Best Robotic Pool Cleaner 2020
Robotic pool cleaners are a huge convenience for anyone with an inground or above ground pool — they often do a better job than you could do in 2-3 hours.
Today’s models are super advanced, although a bit expensive.
To help you find the right one here’s our rankings for the best robot pool cleaner in 2020. Models can be used for inground or above ground pools.
Many are “smart” robotic pool cleaners w/ mobile controls:
activate scrub, vacuum, status update, schedule cleaning, alerts
Prices range, $349 – $1299.
- Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus
- Polaris F9550 Sport Robotic
- Hayward Tigershark Pool Cleaner
- Dolphin Sigma Pool Cleaner
- Hayward AquaNaut 200
- Zodiac MX8 Elite Review
- Dolphin Escape Robotic Pool Cleaner
- Dolphin Nautilus Automatic Robot
- Zodiac Baracuda G3 Pool Cleaner
- Hayward Poolvergnuegen
The Best Robotic Pool Cleaner 2020
The Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus is the best robotic pool cleaner under $1000.
Instead of a cable, the Dolphin Nautilus robot uses a rotating brush that’s 8X more effective than traditional pool cleaners/vacuums.
Reach: up to 33 ft.
Built for speed, it’s a high-performance inground pool cleaner that’s designed for speed.
In only 2-hours, it cleans an entire in-ground pool with 99% effectiveness ~ includes floors, but also pool walls, cove, and behind obstacles (such as ladders).
Super user-friendly remote control for any-time cleaning!
Similar models: Quantum, Dolphin Proteus DX4, Dolphin T35 Pool Cleaner, S200, Triton PS
Best robotic pool cleaner for 2020 w/ medium price!
The Polaris F9550 uses 4 wheel drive and remote control.
Comes with 70 ft. cable ~ probably the best robotic pool cleaner for large inground pools.
Models: F9350 / F9450 / F9550
New Aqua-Trax tires help keep it grounded to the surface for better cleaning and faster speed. Using rear-water propulsion, the Polaris 9550 Sport quickly cleans under stairs and tight corners.
You can program schedules or use activate w/ remote control.
Includes new vortex vacuum technology (for long-lasting suction) and motion sensors to navigate and detect debris.
The Polaris robotic pool cleaner comes in 4 sizes w/ the F9550 being the most popular.
- Polaris 9650IQ – includes mobile app
- Polaris F9550 Sport – with remote control
- Polaris F9450 Sport – no remote
- Polaris F9350 Sport – shorter, 60 ft. hose
Buyers love the remote control w/ super fast cleaning!
The Hayward Tigershark QC (RC9990CUB) has the highest buyer ratings.
Tigershark robotic pool cleaner can fully clean the most intricate inground pools — walls, floors, corners and under ladders.
Pool size: 20 x 40 ft.
Cleaning: 60-90 mins
Built for intense vacuum suction, it is able to suck in all types of debris.
thick leaves, sand, bugs + dirt in crevices
Hayward Tigershark offers quick and efficient pool cleaning — buyers love how easy maintenance it is.
Multiple models available:
- RC9950CUB: No remote control
- RC9955CUB: Includes remote control
- RC9990CUB: New quick-clean option
Expensive, but very good buyer reviews.
The Dolphin Sigma is a newer model.
It’s quickly becoming a top seller on Amazon.
Very similar to the Dolphin Sigma, but designed w/ better suction + mobile app functionality — it’s a true Smart Robot Pool Cleaner.
schedule pool cleaning, realtime status updates + realtime alerts
Hyper suction is able to suck up ultra-fine dirt and leaves.
Includes dual filtration system – makes sure the Dolphin Sigma never clogs.
Excellent pool robot for picking up leaves!
Buyers really love the app function the most – activate at anytime and realtime status updates, make it 100% hands-free pool cleaning.
Downside is expensive price tag.
The Hayward AquaNaut robotic pool cleaner is a high-suction pool vacuum.
Offered in 2 models:
PHS21CST and PHS41CST
Hose length from 33 – 40 ft. and weight range of 16 – 19 pounds.
It has a unique design 2 wheel design — each wheel has rubber gripping for traction.
It’s faster than most robotic pool cleaners and includes variable speeds (depending on level of debris).
Buyers say it is extremely good at cleaning the deep ends of pool.
Hayward Aquanaut is the best robotic pool cleaner for cleaning medium size pools.
The Zodiac Baracuda MX8 is designed with traction tires and upgraded navigation system.
A versatile robotic pool cleaner, the Zodiac MX8 weighs only 18 pounds and includes special X-Trax tires which allow it to quickly climb pool walls.
Surfaces: concrete, tile, vinyl or fiberglass
For cleaning, the Baracuda has a cyclonic vacuum — using debris sensors MX8 pool cleaner is able to detect particles and increase suction when needed.
The cleaner is connected through a 36 ft. hose. Perfect cleaning medium size pools!
Overall, the Baracuda MX8 is an affordable pool cleaner w/ lots of positive reviews.
The Dolphin Escape robot pool cleaner is another medium price option.
It has a sleek design that navigates above ground or inground pools. Comes w/ oversized debris cartridge ~ holds up to 60% more than similar robot pool cleaners.
For pool cleaning it comes w/ the newest features:
– Smart Navigation 2.0
– HyperBrush dual scrubbing
– HyperGrip wheels
Dolphin HyperBrush spins 2x as fast as mostly any other robotic pool cleaner. Great option if you have not cleaned your pool recently (or have deep grime).
HyperGrip tracks lets the Dolphin Escape glide over obstacles (i.e. drains) and scale walls.
Buyers say the Dolphin Escape pool cleaner is super effective at cleaning the smallest crevices of their pool. Good for older pools with cracks in the foundation!
Above ground models: Dolphin E10 • Dolphin S50 • Dolphin Triton PS
Dolphin Escape pool cleaner has a mid-price range.
The Dolphin Nautilus is designed for pools up to 50 ft.
It comes equipped w/ 60 ft. cable and high-suction vacuum to scrub pool floors and walls.
Also installed with swivel technology which keeps the cable tangle-free. It uses navigation sensors to efficiently clean large in-ground pool in only 2-3 hours!
Buyers say it is the best robotic pool cleaner for leaves.
Much more affordable than the newer Dolphin Premier robot pool cleaner!
Good price w/ lots of happy buyer reviews!
The Zodiac Baracuda G3 is an affordable inground pool cleaning robot.
Unlike others, it uses a fin disc (instead of wheels) for pool-floor suction. Takes 2-3 hours to clean most pools.
Buyers say the G3 robotic pool cleaner great at cleaning difficult areas: small crevices in older pools, on floor/wall edges, and underneath pool stairs.
Also includes wheel deflector allowing it to get out of tight areas.
No need to worry about the Baracuda G3 getting stuck under the pool stairs!
Baracuda G3 the best robotic pool cleaner for small pools.
The Zodiac Baracuda MX6 includes 4 wheels for traction.
It is able to navigate your pool effortlessly + comes w/ turbine blade for cleaning the pool floor + scale walls.
Surfaces: concrete, tile, vinyl or fiberglass
For suction it includes cyclonic power which increases 4X when it detects high debris areas. Good option for those with all four seasons!
pool corners, deep ends (10-14 ft.), or under stairs
Users say the Baracuda MX6 is the best robotic pool cleaner for leaves.
Lots of positive buyers reviews.
Notable 1: Hayward Poolvergnuegen Cleaner
The Hayward Poolvergnuegen was a best selling inground robotic pool cleaner last year.
It includes 2 wheel drive and treaded tires — perfect for medium size inground pools (16 ft. x 32 ft.). Nothing too fancy, but it is a durable robot pool cleaner that does all the basics well.
Many buyers who purchased the Poolvergnuegen in 2014 and 2015 — they say it still gets the job done in 2020.
This Hayward pool cleaner is perfect for homes that use it occasionally.
Affordable price, but not as high-tech as others.