Best Robotic Swimming Pool Cleaners

Having trouble deciding which robotic swimming pool cleaner is best suited to your pool? Here's some info on all the best robotic pool cleaners to help you make the best decision when deciding to invest in a robotic pool cleaner.

We’ve identified our pick of the best robotic cleaners:

After going through a number of robotic pool cleaners, we've compiled a list of the top five and why they're worth every cent.

  1. Zodiac TX30 Tornax Robotic Cleaner
  2. Zodiac TX35 Robotic Cleaner
  3. Zodiac VX40 Robotic Pool Cleaner
  4. Zodiac VX50 Robotic Pool Cleaner
  5. Pentair Prowler Robotic Pool Cleaner

 

Whether it’s winter or summer, your pool needs to be maintained year round. If you’ve ventured to any pool supply shops or browsed our pool cleaners online, you’ll have seen that there are many different kinds of pool cleaners around. And, if you know little about these contraptions, you might be wondering: which type is best for you?

Do you love seeing all the work done for you while you sit poolside with an iced tea, soaking up the sun? These days, nobody would even consider having a pool without an automatic pool cleaner. They are affordable and take a tedious and repetitive job off your hands.

The sad thing is, a lot of pool owners don't know that robotic pool cleaners exist and that they can save a lot of time and effort by getting one for their pools.

Robotic Pool Cleaners

Simply put, robotic pool cleaners are next level in pool cleaning. If you owned one, you wouldn't go back to a suction cleaner. You would ask yourself why you had not purchased one sooner!

Robotic pool cleaners not only look impressive, but they also do a better job and require even less attention. They are intelligent, diligent and work independently.

Given their durability and efficiency, robotic pool cleaners offer excellent value for money as they deliver savings on energy, water and pool chemical bills. They may be a bigger investment at first, when compared to a suction or an automatic pool cleaner, but the benefits outweigh the extra investment.

Save On Power

Robots work independently from the pool's filtration system, eliminating the need to pump water through metres of piping for filtering.

Save On Water

Robots filter the water themselves, reducing clogging in the pool filtration system, translating to fewer backwashes.

Save On Chemicals

Robots remove dirt and debris rather than storing it in the pool's filtration system, which may otherwise produce cloudier water that requires chemicals to control.

Features to Look For When Buying a Robotic Pool Cleaner

Wall Cleaning

Many modern robotic pool cleaners clean the walls and the floor of your pool. Ensure the robotic cleaner you are interested in has both of these cleaning options, as the majority of algae and slime grows on pool walls!

Cleaning Cycle

Some pool cleaners function for 6 or more hours a day, with many needing just 2 to 3 hours to ensure the pool is sparkling clean! There’s no need to manage the best robotic pool cleaners every day, 2-3 times weekly is sufficient for many pools.

Warranty

To avoid this expense, choose a unit with, at the very least, a two-year non-prorated warranty. Some models have three-year low-prorated warranties, which are even better. Remember, a warranty saves you money in the long run. A longer warranty period means that you won't have to worry about spending more money on repairs and maintenance as long as the warranty is active.

Energy Efficiency

Modern automatic pool cleaners feature 12 or 24-volt DC motors that consume about 90% less power than AC motors. Robots with DC motors can work for about $0.05 an hour on as little as 180 watts.

Low Maintenance

Today, robotic pool cleaners are simply plug-in and play. All you have to do is turn on the machine, drop it into your swimming pool and allow it to do the job. When you’ve finished cleaning, simply take out the vacuum filter and unload the debris and water. Most robotic cleaners have cartridges and filter bags which are positioned on top for quick and easy access.

Whether you’re looking for a robotic cleaner for your large or small pool, this review has you covered. Rest assured that at the end of this guide, you would be able to choose the right model to suit your needs and you will be on your way to an immaculate, low-maintenance pool.

Zodiac TX30 Tornax Robotic Pool Cleaner

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Equipped with a smart motion system, the robot cleans the pool walls and floor while you sit back and relax. Its brush feature ensures optimum cleaning as it quickly removes debris stuck on the walls before sucking it up. The TX30 Tornax robot has one cleaning mode, ‘floor and wall’ cleaning which runs for 2.5 hours.

Feather light, weighing just 5.5kg, the Zodiac TX30 Tornax is one of the lightest robots on the market. This means it is quick, simple and effortless to handle.

The filter can be accessed from the top of the robot and is easy to clean, making things simpler for you and helping you to avoid coming into contact with the debris.

  • Suitable for most shapes of in-ground pools up to 8m x 4m
  • Suitable for most pool surfaces, including concrete, pebblecrete, fibreglass, quartzon and vinyl

Key Features:

  • Floor and wall cleaning
  • The TX30 Tornax covers both floor and walls hassle free during its 2.5 hour cleaning cycle
  • Front scrubbing brushes quickly brush and remove debris from floor and stuck on walls for deep clean
  • Easy top access filter canister with large handle
  • Easy-to-clean filter canister means no contact with debris
  • Transparent window to view debris collected
  • Easy to remove cleaner from the water with large handle
  • The TX30 Tornax is lightweight with the body only weighing 5.5kg
  • 2 year Zodiac Warranty Limited
  • 1 year only on filter canister
  • For use in tiled pools a ‘Tile’ specific model is required, available separately

The Zodiac TX30 Tornax is our biggest seller, with exceptional performance at an affordable price, this is the cleaner we use in our own pool!

Zodiac TX35 Robotic Pool Cleaner

Zodiac TX35 Robotic Pool Cleaner

Effortless and lightweight handling of the TX35, coupled with its agile operation, delivers an extreme clean of both floors and walls. Store the TX35 in the easy to assemble transport and storage caddy.

  • Suitable for most shapes of in-ground pools up to 10m x 5m
  • Suitable for most pool surfaces including; concrete, pebblecrete, fibreglass, quartzon and vinyl
  • For use in tile surface pools, PVA brush required. Available separately.

Key Features:

  • Floor and wall cleaning
  • The TX35 covers both floor and walls hassle free during its 2.5 hour cleaning cycle
  • Front scrubbing brushes quickly brush and remove debris from floor and stuck on walls for deep clean
  • Storage caddy is easy to assemble, with no tools required
  • Easy-to-clean filter canister means no contact with debris
  • Easy to remove cleaner from the water with large handle
  • The TX35 is lightweight, with the body only weighing 5.5kg
  • 2 year Zodiac Warranty Limited*
  • 1 year only on filter canister

Zodiac VX40 Robotic Cleaner

Zodiac VX40 Robotic Cleaner

Packed with the latest innovations, such as Vacuum Vortex technology and Lift System, the Zodiac VX40 robotic pool cleaner cleans your pool smarter and faster than you have ever dreamed possible.

Key Features:

  • The eBox makes it easy to operate the cleaner at the touch of a button. It indicates when the filter canister is full and also allows you to activate the Lift System.
  • Captures large debris such as gumnuts, twigs and eucalyptus leaves, while ensuring constant suction power throughout the cleaning cycle
  • The easy to access and hygienic filter design allows you to clean and remove debris in a matter of minutes with minimum effort
  • The easiest robotic cleaner to remove from your pool; 20% less effort than competitive offerings
  • 150 Watts/Hour energy consumption (less than a LCD TV). Simply plug the power cord to a regular 240V wall socket and press the button 'Play' on the control box. The Zodiac VX40 starts cleaning whilst you can sit back and relax
  • For in-ground pools, all surfaces and shapes
  • Supplied with 18m cable (only insert as much cable into pool as necessary)
  • Suitable for pools up to 12m x 6m

Zodiac VX50 Robotic Cleaner

Zodiac VX50 Robotic Cleaner

Engineered to tackle the toughest pools with its 4-wheel automotive drive system, the Zodiac VX50 4WD tackles any pool terrain, climbs over obstacles and delivers a thorough pool cleaning of floor, steps, walls and waterline. The VX50 4WD now features a swivel floating cable to help prevent cable from tangling.

Key Features:

  • Most shapes of in-ground pools up to 12m x 6m
  • Suitable for most pool surfaces, including concrete, pebblecrete, tile, fibreglass, quartzon and vinyl surfaces
  • Supplied with a 18m floating swivel cable helps prevent cable from tangling
  • Captures large debris, such as gum nuts, twigs and eucalyptus leaves without losing suction power
  • Overcomes all obstacles with an amazing agility, thanks to its 4-wheel automotive drive system, making sure all areas of your pool are clean
  • Can access floors, walls, steps and the waterline, ensuring your pool is as clean as possible
  • The improved electronic control box, or eBox, makes it easy to operate the cleaner at the touch of a button
  • The eBox allows you to program the cleaner to run each day for up to 7 days when you’re out of the house, e.g. on a holiday
  • Designed for increased ease of use, cleaning debris in minutes with minimum effort
  • The new Contact+ brushes and the large opening mouth underneath the cleaner adapt to all kinds of debris for thorough cleaning of the pool floor, walls and waterline  
  • 150 Watts/Hour energy consumption (less than a LCD TV)
  • Zodiac 3 year Warranty Limited*
  • 1 year only on filter canister

Pentair Prowler

Pentair Prowler

The Prowler 920 Robotic Inground Pool Cleaner gives your pool a powerful clean with the unmatched convenience and efficiency of a robotic cleaner. It’s built to minimise effort, so you can spend more time enjoying your pool with family and friends. Just plug it in and watch it go to work. The Prowler 920 will get your pool sparkling clean and ready to enjoy in practically no time.

Key Features:

  • Powerful, high-speed scrubbing brush for all-surface deep cleaning
  • The 18-metre cord allows the Prowler 920 to travel further, suiting small to large pools
  • Top-access filtration basket for fast and easy debris removal
  • Dual filtration options for Large or Fine Debris
  • Built-in timer for programmable daily cleaning schedules
  • 2 year limited warranty​

The Prowler 920 Robotic Inground Pool Cleaner offers a superior level of cleaning for inground pools. Your pool’s walls and floor are deep-scrubbed and vacuumed, all the way up to the tile line. Prowler 920 comes with separate mesh baskets made for either large or fine debris.

Advanced scanning software ensures the floor and walls are fully covered using the most efficient route. The Prowler automatically navigates around obstacles and quickly returns to its cleaning pattern.

Basic Robotic Pool Cleaner maintenance

Once you find the best robotic pool cleaner for your needs, make sure to take good care of it! Always ensure basic care and checks are performed on your pricey investment to ensure it will give you years of enjoyment and a sparkling pool.

  • Take the cleaner out of your pool once its cycle is complete. It’ll help preserve the motor and make your pool a safer place to swim. Don't leave the cleaner sitting in the chemically treated water.
  • Keep an eye on the wear of your brushes, tyres and other common wearing parts, replacing them when they are worn down.
  • Store your cleaner in a shady area, any parts left in direct sunlight will fade and become brittle.

Summary

Choosing the best robotic pool cleaner doesn’t have to be difficult. With proper knowledge and research, rest assured that you’ll end up with a product that works best for your pool and, of course, your budget.

Robotic pool cleaners are by far the most efficient and effective pool cleaners. They can handle any kind of debris, vacuuming it directly into its own filter. Plus, they have their own smart technology that helps them master any shape or sized pool. Not only does this robotic cleaner help you with pool cleanliness, it also helps circulate water, guaranteeing a fresher swim.

So do your pool (and your back!) a favour and invest in a robotic pool cleaner today!

Here are some more Benefits to the Zodiac TX30 Tornax and why we love it so much:

Yes, we can't stop talking about this robotic pool cleaner so we decided to talk about it some more!

  • It is excellent value for money with a price point much lower than the other models that offer exactly the same features.
  • The filter access points are roomy, this means less spillage when pulling out the collected dirt.
  • It has a simple "push to pop" button which allows you to remove and hose down the filter canister with ease, talk about convenience.
  • It's super light weight yet it's one of the most durable models out there.
  • It's covered by a full two-year warranty so you don't have to worry about it breaking down. Not to mention Mr Pool Man's life-time after sales support.
  • We stock all of the spare parts that may need replacing due to normal wear and tear over it's life span.
  • Its handles are easy to grasp so you won't have to struggle when pulling it out of the pool.

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Looking for ways on how to keep your pool sparkling clean whole-year-round? Check out all of our pool maintenance articles here!

Do you have any questions about this topic or the featured products? No worries, we're here to help! Drop us a question down below and we'll get back to you ASAP.

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Natalie Hintze

Head of eCommerce & Marketing at Mr Pool Man,
Co-Founder at Water TechniX

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