Summer season equals pool cleaning, and this can be a significant chore, especially when you live in an area where there are a lot of trees. This means that your pool will always have some leaves in it that need to be fished out. While you may go the cheaper route of using a pool pole, it is much easier to use a pool skimmer.
It simplifies the process of cleaning your swimming pool and makes it more accessible. It also enables you to spend more time enjoying your pool and less time cleaning it up. And with the influx of cheap off-brand products on the market, it is hard to know which options are great for your pool.
Top 5 Pool Skimmers of 2020
Hayward SP1091LX Dyna-Skim Above-Ground Pool Skimmer
The Hayward pool skimmer has one of the best pool skimmer baskets money can buy. It has a large debris collection basket able to catch all your pool’s debris. It is made from heavy-duty UV resistant ABS. The skimmer has top and front basket access, and it has a snap-in and removable weir. It is also compatible with wide top seat pools.
The skimmer features durable one-piece construction for ultimate pool cleaning. Its universal fit makes it perfect for use with existing pool cleaning ports. It has been tried and tested and proven to have a longer lifespan. The pool skimmer has been an industry leader for over thirty years. It has also been redesigned to match the needs of today’s above ground pools while remaining applicable for use on existing pool models.
- ABS construction
- Large debris collection basket
- Top and front basket access
- One-piece body construction
- UV resistant
- Compatible with wide top seat pool
- Leaks around the screws
PoolSkim Pool Skimmer and Pool Cleaner
Poolskim is an excellent pool skimmer for dog hair. This award-winning automatic pool skimmer connects to a one and a half-inch threaded outflow return jet where water flows back into the pool. It has a self-adjusting to water level. The pool skimmer reduces the workload on your pool’s filtration system.
The skimmer uses the power of the water, returning to the pool to create a venturi suction that draws all floating debris like a magnet. The debris is collected in a sturdy nylon mesh clip-on bag.
- Venturi suction operation
- Sturdy nylon mesh clip-on bag
- Universal fit
- Difficult to install
INTEX Deluxe Wall Mount Swimming Pool Surface Skimmer
The Intex automatic pool skimmer works in conjunction with your filter pump for easy automatic surface skimming. It requires an Intex filter pump with an 800 gallons per hour minimum flow rate.
The skimmer easily mounts onto your easy set or metal poolside using an adjustable bracket.
The skimmer is attached directly to your filtration system, which enables it to stops leaves and debris before they can get to the bottom of the pool. It is made from durable polypropylene plastic construction. The strainer basket is easy to clean, and it comes with a one-year manufacturer warranty.
- Automatic surface skimming
- Adjustable bracket
- Polypropylene plastic construction
- One year Intex manufacturer warranty
- Easy to set up
- Easy to clean
- Not ideal for above ground pools
Stargoods Pool Skimmer Net, Heavy Duty Leaf Rake Cleaning Tool
The Stargoods pool skimmer features a durable and robust frame with rounded borders and a mesh net bag. This pool leaf cleaner has a deep fine mesh bag that can be used for big clean-ups and small debris like leaves with just a few passes.
The skimmer has a universal holder that fits any telescopic pole. This enables you to extend your reach and pick leaves from the bottom of the pool. The skimmer is easy to use and is perfect for scooping up debris. Its rounded borders protect the frame from damage.
- Rounded borders
- Mesh net bag
- ABS plastic
- Tapered front lip
- Strong and durable frame
- Easy to use
- Universal holder
- The mesh used is not durable
This remote pool skimmer uses Whirlpool suction power to remove all particles and debris smaller than 1 inch from the pool surface without the use of chemicals. It moves in parallel with your bottom vacuum cleaner, reaching where no other device can. It covers your entire pool surface and removes all particles and debris before they reach the bottom of the pool.
The skimmer is a compatible add on device for most vacuum cleaners. It eliminates particles and debris hiding along pool walls and can be connected directly to the pool suction port. Its design makes the device aesthetically pleasing while in the pool.
- Whirlpool suction power
- Whirlpool suction power
- Energy Efficient
- Reduces chemicals
- Removes all particles and debris
- Compatible with most pool suction ports
- Not ideal for skimming larger leaves
The best pool skimmer should be able to clear the debris from your pool without requiring you to interfere with the process. You need to ensure you get the right skimmer for your pool. The fittings should also be able to work with your existing plumbing.