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 check-green_640.
  • Cleaners for above ground and in-ground pools are noted.
  • Rotate your phone for best viewing.




Under $500

Aquabot Pool Rover Jr.
Aquabot Pool Rover Junior Robotic Pool Cleaner

Above Ground11 lbs1 year41 ft1 hr
AquaBot Pura 4X
Aquabot Pura 4x Robotic Pool Cleaner

Above Ground
& In-Ground
20 lbs2 year40 ft2 hrs
Hayward Ultra XL
Hayward Ultra XL Robotic Pool Cleaner

In-Ground20 lbs1 year40 ft4 hrs


Dolphin Triton
Dolphin Triton Robotic Pool Cleaner

In-Ground19 lbs2 year60 ft3 hrs
Dolphin Nautilus
Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner

In-Ground16 lbs1 year60 ft3 hrs
Maytronics DX3 Dolphin
Maytronics DX3 Dolphin Robotic Pool Cleaner

In-Ground19 lbs2 year60 ft3 hrs
Hayward TigerShark QC
Hayward Tigershark Robotic Pool Cleaner

In-Ground40 lbs3 year55 ft3 hrs

Over $1,000

Polaris 9550
Polaris 9450 Sport 4WD Robotic Pool Cleaner

* large capacity filter
In-Ground16 lbs
2 year50 ft3 hrs
Dolphin Premiere
Dolphin Premiere 2016 - best overall value

In-Ground22 lbs3 year51 ft3 hrs
Pentair Prowler 830
Pentair Kreepy Krauler Prowler 830 Robotic Pool Cleaner

In-Ground45 lbs2 year60 ft3 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.

  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?

Best Robotic Pool Cleaners for An Inground Pool

  1. Dolphin Triton Plus

  2. Dolphin Nautilus PLUS

  3. Polaris 9450/9550 Sport

  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.

The units above do this – and more.

>> Learn more about the Top 5 Inground Robotic Pool Cleaners >>

Best Robotic Pool Cleaners for an Above Ground Pool

These are the best robot pool cleaners for cleaning an above ground pool:

  1. Aquabot Pool Rover Junior

  2. Aquabot X-Large Breeze

  3. Aquabot AJET122 S2-50 Pool Rover

  4. Hayward SharkVac

>>Learn more about the Best Robotic Pool Cleaners for Above-Ground Pools >>


9 Responses to 10 Best Robotic Pool Cleaners (2018)

  1. Alvin Meaux says:

    Have you reviewed the Aquabot Elite? Can you share your findings

  2. Ty Miller says:

    I have a salt water pool and I am constantly battling black algae. I am trying to decide between the Dolphin Triton Plus and the Polaris 9450 Sport. Can you recommend one over the other? I am most concerned with the ability to clean the algae and climb/clean the walls. Thanks!

    • Joe P. says:

      They both scrub algae well. But the Triton Plus performs better on stairs and walls than the Polaris.

  3. Rajesh says:

    New to this ….have a pool next to a flamboyant tree….. so small leaves are constantly on the water surface and of course some leaves will sink and majority stick to side walls……now I know that these robotic pool cleaners clean the bottom and side walls but not sure of the surface leaves which float on top ……how does that get cleaned. And what do u recommend for my outdoor pool above ground…….20 feet length x 7 feet wide……with 5 corner steps…..please advise….thanks

    • Joe P. says:

      To remove surface leaves, you need a pool surface skimmer.

      The only robotic pool skimmer I know of is the Solar Breeze NX, which is solar powered (no cables – yay). But it’s expensive, at $700-800. Make sure you get the NX, it’s been updated for 2016.

      For your leaf-infested above ground pool, I’d recommend the Aquabot Pura 4X. It’s a proven above ground cleaner that is known for its ability to climb walls.

  4. Terry OBrien says:

    I have an old fully tiled pool with square corners floor to wall, is there a robotic cleaner capable of climbing this type of tiled pool and can it operate under a solar blanket.

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