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 $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 $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 on 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.
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.
Waste of money
This vacuum keeps going over the same area, gets stuck on the pool light and I need to replace the diaphragm too often as described in other reviews. Not happy.
Purchased in December 2017.
It only does the edges and then gets stuck in the corner. I have added more hose , less hose , left it in the sun ,changed the weights , added more weights , changed the suction , done everything!!!!
Purchased in December 2018.
Don't waste your money
Have had nothing but trouble since we bought it just before Christmas
Just goes along the edges of the pool then gets stuck in the corner
It has scrapped all along the sides of our fibreglass pool that isn't even a year old yet
I've spoken to the place I bought it from and emailed them a number of times with no reply
Would never buy another
Been a nightmare since purchased Hoses cost a fortune to keep replacing, the diaphragm dont even start me on that cost close to $40 and having to replace every couple months, of course its now stuffed again right after Christmas so funds are low and i havent been able to use it for over a week as you can imagine my pool looks really great atm Have check speed etc and makes no difference the pool place i go to have told me its a common problem mind you would have been wonderful if they told me that BEFORE selling it too me so why the hell hasnt it been fixed yet instead of your customers having to spend a fortune on these things. Im so sorry now i didnt buy a cheap one that way i could have at least been able to buy hoses for half the price and diaphragms from bunnings, really disappointed considering the cost and of course now its out of warrenty $540 something dollars down the drain if you ask me Would NOT recommended this pump to anyone ever
Twist Lock Hose - replace after 1 year & on my 4th or 5th diaphragm and replaced cup assembly
The twist lock hose that come with my T3 cleaner is very disappointing - it has only lasted a little over a year and I put it under cover in the shed for winter - which I haven't done with previous hoses which have lasted years longer. I have also had to replace the diaphragm 4 or 5 times in this time period and the cup assembly once. I really don't want to spend another $150 to replace the hose as well. I am very sorry I didn't spend more and buy a robotic cleaner instead of this. I won't be buying any more Zodiac products.
Zodiac T3 pool cleaner
We purchased the Zodiac T3 pool cleaner in May 2018. Now, we have only used it for less than a year and the diaphragm has broken. Since we got it, we have started to take its nightmare every day. It doesn't surround the pool, it's very low power, and it stops so often doesn't matter how you change the power choice anyway. Now our swimming pool has grown up a lot of green algae. It has brought us so much trouble. We do not recommend anyone to purchase this item at any price.
Diaphragm splits every 3 months
Cleaner works well until the diaphragm splits...just below the yellow reinforced section. If sounds like a common problem, costs
Almost $40 to replace each time. My recommendation is to go with a different cleaner as we have spent over $150 in the past 18 months replacing this poorly designed product. I would love it if zodiac could replace my cleaner with a different model of provide me with an alternative diaphragm that will rectify this reoccurring issue.
Twist and Lock Zodiac T3 Barracuda Pool Hoses
The twist and lock hoses that come with Zodiac T3 cleaner appear to be of very poor quality and do not meet Australian conditions as the hoses have only lasted 2 years and now are all disintegrating and need replacement.. They are very expensive to replace with prices for 10 x 1 metre ~ $150 +/-.
If I had found previous reviews of these hoses I would not have bought the Zodiac T3 pool cleaner.
These hoses are proprietary and you are stuck with using them unless you cut your costs and get a no name cleaner that uses standard hoses.
Beware of these hoses unless you want to pay through the nose to replace them every 2 years.
diaphragm splits every couple of months, even with the spring on the head at the lowest suction setting would be good if the diaphragm lasted, it gets stuck in the corners too but when new the suction is good probably cheaper to just buy a generic one from bunnings instead of always replacing parts
Very good , issue is with the diaphragm, replaced three diaphragm in two years
Cleans leaves from the pool no issues , overall happy , but needs better diaphragm , given this is where the cleaner has to work the hardest , does not get in the way when swimming , leaves pool lovely and clean when in use , shouldn’t have to replace the diaphragm on a regular basis though
One major problem
This cleaner is fine in our concrete pool, goes everywhere, up walls, along stairs etc. The only issue is with the diaphragm design. The yellow T section is fuse moulded into different material leaving a much too thin join. Being that this is the hardest working part,it fatigues at the bottom of the T and ruptures. This is the weakest link and severely lowers the working life.
12months in and I’m on to my second diaphragm. The old design lasted a lot longer.
T3 is rubbish
I have had this unit for about 15 months, it gets stuck in corners regularly I have replaced the diaphragm 4 times I've just ordered 2 more. At this rate its costing more than a complete set up!. There is no branches or leaves going in the pool, surely there must be something Zodiac can do to improve the unit?
I should have read the reviews before buying this...
I needed a pool cleaner fairly quickly and didn't have the funds to spend on an expensive robotic model. I thought that if I bought a Zodiac branded cleaner for a bit more than a generic one from a department store, I would have a quality product.
Well, that was faulty thinking. I am unblocking this thing every day, sometimes a couple of times, mostly just little leaves that should go through with no issues. I am actually spending more time cleaning my pool because I have to manually vacuum and scoop it a couple of times a week. I have no idea what this cleaner is actually doing most of the time.
Three months after buying it and the diaphragm has failed. Reading the reviews here today shows me this a common problem for this cleaner and I am seriously regretting my purchase. I can see it will continue to fail in doing what it is supposed to. For the price I paid for it, I should have just manually cleaned it (as I am doing) and saved up more for a better cleaner. Buyers remorse big time with this cleaner.
Another unhappy customer
I agree with all the other poor reviews of this product.
We've had our for about 2 years now but this cleaner has driven me crazy from day one.
I have to clean it out every day as the smallest leaf stops it working.
The hoses also tangle continuously and need to need to be straightened everyday as well.
We are on about our sixth diaphragm too.
T3 Diaphragms suck
This product is rubbish. I've had to replace the diaphragm so many times since I bought it, I've lost count. Surely Zodiac can see this as a major design fault, with so many complaints. If it was a vehicle there'd be a recall to replace the part. Myself and others will be taking their business away from Zodiac as I believe the newer models also contain the same diaphragm.
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