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 have identified our pick of the best robotic cleaners -

  1. Zodiac OT15 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 has to be maintained year round. But if you’ve ventured to any pool supplies shop or browsed our online Pool Cleaners products, you’ll have seen there’s a lot of 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 just sit poolside with an iced tea and soak up the sun? These days nobody would even consider having a pool without an Automatic Pool Cleaner. They are simply affordable and take a tedious and repetitive work off your hands.

However, many pool owners don't realise that there is an even better solution.

Robotic Pool Cleaners

Simply put, robotic pool cleaners are the next level. 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 very impressive, but they do a better job and require even less attention. They are intelligent, diligent and work independently.

Given their durability and efficiency, they are an excellent value for money as they deliver savings on the energy, water and pool chemical bills. There might 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 pools filtration system, eliminating the need to pump water through meters of piping for filtering.

Save on water

Robots filter the water themselves, reducing clogging in the pool filtration system which translates in less backwashes.

Save on chemicals

Robots remove the dirt and debris rather than storing in the pools filtration system which otherwise produces cloudier water that requires chemicals to control.

Features to Look For When Buying a Robotic Pool Cleaner

WALL CLEANING

Many robotic pool cleaners these days do walls and the floor, ensure the features of the robotic cleaner you are interested in has both of these options as majority of algae and slime grows on the pool walls!

CLEANING CYCLE

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

WARRANTY

To avoid this expense, choose a unit with at the least a two-year non-prorated warranty. A couple of models have three-year low-prorated warranties which are even better.

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 5 cents an hour on as little as 180 watts.

LOW MAINTENANCE

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

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

Zodiac OT15 Robotic Pool Cleaner

Zodiac OT15 Robotic Pool Cleaner - Ultra Light Compact Walls & Floor

 

Equipped with a smart motion system, the robot covers 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 OT15 robot has one cleaning mode “floor and wall” cleaning which runs for 2.5 hours.

Feather light, weighing just 5.5 kg, the Zodiac OT15 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 meaning you don’t come 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

 

Features -

  • Floor and wall cleaning
  • For use in tiled pools a "Tile" specific model is required, Available separately
  • The OT15 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 OT15 is light weight with the body only weighing 7kg
  • 2 Year Zodiac Warranty Limited
  • 1 Year only on filter canister

 

The Zodiac OT15 is our biggest seller, with exceptional performance at an affordable price, this is the exact cleaner we use in our own pool!

Zodiac TX35 Robotic Pool Cleaner

Zodiac TX35 Robotic Pool Cleaner

Effortless and light weight handling of the TX35 coupled with its agile operation delivers an extreme clean of both floor 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. 

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 light weight with the body only weighing 5.5kg
  • 2 - Year Zodiac Warranty Limited*
  • 1 Year only on filter canister 

 

Contact us here for the best price on the Zodiac TX35!

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.

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
  • Makes this 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

 

Contact us here for the best price on the Zodiac VX40!

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.

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
  • This allows the Vortex-Pro Robotic Pool Cleaner to capture large debris such as gum nuts, twigs and eucalyptus leaves without losing suction power.
  • Thanks to its 4-wheel automotive drive system, this robotic pool cleaner overcomes all obstacles with an amazing agility making sure all areas of your pool are clean.
  • The Zodiac VX50 4WD 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, clean 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

 

Contact us here for the best price on the Zodiac VX50!

Pentair Prowler

Pentair Prowler

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

Features

  • Powerful, high-speed scrubbing brush for all-surface deep cleaning
  • The 18-metre cord allows the Prowler 920 to travel further to suit 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 years limited warranty​

The Prowler 920 Robotic Inground Pool Cleaner offers a superior level of cleaning for inground pools. Your pool’s walls and floor get deep-scrubbing and powerful vacuuming action, 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 floor and walls are fully covered using the most efficient route. The Prowler automatically navigates around obstacles and quickly returns to its cleaning pattern.

Contact us here for the best price on the Pentair Prowler!

Basic Robotic Pool Cleaner maintenance

Once you find the best robotic pool cleaner for you, make sure to take good care of it! Always ensure basic care and checks are performed on your pricey investment, this 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. Dont have the cleaner sitting in the chemically treated water.
  • Keep an eye on the wear of your brushes, tyres and other common wearing parts and replace them when they get worn down.
  • Store your cleaner in a shady area, anything in direct sunlight will fade and become brittle.

 

Summary

Choosing 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.

We recommend the Zodiac OT15 which you can view by clicking here.

They 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. 

Post author:

Natalie Hintze

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

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