Best Robotic Pool Cleaners

While having a pool in summer is like a dream, any pool owner will tell you that keeping that pool sparkling clean and pristine can be more like a nightmare. A robotic pool cleaner can take care of pool maintenance - leaving you more time to sip a Coke or cocktail poolside. Let’s dive into what to look for to find the right robot pool cleaner for you. Continue Reading...


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Price$1,299.00 to $5,636.01
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Robo-Tek Robo-Plus
  • Award Winner 2022
  • 2021
4.8 from 104 reviews

Featured review: We have had our Robo-Tek ICH 120 for about 18 months now. It is a superb product - high volume pump, fast movement around the pool, big filter bag capacity, and deals with medium to large leaves easily - the wall climbing function also works really well.

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)

Best Robotic Pool Cleaner

Robo-Tek Robo-Plus
  • Award Winner 2022
  • 2021
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 Robotic Pool Cleaner
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)
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 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)
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)

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Maytronics Dolphin M500

Maytronics Dolphin M500

 · includes 2 listings
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)
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
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
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
Maytronics Dolphin M600
4.2 from 22 reviews

Latest review: Cleans leaves, bugs, dust and occasional duck poo. While the Installation was straightforward, the cleaner initially had trouble and was trying to climb the walls like a drunk turtle, falling

  • 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)
Maytronics Dolphin X30
3.8 from 22 reviews

Latest review: H Guys, Just purchased the X30 & it works well but won’t clean my swim out ? I even started it on there a couple of times ? Any recommendations to rectify this i

  • Build Quality
    4.0 (18)
  • Value for Money
    3.7 (18)
  • Ease of Use
    4.3 (18)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.2 (18)
  • Pool Size Small (3), Average (10) and Large (7)
  • Noise Level
    4.8 (17)
Maytronics Dolphin Supreme M3

Latest review: We purchased similar product about 8 years & is still working well so decided to go with Supreme M3 at our new place. So far & as expected, it is cleaning perfectly with no problems. Very good value

  • Build Quality
    4.8 (5)
  • Value for Money
    4.8 (5)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (5)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.6 (5)
  • Pool Size Average (3) and Large (2)
  • Noise Level
    4.8 (5)
Baracuda Captura
3.0 from 27 reviews

Latest review: My Barracuda stopped basically 1 year out of warranty, took back to Mitre10, was told fix out of warranty for good will, now they tell me it's going to be $900 plus dollars, nearly the price l paid

  • Build Quality
    3.5 (24)
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    3.0 (24)
  • Ease of Use
    4.1 (23)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.2 (23)
  • Pool Size Average (14) and Large (10)
  • Noise Level
    4.6 (22)
Maytronics Dolphin Swash

Maytronics Dolphin Swash

 · includes 3 listings
3.0 from 26 reviews

Latest review: Great cleaner. Had it now 4 1/2 years. Hasn’t missed a beat. Cleans well and climbs walls to step out level. Only thing is that the outside of the unit has faded but that’s expected in the Aussie sun

  • Build Quality
    3.0 (10)
  • Value for Money
    2.7 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    3.5 (10)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.2 (10)
  • Pool Size Small (1), Average (7) and Large (2)
  • Noise Level
    3.6 (7)
Zodiac TX35
2.6 from 46 reviews

Latest review: Used machine, cleaned, dried & stored as per manufacturers instructions! Did not over use and it stopped working after 2.3 years. Water got into the sealed unit and therefore it corroded parts and is

  • Build Quality
    2.4 (24)
  • Value for Money
    2.3 (27)
  • Ease of Use
    3.8 (27)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.4 (27)
  • Pool Size Small (8), Average (18) and Large (1)
  • Noise Level
    4.3 (22)

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Zodiac FX18
4.5 from 8 reviews

Latest review: Pool n Spar Warehouse were offering such a great price I went with them. Service was outstanding and item arrived within just a few days. As for the unit, it’s exactly as described and easy setup. I g

  • Build Quality
    4.4 (7)
  • Value for Money
    4.4 (7)
  • Ease of Use
    4.6 (7)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.6 (7)
  • Pool Size Small (3), Average (3) and Large (1)
  • Noise Level
    4.5 (6)
Maytronics Dolphin X40 Plus
3.8 from 11 reviews

Latest review: Power pack failed after 14 months. Despite unit being built for exterior use, I was told that due to it being ‘IP54’ it can’t be used outside! When I pointed out this is not mentioned in any of their

  • Build Quality
    3.9 (10)
  • Value for Money
    3.3 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    4.4 (9)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (9)
  • Pool Size Small (3), Average (6) and Large (1)
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    4.9 (9)
Klever Kleena K Bot RX-1 / 2 / 3

Klever Kleena K Bot RX-1 / 2 / 3

 · includes 5 listings
2.9 from 20 reviews

Latest review: Just bought the Kbot Rx-2 on recommendation from my pool shop as not happy with the clean my kreepy does. Must say I am impressed and love the handy trolley it comes with. Was even able to dump it in

  • Build Quality
    3.8 (6)
  • Value for Money
    3.0 (6)
  • Ease of Use
    4.0 (5)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.7 (6)
  • Pool Size Small (1) and Average (4)
  • Noise Level
    5.0 (6)
Solar-Breeze Automatic Pool Skimmer

Latest review: Mortar and gear box are cheep, went else where on next one. First one lasted 2 years, the next one only 9 months. Like that it cleaned the top, but again they could have made a better

  • Build Quality
    2.7 (7)
  • Value for Money
    2.9 (7)
  • Ease of Use
    4.3 (7)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.9 (7)
  • Pool Size Small (1), Average (3) and Large (3)
  • Noise Level
    3.4 (7)
Hayward TigerShark

Hayward TigerShark

 · includes 2 listings
2.4 from 23 reviews

Latest review: Actually works ok. After some 5 minutes it sinks down to the ground but immediately spends a lot of time climbing the walls. Wish it would just clean the bottom more often. After having read the

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    2.1 (13)
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    2.2 (13)
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    2.6 (13)
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    2.3 (13)
  • Pool Size Small (1), Average (7) and Large (4)
  • Noise Level
    4.0 (10)
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Robo-Tek Robo-Plus
  • Award Winner 2022
  • 2021
4.8 from 104 reviews

Featured review: We have had our Robo-Tek ICH 120 for about 18 months now. It is a superb product - high volume pump, fast movement around the pool, big filter bag capacity, and deals with medium to large leaves easily - the wall climbing function also works really well.

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)
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How do robotic pool cleaners work?

Robotic pool cleaners are electronic devices that are like underwater vacuum cleaners. They use suction and brushing to clean pool surfaces, including the pool floor, wall and steps.

They do this autonomously, using programming and sensors to map and navigate a pool in order to clean it, ideally with minimal human intervention.

A robot pool cleaner works using internal filters. Depending on the model, their filters can capture anything as small as fine sand, to larger debris, such as sticks, leaves, and pebbles.

Since they’re self-contained, all of this ends up in a built-in dirt receptacle that you need to empty and clean.

To begin a cleaning session, you’ll need to plug the pool cleaner robot into an approved GFCI outlet, put the cleaner vertically into the pool, and turn it on using the control panel - or an app on your smartphone.

Are robotic pool cleaners worth it?

Do they save time?

Manually cleaning your pool can be a thankless job that takes hours. It’s also an ongoing job - a particularly windy or rainy day can turn your pool filthy the day after you’ve cleaned it, an understandably frustrating experience.

The convenient set-and-forget functionality of a robotic pool cleaner means you can walk away while you have your pool luxuriously cleaned for you, saving plenty of time.

Do they save money?

Robotic pool cleaners are the most expensive type of pool cleaners you can buy. Most will set you back at least $1, 000, while the more premium models range up to $3, 000.

This seems like a hefty cost up-front, but reviewers who were happy with their robot pool cleaner’s performance often reported that the expense was justified.

If you prefer to pay a professional pool cleaner to take care of your aquatic slime and grime, a robotic pool cleaner that lasts a number of years may actually save you money paying the pool cleaner’s bills.

Robotic pool are also energy efficient, as they don’t rely on your pool pump, and they have their own filtration system. This ability to work independently means when the robotic pool cleaner is doing its job, you don’t have to run the pool pump and filter simultaneously, saving electricity.

You may still need to run your pool filter occasionally, but not as often as you would without a robot pool cleaner.

Factors to consider when buying a robotic pool cleaner

Suitability for your pool

Pool surface

Not all robotic pool cleaners can handle every pool surface. Pool surfaces can include concrete, tiles, fibreglass, vinyl, pebblecrete and quartzon. Most manufacturers will state whether the robot cleaner is suitable for your surface, but it’s good to do some independent research.

For example, if your pool surface is made from tiles or fibreglass, you need to source a robotic cleaner with a soft PVA brush with super grip. If your pool surface is made from a different surface, a universal rubber PVC brush or a wheeled brush is suitable.

Pool type and shape

Inground pools generally have more demanding cleaning requirements than above-ground pools, which are simpler in shape and design.

Pool shapes can include rectangular, oval, flat, free shape, gentle slope, composite slope or diamond. Some pool robots can struggle cleaning coves with certain pool shapes. It’s important to check that a prospective robotic pool cleaner can handle the requirements of your pool shape with ease.

Cable length

The length of this power cord or hose is important (especially if you have a large pool), as robotic pool cleaners don’t come with extendable cables. Look for the maximum usable cable length, rather than the actual cable length, if specified by the manufacturer.

A robotic pool cleaner needs to be long enough for the cleaner to reach the furthest corner of the pool from the power supply. The power supply also needs to be at least 12 feet (or 3.66 m) from the pool edge, for safety reasons. If your pool cleaner’s cable is too short, it won’t be able to reach all areas of the pool, leaving part of your pool dirty.

Consider both your pool’s height and depth for above-ground pools.

Cleaning functions

What will it clean?

Some robot cleaners only vacuum the pool floor, but many others can also climb walls, stairs and ledges, and scrub the waterline.

If you’re already shelling out on a robot pool cleaner, it’s probably better to pay for the convenience of cleaning functions that can take care of your entire pool. A robot vacuum cleaner that can get into hard-to-reach places, including edges and corners, offers a more thorough clean. Reading reviews from pool owners with similar-shaped pools can be helpful.

If your pool collects lots of a particular type of debris (e.g. gumnuts or pebbles), reviews can also shed light on whether a robot pool cleaner model is effective at vacuuming this.

Cleaning cycles

Some robotic pool cleaners are equipped with a choice of cleaning cycles and programs. You may be able to choose a ‘floor only’ program, for example, instead of the complete floor, walls, and waterline program.

Most pool cleaners will take 2-3 hours to fully clean a 15-metre pool, but some more premium models have a quick clean cycle, which takes 1 hour to clean the pool.

Suction power

This affects cleaning performance, referring to how powerful your robotic pool cleaner is when it comes to sucking up the dirt and debris in your pool. Higher-end models have a suction power of 250L-290L per minute.

Choosing a model with a high suction power is important if your pool attracts plenty of large debris, is made from pebblecrete, or you live in a particularly windy area and leaves, twigs, gumnuts are constantly swept into your pool.

Micron value

This refers to just how small the dirt or silt particles your robotic pool cleaner can vacuum are. A micron is a measurement of size, and refers to one millionth of a metre. A filter bag or basket with a low filter value is better, for example a 100-micron filter is better than a 200-micron filter, as it can filter out smaller particles of debris.

If your pool collects a lot of fine dust, sand or other silt, opt for a filter bag with as low a micron value as possible. Anything from 20-100 microns is a good number to aim for.

Dirt bin size

Not all manufacturers readily advertise the size of the dirt receptacle that collects all the debris. However, if a dirt bin is too small for your pool, it might hit capacity halfway through a clean and start leaking out debris, which is definitely not what you’re aiming for. If you have a large pool, look for a dirt bin of 4 litres and larger.

Weight

Robotic pool cleaners are heavy compared to other pool cleaners, weighing around 6-10 kilos. Since robot pool cleaners can’t stay permanently in the pool (which can lead to corroded parts), you’ll have to carry it to and from its storage spot. If it doesn’t come with a wheeled trolley, consider the weight of the cleaner.

Ease of cleaning

It’s recommended that you clean a robot pool cleaner after every cleaning session. Robots that let you push a button to release the filter canisters from the top make it easy to remove the filter and dirt bin, and empty them out.

Extra features

  • Dual scrubbing brushes: This may quicken the time of a cleaning cycle, and also provide for a more thorough clean.
  • Handheld remote controls: These let you spot clean stubborn areas with grime.
  • WiFi connectivity: This lets you use an app on your smartphone to control cleaning sessions away from the pool. It lets you program weekly cleaning schedules.
  • Weekly timer: Allows you to program your Robotic pool cleaner to clean the pool at specific times and days during the week.
  • Full bag indicator: Lets you know when your filter bag is full and needs to be emptied.
  • Wheeled caddy: Lets you place your RPC into the trolley, to transport it to and from pool and shed, or other storage facility. It makes it easier to lift and move your cleaner.

Wrapping up

If you're willing to pay for the luxury, a robot pool cleaner may be able to save you hours of manual labour and take the pain out of having a pool. Above all, make sure a robot cleaner is suited to your pool - its size, surface materials, shape and structure. Also consider the cleaning functions and type of debris it can pick up, and any extra features you'd like that will make the robotic pool cleaning experience even more convenient.

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