Hayward 900 Wanda Suction Side Pool Cleaner Review

The Hayward 900 Wanda above ground pool cleaner is designed to get your pool looking cleaner than ever. No matter what the size or shape or your above ground pool, the Hayward 900 can handle it. Plus, the pool cleaner comes in the shape of a Whale.

It operates off the filtration system your pool uses, is easy to install, and removes both large dirt and debris along with smaller contaminants.

Hayward 900 Wanda Features

  • Suction side pool cleaner for above ground pools
  • No booster pump needed
  • Easy to install and operate
  • Cleans small dust and large debris
  • Improves the circulation of water in the pool
  • Cleaner doesn’t miss spots due to SmartDrive technology
  • 32-foot hose included
  • Deluxe bumper ring
  • Works on any above ground pool surfaces
  • 1-year limited warranty

Product Highlights

Deluxe bumper protects your pool

Protect your pool and your pool cleaner with the deluxe bumper ring that comes with the Hayward 900 Wanda. This ring helps to reduce and minimize friction against the sides of your pool as the device cleans. Plus, it aids in keeping the cleaner on the right track as it navigates on its programmed steering pattern.

Patented SmartDrive

Wanda the Whale’s patented SmartDrive technology provides a cleverly programmed system for steering smartly across the bottom of your pool. You can rely on this system to clean your pool completely and efficiently while you sit back and relax at the poolside. Wanda won’t jump around all willy nilly with this steering system.

Easy installation

Wanda is more than just a pretty face. She’s easy to install and use, too. There are no tools required to set her up and she comes with an installation video to help you along. It takes only ten minutes to connect this pool cleaner to your pool’s filter and drop it in. Simply connect enough hose sections to reach across your entire pool length, submerge the cleaner, and then attach the hose.

Quiet operation

The Hayward 900 Wanda is designed with a unique gearing system that gives it super-quiet operation. The water flow is constantly balanced throughout the unit for gentle movement across the bottom of the pool. Six wheels on the bottom of Wanda allow her to glide easily and efficiently without getting caught up or making a lot of noise.

Works with your existing filtration system

They Hayward 900 Wanda works with your existing filtration system. You don’t need any extra booster pumps or power sources to get her moving. Simply connect her with the provided 32 feet of hose and watch her go to work. This helps you conserve energy and eliminates the need for other complicated parts and accessories.

Clear collector cup allows you to see the contents before opening

The collector cup attached to the hose allows you to see the contents of the cup before opening it up to clean it out. You can easily see from a distance whether your Wanda the Whale has collected enough debris to need a quick flush before she cleans the rest of your pool bottom.

Fun design

Who wouldn’t want to watch a cute whale swim around the bottom of their pool? Wanda is a fun alternative to boring pool cleaners. She’s a joy to watch and will be your trusty companion for a long time to come. She can clean your pool and bring a smile to your face. If you share your pool with children, she’s just the pool cleaner for you.

Pros of the Hayward 900 Wanda

  • Fun design
  • Patented SmartDrive technology for intelligent steering
  • Easy and quick to install
  • Quiet operation for less disruption
  • Clear collector cup for easy status checks
  • Saves energy by using your existing filtration system
  • Padded bumper to protect the sides of your pool
  • Affordable pool cleaning system

Cons of the Hayward 900 Wanda

  • Doesn’t climb pool walls
  • No power of its own, only as good as your existing filtration system

What Others Are Saying

Wanda the Whale gets some mixed reviews online. Many people enjoy how well she cleans and say she doesn’t compare to past pool cleaners they’ve used. Hayward is very clear upfront that Wanda has no power of her own and she relies on the power of your existing filter. In cases where she cleans poorly, it may mean your filtration system needs an update.

Others complain that you have to babysit Wanda while she’s cleaning because she gets stuck on any little wrinkle in the liner. Some say she’ll move for a few minutes and then get stuck or stop. They complain that it’s faster to manually vacuum the pool than it is to get Wanda moving every time she gets hung up on something.

The vast majority of users give Wanda a great review. They say she’s cute, easy to set up, and has saved them a lot of time. She may struggle on curved surfaces more so than flat bottoms, and you may have to purchase additional hose sections if she won’t reach across a particularly large pool, but she works efficiently when your system is running as it should.

Final Thoughts on the Hayward 900 Wanda Pool Cleaner

The Hayward 900 Wanda pool cleaner is affordable and convenient. She’s easy to set up in less than ten minutes and offers convenient features that add to your pool cleaning experience. With a clear collection cup, you can see when it’s time to clean her out and six wheels help her to drive more smoothly.

Don’t forget the quiet operation thanks to a constant balance of water. The sides of your pool will also be protected by the deluxe bumper. While she may get stuck here and there, you can get her moving again with a gentle nudge and she’ll clean your pool as efficiently as she can based on the power of your existing filtration system.

While she can’t climb sides or offer any power of her own, she’s a fun, cute companion for your dirty pool that allows you to sit back and relax while she does all the work.