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Hayward Poolvergnuegen “The Pool Cleaner” Review 2024 – Pros, Cons & Verdict

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Hayward Poolvernuegen Underwater

We give the Intex Prism Fram Pool a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. 

Build Quality: 4.0/5
Power: 4.5/5
Features: 4.7/5
Price: 4.3/5


Brand name: Hayward

Model: Poolvergnuegen

Type: Suction side

Pool type: Inground

Dimensions: 41” x 13” x 13”

Weight: 4.9 lbs / 6.5 lbs

Pool Surface: Gunite, Vinyl, Fiberglass, pebble, and Tile

Minimum Pump Size: ½ HP or 35 GPM

If you are looking for a new automatic pool vacuum, this Hayward Poolvernuegen could be a good option. If you are tired of manually cleaning your pool and don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a robotic pool vacuum, the Poolvernuegen falls right in the middle.

This vacuum is reasonably priced, sold in both a two-wheel and four-wheel drive model, and does a great job cleaning a pool. While some automatic pool vacuums will get stuck on large debris, the Poolvernuegen seems to handle it just fine. The patented adjustable roller skirt helps the vacuum to get good suction even on rough surfaces.

Although this is the latest model of the Poolvernuegen, this is a brand and a design that has been around for many years. Many satisfied users upgrade from one Poolvernuegen to another. We put together a more in-depth look at the Hayward Poolvernuegen so you can decide if this is a vacuum that would work for you.

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Hayward Poolvernuegen “The Pool Cleaner” A Quick Look

Hayward Poolvernuegen


  • Available in two models, two-wheel and four-wheel drive
  • Adjustable roller skirt to improve suction
  • Pre-programmed steering sequences
  • Patented tire treads for pools with uneven surfaces
  • Long hose length
  • Quiet
  • Has been known to get stuck on bottom drains
  • Expensive for suction side

Interchangeable Throats

When it comes to pool equipment, you will love something with adjustability. The Poolvernuegen comes with three interchangeable throats. You can change out the throats depending on the size of the debris you want the vacuum to work on that day. If it is a fall day and there are lots of leaves in the pool, set the throat to the broadest possible size, so it does not jam up. If you want the pool to do a detail for fine particles, you can put on the smaller throat. This is a nice feature to have, and the throats are easy to change out.

Steering Sequences

This suction vacuum has multiple pre-programmed steering sequences. This becomes important if you have struggled with pool cleaners getting stuck in one single area. The Poolvernuegen is already programmed to turn at specific points to make sure you are continually getting the best coverage for your pool.

Tire Treads

If you have decided that a suction vacuum is the right choice for you, then you will need to pay close attention to both tire tread and suction. The Poolvernuegen has an adjustable roller skirt that helps quite a bit with suction and tires that are designed to work with any pool surface. The tires help the cleaner not just on the floors but also to climb the walls of the pool. If your pool has any obstacles, the vacuum should be able to get over them.

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 differently 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.

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Does this vacuum come with hoses?

Yes. You will get about 33 feet of hoses on the two-wheel-drive model and 40 feet on the four-wheel-drive model.

What size pool does this work for?

If you have a 16 X 32-foot pool or smaller, then it is best to go with the two-wheel-drive model. The four-wheel-drive will work, but you will be spending more money than you need to. Anything more substantial than the 16 x32 and all the way up to a 20 x40 should choose the four-wheel-drive model. The hose and the size of the unit will do a more efficient job of keeping the pool clean.

Hayward Poolvernuegen close up

How heavy is this vacuum?

Pool vacuums can indeed be heavy and cumbersome. This Hayward weighs 4.9 pounds in the two-wheel drive, and it weighs 6.5 pounds in the four-wheel drive. This is excellent news as you won’t be hurting yourself trying to fish things out of your pool.

Is this pool cleaner loud?

One of the best things about suction-side pool cleaners is that they are usually very quiet. The Poolvernuegen is no exception. It is hard to hear any noise coming from this unit.

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.

What the Users Say

Potentially the best way to find out if a piece of pool equipment is worth the price is to find out what other pool owners think. Researching user reviews can be time-consuming, and some reports are not verified. We researched for you and pulled together a consensus of what people are saying about the Poolvernuegen.

  • Overall, the ratings are quite high, and this vacuum leaves the majority of customers highly satisfied. Most experienced no issues with the vacuum missing large areas or climbing up the walls of the pool.
  • There were a few reviews that complained of the unit struggling with the bottom drain and getting stuck. Others said that the vacuum was underpowered and could not climb to the low end. It is hard to tell if getting stuck is related to the vacuum or not. Sometimes people attempt to use a pool vacuum with an underpowered pump.
  • Clogging is another thing that comes up when you research reviews on any automatic pool vacuum. If you are using this for an everyday or every other day clean of your pool, you should have no issues with clogging. If you have a massive wind storm and there are piles of leaves and sticks in your pool, putting in an automatic pool vacuum is not always the best choice. It makes more sense to clear the pool with a leaf vacuum, or handheld vacuum and then move to the automatic to finish the job.

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The final verdict on the Hayward Poolvernuegen is that it is an excellent overall suction-sided pool cleaner. 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.

You’ll want to be sure to pick the unit that works properly for your pool and pump size. Don’t try to clean up after a significant storm, or you may do damage to your pool cleaner. Overall, as a weekly cleaner to keep the pool looking great, this machine will do the job. It is priced a bit higher than some other suction-sided cleaners, but that is partially because of the Hayward name and the quality of the parts used. It is not a large enough price difference to be a deal-breaker.

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