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What Is the Right Pool Cleaner Hose Length?

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Planning to clean your pool but confused about which pool cleaner hose to buy? We have compiled all the information you need regarding the suitable lengths and adjustments to help you have a perfectly cleaned pool.

First things first. Take the proper measurements and calculate the hose length you need accordingly.

Follow with accessory adjustments that you might need to make later. This information will help you make a well-informed decision when buying a cleaner hose.


Ideally, the length of the hose should cover the farthest point of your pool with a margin of at least five inches (less or more).

Here’s a flash-forward of the things we are going to cover in this blog:

How to Calculate the Length

  • Measure the Length of Your Pool
  • Measure the Depth
  • Calculate Accordingly

Adjusting the Length of Your Hose:

  • Taking Care of a Long Hose Cleaner
  • Taking Care of a Short Hose Cleaner

There are different types of hose cleaners for the pool that you can buy these days, but to buy the best one, you will need to know the exact length you need.

Let’s dig deeper into how to calculate the exact length:

How To Calculate the Length

You will need a measuring tape and a person to take the measurements. Moreover, you might also need a pen and paper to note down the numbers.

Step 1: Measure the Length of the Pool

Yellow Measuring Tape

The length would be the measurement of the longer side of your pool. The measurement of the other side would be the width, but you will only need the measurement of the length.

  • Make a person stand on one side of the pool and give them the measuring tape.
  • Hold the other edge of the tape and take it to the other side of the pool.
  • You will want to take it to the point where the pool ends.
  • Note down the reading on the tape.

This will give you a clear idea of how far you will need your hose in the pool.

Step 2: Measure the Depth of Your Pool

Swimming Pool, Room For Your Text

Next, you will need to measure the depth of your pool. Here’s how to easily do it within minutes:

  • Drain all the water from the pool.
  • Ask a person to sit and keep the measuring tape on the level where the pool starts.
  • Take the other side of the tape and go into the pool.
  • Place the tape at the level where it ends or touch the ground.

This will give you a vivid idea of how deep your hose needs to go.

Step 3: Calculate Accordingly

Black Pen With Calculator On Vivid Yellow Background Table

Next, add the length and depth measurements. Now you will want to buy a hose with more or less a margin of five inches from your measured value.

For instance, the length is calculated to be 10 feet, and the depth is 4 feet. Your ideal size for the hose will be 14 feet. Five inches taller or shorter than 14 feet would be suitable for your pool.

Adjusting the Length of Your Hose

Blue Plastic Hose For Cleaning A Swimming Pool, Close-Up

If you have already bought a hose of a much shorter or longer length than that of your pool, fret not; it is still not too late. You can adjust the length by any of the following two approaches.

You will need swivels, hose segments of varying lengths, and securing nuts and screws.

Taking Care of a Long Hose

Pool Vacuum Cleaning Flexible Hose

Why measure the exact length of your hose when you can buy a much longer one to save time? It can be a very tempting approach, but it will damage the health of your pool in the long run.

Moreover, it will also add to your cleaning time, making it longer than usual because of managing a long pipe.

  • Make two to three equal segments of the single hose you have.
  • Connect the segments using swivels until the whole distance of the pool is covered.
  • Secure them in place with screws and nuts.

Taking Care of Short Hose

Manual Equipment For Cleaning Pool, Hose And Net, Servicing

Follow this approach to take care of a hose that is too short for your desired calculation:

  • Calculate the excess length you need.
  • Buy a new hose of that length.
  • Connect it with the previous hose cleaner you have using a swivel.
  • Secure it in place using nuts and screws.


The ideal length of the hose to clean the pool falls five inches longer or shorter than the farthest point in a pool from a standard starting position.

You can calculate the exact value for your pool by measuring the depth and length of the pool and then adding them up. To make adjustments to your previously bought hose. You will need to follow the approach mentioned in this blog.

This will help you in a smooth cleaning process of the cool that is also time-saving.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Standard Diameter of a Pool Hose?

The standard diameter of most pool hoses falls around 1.5 inches. If your pool fails to fit this size, you can buy adaptors to fit any size of the hose.

Are All the Vacuum Pool Hoses the Same?

No, not all of them are the same. They belong to two basic categories. The first is the manual vacuum hoses, and the second is the automated vacuum hoses.

Manual ones are more common, while the others are more expensive. You can buy the one that best fits your needs and budget.

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