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 refreshing drink poolside. Let’s dive into what to look for to find the right robot pool cleaner for you. Continue reading...

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$429.99 to $3,499
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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
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
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
 
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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
Madimack GT Freedom

Madimack GT Freedom

4.5  (12) Summary
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Steve
SteveQLD3 posts
  Verified i45
Robo-Tek Robo-Plus V2

Robo-Tek Robo-Plus V2

4.8  (10) Summary
$2,290RRP
Rick C.
Rick C.2 posts
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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
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
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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
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
Madimack GT560

Madimack GT560

5.0  (5) Summary
Rhys C.
Rhys C.
 
Baracuda Adventura

Baracuda Adventura

4.6  (5) Summary
$1,699RRP
Shiv
ShivAU6 posts
 
Ross W S
Ross W SVIC3 posts
  Duo-X DX4000
Affordable excellence in a pool cleanerThis unit is our fourth pool cleaner. The first two ran off the filter hose. Each routinely got trapped by the water return at the deep end. The recent ‘robot’ would not filter the finest sediment. So annoying. The ZODIAC DUO - X does. It also features a Bluetooth communication and ‘levitates’ itself ! Show details
Zodiac OT15

Zodiac OT15

2.8  (10) Summary
Learne
LearneNSW6 posts
 
Terrible pool cleanerThis pool cleaner spends more time doing aerobics than cleaning. I always make sure all the air is out of machine before turning it on. We sit and watch it go over small leaves and half the time they don't pick them up. Already had a repair job done. Next time Ill go back to a Bunnings one. Loved my last one. Show details
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Debbie
DebbieQLD5 posts
 
FantasticPool n spa warehouse fantastic fast delivery great customer service Show details
Carl
CarlNSW15 posts
  EX5050 iQ
Maytronics Eclipse XL

Maytronics Eclipse XL

4.7  (3) Summary
$2,062RRP
Nick
NickQLD3 posts
 
Great Pool cleaner that does the jobScrubs the waterline, climbs the steps and ledge. Leaves the pool immaculate. Easy to clean.
I have a 7x4 Concrete pool and I opted for the wonder brush.
Bought for $999 on a boxing day special Show details ·  1
Maytronics Filtrite RC-6000

Maytronics Filtrite RC-6000

2.6  (5) Summary
Shaza
ShazaSouth Australia4 posts
 
Maytronics
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Aiper Seagull Pro Lite

Aiper Seagull Pro Lite

3.0  (3) Summary
  • Price (RRP) $899.99
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Maree M.
Maree M.
 
Not worth the hassleAvoid at all costs, within the first week the main button has seized and you have to turn the robot upside down to turn it off and on (google informs me it’s a common fault) doesn’t pick up much dirt or debris.
Support service is a nightmare, refund was offered however couldn’t get through to anyone to arrange. Show details
Baracuda Captura Plus

Baracuda Captura Plus

3.0  (3) Summary
Jet
Jet5 posts
 
Pentair Prowler 920

Pentair Prowler 920

4.0  (2) Summary
Teza
TezaNSW8 posts
 
Aiper Seagull SE

Aiper Seagull SE

1.8  (5) Summary
  • Price (RRP) $429.99
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George
GeorgeNSW2 posts
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Klever Kleena K-Bot Saturn SX2

Klever Kleena K-Bot Saturn SX2

3.0  (2) Summary
Cviking
CvikingQLD
  Verified
InverX X80

InverX X80

5.0  (1) Summary
markheron.ifone
markheron.ifoneQLD3 posts
 
Zodiac VX42 4WD

Zodiac VX42 4WD

5.0  (1) Summary
Jojo
JojoSydney3 posts
 
Ben C.
Ben C.4 posts
  QB800
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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 through a smartphone app.

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 $1000, while the more premium models range up to $3000.

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.

Read reviews to see how effective certain pool cleaners have been

Reading pool cleaner reviews is a good way to see how well a certain model has performed in the past. Sometimes a pool cleaner is advertised as suiting a certain shape, but reviews can paint a different picture.

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 to 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 to 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 to 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 can just make a mess of what's been picked up. 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 to 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

There are some features to look out for that can make your robotic pool cleaner easier to use and more effective at cleaning.

  • 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.
  • Wi-Fi 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: A 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: A feature that lets you know when your filter bag is full and needs to be emptied.
  • Wheeled caddy: A wheeled caddy lets you place your RPC into the trolley, to transport it to and from the 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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