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10 Best Robotic Pool Cleaners

When it comes to cleaning your swimming pool, the best and most efficient tool in your arsenal is a pool cleaner. But not just any pool cleaner: a robotic pool cleaner!

There are 3 types of automatic pool cleaners you can choose from: suction-side, pressure-side, and robotic. However, robotic pool cleaners offer the best of all these types of cleaners combined. They run on electricity, so you don’t have to run your filter while it’s cleaning, and they use the power of suction (rather than water pressure) to clean up dirt and debris on the bottom of your pool.

So without further ado, here is what I think are the best of the best when it comes to robotic pool cleaning…

1. Aquabot Breeze XLS

List Price: $598.80
Price: $429.99
You Save: $168.81 (28%)

Hands down, my favorite robotic pool cleaner on earth. I had the pleasure of testing this cleaner out personally and I was floored by how easy it is to clean and how power it is.

The Aquabot Breeze inground pool cleaner features high-powered suction to remove the finest particles of algae, bacteria, dirt debris, sand and hair from the pool’s floors, steps, walls, and even the waterline! We recently gave a very positive review for this cleaner and awarded it with the Swim University Smart Buy Seal.

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2. Aquabot Turbo T2

List Price: $1,724.99
Price: $1,302.09
You Save: $422.90 (25%)

The Aquabot Turbo T2 is my favorite robotic pool cleaner. I’ve been selling it for years to my customers and they always came back to me with great reviews.

It uses unique four-way functionality to scrub, power wash, vacuum, and filter from floor to waterline twice as fast as the original Aquabot!

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3. Hayward Tiger Shark

List Price: $1,370.00
Price: $829.00
You Save: $541.00 (39%)

The Tiger Shark robotic pool cleaner is made by Hayward, a company that I trust and has been around for a very long time. They build quality products and they’re now getting into the robotic market.

It will calculate the size of your pool and pre-program itself to follow the most time and energy-efficient cleaning pattern. Will spotlessly clean every part of your in-ground pool including the bottom, walls, inclines and steps.

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4. Aquabot Pool Rover S2-40

List Price: $649.99
Price: $287.99
You Save: $362.00 (56%)

I’m a huge fan of the Pool Rover for aboveground pools, but this cleaner will also work on small inground pools.

The Pool Rover S2-40 uses a linear jet and cleans moving backward and forward. It can climb an incline or wall cove with a radius. The two filter boxes are accessible from the top and it uses a nylon mesh filter that can filter down to two microns (as good as a pool sand filter). It includes a 40-foot kink free cable and a timer with an automatic shut off. The cleaner can cover 8,000 feet per hour and filter 80-85 gallons of water per hour.

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5. Dolphin Triton

List Price: $999.99
Price: $795.00
You Save: $204.99 (20%)

I’ve sold many Dolphin cleaners when they were owned by SmartPool, but the brand was bought by Maytronics, a company that’s making some serious headway in the market.

The Dolphin Triton is an advanced robotic cleaner with exceptional features and patented technology at an affordable price. Cleans pool floor, cove and walls. Recommended for in-ground residential pools up to 50 ft. in length

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6. Aquabot Rapids 4WD

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Price: $680.00
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Rapids 4WD runs on a true 4 wheel drive system. The drive system powers all 4 wheels as well as a rotating brush underneath the cleaner itself. ROTATING SCRUBBING BRUSHES loosen up stubborn dirt and debris. Thisbrush is removable for easy maintenance. LARGE DEBRIS BASKETS capture an extrodinary amount of debris and make for easy emptying and cleaning.

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7. Polaris 9400 Sport 4WD

List Price: $1,499.00
Price: $1,040.99
You Save: $458.01 (31%)

Polaris is arguably the king of automatic pool cleaners. For decades, they’ve dominated the market with their revolutionary pressure-side cleaners. Now, they’re in the world of robotics and they’ve produced quite an amazing cleaner here.

The 9400 Sport 4WD robotic pool vacuum cleans pools up to 50′ long. It features 2 cleaning cycles, an active motion sensor to prevent tipping and cord tangling, and top access for debris removal. Weighing just 16 lbs., it comes with a heavy duty matching transport caddy and 2 year warranty.

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8. Kreepy Krauly Prowler 830

List Price: $1,889.36
Price: $1,015.00
You Save: $874.36 (46%)

The Kreepy Krauly is a classic automatic pool cleaner. The brand has been around for years making quality non-robotic pool cleaners. It’s no surprise that they would step into the big leagues now that they’re owned by one of the largest pool equipment manufacturers.

Compatible with all pool surfaces, it runs independently of pool’s filter and pump and requires no additional equipment. It includes two re-useable filter cartridges, a 50′ reinforced power cord and 24v transformer.

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9. SmartPool 9i

List Price: $999.99
Price: $751.54
You Save: $248.45 (25%)

This is the SmartPool 7i’s bigger brother. If you’re looking to step up in cleaning power, this is the way to go.

The SmartPool scrubbing robotic pool cleaner cleans floors, walls and even scrubs the tile at the top of the pool (according to a friend’s grandfather). Features a Rapid Drain System that keeps debris in the filter while allowing water to quickly flow from the unit back into the pool.

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10. Solar Breeze Robotic Pool Skimmer

List Price: $699.00
Price: $599.95
You Save: $49.97 (7%)

This is an incredible robotic pool skimmer that’s powered by solar panels on top of the unit. We did a full video review of the Solar Breeze and were blown away by how well it worked to keep the surface of the pool, while using NO electricity.

The unit is a little expensive for just a pool skimmer, but it’s well worth the investment instead of manually skimming your pool every day (or every other day).

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BONUS Robotic Pool Cleaners

Dolphin Advantage Plus Remote Controlled

List Price: $1,199.99
Price: $936.97
You Save: $263.02 (22%)

RC stands for remote control. Yes, that means you can stand by your pool and drive it around yourself to hit those trouble spots that most cleaners will take a while to get to. You can use this cleaner to spot clean, and it’ll save engery — plus you can impressed your friends.

The Advantage Plus RC delivers performance and reliability at an affordable price. Cleans pool floor, cove and walls. Caddy for portability and storage

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SmartPool 7i

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Price: $529.08
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If you’re looking for a starter robotic pool cleaner at a really great price, this is YOUR cleaner. I’ve also had the pleasure of testing it out personally.

This dynamic robotic pool cleaner will scrub floors, walls, steps and waterline! Revolutionary robotic design features a wider cleaning path for 50% faster cleaning coverage and Dual Direct-Drive motors for greater traction and pin-point navigation.

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Still Thinking About Buying a Robotic Pool Cleaner?

Now that you’ve read our list — and perhaps you still need a good reason to spend your hard-earned money on a pool cleaner…


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  • Bri Gi Ta B

    Hi, we are new owners of the above ground pool with deep end. We would like to get robotic cleaner, but the one I got today did very bad job. Aquabot pool rover hybrid. It was stuck in the deep end. Deep end is not too steep, but still robot can’t get out. And it was doing very bad job on picking up the sand. Could I use and in ground robotic cleaner for my above the ground pool ? I think it would to better job maneuvering on the bottom.

    • Matt Giovanisci

      Yes, you can use an inground cleaner. However, I would contact Aquabot because it could just be a calibration issue.

      • Bri Gi Ta B


  • Michael Weening

    Hi, thanks for the post. What I am confused on is what is the difference between the robotic cleaners and the polaris booster based cleaner? Have you written an article on the difference?


    • Matt Giovanisci

      Polaris Booster cleaners use water pressure from your filter system and requires installation of a second pump. Robotic cleaners are self-contained pool cleaners that require NO professional installation.

  • Barbara Holtz Cafaro

    What do you think of cartridge vs bag in robo vac?