Best Robotic Pool Cleaners

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 16, 2020
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 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
USED FOR
POOL TYPE / LENGTH
TYPE OF SURFACE
CLEANING CAPACITY
CLEANING CYCLE SPAN
CLEANING FEATURES
SMART FUNCTIONS
USABILITY
WARRANTY
 
PROS

Ultra-Efficient Twin DC Motors in combination with two working brushes make this vacuum cleaner the most efficient and at the same time economical, consuming up to 90% less electricity than other models.

CONS

The instructions could be more informative.

OUR VERDICT

The Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner will make the bottom, walls and waterline of your pool perfectly clean. A two-tier filtration ensures that the water in the pool will be free of harmful microorganisms.

detailed parameters
USED FOR

Pool walls and floor

POOL TYPE / LENGTH

In-ground / up to 50 ft

TYPE OF SURFACE

All pool surfaces

CLEANING CAPACITY

4500 gal/hr

CLEANING CYCLE SPAN

3 hours

CLEANING FEATURES

Dual Scrubbing Brushes, Vacuums, Bottom-load fine cartridge filters, Ultra-fine cartridge filters, Oversized fine filter bag

SMART FUNCTIONS

CleverClean Technology and Smart navigation, Weekly Scheduler

USABILITY

Anti-tangle patented swivel cable, easy-to-use single button operation, LED full indicator light

WARRANTY

3 years

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

~ 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
WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

Large Filter Cartridges guarantee excellent cleaning quality. They effectively capture small debris as well as fallen leaves.

CONS

The cord is prone to twisting.

OUR VERDICT

The Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus is an indispensable tool for pool owners. CleverClean's proprietary scanning program allows you to create the optimal route for the robot to move around the pool perimeter.

detailed parameters
USED FOR

Pool walls and floor

POOL TYPE / LENGTH

In-ground / up to 50 ft

TYPE OF SURFACE

All pool surfaces

CLEANING CAPACITY

~ 4200 gal/hr

CLEANING CYCLE SPAN

2 hours

CLEANING FEATURES

Dual Scrubbing Brushes, Vacuums, Dual-layer filtration system

SMART FUNCTIONS

CleverClean Technology and Smart navigation, Weekly Scheduler

USABILITY

Anti-tangle patented swivel cable, easy-to-use single button operation

WARRANTY

2.5 years

PROS

Thanks to the NeverStuck rollers with non-marring tires, this robot vacuum cleaner will move confidently on any surface, without getting stuck and leaving no marks on surfaces.

CONS

Filter change is not very convenient.

OUR VERDICT

The Aquabot Pool Rover S2-40 is a powerful and productive pool cleaner that does not require any pre-adjustment. Ideal for both above-ground and underground pools. The length of the pool should not exceed 30 ft. 

detailed parameters
USED FOR

Pool walls and floor

POOL TYPE / LENGTH

Above / In-ground up to 30 ft

TYPE OF SURFACE

All pool surfaces

CLEANING CAPACITY

5000 gal/hr

CLEANING CYCLE SPAN

1 hour

CLEANING FEATURES

Adjustable suction ports, large capacity onboard bag (3 filter bags included)

SMART FUNCTIONS

Smart navigation

USABILITY

NeverStuck rollers with non-marring tires, 40 ft. thermoplastic rubber coated Kevlar cord

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

This is a fairly low-cost robot cleaner, which has many of the functions included in more expensive models, for example, planning upcoming cleanings: daily, every other day or 2 days later.

CONS

Power supply unit gets very hot to the touch after an hour of the cleaner running.

OUR VERDICT

The Dolphin Nautilus CC, a small pool cleaning robot, can do its job in a couple of hours. Thanks to the Clever Clean system, the device will pave the optimal path through your pool to maximize its cleaning efficiency. It weighs quite a bit, so it is easy to get out of the pool.

detailed parameters
USED FOR

Pool walls and floor

POOL TYPE / LENGTH

In-ground / up to 33 ft

TYPE OF SURFACE

All pool surfaces

CLEANING CAPACITY

~ 4200 gal/hr

CLEANING CYCLE SPAN

2 hours

CLEANING FEATURES

Powerful suction motor, Single front high brush, Speed scrubber, Single level filtration system

SMART FUNCTIONS

CleverClean Technology and Smart navigation, Weekly Scheduler

USABILITY

Easy-to-use single button operation

WARRANTY

1 year

Dolphin Premier

Premier Brand

Dolphin has made a name for themselves as one of the premier makers of robotic pool cleaners, and that reputation is bolstered by the Dolphin Premier Robotic In-Ground Pool Cleaner. This pool cleaner is one of the easiest and most powerful to use, featuring Ultra-Efficient Twin DC Motors in combination with two working brushes that work together to make this vacuum cleaner the most efficient and at the same time economical. Dolphin has included advanced algorithms in this model that allow it to deliver a completely thorough cleaning of almost every nook and cranny of your pool, along the bottom and walls, ensuring that it picks up every last bit of dirt and debris, even spots that seem to be embedded into the pool walls and are difficult to clean manually.

This model is not only effective at cleaning, but it is also extremely easy to use, requiring almost no guidance from the user. The instructions included with the unit are not very helpful, but at the same time, this is almost a complete non-issue as the controls are quite straightforward and require little user intervention. This unit includes a convenient handle that lets you easily lift the unit out of the pool without worrying about having to jump in the pool in order to retrieve it. 

Review of Dolphin Premier Robotic In-Ground Pool Cleaner

Self-sufficient Vacuum

Featured on this unit and dual scrubbing brushes that are quite powerful, able to scrub away every last trace of dirt and debris that has built up on the pool bottom and walls. Three filter options are included in this model that give you a choice of different filters that should help match the best one to your particular pool's needs. The unit can just be dropped into your pool and let loose to run for a 3 hour cleaning cycle, which may be longer than some other models, but the results will also be unmatched.

The patented anti-tangle cable will ensure that the device is able to move around your pool freely without worries of the cable getting tangled up, and the device is also not prone to getting stuck, meaning that you won't have to constantly monitor the cleaning, letting you do other things while it gives your pool a thorough vacuuming. All told, this robotic pool cleaner is one of the best and most efficient models on the market, making pool maintenance a breeze for anyone who uses it.

Dolphin Premier Robotic In-Ground Pool Cleaner in the use

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What customers say about this product

Features

This is an excellent product. It would be helpful if it had better instructions for the average person as to how to assemble and use the different features.

Key Specs

We have had this cleaner about 3 weeks now and it has done a great job at getting dirt and debris off the bottom of the pool.

Cleaning

Enything that ends up on the bottom of the pool is gone by the end of its cycle. As long as used regularly the walls stay clean.
 

Polaris F9550

Best for Large Pools

Many robotic pool vacuums are meant for at most medium sized pools, which leaves owners of large pools with little choice for a model that can work effectively for them. Thankfully, there is a great choice for these people with the Polaris 9550, as it is designed for cleaning in-ground pools up to 60 ft long. It is able to clean all types of pool linings featured in contemporary pools. This pool cleaner is appropriate for cleaning both the floor and walls of your pool, as well as the waterline, something that many other pool cleaners tend to struggle with. Moreover, it is able to clean pool steps, which is beyond the strength of other pool cleaners, and it even works well on uneven surfaces, so there is little worry of this unit getting stuck during its operation.

Before making a quick purchase of this robotic pool vacuum, it should be noted that Polaris has manufactured several similar models, including the 9350 and 9450 that are different in price and feature fewer functions and lower performance. Just make sure you choose the 9550 if you are looking for the model with the best performance for large pools. 

Review of Polaris F9550 Sport Robotic In-Ground Pool Cleaner

Fully Programmable

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.

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 a Dirty Canister Indicator that notifies you of when the cannister is full. With all of these features and more, this robotic pool vacuum from Polaris is certain to meet and exceed the needs of any large pool owner.

Polaris F9550 Sport Robotic In-Ground Pool Cleaner in the use

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What customers say about this product

Features

Storing it on the caddy is another nice feature. Even after one cleaning I feel comfortable in walking away from this and returning later.

Key Specs

My pool was a mess after the winter and cleaned with no problem, large leaves and twigs included. I recently used to remote to guide it a spot it missed and it was amazing

Cleaning

Shock, a lot of it, 30lbs at three different times, and a little brushing from me and now my pool looks good.
 

Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus

Schedule Your Cleaning

Most robotic pool cleaners offer a level of convenience to their users, but there are still some ways in which they can offer more. One of those ways is in being able to program the cleaning schedule, which can save a lot of time in having to operate the device. The Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner is a great robotic pool cleaner that is able to give full cleaning coverage to any pool up to 50 feet in length while offering a higher level of convenience than many other models. This robotic pool vacuum includes a weekly cleaning schedule that can be programmed by the user, letting it work automatically to give your pool a thorough cleaning. You can set what times to clean, as well as the days, letting you choose every day, every other day, or even every third day for operation, giving you a great amount of flexibility in when your pool will be cleaned. All of this can be set with a single button, making this one of the easiest robotic pool cleaners to use. It just doesn't get much easier than that when it comes to cleaning your pool!

Review of Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner

No Babysitting Required

The advanced algorithms used in this robotic cleaner give it the ability to provide a thorough cleaning of the floor and walls of virtually any type of pool, ensuring the entire surface is cleaned. This model uses powerful dual scrubbing brushes to perform the cleaning action, attacking dirt and debris that has accumulated on the pool surface. The fast action of this device lets it deliver a thorough cleaning in under 2 hours, making it one of the fastest workers that we have seen. The top-loading cartridge filters also make sure that every last bit of debris is captured, leaving your water crystal clear.

As mentioned before, this device is quite easy to program with its cleaning schedule, and once you drop it in the pool, you can forget about it until it finishes, as it will automatically crawl along the entire bottom and sides of the pool. One hitch with this unit is that many users have noted that it doesn't work well on stairs, which is an unfortunate fact with most other robotic pool cleaners. However, the flat surfaces of the pool can be easily crawled and cleaned with no issues. All told, this robotic pool cleaner is a fantastic product that should leave any pool owner happy with its performance.

Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner in the use

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

The pool had been up and running less than a week when it became obvious I would have to have a pool cleaner, referred to from here on as a "sucky" (blame the name on my mother).

Cleaning

Able to clean safety ledge, steps, walls, floor, no problem, 4WD. Came assembled, ready to use, with extra filters.

Features

It's faster. I dropped it in and it zoomed off to the other end of the pool in about 30 seconds.
 

Aquabot Above Ground

Fits Both Above and Underground Pools

Those who have above-ground pools don't tend to have a lot of options when it comes to robotic pool vacuums, as it seems that the majority of models are made for underground pools. That's not always the case, however, as evidenced by the Aquabot Above Ground Robotic Swimming Pool Cleaner. This model has been made to work with both above-ground and underground pools, making it a great choice for anyone who has either pool type. And according to the user reviews that this model has received, it works equally well at keeping both types of pools clean.

To start with, this model doesn't require any kind of pre-adjustments in order to start cleaning. It's a simple matter of connecting it to the power source, dropping it into your pool, and letting it work its magic. It is able to clean pools of up to 30 feet in length in only 1 hour, thanks to its cleaning capacity of up to 5,000 gallons per hour. When compared to the other models in this review, you'll find this to be the fastest cleaning cycle available, making it great for those who don't want to spend all day waiting for their pool to finish being cleaned. It should be noted too, of course, that the time of the cleaning cycle doesn't vary depending on the pool type.

Review of Aquabot Above Ground Robotic Swimming Pool Cleaner

Never Gets Stuck

The fast cleaning cycle of this robotic pool vacuum is definitely a big selling point for it, but it also has a lot more to offer. For one, this model will pretty much never get stuck during the cleaning process. Thanks to the NeverStuck rollers with non-marring tires, this robotic vacuum will move almost effortlessly along the walls and bottom of the pool, with the tires keeping a firm grip on the surface without the possibility of leaving any marks or other damage. Truly, it is a sight to behold just how well this model actually works with this, especially as many other models will often struggle on the walls. This gives you full confidence in having a totally clean pool that won't be damaged by the vacuum.

This unit includes a 40-ft thermoplastic rubber-coated Kevlar power cable that is plenty long enough to allow the vacuum to work unhindered in its cleaning process, while being strong enough to avoid any damage that would cause a safety hazard. The vacuum also comes with 3 filter bags for replacement after every cleaning session. Some users note that the filter change is not very easy to perform with this unit though, so be prepared to spend some time getting it down before it becomes an easy process for you. Still, this high-powered robotic pool vacuum will be a great choice for anyone with either an above or underground pool.

Aquabot Above Ground Robotic Swimming Pool Cleaner in the use

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Dolphin Nautilus CC Automatic

Fully-Featured Budget Robot

Robotic pool cleaners are pretty expensive devices, and definitely not something that most people would purchase on a whim. These devices carry a high price tag, and with that, they are expected to perform their jobs admirably. This means that many people probably won't consider a budget model due to worries about fewer features or lower performance. The Dolphin Nautilus CC Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner, however, should change a lot of people's minds about purchasing a budget-priced robotic pool vacuum.

So why should people take a look at this model? It's quite simple, really. Despite the budget price, this robotic pool vacuum has many of the features as well as the performance that is often expected of much higher priced models. This includes the ability to plan and schedule a routine of pool cleanings for the robot, with this unit able to run on a weekly schedule at intervals of daily, every other day, or every 3 days, so you can set the cleaning schedule that will perfectly match your needs. Once the schedule is programmed, the robot does the rest, going through its automatic cleaning cycle without requiring any additional user input or intervention outside of cleaning the filter.

Review of Dolphin Nautilus CC Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner

Great Performance for the Price

The ability to automatically clean the pool based on a set schedule is great, but it won't mean much to anyone if the cleaning performance isn't up to standard. Thankfully, with this model you definitely won't be left disappointed. This robotic pool vacuum delivers exceptional cleaning performance thanks to many of the innovations that were put into this model. For one, it uses a series of scrubs and filters to help remove all dirt from the sides and bottom of the pool, leaving no trace of it behind. What's more, this model doesn't utilize suctioning or pressure for cleaning, making it much more energy-efficient than many other models. This means that you save money not only with the budget price of the unit, but also with its lower energy demands.

This unit isn't the fastest model on the market, but it's also not too slow, taking 2 hours to clean a pool of up to 33 ft in length. The Clever Clean system in this robot ensures that it uses the optimal path for cleaning the pool, so you won't have to wait all day to finish cleaning before you can enjoy your time in the water. Cleaning out the filter is also quite simple, leaving the maintenance of the unit to not be much of a bother at all. In the end, anyone who wants to save some money both on the cost of the pool vacuum as well as with its energy costs will find this model to be the ideal choice.

Dolphin Nautilus CC Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner in the use

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What Is a Robottic Pool Cleaner?

Every owner of a swimming pool inevitably faces cleaning. Filters and chemicals can 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 that incorporate advanced technologies. These space-saving appliances will undertake the cleaning, working under the preset program.

Customers who highly value their time and hunt for high-end devices would surely appreciate having a robotic vacuum at home as well. Also, you may be interested in our selections of cordless vacuums, stick vacuums & electric brooms, and steam mops.

Best Robotic Pool Cleaners

What Features to Compare

Cleaning modes

Choosing a robotic pool cleaner should be done in accordance with the type of pool you have (in-ground, gunite, or inflatable) and its finish. Also, consider what cleaning modes are supported to make sure the device will cope handle the job at its best. In general, robotic cleaners can be divided into two major types:

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

Operating these cleaners is as easy as it gets. Fitted with special rollers and caterpillars, they easily move across the surface of the pool with no supervision needed and can clean off limescale and ingrained dirt from the pool finish with ease. These rollers can be of several types: combo brushes for film and tile; PVC brushes for film and gunite pools; super brushes for tile, film, stainless steel and composites. In addition to the mentioned types, there are special turbo brushes located right in front or inside the suction tube to speed up cleaning, and there are those with scrapers capable of removing the toughest stains without causing damage to the coating.

Self-sufficiency and performance

Self-sufficiency and performance are the criteria of no small importance when it comes to choosing a robotic pool cleaner. These parameters show how effectively a cleaner works and how much time it requires to get the job done. 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 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 a 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 when cleaning the pool.

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