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Last updated: 15 December 2020


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Who wants to spend time scrubbing the bottom of a pool and scooping out leaves and dirt before you can finally take a dip? A pool cleaner that does all the dirty work for you surely seems like a better idea. 

Our experts test and review a selection of pool cleaners from brands like Kreepy Krauly, Zodiac, Pentair and more to help you find the best performers.

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Our test results will tell you which pool cleaners:

  • are best at picking up debris from your pool
  • experience no or minimal blockages and stoppages during cleaning
  • are easiest to use
  • are suitable for your pool type.

Our interactive comparison tool tells you the dimensions of the pool cleaner, as well as the maximum usable pipe cable length. It also lists which pools each cleaner is suitable for. Our Recommended list will help you quickly see which models come out on top.

Note: We don't test pressure pool cleaners as this type requires a separate hose connection in the pool.

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    Performance score

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    The two main performance assessments are cleaning and stoppages. For cleaning we measure how much of the debris is removed from the pool at the end of the cleaning cycle. We also record the number of stoppages and blockages, time out of service and the cause of stoppage.

    enter value/s in increments of i between 35 and 99

    Ease of use score

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    We assess the quality of the instructions, ease of assembly, ease of clearing blockages and ease of adjusting the pool cleaner if required.

    enter value/s in increments of i between 68 and 92

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    • Dimensions (cm, LxWxH)
    • Weight (kg)
    • Maximum usable pipe cable length (m)
    • Type
    • Suitable pools
    • Supplied items
    • Recommended
    • Pipe cable length (m)
    • Availability
    • Suitable pool size (m)
    • Performance score
    • Ease of use score
    • Warranty (years)
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    • Overall score
    • Model
    • Contact
    • Price
    • Brand


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