The Baracuda G3 is a great and affordable automatic pool cleaner that does a good job of cleaning your entire swimming pool, including floor, walls, steps and waterline. This model is known as a suction-side pool cleaner and features a patented FlowKeeper Valve that is capable of regulating water flow in order to maintain peak performance at all times.
Its overall design won’t take you too much time to put together, nor will it occupy too much storage space when not in use. When completely assembled it measures 41.5” in length, 8” in height and 18” in diameter. The unit is comprised of a sturdy, solid body, which is equipped with a 36-fin rubberized disk, inside hosting a self-regulator valve. The ABS casing sports a center-placed handle loop, which ensures a tight and secure grip, whereas its 19 lbs weight ensures you’ll have no problems maneuvering it around. Additionally, due to its sturdy casing, it can tackle several water temperatures, making it ideal for both cold and heated pools. Regardless of the heating method – sunrays or natural gas, the vacuum will perform excellently.
Its 36-fin rubberized disk plays a dual role in how the unit operates. Firstly, it traps and dislodges the stubborn particles and algae from the basin, ensuring they are thoroughly vacuumed by the unit. Secondly, it acts as a means of increasing the vacuum’s adhesion to the area where it goes. Therefore, as it might tackle inclines and slopes – depending on how your pool is constructed – it will never slip, nor will it lose its grip over the area. Keep in mind that it shouldn’t be used with pool covers, regardless if they are solar or safety types, as they will impede proper utilization.
It comes with all the required extra-gear for a facile setup, so you don’t need to invest in additional pieces. It sports a long 40’ hose, which won’t take too long to assemble, and it can be directly connected to the pool’s skimmer. Since the hose will remain mostly underwater, it won’t get tangled in floats or water toys, nor will it remain stuck in any kind of outdoor equipment or toys. If the skimmer’s port is not available, it can also link with any 1.5” direct lines to the filter. Additionally, it can support both single-speed and dual-speed pumps, and no additional power-boost is required. Also, it incorporates a wheel deflector which ensures the unit can effectively reach tight corners without getting stuck.
As it works even with low-pressure pumps, not only will it not overwork the overall basin system, but it will also save you money, since you won’t be forced to invest in additional elements. It has a silent operation, the vibrations quiet enough not to disturb the surroundings, nor cause leaks. It incorporates a self-regulating valve, which, in case of only one skimmer being connected, will independently regulate the water flow, adjusting it to the vacuum’s requirements. However, if more than one skimmer is connected, or in case you decide to operate it through a dedicated line, a manual pressure adjustment is required, as the valve won’t be able to regulate it on its own.
Although the cleaning pattern is completely random, it makes up for it by expanding its cleaning area. It will not stop its cleaning process to the floor only, but it will also go up the walls, indifferent to what shape the basin might have. Additionally, its overall operation is gentle enough to be used on several textures but hard enough on the dirt so it won’t be able to resist. Additionally, since it moves all around the basin, it promotes proper chemical distribution, which in turn, leads to increased water circulation and effective water balance. This will prevent the formation of algae and other pathogens.
Although its overall operation is not complicated, some maintenance is required to ensure the unit works and remains efficient. Always check the hose and its position. The optimum angle it should make with the unit is a 45-degree one. Any other angle and the vacuum won’t perform correctly. Additionally, keep in mind that you should never coil the hose around, no matter how convenient of a solution it might seem. If coiled for a long period the hose will present defects.
Another element you should keep a close eye on is the rubberized disk. Even though the disk is fully capable of adapting to several surfaces, due to its material, it should be kept only in a flat position. Otherwise, the rubber might change its form, resulting in a faulty performance. Even more, you should never connect it to the skimmer if it hadn’t been previously cleaned up or backwashed, otherwise, the accumulated debris might become too much for it to handle. This can be prevented if you install a secondary media case, so the dirt will be stored inside the case instead of the skimmer, the latter dealing only with smaller amounts of debris.
Last but not least, you should never leave the vacuum into the water when you decided to treat it with chemicals. Always remove it before chlorination or shock treatment, and wait at least 4 hours before you decide to place it back into the basin. Moreover, you should always check how the water fares, as the improper balance will damage the vacuum. Chlorine and pH levels should remain within normal limits, otherwise, they will prove to have a corrosive effect on it. Additionally, you should keep an eye on odd colored water as well, as it might be a result of high alkalinity or other bacteria that has sneaked into your pool, cases in which the vacuum shouldn’t be used. To come to your aid, the manufacturer offers a warranty of one year, covering any manufacturer defects in materials and workmanship.
Overall, Baracuda G3 W03000 is an accessible solution to a clean pool. Although it doesn’t function independently from your pool’s system, it is capable of connecting even with low-pressure pumps, so it will never overload the system. Moreover, it comes with all the required gear included, so you’ll have no problem setting it up in just minutes. The inner valve will ensure the pressure is just right for the vacuum to function correctly, and it requires only minimum supervision as it works since it does have a possibility of getting stuck in certain drain types.