Best Pool Cleaners

Pool cleaners let you spend more time lying back and relaxing in the water. Wading through different robotic pool cleaners (or automatic pool cleaners), pool vacuums, and other pool cleaning products can be difficult, but knowing what to look for can help you find the right device that makes light work of keeping your pool squeaky clean. Continue reading...

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Best Pool Cleaner

Robo-Tek Robo-Plus
  • Award Winner 2022
  • 2021
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Robo-Tek Robo-Plus

4.8 from 104 reviews

An upgrade on suction-based pool cleaners of the past, the Robo-Tek Robo Plus is a residential pool cleaner that uses a powerful pump and Twin High Torque Drive Motors to draw in debris and large leaves.

Overall cleaning performance is widely praised by reviewers
Effective at cleaning pools of all shapes and sizes
Cleans 15 metres of pool space per minute
Outstanding customer service
More expensive than an automatic pool cleaner
  • Build Quality
    4.7 (102)
  • Value for Money
    4.6 (102)
  • Ease of Use
    4.6 (103)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.5 (103)
  • Pool Size Small (9), Average (56) and Large (39)
  • Noise Level
    4.7 (86)
2nd Best Pool Cleaner
Enviroswim ES3
Pool Cleaners

Enviroswim ES3

4.5 from 77 reviews

The Enviroswim ES3 purifies water, needs little maintenance, and is inexpensive to run, making it a great contender for those who want to swim in a crystal-clear pool.

Leaves water smelling and feeling pure
Minimal effort to maintain
Only requires few added chemicals
  • Build Quality
    4.8 (20)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (20)
  • Ease of Use
    4.3 (20)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.4 (19)
  • Pool Size Small (2), Average (18) and Large (6)
  • Noise Level
    4.8 (18)
3rd Best Pool Cleaner
Onga Hammerhead
Suction Pool Cleaners

Onga Hammerhead

4.0 from 144 reviews

With a built-in bumper to move around obstacles in your pool and the ability to clean up all kinds of dirt and debris, the Onga Hammerhead can make keeping your pool pristine a breeze.

Picks up all kinds of debris
Fuss-free to operate
Quiet
Sometimes doesn't sit flat
  • Build Quality
    3.4 (18)
  • Value for Money
    3.2 (20)
  • Ease of Use
    3.4 (19)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.9 (17)
  • Pool Size Small (2), Average (15) and Large (2)
  • Noise Level
    4.0 (18)
Maytronics Dolphin S200
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Maytronics Dolphin S200

4.1 from 96 reviews

The Climate Care Certified Maytronics Dolphin S200 lets you swim in a sparkling clean pool while saving on energy and water bills.

Removes fine and coarse debris
Easy to clean the machine
Simple to set up
Sometimes not as durable as expected
  • Build Quality
    4.3 (77)
  • Value for Money
    3.8 (79)
  • Ease of Use
    4.6 (81)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.5 (80)
  • Pool Size Small (11), Average (50) and Large (22)
  • Noise Level
    4.7 (76)
Kreepy Krauly Sprinta Plus
Suction Pool Cleaners

Kreepy Krauly Sprinta Plus

4.2 from 47 reviews

The Kreepy Krauly Sprinta Plus boasts continuous suction, UV and chemical resistance, and a geared steering system which prevents it from getting trapped in difficult spots around your pool.

Effectively collects debris
Doesn't get stuck in corners
Quiet
  • Build Quality
    4.3 (36)
  • Value for Money
    4.1 (36)
  • Ease of Use
    4.5 (37)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.5 (34)
  • Pool Size Small (3), Average (28) and Large (7)
  • Noise Level
    4.1 (32)

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Maytronics Dolphin M400
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Maytronics Dolphin M400

3.9 from 71 reviews

Super scrubbing power and tangle-free movement around the pool lets the Maytronics Dolphin M400 pick up fine and large debris, leaving you to enjoy a squeaky clean swim.

Easy to remove and clean filters
Thoroughly cleans pool
Has handy storage caddy
Less effective on curved surfaces
  • Build Quality
    4.5 (36)
  • Value for Money
    4.2 (35)
  • Ease of Use
    4.5 (36)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.6 (36)
  • Pool Size Average (21) and Large (18)
  • Noise Level
    4.9 (33)
Kreepy Krauly VTX-7
Suction Pool Cleaners

Kreepy Krauly VTX-7

4.2 from 38 reviews

Its sucking, scrubbing, and skimming action give the Kreepy Krauly VTX-7 the ability to remove all kinds of debris from your pool, so you can relax in clean, clear water.

Keeps pool debris-free
Simple to use
Sometimes prone to clogging
  • Build Quality
    4.2 (33)
  • Value for Money
    3.8 (33)
  • Ease of Use
    4.1 (33)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.2 (33)
  • Pool Size Small (2), Average (18) and Large (12)
  • Noise Level
    3.4 (28)
Kreepy Krauly RX-Tank
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Kreepy Krauly RX-Tank

4.2 from 39 reviews

Latest review: Purchased this to replace an old diaphragm sucker. This cleaner is much better, good suction and moves around the pool fairly well including walls, easily climbs the sides. Easy to setup and get

  • Build Quality
    4.3 (31)
  • Value for Money
    4.1 (34)
  • Ease of Use
    4.4 (35)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (32)
  • Pool Size Small (3), Average (24) and Large (8)
  • Noise Level
    4.2 (31)
Kreepy Krauly VTX-3
  • Award Winner 2022
Suction Pool Cleaners

Kreepy Krauly VTX-3

4.5 from 23 reviews

Quietly picking up small and large debris is what the Kreepy Krauly VTX-3 does best; it lets you enjoy a swim without worrying about the clean up.

Removes debris of all sizes
Can set and forget it
  • Build Quality
    4.5 (17)
  • Value for Money
    4.6 (17)
  • Ease of Use
    4.7 (17)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.4 (17)
  • Pool Size Average (14) and Large (3)
  • Noise Level
    4.0 (15)
Zodiac CX35
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Zodiac CX35

3.7 from 44 reviews

The $1, 499 Zodiac CS35 uses cyclonic suction and powerful rotating brushes to clean pool floors, pool walls and water lines, without using chemicals.

Suitable for all pool sizes
Effectively removes debris
Easy to use
  • Build Quality
    3.6 (37)
  • Value for Money
    3.4 (38)
  • Ease of Use
    4.4 (38)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.2 (37)
  • Pool Size Average (20) and Large (17)
  • Noise Level
    4.5 (34)
Maytronics Dolphin M500
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Maytronics Dolphin M500

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3.4 from 79 reviews

Latest review: Our pool has never been so clean. The Dolphin is awesome at picking up even the tiniest silt from the pool. It cleans the waterline very well. We love the operation from our smartphone

  • Build Quality
    4.1 (19)
  • Value for Money
    3.4 (19)
  • Ease of Use
    4.5 (19)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.2 (19)
  • Pool Size Small (1), Average (9) and Large (9)
  • Noise Level
    4.6 (19)
Pentair Rebel
Suction Pool Cleaners

Pentair Rebel

3.2 from 117 reviews

Latest review: I found this ok at first, after 6 months the clean started to get worse. 1 year in and it's going in the bin. All it does is spin around in circles cleaning about a 1m x 1m area. No matter how

  • Build Quality
    2.7 (55)
  • Value for Money
    2.6 (55)
  • Ease of Use
    3.7 (54)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.1 (52)
  • Pool Size Small (2), Average (40) and Large (16)
  • Noise Level
    4.3 (47)

Maytronics Dolphin S100
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Maytronics Dolphin S100

4.3 from 20 reviews

Latest review: Power supply failed twice and chord gets coiled causing Dolphin to tangle and not get into the deep end. It gets job done after uncoiling chord. Just have to

  • Build Quality
    4.0 (13)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (14)
  • Ease of Use
    4.6 (14)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.4 (14)
  • Pool Size Small (5), Average (5) and Large (3)
  • Noise Level
    5.0 (11)
  • Cord Length15 m
Maytronics Dolphin S 300i
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Maytronics Dolphin S 300i

3.8 from 31 reviews

Latest review: I have a very large deep pool on a windy ocean cliff surrounded by rainforest. Leaves often covering bottom of my pool. Inbuilt filter hoses too difficult to set up. I am a 77 year old widow. This

  • Build Quality
    4.0 (25)
  • Value for Money
    3.4 (26)
  • Ease of Use
    4.4 (25)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.1 (25)
  • Pool Size Small (1), Average (15) and Large (7)
  • Noise Level
    4.7 (23)
Zodiac CX20
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Zodiac CX20

3.1 from 177 reviews

At the press of a button, the $1, 299 Zodiac CX20 Robotic Pool Cleaner will scrub your pool floor, walls and waterline. It removes small to large debris, leaves and gumnuts, and helps prevent algae and bacteria from germinating.

Price (RRP) $1,299.00

Removes fine sand to large debris
Simple to operate
Good customer service
Can require repairs
  • Build Quality
    2.5 (70)
  • Value for Money
    2.2 (71)
  • Ease of Use
    3.9 (71)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.6 (70)
  • Pool Size Small (6), Average (40) and Large (23)
  • Noise Level
    4.2 (63)
  • Cord Length15 m
  • Pool SurfaceConcrete, Fibreglass, Glass Beads, Pebblecrete, Quartzon and Vinyl Lined
  • Pool TypeAbove Ground and Inground

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Maytronics Dolphin M600
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Maytronics Dolphin M600

4.1 from 21 reviews

Latest review: Easy assembly of the trolley, had it in the pool and working within 30 minutes, lots of gravel and just a few leaves, spotless now and easy to clean filters. Awesome

  • Build Quality
    4.3 (16)
  • Value for Money
    3.9 (15)
  • Ease of Use
    4.5 (16)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.7 (15)
  • Pool Size Average (9) and Large (10)
  • Noise Level
    4.1 (15)
Zodiac G2
Suction Pool Cleaners

Zodiac G2

3.0 from 86 reviews

Latest review: The first 4 I had worked awesomely. 17 years of happiness. The 5th one is a couple of months old and it keeps flipping onto its back. I’m not sure why. I’ve switched a few hose pieces about and moved

  • Build Quality
    2.8 (16)
  • Value for Money
    2.5 (17)
  • Ease of Use
    3.3 (16)
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    3.3 (15)
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    3.6 (17)
The PoolCleaner 2 Wheel
Suction Pool Cleaners

The PoolCleaner 2 Wheel

3.2 from 53 reviews

Ideal for medium-sized pools with any surface type or shape, the PoolCleaner 2 Wheel is able to maintain optimal suction and cover the entirety of your pool to keep it crystal clear.

Requires little maintenance
Achieves maximum coverage
Picks up all kinds of debris
Sometimes goes above pool surface
  • Build Quality
    3.5 (13)
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    3.2 (13)
  • Ease of Use
    3.6 (13)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.4 (13)
  • Pool Size Average (10) and Large (3)
  • Noise Level
    4.7 (13)
Maytronics Dolphin X30
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Maytronics Dolphin X30

3.8 from 22 reviews

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  • Build Quality
    4.0 (18)
  • Value for Money
    3.7 (18)
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    4.3 (18)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.2 (18)
  • Pool Size Small (3), Average (10) and Large (7)
  • Noise Level
    4.8 (17)
Zodiac MX6
Suction Pool Cleaners

Zodiac MX6

2.8 from 106 reviews

Latest review: I have a 7m sized inground saltwater pool so I went for the smaller MX6 over the MX8. It was flawless in operation for the first couple of years except for the occasional clogging of the propeller by

  • Build Quality
    3.4 (17)
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    2.4 (19)
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    2.9 (17)
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Types of pool cleaners

A pool cleaner with a hose attached cleaning a tiled pool floor

Using a pool cleaner can save you time, money, and can leave you with a more thoroughly cleaned pool. While filtration systems help collect small debris, only a pool cleaner can capture heavier grit and prevent the growth of algae and bacteria.

We’ve listed the different pool cleaners available on the market, and what kind of pools they each suit.

Suction pool cleaners · See All

Suction cleaners are attached with a hose to your skimmer box, and use your pool’s filtration system and its suction to collect grime. These cleaners are the most common pool cleaner type in Australian pools.

There are two types of suction cleaners:

  • Inertia driven suction cleaners. Inertia-driven cleaners clean in a random pattern. They’re effective on pools with curved walls, as they can’t always get into tight corners.
  • Geared suction cleaners. These have wheels and move in a fixed pattern, letting them easily clean sharp corners. If you have a smaller pool with steps and straight walls, then a geared cleaner may be more suitable, however because they’ve got more moving parts then inertia-driven models, they may require more maintenance.

Pros

Cheaper than other pool cleaners.
Simple to use set up.
Usually suitable for both in-ground and above-ground pools.
Doesn’t have a motor, so it has one less part that needs repair or replacing.
Uses your pool’s suction, so won’t cost you much in electricity.

Cons

Leaving them in the pool all the time means they’ll fill up the skimmer box, making your pool pump work extra hard - this could damage it over time.
More effort to maintain, as you have to empty the skimmer box every now and then as it fills up with debris.
Debris may still be left on the pool’s surface, so you’ll need to use a net to scoop up what’s left.
Has to be put in and removed every cleaning session.

Robotic pool cleaners · See All

Robotic cleaners are operated by electric motors, and because they house pumps and filters, they’re self-contained - this means they have an inbuilt container for debris that you need to empty out. They don’t need to be connected to your pool’s filtration system, however they do need to be plugged into an outlet.

Pros

Can efficiently clean and remove debris, germs, and bacteria from larger pools.
Generally stop and block up less than other pool cleaners.
Pool robots are low maintenance in that they run without any supervision needed, and most automatically shut off when the pool is clean - also, some robotic pool cleaners can be left in the pool.
Easy to use and set up.
Good at cleaning corners.
Some models require less added chemicals then other swimming pool cleaners.

Cons

Priciest type of cleaner available.
Need to be plugged into a GFCI-protected outlet, which limits its range.
Some don’t filter while they clean.
Often heavier than suction cleaners.
Pump and filter need to be cleaned.

Pressure pool cleaners

Pressure cleaners work in conjunction with your pool’s water return port, or with a booster pump line. These types of cleaners can be expensive to install, so it’s common for people to opt for a different cleaner if their pool doesn’t already have one.

Pros

More powerful than suction cleaners, letting them effectively clean pool surfaces.
Collects all kinds of dirt and debris, both fine and coarse.
Rarely clogs up.
Often more efficient at cleaning than suction cleaners.
Durable.
Can clean tight corners.

Cons

More expensive than suction cleaners.
Require more effort to set up and maintain.
Some pressure cleaners require their own plumbing.

Other types of pool cleaners

  • Handheld cleaners: This works similarly to a vacuum cleaner in that you use your own energy to push it along the pool floor to clean it. It’s time consuming, especially if you have a large pool, but it is the most economical cleaning option available.
  • Chlorinators: Pool chlorinators are devices that automatically maintain the right level of chlorine in your pool. This keeps the pool clean and safe to swim in, and helps prevent algae growth.

What to consider when choosing a pool cleaner

Compatibility with your pool

Different swimming pools have different cleaning needs, so check that the cleaner is suited for your pool, taking into consideration features like whether it’s an in-ground or above-ground pool, as well as the size and shape of your pool.

If you have a square or rectangle pool with straight edges, you might find that a cleaner with a cleaning pattern covers your pool’s surface better than if it were a kidney-shaped pool.

Some cleaners are able to climb and clean steps and walls, and having this feature saves you having to manually clean these yourself.

Certain cleaners may also be able to more effectively clean certain pool surfaces. Whether you have a vinyl, concrete, fibreglass, tiled, or other surface, check that your cleaner is suitable for your pool before you buy it.

During storms and rains, you may also want to keep a cover on your pool - if this is the case, check that the cleaner you’re considering can still run while your pool is under cover.

Build quality

You’re going to want a pool cleaner that lasts you years, and can reliably clean your pool every season.

A longer warranty is usually a good indication of the durability of a product, so aim for at least 3-year protection. If this seems like a long warranty to look out for, then keep in mind that your cleaner will likely only be regularly cleaning during the summer.

Read reviews.

Reading through reviews can give you a good idea of how long a product lasts, and when things do go wrong, how much it costs to repair or how easy it is to fix yourself.

Hose length

Your cleaner should have enough hose to reach from one end of the pool to the other - it’s even better to err on the safe side by having a metre or two of extra length.

If your cleaner doesn’t have a long enough hose, then some manufacturers will let you buy a longer one separately.

Price

Pool cleaners can cost anywhere from $150 to $1200 (however cleaners from reputable brands usually start around the $300 mark), and you should expect to fork out up to $2500 if you’re after a robotic model.

While robotic cleaners are more expensive, they’re usually the most efficient and easiest cleaner type to maintain.

The bottom line

A swimming pool is a huge investment that the right pool cleaner (or pool cleaning service) can help make worthwhile, so that you and your loved ones can enjoy a swim in sparkling clean water whenever you want.

Carefully consider your options so that you end up with a cleaner that lets you spend more time in the pool and less time cleaning it.