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Pentair 360042 Kreepy Krauly

The Pentair 360042 Kreepy Krauly is a vacuum pool cleaner (suction side pool cleaner). It is suitable for most surfaces like pebbles, vinyl liner and fiberglass. Unlike the 360040 which is especially for gunite and concrete surfaces.

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Pentair 360042 Kreepy Krauly
  • Dive float directional system helps guide cleaner throughout entire pool from the water line to the pool bottom for great cleaning coverage
  • Automatic valve automatically regulates water flow to set the ideal travel speed for more thorough cleaning
  • Roller strap maneuvers cleaner around steps and ladders for uninhibited cleaning

Pentair 360042 Review- Pros & Cons


  • Bottom and pool walls
  • No booster pump needed
  • Simple Installation
  • Only one moving part


  • Gets stuck in some pools
  • Takes time

You could say that this cleaner is the follow up of the Kreepy Krauly Classic K70405. With the same pros as that cleaner, low maintenance because of its just one moving part, user friendly and simple installation. As usual with this type of cleaners no bag to empty and no gears or wheels wear age.

Features of the Kreepy Krauly 360042

As this cleaner has only one moving part and no wheels, diaphragm or gears its maintenance is not that expensive. It is suitable for large as well as small debris parts. It has an automatic regulator valve to set its speed to the best speed for your pool.


The size is 42L x 16.5W x 7.5H inches and the weight is 15.6 pounds


360040 Kreepy Krauly Concrete/Gunite Cleaner (Flat Seal)
360042 Kreepy Krauly Inground Universal Cleaner (Pleated Seal)

360046 Kreepy Krauly Builder Model Concrete/Gunite
360049 Kreepy Krauly International Model (Pleated Seal)


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Easy out of the box installation in many cases. And if it does not work the way you want it to do, changing the settings does not need you to have a universal degree.


It has only one moving part so there is not a lot to break and need repairs, which is nice for your wallet.

FAQ Pentair 360042

Is there a minimum pump h.p. requirement?
Answer: The cleaner requires a pump that can provide 25 gpm

Can you use a regular vacuum hose with this?
Answer: Yes, it is an universal size.

Does Pentair recommend this model for vinyl in ground?
Answer: Yes they do.

I have a plaster inground pool, do I use the pleated seal or the flat seal (star) one?
Answer: The pleated seal is used for plaster inground pools.

Does it work well in a fiberglass pool?
Answer: This model has a built in height adjustment to prevent it from getting stuck but if that will do the trick with a walk in pool I do not know. I don’t think so as the cleaner needs to be submerged in water to work?

Will this work in a large pond with Pea gravel?
Answer: No it won’t work. It sucks the gravel up as it thinks it is dirt.

Just want to make sure this will work on a kidney shaped pool?
Answer: Yes it does as long as the hose is long enough to reach the ends of pool.

Is it sensitive to being left out in the sun?
Answer: Though this is a durable cleaner in the end UV radiation will destroy all plastics so also this kreepy krauly 360042 pool cleaner. It takes a long time before it starts cracking though.

Can you get an extension hose for this item? It doesn’t reach our full pool.
Answer: Yes of course you can. It is sold in sections of 3′.

What is the difference between the pleated and the non pleated version?
Pleated seal = used for fiberglass and vinyl pools
Non-pleated = used for gunite and plaster pools

How does the handle a vinyl pool with ripples on the floor?
Answer: Quite good because of the build in height adapter.

Does this include weights?
Answer: Yes it does.

Does the Pentair 360042 need a booster pump?
Answer: No, it is a vacuum pool cleaner. It attaches to the suction side of your pump not to the pressure side so you don’t need a booster pump.

Does this model come with the hose??
Do I have to buy a different head for a concrete pool?
Can you use Kreepy Krauly on a fiberglass in-ground pool?
Are parts readily available for this model?
The model 360042 says universal…can I use this on a vinyl liner pool?

It isn’t moving. What am I doing wrong?
How do I keep the creepy crawler from getting stuck?
Any issues with use in a salt water pool?
What’s the difference between the 360042 vs 360048 models?
I have a gunite pool but live in a forest and have lots of leaves. Which skirt works best for leaves – flat or pleated?

Does this cleaner clean the wall?
Is there any way to attach this to a pole for manual cleaning?
How fast is it supposed to move? mine is literally a snail’s pace!
Will 360042 Kreepy Krauly work with a closed pool cover?
What is the biggest size pool the hoses allow it to clean?

Is it save for pebble tec pools?
Do I need to buy the adapter with this cleaner?
Will it clean the steps?
Does this work well on tile pools?

Official manual: Here.

5/5 - (1 vote)

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