Test results for seven pool cleaners, ranging in price between $582 and $1078
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You may expect that once you have purchased and installed a pool cleaner the days of scrubbing and manual cleaning have finished. However none of the tested pool cleaners claim to be able to clean a very dirty pool, so some manual work is still required.
There are three types of pool cleaner out in the market: suction, pressure and robotic. Most pool cleaners you’ll come across are suction models — they’re designed to clean hard pool surfaces such as concrete, pebble-crete, acrylic and tiled.
We subjected seven cleaners to difficult test conditions using a variety of common pool debris to see how they would cope.
Please note: this information was current as of July 2008 but is still a useful guide to today's market.
- Astral Pool Conga (A)
- Hayward Pool Vac Ultra
- Klever Kleena Sprinta
- Kreepy Krauly Marathon
- Pentair Pool Shark
- The Pool Cleaner 2 wheel
- Zodiac G2
(A) Discontinued, but may still be available in some stores.
What else you'll get in this report
As well as the test results for seven models, you'll get:
- Information on the different types of pool cleaners.
- Tips on how to choose the right cleaner.