2Onga Hammerhead

Onga Hammerhead

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4.0

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3.6 (25)
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3.1 (26)
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3.4 (25)
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3.7 (23)
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3.7 (23)
Picks up all kinds of debris
Fuss-free to operate
Quiet
Sometimes doesn't sit flat
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149 reviews
Chris7
Chris7AU9 posts
 

Only type that has worked efficiently at cleaning my pool

Others did not pick up nuts from my palm trees or if it tried they would get stuck. The hammerhead eats them for breakfast and all day long. Has a trap door just above head that you can open to remove anything that may get stuck. Great access but wouldn't even use it yearly. Never skips a beat. I wish I'd bought one years ago. Had my pool 25yrs. This is my second Hammerhead.
Also the cyclonic leaf catcher I've fitted to the hose makes my pool care a dream as I can no longer get down to the skimmer box. I hook the hose with a Childs fork hoe from Bunnings. Pull it over and empty it. Hope this helps someone. Show details
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Waz1
Waz1NSWSydney, NSW9 posts
 

Very good cleaner I've had 9 years of service

I don't understand these negative reviews I've had this cleaner for 9 years, I've just replaced all the wearing parts & I can say it's the best cleaner I've had(two Aqua Droids previously) I added an extra length of house recently to improve the far end cleaning & it did the job. Show details
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Greg NQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD2 posts
 

Stopped by the smallest thing

Our Onga Hammerhead requires frequent attention. If it encounters a leaf, twig, petal, tendril or any other non-water object, it stops. It is so bad that I have compiled an album entitled, 'What's stopped me now? ' If your pool ever gets any of the things mentioned above, do not buy a Hammerhead. Show details
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jaamsVICGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC4 posts
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Nothappy
NothappyQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD2 posts
 

Basic but reliable

I have had two of these cleaners and they have been pretty trouble free over years. The lifespan for me has been about 3 years (with a few modifications). Yes, it get stuck in corners and yes, it favours the deep end of the pool. It climbs about 2 thirds of the walls and rarely cleans the steps.
The front bumper gets rubbed down over time and so I added a section of hard plastic tubing as a "fender" to provide a wear surface. The skirt required a few cable ties to stay on when it got older but all in all, it has been reliable and have continued until literally worn down. The good news is that all these parts can be replaced. All pool cleaners are over priced so this is probable the best of the bottom end of the price range. Show details
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Savitree S.
Savitree S.QLDSouth East Queensland, QLD2 posts
 
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John_D
John_DNSWSydney, NSW33 posts
 

Rated best cleaner

with so many negative reviews how could this be rated the best suction cleaner?? Show details
Sandy
Sandy7 posts
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Some adjustment required

Initially I had a problem with the cleaner - it wouldn't stay flat on the pool bottom. The cleaner would lean backwards and stop, or sometimes stop on its side. To fix this, I tied a small rubber ball to the front hose segment, one hand width from where it joins the cleaner body. The extra buoyancy in that location made the cleaner balance correctly, in shallow and deep water, and vacuum the pool bottom and walls properly. I can see some people have had this same balance problem, so I thought this review would help. Show details
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JJ
JJSouth Australia42 posts
 

Over priced under performer

I bought this based on the product reviews and a youtube video titled " Onga Hammerhead pool cleaner in action".
It seldom gets out of the deep end and prefers to "live" in the nearest corner.
I have spent more time "adjusting" it than I care to mention.
I hope that one day some newcomer to this market does some great R&D and develops a product in this space that ACTUALLY WORKS.
The trouble shooting guide says it all. There plenty of problems that can arise and you the customer get to spend a lot of your own time trying to make do with a product that fails to be "automatic".
It's a pity that this handsome, quality plastic disappoints so badly!
This industry needs a major disruption and the party has gone on far too long. Show details
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L N.QLDSouth East Queensland, QLD
 
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uq1QLDSouth East Queensland, QLD2 posts
 

Onga Hammerhead pool cleaner

The cleaner does not cover all parts of the pool, especially further away from skimmer box. The rubber disc had a tear which is not covered by warranty as they claim it is wear and tear. Cannot believe a wear can cause a perfect tear. Lasted in for just 14months. My pool is perfectly clean, no leaves and chemicals monitored regularly Show details
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Lelley
LelleyWAPerth, WA22 posts
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Second time round .. working better than the last one

This is the second Onga hammerhead I have purchased .. seems to be working better than the last ... bought a deflection wheel so it doesn’t get stuck in corners but the wheel seems to catch on everything else like jets etc .... still a good value cleaner does its job ... happy so far …

Update 4/3/23
Still working great , pleased with overall performance for price .. Show details

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Robbie
RobbieQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD3 posts
 

These are great for the price

I had a different pool cleaner prior to buying this one and I spent so many hours trying to get it to cover the pool properly, was so frustrating as it wasn't cheap. Plus the genuine pool hoses were forever breaking and splitting and were expensive. From the first day I installed this it took off and I never had to touch it. Did a great job. I even took it with me when I moved house as I couldn't be without it. Over the years parts start to wear but it still keeps going. Plus the hoses it comes with don't need replacing. Cant kill it.  Show details
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Tim
TimNSWCentral West, NSW35 posts
 

owned one for 4 years cleans half the pool

This is a great no fuss cleaner. Throw it in the pool and let it go to work. Does a better job than hand vacuuming, the oscillating action really picks up the fine dirt. Gets chocked on some leaves and twigs, but rarely needs any cleaning. Biggest problem and the reason I won't buy another one and mine just died. Is that it only really cleans half the pool. The jets force it to the skimmer box end fights to get away. This is probably an issue with jet placement by the pool companies rather than the hammerhead design. Show details
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reviewerQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD
 

Great product for the price

Received it very quickly from bestpoolsupplies.com.au
Installed with only a little modification required to fit the threaded adapter into my skimmer box top.
Kept getting stuck in the corners of our small 7x3m rectangular pool, but but following the suggested fixes, I've managed to get it moving fairly randomly.
Key was getting the weights in the right place to allow part of the hose to sink.
Very happy with the product and the supplier. Show details
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Questions & Answers

Jonathan C.
Jonathan C.

Hi. I’ve just bought a hammerhead for the first time and hose seems quite loose in the head. I’ve got the leader hose fitted there as instructed but the head comes off when it stops. The adaptor cuff doesn’t seem to fit. What do I do?

Waz1
Waz1  

What do you mean by head? If you mean the main machine the lead hose just pushes onto the swivel connector, have you screwed that in firmly. The skimmer box end connects to a 90°elbow & that fits into a multi sized all purpose adapter.

GEO.
GEO.

IF your hammerhead flapper valve is worn how do you know or what are the symtems???

GEO.
GEO.

The front of my hamerhead is elevated as if you need to have a weight on the nose to make it flat . When put weights as per directions does'nt work seems to pull the front of the head up which is not what i want please advise where the weights should go to have the skirt flat on the bottom

Sandy
Sandy  
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Details

Features:

  • The Onga Hammerhead is an all-in-one pool cleaner that clears away dirt and debris from your swimming pool, so you can swim with peace of mind.
  • It has a built-in bumper that allows it to freely move around steps, ladders, and other obstacles in your pool, letting it get into every nook and cranny.
  • All of the cleaner’s parts are UV-stable and chemical-resistant, increasing its lifespan to last you years to come.
  • The pool cleaner uses your pool’s existing filtration system, so you don’t need to buy and run an additional expensive booster pump.
  • This product comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

Points of praise:

  • Most reviewers found that the pool cleaner was able to pick up all the debris in their pool with little fuss.
  • They also liked how fuss-free it was to operate - they could set it up and forget it, and it would still do its job.
  • According to reviewers, the pool cleaner is quiet (some reviewers even said it was almost silent).

A point of pain:

  • Some reviewers said that the pool cleaner didn’t sit flat on the bottom of the pool, which ended up hindering its ability to move about the pool and clean it.
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