Determining what type of pool cleaner is the best depends on what size and type of pool you have. Larger, in ground pools that are used frequently probable, won’t be served well with a handheld portable cleaner meant for above ground pools; and owners of midsize pools don’t want to haul around long, cumbersome hoses unnecessary for their pools size. Robotic, Suction, and Handheld swimming pool cleaners are three types of cleaners that work for either above or in-ground pools and come in different shapes and sizes. Here’s a breakdown of the 3 best pool cleaners for each category.

Robotic Pool Cleaner Reviews

Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Swivel Cable: This swivel 60 ft. cable works on floors walls with maximum efficiency. It’s lightweight, easy to use, and comes with two types of removable screens for trapping debris. One to capture larger leaves and pebbles, the other to get at fine dirt and residue that’s easy to miss. Filters remove quickly, and its long, swivel hoses don’t tangle or twist. If you’re searching for the best robotic pool cleaner, then Dolphin is the good choice.

Zodiac MX6 Automatic In-ground Pool Cleaner: The zodiac is a low-flow, electric pool cleaner that works best with variable or 2-speed water pumps. It has a cyclonic suction cup that works best cleaning deep, ingrained residue. The automatic pool cleaner uses less energy and still provides the power necessary for debris clean up and removal.

Hayward tiger Shark Quick Clean Robotic Pool Cleaner in Grey with 55ft Cord: This advanced, portable robotic pool cleaner has a pre-set, 7-hour cleaning cycle that calculates a pools size and level of dirt. It uses an onboard computer programming system that shuts off itself when finished, freeing time for other activities. In fact, one customer review mentioned they often leave it in the pool overnight, since it doesn’t suffer any ill-effects from overnight submersion. It cleans nearly any size pool in under 60 minutes, and filters remove easily, only requiring a quick rinse before reuse. Dimensions are: 20 x 20.7 x 20, 42 lbs.

Suction Pool Cleaner Reviews

Baracuda G3 W030000 Advanced Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner: Quiet and powerful, this automatic pool cleaner works on low-speed with ultimate efficiency suctioning excess dirt. Its flow keeper, auto-regulated valves maintain steady water streams and work well for cleaning corners and hard to reach places. Since it’s a one-piece suction pool cleaner, lighter than portables, it’s easy to transport in and out of the pool. Dimensions are: 41.5 x 8 x 18, 19 lbs.

Aquabot Mamba above and In-ground Suction Side Automatic Swimming Pool Cleaner: Quickly removes twigs and dust with its light weight, one-piece suction design. Plugging into a filter, this pool sweeper skims across the water, picking up any debris as it goes, and also suctions dirt off the bottom and sides. It comes with a pressure regulator that is safe and energy efficient, and can clean a pool in less than two hours. Its dimensions: 40 x 3 x15.

Hayward 900 Wanda automatic Above Ground Pool Cleaner: This is a smart drive program, pool skimmer that quickly removes leaves, grasses, and dirt. Not recommended for in-ground pool cleaning, it’s ideal for above ground pools with pumps under 34 HP. Its 30-foot hoses are included, and it has an onboard debris catcher that filters smaller sand and dirt particles than most pool cleaners. Dimensions are: 12 x 12 x 11, 6.36 lbs.

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Hand-held Pool Cleaner Reviews

Water Tech Pool Blaster Catfish Swimming Pool and Spa: Lightweight and easy to assemble, this handheld pool cleaner requires no hose or chords. It quickly removes any debris, including algae growing on surface and sides of pools. It comes with rechargeable battery and reusable filters. Its high-flow pump max-cone technology is surprisingly adept at getting into corners and steps that are hard to reach. Dimensions are: 14.8 x 4.5 x 7, 2.8 lbs.

Water Tech Pool Blaster Max C6 Handheld Battery Cleaner Swimming Pool/ Spa Vacuum: Includes a battery recharger with a 5-year warranty, it’s lightweight and quick. Its high-flow vacuum motor with easy grip helps clean steps and pool side efficiently. It also has clip-on wings for deeper scrubbing in larger, in-ground pools. Dimensions are: 18 x 8.12 x 10.62, 7.35 lbs.

Water Tech Ultra-rechargeable Battery Powered Pool and Spa Vacuum and Segment Pole Set: Strong suction and cleaning power, its 8” vacuum hose covers larger pool areas than most handheld’s do. The filters are reusable and easily emptied, and come with a free, segmented pole set as well. Dimensions: 14.5 x 7 4.5, 3.5 lbs.