2016 Best Pool Cleaner on the Market

We’ve reached that time of year – the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and the high temperatures make a dive in the pool irresistibly tempting. Pool season is here again, and families everywhere are ready to jump in and cool off. However, it’s difficult to relax in a pool full of debris or dirt, making a reliable pool cleaner a must have. Whether you have an in ground or above ground pool, this list will help you narrow down your options and decide whether a robotic, pressure, or suction cup cleaner is the best fit for you.

Best Robotic Pool Cleaners

Dolphin 99996323 Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Swivel Cable, 60-Feet


The Dolphin Nautilus is primarily recommended for inground pools up to 50 feet in length. This efficient cleaner both vaccums and scrubs all pool surfaces in under three hours. A 90 day warranty covers spare parts and labor, giving you peace of mind with your purchase.

BEST FEATURES

  • A patented swivel cable prevents tangling as the robot journeys across your pool
  • Energy efficiency keeps energy use costs under 15 cents per use
  • The cleaner doesn’t require connection to the pool system
  • Includes an easy to clean cartridge filter as well as a “spring clean” filter, for both finer and larger debris

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Customers especially praised the Dolphin Nautilus’ filters, both for their ability to pick up dirt and debris and the easy clean up afterwards
  • They also stated that the Nautilus does its job efficiently, cleaning their pools from top to bottom
  • Most customers found that the cleaner’s cord does not tangle while it is in use

Negative:

  • Some buyers complained that the unit left black streaks all over their lining after cleaning, which was caused by the black housing of the cleaner rubbing off
  • Others warned that upon receiving the pool cleaner, a sticker on the box informed them that if they purchased the product online the warranty was immediately void
  • Unsatisfied customers mentioned that unless you have a power outlet near the pool, the power cable is rather short and the design of the product does not allow for the use of extension cords


Dolphin 99996403-PC Dolphin Nautilus Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner


The Dolphin Nautilus Plus is the next step up from the Dolphin Nautilus, providing all the benefits of the old Nautilus along with new and improved features that make its cleaning abilities better than ever.

BEST FEATURES

  • The Plus is designed with a top access extra large filter, meaning that it can both vacuum up more debris and it is easier to access the filter to clean it out after
  • It also features IntelliScan Technology, which enables it to navigate your pool and clean even the most obscure corners
  • Easy-Fix modular components are both easy and relatively cheap to replace at home if broken, saving you money in the long run

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Just like the other Nautilus, this unit is easy and quick to clean after use
  • Reviewers praised the ease of use, with set up and clean up both taking only 5 minutes. They also loved that they were free to do other things while the robot cleaned

Negative:

  • Some users found that the unit can get stuck when climbing the pool walls
  • Others stated that the robot’s random cleaning pattern, which works similarly to a Roomba, fails to completely clean the pool


Hayward RC9990GR TigerShark QC Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner with Quick Clean Technology


The energy efficient TigerShark cleaner saves you money on your energy bill while providing you with a spotless pool. Its smart computer calculates your pool’s size and devises an efficient cleaning program, making this little robot a smart choice when it comes to choosing a pool cleaner.

BEST FEATURES

  • A shut-off function automatically powers the machine down after running for three hours, saving you even more money on energy
  • The smart computer calculates the most efficient cleaning pattern for your unique pool
  • The TigerShark not only vacuums but brushes and scrubs while it cleans, leaving you with a sparkly pool floor

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Customers praised the unit’s ability to climb the walls of their pool, stating that it cleaned the walls up to the waterline
  • They also loved how efficient the TigerShark was at cleaning, leaving their pools practically spotless
  • Another popular feature of the TigerShark was that it never got stuck in awkward positions or tangled in its cord

Negative:

  • Some critical customers pointed out that if a driver belt breaks eventually, replacing it requires unscrewing nine screws in very inconvenient places
  • Others found that the machine can get caught on the drain cover and has to be removed manually
  • A few people stated that the unit scratched the pool liner


Aquabot APRVJR Pool Rover


This aboveground pool rover will clean your pool in an hour or less using its 24 volt pump motor. The 40 feet of cable allow this machine to vacuum your entire pool, while a reusable filter bag allows for easy cleanup.

BEST FEATURES

  • A two hour automatic shut-off timer leaves you free to do other things while the Aquabot is running without worrying about it straining your energy bill
  • The 24-volt pump motor provides both vacuum suction and jet-drive propulsion
  • This model is definitely on the more affordable end of robot pool cleaners, which can run into thousands of dollars

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Customers were incredibly enthusiastic about the Aquabot’s cleaning abilities, raving that it cleaned their entire pools, even picking up acorns and small sticks
  • They were also very happy with the lasting power of the rover, with some customers writing updates four or even seven years after their initial purchase to report that the Aquabot was still running as well as ever

Negative:

  • Some found that over time the Aquabot stopped reversing, leading to less efficient cleaning
  • Others complained that the cord tangles to the point that you have to manually untangle it in order for the rover to keep cleaning

Dolphin 99996356 Dolphin Triton Robotic Pool Cleaner with Caddy Swivel Cable, 60-Feet


This model, yet another success from Dolphin, comes with a caddy for ease of storage and transportation. An automatic three hour cleaning cycle, patented swivel cable, and cartridge filter system all add to the appeal of the Dolphin Triton.

BEST FEATURES

  • The cartridge filter system is easy to clean and comes with a spring clean-up option for when you open the pool for the first time after a long winter
  • A swivel cable prevents tangling so your Triton can keep moving
  • The pool cleaner doesn’t need to connect to your pool system to run, saving you energy
  • An included caddy makes the unit easy to store and move

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Customers said that the Triton fulfilled its claims of cleaning all the way up to the waterline, climbing the walls with ease
  • The easy set-up and cleaning process were also perks, with customers loving that they could do other things while the Nautilus was running
  • After an initial learning curve while the unit gets used to your pool, reviewers stated that the cleaner does an efficient, thorough job getting all the dirt and debris out

Negative:

  • Some customers complained that the unit did not seem to always be completely balanced on the floor of the pool, resulting in it not picking up all the dirt
  • Several customers experienced poor customer service, waiting on hold for long amounts of time or being told their warranty was void because they purchased the product online


Aqua Products ABJR Aquabot Junior In-Ground Robotic Pool Cleaner


The Aquabot Junior scrubs as it vacuums, lifting and removing debris from your pool floor. An internal microprocessor and directional turning system guarantee it will reach all corners of your pool. Ultra fine filtration bags will remove even the smallest of particles.

BEST FEATURES

  • Dual super grip scrubbing brushes pick up dirt so the Aquabot can vacuum it away
  • A 50 foot cable will allow the robot to clean even large pools
  • The filtration picks up particles down to 2 microns
  • A four hour cleaning cycle gives the Aquabot time to cover your entir pool thoroughly

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Satisfied customers praised the Aquabot’s cleaning abilities, raving over how much debris it picked up from their pools
  • The Aquabot also navigates and avoids obstacles well, not getting caught up on anything
  • They were also happy that the Aquabot is powered by an outlet and not the pool system, saving money on energy bills

Negative:

  • A few customers found that they received defective cleaners from Aquabot, which didn’t work straight out of the box
  • Unfortunately, customer service is rather poor and slow according to reviewers which means if you get a defective model it may take some time to get it replaced


Polaris 9550 Sport Robotic In-Ground Pool Cleaner


This sporty option from Polaris features four wheel drive and Aqua-Trax tires, for easily navigating the surface of your pool. A seven day programmable timer allows you to schedule a cleaning while you’re away, while a remote control lets you aim the Polaris Sport at specific areas of your pool when you’re home.

BEST FEATURES

  • Active-Motion motion sensing technology enables the unit to avoid getting stuck on obstacles
  • Vortex Vacuum technology lets the cleaner suck up large debris while still maintaining its suction power
  • A rear water propulsion system helps the Sport navigate tricky, tight corners
  • A 7 day programmable timer and remote control provide for maximum control of your unit

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Customers enjoyed the power lift system, which causes the Sport to float to the top of the pool at the touch of a button on the remote control instead of lugging it out from the bottom while waterlogged
  • Several also mentioned that the large debris opening and tray both made the unit good at its job and easy to clean out
  • Others were happy to report that the cleaner had never gotten stuck or flipped upside down

Negative:

  • A few customers found that the unit had trouble climbing the walls
  • Disgruntled customers complained that the cord tangled often, and they would have to untangle it by hand for the unit to continue cleaning


POOL ROVER S2 40, US, JET, 115VAC/48VDC, BLUE


This affordable option, designed for aboveground pools, will keep you in the red while still providing you with a robotic cleaner for your pool. This cleaner is ideal for pools 40 feet or under, and can climb the walls up to six inches.

BEST FEATURES

  • The filter is top access, making it easy to clean
  • A 40 foot kink free EZ swivel cable won’t get tangled
  • Cleans pool floor, cove, and walls up to six inches
  • A one or two hour cleaning cycle gives you options

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Satisfied customers shared that the robot cleaned sticks, leaves, and other debris off the bottoms of their pools
  • Positive reviewers loved the product they got for the price, stating that the cleaner is a real bargain
  • Customer service was also a strong bonus, with Aquabot providing quick and reasonable attention to customers’ issues

Negative:

  • Several purchasers found that the Aquabot stopped working within a couple of months, and while the company replaced their units for them, unfortunately they had the same problems with the replacements


Maytronics 99991079-PC Dolphin Triton Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner


This super machine not only vacuums, but scrubs and filters pool surfaces in under 2.5 hours. An included remote lets you operate basic steering and also set the cleaning cycle for either 1 or 2.5 hours.

BEST FEATURES

  • The Top Load cartridge filter system is easy to clean and also comes with an included spring clean-up option
  • A dual drive motor and split brushes allow for 90 degree turns and better cleaning
  • A remote control gives you even more control over the cleaning process

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Customers loved the two filter feature, stating that it left their pools sparkling clean
  • According to reviewers the Dolphin Triton Plus is a thorough cleaner, picking up almost all the debris in the pool
  • Another appreciated feature was the caddy, which keeps the Triton safe and secure when not in use

Negative:

  • Several customers found that the cleaner got stuck on their drain covers and had to be manually removed
  • Unfortunately, those who experienced this problem found no help from Maytronic customer service which left them high and dry without a fix or replacement


Smartpool NC22 SmartKleen-Robotic Pool Cleaner


This lightweight cleaner is another affordable option, perfect for aboveground pools. While it can’t climb the walls, it will scrub your pool floor. An extra large filter bag enables it to pick up lots of debris.

BEST FEATURES

  • A quick drain system allows you to remove the unit from the pool without straining your back
  • Extra large filter bag capacity lets the SmartKleen pick up as much dirt as possible
  • An automatic two hour shutoff means you don’t have to sit by the pool until the unit is done cleaning

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Customers enthusiastically loved the price on this unit, which is truly a bargain when it comes to robotic pool cleaners
  • They also stated that it does its job well and can last for years if properly taken care of

Negative:

  • Several reviewers complained that the cord tangles easily and you must spend several minutes untangling it by hand
  • Also, customers warned that the unit breaks easily if you pull it out of the pool by the cord


Best Suction Pool Cleaners

Hayward Poolvergnuegen Suction Pool Cleaner


This cleaner comes with patented tire treads for easy climbing abilities. Several pre-programmed internal steering sequences guarantee your entire pool will be covered.

BEST FEATURES

  • Self adjusting turbine vanes provide maximum power no matter the size of the debris
  • The patented tire treads allow the pool cleaner to easily navigate obstacles such as pool drains
  • Three interchangeable throats allow different sizes of debris to pass through

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Satisfied customers stated that the Hayward cleaned their entire pool in five or six hours
  • Several customers also updated their reviews to inform readers that years after their purchase, the cleaner was still working well

Negative:

  • Some users found that the two wheel model would tilt, leading to it not being able to pick up fine debris such as dirt and sand
  • Others complained that the unit scratched the lining of their pool over time, leaving marks


Baracuda G3 W03000


A wheel deflector helps this unit navigate tight corners, while scuff-resistant hoses protect your pool from scratches. The Long Life Diaphragm is quiet and energy efficient.

BEST FEATURES

  • A Flowkeeper Valve regulates water intake to provide maximum performance
  • The 36-Fin Disk helps the cleaner adhere to the pool surface and avoid getting stuck
  • Durable Long Life Diaphragm has simple, one moving part technology to provide a quiet and energy efficient product

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Happy users wrote that the cleaner does its job well, and several have had the cleaner for over three years, only having to replace parts occasionally

Negative:

  • Several customers complained that the unit gets stuck on their pool drains


Hayward Aquanaut 200


This Hayward model’s patented adjustable roller skirt will maintain suction even on uneven surfaces, making it a great choice for your pool. V Flex technology allows large debris to pass through the cleaner without getting clogged.

BEST FEATURES

  • The roller skirt guarantees the machine will not lose suction on uneven surfaces
  • The tire treads help the Aquanaut navigate obstacles without getting stuck
  • With V-Flex technology, even large debris like sticks or leaves will pass through the cleaner with ease

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Customers were satisfied with the unit’s ability to clean, stating that it left their pools almost spotless
  • Several were also impressed with the lasting power of the machine, which can stay in usable condition for years with occasional part replacement

Negative:

  • Some customers complained that the unit does not climb the walls very high, falling off after about a foot
  • Others warned that if your pool surface is rough, the tire treads wear out quickly


Hayward 900 Wanda the Whale Above-Ground Automatic Pool Cleaner


This adorable, affordable pool cleaner will look right at home at the bottom of your pool, featuring a smiling cartoon whale design that is cute and classy. A deluxe bumper ring will keep it away from the walls.

BEST FEATURES

  • A unique turbine and gearing system maintains constant balanced water flow across the bottom of the pool
  • The contoured head design ensures that the steering pattern will be completed quickly
  • A deluxe bumper ring minimizes friction and keeps the unit from bumping into the walls

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Users loved the quick set up and ease of use of this unit
  • Several also mentioned that as long as the filter system you hook it up to works well, Wanda the Whale will do her job and clean your pool thoroughly

Negative:

  • Several purchasers found that the cleaner tips over on its side quite easily and that if it keeps moving while tipped over, it may scratch or tear holes in the lining


Pentair-GW9500-Kreepy-Inground-Cleaner


This option from Kreepy Krauly features a unique turning mechanism to avoid getting stuck, as well as a vacuum port door that’s spring-loaded for safety.

BEST FEATURES

  • A unique bristle drive and vortex design scrubs and vacuums at the same time for maximum cleaning
  • The turning mechanism will prevent the unit from getting caught in a corner
  • Fully automatic, simply attach it and let it run

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Customers praised the dependability and ease of use of this model, which is reliable for years at a time and requires hardly any set up
  • They also stated that it cleans efficiently

Negative:

  • Several users complained that the unit does not clean the shallow end as well as it cleans the deep end
  • Others found that the skirts grow brittle and crack over time, and have to be replaced


Best Pressure Pool Cleaners

Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner


Triple jets propel the Polaris Vac-Sweep across the bottom of your pool, resulting in a clean pool in under three hours. Three wheels and an inline back-up valve help the unit manuever and prevent it from getting stuck in tight corners. After installing a separately purchased pump, your Polaris will be running and ready to go.

BEST FEATURES

  • Triple jets power the cleaner, which features all-wheel and belt drive mechanisms for greater cleaning power
  • A single chamber filter bag keeps debris from reaching the pump basket or filter, prolonging the lasting power of the filtration system
  • An in-line backup valve releases the Polaris from tight corners

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Several customers stated that the pressure cleaner does an efficient job cleaning the bottoms of their pools

Negative:

  • A few users said the wheels occasionally lock, which means you have to remove the cleaner from the pool and unlock the wheels by hand
  • Customers also found that the Polaris requires many repairs over the years which can get to be a hassle


Polaris Vac-Sweep 3900 Sport pressure side pool cleaner


Updates such as an all-wheel PosiDrive system and TailSweep Pro hep provide a product that does everything the other Polaris models do and more.

BEST FEATURES

  • The PosiDrive system provides 50% more torque
  • The TailSweep Pro provides utimate sweeping action without splashing water out of the pool
  • An additional 40 GPM of pool filtration means this unit has more vacuum power than any other Polaris model

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Customers were happy that the 3900 was constructed of galvanized steel rather than plastic, resulting in parts that do not have to be replaced as often as other Polaris models
  • Several reviews reported that the Polaris cleans pools thoroughly

Negative:

  • Customers complained that the vacuum tips on its side and does not climb the walls well
  • Others criticized the design of the filter bags, stating that they are difficult to clean and the zippers get fouled with debris
  • Still others found that despite the steel construction, the Polaris still broke down


Polaris Vac-Sweep 65 6-130-00 Pressure Side Automatic Pool Cleaner for Above Ground Vinyl Pools


This machine cleans the bottom and sweeps the sides of your pool in under three hours. Patented jet sweep technology sweeps debris from where its caked on the sides of your pool so your filtration system can easily remove it.

BEST FEATURES

  • The product comes with a threaded return line and 24-foot float hose, making it ideal for inground vinyl or fibreglass pools with depths up to 5 feet
  • The Polaris uses the pool’s filtration system to aim powerful streams of water at the pool’s sides and bottom
  • The debris bag eats up twigs and leaves before they reach your filtration system

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Satisfied customers reported that after reading the instruction manual, it took only 15 minutes to hook up the pressure cleaner to their pool and watch it get to work
  • Others praised the lasting power of Polaris products, stating they used the product for up to eight years before having to buy a replacement

Negative:

  • Some customers found that the unit needs regular repairs and parts replacements, which might make it a less viable option


Pentair LL505G Kreepy Krauly Legend Pressure-Side Inground Pool Cleaner, Grey Top, White Bottom Cleaner for Lighter Colored Pools


The four wheel design of this machine makes it less prone to tipping than three wheel models. Using a separately purchased booster pump, the cleaner jets around your pool and sweeps up debris.

BEST FEATURES

  • The four wheels ensure that the cleaner will not tip
  • A large filter bag will pick up bigger debris

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Positive reviewers stated that the cleaner does not tip and climbs stairs and walls easily
  • They also found that the cleaner picks up large debris like twigs very well

Negative:

  • Some users found that after a period of time the cleaner would simply go in circles rather than cleaning the entire pool
  • Others found that the plastic parts of the cleaner erode over time and need to be replaced



Zodiac 6-130-00T Polaris Turbo Turtle Pressure Side Pool Cleaner


This cute little helpful turtle will attach to your pool’s filtration system and loosen debris from your pool’s walls and floor. The turtle design also means you won’t be ashamed to leave this product out when you have guests over to go swimming.

BEST FEATURES

  • A cute design makes this product decorative as well as useful
  • This unit vacuums and sweeps the pool in three hours or less

WHAT DID CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY?

Positive:

  • Reviewers stated that the machine does its job well, cleaning out the majority of debris in the pool
  • Others found it lasted as long as 10 years before breaking down enough to be replaced

Negative:

  • A few reviewers had difficulty getting the unit to work, finding that no matter what fixes they tried the cleaner either sat in the corner or just went in circles


What are the benefits of a pool cleaner?

If you don’t feel like forking up the money for a professional pool cleaning person every few weeks, or spending your weekend vacuuming and cleaning out the pool by hand, a pool cleaner is an ideal choice for you. The pool cleaner will prove to be a cheaper option over the long run than hiring someone, and it will free up your time to enjoy your pool and accomplish other tasks rather than cleaning.

What is a Robotic (electric) Pool Cleaner?

A robotic pool cleaner is a unit that runs from an outside power source rather than your pool’s filtration system. It is sort of like a Roomba for your pool. They run on wheels or tank treads and have removable filter bags that you take out and clean after each use.

What is a Pressure Pool Cleaner?

Pressure pool cleaners connect to your pool’s filtration system and use the filter’s power to shoot jets of filtered waters at the bottom and sides of your pool so your filter can remove the debris there. They also have attached filter bags to contain any larger pieces of debris like leaves or twigs so they don’t get sucked into the filter. They are a much more affordable option than robotic cleaners.

What is a Suction Pool Cleaner?

A suction pool cleaner acts like a vacuum attached to your filter system. It travels along the bottom of your pool and sucks up debris as it goes. It isn’t as good at climbing the walls as robotic cleaners but does a thorough job cleaning the bottom.

What To Consider When Looking For The Best Pool Cleaner

You should be certain to read reviews and find what other purchasers had to say when choosing a pool cleaner. Also, when deciding, you should consider which type of pool cleaner is the right choice for your needs. A robotic pool cleaner would be a good option for those who have a bit more money to spend and who want the least amount of manual labor possible since you can simply turn the unit on and walk away. However, other cleaners like pressure and suction cleaners are more affordable options. While you may still have to go over your pool manually once in a while, they will eliminate most of the work.

Conclusion

Pool cleaners come in many variations, suitable for different needs. They range in price but there is an option for every price range. Whether you have an aboveground or inground pool, pool cleaners will save you valuable time so you can enjoy your summer rather than laboring over your pool. Hopefully this list has helped you narrow down your options and come closer to a decision about what kind of pool cleaner you would like.

PhotoModelReviewPriceScore
Poolvergnuegen 4X Suction PoolCleanerRead Review$$$5.0
Zodiac F5 Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 Pressure Side Pool CleanerRead Review$$$5.0

Read Review$$4.9
Zodiac W70472 Baracuda G2 Automatic Pool CleanerRead Review$4.9
Baracuda G3 W03000 Advanced Suction Side Automatic Pool CleanerRead Review$4.8