Hayward W3500 Aquabug Above-Ground Suction Pool Cleaner

The Aquabug by Hayward is a great pool cleaner for those with an above-ground pool. It doesn’t require a power cord or booster pump, and it only takes a few minutes to get going. Its SmartDrive technology lets it clean the floor with peak efficiency.

Expect the pool cleaner to clean the walls and pool toys. It won’t do much more than that.



  • Affordable
  • Quiet
  • Delightful, child-friendly appearance
  • Fast, easy installation


  • Above ground pools only
  • Best on flat surfaces


SmartDrive technology

SmartDrive technology features alternating turns, which allow the pool cleaner to move across wider sections of the pool. It also manages movement by keeping the cleaner on the same spot over and over.

Pain-free installation

A few minutes after getting this out of the box, you can get started cleaning the bottom of your pool using its suction system. It doesn't require programming to operate, just snaps into place.



    Does this unit clean in a pattern motion?

    • Yes, The Hayward AquaBug is self propelled, and cleans in a pattern motion (series of concentric circles).

    What type of pool was the AquaBug designed for?

    How good is the warranty that comes with this model?

    • With the caveat that you should always consult the owners manual after purchasing a pool cleaner, the Aquabug comes with a one-year limited warranty. Again, if you buy it, consult the owners manual for specifics.

    Does it clean up sand and pollen?

    • Yes. If the cleaner is regularly cleaned and properly maintained, the Aquabug will clean up sand and other fine grit.

    Does the Aquabug need a booster pump?

    • No. The Aquabug connects into a pool’s circulation on the suction side. Pool cleaners that need a booster pump typically connect to a pool pump’s pressure side. Further, this pool cleaner is designed for permanent aboveground pools, which are smaller than a typical inground pool.



    The Aquabug is a fun and easy to use pool cleaner. It works by suctioning the bottom of the pool and then moving around the pool to clean it. It’s child-friendly and comes in various colors.

    This product is great for pool cleaning, but not for areas that have an inground pool or walls that are built with a layer of foam.


    Hayward W3500 Aquabug

    Hayward W3500 AquaBug Above Ground Automatic Suction Side Pool Cleaner is designed to clean the bottom of all sizes and shapes of Above Ground pools automatically.

    • Large strainer basket
    • Cam and Ramp lid lock
    • See-thru lid
    • Unionized discharge port connection
    • Easy to service
    • User-friendly removable drain plugs
    • Metal base on motor
    • Drop-in replacement for Hayward PowerFlo Matrix Pump

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    Product Type: Pool Cleaner
    Installation Type: Residential
    Pool Cleaner Type: Suction Side
    Cord/Hose Length: 32 ft
    Pool Type: Above Ground
    Pool Surface: All Surfaces
    Cleaning Area: Floor Only
    Booster Pump: Not Required
    Manufacturer: Hayward


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