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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Based on 2,636 reviews
Replaced by Robo-Tek Robo-Plus V2 4.8 
Robo-Tek Robo-Plus

Robo-Tek Robo-Plus 🏆 2024

4.5  (147) Summary
  • Price (RRP) $2,290
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Karen D.
Karen D.
 
Maytronics Dolphin S Line

Maytronics Dolphin S Line

4.3  (175) Summary
  • Price (RRP) $999 to $3,299
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Michelle king
Michelle kingQLD2 posts
  Fair Incentive Dolphin S100
Enviroswim ES3

Enviroswim ES3

4.5  (79) Summary
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ozteam
ozteamQLD27 posts
 
Onga Hammerhead

Onga Hammerhead

4.0  (152) Summary
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Norman
NormanQLD
 
Best Automatic Pool CleanerBeen using it for years and it works like a charm. Recently ordered it again through Pool and Spa warehouse online. Quick and efficient online order process with super fast delivery. I would definitely buy again from Pool and Spa Warehouse Show details
Maytronics Dolphin M Line

Maytronics Dolphin M Line

3.9  (217) Summary
  • Price (RRP) $2,699 to $3,499
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Tim F.
Tim F.
  M400
PoolBot B Series

PoolBot B Series

3.9  (89) Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,450 to $2,300
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No extended Warranties.
No extended Warranties.VIC
  B150
Kreepy Krauly Sprinta Plus

Kreepy Krauly Sprinta Plus 🏆 2024

4.1  (60) Summary
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Adam W.
Adam W.QLD
  Fair Incentive Verified
Easy install, works well so farThe unit was very easy to install, and did not need adjustments. Works well so far, but does not really climb walls, but then none of the ones we have had do that well. Show details
Maytronics Dolphin X Line

Maytronics Dolphin X Line

4.0  (63) Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,249 to $3,499
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jennifergonzalezjgon
jennifergonzalezjgonNSW
  Dolphin X40 Plus
Saves me loads of timeIt's pretty easy to use, just drop it in and let it do its thing. Cleans the pool way better than I ever did, getting all the nooks and crannies. It's quiet too, doesn't make a racket while it's working. Show details ·  1
Kreepy Krauly RX-Tank

Kreepy Krauly RX-Tank

3.8  (66) Summary
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Peter H.
Peter H.WA5 posts
 
Started well --Ended in failureunfortunately like others here. worked well for few months-- now constantly stops.. tried everything, more suction less suction...and this is in a fully clean pool ,,,nothing to suck up..

disappointed to say the least

Peter Show details

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Kreepy Krauly VTX-7

Kreepy Krauly VTX-7

3.9  (49) Summary
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Greg S
Greg SQLD
  Verified
Kreepy Krauly VTX-3

Kreepy Krauly VTX-3

4.4  (25) Summary
Michael
MichaelVIC2 posts
 
Great machineThis is the second Kreepy I have had. both have been excellent performers in the pool which looks sparkling. It cleans leaves and any dirt without a problem. It is left in the pool and presents no problem when swimming. Show details
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DrBob737
DrBob737AU42 posts
  CX35
Terrible Design Zodiac CX-35 Robot Pool CleanerDo not buy this product. Poor design with cable connect to robot. Huge number breaking plus leaking in motor casing is common. Circuit board is humisealed which is good but circuit design fails with SCR rating switching on pool motor. Bang another fail. Suggest go wireless. Not worth $1399 avg buy price June 2024 Show details
Zodiac FX18

Zodiac FX18

4.3  (22) Summary
Mark M
Mark MQLD5 posts
 
Broken 6 months past warrantyThe robot had minimal use as I have a very clean pool. Used 20 times. Always washed and kept safe. It broke down out of warranty and fluidra won't look at it . No goodwill here obviously. One look at it would show it looks in perfect nic. I'd avoid zodiac. $1100 up in smoke. Show details
Zodiac G2

Zodiac G2

3.0  (89) Summary
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Longtime G2 Owner
Longtime G2 Owner
  Verified
Zodiac MX8

Zodiac MX8

2.8  (226) Summary
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Peter Mas
Peter MasGulmarrad7 posts
  Verified
Madimack GT Freedom

Madimack GT Freedom

4.5  (12) Summary
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Steve
SteveQLD3 posts
  Verified i45
Zodiac Cyclonic Leaf Catcher

Zodiac Cyclonic Leaf Catcher

4.0  (16) Summary
consumer
consumerSydney59 posts
 
MehhhhOK but it impacts the capacity of the Zodiac MX5 to work as the more leaves, the worse the suction so you can't have a cleaner and the catcher at the same time which is a bit useless.
Zodiac MX6

Zodiac MX6

2.8  (113) Summary
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Jerry Y.
Jerry Y.VIC
 
GreatOwn a robotic cleaner which was great. But annoying to put in and out. And heavy. So bought a secondhand mx6 for a try. I replaced a new direction gear. Origianly it didn't have scrubber brush. So Updated a brush at underneath if the cleaner. It works perfect. Now I haven't touched my robot over a month. Show details
Robo-Tek Robo-Plus V2

Robo-Tek Robo-Plus V2

4.8  (10) Summary
$2,290RRP
Rick C.
Rick C.2 posts
  Verified
Ebay purchase with nice speedy post >Great unit and speedy post from the team at Pool Warehouse. nice communication when asking for more details. Show details
ALDI Power Force Pool Cleaner

ALDI Power Force Pool Cleaner

3.4  (19) Summary
$99.99RRP
Ernie K.
Ernie K.
  Power Force Automatic Pool Cleaner
Baracuda Manta

Baracuda Manta

3.2  (22) Summary
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Alan H.
Alan H.WA2 posts
 
Hayward AquaNaut 250/450

Hayward AquaNaut 250/450

3.2  (19) Summary
Frustrated pool owner
Frustrated pool owner
  250
It's garbage. AvoidBarely more effective than pushing a manual vacuum around yourself. Clogs constantly. Your Local Algae will love it. You will have the greenest pool in the neighborhood, guaranteed! Show details
Baracuda Captura

Baracuda Captura

2.6  (34) Summary
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bimantha s.
bimantha s.
 
Absolutely rubbish , after sale service is horrible ,rudeI have brought new baracuda ggotcha pool cleaner work only two days.
Try to get help to fixe the problem after sale service omg they are rude angry they dont want to help. Please dont buy these rubbish . Show details
Baracuda
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Hi Bimantha, We are sorry to hear about your experience. Please do reach out to our support team to assist you promptly with your Captura on 1300 784 423 from Mon-Fri 8.30am - 6.00pm AEDT.

Hayward TigerShark

Hayward TigerShark

2.6  (36) Summary
S Morgan
S Morgan
  TigerShark
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jossgodbold
jossgodbold
  TX35
Dragonfly Floating Pool Cleaner

Dragonfly Floating Pool Cleaner

5.0  (6) Summary
Tricia
TriciaNSW5 posts
 
Klever Kleena K Bot RX-1 / 2 / 3

Klever Kleena K Bot RX-1 / 2 / 3

2.9  (21) Summary
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Aaron N
Aaron NNT2 posts
  RX-1
Wish I got one years ago!I bought the base model as we are in a rental. Absolutely a great buy. Having no problems at all. Does what it says, I like that it doesn’t connect to the filter and picks up everything. I can’t get the pool this clean by hand. Is very pricey though at $1400 which is why it gets 4 stars. Show details
Zodiac Aquasphere

Zodiac Aquasphere

3.3  (13) Summary
Al C.
Al C.3 posts
 
Poor instructions and extra undocumented partThe instruction manual is poor. Parts pictured on page 2 are then called other things in the set up instructions. No clear picture of final assembly. What is the included part that has an internal spring and numbers on the side (not shown on page 2). Show details
Onga Pool Shark

Onga Pool Shark

2.5  (26) Summary
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Coline L.
Coline L.QLD
 
Best pool robot !!Best pool robot ever. Very leafy pool, we leave in tropical forest. Very cheap and very efficient, climb walls and steps. Our pool is always clean! Show details
Madimack GT560

Madimack GT560

5.0  (5) Summary
Rhys C.
Rhys C.
 

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

Types of pool cleaners

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.

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