CRAP - don't buy
I have no trees near my pool - nothing to get in the way of this cleaner doing its job. I've had it for 8 months and the diaphragm has just failed AGAIN. Twice since buying new. This is a joke. Never have I experienced this with pool cleaners. Will never buy another Zodiac product.
Zodiac T3 Do Not Buy. Buyer Beware
Do not buy the worst product I have ever seen. Diaphragm keeps breaking every few months. And at 35 each you end up paying hundreds of dollars on diaphragms. All the other reviews are terrible for a reason. Stay away
Purchased in February 2020 for A$350.00.
Do not waste your time even reading this review as you have already spent to much time on this product. I have a 8 x 5 metre F/G pool 1-1.6m deep. Had the cleaner for 12 months, i am a slow learner. i tried everything to make this useful, even discussing it with Zodiac support , but it is junk. the Silicone Valve , breaks every couple months, $45 bucks for a $1 piece of rubber. the cleaner always gets stuck in corners. it blocks on everything over the size of a 20c piece. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.
Purchased in January 2019 at surburban pool and Spa for A$538.00.
The Zodiac T3 has been disappointing
Our pool is an inground, 26' hexagon shape, with about 1/2 of it at 4 feet, and 1/2 at 8 feet. The T3 runs well, but will not cover the whole pool. Have tried doing all the adjustments suggested...adjusting weights, adjusting valves, re-directing return lines...numerous settings, to see if we could get it to cover the whole bottom of the pool, but no luck. Its been frustrating and disappointing. I was told I could set it up, and then sit back with a drink and watch it work instead of me!
Zodiac T3 diaphragm cracks very often and very expensive
The Zodiac T3 diaphragm cracks very often and I am replacing 3 diaphragms per year and each time it costs 40 $ and I think it is very poorly designed and Zodic trying to make money by selling these parts and looks like a dirty business.
Worse pool cleaner I ever had.
I have had my swimming pool for almost 30 years and the Zodiac T3 is the worse cleaner I have used. I have spent more time trying to replace diaphragms and and have the cleaner working properly in 2 years than I spent in 28 years on the other cleaners. No more Zodiac products for me.
Purchased in February 2018 at On line for A$450.00.
Diaphragms need frequent Replacement - very expensive to run - Gets stuck on gum leaves
Rubbish cleaner - the diaphragms split or lose elasticity every couple of months and cost +/-$35 to replace. It gets stuck on gum leaves frequently. It does not make your life easier at all!!!
There are more cost effective cheaper and expensive cleaners
It also struggles with gum leave
I would not replace it with the same
Since I wrote this review in February 2020 (now May 2020) I have had to replace another diaphragm (I am only using genuine parts) so at that run rate it would go through 4-5 a year at $140 to $180 per anum in running costs
Terrible recommend to never buy zodiac cleaners
This product just goes through expensive diaphragms like you would not believe do not even entertain the thought of a zodiac cleaner no customer service I tried to reach out and just got the run around steer clear
Purchased in March 2017.
I bought my first Barracuda probably 16 years ago. It worked well with a nice random cleaning pattern but the diaphrams kept dying. A bought diaphram after diaphram and then after market ones started to appear and they didnt fail. The unit just wore out from abrasion eventually and I replaced it with the new model. This one was problematic. The diaphram issue was fixed but something had changed with where the hose attaches so it didnt swivel easily under suction pressure with the result that the cleaning pattern was not random so it tended to r...epeat he same trail in the pool. Additionally when it fell off the sides it would start with the skirt folded up and stay that way. I cured that with an aftermarket skirt that was stiffer. The unit then worked for some years but the constant cleaning pattern was annoying so I purchased a T3 thinking they would have solved these issues. This is the worst one I have had. Firstly the skirt is a smaller diameter so it doesnt vacuum as wide a swath hence needs to be on longer. The diapham is really sensitive and keeps stopping. The cleaning pattern is not random so it leaves large areas of the pool untouched and I dont seem to be able to change that. This is a case of a good product being cheapened till it isnt very functional. Suggest buying a different brand.
Disappointed to say the least.
Had the unit for a few years now but am forever buying new diaphragms as they constantly break. Waste of money. Would never buy again and would highly NOT recommend it.
Disappointed already after 2 days.
Bought a T3 and installed it 2 days ago after having an older style Baracuda unit for about 12 years. Hoses in the old unit gave up and the diaphragm final broke and separated from the head. After such wonderful past experience with this Zodiac product I didnt hesitate to go for the T3. Checked and set the suction pressure to specifications in instruction sheet and let it go in the pool. Looked great moving well. Feeling happy. Looked at the pool today, T3 sitting idle on the bottom of the pool with pump running. Checked for blockages (all cl...ear) everything in place. Pump pressure still the same. Got out the pressure device, all good there too. Experimented by adjusting control valve to different settings and still no life from the T3. Disconnected now and wondering what the next step should be. Help!
Purchased in November 2019.
Poor quality zodiac pool hose sections
Ive had a pool for 16 years. In the last 10 months Ive had to replace more sections of the zodiac interlocking hose than all the others years combined. It is terrible quality and should be removed from sale. It pulls and spirals apart when trying to move or remove the hose and continually splits. I cannot see how it meets Australian standards. The interlocking hose forces one to buy the same type of hose and the normal hose wont attach to the cleaner or other sections of hose. The hose sections are expensive and are simply a disgraceful product
Purchased for A$325.00.
If you have a square, rectangular or other shaped pool with sharp corners or steps DO NOT BUY this product as it will get stuck and stay stuck until you manually move it. There is nothing you can do to resolve the issue, I tried in advice from pool shop moving the weight to different positions adding and removing hose sections and adding additional weights even tried it without the top wheel bumper which cost me money as I had to purchase an additional part as you cannot remove the bumper. Nothing works its rubbish as a lot of other reviews state I wish I had listed to them. Just replaced with a $89 cleaner from Aldi and its fantastic doesnt get stuck and even climbs the walls.
Disappointed with Zodiac T3.
Same general experience and remarks as previous reviews. Only purchased late 2018. Already needing need parts that are available at inflated prices through a retailer only. Hose lengths and other spare parts are exorbitantly priced, and often specialised to the specific model making the user experience regretful. Not a lot of R&D. A lot more marketing and legal.
Useless piece of crap
Do not purchase a zodiac T3 - hoses and diaphragm constantly break, paid $365 for this product, which is useless. After having numerous hoses and diaphragms replaced I finally requested a refund, which was denied. I never purchase another zodiac product! Would give zero stars if I could.
Purchased in June 2017 for A$365.00.
Zodiac T3 T5 pool Cleaner? Utter garbage for the price of the initial purchase and the cost of spares.
Diaphragms in the zodiac T3 have to be replace about every six months. The quality is so bad I wonder how they ever made it to the market. Mine is a few years old and has had probably six replacement diaphragms. They are so badly made one only lasted a few weeks before the inevitable death. Another problem is, (you wont believe this) there is an internal weight to keep it on the bottom and it is enclosed in plastic and is made of plain old steel. It rusts pretty badly and is quite disgusting for a product that is used in salt water. I will never ever buy another Zodiac product. Very poor in every way. What to buy next? a minefield of crap product everywhere. I will stick to manual and clean up when time permits.
Purchased in January 2014.
Barracuda get your quality control in order
Ive had the cleaner nearly 2 years and have replaced the diaphragm 10 times. When are you going to ditch this useless piece of crap. Where is your quality control? Looking elsewhere for a better quality cleaner, never recommend the Zodiac or Barra again.
Purchased in March 2017 for A$300.00.
Nothing but trouble
The diaphragm on this product is very cheap for a part that sells for $50 and it fails constantly, either through tearing or getting so loose that the suction stops working properly. To their credit Zodiac will replace this during the 2 year warranty period (I have had a heap sent to me during this time, not to mention the first one I paid $50 for). I now find out I have to turn down the cleaner as it is not supposed to clean walls. I would never have bothered purchasing a product that doesn't clean walls and this is only in the fine print o...n Zodiac's website, whilst the top web-based sellers when you Google Zodiac either state this product is a wall climber or fail to mention this point at all. They also mention this product is an improvement on the G2 which is clearly not the case. I would have thought Zodiac would have asked their resellers to stop the false advertising by now but the information is still out there. After giving Zodiac the chance (just under 2 weeks) to have the false advertising taken down I am now publishing this.
Purchased in November 2017.
- Verified purchase
Terrible- nothing but trouble
We’ve had this for nearly two years and had nothing but trouble. It is constantly getting stuck in the corners, not climbing the wallls and the diaphragms need constant replacing- at $45 a pop. The click together hoses are hopeless and retain memory easily so when it actually does work it goes repeatedly over the same sections. I have spoken to poolworx a few times who said there’s nothing we can do. Very disappointed. My last zodiac lasted for 10 years, this model is a total lemon don’t waste your money.
Questions & Answers
Our zodiac t3 keeps breaking diaphragms . It is two years old so no warrantee. Our local pool shop have replaced 3 , Two for free but will not replace any more . If it is a suction issue how can you lower the suction beyond the lowest position ?
I just bought a Zodiac T3 and the hose is sucking air so that the cartridge filter is not filtering. Had almost cleared the green issue in the pool and went to clean the bottom . When I got home from work the stuff was in suspension in the water again. Is there a way to seal the joints?
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