Hayward Automatic Swimming Pool Cleaner Aquabug - 500



Model # 500

By Hayward Pool Products

  4.23 Average  



Model # 500

Product Description

The Hayward AquaBug pool cleaner is designed to clean the bottom of all sizes and shapes of above-ground/on-ground pools -automatically. This attractive little fellow operates off the pool's existing filtration system and features our exclusive SmartDrive(r) program steering so it won't miss a spot. Quiet, efficient and quite unique, AquaBug is competitively priced to be gobbled up in your store by happy pool owners who will never be bugged by manual pool cleaning again. 

Comes with...

  • 32 ft of Hose The Hayward AquaBug pool cleaner is designed to clean the bottom of the pool
  • Skimmer Cone
  • Installation Video
  • 1 yr. Parts and Labor 

The Hayward Aquabug is one of Inyo Pool Products best selling Above Ground Pool Cleaner. We have been recieving a lot of good feedback from our customers telling us that they enjoy this above ground swimming pool cleaner. Inyo recommends this Hayward product for your pool.


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?     Asked on 3/1/2017 by William

I have a Zodiak 24' AGPool and a 1 1/2 HP motor with 150 SF pleaded filter.....do I use full vacuum or should I reduce it with your fitting designed for this ? I am using an Aquabug 500....WHY must I remove it from the pool ? I have it set for 5 hours twice a day...I dont ever take it out and they last 2 years MAX,,,is that why the short life ?....Thank You...

A     Answered on 3/2/2017 by Lennox H.

Hi, William. The unit will come with a suction meter to make sure you set the correct amount of suction. Removing the unit from the pool will prolong the life of the cleaner.

?     Asked on 9/24/2016 by

bug goes in small circles and will not cover pool, I put on new feet and new rollers inside and cleaned filters .Still no good

A     Answered on 9/29/2016 by Scott W.

Usually when it does that, you need a new gear box which is part number 3265-0004.

?     Asked on 6/30/2016 by

why cant we use a aquabug in a intex pool?

A     Answered on 7/1/2016 by Lennox H.

Hi, This cleaner can damage the liner of an Intex pool, I would recommend the WaterTech Pool Blaster battery cleaner.

?     Asked on 6/21/2016 by Dotti

what size motor does this require

A     Answered on 6/23/2016 by Alan M.

A motor with a minimum flow rate of 32 GPM is required, but also have a filtration system that can produce enough suction to operate this cleaner.

?     Asked on 6/2/2016 by Roberto Valdivieso

Do you have any internal gears for the Hayward 500 Y ?

A     Answered on 6/3/2016 by Scott W.

Hi Roberto,Here's the parts diagram for that cleaner so you can identify the parts that you're needing to replace. If you need further assistance don't hesitate to email back.

?     Asked on 5/28/2016 by Shawn

After reading that you can use the Aqua Bug in a salt pool, will it rust or corrode if doing so?

A     Answered on 5/28/2016 by Patrick P.

Hi Shawn, No the AquaBug would not rust or corrode in a salt pool. Salt pools are maintained at a low salt level of 3,000 PPM vs. Ocean water which is roughly 50,000 PPM of salt, so in our experience we have never had an AquaBug rust in a salt pool. Also roughly 95% of the components on the cleaner are plastic.

?     Asked on 4/25/2016 by

How many gph pump will you need to run this vacuum

A     Answered on 4/26/2016 by Lennox H.

You, A flow rate of 32 GPM is required, but also have a filtration system that can produce enough suction to operate this cleaner.

?     Asked on 4/24/2016 by

Will this work with a intex 2500gph sand filter and pump

A     Answered on 4/24/2016 by Lennox H.

Hi, This cleaner will not be able to work with an Intex 2500gph sand filter and pump.

?     Asked on 4/17/2016 by Cathy

Can this be used on Intex pools?

A     Answered on 4/18/2016 by Lennox H.

Hi Cathy, This unit is not recommended to be used with Intex Pools.

?     Asked on 4/2/2016 by kelli

can this be used in the coleman-intex above ground pools also.

A     Answered on 4/2/2016 by Lennox H.

Hi Kelli, This unit would not be suitable for use in an Coleman-Intex above ground pool.

?     Asked on 4/1/2016 by jenny

Can the aqua bug be used in an in ground pool?

A     Answered on 4/1/2016 by Lennox H.

Hi Jenny, The Aquabug cleaner is not recommended for in-ground pools.

?     Asked on 8/5/2015 by Jim

What is difference between mods 500, 700,and 900

A     Answered on 8/5/2015 by Alex V.

Jim, The only difference is the head of the cleaner. The internal "guts" are the same.

?     Asked on 7/18/2015 by

I hve an aqua bug and three of the spindles and their center piece are we missing on the bottom. Are these parts replacable.

A     Answered on 7/21/2015 by Lennox H.

Hi, All parts on the Hayward Aquabug are replaceable, you can find the complete part list via the Hayward / Arneson Cleaners Aquabug Parts List.

?     Asked on 7/8/2015 by Malinda

What would cause product to not move by itself?

A     Answered on 7/8/2015 by Andy O.

Malinda,  The Hayward Aquabug MODEL#500 could have several issues that cause it not to move by itself. I would begin with checking the filter to see if it is dirty and not allowing enough suction. I would then take the unit out of the water and check the moving parts such as the "A-Frame" and "turbine" to ensure that it is working properly. Then I would check your hoses to make sure you don't have any leaks.

?     Asked on 6/15/2015 by

Does this work with a salt water pool?

A     Answered on 6/15/2015 by Lennox H.

The Hayward Aquabug can be used in an Above Ground salt water pool.

?     Asked on 6/7/2015 by Tom

How long will it take to completely clean a 28' round pool?

A     Answered on 6/7/2015 by Alex V.

Tom, The length of time it will take to clean greatly depends on how dirty the pool is and the strength of the pump and filter. I would say on relatively clean pool , 2-6 hours. 

?     Asked on 5/23/2015 by Bob drake

Does the Hayward Aquabug have to be taken out of pool every day or when not in use?

A     Answered on 5/23/2015 by Alex V.

Bob, It is recommended that the pool cleaner is removed when it is not in use.

?     Asked on 5/15/2015 by

What do i put my sand filter on? backwash or filter when using this product.

A     Answered on 5/15/2015 by Andy O.

The Hayward Aquabug 500 would require your pool be in filter when want it to clean. If you put it on backwash it will let the water out of your pool and if left unattended could drain the pool.

?     Asked on 1/16/2012 by Guest

Does this cleaner climb the sides of the pool?

A     Answered on 1/16/2012 by Patrick P.

This cleaner is not designed to climb walls. That rule goes for most, if not all above ground pool cleaners.

?     Asked on 7/27/2008 by Guest

How many feet of hose come with this cleaner and how do I determine if I need extra hose?

A     Answered on 7/27/2008 by Patrick P.

This cleaner comes with 32' of hose, the hoses come in 4' sections. A simple rule of thumb is to measure from the skimmer (or dedicated suction line) to the farthest point in the pool then add two (2) extra hose lengths. If you determine you need additional hose you may purchase the hose sections here http://www.inyopools.com/Products/02201321001333.htm 

?     Asked on 5/28/2007 by Guest

Will the W560 or W530 leaf canister work with this cleaner?

A     Answered on 5/28/2007 by Patrick P.

Yes you may use either the W530 or W560 leaf canister with this pool cleaner.

?     Asked on 6/25/2006 by Guest

Are hoses included with this product?

A     Answered on 6/25/2006 by Patrick P.

Yes this cleaner comes with 32' of hose.


Review Summary

  (Average 4.23 out of 5 stars)
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9     1

 (5 out of 5 stars)  awesome bug.What it did was a miracle for us.

from NS CANADA ()

Pros: everything. I just love it.

Cons: it was 3 attachment hoses too short for my 33foot pool, expensive pieces but still very much worth it

this is a 20/20 for the money. I love it. It saves work and time ...easy hook up ...it cleans the bottom people, it even picked up a framing nail that had bounced off of a shooting framing gun into the pool without us knowing. just saved me a whole new liner. i cant say i love it enough. buy it forsure go ahead, dont delay. it is worth it for the money even if you use it one season....now I hope it lasts more than that. i am sure it will

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 (5 out of 5 stars)  Great Swimming Pool Cleaner

from New Jersey ()

Pros: Easy to use. Hook up and forget it.

Have been using one for years. Excellent product. Purchased this one for a gift for a family member with a pool.

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 (5 out of 5 stars)  Aquabug Pool Cleaner

from Locust Grove, GA ()

Overall it works pretty good - you just have to watch your filter as the cleaner will stop when it is dirty and needs to be cleaned out

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 (2 out of 5 stars)  

from Lewisville, TX ()

I just got this, but disappointed. It does not work well with my 1000gph above ground pool pump. I'm not ready to shell out for a new pump, so since I can't return it here since I opened the box, its off to ebay.

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2     1

 (5 out of 5 stars)  Good Investment and a BIG HELP

from Malvern, AR ()

Pros: easy to use, easy to order replacement parts

Cons: not enough hose for longer above ground pools in order for it to work correctly.

I wore my first one of these out, ordered more hose and now am ordering a 2nd one. It doesn't come with quite enough hose, but with what comes with it and what I already have, we should be fine. Also replacement parts were easy to get like the feet and the flappers.

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 (1 out of 5 stars)  

from Neenah, WI ()

It stops at the wall and tips up on its side. The only useful thing that we received was the hose. I wasted my money.

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3     0

 (5 out of 5 stars)  Works Extremely Well

from Claremore, OK ()

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: Have an updated skimmer.

Cute bug, but does it work. Out of the box ready. Just stick the tubes together, sink and waaa- la, She's sucking up the junk. Highly recomended for above ground pools.

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 (5 out of 5 stars)  Works great.

from Reedley, CA ()

Pros: Does a fast job cleaning the entire pool.

Cons: Scares the grandkids so we have to take it out when they come over to swim.

It arrived fast and went to work the same day on our pool. Works efficiently and does a great job cleaning the bottom of the entire pool. We have a deep end in our above ground pool and it doesn't get stuck in the deep end like our previous cleaner did.

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