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83 reviews | 3.8 out of 5
I wanted something to clean up throughout the week without pulling out the hose and priming the pump, etc. and came across this. Although the reviews for longevitiy of this were across the board, I still decided to try it because it sounded so simple to use. And it is so very simple to use. It's as easy as pulling out a little hand vac, but for the pool. It sweeps up great and I have yet to run down the battery in one use and I have a 20 x 40 inground pool. I use the long exentsion handle (which is NOT included) and I even get to the deep end with this. This NOT for a start-up clean up when there are lot of leaves, etc, but is PERFECT for in between clean ups. Very easy to empty. In between uses, I just plug it into a recharger. So far so good!!
This is my third PoolBlaster thay I buy. I love how it works and how easy it is to keep the pool clean when touch ups are needed.
However, I have to buy a new one every year as the battery are rusts relatively quickly and does not last more than 12 months. Which makes the value questionable, but when it works it is a great product.
As a senior, I was looking for a product that was easy to use and light in weight. I was easily able to assemble the product by myself and within an hour, my in ground jacuzzi was sparkling clean. I am thrilled to have found this product and would recommend it to anyone looking for an external way to clean their pools.
Vacuuming our pool has always been a 2 person setup job. This vacuum picked up all the debris on the pool bottom. The sand was just stirred up, but the manufacturer claims they make a sand filter. I'll try the finer filter after being so happy with the performance so far.
For the price, I think the manufacturer should have provided both filters.
Minor gripe, it was harder than it should have been to get the vacuum on the pole. It looks like the male end on the vacuum is smaller than the standard pole. I had to give it a good twist to get it to lock in.
Not a complaint, but as info, the vacuum holds a lot of water. Have a place to set it down that can get wet. Also don't open the filter housing until you are ready to clean it. The vacuum has a flap that keeps the water and debris inside the filer housing. Once you open it, everything comes out. I’d suggest trying to keep the vacuum standing up. The filter and pump were easy to wash off.
I don't know how long this vacuum will last, but it works great.
The battery only lasts a few months and cant be replaced. Also the "motor housing" is not "water tight". The motor will rust.
Only used product several times before water got into motor box and ruined it. Poorly manufactured allowing water to get to batteries. Very poor customer service, wanted more money to fix this piece of junk. Stay away!
This product works very well. I will admit I wasn't sure but then I used it the first time & I couldn't believe it. It was so easy to use & it picked up everything from the pool bottom. I love this vaccum & would recommend this product for anyone who doesn't like pulling out the hoses. All you do with this is charge the battery, put a pole on the end & stand outside the pool & vaccum.
We purchased this pool blaster in April 2013. It worked fine and did the job as specified. We took care of the item as described in the owner's manual. I noticed that after 13 months when I charged the blaster and turn it on, it would not work. I called customer service and they confirmed that there was an issue with the battery. Due to the limited warranty of 365 days, I had to pay for shipping and repair cost if I wanted to fix the item. The cost for a new battery pack is 49.99 and a new motor is 149.99. it is very disappointing to know this item only lasted 13 months, I recommend you to seek other alternatives.
I purchased this unit at the end of the season at the clearance price. I had been struggling all summer trying to clean the debris off the pool bottom with the vacuum that came with my above ground. This vacuum has done a great job picking up leaves. Mine came with a fine debris filter bag and it catches some of it but for the most part, small particulates shoot back out into the water so if you have alot of dead algae like I did, you will have to vacuum a little then allow the debris to settle again. Otherwise you won't be able to see where you've been. I believe once I get the pool back to a clean state, I can use the vacuum once a week to keep it that way. My only complaints are: for the money, the pool blaster should include the pole. It says any standard size pole works. Apparenly, the pole that comes with intex pool kits is not standard because they don't work with this unit. The other complaint is the on/off switch its cumbersome, especially with wet hands. Surely, they could've come up with a better design.
I was somewhat surprised to see how small the vacuum is. It looked bigger in the pictures. The container can hold debris about a size of soda can, so don't expect to use this vacuum for any heavy cleaning. The provided bag can not filter sand or silt - it just passes it through back into the pool. I remedied the situation by covering the bag with filter saver (pantyhose would do just as well). Unfortunately, the total lack of sucking power forces me to go through the same spot over and over again until it cleans it. The vac does not handle the leaves unless they are completely disintegrated since the opening at the bottom is so narrow that leave can not pass through it to the container bag. The battery is Ni-Cd (old generation technology) and can not be replaced by user. So expect at most 2-3 years of servicable life. The manual recommends not to overcharge the battery but there is no built-in overcharge prevention or even an indicator that the battery is full. Many users on the other site are mentioning that device simply stops working right after the warranty expires (in a year after purchase).
This Pool Blaster would be an OK purchase if the price would be about 50 dollars, but alas, I can not recommend it.
I have done extensive research on which pool vac to purchase for my above ground pool. I came across the Pool Blaster website and was very impressed by the reviews and the videos on how they operate. I purchased the Pool Blaster Max, and once I received it, I followed the directions on preparing it for the first time, which were very detailed and excellently written. Once the unit was fully charged, I vacuumed my pool. I am an avid believer of this product! WOW!!!!! It worked exactly how it was marketed. VERY, VERY pleased with my purchase!!!!!!!!
After a couple of uses, I can say that I like the product. Has enough suction to get leaves, sand and cement grit off the bottom of the pool. Easy to clean filter and put back together. Much better than having to use the pool vacuum with long hoses. That never seems to have enough suction.
I purchased a Aqua Broom. Save your money. Ialso purchased the catfish. Save your money. The catfish will not stay flat on the pool bottom. I purchased the Pool Blaster, BINGO. It does everything it says and more. Cleaning the pool is a breeeze now. Well wirth the money.
Based on previous reviews I expected much more out of this little guy. I don't think it's worth what I paid. The suction is pretty weak and even with the sand bags (Doubled up) the sand just escapes into the water. Will keep it I think but would not buy again.
This product would of been great if it would of lasted more than 2 months. Definately not worth the money. Since I threw out the original packaging I am not allowed to return it. Total waste of money.
Didn't even last one day. I charged it 24 hours, used it then put it on the charger, next time wouldn't start. Don't buy.
We waited two weeks for the item to arrive and then discovered that it had a foreign plug, so we couldn't use it. We returned it to the store. Why would Wal-Mart sell something that can't be used in the United States to a customer that lives in the US?
Pool Blaster Max operated over an hour for me after overnight charging. It was easy to assemble and operate. Suction was good, but fine debris (sand and dead algae) came right through the bag and back into the pool. I ended up buying the fine mesh bag which seems to catch most of the fine debris. Naturally this adds cost to the unit. Since I have only had the product for a couple of weeks, I cannot comment on how it works long term. I am being careful to make sure it is stored with all the water drained out of it.
My pool went a week without a pool filter pump and in the meantime the pool turned green. When we received our replacement pump and installed it along with the saltwater system our pool cleared up and the remaining algae settled to the pool floor. I was able to get in the pool and vacuum up the remaining algae with the Pool Blaster Max. I have not had any trouble with the vacuum and I use it on a regular basis. I live in a hot and humid climate and in previous years had struggled with algae. I vacuum debris out of my pool on a regular basis and between my vacuum and my saltwater system I believe I have found the winning combination for pool maintenance in this climate.
We had to send the first one we ordered back, it had something rattling inside the casing, and would not turn on after charging. The second one was okay, and we are using it now. The one previously used for 3 years has a dead battery pack, and it would be nice if a way could be designed to just change out the battery pack, which is sealed inside the product.