Best Robotic Pool Cleaners

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 16, 2017
Many of us enjoy spending hot days in a swimming pool. Naturally, we want to keep them tidy, and the cleaning becomes a headache. Fortunately, we have robotic pool cleaners that can do this job for us. We have reviewed 5 best models to help you decide which one you need. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
USED FOR
POOL TYPE / LENGTH
TYPE OF SURFACE
CLEANING CAPACITY
CLEANING CYCLE SPAN
CLEANING FEATURES
SMART FUNCTIONS
USABILITY
 
PROS
Smart functions allow you to customize this pool robotic cleaner to your needs and pool type. This model is highly efficient and easy to use.
CONS
It is quite difficult to take this cleaner out of a pool since it weighs 43.6 pounds.
OUR VERDICT
This is a smart pool robot cleaner with a fairly justified price, as it incorporates the recent achievements of robotics and intelligent software.
detailed parameters
USED FOR
Pool walls and floor
POOL TYPE / LENGTH
In-ground / up to 60 ft
TYPE OF SURFACE
All pool surfaces
CLEANING CAPACITY
Up to 4500 gal/hr
CLEANING CYCLE SPAN
3.5 hours / 7-day programmable cycle
CLEANING FEATURES
Solid-blade brushes, Vacuums, Filters
SMART FUNCTIONS
ActivMotion Sensor®, Self-programmed
USABILITY
Dirty Canister Indicator, Easy Lift System, Easy Clean Filter Canister, 4WD drive, 70-ft swiveling cable, Transport caddy
PROS
PVA wheels provide excellent cohesion with any surface. This pool cleaner can track its own position, providing a higher quality of cleaning.
CONS
The power cord may get tangled when the cleaner travels intensively, so you have to watch it.
OUR VERDICT
This iRobot pool cleaner will fit all types of pools with various finish materials, and it is able to remove even large leaves from your pool, therewith, it is very easy-to-use.
detailed parameters
USED FOR
Pool walls and floor
POOL TYPE / LENGTH
All types / up to 50 ft
TYPE OF SURFACE
Vinyl, Ceramics, Fiberglass
CLEANING CAPACITY
4200 gal/hr
CLEANING CYCLE SPAN
3 hours / single cycle
CLEANING FEATURES
PVC Active Spinning Scrub Brush, Vacuums and filters
SMART FUNCTIONS
iAdapt® Nautiq Responsive Cleaning Technology, Gyro Sensor
USABILITY
60-ft floating power cord, Easy-to-remove canisters, PVA wheels
PROS
Quiet operation. The cleaner is easy to take out of a pool thanks to its built-in handle and low weight of 19 lbs.
CONS
The leaves may stuck in suction openings of the cleaner.
OUR VERDICT
The perfect price-quality ratio makes this robotic pool cleaner appropriate for in-ground pools up to 50 ft long. The device is incredibly easy-to-use - just press Clean and sink it into your pool.
detailed parameters
USED FOR
Pool walls and floor
POOL TYPE / LENGTH
In-ground / up to 50 ft
TYPE OF SURFACE
Vinyl, Gunite, Fiberglass
CLEANING CAPACITY
4233 gal/hr
CLEANING CYCLE SPAN
3 hours / single cycle
CLEANING FEATURES
Scrubs, Vacuums, Filters
SMART FUNCTIONS
Self-programmed
USABILITY
Easy-to-clean cartridge filter with spring clean up filter included, 60-ft swiveling cable
PROS
Multiple cleaning modes allow for more effective cleaning of a swimming pool from any specific contaminations.
CONS
A single cycle might be not enough to clean the entire swimming pool surface from the dirt.
OUR VERDICT
Once you get this swimming pool robot, you acquire a smart assistant to clean your pool. Being equipped with an intelligent processor and a pool scanning feature, this cleaner will cope with pollution effectively.
detailed parameters
USED FOR
Pool walls and floor
POOL TYPE / LENGTH
In-ground / up to 40 ft
TYPE OF SURFACE
Gunite, Vinyl, Fiberglass, Pebble, Tile
CLEANING CAPACITY
4500 gal/hr
CLEANING CYCLE SPAN
3 hours / single cycle 90 min / Quick Clean
CLEANING FEATURES
Brushes, Scrubs, Vacuums, Filters
SMART FUNCTIONS
Self-programmed, Scanner
USABILITY
Foam roller, Easy-to-clean cartridge filter system
PROS
For attractive price this robotic pool cleaner boasts high-quality assembly and efficiency of cleaning of all pools. A relatively low weight facilitates its lifting out from a pool.
CONS
Owing to the specific design, cleaning wide steps of a pool might be inconvenient.
OUR VERDICT
This robotic pool cleaner features a longer cleaning cycle and has a lower price as compared with other models. Moreover, Aquabot may boast compatibility with all types of pools.
detailed parameters
USED FOR
Pool walls and floor
POOL TYPE / LENGTH
All types / up to 40 ft
TYPE OF SURFACE
Vinyl, Gunite, Fiberglass
CLEANING CAPACITY
4500 gal/hr
CLEANING CYCLE SPAN
4 hours / single cycle
CLEANING FEATURES
Dual front and back grip scrubbing brushes, Ultra fine filter, Vacuums
SMART FUNCTIONS
Self-programmed
USABILITY
Plug and Play Operation, 50-ft cord, Self contained filtration, Reusable 34-quart capacity

What is a Robottic Pool Cleaner

Every owner of a swimming pool inevitably faces the cleaning. Filters and chemicals may purify and clean water, yet the hard particles of dirt deposit on the pool floor and organic sediments settle on the walls below a waterline, so you have to remove them manually. Dust, dirt, grit, insects, leaves, etc. may fall into the pool, breaching the comfort and microclimate. The pool cleaning by hands is laborious and ineffective. The leading companies in robotics developed robotic pool cleaners that are real technological wonders. Robotic pool cleaners are state-of-the-art products incorporating the advanced technologies. These space-saving appliances will undertake the cleaning, working under the preset program.

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Best Robotic Pool Cleaners

What Features to Compare

Cleaning modes

When you choose a robotic pool cleaner, you should know the type of your pool (in-ground, gunite, and inflatable), and its finish. Being guided by this information, you should choose a cleaner by a cleaning mode. There are two main types of robotic cleaners designed for specific types of cleaning:

  • Robotic pool cleaners for walls and floor
  • Robotic pool cleaners for floor

Robotic pool cleaners travel thanks to their four wheels or special rollers and caterpillars. The rollers serve not just as the means of transportation but also as effective tools for removing deposits and ingrained dirt from a pool coating. The rollers can be divided into several types either: combo brushes for film and tile; PVC brushes for film and gunite pools; super brushes for tile, film, stainless steel and composites. There are also special turbo brushes for quick clean-up, located before or inside the suction channel. Some robotic cleaners are equipped with the scrapers, designed to remove the dirt from the walls and the floor of the pool. On knowing this peculiarity, you will be able to choose a robotic pool cleaner to meet your own requirements and suit your daily tasks.

Self-sufficiency and performance

Self-sufficiency and performance are the criteria of no small importance in choosing a robotic pool cleaner. These parameters show how effectively a cleaner works and how much time it requires to do the job. This is influenced by software solutions, allowing a cleaner to run smartly and effectively. You should consider performance (gallons per hour) depending on the length and the depth of your pool, and the length of a power cord. The bigger the pool is, the higher performance and the longer power cord are required.

Usability

Usability is the third important aspect to draw your attention to. Usability includes implementation of controls, for example, availability of remote control. The ease of cleaning of a pool cleaner is significant as well. The special brushes and scrapers thoroughly clean the surface from bloom, dirt, algae, and microorganisms, and then the cleaner draws it together with water. Then, the dirt passes through a filter and deposits in a canister or porous bag, and the purified water leaks outside. Therefore, the ease of cleaning is also important. The other functions and elements such as a transportation caddy, timer and programming, quick cleaning, anti-tangle systems and accessory sensors will undoubtedly come in handy while cleaning the pool; they directly influence the usability.

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Polaris 9550

Cleaning modes

Polaris 9550 is designed for cleaning in-ground pools up to 60 ft long. It is able to clean all types of finish materials featured in contemporary pools. This pool cleaner is appropriate for cleaning both floor and walls of your pool, as well as waterline. Moreover, it is able to clean pool steps that is beyond the strength of other pool cleaners. It should be noted the Polaris manufactured several similar models 9350, 9450 that are different in price and feature less functions and lower performance.

Self-sufficiency and Performance

This robotic pool cleaner features several cleaning modes, namely Floor, Floor/Wall, Waterline Only, and Custom. In addition, it can be programmed for 7 days ahead thanks to the programmable timer. This feature makes this cleaner fully independent and effective with minimum user's interference. The Vortex Vacuum Technology provides steady performance reaching 4500 gal/hr and 4 times faster cleaning. ActivMotion Sensor™ intelligence technology allows this robot to orientate in your pool excellently and choose the most effective cleaning paths.

Usability

This swimming pool robot can be programmed both from a permanent control unit and a motion-sensing remote. The Easy Lift System allows this robot to come up in the desired location of your pool with the touch of a button. Hence, you can easily grab the cleaner upon completion of cleaning. As regards the cleaning, it is easy and all you need is to open the cover, and take out and spray a filter canister. It is worth noting that the cleaner features Dirty Canister Indicator that notifies you of the canister filling.

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Polaris 9550/955 Robotic Pool Cleaner Review & Field Test
Polaris 9550
Polaris 9550
 

iRobot 530

Cleaning modes

iRobot Mirra 530 robotic pool cleaner is designed for cleaning of any types of pools up to 50 ft long. This appliance not just cleans the pool surface, but also purifies the water without any pumps, hoses, and filtration system. To put it simply, this swimming pool cleaner is able to clean both walls and waterline of your pool. iRobot pool cleaner can cleanse such pool finish materials as vinyl, ceramics, and fiberglass.

Self-sufficiency and Performance

iAdapt® Nautiq Responsive Cleaning technology allows this cleaner to evaluate pool dimensions to choose the optimal cleaning cycle. Mirra 530 provides the comprehensive cleaning by making several passes across the entire pool. Moreover, it is able to overcome any obstacles and steps. The general performance of this cleaner makes 4200 gal/hr. The cleaning features include an active PVC brush rotated by the engine. The 4:1 ratio of gear to the scrubbing brush provides effective removing of dirt, taints, bacteria and algae from the floor and walls.

Usability

The gyro sensor detects the time and direction of the cleaner motion. This feature prevents a power cord from tangling when the cleaner cruises your pool. In addition, this device is equipped with PVA wheels; they excellently adhere even to slippery surfaces such as vinyl or ceramics. The cleaning of canisters is no sweat - just remove the basket and open the trap door. When the cleaning is completed, two quick-drain valves at the robot bottom allow fast draining of water and easy handling.

VIDEO
iRobot Mirra 530 Overview
iRobot 530
iRobot 530
 

Dolphin 99996323

Cleaning modes

Dolphin Nautilus 99996323 is designed for in-ground pools with various finishes including vinyl, gunite, and fiberglass. The maximum length of pools this cleaner is able to service reaches 50 ft. Such a great figure is conditioned by a long power cord of 60 ft. Dolphin robotic pool cleaner is able to clean pool floors, walls and a waterline. The manufacturer also has a modified robotic cleaner named Dolphin Nautilus Pro. It's a bit more expensive yet, it shows much better performance during long-term use.

Self-sufficiency and Performance

This swimming pool robot cleaner incorporates several features for multiple cleaning options - basic surface cleaning, filtration, and purification of water. The overall performance of this cleaner is 4233 gal/hr, while the cleaning cycle lasts for about 3 hours. Once switched on, this cleaner analyzes the environment and builds its own route for a maximum efficient cleaning. This robotic pool cleaner features only one cycle for a single-pass cleaning.

Usability

The developers of Dolphin Nautilus 99996323 designed this device in such a way so as to make it user-friendly and provide an easy handling. The power cable features a patented swivel mechanism that prevents cables from tangling when the cleaner furrows your pool. The cartridge filters can be quickly and easily removed upon termination of cleaning and rinsed under the running water. Furthermore, the cleaner shuts off automatically after about 3 hours of cleaning.

Dolphin 99996323
Dolphin 99996323
 

Hayward RC9990GR QC

Cleaning modes

Hayward Tiger Shark RC9990GR is designed solely for in-ground swimming pools which length is up to 40 ft. This robotic pool cleaner is capable of scouring of floor and walls of your pool, including waterline. This cleaner is able to brush various materials, such as gunite, vinyl, fiberglass, pebble, and tile. Hayward series include three related models that are different in a packaging set and functionality.

Self-sufficiency and Performance

This robotic pool cleaner features two cleaning cycles. The first one is the standard cleaning cycle spanning for 3 hours. During this cycle the cleaner maps the size of a pool and plans the most energy-efficient cleaning layout. The second cycle is called Quick Clean and provides accelerated scrubbing lasting for 90 minutes. The overall performance of the cleaner is 4500 gal/hr. The cleaner is fitted with a set of accessories for cleaning of various materials, viz brushes, scrubs, vacuums and filters.

Usability

This robotic pool cleaner comes with the foam roller providing great adhesion to any surface without damaging. The patented filter cartridge system ensures easy cleaning. It is effortless - just have to remove the cartridge and wash it with a garden hose. The convenient integrated handgrip over the body will let you easily submerge the cleaner into your pool and pull it out when the cleaning is completed.

Hayward RC9990GR QC
Hayward RC9990GR QC
 

Aquabot ABJR Junior

Cleaning modes

Aquabot Junior is developed for all types of pools up to 40 ft long. It is able to clean various surfaces, such as vinyl, gunite, and fiberglass. Therewith, this robotic pool cleaner is capable of serving both walls and floor of a pool, including waterline. It will cope with any impurities including dirt and leaves, and purify and clean water. The modified model called Aquabot Junior NXT is available featuring higher performance and enhanced functionality.

Self-sufficiency and Performance

The powerful engine of Aquabot Junior provides the performance of 4500 gal/hr. This robotic pool cleaner features the rolling brushes located at both ends of the body, which are intended for cleaning the pool walls and bottom from pollution. The special filter is able to remove the particles up to 2 microns, so as to purify water without chemicals and pumps. The complete cleaning cycle takes 4 hours.

Usability

This robotic pool cleaner features a self-contained filtration system with a reusable capacity of 34 quarts. The cleaner start is very easy and quick thanks to the Plug and Play function. To get your swimming pool cleaned, you just have to connect the cleaner to a power supply and control the unit by pressing "Clean" button. Finally, the cleaner features two handles located on both sides of the body that help you easily sink and take the cleaner out from your pool.

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Aquabot Jr. Robotic Pool Cleaner
Aquabot ABJR Junior
Aquabot ABJR Junior
 
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