6 Basic Swimming Pool Tools For Beginners

basic pool tools listIn this DIY tip I’ll list six basic swimming pool tools you need to properly care for your swimming pool.

They’re the same tools used by most professional pool care services.

Quality versus Price

My recommendation is to buy quality tools that will last about 2 years so you are not left having to replace a tool that is broken or doesn’t work anymore.

Here’s a related post I wrote about buying pool supplies online, it will help you save time and money when buying tools and chemicals.


When a tool breaks, it leaves your pool at risk of going without cleaning until you can return to the pool center and buy a replacement, not good!

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I know this from my own experience buying cheap skimmers that the net ripped on or a vacuum attachment that cracked and left sharp pieces of plastic in the pool.

Taking care of your own pool is a long term job so do yourself a favor and learn from my mistakes.  Buy good quality tools that will last you and make the job easier. Remember, swimming pools should be fun!

Basic Pool Tools Every New Pool Owner Needs to Buy

#1 – Pool Skimmer

Start with a good solid skimmer attachment with an extendable pole. If you’ve never seem a skimmer before, it looks like a tennis racket and is used to skim the top of the water to remove leaves, bugs and other floating things you don’t want in your swimming pool.

A skimmer with an adjustable pole that will allow you to change the length depending on the size of your swimming pool is best. You want the pole to be long enough to reach the middle of the swimming pool without you having to lean over the pools edge.

The skimmer size may vary depending on what is getting into your pool. I’ve had to skim large dead birds out of my pool, but mostly leaves and bugs…

Caution! Before I begin let me warn you to stay away from pool tool kits that come with all the basics. Buying these tool kits can save money but most of the time these tools are cheap and will not last.

#2 – Pool Vacuum

The next item on the pool tools list is a good vacuum attachment so you can remove the dirt and debris that end up on the bottom of the swimming pool.

Along with a good vacuum attachment you will need a long hose and another adjustable pole (Note: most poles are detachable so you can use the same pole from the skimmer).

Once again I cannot stress the importance of buying quality pool tools. The vacuum attachment and hose need to be sturdy. I replaced a few before I finally learned my lesson.

#3 – Pool Brush

Now you need a good brush head attachment that also attaches on a pole. The brush is used to brush the walls of the swimming pool, as well as the pool floor.

Brushes come in various shapes and sizes as well as bristle materials. They can have have plastic or metal bristles depending on the type of job they are used for.

A basic brush works best for scrubbing algae that may form on the pool wall surface.

Caution! Skimmers, vacuum and brush attachments all attach to a pole and are held in place with a clip. These clips are on the attachment end of the tool and break easily yielding a useless tool. Take note of the clip when purchasing your pool tools and avoid anything that looks or feels cheap. Many tool attachments end up at the bottom of the pool because they detach during use and are left there. Don’t buy tools with cheap clips!

#4 – Pool Water Test Kit

Now for the most important item on the pool tools list! A pool water testing kit is an essential part of any pool tool kit.

It’s used weekly to check chlorine and Ph levels and you will want to staying on top of these important levels to ensure your pool is safe to swim in.

Normally you will go through multiple kits because they run out of test strips and chemical.

Also, don’t be afraid to try  the new pool water testing technology that makes pool water testing easier and more accurate. The key here is to find a pool testing kit that works for your type of pool.

#5 – Extendable Pole

As mentioned multiple times already, you need at least one good pole for attaching you tools to.

I prefer to have a pole for each tool so I don’t have to remove the attachments as often. This also reduces the risk of break one of those retaining clips I keep warning you about.

#6 – Vacuum Hose

All kidding aside, a good firm hose is very important. Cheap hoses collapse and choke your pump.

Having a firm host that has good ends on it that don’t slip of the vacuum attachment is a must.

Buying Pool Tools Online

Buying pool tools online is easy but I want to warn you that you may not like what UPS delivers to the front door. That’s why I prefer to visit a pool store and handle pool tools with my own hands before buying it online.

  • How do the poles grip in my hands?
  • Are the skimmers solid?
  • Is the vacuum made from cheap materials?
  • Are the clips flimsy?

Unless you already know what you’re buying, you can’t do this online.

Hands-On Research

Once you’ve done your hands-on research you can always shop around online for better prices, either way you want to see what you are getting before you buy it.


There are 1000’s of cool things on the market to spend your money on that are not mentioned in this post. What I’ve giving you in this pool tools list is the basics but you can buy whatever will make you and your pool happy.

In this DYI tips I covered:

  • a skimmer attachment that is sturdy and has a good clip
  • a vacuum attachment that is made from good materials and has a good clip
  • a vacuum hose that reaches the length of the pool
  • a brush attachment with a good clip
  • an extendable pole that can reach the center of your pool
  • a pool water test kit

Finally, do your own swimming pool tools research. Learn which tool brands and models are best for you.

Before buying anything read online reviews about businesses and products from customers who have used them.

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