Hayward Navigator Pro VS. Hayward Pool Vac XL

The Hayward Navigator Pro and Hayward Pool Vac XL are two of the most popular suction side cleaners for pool owners, so it’s no surprise our customers want to know which cleaner outperforms the other when compared side by side. Below we have put together a quick summary of both cleaners, detailing the strengths and weaknesses of both models.

The Hayward Navigator Pro is a classic suction side cleaner, recommended by many homeowners and pool professionals due to it’s ease of use and reliability. The cleaner is easy to set up and quickly connects to a dedicated suction line to scrub and clean your pool. The SmartDrive Technology is pre-programmed into the cleaner, eliminating tangled hoses and ensuring the cleaner scrubs and cleans all areas of your pool. The Navigator Pro cleans and removes small and large debris from your pool for clear and clean water. Although the cleaner has developed a reputation for quick and quiet operation, the Navigator Pro runs into some issues. The cleaner has the reputation for getting stuck when encountering problematic areas, such as stairs and drains.

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  • Scrubs and vacuums floors and walls
  • SmartDrive technology
  • Easy to use
  • Turbine Drive technology
  • Can get stuck on stairs or drains

The Pool Vac XL is another well known staple in the pool community. It Scrubs and cleans your pool in the same way as the Navigator. The Pool Vac uses Hayward’s AquaPilot Technology to navigate around your pool. The preprogrammed steering technology creates a path in which the Pool Vac XL can successfully clean your pool for hands free operation. It also utilizes Hayward’s Turbine Technology, ensuring quiet operation while cleaning. As with the Navigator, the Pool Vac XL has a reputation for getting stuck on areas like stairs or drains.

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  • Scrubs and vacuums floors and walls
  • AquaPilot technology
  • Easy to use
  • Turbine Drive technology
  • Can get stuck on stairs or drains

When comparing the two cleaners, both look very similar and perform the same. This is because both cleaners have the same “guts”. The Navigator Pro and Hayward XL are essentially the same cleaner. The design differs a bit from cleaner to cleaner, but pool owners will get the same performance from either cleaner. The choice to pick the Navigator Pro or Pool Vac XL rests solely on what look you prefer more.

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When Kevin’s not enjoying the water himself he’s engaging himself in the wide world of pool and spa knowledge which he passes on to our customers through producing content for our blogs and website. Outside of the pool world you can find him enjoying life with friends, family and his off the wall dog Brixton.