July 2021

Suction Pool Cleaners: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Pool Cleaner rankings posted by key online experts, as of July 2021.

Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Suction Pool Cleaners.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Suction 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 July 2021 ranking

At a glance - July 2021 Ranking

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Rank Price Pool Cleaner
Robotic Pool Cleaners
Cleanup Expert
Pool Care Guy
Swim University
SwimmingPool Daily
Handyman's Place
Pool Research
SteamCleanerMaster
The Pool Area
Wild River Country
1
$360 Pentair Kreepy Krauly
7
4
8
1
14
4
3
3
14
6
2
$217 Zodiac G3
6
6
1
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4
3
1
2
4
7
3
$100 Xtremepower Automatic Suction
8
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3
-
1
5
2
6
1
-
4
$800 Hayward The PoolCleaner 2X
1
-
2
-
7
2
-
1
-
8
5
$469 Zodiac MX8
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1
5
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5
-
-
4
5
1
6
$350 Zodiac MX6
4
2
4
-
2
-
-
-
3
2
7
$449 Pentair Kreepy Krauly Great White
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5
-
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9
-
-
-
12
3
8
$399 Hayward AquaNaut 200
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-
9
-
10
-
-
-
9
10
9
$419 Hayward AquaNaut 400
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3
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
5
10
$99 Vingli Indoor & Outdoor Automatic Sweep
3
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
2
-
11
$169 Hayward Wanda the Whale
2
-
-
-
12
-
-
-
11
-
12
Check price Hayward Navigator Pro
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7
-
8
-
-
-
13
-
13
$419 Hayward The PoolCleaner 4X
5
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-
-
-
-
-
-
6
4
14
$66 Intex 28001E
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-
-
-
6
-
-
-
7
-
15
$169 Hayward AquaBug
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13
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4
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We ranked Pentair Kreepy Krauly #1 in July 2021 because:

  • 10 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Suction Pool Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Pentair Kreepy Krauly as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Best cleaning coverage

Pros
Full pool coverage.
Reliable and low – maintenance design.
Picks up large and small debris.
Rarely gets stuck.

Cons
It requires some adjusting to get it to work properly.

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Cleanup Expert

Best redesign

Pros
The Pentair 360042 boasts several innovative features that’ll make it easy to keep your pool clean. For example, an automatic valve regulates water flow to set the ideal travel speed for more thorough cleaning.
There’s an easy-to-adjust “dive float” directional system that intelligently guides the cleaner from the water line to the pool bottom, ensuring it hits every spot along the way.

Cons
While most customers rave about the redesign, a few don’t like it as much as the old one.
Some say the new model isn’t as durable as the original model. Others have problems with the float balls continually falling off.
Some users say the new model takes more time to clean the pool. This means you must run the pump longer, and your electricity bills will be higher.

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Pool Care Guy

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Swim University

The Best Suction Pool Cleaner for an Inground Pool

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SwimmingPool Daily

Pros
Powerful suction makes it remove large and small debris
The regulator valve adjusts to the water flow automatically
No tools are required for the installation

Cons
If left unsupervised, it can get stuck in a corner

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Handyman's Place

Pros
Can clean walls
Good suction
Affordable

Cons
Gets stuck easily
Poor customer service

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Pool Research

Most Durable

Pros
One of the most durable units on the market
Does not need a booster pump
Works with most common pool sizes

Cons
The hose isn’t quite long enough for large pools
Cleans slower than some other units

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SteamCleanerMaster

Pros
Fins funnel the dirt into the hose
Has a dive float directional system
Cleans a broad range of pools

Cons
Doesn’t work well on sharp inclines

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The Pool Area

Pros
Easy installation process makes it ready-to-use in less than 10 minutes
No booster pump required
Safe and easy to use

Cons
A separate safe leaf canister is required to purchase additionally
No hose connector provided
Regular check up required in order ensuring good functionality

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Wild River Country

Pros
Single moving part
Removes large and small debris
Powerful suction

Cons
Not great with deep pools

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We ranked Zodiac G3 #2 in July 2021 because:

  • 9 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Suction Pool Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Zodiac G3 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Best for Pools with Low-speed Pumps

Pros
Excellent cleaning performance.
One moving part – durable and easy to maintain.
The disc is safe for most types of pool surfaces.
Works well with low-flow pumps.

Cons
Pricey.
Doesn’t handle large debris.
Cleans slowly.

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Cleanup Expert

Most economical

Pros
Maybe you’ve had a pool cleaner or two in your life. If you have, you know that switching out malfunctioning parts for new ones can cost a pretty penny. If replacing expensive pool cleaner parts is something you’re sick of doing, you need the Barracuda in your life.
This unit doesn’t have 50 moving parts that constantly break down and cost a fortune to replace—it just has one.

Cons
Some people report that the Baracuda stops working after only a short time using it. However, this is usually because the inner sleeve that holds the diaphragm is too tight.
Other customers say that although the unit works quite well, they still must manually clean off their tanning ledge, steps, and deep-water seats.

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SwimmingPool Daily

Pros
Collects small debris
For floor, steps, and walls
Has wheel deflector that helps it to move around corners

Cons
An old model

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Handyman's Place

Best for the Money

Pros
Great value
Fins knock up debris for suction cleaning
Works at any suction power
Reliable

Cons
Gets stuck
Not good for large leaves

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Pool Research

Best Value

Pros
Versatile
Compatible with most pumping systems
Excellent at cleaning small and medium debris
Works on floors, walls, and steps

Cons
Not effective on large debris
Doesn’t work as well on unusual pool shapes, such as slopes or curves

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SteamCleanerMaster

Pros
26 fins adhere to the floor
Wheel helps it move around obstacles
Hose is very durable and resists breakage

Cons
Needs a lot of power to move around

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The Pool Area

Pros
Easy maintenance
Durable with good production
No extra materials required for cleaning
Wheel deflector to clean the narrowest areas

Cons
Pump strainer basket needs to be cleaned more frequently
The main drain of the device often struck

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Wild River Country

Pros
Adheres to all surfaces
Easily navigable
Simple setup

Cons
Could move around more efficiently

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We ranked Xtremepower Automatic Suction #3 in July 2021 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Suction Pool Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Xtremepower Automatic Suction as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Best Wall Climber

Pros
Low price.
Full pool coverage.
Simple design – reliable and low maintenance.
Rarely gets stuck, if you adjust it right.

Cons
It requires repeated adjustments to get it to move properly.

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SwimmingPool Daily

Pros
It is perfect for cleaning pool walls
Very easy to assemble and works great
It has a flexible design that supports thorough cleaning

Cons
The water flow is weak

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Handyman's Place

Pros
Really cheap

Cons
Minimum of 1 horsepower pump power
Requires a lot of attention

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Pool Research

Best Low-Cost Option

Pros
Easy to adjust
Works well on curves
Highly flexible hoses and weights

Cons
Does not work on stairs
Does not suck up leaves

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SteamCleanerMaster

Pros
Moves up to 12 feet per minute
Has a wider suction head
No tools required for assembly

Cons
Doesn’t work well in deeper pools

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The Pool Area

Pros
Easiest to install
One of the cheapest suction cleaners compared to pumps with the same performance
Irrespective of surfaces and shapes, it is efficient to clean all in-ground pool types

Cons
Replacement required after 2 years
Meant for specific pool sizes

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We ranked Hayward The PoolCleaner 2X #4 in July 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Suction Pool Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Hayward The PoolCleaner 2X as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Best for Small to Medium Size Pools

Pros
Safe for all pool types.
Works with low-flow pool pumps (1/2 HP min).
Deep tire treads allow it to overcome most obstacles.
The automatic steering system ensures full coverage.

Cons
Large debris easily clogs it.
No brushes to scrub algae and other stuck debris.

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SwimmingPool Daily

Pros
You can count on it to make your pool spotless
You are free to adjust the suction power by turning the knob
You will have wide coverage with 4 wheel version

Cons
Its parts are a bit expensive

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Handyman's Place

The Runner-up

Pros
Good traction
Adjustable for multiple kinds of debris
Works at any suction power

Cons
Really pricey

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SteamCleanerMaster

Pros
Comes with three interchangeable throats
Thick tread on the tires
Self-adjusting turbines
Turns every 8 to 10 feet

Cons
Wheels can sometimes stick

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Wild River Country

Pros
Self-adjusting turbines
5 preprogrammed turns
Works well on uneven surfaces

Cons
Runs quite slowly

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We ranked Zodiac MX8 #5 in July 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Suction Pool Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Zodiac MX8 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Cleanup Expert

Best suction pool cleaner

Pros
One of the best things about the MX8 is its excellent traction. This gives the unit exceptional maneuverability—even in tight corners and on vertical walls.
Every ten seconds, the MX8 does what I like to call the “rotation dance.” This tactic is highly effective for liberating units that have embarrassed themselves by getting stuck in a corner or hung up on a drain.

Cons
One customer had the unfortunate experience of their unit getting stuck near the water surface and making a noisy sloshing sound. The commotion was so loud that it woke them up in the middle of the night because their bedroom happened to be close to the pool.
A few other customers also said this happened to them. The good news is that these units were defective and were quickly replaced by the manufacturer.

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SwimmingPool Daily

Pros
For all inground pools
For all types of floors
Able to clean with low water flow

Cons
A bit expensive

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SteamCleanerMaster

Pros
Connects to solar, two-speed, or variable speed pumps
Funnels debris right into the skimmer
Track on the wheels helps it climb steep walls

Cons
Motors can wear out quickly with extended use

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The Pool Area

Pros
The product works without electricity
Suitable for slopey or uneven floors
It’s cheaper than autonomous robots
Very energy-efficient
For floors, walls, and waterlines

Cons
Requires a powerful pump

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Wild River Country

Our #1 Pick

Pros
Torquey motor
Highly maneuverable
For all pool surfaces

Cons
Some issues with leaves

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We ranked Zodiac MX6 #6 in July 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Suction Pool Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Best for cyclonic suction

Pros
Excellent cleaning performance.
Intelligent navigation ensures full coverage.
Low flow design makes it great for variable speed pumps.
Easy and quick to set up.

Cons
Rotating fins get stuck easily on long leaves and palm fronds.
Hoses do not last long.

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Cleanup Expert

Most Compact

Pros
I really like that the MX6 has an enhanced flow regulator. This prevents the cleaner from moving too fast and damaging the gears. This innovative feature helps ensure your unit has a long and healthy life.
Another fantastic thing about the MX6 is that the parts have a modular design. This means that when a component fails, simply pop the old piece out with a screwdriver and put the new one in. Replacement only takes seconds!

Cons
The Achilles heel of this otherwise excellent cleaner is the hoses, which have an unfortunate tendency to rip at the connectors. This is too bad because the hoses are expensive to replace.
I think the designers need to go back to the drawing board to come up with hoses that are a little more durable. If they do, this cleaner will be near perfect.

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SwimmingPool Daily

Pros
It operates on a self-cleaning system
It’s easy to assemble and use
You can save money by running the pump at a lower RPM

Cons
It stops working when clogged with leaves and debris

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The Pool Area

Pros
Easy to assemble, compact and handy pool cleaner
Effectively cleans the side walls
Powerful vacuum ensures smooth cleaning
Comes with the 1-year warranty

Cons
Not appropriate to serve large pools
Large piles of leaves can clog it easily

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Wild River Country

Pros
Variable low flow
Quick-connect swiveling hoses
Highly energy-efficient

Cons
Hose quality could be improved

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We ranked Pentair Kreepy Krauly Great White #7 in July 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Suction Pool Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Cleanup Expert

Widest Cleaning Path

Pros
Though it’s completely automatic, an attachment comes with this model to allow you to use it with your manual pool vacuum handle. This is handy if there are tight spots like steps and other areas that the cleaner may miss.
The bristle drive quickly propels this guy through the pool and up the walls to the waterline. It comes with 12 one-meter hoses, so you can easily adjust the hose length for any pool size.

Cons
There have been complaints that the Great White is afraid of the shallow end of the pool. You’d think something named after one of the most ferocious of all sea creatures wouldn’t be frightened of anything, but you’d be wrong.
One woman said that during eight hours of operation, the unit didn’t visit the shallow end—not even once.
Others lament that the unit is manufactured from less-than-durable plastic that becomes brittle all too quickly.

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SwimmingPool Daily

Pros
It effectively loosens stubborn grime
It doesn’t get stuck in one location while cleaning
It even reaches the shallow end of the pool

Cons
It may spin in one place

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The Pool Area

Pros
Easily climbs the walls to clean the pool
Stubborn stains can be removed with its strong bristle technology
Appropriate to use for all the surface-types

Cons
Cannot clean the pool steps
Take longer hours to clean, up to 6 hours

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Wild River Country

Pros
Programmed steering
Highly adjustable
Quick and easy set-up

Cons
Lifespan can be poor

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We ranked Hayward AquaNaut 200 #8 in July 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Suction Pool Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Pool Care Guy

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SwimmingPool Daily

Pros
It is easy to install and use
It offers maximum power regardless of the flow
You can use it on uneven surfaces too

Cons
It doesn’t reach the corners of the pool very well

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The Pool Area

Pros
The loss of suction can be prevented with its adjustable skirt
This pool cleaner comes with a variable speed pump
The four-wheel drive gives a boost to its performance

Cons
Does not climb the walls effectively

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Wild River Country

Pros
Extremely versatile
2-wheel drive
Self-adjusting variable vanes

Cons
Difficult to get parts

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We ranked Hayward AquaNaut 400 #9 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Suction Pool Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Hayward AquaNaut 400 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Cleanup Expert

Best for Variable-Speed Pumps

Pros
Between the three different throats that come with every Aquanaut model and the V-flex technology, you can be assured of an outstanding cleaning job every single time.
Another groundbreaking feature that sets the Aquanaut heads and shoulders above many inferior models is the adjustable roller skirt that maintains consistent pressure over uneven surfaces.
This means you won’t lose any suction when your bot runs over an obstacle.

Cons
A few customers have reported that the Aquanaut flops over on its side and stay there like a stuck turtle. However, most customers say that this isn’t the case for them.
Its wall-climbing abilities are somewhat impaired unless you have powerful suction. Some customers complain that it gets stuck in the deep end of their pools.

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Handyman's Place

Best Overall

Pros
Good for large debris
Long connector hose
Versatile pool types

Cons
Expensive

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Wild River Country

Pros
4-wheel drive
Unbeatable brand heritage
Climbs and maneuvers neatly

Cons
Not great at low suction

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We ranked Vingli Indoor & Outdoor Automatic Sweep #10 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Suction Pool Cleaners” rankings.
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Robotic Pool Cleaners

Best for Budget

Pros
Cheap but cleans well.
One moving part – lasts long and easy to maintain.
Great value for money.
Cleans floor and walls.
Works quietly.

Cons
Diaphragm requires frequent replacement.

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SwimmingPool Daily

Pros
It has a functional design
It is easy to set up and use
It’s a perfect solution for budget-conscious homeowners

Cons
It is a bit complicated to balance the suction

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The Pool Area

Pros
Doesn’t jam or break
Runs quietly
Easy to assemble and clean
High suction power

Cons
The machine cannot clean leaves

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We ranked Hayward Wanda the Whale #11 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Suction Pool Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Best for above ground pools

Pros
Inexpensive.
Smart steering ensures to cleans every spot.
Easy to install.
Good cleaning performance.

Cons
Gets clogged easily by large debris.
Cleans slowly.

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SwimmingPool Daily

Pros
It works correctly with the existing filtration system
Straightforward to assemble in less than 10 minutes
Circulates and cleans the water without chemical overuse

Cons
This item can get stuck beneath the water

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The Pool Area

Pros
Easy installation
Lesser friction with the bumper ring
Very easy to handle and use

Cons
Need to be fixed permanently in the pool

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We ranked Hayward Navigator Pro #12 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Suction Pool Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Pool Care Guy

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SwimmingPool Daily

Pros
SmartDrive steering makes it do the job effortlessly
It doesn’t need an energy-consuming booster pump to operate
It has good speed and great cleaning pattern

Cons
The pool cleaner doesn’t climb all types of walls

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The Pool Area

Pros
It can effectively handle fiberglass pools
While cleaning the pool, scrubbers are not required
It cleans the floors and pool walls quickly, saving a considerable time
Easy to maintain

Cons
For pebbles, it is not appropriate to consider
Clogs up easily by the leaves and sticks

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We ranked Hayward The PoolCleaner 4X #13 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Suction Pool Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Robotic Pool Cleaners

Best for concrete pools

Pros
Powerful drive system.
Ideal for large pools up to 40′ long.
Maintains suction on rough concrete pools.
Deep tire treads maintain grip.
Pre-programmed steering ensures full coverage.

Cons
Pricey

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The Pool Area

Pros
Programmable angles with a patented steering system
Appropriate to handle large pools with huge debris
No external booster pump required

Cons
Special tires required for cleaning vinyl or fiberglass surfaces
Only concrete pools can be cleared efficiently

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Wild River Country

Pros
4-wheel drive
Unbeatable brand heritage
Climbs and maneuvers neatly

Cons
Not great at low suction

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We ranked Intex 28001E #14 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Suction Pool Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
SwimmingPool Daily

Pros
Clean your above ground pools automatically.
A 24ft7 long hose can be attached to the existing pool inlet.
Made of high-grade and durable materials

Cons
Not recommended for in-ground pools

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The Pool Area

Pros
Ensures quick cleaning with the highest rated robot vacuum
Excellent pump with a good vacuum
Fantastic Flow rate
Easy to install

Cons
Hoses connections are troublesome
Abruptly stops moving during the job

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We ranked Hayward AquaBug #15 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Suction Pool Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
SwimmingPool Daily

Pros
The installation takes less than 10 minutes
It ensures your pool remains clean all the time
It is great with water circulation

Cons
Lots of users have complained it stops moving in between

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Pool Research

Best for Above Ground Pools

Pros
Available in several different styles
Gentle enough to avoid damaging most surfaces
Essentially a mobile drain
Easy to install

Cons
Not strong enough for particularly tough debris
Can fail quickly if not built properly

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