Zodiac MX8 Suction-Side Cleaner

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Keeping debris out of your pool can be quite stressful since leaves and dirt will inevitably find their way back into the water even if you’ve just cleaned it. However, Zodiac MX8 can relieve you of the cleaning duty, as its job is to maintain your pool spotlessly. Since it connects directly to your skimmer, it requires no booster pump to function, so you can easily set it up and watch it work. Design Although it might seem a little bit bulky compared to other units, it has, in fact, a sleek design that enables it to easily fit in…

Zodiac MX8 Suction-Side Cleaner Ratings

Performance - 94%
Energy Efficiency - 91%
Convenience - 96%
Durability - 93%

94%

EXCELLENT

The Zodiac MX8 is one of the greatest suction-side pool cleaners that is ready to battle your swimming pool toughest dirt and debris. This model is extremely cheap, so any pool owner should be able to afford it.

User Rating: 4.03 ( 2 votes)

Keeping debris out of your pool can be quite stressful since leaves and dirt will inevitably find their way back into the water even if you’ve just cleaned it. However, Zodiac MX8 can relieve you of the cleaning duty, as its job is to maintain your pool spotlessly. Since it connects directly to your skimmer, it requires no booster pump to function, so you can easily set it up and watch it work.

Design

Although it might seem a little bit bulky compared to other units, it has, in fact, a sleek design that enables it to easily fit in all corners. Its 5” by 9” by 14.75” size complements its feather-like weight 9 lbs, ensuring the unit will pose no problem when being relocated, nor will it clutter your equipment enclosure. Even more, it provides an easy-to-grasp back-placed handle, which offers a safe and secure way of putting it in and out of water.

Mobility and Adherence

The unit sports unique continuous tracks to move underwater, which have a triangular shape to ensure increased stability. The X-Trax tires grip whatever surface the robot travels on, propelling it forward. However, it is recommended for the pool to be brushed beforehand, so the surface won’t be slippery. Otherwise, its mobility will be impeded.

The unit offers a complete, 360-degree turnaround, the attribute impeding it from remaining stuck in certain areas. It can move forward and backward, diagonally, as well as right or left, ensuring total coverage for the floor area, as well as walls and waterline, and even steps in certain conditions. Therefore, it will provide a complete, all-around vacuuming, leaving your basin spotless.

Performance

Since it is a suction-side, it has no way of functioning on its own, therefore requiring a connection to the pool’s skimmer system. Even though it requires no additional pump to work, it can be connected to one through a dedicated line of 1.5”. It is compatible with several pump models, including low-flow ones as well as dual-speed ones. Even more, it won’t overload your system, as it needs as little as 20 GPM to be able to complete its cleaning cycle.



Since it is connected directly to the pool’s filter, you can use it with a pool cover, since regardless of type, it won’t impede the unit’s work.



It utilizes the X-drive system, which connects the cyclonic suction to the tracks, assuring the energy is not wasted. Underneath it, two large fan blades are continuously moving the debris from the water into the unit, and directly into the skimmer. The intake path is wide, and it is also customizable for each user and basin condition, as it can take care of particles as fine as sand and algae, or as large as a stack of leaves.

Due to its large coverage, it is able to not only clean the area but also aid in proper water balancing. As it moves and vacuums the water, it improves the overall water circulation of the pool, which ensures that all the chemicals are distributed correctly. This actively combats and prevents the apparition of algae of all types, sanitizes the water, as well as ensures the number of chemicals used will lessen, in turn aiding in saving money in the long run.



If you wish to replace chlorine with a more eco-friendly sanitization process, a combo made from an ionizer and an ozonator will preserve the cleansing effects of chlorine, but will do so without retaining the harsh after-effects on hair and skin.


Specifications

Zodiac MX8
  • Size: 5” x 9” x 14.75”
  • Weight : 5 lbs
  • Wheels : X-Trax
  • Hose : 39’ long, with twist lock
  • Cleaning system : X-Drive, dual cyclonic
  • Power source : Skimmer system, or dedicated 1.5” line
  • Flow rate needed: As little as 20 GPM

  • Pool type : Inground
  • Pool size : Up to 35’
  • Pool shape : Round, rectangular, oval, L-shaped, odd-shape, freestyle
  • Pool surface : Concrete, vinyl, fiberglass, tile
  • Pool areas : Waterline, floor, walls, steps
  • Pump compatibility: Variable speed types
  • Warranty: 1 year

Compatibility

Due to its attributes and design, its compatibility rate is quite high. The unit can cover all basin shapes, including round and rectangular, as well as other, more extravagant styles, like odd-shapes, or freestyle. Additionally, the tires are gentle enough not to damage the surface they touch, so the unit can easily be employed for a concrete basin, or tile-lined ones, vinyl-made or fiberglass floors. Moreover, it has a relatively wide reach, thanks to the 39’ of hose provided in the package. Even more, since the hose is kept mostly underwater, it won’t get stuck in floats or water toys, nor will it get tangled in chaise lounges or water slides.

Maintenance & Warranty

The unit requires little to no maintenance, as its functions are streamlined, and it employs few moving parts. What you should pay attention to, however, is the tires and their worn-out degree. From time to time, to maintain the unit in top shape and preserve its adherence, the rubber band should be replaced with a new one. Additionally, to ensure there is not a particle stuck inside it, and all the debris has safely reached the skimmer, the top-placed yellow button opens the lock for a spinning blade. So it is recommended to check it after every utilization. To give you a helping hand, the manufacturer provides a warranty that spans throughout the first year. However, if you wish to prolong its lifespan, you should pay close attention to the color of the water, as well as its chemistry. If the water has a milky aspect, you should test it and lower the alkalinity, otherwise, calcium deposits will appear on the filters. Additionally, if there’s too much chlorine and the pH turns acidic, you should consider rebalancing it before attempting to place the robot inside, as the casing and inner components will, otherwise, be affected.

Final Thoughts

Zodiac MX8 combines the necessary elements for a hassle-free cleaning with the perfect functions to finish the job. Thanks to its cyclonic suction, it will remove all kinds of debris, from small to large, whereas its unique X-Trax provides it with high adherence for an in-depth procedure. Since it connects directly to the skimmer, you won’t have to worry about removing stored dirt, whereas the unit offers uninterrupted cleaning time for as long as you need. It requires as little as 20 GPM to function, so it won’t overwork the pool system, whereas its smart 360-degree radius ensures it will never get stuck.

8 Comments

  1. blank Anna says:

    I am planning to buy this pool cleaner model, but first can you please tell me if there is a collection container? If not, where does it collect leaves?

    • blank Becky Eddinson says:

      Hello, Anna! The cleaner doesn’t come with a collection container included. The container is extra.

  2. blank John says:

    Does this device operate on contoured walls?

    • blank Becky Eddinson says:

      Hi, John! Yes, it does. It features a Dual Cyclonic Vacuum and a maX-Drive advanced dual navigation, which provides maximum suction power and extreme wall climbing ability.

  3. blank Ben says:

    I have a pool business for 10 years. I bought this product a few years ago and it still does an excellent job cleaning pool. I highly recommend it.

  4. blank Norich says:

    This is a great robotic pool cleaner. Highly recommend it!

  5. blank Marble says:

    How it will work with stairs?

    • blank Becky Eddinson says:

      The Zodiac MX8 is extremely efficient and it does a great job cleaning your pool, but it will not go up stairs.