10 Best Robotic Pool Cleaners (2018)
These are the top ten robotic pool cleaners in the market – according to our research and other independent, owner-verified robotic pool cleaner reviews.
How to use the table below:
- Our #1 picks are marked with a green circle .
- Cleaners for above ground and in-ground pools are noted.
- Rotate your phone for best viewing.
|CLEANER||PRICE||RATING||POOL TYPE||WEIGHT||WARR.||HOSE||CLEAN CYCLE|
|Aquabot Pool Rover Jr.||$280.48||Above Ground||11 lbs||1 year||41 ft||1 hr|
|AquaBot Pura 4X||$332.48||Above Ground |
|20 lbs||2 year||40 ft||2 hrs|
|Hayward Ultra XL ||$399.00||In-Ground||20 lbs||1 year||40 ft||4 hrs|
|Dolphin Triton||$734.99||In-Ground||19 lbs||2 year||60 ft||3 hrs|
|Dolphin Nautilus||$674.99||In-Ground||16 lbs||1 year||60 ft||3 hrs|
|Maytronics DX3 Dolphin||$773.33||In-Ground||19 lbs||2 year||60 ft||3 hrs|
|Hayward TigerShark QC||$944.44||In-Ground||40 lbs||3 year||55 ft||3 hrs|
* large capacity filter
|2 year||50 ft||3 hrs|
|Dolphin Premiere||$1,097.00||In-Ground||22 lbs||3 year||51 ft||3 hrs|
|Pentair Prowler 830||$1,024.76||In-Ground||45 lbs||2 year||60 ft||3 hrs|
How We Rate Them
We use the 4 criteria below to assign our ratings. Our final star rating is the unweighted average of these four scores.
Value: for the price, how does this pool cleaner compare with its competitors in terms of features, cleaning ability and maintenance costs?
Wall Cleaning: how well does this pool cleaner clean hard-to-reach vertical surfaces?
Energy Efficiency: how much does it cost to run the pool cleaner each month?
Floor Cleaning: how well does this robotic cleaner pick up all sizes of debris – including fine particles like sand and grit?
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.
The units above do this – and more.
These are the best robot pool cleaners for cleaning an above ground pool: