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The Hayward Wanda the Whale

The Hayward Wanda the Whale above ground pool vacuum is one of the most popular and best-selling cleaners available. It is an automatic pool cleaner specifically made for above ground pools that have vinyl liners. It performs equally as well on flat-bottomed and dished-bottom pools. Hayward is known for their high quality pool cleaners and the Wanda The Whale is no exception.

Function & Usage

The Wanda The Whale vacuum propels itself. It uses a patented technology called SmartDrive, which controls its steering. This makes it clean more rapidly and more effectively than just about any other bottom-roving cleaner, because the other cleaners move around in random patterns. While this above ground Spa Jet Vacuum Cleaner functions in the same way as the Diver Dave and the AquaBug models, it moves slightly faster than the other two, and thus cleans the pool in a less time.


One of the most important things about this vacuum is that it keeps the pool clean with its powerful suction ability. It uses no harmful chemical sanitizers. This means that you can maintain a low level of chemicals in your pool. Too many chemicals in the water can lead to detrimental health effects. This is especially important when children will be swimming in the pool. The immune systems of children are not as strong and well developed as those of adults. This is why it is important to limit the amount of chemicals in the pool.

Appearance & Looks

Wanda The Whale comes in a unique color and pattern, which makes it stand out from other automatic above ground pool vacuums. Kids love the fun design, which looks like a friendly blue whale. But don’t be fooled by its fun exterior; this cleaner is one of the best automatic cleaners available.

Performance & Ability

The suction mechanism on this cleaner is incredibly strong. It can pick up everything from dirt and small particles to fallen leaves and twigs. If you intend to use it to suck up leaves, you may want to invest in a leaf catcher. The leaf catcher will keep leaves an twigs from reaching your filter after they are picked up by the vacuum, and therefore, you will prolong the life of your filter and pump.

Necessary Equipment

The Hayward Wanda The Whale vacuum operates with a standard above ground pool filtration system. No additional booster pump or other equipment is necessary. It comes with a 30-foot hose.


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