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....
- Verified purchase
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
How do you set the time cycle on the barracuda captura plus, mine switches off after cleaning for an hour?
There are sections of the pool at one end the captura is not cleaning. What do I do?
I have a long step along the length of my pool which the Barracuda only cleans part of hit and miss. I have a smaller one opposite too which it doesnt clean at all. The rest of the pool is sparklingly clean. It works great for that. Anyone have suggestions. Our pool is light pebble/ concrete. Thank you
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