12 Best Hot Tub Vacuums in 2018

Unless you are rolling in dough, a hot tub is probably considered a luxury item. Swimming pools are plentiful, but hot tubs or spas are not something you will find on every street. That means you will want to take good care of them, which starts with keeping them clean.

We could drone on for days about the best way to clean your spa or the types of chemicals to use – or the ones to stay away from. We are going to go a different route however by taking a quick look at the best hot tub vacuum for your needs.

The spa vacuums on our list won’t remove stains from your plaster or clean tile. They are geared to simply pick up debris before you jump into the hot tub, and some are going to be easier than others to use. None are high-tech, however, so you may need to use a little elbow grease or have a garden hose handy for a few of our picks.

Top 12 Hot Tub Vacuums Ultimate Table

DesignNamePoweredDebris Bag or CupRating (1-5)
  1. Aura 6250 Paradise Power Spa Vacuum No Cup 4.1
  2. Polaris Spa Wand Swimming Pool/ Spa Cleaner OEM Vacuum No Cup 4.1
  3. NEW Water Tech Pool Blaster Max Cleaner Yes Bag 4.1
  4. Intex Handheld Rechargeable Vacuum Yes Bag 3.7
  5. PoolSupplyTown Mini Jet Vac Vacuum Cleaner No Bag 3.7
6. Jed Pool Tools 30-152 Inc 30-152 Splasher Pool Vacuum No Bag 3.6
7. Water Tech Pool Blaster Catfish Li Pool and Spa Cleaner Yes Bag 3.6
8. GAME 4855 Spa and Pool Vacuum No Cup 3.6
  9. Hydro Tools 8194 Mini Venturi Pool/Spa Vacuum No Bag 3.5
  10. Water Tech Pool Blaster Aqua Broom Pool and Spa Cleaner Yes Bag 3.1
  11. Stanley 28800 Spa Vacuum – Cordless Yes Cup 3.0
  12. Skooba Above Ground Pool Vacuum Cleaner Yes Cup 2.9

How to Find a Great Hot Tub Vacuum

Regardless of the size of your spa or hot tub, we will have you soaking in no time if you consider these handy tips.

Powered or Manual

Are you in pretty good shape? While you don’t have to be a fitness nut to use a spa vacuum, you may need to stamina if you go the manual route. Like many aquarium vacuums, some of the hot tub vacuums will use gravity and suction to pull debris their way; this can require you to “get it going” by shaking the pole vac up and down, which can take longer than you think depending on the quality of the valve inside. It won’t break you, but it may be more work than you want to do.

If you want to go the easy route, you will have to pay a little more but can buy a powered hot tub vacuum. These models usually run off Li-Po batteries and can be recharged more often than not. Some will run off regular old batteries, but that is usually only a feature you will find on low-quality cleaners these days. Li-Po units have ample power and save you money in the long run when it’s time to replace those dead batteries.

Trash Receptacle: Bag or Cup

This one is simple. Some of the vacuums on our list will have a bag, which can hold quite a bit of trash including leaves. On the other hand, hot tub vacuums with small cup filters aren’t going to hold much at all and are not ideal for larger objects. If you have a lot of debris, go with a bag. If you’re removing silt, dirt or sand, you are safe with a cup.

Size

This is an area you need to actually consider twice since you need to think about the amount of storage space you have as well as the size of your hot tub.

  • How big is your hot tub and how large is your storage area? If you have a pool and hot tub or spa, you may have a pool room or dedicated space for leaf catchers and other cleaning tools. In other words, you are good to go when it comes to storage. If not, you may want to consider the size of the vacuum you choose as some are far larger than others and require additional tools.
  • You also need to take a hard look at the type of hot tub you have and how big it is. If it is an oval with no hard lines, you can use almost any type of vacuum for a quick clean. If you have lots of steps or angles to deal with then the best hot to vacuum for you may be a stick vac with a smaller head to get in those crevices.

Top 5 Best Hot Tub Vacuum Reviews

1. Aura 6250 Paradise Power Spa Vacuum

If you want to stay unencumbered and free from any hoses, the Aura 6250 Paradise Power spa vacuum is a fine option. It’s the top choice on our best hot tub vacuum list as well due to its size and ease of use. This one isn’t a crawler, but more of a pole vacuum – without the actual vacuum cleaner part.

Confused? Don’t be as the Paradise Power uses vacuum suction and a little manual power to get things rolling. Think of it like a siphon and a gas tank, except you’re using a big stick in your spa. Obviously, this raises a few questions and concerns in regards to where the trash and water goes. In this case, the former goes into a small filter which can be removed and shaken out. The water goes right back into the hot tub, so there is no mess or need to top off your spa.

This type of vacuum is not going to be for everyone. If you have a large spa with a lot of ground to cover or need something with a “true” filter, you will want to look at powered options. If you have plenty of nooks and crannies and just need a simple solution to pick up small debris, sand or even coins, then this one is just right for you.

2. Polaris Wand Spa Vacuum Cleaner

If you have owned your spa or hot tub long enough, you know that storage of your supplies can be an issue as they tend to accumulate over time. The Polaris Spa Wand may be the last one you ever need however as it is built to last and doesn’t require any batteries or hoses.

Polaris’s entry onto our list is another manual cleaner where you’ll use suction to pick up small objects and trash on the bottom of your hot tub. Unlike other models, you will actually get interchangeable heads with this one which allows for a greater range of cleaning. The wide nozzle will be able to handle any golf ball sized or smaller while the narrow nozzle is perfect for dirt and other fine particles that settle around the edges.

As mentioned you will need to get this one going yourself, but gravity will take care of the rest once you get the hang of it. A basket handles the debris in this one as well while the water returns from whence it came.

3. Water Tech Pool Blaster Max Cleaner

And now for something a little more high-tech. Let’s face it; sometimes you just want to get into the hot tub and not spend 30 minutes trying to snag a leaf with a stick. If you’re experienced, it may take seconds, but nobody wants to wait to jump into his or her hot tub. Well, you won’t have to as the Water Tech Pool Blaster Max has a motor.

The Hi-Flow vacuum on the Pool Blaster can suck up debris with ease and clean up piles that other stick vacuum cleaners cannot. We don’t have the exact size of the motor, but the cleaner is rated to clean 1771 square feet per hour. Simply put, that means you’ll be enjoying yourself in a matter of minutes. Cleanout will be a breeze with this one as well thanks to a large filter bag.

While the Pool Blaster Max is bigger than most, it has large 9-inch cleaning head and a telescoping pole that extends for ease of use. If that head looks a little ungainly, have no fear as you can remove it if you need to hit a quick spot in the spa. Other features to note include a rechargeable battery with a 5-year lifespan and a built-in notch so it can be hung up when not in use.

4. Intex Handheld Rechargeable Vacuum

If you have an above ground pool or blow-up spa, you are probably aware of Intex. They have produced some of the better pools and hot tubs around for above ground use and know a thing or two about cleaning them as well. Their entry onto our list of the best hot tub vacuum cleaners is a handheld unit with a telescoping wand.

It may not have a proper moniker, but this little vacuum can suck and is built for spas, hot tubs or even small pools up to around 18 feet in diameter. It runs off rechargeable Ni-HM batteries so there’s no manual labor involved and you can juice this one back up through a USB cable. That’s nifty, and nobody is going to complain about the 94” extending aluminum pole. You will not have to stretch with this one.

Due to the way this pool cleaner is made, you will have to keep it submerged at all times to work. That said, it does have an automatic shutoff feature and an IPX8 rated switch which is waterproof if things go sideways. This model also comes with two cleaning heads which can pick up large debris and clear crevices.

5. Pool Supply Town Mini Jet-Vac with Brush Bag

This one isn’t manual in the sense that you have to get it going by hand, but you will have to move the pole to get the debris as it’s not robotic. You will also need to have a pool pole and a garden hose on hand although those are items anyone with a hot tub or pool will already have on hand.

When hooked to a hose, the water pressure creates something called the venturi effect (suction), which in turn pulls any leaves or dirt into the bag. There are a set of brushes on the bottom to assist with any hard dirt that has settled or sweep things into a pile for easier pickup. The Pool Supply Town Mini Jet Vac won’t take up much space thanks to its design and is simple to use as well.