Swimming pools always get especially dirty in any place where trees and wind abound, in other words, almost anywhere in the world. But, faster than you can say, “Holy suction, Batman!”, manufacturers started coming out with robotic cleaners to do the job of cleaning pools while you lay back in the sun.
But which robotic swimming pool cleaner should you get? How can you tell which one will do the best job for you and your pool? It’s not actually a jungle out there, but there are enough options available that it can seem like it at times. That’s where we ride to the rescue, or throw you a life preserver anyway.
We dove in and did the research for you. We looked at the Aquabot line of pool cleaners and vacuums, did the comparisons and analysis of their different models, and created these reviews for you to look over. They’ll be able to help you cut through the waves to make a final determination of what’s best for you.
|Aquabot Elite Cleaner|
|Aquabot ABREEZ4WD Breeze||29 lbs||4.6/5|
|Aquabot Pool Rover Hybrid NE356|
(Best for the Money)
The greatest thing about this robot is the ease of cleaning it after it finishes cleaning your swimming pool. Pull out the top-mounted drawers, hose them off, put them back in, and you’re done. It’s that quick and easy. The only thing easier than cleaning it is using it.
This machine picks up everything in the pool and leaves it sparkling clean. It climbs the sides like a champ right up to the water line. The cleaning path it follows around the pool looks random when you watch it working, but after it’s done, there’s not a single inch of the pool it hasn’t cleaned up. It covers everything, picking up leaves, twigs, insects, dirt, pebbles, flakes of skin, strands of hair, and the nameless “gunk” that winds up in every pool ever built.
It will only climb one or two stairs before giving up and going back down them, and doesn’t clean them very well while it is on them, but frankly, the same thing could be said about any robotic pool cleaner.
This robot will do the drudge work of cleaning your pool, leaving you free to enjoy the pool at your leisure.
This robotic cleaner is just as easy to clean and use as the top pick. The removable filters can be washed off in the kitchen sink with soap and warm water if the garden hose doesn’t do the trick.
It cleans the pool, but perhaps not quite as well as the top pick. It seems to be happier in a straight-sided pool than a curved or angled one. In a pool with curved or angled sides, it will sometimes leave algae behind. It does climb the sides all the way to the waterline though.
It doesn’t handle stairs very well, but most robots don’t. The main issue with this robot is a tangled cord. It doesn’t have a 360º swivel for the cord, so it winds up getting twisted and tangled. The more you use it, the worse the tangling problem becomes.
This robot will get the job done and free you from most of the hard work of cleaning your pool manually, but you’ll still have some cleaning to do in places. It’s not 100%, unfortunately. Therefore, this cleaner will have to remain in second place as the runner-up.
This robotic cleaner won’t climb the sides of a swimming pool – at all. This means it will never be a contender for the top spot on this list. But for the price, for use in an above-ground pool, this little machine is hard to beat. It has a jet-propelled system that lets it clean most above-ground pools in less than an hour. Pools larger than 24 feet in diameter will take a little longer.
It vacuums up bugs, dirt, debris, leaves, and twigs in its path, and scrubs away algae like a champ. The bag that comes with it can be cleaned off with a garden hose or washed in the washer with cold water – no soap.
Like the runner-up robotic cleaner, it has tangling issues with the cord because it doesn’t have a swivel. In pools with corners, it has a tendency to get stuck, requiring you to rescue it manually. In a round swimming pool, or peanut-shaped one, this would never be a problem.
It’s not up to the standards of the top two robots, but for an above-ground pool, or an in-ground with no corners, this little robot is the best for the money.
What are some important things to consider when buying one of these Aquabot robotic cleaners? There are several issues to study and think about. Given that these robots can be fairly high-dollar purchases, you should definitely take a look at the warranties that come with them.
These machines are designed to operate in the water, but that’s still a fairly harsh environment for a machine. Even a few feet of depth can change the water pressure significantly. Chemicals in the water can also attack the machine’s wheels, scrubbers, cords, baskets, and joints.
With this in mind, a three-year warranty is probably about the best you can expect to find. An extended warranty may be available in some cases, but the added expense won’t be small. But given how much you can expect to spend on these robots, you’ll absolutely want a warranty on them.
A good robotic cleaner should, first and foremost, be reliable. You’re getting a machine that is supposed to work unsupervised. It needs to be reliable in design and function. You can’t afford to have it only work part-time or leave debris behind for you to clean up manually. That would defeat the whole purpose of having the robot in the first place.
It needs to cover the entire pool. Some robots can get “stuck” in the deep end of the pool, which is a bit strange for machines that can climb the sides of a swimming pool, but it happens anyway. A good robot has to be able to clean the shallow end as well as the deep end.
A good robot should also have baskets or filters that are easy to clean. These robots are designed to take the load off your swimming pool’s filter. This extends its life, and you don’t have to backwash it off either. If the filter on your robot isn’t easy to clean, pretty soon you won’t bother trying and you’ll be right back where you were before you bought it.
They should also be easy to use. Robots that are overly complicated to program or adjust will eliminate any gains or advantages you get from having them. Microsoft captured the desktop market by making its software simple to use for the widest number of people possible. A good robotic cleaner needs to be designed with the same goal in mind.
If you buy them online, these robots will generally qualify for free shipping based on their price. But you might find them for the same price or less if you get them locally. Check into it before you spend your money.
Something to look at when you’re buying a robotic cleaner is any consumables, in this case, filter bags and drive belts. As already discussed, watery environments can be very harsh. This is especially true for rubber drive belts and the filters. The constant wetting and drying of the material will expand and contract the material, chemicals will eat into it, and bendable parts like these will be susceptible to wear and tear.
Go ahead and get some extra drive belts, as well as a replacement filter or bag. It’ll be easier to get them when you’re making your initial purchase than it will later, months down the line.
Any mermaid would be proud of these underwater vacuum cleaners we’ve reviewed for your swimming pool. They get the job done and leave you free to have fun instead of working. That’s the whole idea, of course, and Aquabot has a good line of models to choose from depending on your particular needs.
The top pick on this list of reviews is the Aquabot Elite Cleaner. This robot is the whole package: easy to use and clean. Because of the swivel on top, the cord doesn’t get tangled even after repeated uses.
The Aquabot Pool Rover Hybrid NE356 is the best for the money choice. While it can’t compete with the top pick, it can handle the floor of any above-ground pool and in-ground pool that doesn’t have any corners.
These reviews were written with the goal of making your choice of which robotic cleaner to get as simple and straightforward as possible. Copy this list to your phone or print it out if you’re heading to your local swimming pool store, or open it in a separate window if you’re shopping online and you’ll be able to refer to it when you’re making your decision.