May 2024

Robotic Pool Cleaners: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of robotic pool cleaners rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2024.

Summary

On 9 May 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 83 pool cleaner endorsements from 9 reputable publishers.

45 pool cleaners were endorsed in total, only 21 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 9 May 2024, Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed pool cleaner with 7 expert endorsements. 4 experts out of 7 recommended it as the '#1 pool cleaner' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking robotic pool cleaners start at $112.17 (Intex ZX300 Deluxe) and go up to $1999 (Dolphin Explorer E70). Median pool cleaner costs $899.99 (Dolphin Triton PS).
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At a glance - May Ranking

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Rank Change Price Pool Cleaner
Cleanup Expert
Spy
reviewed.usatoday.com
SteamCleanerMaster
River Pools
Bob Vila
Robotic Pool Cleaners
The Spruce
Better Homes and Gardens
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- $799
Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus
The Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus is a reliable and efficient robotic pool cleaner that can clean all types of debris, equipped with CleverClean technology, dual-cyclonic suction, and dual scrubbing brushes, making it easy to maintain and energy-efficient.
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1
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2
- $1399
Dolphin Premier 2018
The Dolphin Premier 2018 robotic pool cleaner is a smart, efficient, and durable option that can handle any type of debris and pool shape, with a filtration system that captures debris of different sizes and a non-prorated three-year warranty.
2
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5
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4
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3
+2 $1449
Dolphin Sigma
The Dolphin Sigma robotic pool cleaner is a highly efficient and effective cleaning solution for pool owners, with dual scrubbing brushes, SmartNav 3.0 scanning and coverage technology, a dual high-capacity filter system, and energy-efficient construction, all backed by a 36-month limited warranty.
7
9
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2
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5
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4
-1 $629
Dolphin Escape
The Dolphin Escape robotic pool cleaner is a highly efficient and effective cleaning solution for pool owners, with a high-capacity filter cartridge, durable design, and energy-efficient technology.
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4
7
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4
5
+1 $200
Aiper Seagull SE
The Aiper Seagull SE robotic pool cleaner is highly praised for its cleaning performance, filtration system, durability, ease of use, warranty coverage, and energy efficiency, making it a great investment for flat-bottomed pools.
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2
6
-2 $1199
Polaris F9550
The Polaris F9550 Sport Robotic Pool Cleaner is a reliable and efficient cleaning tool for in-ground pools up to 60 ft in length, featuring a serpentine-like cleaning pattern, oscillating brushes, and Proprietary Vortex Vacuum Technology.
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4
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1
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7
- $1499
Dolphin Nautilus CC Supreme
The Dolphin Nautilus CC Supreme is a reliable and efficient robotic pool cleaner with a multi-cartridge filtration system, intuitive smartphone app, and energy-efficient design, making it an excellent choice for pool owners who want a thorough and hassle-free cleaning experience.
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6
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8
+1 $1549
Dolphin Explorer E50
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7
1
9
+2 $499
Dolphin E10
The Dolphin E10 robotic pool cleaner is an efficient and easy-to-use cleaning solution for small to medium-sized pools, featuring an active scrubbing brush, CleverClean navigation system, and energy-saving scanning software.
10
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1
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10
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Aiper Seagull Pro
The Aiper Seagull Pro is a powerful and efficient robotic pool cleaner with a smart navigation system, efficient filtration, and user-friendly design, making it a reliable and cost-effective option for pool owners.
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7
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9
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11
-1 $1649
Polaris VRX iQ+
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3
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10
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12
- $900
Dolphin Triton PS
The Dolphin Triton PS robotic pool cleaner is a highly efficient and effective cleaning machine that is designed to clean floors, walls, and waterlines of pools up to 50 feet in length, with advanced navigation technology, dual scrubbing brushes, and superior filtration capabilities.
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8
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8
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13
+1 $244
Paxcess Cordless
The Paxcess Cordless Automatic Pool Cleaner is a powerful and efficient device that uses smart navigation to thoroughly clean pool floors and filter water for debris, making it a reliable and hassle-free option for pool owners.
15
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2
13
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14
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OT QOMOTOP HJ1103J
The OT QOMOTOP HJ1103J robotic pool cleaner is a reliable and efficient option for smaller in-ground pools, with a double filtration system and energy-saving features, but may have reliability issues with the belt.
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2
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2
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15
+1 $599
Dolphin Nautilus CC
The Dolphin Nautilus CC robotic pool cleaner is a highly praised and reliable choice for pool owners seeking exceptional cleaning performance, durability, ease of use, and energy efficiency.
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Wybot Osprey 200
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17
- $280
Aiper Seagull 1000
The Aiper Seagull 1000 Cordless Robotic Pool Cleaner is a powerful and efficient pool cleaning device suitable for various pool sizes and types, featuring a multi-layer filtration system, easy setup and use, and minimal maintenance required.
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3
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18
+2 $1325
Polaris 9650IQ
The Polaris 9650IQ robotic pool cleaner is a powerful and efficient solution for pool owners looking to maintain a clean and healthy pool environment with ease.
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5
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6
19
+2 $1079
Dolphin Quantum
The Dolphin Quantum robotic pool cleaner is a highly efficient and versatile cleaning solution for pool owners, with excellent cleaning capabilities, SmartNav 2.0 technology, a top-loading filtration system, and high energy efficiency.
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6
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20
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Aquabot X4
The Aquabot X4 robotic pool cleaner is a highly efficient and reliable pool cleaning solution that can clean all surfaces of a swimming pool, including floors, walls, and waterlines, with a powerful filtration system that captures debris as small as 2 microns, while being easy to use, energy-efficient, and comes with a 3-year warranty.
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8
21
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Aquabot Breeze IQ
The Aquabot Breeze IQ robotic pool cleaner is an efficient and effective cleaning solution for in-ground swimming pools up to 50 ft, featuring all-terrain PVC scrubbing brushes, smart navigation algorithm, and dual filtration system.
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#5 $199.99 Aiper Seagull SE
#13 $243.99 Paxcess Cordless
#17 $279.99 Aiper Seagull 1000
#9 $499 Dolphin E10
#15 $599 Dolphin Nautilus CC
#4 $629 Dolphin Escape
#1 $799 Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus
#10 $823.16 Aiper Seagull Pro
#12 $899.99 Dolphin Triton PS
#19 $1079 Dolphin Quantum
#6 $1199 Polaris F9550
#18 $1324.99 Polaris 9650IQ
#2 $1399 Dolphin Premier 2018
#3 $1449 Dolphin Sigma
#7 $1499 Dolphin Nautilus CC Supreme
#8 $1549 Dolphin Explorer E50
#11 $1649 Polaris VRX iQ+

We ranked Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus #1 in May 2024 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 4 experts ranked Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 10 May 2023)
The Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus is a reliable and efficient robotic pool cleaner that can clean all types of debris, equipped with CleverClean technology, dual-cyclonic suction, and dual scrubbing brushes, making it easy to maintain and energy-efficient.
Critic endorsements:
Spy

Best Overall

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reviewed.usatoday.com

Great suction
Climbs walls easily
Filters are easy to clean

Can get stuck on steps

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SteamCleanerMaster

You can program the machine to automatically clean your pool on a schedule that works for you.
It has dual scrubbing brushes to loosen and remove dirt and grime from the floor and walls of your pool.
The tangle-free swivel cable lets the machine work without worry of the cord getting caught or tangled.

It doesn’t do a good job cleaning some stair types.

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River Pools

Best Overall Robotic Cleaner

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Bob Vila

Best overall

Capable of climbing walls for a more thorough cleaning
Large filtration system is suitable for sticks and leaves
Can be used on all pool-surface types, including gunite or plaster pools
Users can schedule cleaning weekly

Does not have smartphone capabilities
May become stuck on steps
Power supply is water-resistant but not waterproof

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Robotic Pool Cleaners

Best Robotic Pool Cleaner for Inground Pools

 Powerful robotic cleaner for in-ground pools.
Anti-tangle swivel cable.
Fine and ultrafine filters.
Dual scrubbing brushes.
Weekly scheduler.

A bit heavy.
Not suitable for budget shoppers.

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The Spruce

Best Overall

Suitable for pools up to 50 feet
Tangle-free cable
Cleans pools in two hours
Built-in weekly timer
Dual filters

Power supply isn’t waterproof

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We ranked Dolphin Premier 2018 #2 in May 2024 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Dolphin Premier 2018 as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 May 2023)
The Dolphin Premier 2018 robotic pool cleaner is a smart, efficient, and durable option that can handle any type of debris and pool shape, with a filtration system that captures debris of different sizes and a non-prorated three-year warranty.
Critic endorsements:
Cleanup Expert

Best Waterline Cleaner

Because of the Premier’s unrivaled ability to climb walls, it’s able to accomplish what many pool cleaning robots cannot–stick its tiny electronic nose out of the water to get right at that waterline.
The engineers at Maytronics created the world’s first robotic pool cleaner with onboard low voltage motors. And with the entire system using only 180 watts of power, you’ll save a TON of money on your electric bill.

The manufacturer says you can clean out the filter bag by hosing it out. It turns out it’s a real PAIN to get it clean this way because it takes too long. Throw it in the washer instead.
Its patented 360° anti-tangle swivel is supposed to prevent it from ever getting knotted up in its own cord. However, even with this technology, it occasionally happens.

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reviewed.usatoday.com

Wall-climbing capabilities
Optional remote control
3 filtration options

Pretty expensive

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SteamCleanerMaster

The dual scrubbing brushes work to remove dirt from the floor, walls, and waterline of your pool.
It will analyze your pool to determine the best route and method to ensure a thorough cleaning.
The anti-tangle swivel cable prevents a cord from getting tangled up or caught and lets the cleaner move easily around the pool.

The cleaner is a bit heavy and may be challenging to remove from the bottom of your pool.

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River Pools

Best For Cleaning Every Part Of Your Pool

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Robotic Pool Cleaners

Most Powerful Robotic Pool Cleaner for Residential Pools

A same proven cleaning system as the Dolphin Nautilus: treads, dual brushes, strong vacuum, etc.
Intelligent navigation with a short cleaning cycle
Advanced features: weekly timer, remote control, and filter-full indicator
Four types of filter media clean a wider range of debris
Excellent cleaning performance

Included instructions are not the best
This unit is heavy

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend robotic pool cleaners.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of robotic pool cleaners, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for May 2024 ranking

We ranked Dolphin Sigma #3 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 May 2023)
The Dolphin Sigma robotic pool cleaner is a highly efficient and effective cleaning solution for pool owners, with dual scrubbing brushes, SmartNav 3.0 scanning and coverage technology, a dual high-capacity filter system, and energy-efficient construction, all backed by a 36-month limited warranty.
Critic endorsements:
Cleanup Expert

Most innovative

Its gyroscopically-enabled navigation system lets the robot know, with pinpoint precision, where to go next. This ensures that every square inch of your pool is scrubbed sparkling clean. With the extraordinary control this gyroscope gives your mechanical assistant, he won’t wobble or topple over when attempting to scale a wall.
Besides being the planet’s first pool robot with a gyroscope, it’s also the first one with three motors.

There appears to be a glitch in some units where the robot indicates it’s actively cleaning when it actually isn’t. If this malfunction happens, usually it’s when users activate the automatic mode. For some people, even the app sometimes displays this wildly inaccurate information.
The Sigma also doesn’t do well with drains and tends to get hung up on them.

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Spy

Best Splurge

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SteamCleanerMaster

The filter is designed to be easy to clean.
You can pair the cleaner with your smartphone to schedule cleanings and keep track of the progress of a cleaning.
This model features a gyroscope mobility system for cleaning stairs and walls.

If your pool frequently is filled with leaves and other large droppings, this cleaner may get clogged more frequently.

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Robotic Pool Cleaners

Best Smartphone-Connected Robotic Pool Cleaner

Can handle extra-large in-ground pools
Powerful cleaning performance
Convenient Bluetooth control via an app
Smart navigation reduces cleaning times and saves energy
Independent tracks provide better coverage in tight corners

Expensive
Bluetooth app does not always work

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We ranked Dolphin Escape #4 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 May 2023)
The Dolphin Escape robotic pool cleaner is a highly efficient and effective cleaning solution for pool owners, with a high-capacity filter cartridge, durable design, and energy-efficient technology.
Critic endorsements:
Cleanup Expert

Most Versatile

The hypergrip track works flawlessly with the digital mapping technology. The end result? Faster and more efficient cleaning.
What’s more, it uses 90% less power than older types of pool cleaning robots. Maytronics accomplished this monumental feat by using an innovative low voltage DC motor. The entire system only requires around 180 watts of power.
Think of how much money you’ll save!

Unfortunately, this unit only has a one-year warranty. If your pool dips or has areas lower than the rest of the floor, your little robot friend has a tendency to pop wheelies. When it does this, the filter basket can pop out. Then, all the debris your guy painstakingly collected will be unceremoniously dumped back into the pool.
The cord doesn’t seem to be quite long enough for most pools.

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Bob Vila

Best for Above-gound

Quick 90-minute cleaning cycle lets pool users enjoy a clean pool faster
Comes with a convenient remote-start function
Can be used on all pool surface types, including gunite or plaster pools

Cannot climb pool walls
Electrical adapter is not waterproof
Somewhat difficult to remove from the pool if it stops mid-cycle in the center

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Robotic Pool Cleaners

Best Above Ground Robotic Pool Cleaner

Lightweight
Cleans leaves, sand and most other kinds of debris
Can climb walls (uncommon in above-ground cleaners)
Works in all types of above ground pools, including vinyl
Large filter cartridge

No ultra-fine filter included (can buy separately)
No swivel cord

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Better Homes and Gardens

Best for Above Ground Pools

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We ranked Aiper Seagull SE #5 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 21 Jul 2023)
The Aiper Seagull SE robotic pool cleaner is highly praised for its cleaning performance, filtration system, durability, ease of use, warranty coverage, and energy efficiency, making it a great investment for flat-bottomed pools.
Critic endorsements:
reviewed.usatoday.com

Charges in about 2.5 hrs
Totally cordless

No wall climbing

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The Spruce

Best for Above-Ground Pools

Effective at removing silt and small debris
Easy to operate
Self-parks near pool wall

Can't handle large piles of leaves
Long charge time

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Better Homes and Gardens

Best Budget

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We ranked Polaris F9550 #6 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Polaris F9550 as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 May 2023)
The Polaris F9550 Sport Robotic Pool Cleaner is a reliable and efficient cleaning tool for in-ground pools up to 60 ft in length, featuring a serpentine-like cleaning pattern, oscillating brushes, and Proprietary Vortex Vacuum Technology.
Critic endorsements:
River Pools

Best For Larger Pools

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Robotic Pool Cleaners

Best Robotic Pool Cleaner for Large Pools

Includes caddy
Excellent cleaning performance
Does not fall from sides or stairs
Works in all pool types regardless of shape or type of surface
Targeted cleaning options
The remote control works well
Weekly programmable timer
Full bin indicator

Pricey
A bit heavy (the automatic lift system eliminates most of the hassle, though)

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We ranked Dolphin Nautilus CC Supreme #7 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Dolphin Nautilus CC Supreme as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 May 2023)
The Dolphin Nautilus CC Supreme is a reliable and efficient robotic pool cleaner with a multi-cartridge filtration system, intuitive smartphone app, and energy-efficient design, making it an excellent choice for pool owners who want a thorough and hassle-free cleaning experience.
Critic endorsements:
Cleanup Expert

Best Overall Functionality

At 1.5 hours, this machine has one of the fastest cleaning times of any pool robot on the planet. Unlike other models, it can scale the walls of your pool to get at the waterline. And, it’ll continue to relentlessly scour away until every stain, blemish, and discoloration that detracts from the visual allure of your pool is banished forever.

The Dolphin Nautilus CC Supreme doesn’t come with a caddy. You think you’d get one with a robotic cleaner that costs this much! You also don’t get a remote control. That’s probably okay, because with the MyDolphin app, you can do everything a controller does.
Like most other robots, it isn’t very good at climbing stairs.

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The Spruce

Best Splurge

Remote steering
Anti-tangle cable
Cleans walls and waterline
Three cleaning levels

Cannot clean steps
Misses some spots during automatic cleaning cycles

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We ranked Dolphin Explorer E50 #8 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Dolphin Explorer E50 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best for In-Ground Pools

Very easy to retrieve
Cycle alerts through app
Cleans stairs

Wish cord was a bit longer

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Better Homes and Gardens

Best Overall

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We ranked Dolphin E10 #9 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Dolphin E10 as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 May 2023)
The Dolphin E10 robotic pool cleaner is an efficient and easy-to-use cleaning solution for small to medium-sized pools, featuring an active scrubbing brush, CleverClean navigation system, and energy-saving scanning software.
Critic endorsements:
Cleanup Expert

Best for Above Ground Pools

It has a huge filter basket, so it’ll catch lots of floating debris before it turns your pool into an eyesore. This Ultra Fine Filter Basket captures even tiny sand grains. There’s a simple push latch at the top of the unit to get at the filter.
The filter also has an easy-to-open hinged bottom. Just push the button, and the dirt falls right out.

The warranty is only good for two years. After the first year, it only covers plastic parts. Also, you have to purchase the Ultra Fine Basket separately. Because the cord doesn’t have an anti-tangle swivel, it sometimes gets all twisted around the robot.
Edges are inconsistently cleaned because it seems as though the robot spends most of its time crisscrossing the middle.

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River Pools

Best for above-ground pools

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We ranked Aiper Seagull Pro #10 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 14 Jun 2023)
The Aiper Seagull Pro is a powerful and efficient robotic pool cleaner with a smart navigation system, efficient filtration, and user-friendly design, making it a reliable and cost-effective option for pool owners.
Critic endorsements:
Bob Vila

Best Cordless

The robot comes with a hook attachment for a pole to easily retrieve the unit at the bottom of the pool
Battery charges in less than 2 hours and has a runtime of up to 180 minutes
Simple to operate with a user-friendly control dial on the front of the robot

May lose power as the battery starts to die
Doesn’t include caddy or cover
A bit heavy when full of water, which we attribute in part to the battery weight

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The Spruce

Best for Leaves

Three cleaning settings
Simple design
Effective in cleaning large debris

Stairs seem to confuse cleaning pattern
Can be challenging to retrieve in a deep end

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Better Homes and Gardens

Best for Walls

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We ranked Polaris VRX iQ+ #11 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Bob Vila

Upgrade pick

This unit handles walls, stairs, and bench seats with ease and features 4-wheel drive for improved control and stability
Wi-Fi and Amazon Alexa compatible with iAquaLink app for easy control and customization
Caddy included, which makes it easy to store and move the unit into storage
Dirty-canister indicator alerts users when the basket is full and ready to be emptied

High price compared to some other models on the market
Caddy cover is not included but can be purchased separately

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The Spruce

Best Automation

Suitable for pools up to 60 feet
70-foot-long tangle-reducing cable
Easy Lift removal system
Caddy requires no tools to assemble

Heavy

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Better Homes and Gardens

Best with Caddy

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We ranked Dolphin Triton PS #12 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 May 2023)
The Dolphin Triton PS robotic pool cleaner is a highly efficient and effective cleaning machine that is designed to clean floors, walls, and waterlines of pools up to 50 feet in length, with advanced navigation technology, dual scrubbing brushes, and superior filtration capabilities.
Critic endorsements:
Cleanup Expert

Best Range of Mobility

At only 16.5 pounds, this is one of the lightest of all pool robots. It also has advanced scanning functionality. This means it can make sure every single inch of your pool surfaces are vigorously scrubbed clean of all contaminants.
Using the Triton PS will extend the life of your pool’s filtration system, because the robot does some of the dirty work it used to exclusively do.

The robot doesn’t seem to do a good job cleaning curvy areas. So, if you have a custom-shaped pool with lots of meandering contours or corners, you might want to think about getting something else.
The automatic weekly scheduling feature (like with some other models) doesn’t appear to make a whole lot of sense. That’s because the manufacturer advises that you should take the unit out of the pool when you’re not using it.

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Spy

Also Consider

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Robotic Pool Cleaners

Best Value Dolphin Robotic Pool Cleaner

Good value for money.
Cleans large pools up to 50ft.
Dual scrubbing brushes.
Comes with fine and ultra-fine filters.
Full pool coverage – floor, walls, and waterline.

No option to select cleaning cycles.
Struggles to clean curvy areas of the pool.

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We ranked Paxcess Cordless #13 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 May 2023)
The Paxcess Cordless Automatic Pool Cleaner is a powerful and efficient device that uses smart navigation to thoroughly clean pool floors and filter water for debris, making it a reliable and hassle-free option for pool owners.
Critic endorsements:
Cleanup Expert

Most hassle-free unit

You’ll be ecstatic when you find out there are no cloth bags to clean with this exceptional machine. Instead, there’s a filter tray with a filtration precision of up to 180 µm. Simply pop the tray out, quickly rinse all the gunk out with a garden hose, and your mechanical cleaner will be ready for its next trip through your pool.

The Paxcess isn’t able to clean the walls — it only cleans pool floors. Because the brush is so thin, your bot might struggle to scrub stubborn algae. This device has a hard time traveling up sloping terrain, making it best for above-ground pools. The tether used to pull the unit out of the water tends to break easily, which can be annoying.

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Bob Vila

Best Bang for the Buck

Cordless functionality improves movement
Battery instead of cord reduces risk of accidental electrocution
Automatically docks poolside when the battery is low
Safe for all types of pool materials

Takes 4 to 6 hours to charge
Only capable of climbing 15-degree slopes
Because of its long charging time, it’s best for smaller pools

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Robotic Pool Cleaners

Best Cordless Robotic Pool Cleaner

Cordless – no hoses or cords to set up.
No tangling cords to deal with.
Long battery life.
Good cleaning performance.
Fair price.

Takes a long to recharge (4-6 hours).
Doesn’t clean walls.
No weekly scheduler.
Doesn’t filter fine debris.

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We ranked OT QOMOTOP HJ1103J #14 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 20 May 2023)
The OT QOMOTOP HJ1103J robotic pool cleaner is a reliable and efficient option for smaller in-ground pools, with a double filtration system and energy-saving features, but may have reliability issues with the belt.
Critic endorsements:
Spy

Best Cordless

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River Pools

Best For Smaller Flat-Bottomed Pools

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We ranked Dolphin Nautilus CC #15 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 18 Apr 2024)
The Dolphin Nautilus CC robotic pool cleaner is a highly praised and reliable choice for pool owners seeking exceptional cleaning performance, durability, ease of use, and energy efficiency.
Critic endorsements:
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Most Affordable for Inground Pools

Great price.
Smart navigation system.
Includes a scrubbing brush to get rid of stubborn dirt and algae.
Easy to remove and clean top load filter basket.
Includes a weekly timer

No ultra-fine filter.
Not suitable for large pools.

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Better Homes and Gardens

Best for In-Ground Pools

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We ranked Wybot Osprey 200 #16 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
reviewed.usatoday.com

User-friendly
Easy to clean
Extra affordable

No wall climbing

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The Spruce

Best Budget

Easy setup and use
Cleans flat floors well
Lightweight for easy retrieval

Not strong enough for heavy debris
The battery doesn’t last very long

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We ranked Aiper Seagull 1000 #17 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 May 2023)
The Aiper Seagull 1000 Cordless Robotic Pool Cleaner is a powerful and efficient pool cleaning device suitable for various pool sizes and types, featuring a multi-layer filtration system, easy setup and use, and minimal maintenance required.
Critic endorsements:
Spy

Compact Pick

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Better Homes and Gardens

Best for Small Pools

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We ranked Polaris 9650IQ #18 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 18 Apr 2024)
The Polaris 9650IQ robotic pool cleaner is a powerful and efficient solution for pool owners looking to maintain a clean and healthy pool environment with ease.
Critic endorsements:
Bob Vila

Best for Ingound

Handles walls, stairs, and bench seats with ease
Wi-Fi and Amazon Alexa compatible
Comes with a caddy at no extra cost
Dirty-canister indicator lets users see when the vacuum needs to be emptied
4-wheel drive improves control and stability

Premium price tag
Caddy cover is not included and will need to be a separate purchase
Customers complain that it’s difficult to replace broken parts

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Better Homes and Gardens

Best Smart Features

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We ranked Dolphin Quantum #19 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 May 2023)
The Dolphin Quantum robotic pool cleaner is a highly efficient and versatile cleaning solution for pool owners, with excellent cleaning capabilities, SmartNav 2.0 technology, a top-loading filtration system, and high energy efficiency.
Critic endorsements:
Cleanup Expert

Easiest robot to clean

Vortex water jets on the top and sides of this unit allows it to move laterally along pool floors, walls, and up to the waterline. SmartNav 2.0 scanning technology keeps it from going over the same spots multiple times.
The huge, top-loading filter cartridges easily snap apart and are easy to spray clean. A convenient carry handle and fast water release system makes it more ergonomic. 3-mode weekly scheduling conveniently automates cleaning.

This is an expensive machine. For the price, there aren’t many extras. No caddy. No bluetooth. No remote control. You can purchase those separately, but they’re not cheap either.
Even though there’s supposed to be a swivel function, the power cord can easily tangle. Replacement filter screens are expensive. The jets can blow around debris at times rather than picking it up.

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Robotic Pool Cleaners

Best Wall-Cleaning Robotic Pool Cleaner

Programmable weekly timer
Powerful, energy-efficient motors
Water jets provide best-in-class vertical wall cleaning
Huge filter cartridge means less frequent emptying

Pricey
Lacks swivel connector on the cord

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We ranked Aquabot X4 #20 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 May 2023)
The Aquabot X4 robotic pool cleaner is a highly efficient and reliable pool cleaning solution that can clean all surfaces of a swimming pool, including floors, walls, and waterlines, with a powerful filtration system that captures debris as small as 2 microns, while being easy to use, energy-efficient, and comes with a 3-year warranty.
Critic endorsements:
Spy

Best Filtration

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Better Homes and Gardens

Best for Large Pools

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We ranked Aquabot Breeze IQ #21 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best robotic pool cleaners” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 May 2023)
The Aquabot Breeze IQ robotic pool cleaner is an efficient and effective cleaning solution for in-ground swimming pools up to 50 ft, featuring all-terrain PVC scrubbing brushes, smart navigation algorithm, and dual filtration system.
Critic endorsements:
Cleanup Expert

Best Filtration

Its impressively energetic dual scrubbers and powerful suction mean you’ll be able to use fewer potentially toxic pool chemicals. With the superior Aquabot swivel technology at your command, you’ll never have to worry about the unit getting tangled up in its own cord.
Its durable PVC scrubbing brushes are safe for all surfaces—even vinyl lined pools. It’s low wattage motors only cost about five cents an hour to run.

Sometimes the robot has difficulty climbing up to the waterline. The manufacturer suggests adjusting the handle (which helps the unit to float) when this happens. This should fix the problem.
The unit’s super-fine filters will help keep your pool water radiantly clean at all times. However, they need to be replaced more often than regular filters.

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SteamCleanerMaster

The filter baskets work together with the powerful pump to filter down to two microns.
You can use this product to clean pools with any surface type.
The 60-foot swivel cable allows the cleaner to clean your pool without worrying about a cord getting caught to tangled.

You cannot program this model to clean on a set schedule.

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