Best Pool Cleaners for Pebble Tec Pools 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

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a pool vacuum for pebble tec poolsThe pebble tech pool has a lot of beauty and elegance to it, but that will only remain the case if you have the right equipment on hand to clean it regularly.

Pool owners of every variety are already well aware of the fact that upkeep can be a real pain, and this problem is certainly exacerbated by the fact that it can be really challenging to even determine what you need out of your pool cleaning technology.

There are a lot of products out there, and while they all make similar promises, they don’t all do the same things. You know that you need a robotic cleaner for your pebble tech pool, but you just don’t know which one to get.

This is where we come in to play. We have done the research that you don’t have time to do in order to make this process a little bit easier for you. Read on for a guide to the best pool cleaners for pebble tech pools reviews!

Comparison of our Top 5 Picks:

ModelPriceWeightEditor Rating
Dolphin Premier Robotic
Dolphin Premier Robotic
(Top Pick)

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36 lbs4.9/5
Polaris F9550
Polaris F9550

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44 lbs4.6/5
Polaris Vac-Sweep 360
Polaris Vac-Sweep 360
(Best for the Money)

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15 lbs4.5/5
Hayward Poolvergnuegen 896584000-013
Hayward Poolvergnuegen 896584000-013

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16 lbs4.3/5
Polaris Vac-Sweep 3900
Polaris Vac-Sweep 3900

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23 lbs4.0/5

5 Best Pebble Tec Pool Vacuums – Reviews

1. Dolphin Premier Robotic – Top Pick

Dolphin Premier Robotic

First on the list, we have the Dolphin Premier: our editor’s choice unit.

One of the first things that users are probably going to notice is that this option features four separate filter types that serve to widen the approach you can take with your cleaning.

Whether you are trying to suck up big clumps of leaves, or even just trying to remove piles of rocky debris there is going to be a filter out there that is perfectly capable of suiting your situation.

It’s also just designed to get around well in your pool, featuring a three hundred and sixty degree swivel head that is optimized to reach every corner.

Perhaps most importantly though, it is intelligent. The Dolphin is able to scan the pool, and then develop a cleaning strategy that suits its layout.

The big problem with this unit is the price. It’s pretty expensive which means that many shoppers are probably going to have to look for something a little bit cheaper.

Still, if you have the cash, this is a great buying opportunity.

  • 360 Degree Head
  • Smart Scan
  • Numerous Filters
  • Very Pricey

2. Polaris F9550 – The Runner-up

Polaris F9550

In second, we have the Polaris. This premium option still features many of the high-end components that we appreciated in the last option but it is also more affordable making it a good cleaner for anyone that wants high-quality at a slightly more budget friendly rate.

One of the most important features attached to this unit is that like Dolphin, it uses scanner technology to take a more customized cleaning approach to your pool.

It is also designed to be user friendly, featuring a timer that you can optimize for every single day of the week, and a remote that will make controlling the unit from a distance simple.

In short, it is a very good vacuum that should do well to suit the needs of most pebble tech pool owners.

Still, it would be unfair not to mention the flaws of this option as well. With the Solaris, the biggest flaw is a matter of diminishing returns.

While the sensor starts out working well, many users report that over time this ceases to be the case, and the cleaning pattern of the device grows more sporadic and less consistent.

This aside, it is a really great buying option!

  • Smart Sensor
  • Powerful Vacuum
  • Timer
  • Sensor performance tends to decline over time

3. Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 – Best for the Money

Polaris Vac-Sweep 360

In third, and in our best vacuum for the money slot, we have another Polaris!

The first thing that most shoppers are probably going to notice about this option is that it is more affordable than the last two vacuums by a pretty significant margin. In fact, it is roughly around half the price of the other Polaris.

But even with this said, affordability is only the start of what this vacuum has going for it. While this option is a little bit more basic, not featuring any of the sensors or specialty filters that made the last two options stand out, it nevertheless excels at efficiency.

The triple jet system attached with this unit is optimized for getting around every corner of your pool, while the quality motor is able to power an ideal range of sweeping, scrubbing, and sucking that will ensure the job is done to the extent that you need it to be.

Of course, just like every other unit on this list, it is not perfect. The biggest problem that we were able to detect with this option is that it is prone to clogging, which may prove frustrating over time.

This aside, it remains the perfect vacuum for people who don’t want to spend a fortune!

  • Best for the Money
  • Quality Motor
  • Access to Every Part of Pool
  • Clogs frequently

4. Hayward Poolvergnuegen 896584000-013

Hayward Poolvergnuegen 896584000-013

In fourth, we have the Hayward, an inferior though acceptable option for those on a restrictive budget.

First, the good. This vacuum does feature a basic version of the propeller technology featured on the last units we looked at that ensures it will be able to clean and access every area of your pool. It is also affordable.

The problem is simply that this option comes with a lot of issues. The wheels aren’t durable, the unit struggles to remain on the bottom of the pool, and the hose is prone to leaking.

Unfortunately, these cons can have a very negative impact on user experience with the unit as a whole. If you are trying to find an affordable vacuum this is something to look at, but most shoppers will ultimately probably be better served by our best for the money pick.

  • Affordable
  • Not Durable
  • Prone to Leaking
  • Prone to drifting from floor and walls

5. Polaris Vac-Sweep 3900

Polaris Vac-Sweep 3900

At the bottom of the list, we have another Polaris, an option that is surprisingly disappointing given the reputation of the company.

While this option has brand name recognition on its side, and even benefits from much of the same motor technology that mad the other Polaris options so impressive, it, unfortunatel,y has several critical performance defects that need to be sorted out.

The hose is very susceptible to tears and leaks, the unit clogs and frequently gets stuck, and replacement parts and repairs are extremely pricey.

In short, while some of the tech on this option is sophisticated, shoppers will be better off considering some of the other Polaris options on the list.

  • Good Motor
  • Poor quality hose
  • Clogs
  • Not Durable
  • Expensive to Repair

Buyer’s Guide

Now that you know what’s out there, let’s take a look at some handy buying considerations.


One of the first things you probably noticed on today’s list is how much price can vary. While the robotic pool cleaner industry makes it easy to spend a couple thousand dollars on a unit, never forget that this isn’t necessary.

There are plenty of quality options out there (like our best for the money selection) that provide affordable alternatives. While these options might not be quite as effective as the top tier selections budget shoppers are likely to find the compromise well worth it.


Some options aren’t going to be able to suck up big things, or clumps of leaves. Finding out what vacuums are capable of doing what is generally fairly simple. When a manufacturer advertises that it can deal with big debris or clumps of leaves, they are generally being honest.

Better suction abilities do however cost more money. As a pool owner you will just have to decide for yourself what you hope to get out of your cleaner.


The scan sensor is another component that will make a vacuum more expensive. While this feature is great for making sure that the entirety of your pool is clean, many users may find that a more formulaic vacuum is an acceptable alternative that will provide good savings.

What is the Shape of Your Pool:

Keep in mind that the attributes of the vacuum are not the only things to consider. You will also have to take into account the shape of the pool itself.

Pretty much all vacuums are going to be capable of accommodating the oval or rectangular pools, but if your pool features odd geometry you might want to consider an option with a swivel component that will make reaching tricky angles easier.


The weight of a pool vacuum is a deceptively important consideration to consider. Many vacuum options can be surprisingly heavy which will make it very difficult for certain users to get them in or out of the pool.

Fortunately, the solution to this issue is fairly simple. Just by checking the weight of the unit before purchasing it you can ensure that you get a vacuum that is suitable for your needs.


Well, there you have it! You have read our reviews and now you have a choice on your hands. Which of these units is right for you?

For users looking for the best of the best, we feel you won’t find better than our top choice, the Dolphin.

On the other hand, if you are looking for the optimal combo of savings and quality, you are going to want to begin and end your search with the Polaris 360—our best for the money option.

Of course, at the end of the day, we don’t want to tell you what to buy. We just want to make the shopping experience a little bit easier!

Also, we just released a buying guide for automatic pool cleaners. This guide is for all types of pools and not just pebble tec.

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