The pressure pool cleaner relies on a special booster pump or built up pressure in the pool pump to clean the pool surfaces. The pool bottom is cleaned with a pressurized vacuum and sides washed with jetted water. Debris is collected and stored in it waste bag. Any water sucked up gets filtered and returned to the pool.
Certain models connect to the pool return line to create the right volume of suction pressure. But, the strongest performance comes when a booster pump is in place. While this gives the extra efficiency, the overall cost to clean the pool will increase.
Best Pressure Pool Cleaner
The best pressure pool cleaners noted below are based on their ability to vacuum a pool, and work with or without a booster pump. Although, there are pools that are easily cleaned without needing maximum power, so all types of cleaners are featured, including those that simply run on the standard pool pump.
Pentair LL505G Kreepy Krauly Legend Pressure-Side Inground Pool Cleaner
The Pentair LL505G works with a booster pump and a great choice to complete the pool cleaning duties. This model is practical for in-ground pools only. It has great stability with four wheels and its front wheel drive is great for inclines. The high volume debris bag means it keeps working for longer. A pool is fully cleaned in about 1-3 hours.
Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner
The Zodiac F1 by Polaris is a pressure side pool cleaner that provides superior cleaning without needing to use a booster pump. Use this model on in-ground pools only. It is quick and efficient at vacuuming the sides and bottom surface and connects to the return line. The cleaning time-frame is within 3 hours. If only the Zodiac F1 has a little extra power, it would be rated as the top choice.
Zodiac 6-120-00 Polaris Vac-Sweep 165 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner
This best pressure pool side cleaner is one pool cleaner that cannot be beaten when it comes to bang for the buck. It is the cheapest model listed, but it is well shaped to get great jet sweeping and vacuuming action. A cleaning cycle is 3 hours and built with a detached filter bag. This is a great budget-friendly option.
Zodiac 6-130-00T Polaris Turbo Turtle Pressure Side Pool Cleaner
The Zodiac 6-130-00T has a perfect combination of performance and good looks. This pressure side automatic cleaner works with the above ground pools at a depth of 5-ft or less. Let this pool cleaner work on virtually any pool surface. The cleaning cycle is about 3-hours and operates without needing a booster pump.
Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner
The Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner is a practical choice when price is no object. It does need a booster pump to run, but the multiple venture jets are efficient at cleaning all surfaces, including the stairs, walls and bottom. Any debris collected is placed in a zip-lock filter bag, which is easy to empty. While a little expensive, this unit is the most powerful on our list.