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Baracuda Captura Plus
I purchased this today from Bunnings for $1299 and very disappointed at the randomness of the clean, it has been going 6 hours and still areas are untouched in a 7.5m x 3.5 m pool - also difficulty climbing walls on highest suction and does not go neatr the steps ...disappointed and will be retuning tomorrow .
A few months outside the warranty period it died :(
A couple of months outside of the warranty period the unit stopped working. You turn it on and 5 seconds later, it stops with the "info" light flashing. Tried everything to get it working again. Manual says to take it to an "authorized dealer" for repair, but Bunnings and the local pool shops won't touch it. Have sent email to the Fluidra support line, no reply. Really poor response given the unit cost over $1,200. So my best advice is for the cost, it's a poor investment if you want something that lasts more than a couple of years.
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The floor is clean
Purchased this from bunnings this morning. Got it home and into the pool it went. I have an 8m x 4m Narellan Symphony fibreglass pool which has an edge around it, and unfortunately this cleaner is unable to get past that edge and clean the waterline of the pool (which was part of the reason I purchased this product). The floor was cleaned very well but for $1299 I need it to be able to do more than that. Will be packing up and taking it back to bunnings and trying my luck with the Baracuda Rover floor only cleaner.
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Best investment so far! Great affordable pool cleaner
Love the Captura Plus so far. I have a 7m x 3.9m inground fiberglass pool. Purchased the Baracuda Gotcha from Bunnings originally but found it didn't do a great job of cleaning the walls and floors as it left a fair bit of dirt behind and I had to clean up after it, so took it back and exchanged for the Baracuda Captura Plus and couldn't be happier. Definitely worth the extra money over the Gotcha in my opinion. Set the suction to 3 as recommended for fiberglass pools in the owners manual and it climbs the steps, walls and does the water line ...no problems at all. I still occasionally sweep the steps and tight areas depending on how dirty they are, which takes no more than a minute, before I let the cleaner do the rest, and so far this cleaner is doing an awesome job. Pool has never looked cleaner and as it runs separately to the pool pump and filter I have them running while the robot is cleaning and the pool filter cleans up any of the fine dirt the robot might stir up. Went from spending over an hour every weekend manually cleaning the pool to a total of about 10 - 15 minutes on my part to clean it, and that includes sweeping the steps, emptying and cleaning the robot and filter out, and hosing out the skimmer basket....the robot takes care of the rest. Noticed some comments about the cleaner moving around the pool randomly, which it does, but I think that's normal as far as I can tell as I think the control unit maps the pool as it cleans to work out where it has cleaned and where it hasn't.....it does clean all of my pool so whatever its doing it works!
Worked amazingly..... For 18months
Purchased this cleaner about 18 months-2 years ago.
Didn't keep the receipt like an idiot as i truly assumed it would last.
It did a fantastic job cleaning the pool, walls and floor no worries at all.
That is until it just wouldn't start anymore. rang the helpline. they say it isn't working. Take it to a service agent. The service agent tells me he can pull it apart, but doesn't really work on them so doesn't know what he's looking for. Then his advice from Baracuda / Zodiac or whoever it is was that i should pull it apart myself and see what i can find. See if anything is stuck.
be aware of the limitation
1. It's headless and brainless and aimless and blind and just randomly wanders around so do not expect it covers the whole pool and pick up all the leaves in a single run. I usually let it go two or three cycles until achieves a satisfied outcome if I'm at home.
2. Factory filter does not pick up fine dust but I'm ok with that. Let it stirs up and the pool filter will do the job.
3. Finer filter may decrease the wall climbing ability.
4. It climbs the wall and steps but it doesn't like to stay in the shallow water for too long.
5. I doubt it'll...
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On 1st run after purchase, it worked quite well. However pool was pretty clean only with a few leaves that the captura managed to pick up and it cleaned the waterline quite well.
However on 3rd run, it does not clean the waterline anymore. Sent an email through baracuda website before xmas and got no response.
After xmas, ran the captura once again and its performance just keep going downhill. Not only does it not clean the waterline anymore, it now requires 3 cycles to pick up everything on the pool floor. Sent them another email recently ...and after still no response. If I could rate them negative I would with the non existence after sales service. I would not buy another baracuda / zodiac product ever again and will advice the same for everyone else.
I have gum trees and a jacaranda tree that drop in my pool constantly. I have tried all the in-line type pool cleaners, this is 100 times better, easy to empty and doesn’t strain my filter. I put it in in the morning it does it’s thing and I pull it out when I get home, clean it and put it to bed. It even picks up seed pods without clogging, magic I love it.
Having struggled for years to keep our pebblecrete pool consistently clean, we decided to purchase a Baracuda Captura Plus from Bunnings at a very competitive price. The robotic cleaner is climbing and scrubbing the walls which have, in the past, been particularly susceptible to algae growth. Not any more. The Captura is removing algae, fine debris, twigs and leaves. Couldn't be happier!
Bought this cleaner from Bunnings after reading reviews. Took it home. New fibreglass pool, doesn't cover all of floor leaves 30% untouched...even after running it for two 2.5 hr cycles. Doesn't climb walls...tries hard but just wont do it..even with setting on strongest suction. Packed it up, put it in shed...waste of $900, revert back to my kreepy Krauly.
Wow this machine is excellent. does the whole pool in a few hours. collects big bits like leaves and twigs, no tangling and quiet as a mouse. The best thing is you can buy at bunnings so you have a proper 100% money back guarantee for 2 years. Recommended 100%.
If you've read through these reviews, then you'll know what the main focus points are, so these are them;
1. It doesn't climb walls.....tries hard ....and keeps trying and trying and trying.....until it stops. I know there are videos with it climbing walls .....but it wont....and with full suction on (& no it's not a tile pool)
2. No smarts at all - would work its way into a corner and then just stay in that area. No machine learning or scanning etc.
3. Once its cycle finishes, it just stays wherever it's finished & you cant maneuver it out....
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A great, affordable robotic pool cleaner
I used to have another robotic pool cleaner (Hy-Clor Pro) which did a good job but sadly it died after about 5 years of faithful service. I didn't realise how much I missed it, until I started manually vacuuming my 10 x 5 m fibreglass pool each weekend. It wasn't just the waste of time; I then had to backwash my sand filter as so much of the finer debris didn't get caught in the filter sock/basket. That wasted a lot of water, which is a precious commodity here now.
So I started hunting for a replacement and was surprised how much the price had...gone up since the last time I'd bought one (most are around $1500). I eventually bought a Baracuda Captura from Bunnings for just $845 (promotional special, so don't wait too long if this interests you). I was happy to buy it there, as in the past when I've had a problem with an item I've purchased there, they not only just replaced it without fuss, but if the model was discontinued, they gave me the newer one at no extra cost. Just keep your receipt! I've had it for a week now and have used it three times, and each time it has performed flawlessly, picking up leaves and fine debris. The leaves are up to about 80 mm long, from a nearby gum tree. It gobbles up the gum nuts without a worry. It did climb the walls a little too aggressively at the start, but I turned down that setting on the control box and it happily mainly stays on the floor now. It is very quiet and it gets into the corners without getting stuck. It's dead easy to remove the basket and quickly hose out the debris. The cable hasn't become tangled and is easy to roll up afterwards. It came with a 2 year warranty, so fingers crossed, if it's going to breakdown, that it does so before that runs out. At least I know it'll be quick and easy to exchange it for another one.
The people at Baracuda have produced a very clever robot that picks up leaves and debris for the bottom of you pool, and scrubs the sides. The controller makes decisions to navigate efficiently around the pool, rather than randomly plotting its course. Rides up and down stairs, over heater outlets and into nooks and crannies. Power adaptor plugs into wall socket, and the cleaner runs off a safe 24 volts, so no thumping noise as made by the suction cleaners. No need to run you pump to clean the floor of your pool. Very happy with this machine
Questions & Answers
I bought the captura plus do the steps in the pool affect the programme.
How long does the cycle go for does it stop working once it’s finished?
Is the capture good for vinyl liners? I have the installer saying he did not recommend this product . is the barracuda Captura suitable for cleaning vinyl pool liners ? Yes or no
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