10 Best Robotic Pool Cleaners

Our comparison table below lists the top ten robotic pool cleaners in the market, according to our own research and robotic pool cleaner reviews.  Note:

  • Our #1 pick for each price range is marked with a green circle check-green_640.
  • Cleaners for above ground and in-ground pools are included (and noted).
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Under $500

Aquabot Pool Rover Jr.
Aquabot Pool Rover Junior Robotic Pool Cleaner
$2994.5Above Ground11 lbs1 year41 ft1 hr
Hayward Ultra XL
Hayward Ultra XL Robotic Pool Cleaner
$3993.5In-Ground21 lbs1 year40 ft4 hrs


Dolphin Triton
Dolphin Triton Robotic Pool Cleaner
$7594.4In-Ground19 lbs2 year60 ft3 hrs
Dolphin Nautilus
Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner
$7994.3In-Ground16 lbs1 year60 ft3 hrs
AquaBot Pura 4X
Aquabot Pura 4x Robotic Pool Cleaner
$8494.0Above Ground
& In-Ground
20 lbs2 year40 ft2 hrs
Hayward SharkVac
Hayward SharkVac XL
$6994.0In-Ground22 lbs2 year60 ft3 hrs
Maytronics DX3 Dolphin
Maytronics DX3 Dolphin Robotic Pool Cleaner
$9994.0In-Ground19 lbs2 year60 ft3 hrs

Over $1,000

Polaris 9450
Polaris 9450 Sport 4WD Robotic Pool Cleaner
* large capacity filter
In-Ground16 lbs
2 year50 ft3 hrs
Hayward TigerShark QC
Hayward Tigershark Robotic Pool Cleaner
$1,3704.5In-Ground40 lbs3 year55 ft3 hrs
Pentair Prowler 830
Pentair Kreepy Krauler Prowler 830 Robotic Pool Cleaner
$1,8894.5In-Ground45 lbs2 year60 ft3 hrs


How We Rate Them  4 and a half stars

We use the 4 criteria listed below to assign our ratings. The final star rating is an unweighted average of these four scores.

  1. Value: for the price, how does this pool cleaner compare with its competitors in terms of features, cleaning ability and maintenance costs?
  2. Wall Cleaning: how well does this pool cleaner clean hard-to-reach vertical surfaces?
  3. Energy Efficiency: how much does it cost to run the pool cleaner each month?
  4. Floor Cleaning: how well does this robotic cleaner pick up all sizes of debris – including fine particles like sand and grit?

The Top 5 Robotic Pool Cleaners for An Inground Pool

  1. Dolphin Triton Plus With Caddy
  2. Dolphin Nautilus PLUS
  3. Polaris 9450 Sport With 4-Wheel Drive
  4. Maytronics DX3 Dolphin
  5. Hayward SharkVAC XL with Caddy

Robotic pool cleaners are an especially good choice for cleaning an inground pool

Older pump-driven pool cleaners often cannot reach the custom-molded steps, raised sitting platforms and irregular features that many inground pools have. This means you’re left to brush and clean those sections yourself.

But robotic pool cleaners are are designed to clean your pool no matter what the design. Many can even clean vertical surfaces like steps and walls.

For a large inground pool, choosing a robotic cleaner over a pump-driven unit can also save several hundred dollars a year in energy costs.

Read our in-depth reviews of the Top 5 Inground Robotic Pool Cleaners.

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