10 Best Robotic Pool Cleaners
- Matt Giovanisci
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 Turbo T2
Price Estimate: $1,130
The Aquabot Turbo T2 inground pool cleaner uses unique four-way functionality to scrub, power wash, vacuum, and filter from floor to waterline twice as fast as the original Aquabot!
2. Hayward Tiger Shark
Price Estimate: $910
The Tiger Shark robotic pool cleaner 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.
3. Dolphin Advantage Plus (Remote Controlled)
Price Estimate: $960
Newly re-designed for 2013, the Advantage Plus RC delivers performance and reliability at an affordable price. Cleans pool floor, cove and walls. Caddy for portability and storage
4. Dolphin Triton
Price Estimate: $900
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
5. SmartPool 7i
Price Estimate: $476
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.
6. Polaris 9400 Sport 4WD
Price Estimate: $1,050
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.
7. Aquabot Rapids 4WD
Price Estimate: $649
The Aquabot Rapids 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. You can view the full video review of the Aquabot Rapids/Breeze 4WD cleaner here.
8. Kreepy Krauly Prowler 820
Price Estimate: $880
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.
9. SmartPool 9i
Price Estimate: $698
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.
10. The Solar Breeze
Price Estimate: $498
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).
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…
11 Reasons to Buy a Robotic Pool Cleaner Infographic
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