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.
- Award Winner 2021
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 Quality4.7 (54)
- Value for Money4.5 (54)
- Ease of Use4.7 (55)
- Cleaning & Maintenance 4.5 (55)
- Pool Size Small (5), Average (24) and Large (26)
- Noise Level4.7 (47)
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 Quality4.7 (17)
- Value for Money3.9 (17)
- Ease of Use4.2 (17)
- Cleaning & Maintenance 4.4 (16)
- Pool Size Average (15) and Large (6)
- Noise Level4.7 (15)
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
Sometimes doesn't sit flat
- Build Quality3.3 (15)
- Value for Money3.2 (17)
- Ease of Use3.5 (16)
- Cleaning & Maintenance 3.8 (15)
- Pool Size Small (2), Average (12) and Large (2)
- Noise Level4.1 (16)
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.
Latest review: Amazing to start for around a year, then as the plastic parts wear and gears don't engage it stops working. I purchased a tune up kit for $160.00 which did nothing, it still stops as soon as it
Latest review: I’ve only just got my cx35 so it’s really too early to tell Blut so far it’s working perfectly and cleans my pool really well . Ask me again in 6 months
Latest review: Bought in 2018. In less than one year, the motor needed replacing which luckily was covered under warranty. In the first year we also had issues with the wheel tracks constantly falling off so the
Latest review: This is a great pool cleaner!! I initially bought the 200 but it just got caught on one of my steps which is an odd shape. In saying that, Steve their rep went absolutely beyond and sorted out the
Latest review: Love the Maytronics Dolphin S3--i, its the best product we have ever purchased, seamlessly cleaning all around and up and down leaving our pool crystal clear and refreshing, the blue booth control
Latest review: Bazza does a great job, reading the reviews I note some people are posting photos of G3 diaphragms. We’ve been using G2’s for 16years, the body of our first one lasted around 10years with a few spa
Latest review: I was never satisfied with the wall cleaning ability of this cleaner, but its' mechanisms seized within 3 months of purchase and I returned it to the pool shop. They showed me how to open the unit by
Latest review: I use to own a hayward and it worked wonders for many years (approx. 10 I think with only a couple of times it needed repairing), I couldn't afford to replace it with another hayward at the time
Latest review: Thankyou every one, I was prepared to go purchase this week AX10 so glad I read reviews... Will definitely NOT WASTE my hard earned $$$. My Zodiac G2 has worn out and not sure what to purchase as
Latest review: I have been using this product for many years at different properties. I have enjoyed nothing but success. Many of the negative reviews relate to people not understanding the product. This works as
Latest review: I'm comparing this Maytronics Dolphin X30 my last pool robot that I really loved. It had four wheels, not two tracks. The Dolphin x30 doesnt clean the pool at all. It picks up next to nothing, it
Latest review: Replaced a 30yr old creepy with this one and its amazing. Cleans so well and love that it goes up the walls. Easy to install. Good value for money as it wasn't super expensive
Latest review: After having 1 x Dolphin that desintegrated itself needing $2500 worth of parts, and a Zodiac CX30 which had a failed motor, I keep going towards cheap, "disposable" robot cleaners as they seem to
Latest review: I agree with everything Adrian from Victoria said, it had a random cleaning pattern but it made a massive difference once it finished its 2hr cycle. For the first few minutes it got stuck on the
Latest review: Actually bought this in 2015 as part of pool cleaner package. We moved house and I never installed in pool at new house. When I recently replaced pool cleaner I installed same and it is working very
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 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Can clean tight corners.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.