Hayward Pool Vac XL Review

The Hayward 2025ADV Pool Vac Pool Cleaner Ultra XL is a compact, neat-looking robotic pool cleaner by Hayward, one of the leaders in the robotic pool cleaner industry. The Pool Vac pool cleaner has several innovative features, including wider wings, turbine technology and AquaPilot steering, which help the unit go about its job quietly and efficiently.

Hayward has introduced two versions of this model. The 2025ADV is designed with vinyl pod shoes that clean vinyl-liner pools without damaging the surface of the pool floor or walls. The 2025ADC is designed with concrete pod shoes that are capable of cleaning concrete surfaces.

Features At A Glance
• Weighs 20 lbs. with hoses
• Suction-side pool cleaner
• For cleaning in-ground residential pools
• Has a 40’ hose
• Comes with a skimmer cone, cleaner head, vacuum gauge and installation video
• In-line vacuum gauge for setting suction levels
• Wider, longer-wearing wings for better pool coverage
• Turbine technology for silent, smooth operation
• Advanced pod propulsion that does not use wheels or belts that can fail or get worn
• Powered by existing filtration system so no additional equipment is required
• Easy to install and use – Can be connected in less than 10 minutes
• AquaPilot programmed steering pattern ensures that the pool is cleaned quickly and completely
• Cleans large as well as small sized debris


  • Lightweight
  • Quiet turbine technology
  • 10 minute installation time
  • Efficient cleaning cycle
  • Reliable


  • Gets stuck on drains
  • Clogs on hard debris
  • Expensive replacement parts

The Pool Vac Ultra XL is powered by the pool’s existing filtration system. This makes installation easy and trouble free using minimum equipment. The unit installs directly into the vacuum line and starts working when the pump is running. There is no need to pay for a booster pump or any other additional equipment.

You do not need to do any pre-clean programming. Both models, the 2025ADV and the 2025ADC, clean the pool using the exclusive built-in AquaPilot technology. This is a programmed steering system that guides the cleaner around the pool in a preset series of turns so that it covers all areas of the pool, leaving it spotlessly clean after it has completed its cleaning cycle.

Its wide vacuum wings extend the cleaning area considerably and also provide additional stability and suction, allowing it to effectively pick up debris of all sizes, from larger leaves to smaller pollen.

Features You’ll Love

Lightweight – At 20 lbs, it is easy to pull this unit out of the water after it has finished its job. Having a grab handle makes it even easier.

Quick & Easy Installation – It will take you less than 10 minutes to connect the unit to the skimmer or suction port. No need for any additional tools.

Easy debris pickup – The wider spread of the wings and the consistent suction power make it more efficient when it comes to picking up all debris on the pool floor.

Silent Operation – The Turbine technology allows it to go about cleaning the pool smoothly and quietly so you can even relax by the pool side while you wait for the unit to finish its job. There are no noisy parts or pulsating hoses that will mar the peaceful surroundings.

No Debris Bags to Replace – The device is hooked up to the existing filtration system so you do not have to worry about removing or replacing debris bags.

Pre-programmed Steering – This little unit is pre-programmed for maximum efficiency so that’s another thing you do not have to stress over. Just install it and it goes about doing a thorough job using a predetermined sequence of turns.

• Lightweight, compact design that is easy to store and easy to take out of the water after every cleaning cycle
• Turbine technology for quiet operation
• Efficient cleaning cycle
• Can be easily installed in 10 minutes without any tools
• Pre-programmed steering for more efficient pool coverage
• Wider wings for additional stability and suction
• No wheels or belts that can wear away or malfunction
• Easy to remove out of the water when done
• No need to waste time emptying or replacing debris bags

• Tends to struggle to move over the drain
• Gravel, hard debris or small, hard objects such as acorns and twigs can clog the vacuum and block the drive
• Has limited capacity to climb all pool walls. Cannot climb walls that are at sharp right angles to the floor with no gradual slope
• The motor is tough and long-lasting but if you do have a problem, motor replacement can be very expensive

What Users Are Saying

The Pool Vac Ultra XL has received mixed reviews from users. While some users rave about their purchase, others have had a less than stellar experience with their unit.

Some users say that their cleaner often stops midway during the cleaning cycle if an object such as an oak nut or pebble gets stuck in the bottom, which a few even complaining that theirs gets stuck every five minutes. It often gets stuck on the main drains too.

A few users resolved the problem of leaves stopping the unit by installing a leaf canister that catches the debris and prevents it from collecting in the pump basket.

Still others are frustrated that the hose keeps getting entangled while cleaning. The expensive replacements are another pet peeve of many users.

Is The Pool Vac Ultra XL For You?

While the fact that it does not have a built-in motor or a built-in filter can be a good thing, not everybody likes the fact that this unit operates using the pool of the pool’s existing filtration system. That is another thing you will need to decide on.

The pre-programmed steering pattern and turbine technology are huge plus points. If you are looking for an efficient robotic pool cleaner that will go about its job quickly and quietly while you lounge around at the pool site, then the Pool Vac Ultra XL is definitely a good buy.

uction side pool cleaners are no doubt one of the most advanced breakthroughs in pool maintenance. Despite the arrival of robotic pool cleaners, a lot of pool owners still find suction side cleaners more reliable and capable of cleaning the pool because its cleaning power depends on the pool’s filtration system as well.

Hayward Pool Vac XL is an interesting suction side pool cleaner that offers professional cleaning quality without the need to spend hundreds of dollars monthly for service cleaners. And you don’t have to pay thousands on the machine as well. Read on and get to know this pool cleaner more!

In-Depth ​Review Of Hayward Pool Vac XL

Hayward Pool Vac XL is an in-ground pool cleaner powered by the pool’s very own filtration system. It is easy to connect to the suction side plumbing of your pool that works to filter the water in your pool. Through a suction side pool cleaner, it can reach out to the debris and dirt and that settled down at the bottom of the pool floors. Even those that were stuck on the corners and walls.

The Pool Vac XL comes with a set of sectional hose and skimmer insert. Just connect the leader hose to your cleaner followed by the rest of the hoses. Fill the hoses with water.

You can use the flow gauge to ensure that the hose is already full. Attach the other end of the hose to the skimmer line by removing the skimmer basket and inserting the skimmer cone included connection kit. You may also use your Hayward Pool Vac with your dedication vacuum line. Once it is connected, you may slowly drop it in the pool. Turn on the pump and the filter system and your pool cleaner is good to go.

Through its patented AquaPilot, it is programmed to move in predetermined series of turns and will randomly clean your pool, picking up leaves, debris, pollen, dirt and more. With its unique turbine and gear system, it offers a quiet and trouble-free operation that even new users will love.

The bottom of the Pool Vac XL has wings, flaps and shoes that provide more extensive cleaning coverage to handle sand, pebbles, twigs and more leaves with such ease. The wings are known to increase the speed of the machine by 10% making it easy for it to climb slopes and walls.

It’s cleaning functions can be manually set and calibrated. Manually setting I allows it to clean the pool floors only, setting II will support it to clean slopes and setting III will enable it to climb and clean the pool walls. This setting will let the pool cleaner function on all pool surfaces such as tiles, concrete, vinyl and fiberglass without the need for booster pumps. Setting II is the ideal and recommended setting for the Hayward Pool Vac XL.

Specifications and Features:

  • ​Pool Type: In-ground

  • ​Cleaner Type: Suction side pool cleaner

  • ​Warranty: 2-year Manufacturer’s Warranty

  • ​Pool Surfaces it can Cover: Concrete, Tiles, Vinyl and Fiberglass

What’s in the box?

  • ​Hayward Pool Vac XL

  • ​One (1) Leader Hose and Nine (9) Connector Hoses

  • ​Flow Gauge

  • ​Skimmer Cone

  • ​Hayward Regulator Valve

  • ​Manual and Quick Start Guide

FAQS about the Hayward Pool Vac XL

Can the Hayward Pool Vac XL clean the walls and waterline?

The Hayward Pool Vac XL is designed to climb the walls. However, it cannot go up to the waterline level. Climbing the walls might also be restricted by certain conditions such as the pump pressure and the type of pool surface. You may try to manually set the pool cleaner at cleaning function number 3 on the side of the cleaner’s body.

Will it be able to pick up leaves?

Yes, it can but in limited sizes and quantities. It is highly recommended for suction-side pool cleaner users to make use of leaf canisters as attachments to properly support leaf suction and to prevent clogging on both the cleaner and the filtration system. There are instances when twigs and large leaves might get stuck at the bottom of the cleaner but you can easily pull it out by opening the vacuum cartridge.

Does this unit require a booster pump?

No, there’s no need for a booster pump. You can easily connect this pool cleaner to the skimmer line or the vacuum line on the side of your pool. The filtration system and pumps of the pool will power the built-in turbine system of the Hayward Pool Vac XL.

How long will this take to clean my pool?

Since the Hayward Pool Vac XL does not have a built-in timer nor can it map your pool out, it is safe to say that it can clean the pool in 3 hours as most pool cleaners do. However, it depends on the amount of debris there are in your pool. It is also advisable to skim your pool in advanced and inspect your pool for large obstructions like twigs and branches before deploying the cleaner.


  • ​Installation does not need special tools and can take 10 minutes or less

  • ​Designed to clean to floors and can climb up coves and walls on some surfaces

  • ​The unit comes with all the necessary accessories like the flow gauge, skimmer cone and the sectional hose

  • ​It is affordable


  • ​It does not map out or scan the pool for better cleaning directions

  • ​It does not have a programmable cleaning time

Bottom line:

The Hayward PoolVac XL is an impressive suction side pool cleaner with its capability to clean most surfaces like concrete, vinyl, fiberglass and tiles. The settings that enable it to clean the floors, climb coves and even walls is also a clever way of programming this machine without overworking it on the functions that you don’t need yet. It is easy to understand and install and the accessories that come with it gives more value to this pool cleaner.

The parts such as wings, flaps and shoes are also durable and if you need to replace it, it is readily available from the manufacturer. The unit itself has a two-year warranty and you will surely never have to worry about troubleshooting because guides are readily available on the instruction manual and the brand’s Youtube channel. Pool Vac XL is such an appropriate name for this machine for being extra large on ease and functionality but less on cost.