Having an inground or aboveground pool at your home is a great way to exercise, spend time outdoors in hot weather, and socialize with friends and family. But pools are also a major investment that takes up time, money and space. Maintaining a pool, including replacing filters, liners, and plumbing comes with a big price tag. Thankfully, the item pool owners use the most often is also the least expensive. When it comes to removing large objects from your pool’s water, a pool skimmer is an easy to use and cost-effective method.
Pool skimmers come in a variety of sizes and models but they all share a common goal — helping pool owners remove unwanted items from their pool. Leaves, bugs, stones and other items that should not be doing laps in your pool are easy to remove with an affordable skimmer that is either handheld or connects to the side of your pool. Pool skimmers also provide a convenient way to retrieve toys and other items from the bottom of your pool.
If you’ve got a pool, you need a pool skimmer. Check out our favorite options below.
1. Swimline Professional Heavy Duty Deep-Bag Pool Rake
Collect a large amount of debris is one swoop with the Swimline Professional Heavy Duty Deep-Bag Pool Rake. The large bag makes it easy for users to quickly clean their pool without having to continually empty their skimmer bag. A durable molded frame can handle years of use and the flat bottom of the rake makes it ideal for skimming the bottom of the pool. The universal design of the Swimline makes it’s a great fit for most poles.
Pros: Extra large bag for less frequent empty, durable plastic frame, flat bottom for easy skimming.
Cons: The Swimline rake does not come with a pole and users will have to purchase one separately.
2. Rongbo Deep-Bag Pool Rake
If you’ve got two pools to keep clean or like to have a variety when it comes to skimmers, we recommend the Rongbo Deep-Bag Pool Rake set. The set includes one deep pool bag rake that is ideal for full-sized above or inground pools. The set also includes a smaller shallow pool rake that can also be used for swimming pools or for removing debris from hot tubs. Both skimmers are made using high-quality durable plastic and strong netting that will capture even small pieces of debris. Both skimmers have straight sides that are designed to easily scrape the sides of pools to ensure all debris and dirt is captured.
Pros: Two size options, strong netting for large and small debris, straight sides for scraping edges.
Cons: You have to purchase a pole to use with the larger net in the set.
3. Intex Basic Pool Maintenance Kit
Keep your above-ground pool clean with the Intex Basic Pool Maintenance Kit. The kit includes a 94-inch telescoping aluminum pole that can be used with the skimmer rake or vacuum head included in the kit. The skimmer rake has flat sides for gliding along the side and bottom of the pool and helps remove medium to large pieces of debris. The vacuum head attaches to the pole and comes with a connector for a garden hose. Together, this creates a power washer for the bottom of the pool and helps to remove ground-in dirt.
Pros: Convenient telescoping pole, flat-sided skimmer rake, vacuum head for a deep clean.
Cons: The skimmer isn’t designed to pick up fine debris like sand.