Best Handheld Pool Vacuums 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

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Intex Handheld Rechargeable Vacuum with Telescoping Aluminum Shaft and Two Interchangeable Brush Heads

If you’re looking to keep your pool clean and clear of debris, you’ll probably want an effective pool vacuum. Handheld models can be great for spot cleaning, but how do you find one that works well and is in your budget?

To help you find a great pool vacuum, we’ve tested all of the major brands and come up with this ranked list of our 10 favorites. For each model, we’ve written a detailed review, looking at price, design, power, and warranty so that you can easily compare them. Researching a great appliance doesn’t have to take up all of your time, and we hope that this list helps you find your perfect handheld pool vacuum.

A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites

Best Overall
Intex Handheld Rechargeable Vacuum with...
Premium Choice
Kokido Telsa 30 Telescopic Rechargeable Electric...
Name
Intex 28620E
Kokido EV30CBX
Editor Rating
3.5/5
3.8/5
Warranty
1 Year
30 Days
Best Overall
Intex Handheld Rechargeable Vacuum with...
Name
Intex 28620E
Editor Rating
3.5/5
Warranty
1 Year
Premium Choice
Kokido Telsa 30 Telescopic Rechargeable Electric...
Name
Kokido EV30CBX
Editor Rating
3.8/5
Warranty
30 Days

The 10 Best Handheld Pool Vacuums – 2020

1. Intex Handheld Rechargeable Vacuum – Best Overall

Intex 28620E

Our overall favorite is the Intex 28620E Handheld Rechargeable Vacuum. This midrange, mid-weight model includes quite a few useful accessories and works on even the finest debris.

This 4.7-pound vacuum, which has a sturdy aluminum body, works off of USB-rechargeable batteries and is suited to above-ground pools up to 18 feet in diameter. The package includes two interchangeable brush heads, a charging cable, a 94-inch telescoping aluminum shaft, and a shaft adapter. The white sock filter works well, catching even sand and other fine debris, and the machine shuts off automatically when you take it out of the water.

The package doesn’t include a wall plug, and the switch, though waterproof, is somewhat loose and not covered by the warranty. The machine as a whole isn’t entirely waterproof, so it may not be fully durable. We did find that the battery charges lasted for a long time. Intex offers a one-year warranty.

Pros
  • Reasonably priced and fairly lightweight
  • Rechargeable batteries with included USB cable
  • Includes light telescoping shaft and interchangeable brush heads
  • Sock filter works well on fine debris
  • Sturdy aluminum body
  • Auto shutoff and waterproof switch
  • One-year warranty
Cons
  • Loose switch that isn’t covered by the warranty
  • Not completely waterproof
  • No included wall plug

2. Aura 6250 Spa Vacuum – Best Value

Aura 6250

Do you have a lower budget? You may want to look at the Aura 6250 Spa Vacuum, which we found to be the best handheld pool vacuum for the money. This lightweight, low-cost machine is simple to use and doesn’t require pumping, batteries, or a water attachment.

This 2.5-pound vacuum is self-contained and straightforward, using a siphon to vacuum up debris. To use it, you put your finger over the mouth of the seven-foot telescoping aluminum pole, put it underwater, and remove your finger.

Though this model is easy to use, it’s also fairly time-consuming, as you have to bring it up to the surface every 15 seconds. It works well for spot cleaning and smaller pools. The siphon effect works best at least a foot underwater, so it’s less effective in a shallow pool or on your pool’s steps. It has some cheaper plastic parts that won’t last forever, and the one-year warranty doesn’t cover the plastic valve.

Pros
  • Lightweight and inexpensive
  • Easy to use
  • Doesn’t require pumping, batteries, or a water hookup
  • Includes seven-foot telescoping aluminum pole
  • Works well for spot cleaning
  • One-year warranty
Cons
  • Warranty doesn’t cover less durable plastic parts
  • Doesn’t work well at less than a foot of depth
  • Time-consuming

3. Kokido Electric Pool Vacuum – Premium Choice

Kokido Telsa 30

If you’re willing to spend a bit more, you may prefer the Kokido EV30CBX Electric Pool Vacuum Cleaner, which is pricey but fairly lightweight with strong suction and fast battery charging.

The 4.65-pound EV30CBX works wirelessly with a good rechargeable battery. The vacuum mouth has bristles, allowing for scrubbing action, and the pole telescopes. The included sock filter isn’t super fine, but you can purchase a finer replacement through Kokido.

In testing, we found that this vacuum works best at up to five feet of depth. Beyond that, it becomes harder to control, and the pole begins to feel flimsy. You may want to purchase a stronger pole with tighter threads for higher functionality. Kokido offers a very short 30-day warranty for this model.

Pros
  • Strong suction and scrubbing bristles
  • Fairly lightweight
  • Batteries charge quickly
  • Telescoping pole
  • Included sock filter
  • Works well up to five feet of depth
Cons
  • More expensive
  • May need to purchase a finer filter and a stronger pole
  • Harder to control in a deep pool
  • Pole has loose threads
  • Short 30-day warranty

4. Pool Blaster NE4382 Pool Cleaner

Pool Blaster NE4382

The Pool Blaster NE4382 Pool Cleaner is somewhat heavier and quite expensive, with decent suction but a less-effective filter.

The 5.5-pound Pool Blaster has a cheaper-feeling bright blue body and works with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It can run for about 60 minutes per charge. In testing, we liked the automatic sealing feature, which seals in the motor and battery compartment when you turn the vacuum on.

The multilayer filter bag doesn’t catch the finest silt and is somewhat small, so you’ll have to empty it frequently. This model has a 30-day replacement warranty, a 90-day accessory warranty, and a one-year repair warranty.

Pros
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Can run up to 60 minutes per charge
  • Automatic motor and battery sealing
  • Includes multilayer filter bag
  • 30-day replacement, 90-day accessory, and one-year repair warranties
Cons
  • More expensive and a bit heavier
  • Cheap-feeling plastic body
  • Filter isn’t fine enough for small debris
  • Small filter bag must be emptied often

5. Polaris 5-100-00 Pool Cleaner

Polaris 5-100-00

The 5-100-00 Pool Cleaner from Polaris is low-cost and compact but also has a cheaper feel and isn’t very effective or durable. It’s simple to use, without batteries or water connections.

At three pounds, this vacuum is highly portable, though its many less-durable plastic components and inconveniently small filter basket are major detractors. It comes with interchangeable wide and skinny vacuum heads and a wall connector for easy storage. The included pole telescopes.

In testing, we found that this model works well for spot cleaning but doesn’t feel very sturdy. Using it to clean an entire pool is a time-consuming process, and the suction isn’t especially strong. Polaris offers a basic one-year warranty.

Pros
  • Lightweight and inexpensive
  • Includes interchangeable vacuum heads and a wall connector
  • Telescoping pole
  • Works well for spot cleaning
  • Doesn’t require batteries or water connections
  • One-year warranty
Cons
  • Less durable plastic components
  • Inconveniently small filter basket
  • Not especially durable
  • Time-consuming to clean a large pool
  • Not very powerful suction

6. Pentair R201276 Pool Vacuums

Pentair R201276 214

The Pentair R201276 214 Pool Vacuum is a bulky, low-cost option that requires a water connection.

This seven-pound vacuum only consists of the vacuum head, which is clunky and made of blue and grey plastic. It has eight adjustable ball bearing wheels, stainless steel nuts and bolts, and a 1.5-inch swivel hose connection. You’ll have to supply and connect a water hose.

We found this model somewhat harder to use but fairly sturdy with effective suction. We did find that the nuts and bolts tend to rust. Pentair offers a standard one-year warranty.

Pros
  • Less expensive
  • Sturdy with strong suction
  • Adjustable ball bearing wheels
  • Stainless steel nuts and bolts
  • One-year warranty
Cons
  • Only includes vacuum head
  • Clunky plastic design
  • Fairly heavy
  • Must be attached to a hose
  • Nuts and bolts may rust
  • Somewhat harder to use

7. PoolSupplyTown Vacuum Cleaner

PoolSupplyTown PST-463

The PST-463 Vacuum Cleaner from PoolSupplyTown is inexpensive and weighs a very light 12.8 ounces, but it doesn’t include a hose or a pole and has a cheaper feel.

You’ll need to supply a garden hose and a standard telescoping pole to use this vacuum. The water pressure from the hose creates a Venturi effect, drawing debris into the head, so you won’t need any batteries. This model’s body is made of less durable plastic.

There aren’t any included instructions, and the filter isn’t fine enough to capture small debris. You’ll have to glue together the hose attachment. We found that this model produces modest but reasonably effective suction and works best in deeper pools. There isn’t a warranty.

Pros
  • Very low-cost and light
  • Works with the Venturi effect, producing modest suction
  • Works best in deeper pools
Cons
  • No warranty
  • No included pole or garden hose
  • Cheap-feeling plastic body
  • No included instructions
  • Not very fine filter
  • Must glue together the hose attachment

8. Bestway Handheld Pool Vacuum

Bestway 58422E-BW

Another option is the Bestway 58422E-BW Handheld Pool Vacuum, a somewhat expensive but compact model with a sleek but less durable design.

This 4.65-pound vacuum is compact and minimal. The package includes two interchangeable heads, designed for corners and surfaces, and a five-piece pole that telescopes up to 87 inches. It works with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can clean for up to 40 minutes on a single charge. This model has scrubbing capabilities, with replaceable bristles, and is easy to move with built-in wheels.

In testing, we found the suction to be fairly weak, and the battery chamber wasn’t fully waterproof. The vacuum as a whole isn’t very durable, and Bestway provides a short 60-day warranty.

Pros
  • Fairly light with a sleek design
  • Includes two interchangeable heads and a telescoping pole
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery with included charger
  • Replaceable bristles allow for scrubbing
Cons
  • Not very durable
  • Battery chamber may leak
  • Suction isn’t very strong
  • Less cleaning time per charge
  • Short 60-day warranty

9. Poolmaster 27400 Pool Vacuum

Poolmaster 27400

The Poolmaster 27400 Pool Vacuum is a light, inexpensive machine that’s designed to work on vinyl liner pools. It has an interesting design but is difficult to move and not particularly durable.

The 27400 is light, weighing just two pounds, and has an interesting-looking blue and white ABS plastic body. The vacuum has stainless steel tension spring handles and perimeter brushes for scrubbing, plus self-adjusting air relief valves for suction control. You’ll have to supply a water hose and pole.

There aren’t any included instructions, and without wheels, this model is difficult to move around the pool. It’s not weighted enough to stay on the bottom, and the plastic pins and spring connections aren’t very durable. It does work well on vinyl liners. Poolmaster offers a one-year warranty with a 90-day return window.

Pros
  • Lightweight and inexpensive
  • Works well on vinyl liners
  • Interesting ABS plastic design
  • Built-in stainless steel tension spring handles and scrubbing brushes
  • Self-adjusting air relief valves
  • One-year warranty with 90 days of returns
Cons
  • Doesn’t include water hose or pole
  • Difficult to move without wheels
  • No instructions and not heavily weighted enough
  • Less durable plastic pins and spring connections

10. Aqua First Handheld Pool Vacuum

Aqua First NE4481

Our least favorite model is the Aqua First NE4481 Handheld Pool Vacuum, a basic but expensive vacuum that isn’t very durable or well designed.

This heavier 5.4-pound machine works wirelessly for up to 60 minutes, with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It has a cheap-feeling but completely waterproof blue and orange plastic body. You’ll have to purchase a telescoping pole separately, and it doesn’t work especially well with algae or small debris, as the filter clogs easily.

In testing, we found this vacuum to be not very durable and more expensive than its features justify, though it does offer decent suction. The battery is prone to overheating, and the machine’s overall appearance is unappealing. Aqua First offers a basic one-year warranty with unhelpful customer service.

Pros
  • Cordless operation with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Fully waterproof
  • Reasonable suction
  • One-year warranty
Cons
  • Fairly heavy and expensive, with a cheaper feel
  • Doesn’t include a telescoping pole
  • Clogs easily and doesn’t work well on small debris or algae
  • Not very durable
  • Battery may overheat
  • Poor customer service

Buyer’s Guide

You’ve seen our list of the best handheld pool vacuums available in 2020. But which one will you choose? Keep reading for our guide to the features you may want to consider.

Power

Many of the models we reviewed are battery-operated. These typically have built-in lithium-ion batteries that must be charged before use. Some work with USB charging cables or come with other charging setups. Battery-operated models can be convenient because they work wirelessly, so you won’t have to drag cords around while cleaning.

Other models work without power sources. Our budget pick, the Aura 6250 Spa Vacuum, uses a simple siphon system, while other models need connected hoses but don’t require batteries.

Hoses

The simplest models are self-contained and don’t require you to supply any parts. Some models will require you to supply and connect a garden hose. You may want to consider whether you’re willing to put up with the hassle of water connections.

Filters

What kind of debris do you need to clean out of your pool? If you’re mostly removing leaves and other large debris, you’ll be able to work with coarser filters. If you have sand, gravel, or other fine sediments, you’ll want to look for a model with a very fine filter that will capture small particles.

Bristles

Does your pool have algae in it? You may want to look for a vacuum with built-in bristles, which will allow you to scrub your pool’s surface while you vacuum.

Aura 6250 Paradise Power Spa Vacuum
Image credit: Aura 6250 Paradise Power Spa Vacuum, Amazon

Weight

Keep in mind that you’ll have to move your vacuum around by hand. How heavy an appliance are you willing to work with? The models we reviewed range from a few ounces up to seven pounds.

Accessories

Some models include convenient accessories like storage hooks and telescoping poles. If you purchase a model that only includes the vacuum head, you’ll want to budget for necessary accessories. Sturdy, long poles are essential components of many handheld pool vacuums. They’ll allow you to easily move your vacuum around the bottom of your pool, even if it’s fairly deep.

Warranty

A great warranty can give you peace of mind, protecting your investment and extending the life of your appliance. You may want to look for a good warranty that will cover at least a year. Keep in mind that some warranties don’t cover accessories or less durable plastic components.

Conclusion

The bottom line? Our top pick is the Intex 28620E Handheld Rechargeable Vacuum, an effective and well-designed vacuum that includes quite a few convenient accessories. Are you looking to save money? You may want to try the very reasonably-priced, simple to use Aura 6250 Spa Vacuum, which is compact and very effective. And if you’re looking for a high-end model, you may want to look at the powerful but lightweight Kokido EV30CBX Electric Pool Vacuum Cleaner, which offers great suction and plenty of accessories.

Keeping your pool clean can be a chore, but shopping for a great pool vacuum doesn’t have to be. We hope this list of the 10 best handheld pool vacuums, complete with in-depth reviews and a handy buyer’s guide, helps you quickly find a useful model.


By Kate MacDonnell

Featured image credit: Intex Handheld Rechargeable Vacuum with Telescoping Aluminum Shaft and Two Interchangeable Brush Heads, Amazon