Hayward Poolvergnuegen “The Pool Cleaner” Review

Hayward Poolvergnuegen "The Pool Cleaner"

Editor Rating: 4.4/5

Build Quality
Power
Features
Price

Review Summary

Quiet, powerful and well connected, the Zodiac Baracuda isn’t a heavy with your local organized crime ring but the grit and grime at the bottom of your pool might not get that. This suction-side pool cleaner goes about its business, not making a fuss about the debris in the bottom of your pool unless it hits a big leaf or some other vent or filter at the bottom of your pool. It’s not complicated and it’s quiet, but it is durable and it’s got pretty good suction power thanks to its 36-point fin. It also won’t set you back a whole lot of money.

Hayward Poolvergnuegen – A Quick Look

Pros
  • Good at any pressure
  • Great traction
  • Adjustable for debris size
  • Suction-side quiet
Cons
  • Expensive for suction side pool cleaners

Specifications

Brand name: Hayward

Model: Poolvergnuegen

Type: Suction side

Pool type: Inground

Dimensions: 41 x 13 x 13

Weight: 4.9 lbs.

Versatile tires

Patented knobbed tires let this pool cleaner move around the pool, climbing over things like toys and tools on the pool’s floor while executing 90-degree turns to clean in hard-to-reach places. These tires also help keep traction as the Poolvergnuegen climbs walls, scraping algae and dirt as it goes. One thing that holds back a lot of pool cleaners is that they aren’t very compatible with different kinds of pool floors. That’s not a problem with this Hayward. It comes with different kinds of tires that allow it to climb different kinds of walls and crawl across different kinds of floors, cleaning any pool surface.

Customizable for different debris sizes

Most pool cleaners are really good at cleaning up one size of debris. Suction-side pool cleaners, for instance, are notoriously very good at cleaning up mid-sized things like dead bugs and small leaves. With different sized throats, the Poolvergnuegen is capable of adjusting the size of debris it cleans up. If you’ve got a lot of dust in the bottom of your pool, but no leaves, use the right sized throat for fine grit. If your pool is fenced off so that dust and dirt stay out but gets occasional leaves from plants on your screened-in patio, use a throat allowing larger pieces of garbage to pass through.

Suction pressure not a problem

A big drawback to suction-side pool cleaners is that while you don’t need a booster pump as you do for pressure-side pool cleaners, you do have to make sure that the cleaner is compatible with the water flow of your pool pump. That’s not a problem for Hayward’s Poolvergnuegen, which comes with self-adjusting turbine blades. Those will make changes on the fly so that the pool cleaner is capable of functioning no matter the pressure put out by your pool’s circulation system.

Silent but effective

Other kinds of pool cleaners can make an awful racket when cleaning. You plug them in, put them in the water, and all you can hear is the sound of it cleaning. As a suction-side pool cleaner, the Poolvergnuegen is quiet enough that you can use it when the neighbors have company over on their patio without fear that they’ll complain about the noise. Heck, you can even run the thing at night, leaving your pool open for more waking hours of the day.

FAQ

What kind of pools does this work on?

Fiberglass, gunite, pebble, tile, vinyl.

How much hose does this pool cleaner come with?

Thirty-three feet.

Does this require a booster pump?

No. The Poolvergnuegen is a suction-side pool cleaner, which means you connect it to the intake part of the pool’s circulation system. It receives its power that way, using that suction power to clean up dirt and debris and filtering out of the water. Pool cleaners that require booster pumps are typically pressure-side pool cleaners, which are connected to a pool’s circulation system on the back end of the cycle.

Advanced steering options

Although not powered by artificial intelligence per se, the Poolvergnuegen does have some advanced steering features including a feature that occasionally causes the left wheel to briefly reverse itself during operation to enhance the floor coverage of this pool cleaner. That doesn’t just mean that it does a better job cleaning the entire pool in a shorter amount of time, it also means that it is especially good at cleaning out those hard-to-reach places on your pool floor.

Conclusion

Suction-side pool cleaners come with a lot of advantages, including that they are simpler to operate than pressure-side pool cleaners and especially robotic models. They also tend to be quieter and especially good at cleaning up medium-sized pieces of debris. Hayward’s Poolvergnuegen is a great suction-side pool cleaner that comes with self-adjusting turbine blades to overcome one drawback of suction-side cleaners, which is that they often have a minimum horsepower threshold to reach before they operate correctly. It’s also quiet enough that you can run it while engrossed in a novel sitting next to your pool. It’s a bit pricey for the kind of pool cleaner, but still less expensive than most pressure-side cleaners once you factor in the added costs of a separate booster pump. If you want a simple pool cleaner that you can operate any time of the day and adjust to clean up most sizes of debris, it’s well worth taking a look at.