What is the Best WATER FED POLE in your opinion?


Hi I am on the hunt for a new water fed pole something that will get me easilly three story’s + for commercial and two story’s for residential? I was looking for something rigid but trying to stay away from carbon fiber because of the price for now. I know some day I will eventually have to get a full carbon fiber pole. In your opinion what would you recommend?

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The Ettore Aquaclean series of poles (made by Gardiner) are a great and affordable lineup.


A buddy of mine just got one, it is half the weight of my excel carbon fiber. Supper nice and light. I know they may still seem a little high but they are worth it. Don’t buy something today you’ll hate tomorrow.


Nlite is awesome! Light and stiff.


Thanks Josh I’ll take it into consideration.


I was thinking of an Ettore Aquaclean but I had not found any reviews on it.


It is basically a re-branding of the Gardiner SLX. Use the Search Feature and you’ll find some good input on it. I for one own a few different poles, and the SLX is far and away my favorite.


I’ve only used one so far. Gardiner CLX 27. I love it & ill never get rid of it. I’d love to get an SLX full carbon one day.


Buy a tucker if you want price.


And Big Muscles, I hear! :wink:


What sucks most about my Gardiner Slx is having to epoxy the f**king clamps back onto the sections.


Wait for Unger to release their new pole… It will be worth the wait!


6 years on…how would we answer now??


Commercial- Gardiner line of poles for durablility, weight and rigid poles. Commonly working 3-5 stories

Residential- for me really doesnt matter the pole. Weight and stiffness doesnt really matter when using at these heights


At risk of upsetting mods like I must have this past summer, Gardiner for me all the way. SLX35 is excellent for daily use and allows me to use any just one length for short (and light weight) work or all of them if necessary.

It also receives trad pole tips for the occasion that I need it.

WCR used to sell them, but do not as of now.


Interesting question. Lots of changes since your question in 2012. I went Unger NLite. Then Gardiner SLX. What next? Still checking out options…


Someone should do a comparison with the slx vs xero. A friend of mine bought a xero and it reminded me of my old slx.


I would speculate the poles are quite similar. After all , the technology is not exactly new. Clamp quality is always a key.

The other factor that I love with Gardiner is the quik loc heads. It really is a tremendous feature that I’m honestly surprised isn’t replicated by the comp that I’ve seen.

Add to that all of the Gardiner accessories, and it’s no real comparison to me.


Check the specs on the pole you buy. Alot of poles on the market will have a good length/ height for a good price but the thinner higher sections are really flimsy.


We’d have to say Gardiner. It’s tough to beat their design, engineering, and capabilities. As far as I know they are the lightest and stiffest still…Two most important factors!

Here’s an X3 Xtreme at 75 feet of pole length on one of our jobs. This isn’t even their stiffest pole! It’s the lightest but the Ultimate is the stiffest.

Some will say they are not the strongest and I’d have to agree. However, this is not a piece of equipment that is just thrown around. It’s got to be taken care of properly.

Another video showing the difference between the Xtreme and the Ultimate…