Top Rated Robotic Pool Cleaners Comparison

1. 2018 Dolphin Premier

2. Polaris F9450 Sport

3. Aquabot Elite

4. Pentair 360032

5. Dolphin Quantum

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Pool Type inground inground inground inground inground
Cleaning Modes floor, walls, waterline, coves and stairs floor walls and waterline floor, walls, waterline, coves and stairs ? floor, steps, walls and waterline
Efficiency 96% 96% 95% 93% 90%
Pool Length 51′ 50′ 60′ 50′ 60′
Climbs steps no yes yes yes yes
Cleaning Cycles 2.5 hour cycle 7 day programmable timer 1-2 hour cycle 7 day programmable timer 2.5 hour cycle
Obstacle sensor yes yes yes no yes
Intelligent Navigation yes yes yes no yes
Drive system tracks 4WD tracks tracks tracks
Brush dual scrubbing brushes pleated TripleClean scrubbing brushes rubber HyperBrush dual scrubbing
Cable length 60′ 60′ 60′ 60′ 60′
Swivel Cable yes no yes yes yes
Weight (pounds) 22 16 39.6 45 27.2
Transport Caddy no yes yes yes no
Lift System no yes no no no
Remote Control yes no optional yes no
Dirt Canister Indicator no no yes yes yes
Warranty & Support
Warranty 3-year non-prorated warranty 2 year warranty 3 year warranty 2 year warranty 2 year warranty
Online Manual yes yes yes yes yes
Phone & Online Support yes yes yes yes yes

The Pool Cleaning Robots Evaluation

Our pool robot reviews cover all the points presented below. Moreover, each review is accompanied by performance, energy efficiency, convenience and durability ratings. The ratings are meant to help you compare different products.

1. 2018 Dolphin Premier

The 2018 Dolphin Premier is surely an option worth taking into consideration. It is an efficient pool cleaner that comes with a plethora of interesting features. Specially designed for in-ground pools of any shape and surfaces, this incredible device has a 2.5-hour cleaning cycle and 4 different filter media thanks to which it can handle any cleaning need. As compared to other similar pool robots, this model is packed with high-tech features. In simple terms, it has a lot to offer, including an intelligent navigation system. Plus, it is programmable which means that it can easily run 2 or 3 times per week or maybe even daily. It is also worth mentioning that it uses a HyperGrip continuous rubber track system to clean the entire surface of your pool.

What we really like about this unit is that it is capable of removing algae, bacteria and any stuck debris. As mentioned above, it comes with 4 different filters, such as disposable debris bags, standard filter cartridges, an oversized debris bag and micro-cartridges. Thanks to all these filters, it is able to catch everything from small dirt and debris to large leaves and algae. Overall, this is a great model and an incredible pool robot that will surely satisfy all your needs.



Suitable for in-ground pools Expensive
3-year Non-Prorated warranty
2.5-hour cleaning cycle
Intelligent mapping and navigation
Dual scrubbing brushes


If you are looking for a smart pool cleaner with intelligent mapping and navigation, the Dolphin Premier can be exactly what you are looking for. It is a new pool gadget that comes with a myriad of features and a nice bundle of accessories. It is equipped with 4 different filter media, continuous rubber tracks, dual scrubbing brushes, tangle-free cord and many other impressive features that will surely meet all your expectations.

2. Polaris F9450 Sport

It should come as no surprise that we selected the Polaris F9450 Sport as one of the best in-ground pool cleaner out there. It comes with an advanced technology and a plethora of impressive features that will surely satisfy all your needs. Thanks to its powerful motor, the cleaner is capable of cleaning pools that are almost 50 feet long. As compared to other similar devices, it uses Vortex Vacuum Technology thanks to which it can easily capture and remove different types and sizes of debris.

One of the most important features of this cleaner is an ActiveMotion Sensor, thanks to which it can speed up the cleaning process. Additionally, it is very important to know that it comes with a timer that uses a 7-day program. The fact that it is equipped with a 3D sensor is a major perk as it can minimize the risk of having the cable tangled up. Although it might look a bit bulky, it is important to know that it is very easy to use and it doesn’t require special maintenance.



4WD Technology Expensive
It uses Vortex Vacuum Technology
It is equipped with a timer that uses a 7-day program
It comes with an ActivMotion Sensor


We spend more than 30 hours testing and reviewing various models of pool cleaners and the Polaris F9450 Sport was our favorite. In comparison to other devices, it combines all the features you could want in a pool robot, such as power suction, ergonomic design and long-lasting warranty. In simple terms, it is a cleaner that does an impressive job on all tasks.

3. Aquabot Elite

As technology advances our homes get smarter with each new device we add to them. The Aquabot Elite is an advanced in-ground cleaner that has a full list of useful features. Thanks to its powerful motor, it can be used in swimming pools of all sizes. Thanks to its Jetforce Filter technology, it is able to remove even the largest debris found in the pool by separating it from the water. Additionally, it comes with two extra-large QuickDraw cartridges and Tripleclean scrubbing brushes that will help the cleaner to remove the dirt from the swimming pool surface.

It uses an intelligent navigation thanks to which it can easily clean the whole pool without missing a spot or get stuck in corners. In what regards the design, it comes with a stylish housing made of a strong plastic. It measures 20.8 x 20.5 x 18.5 inches and weighs less than 40 pounds. Also, it comes with a storage and transportation caddy which allows you to carry it around with ease.



It can clean in-ground pools of any shape and size Bulky design
It uses Jetforce Filter technology
It is equipped with two extra-large QuickDraw cartridges
It comes with Tripleclean scrubbing brushes


If you are looking to purchase a quality cleaner that delivers excellent performance take a look at the Aquabot Elite robot. It is a powerful model that clean floors, walls, steps and alcoves with ease. It comes with a lot of interesting features and it uses an intelligent technology that helps it handle the cleaning process with ease. It is also worth mentioning that it comes with an easy-change filter cartridge system.

4. Pentair 360032

After a lot of research into the pros and cons of various models found on the market, we are proud to include the Pentair 360032 on our list. It is a programmable cleaner that provides superior durability and unsurpassed reliability. Thanks to its large filter cartridge, it is able to capture dirt, large debris and even algae. Since it comes with an auto-reverse feature it does not get stuck in corners like other robots.

What we really like about this device is the fact that it comes with a remote control that will help you operate the cleaner in case you want to insist on a certain area. There is also a built-in weekly timer which allows you to schedule the cleaning cycle if you want it to start at a certain hour. In what regards the design of this unit, it is important to know that it measures 23.5 x 19 x 19 inches and it weighs about 45 pounds. You might think it is a bit bulky, but thanks to its convenient caddy you can move it around the yard with ease. Overall, it comes with so many features and settings, that it is a bit difficult to find something better than that.



Excellent cleaning performance Heavy unit
It comes with a large filter cartridge
It can be maneuver with a built-in weekly timer
It comes with a transportation caddy


Based on market popularity and available features, the Pentair Kreepy Krauly Prowler 830 was one of the finalists in our reviews. It is an advanced programmable robot that removes dirt and debris from the swimming pools with ease. It features a durable construction and an ergonomic design which makes it a great addition to any yard.

5. Dolphin Quantum

The Dolphin Quantum has worthy gained a place upon our list. It comes with an advanced technology and a plethora of useful features that will surely meet your expectations. The specialists recommend the use of this in-ground cleaner for pools that measure up to 60 feet in length. Thanks to its PowerJet 3D mobility technology, it can easily clean the walls and the floor of the pool. In addition, it comes with a SmartNav 2.0 technology and an intelligent navigation that allows it to find the shortest path in order to clean the swimming pool. More than that, the robot comes with a programmable weekly timer that allows you to control and monitor the unit’s operation.

As compared to other similar robots, it doesn’t have a bulky design. It measures 22x18x13 inches and weighs less than 30 pounds. It is made of lightweight materials that allow you to get it out of the pool with ease. Like any other product, it has a few downsides. It cannot be controlled by a remote control and it doesn’t have an automatic shut-off feature either. However, the overall performance of the device makes up for this inconvenience.



It provides excellent performance It doesn’t come with an automatic shut-off feature
It uses PowerJet 3D mobility technology It doesn’t have a remote control
It comes with SmartNav 2.0 technology and intelligent navigation
Durable construction


It should come as no surprise that we placed the Dolphin Quantum in the 4th place. It is an excellent choice for people that are too busy to clean their swimming pools. It uses an advanced technology and has so many settings that it is quite hard to find something better than that. Although it is not as powerful as the above models, it still is a long-term investment.

6. Dolphin Nautilus Plus

For those of whom do not seem to have any complaints regarding the policy of limited 2-year warranty provided by Dolphin Nautilus Plus, then this would be the perfect addition. It is a very easy to use cleaner that delivers excellent performance at an affordable price. Thanks to its CleverClean technology, it can clean everything, including the floor, walls and waterline of in-ground pools. In comparison to the previous version, it comes with a lot of impressive features. It comes with a cartridge filter specially made to capture dirt and large debris. More than that, it is equipped with an IntelliScan technology thanks to which it scans the pool and cleans the areas that need it. What we really like about this product is that it comes with a software that helps the robot detect the cleaning surface and perform thorough cleaning.



Excellent performance It has some problems picking up large debris like leaves
Easy to use and setup
Advanced filtering system
It features an IntelliScan technology


The Nautilus Plus is an efficient cleaner that delivers excellent performance. It is able to capture dirt, debris and other particles floating around your swimming pool as well. It is equipped with a GPS-like feature that has the purpose to scan the pool in advance. As compared to other similar cleaners it is very easy to use and setup. Overall it is a good cleaner that will surely satisfy all your needs.

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While there are different types of pool cleaners on the market, only the best ones can clean the floor, the sides, the steps and the corners of a pool. A good cleaner should be able to remove any type of dirt and debris from any type of pool material, even fiberglass.
We try to make our reviews as comprehensive and as easy to understand as possible, so that you can easily compare different types of pool cleaners. When analyzing a cleaner, we focus on a few key features: performance, energy efficiency, easy of use, convenience and durability.

Pool Maintenance Guide & Tips

Choosing the right pool type and taking care of it in order to maintain it in the best condition are important parts of owning a home swimming pool. You must pick the right cleaning solutions and devices that are suitable for the material of the pool and you need to constantly check the water quality. Our tips and tricks will help you make the best choices in what regards pool maintenance and will keep you in touch with the latest and most reliable systems and products designed for cleaning the pool and the water in it.

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The Specifications To Look For

When buying a robotic cleaner, convenience must be your first concern. You want a device which can get the job done with as little intervention from your part as possible. In order to find that cleaner, there are several aspects that you must consider:

Choose a cleaner specifically designed for your type of pool

When looking at a certain pool cleaner, you must first check to see for what type of pool it is designed. In-ground pools and above ground pools differ greatly, particularly when it comes to the materials from which they are made. However, you needn’t worry as we have reviewed cleaners for both types of pools.

Check the recommended pool size

Your next concern should be the recommended pool size. Do not be fooled into thinking it is OK to buy a small pool cleaner for a big pool. You may think that it can handle the task, even if it takes it longer to finish the job. However, the recommended pool size is based not only on the cleaner’s performance but also on its cable length. Ideally, you should find a cleaner with a cable that it is at least 10 feet longer than the length of your pool.

Performance indicators

The GPH (gallons per hour) is another important technical specification that you need to consider. This specification refers to the filtration rate. The higher the filtration rate, the more gallons per hour the cleaner will be able to filter. A pool cleaner with a high filtration rate will also have a large debris holder capacity, thus being able to handle a bigger pool.

Cleaning cycles

Different automatic cleaners come with different cleaning cycles that last a specific amount of time. While the more efficient models can get the job done faster and with better results, there are models that last more so you will have to wait longer for it to be done cleaning the pool.

As we mentioned, automatic cleaners must be as convenient as possible, so the more features they have, the better. Of course, there is no need to pay for a robot that can climb steps, if your pool doesn’t actually have steps. However, some features can save you a lot of troubles. For example, deflecting features are very useful as they prevent the cleaner from getting stuck in corners. Impurities don’t gather only on the pool floor so you will need a cleaner that can handle the entire pool surface. The ability to climb walls is also very useful, as it will allow for a thorough clean of the whole pool, not just the floor.

The best ones can climb the pool walls all the way to the top and can even clean the waterline to remove the nasty film that is usually formed. Also, the best models come with and advanced technology, such as the sensor technology. Thanks to this technology, most devices are capable of avoiding obstacles. They are able to recognize the walls of a pool, which form the borders of their workspace. In term of navigation and coverage, these units follow similar strategies to those floor cleaners. The newer models use some heuristics and strategies in order to perform some forms of localization and exploration of the pool.

A programmable timer is one of the features that matter the most because it will make the robot more self-sufficient. Just set it to work and it will start the cleaning cycle without needing your presence. A remote control and an automatic shut-off feature are just a few of the many convenience features that can make your life easier.

You want your pool cleaner to be made of quality materials in order to last a long time. Its size doesn’t really matter, but its weight is very important. Obviously, for a larger pool, you will need a bigger cleaner, which is bound to be heavier, but consider how you will get the cleaner out of the pool. Pick a model with a solid handle so you can easily pull it from the pool after it has finished cleaning. Things are a little more problematic for heavier cleaners. If you are not in the mood of getting in the pool to manually pick up the cleaner, consider getting a pool cleaner with a lift system. Smaller robots can be pulled up by the cable. If they are lightweight, this shouldn’t be a problem, but if they are over 20 pounds, pulling them by the cord could eventually deteriorate the cord. If the item you chose is heavy, you might want to look for a caddy to ease storage and transportation.

The design of the wheels is also very important. We recommend four wheel drive systems (4WD) and extra wide wheels so that the cleaner can easily roll over bumps. The wheels should be made of an adherent material such as rubber so that they will not have troubles moving on a slippery surface. The brushes are as important because they are responsible for removing stubborn dirt from the pool surface. Therefore, look for hard bristle brushes or rotating rubber brushes that scrub off the dirt and algae even from corners or hard-to-reach places. Last but not least, get a robot with a swivel cord, in order to avoid a tangling fiasco.As you probably know these devices turn all the time and sometimes climb vertical walls. This process can tangle the power cord unless a 360-degree swivel cord is in place. Without this accessory, a tangled cable will frequently impair the cleaning ability and will become a mess to untangle.

In terms of energy efficiency, for a small pool, invest in a robot that doesn’t consume more than 200 Watts per hour. This equals the energy consumption of a light bulb, which translates into a 5 cent per hour operating costs. For more powerful cleaners expect a higher energy consumption, but anything that consumes more than 1,000 Watts per hour is unacceptable. Larger models might use a little more energy during a cleaning cycle, according to the size of the motor.

Aside from the actual energy consumption, there are a few features which can make a cleaner more energy efficient. For starters, an intelligent navigation system will allow it to scan the pool size and determine the most efficient cleaning routes. If the pool cleaning route is operated by an intelligent navigation software, it’s important to know that it will take less time to clean the swimming area and reduce energy consumption. The navigation will actually eliminate energy waste by going multiple times over the same cleaned area.

Rubber tracks can also make a cleaner more efficient, as they have a better wall adherence, which means that the cleaner will spend less time cleaning the walls, and it won’t slip on horizontal surfaces either. This design will minimize slippage on horizontal surfaces. A variable timer is also very useful. With this accessory installed, your device will only turn on when needed and not every day. This is the single feature that can triple your energy efficiency. Keep in mind that many units feature only a day-to-day time, but the best models have a variable time installed.

Most of the convenience features presented above contribute to a pool cleaner’s overall ease of use. User-friendly options like an intuitive control panel, a remote control, a lift system and a swivel cable are the main characteristics that make an automatic cleaner easy to use. Given the advanced technologies used by these units, it’s important to get the hang of them without many complications. Maintenance should be performed with ease, meaning the filter bag should easily come out for emptying it.

As far as durability goes, it is related to the quality of the materials and sometimes the brand and model. More expensive units tend to be of a higher quality and will last more in time. Moreover, a cleaner’s warranty is a good indicator of its durability. Getting such a device repaired will cost a fortune. You will eventually have to change the motor and this factor can be a real jolt for pool owners as some replacement motors can cost as much as a new one. However, there are two simple ways to minimize this risk.

The first option is to look for cleaners with a replacement motor that costs less than $500. The second solution is to purchase a device that comes with at least a 24-month non-prorated warranty. The most expensive cleaners feature a 3-year non-prorated warranty. If a manufacturer offers a good warranty coverage, that means that they are confident of their product’s sturdiness and durability. If a manufacturer offers a good warranty coverage, that means that they are confident of their product’s performance and durability.

Frequently Asked Questions

1Worth the Money?
As technology advances, our homes get smarter with each device we add to them. In what regards the use of an pool cleaner, there are so many reasons why you should use one of these devices, today and it should come as no surprise that most pool owners choose this method to clean their pools. Therefore, if you believe in a crystal clear water with fewer chemicals and a healthier clean, an automatic pool robot is exactly what you need.

2How often should I clean my pool?
We suggest to use it at least two times a week. You will be amazed at how clean the pool stays with a quality robot.

3Are there any maintenance requirements?
The maintenance is a very important step for keeping the pool robot in a good condition. As you have probably noticed, pool robots are equipped with a bag that can be emptied and washed easily.
The brushes unde the unit should be cleaned regularly with a special tool. This will prevent dirt and debris from accumulating and causing malfunctions of the robot.