The 10 Best Pool Brushes

Updated May 22, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

10 Best Pool Brushes
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What's the best way to manage algae growth in the water where you swim or lounge? Nope, it's not dumping in a ton of chlorine. All you have to do is sweep the surfaces on a regular basis; the filter system will take care of the rest without you having to add excess chemicals. Find the right model for your pool or spa from our selection of brushes. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best pool brush on Amazon.

10. Swimline Corner & Step Vacuum

The Swimline Corner & Step Vacuum is designed to be connected to a vacuum hose as well as a handle, allowing it to dislodge grit and then immediately suck it up. Its small size, however, means that scouring a large area takes a long time.
  • bristles are durable
  • good as secondary cleaner
  • suction doesn't work on big debris
Brand Swimline
Model 8201
Weight 4 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. Poolmaster Premier Collection 20183

The Poolmaster Premier Collection 20183 has a sturdy plastic and aluminum frame, but it's the stainless steel bristles that really count. They dig into algae and rip it apart, cleaning pools, spas, or water features with ease.
  • works for stone and concrete patios
  • large 18-inch wide head
  • not for use on vinyl or fiberglass
Brand Poolmaster
Model 20183
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

8. Blue Devil B3525

Let the Blue Devil B3525 go where others just can't reach, like stairs and corners. This model is also ideal for use on intake areas, on filter housings, and any place else that's simply hard to get into. It can even clean up around lights and pebble finishes.
  • staggered bristle pattern
  • great for cleaning hot tubs
  • head can flatten if pushed hard
Brand Blue Devil
Model B3525
Weight 3.2 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

7. Poolmaster 20160

If you're looking for an option gentle enough to use on a vinyl lining, the Poolmaster 20160 is at the head of its class. Its plastic build and polypropylene bristles put it at only a half a pound, making it easy to control in the water.
  • gently curved at the edges
  • designed to withstand sun exposure
  • only lasts about three swim seasons
Brand Poolmaster
Model 20160
Weight 8.8 ounces
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

6. Aquatix Pro Strong

An impressively dense set of scrubbers on the Aquatix Pro Strong ensure not even the tiniest of particles of rubbish are getting past this tool. Plus, your purchase includes a digital maintenance planner to help you stay on top of things.
  • fast and simple extension connection
  • polishes tile nicely
  • strenuous to maneuver
Brand Aquatix Pro
Model pending
Weight 12 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. SweepEase AquaDynamic

This SweepEase AquaDynamic mixes metal and polymers in order to break up everything from algae to calcium deposits to good old dirt and grime. Its unique airfoil design of the housing helps it slide into and out of the water.
  • nearly unbreakable handle
  • sticks to the pool bottom
  • allows for one-handed operation
Brand SweepEase
Model 654367706282 -SS/Combo-
Weight 13.6 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

4. Wall Whale Classic

Those who've got serious scrubbing to do should consider the Wall Whale Classic. Its spoiler tail section creates thrust that presses it firmly against the wall, so when you have to re-open your pool for the season the built-up muck won't stand a chance.
  • delivers 10 times the force exerted
  • helps break up tough stains
  • fin is angle-adjustable
Brand The Wall Whale Classic
Model The Wall Whale Classic
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

3. CJ Lifestyle Crystal

The CJ Lifestyle Crystal is a workhorse of a cleaning machine. It doesn't have a fancy hydrodynamic build and it isn't made with space age polymers. It's simply a durable, lightweight brush that won't mark up your pool or fall to pieces.
  • sturdy construction
  • lifetime replacement guarantee
  • bristles molded into the plastic
Brand CJ Lifestyle
Model S8002
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Milliard Heavy Duty Wire

If you are dealing with a deep-rooted algae problem, then you need the Milliard Heavy Duty Wire. The steel bristles are strong enough to withstand brushing in or out of the water, and the small size makes targeted stain removal possible.
  • fits most standard extension poles
  • 45-degree angled handle
  • budget-friendly price
Brand Milliard
Model pending
Weight 8.5 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Milliard Pool and Spa

The Milliard Pool and Spa works in conjunction with your vacuum hose to produce unrivaled scrubbing effectiveness. It is weighted to make pushing it around that concrete floor easier on you and features vinyl-safe perimeter bristles that brush while the center sucks.
  • covers a lot of surface area quickly
  • has smart air relief valves
  • rounded corners to protect walls
Brand Milliard
Model pending
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

A Brief History Of Pool Brushes

The earliest swimming pool was likely dug between 3000 and 2000 B.C.E., in what is modern-day Pakistan.

Called the Great Bath, this pool was about 900 square feet in total, and lined with bricks that were sealed by a tar-like substance. While it would've been big enough to serve the purpose, the Great Bath was no community pool. Scholars believe it was used for religious ceremonies by bathers who believed they were purifying their souls in the water.

Both the ancient Greeks and Romans built large pools for sports training and nautical military games and exercises. Some wealthy Romans even had personal pools for swimming. It may sound strange to modern ears, but Roman emperors were known to even keep fish in these swimming pools. High-status Roman Gaius Maecenas was the first to build a heated swimming pool, around 100 B.C.E. This fire-heated pool was unique because, unlike most other so-called pools of the time, it was used for recreation rather than merely bathing.

Promoted for their health benefits, swimming pools gained popularity much later, in mid-19th century Britain.

By 1837, there were as many as six indoor pools with diving boards in London, and in 1844 the Maidstone Swimming Club was established. Formed after several drownings in a nearby river, the organization is now regarded as the world's oldest surviving swimming club.

As the 19th century drew to a close, swimming clubs popped up all over England. Many indoor baths were converted to swimming pools, and many bathers were likewise converted to swimmers.

The first modern Olympic Games included several swimming races, and their fame was a boon to the swimming pool business. By 1907, swimming pools were even being installed aboard ocean liners. The first such pool was added to the White Star Line's RMS Adriatic. Also in 1907, one of the world's first above ground swimming pools was installed by the Racquet Club of Philadelphia.

After World War I, soldiers and their families sought distraction in swimming pools around the world, and swimming training and safety became standardized. A similar phenomenon occurred after World War II, when home swimming pools grew popular in the United States. As families invested in swimming pools, they sought to protect that investment with maintenance products like pool brushes.

Today swimming pools are omnipresent, with New Zealand holding the record for most pools per capita at 65,000 home swimming pools, and a population of 4,116,9000. Since the 1950s, the pool maintenance industry has grown in lockstep with the swimming pool industry itself.

The equipment and maintenance products industry, which includes pool brushes, was valued at $3.4 billion in 2011. This industry is expected to nearly double in value over the coming decade.

Swimming Pool Safety Tips

Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death among children under 15, but following a few basic safety tips can greatly limit the risks associated with swimming.

Chief among those tips is never leaving a child unattended in or near the water. There are more than 7,000 drowning deaths in the United States every year, and about 80 percent of them occur in residential pools and spas. To avoid contributing to this statistic, task an adult with supervising children in the water. Having an adult focused on the safety of children in or around the water — even if a lifeguard is present — can save lives.

It is also critical that you teach children how to swim. In addition to being healthy and fun, swimming is a potentially life-saving skill. There are many affordable swimming lessons available worldwide, from organizations like the YMCA and local parks and recreation departments.

Everyone who swims should be instructed to stay away from drains and suction outlets, which can pull in hair or clothing, and cause drowning. Before swimming, make sure drain covers are in place. If a drain cover is missing or broken, do not enter the pool.

All pools should be properly secured by a fence that is at least four feet tall, and not accessible by children. Door or gate alarms and pool covers are also suggested by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Finally, it is always wise to learn the cardiopulmonary resuscitation technique. CPR-trained bystanders who witness a drowning can be the difference between life and death for the victim. Classes are available for free at community centers and hospitals, and are also offered by the American Red Cross.

Choosing The Proper Pool Brush

Although many models and variations are available, choosing the right brush to clean your pool doesn't have to be daunting.

Start with the basic 18-inch nylon brush. This utility brush is ideal for swiping away the dust and debris that rapidly collects at the bottom of the pool. If your pool was recently installed, you should use a nylon brush as often as three times a day to prevent the discoloration that can be caused by calcium. Once your pool's surface has cured, weekly use is sufficient. If you fail to clean frequently enough, you run the risk of algae build-up. Once algae grows, it develops a natural barrier to cleaning chemicals.

If it has been a while since your pool was cleaned, and there are both algae growth and stains, you'll need to take a different approach. Combination bristle brushes are an excellent choice for cleaning algae and mild staining. These brushes are typically half nylon and half stainless steel, and aren't recommended for frequent use.

For severe stains and the persistent black algae, you'll need an even more aggressive approach. If a severe stain can be removed, the stainless steel brush will do the job. Unfortunately, these brushes can damage your pool plaster. Any brush with stainless steel bristles should be used as little as possible.

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Last updated on May 22, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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