This is a good pool skimmer. Mesh is firm. You can make it change shape a bit, but it's not a netting. I could just as easily give this a 5 star review. There's nothing wrong with it. I like the small size. We have a small 500-gallon swimming pool (5-feet x 7-feet x 2-feet deep) and this is a great size for cleaning it. My 6 year old can do it.