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Top rated robotic pool cleaners 2016

Lets be honest, a robotic pool cleaner is rather expensive and may not be for every pool owner. However, the robotic cleaners have come a long way since they first hit the market and are good options for several reasons:

  • The robotic cleaners are self contained and works completely independently from the rest of your pool equipment. In fact we would recommend to run the robotic cleaner at night when the debris in the pool have had time to settle on the bottom. Then when the robotic cleaner has finished its cycle we would run the pool pump.
  • A robotic pool cleaner will in fact work as an extra filter, often filtering particles as small as 2 microns.
  • ​Their scrub and sweep function will help with algae control and contribute to lowering the use of chemicals in your pool
  • ​They are great for picking up leaves, debris, sand and dirt from your pool.
  • Energy efficient.

Our top rated robotic pool cleaner listed in from small above-ground pools to large in-ground pools

$329 on amazon

Aquabot Pool Rover Jr
  • Designed for above-ground pools
  • Does not climb the walls but will clean the bottom of any shape pool with flat bottom.
  • Filters 70 Gallons per minute and filters down to 2 microns
  • Will not get stuck on wrinkles in the pool liner
  • 2 and 3 hour timer
  • Weight approx. 10 lbs

$443 on amazon

Aquabot Breeze XLS

In your local pool store you will find this robotic pool cleaner under the name of Aquabot Rapids XLS, and probably be a bit more expensive.

  • For small in-ground pools
  • Cleans the pool floor, cove and climb the wall partially
  • Equipped with power washing jets and fixed scrubbing brushes
  • 80 Gallons per minute and filters down to 2 microns
  • Comes with a swivel - to prevent cable tangling
  • 2 and 3 hour timer
  • Comes with large debris baskets that are very easy to empty out and clean
AquaVac 500 robotic pool cleaner reviewed

$999 on amazon

Hayward AquaVac 500
  • For medium to large in-ground pools
  • Comes with a dual scrubbing mechanism that vacuums floor, coves, walls, inclines and waterline in 3 hours
  • Microprocessor that determines the most efficient cleaning path
  • Filter area of 300 cubic inches
  • Comes with a swivel - to prevent cable tangling
  • Integral timer–clean your pool every 24, 48 or 72 hours
  • Top access to removable debris container

$1,205 on amazon

Polaris P955 and 9550

Best-in-class cleaning performance that enables extraordinary cleaning power without losing suction, tackles any pool terrain and climbs over obstacles without getting stuck.

  • For large in-ground pools (up to 60 ft)
  • Cleans Pool Floors, Walls and Steps
  • 7-day programmable timer, with fully customizable cleaning cycles
  • Filter area of 300 cubic inches
  • Comes with a swivel - to prevent cable tangling
  • 4 Wheel Drive with ActivMotion Sensor
  • Weight: 16 lbs. Without the included Caddy

We really wanted to get a Pentair Kreepy Krawly on the list, because their suction cleaners are our absolute favorites, but when it comes to robotic cleaners, they just aren’t quite there yet, in our opinion.

  • Bigger is not always better. But still we urge you to make sure that you do not buy a robotic cleaner that is too small for your pool. That will only cause you grief.