard robotic pool cleaner does. Instead, this model is best suited for small to medium sized pools. It also doesn’t offer the same type of hands-off approach that higher priced pool cleaners do, but as a suction model, it does do a great job of keeping your pool free of debris and scum buildup to a minimum.
If you’re looking for a pool cleaner that’s fully automatic, then this isn’t the model for you. If you’re searching for a more affordable option than a standard robotic pool cleaner and you don’t mind putting in a little work once a week, then this model can help you keep your pool looking clean all summer long.
Continue reading to learn more about this popular budget-friendly pool cleaner.
Overview and Features
This is a lightweight pool cleaner, coming in at just five pounds. The lighter design makes it much easier to remove from the pool, however, it also takes away from its overall stability.
This model is available in a couple of different design options, the two-wheel model and the four-wheel model. We’ve decided to review the four-wheel pool cleaner since it has a better reputation for durability and power. As an example, the two-wheel pool cleaner can only handle pools that measure in at sixteen by thirty-two feet, while the four-wheeled cleaner can take care of pools that measure twenty by forty feet. Aside from the wheel design and cleaning capabilities, there really are no other differences between these two pool cleaner options.
A suction model, the cleaner can handle five different pool surface types including:
While you can still use this cleaner for pools made out of materials other than these five, it will not work as efficiently.
This model doesn’t offer the same type of automatic cleaning process that higher priced robotic pool cleaners can. It’s not able to scrub the floor of your pool or focus on the grim buildup that’s often found at the waterline, however, for a side suction model it offers a better performance than other models in this category.
This suction cleaner can easily clean the walls, sides, and floor of your pool. It can also glide across a pool’s surface easily and quickly, thanks to its superior steering sequences.
Years of testing and research went into designing the pool cleaner’s steering system. It entails a series of internal pre-programmed steering sequences designed for ultimate mobility and steering power. As an example, one of the steering sequences consists of one of the rear wheels periodically reversing. This will allow the rest of the machine to easily turn, so it will move in the exact direction you desire.
The suction pool cleaner is able to easily maneuver around a pool thanks to the four heavily treaded tires. Combined with the preprogrammed steering, this model has no trouble climbing walls or cleaning hard to reach places.
The series of patented turbine vanes are self-adjusting. They allow for a set, consistent speed during the cleaning process. Unlike other pool cleaners that require you to adjust the turbines for the right amount of friction, the self-adjusting design ensures a solid performance. The design also allows the pool cleaner to capture debris efficiently. On other models, you’ll notice that the turbine vanes need ongoing extra attention to make sure that the debris doesn’t hinder the cleaner’s movement in the water or its overall performance.
The pool cleaner’s throats allow the user to optimize the suction based on debris type.
You’ll find that you will have to put in some work as far as using different throats during the cleaning process. Fortunately, the throats are interchangeable and will work with any type of pump you have.
- Four-wheel design
- Cleans sides and floor
- Durable construction
- Stands the test of time
- Cleans the pool well
- Does not clean at the waterline
Does This Pool Cleaner Come With a Fully Automatic Deep Cleaning Mode?
No. While it can easily glide around in the water, it will need some extra help removing larger debris from your pool. If you’re looking for a top of the line pool cleaner that offers a total hands-off cleaning process, then you can expect to pay more. We recommend the Dolphin Escape Robotic Above Ground Pool Cleaner. This is one of the leading fully automatic robotic pool cleaners on the market, although it’s available at nearly twice the price as this Hayward pool cleaner.
How Do I Get Rid of Scum Build Up in the Middle of My Pool?
Even the best above ground pool robotic cleaners will struggle to clean this area of a pool, which is where algae tends to thrive. For most pools, all you’ll need are a couple of scrub brushes, chlorine tablets, and a hose. Fortunately, cleaning out your pool once a week should be enough to prevent a serious algae bloom. To learn more, click here to read our article on how to clean above ground pool.
Conclusion and Rating
The Hayward Poolvergnuegen pool cleaner isn’t as tough as the leading robotic pool cleaners on the market and should only be used in small to medium sized above ground pools. It’s slower performance combined with its inability to thoroughly scrub out a pool means you may need to take a more hands-on approach during the cleaning process, but for a side suction model it does a great job of keeping debris and scum to a minimum. Its four-wheel design also helps to keep the cleaner upright and stable during the cleaning process, however, you will find that this model is very slow moving, which can equal a longer cleaning cycle. Overall, it’s one of the leading suction models on the market and works well for most smaller above ground pools. We gave this model a rating of four and a half stars out of five.