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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Nathan N.
Nathan N.Victoria3 posts
 
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Maytronics Dolphin S200

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4.2  (120) Summary
  • Price (RRP) $2,291.71
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Michael
MichaelQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD
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Maytronics Dolphin M Line

Maytronics Dolphin M Line

3.8  (208) Summary
  • Price (RRP) $2,510.10 to $3,399
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freddywalker18
freddywalker18NSWSydney, NSW
  M600
Worth ever pennyWow this is incredible. I've only had it a week, but it has successfully cleaned the bottom of our pool each time. Show details
Maytronics Dolphin S100

Maytronics Dolphin S100

4.4  (42) Summary
Emma
EmmaNSWSydney, NSW2 posts
 
Product works well so farGood design and function. It's doing a good job moving around the pool. Show details
Robot My Life PoolBot B150

Robot My Life PoolBot B150 🏆 2024

4.0  (69) Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,450
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Brett T.
Brett T.
 
What a great little robotWe purchased the B150 pool robot. It’s made our daily pool cleaning a breeze. Kids love throwing the “bot” in for a cycle. Show details
Kreepy Krauly RX-Tank

Kreepy Krauly RX-Tank

3.8  (65) Summary
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Laki
LakiAU2 posts
  Fair Incentive
Great pool cleanerAfter 6 weeks of use, the tank works well. Only stopped once when a twig got caught in the rubber tracks. Leaves, dirt and other debris are easily cleaned off the pool surface. Show details ·  1
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J I.
J I.
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Zodiac FX18

Zodiac FX18

4.3  (22) Summary
Mark M
Mark MQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD5 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
Maytronics Dolphin X30

Maytronics Dolphin X30

3.8  (28) Summary
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Alexander Brown
Alexander BrownNSWSydney, NSW2 posts
 
Great pool cleaner⁦It dose a very good job, all as I expected⁩. It cleans the pool wonderfully. Show details
Maytronics Dolphin X40 Plus

Maytronics Dolphin X40 Plus

3.9  (17) Summary
Daniel B.
Daniel B.NSWSydney, NSW
 
Good priceExcellent product! I can easily say that it is the best pool cleaner I have owned, without question. Show details
Madimack GT Freedom

Madimack GT Freedom

4.6  (10) Summary
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Jennifer
Jennifer3 posts
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Maytronics Dolphin S 400

Maytronics Dolphin S 400

4.6  (8) Summary
$3,123.57RRP
Sisi
SisiNSWSydney, NSW2 posts
 
Fantastic performanceI tried a few other models before Maytronics and I have to say my Dolphin is awesome - its cleans by pool better than before. Dolphin really is the best on the market, my pool has never looked so clean Show reply
Maytronics Dolphin S50

Maytronics Dolphin S50

4.1  (10) Summary
David S.
David S.NSWSydney, NSW
 
Best so farIt has worked wonders in our pool and has removed a lot of the work and stress of keeping the pool clean. Show details
Hayward TigerShark

Hayward TigerShark

2.7  (35) Summary
PDH
PDH2 posts
  TigerShark
Don't buy HaywardI'll never buy from Hayward again - the quality is terrible Show details
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Anthony PGold Coast12 posts
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Maytronics Dolphin Active X6

Maytronics Dolphin Active X6

3.9  (10) Summary
Brad W.
Brad W.2 posts
 
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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.

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 NNTDarwin, NT2 posts
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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
Maytronics Dolphin DB1

Maytronics Dolphin DB1

4.5  (6) Summary
Alan
Alan NSWSydney, NSW3 posts
 
Madimack GT560

Madimack GT560

5.0  (5) Summary
Rhys C.
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Julie
JulieQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD4 posts
 
Robo-Tek Robo-Plus V2

Robo-Tek Robo-Plus V2

5.0  (4) Summary
$2,290RRP
frank
frankQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD
 
Zodiac OT15

Zodiac OT15

3.0  (9) Summary
Angel l.
Angel l.
 
Waste of Money and useless warrantyVery Frustrating. Just three weeks after the 2 yrs warranty expired, the cleaner stoped working.
Unfortunenately, the customercare response adds to the disappointment: they said because the warranty has epxired, there's nothing they will do.It's up to me to find a local technician to quote fo the repair.
What a joke. Show details
Ross W S
Ross W SVICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC3 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
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retireland94 posts
  EX6000 iQ
Baracuda Adventura

Baracuda Adventura

4.3  (4) Summary
$1,699RRP
Chris
ChrisNew South Wales4 posts
  Verified
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tdittmar017
tdittmar017
 
Cannot recommend this cleanerThis cleaner works well for 6 months then requires constant monitoring and manual handling to keep it moving. Parts kits make little difference and are costly. The cleaner spins around or just rests in the deep end. Show details
Maytronics Eclipse XL

Maytronics Eclipse XL

4.7  (3) Summary
$2,062RRP
Nick
NickQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD3 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
Zodiac VX45 4WD

Zodiac VX45 4WD

1.9  (17) Summary
Phil D.
Phil D.3 posts
 
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Hi Phil, Thank you for sharing your thoughts with the VX45. If require further assistance, please contact our support team from Mon-Fri 8.30am - 6.00pm EST at 1300 763 021.

Maytronics Filtrite RC-6000

Maytronics Filtrite RC-6000

2.6  (5) Summary
Shaza
ShazaSouth Australia4 posts
 
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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 $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.
  • 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: 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 ets 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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