How to Vacuum Leaves From a Pool

One of the most annoying things about owning a pool is having to vacuum leaves and debris from it.

If you use your pool often or have large trees in the area that set of leaves, chances are you know what a pain it can be to clean the leaves out by hand. If you do, there is a way to make the process much smoother, faster, and safer.

Best of all, it’s less expensive than some other methods with better results.

Five Pool Cleaning Products to Help you Vacuum Leaves from a Pool

All of these tools will do a good job, but our top pick is Leaf Master. This tool is easy to use and cleans leaves out of your pool quickly and efficiently.

1) Use a Pool Leaf Vacuum

Leaf Master

A Leaf Master, also called a leaf vacuum or leaf bagger, is used to quickly clean leaves and other debris out of your swimming pool.

When the vacuum connected to a garden hose, water nozzles located on the underside of the vacuum convert into minijets that create suction and lift leaves as well as debris into the bag.

This type of tool is much more efficient than using something like a skimmer net or hand rake. If you live in an area where there are large amounts of leaves which fall into the pool, then a Leaf Master would be the perfect leaf vacuum for you!

2) Use a Surface Pool Skimmer

The PoolSkim attaches to one of the return jets on the side of the pool — where water flows back into the pool.

The power of water returning to your pool creates a venturi suction that draws all floating debris like a magnet and is collected in a sturdy nylon mesh clip-on bag.

3) Use a Solar Pool Skimmer

The solar pool skimmer is a device that floats in the pool, powered by solar energy. It collects leaves, dust, pollen, dead insects and other debris from the water’s surface into debris basket. You empty the basket when it is full, and then place it back on the skimmer.

Removing Leaves from Betta Pool Skimmer Basket

The solar pool skimmer automatically cleans floating debris from the surface of the pool, utilizing power from the sun. In summer months, it will collect additional power from a battery. During the winter months, it will need more time to charge and run for less hours.

We’ve found that the best way to use a solar skimmer is in conjunction with an automatic pool cleaner, such as a suction-side pool cleaner or pressure-side pool cleaner.

The advantage of this device is that the skimmer will reduce the amount of time you will have to run your automatic pool cleaner. Pool cleaners are more effective when they are not working overtime to clean up lots of leaves, since that decreases their ability to clean up algae and other debris from the sides and bottom of your pool.

You’ll also save on chemicals, as leaves and debris can cause algae blooms that lead to higher chemical use in your swimming pool.

The Instapark Betta Solar Pool Skimmer provides a fast and easy way to vacuum leaves from your pool.

Instapark Betta Automatic Pool Cleaner has a unique design that makes it possible to clean the pool by itself.

The device is solar powered and uses the sun’s energy to perform its cleaning functions. You don’t have to worry about your power bills, or connecting this unit to an external power source.

Instapark Betta Automatic Pool Cleaner uses a solar panel located on top of its body as an external power source. The solar panel collects sunlight and converts it into electricity. The converted energy is stored in the internal battery in readiness for use when the darkness sets in.

The built-in battery can store enough energy to ensure that the cleaner will work even at night. The cleaner also comes with a remote controller that you can use to program its cleaning cycles at your convenience

4) Use a Pool Leaf Rake

A pool leaf rake is one of the most common tools for removing leaves from a swimming pool. This tool has a long handle with a net at the end for collecting debris.

They’re inexpensive and easy to use — all you have to do is scoop up the leaves floating on the surface of your pool’s water and then dump them into a trash bag.

5) Use a Robotic Pool Vacuum

A manual vacuum uses suction from the return jets to pull debris into the filter system. This requires you to be “hands on” as you move it around the bottom of your pool and position it over different return jets for suction.

Although a pool skimmer is great for picking up large debris, a robotic pool vacuum is ideal for fine debris. These vacuums can be expensive, but if you have the money to invest in one they make cleaning your pool a breeze

Robotic pool vacuums will not only pick up the fine dirt and leaves, they also scrub the surface of your pool while they are cleaning it. If you have pets that constantly track dirt into the pool, this is a great way to keep it clean.

You simply plug the vacuum into an outdoor electrical outlet and drop it into your pool when you need it cleaned. It will automatically begin to clean your entire pool in just minutes.

The Dolphin Premier Is a Robotic Pool Cleaner That Vacuums up All Sort of Debris, Leaves, and Pollen.

An ocean of leaves is no match for the Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner. It’s equipped with a large leaf bag to handle even the most challenging pools.

With intelligent navigation, the robotic cleaner is able to scan your pool and make smart decisions on the best cleaning path. Equipped with a patented swivel cable, it easily navigates around obstacles – including ladders and stairs.

With an oversized filter basket, the Dolphin Premier has triple filtration that offers superior suction to remove debris as fine as dirt and sand.​

In the video below, Josh With, which sells robotic pool cleaners, discusses the 3 types of filters included with Dolphin Premier.


Final Thoughts

While any of the above tools are capable of removing leaves from your pool, we recommend the Leaf Master pool leaf vacuum as one the best  and most effective ways to vacuum leaves from a pool.

There is no one tool that works best for all pool cleaning needs. Factors such as the amount of leaves in your pool and how much effort you want to put into improving it will affect which leaf cleaning tool will work best for you.

But by applying what we reviewed above, we hope that you can find a solution that works best for the situation at hand.