#1 Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus
The Dolphin Nautilus comes with sophisticated algorithms for maximum ease of use. The scheduling feature allows you to select dates that will keep your pool cleaned on a regular schedule.
It has advanced programming that adapts to the shape and size of your pool for the implementation of an algorithm that allows complete coverage of the pool. The brush system is also high-end and includes a pattern that lifts and subsequently sucks up dirt and grime for hyper-efficiency.
As an added bonus, the Dolphin Nautilus is also eight times more energy-efficient than other options, minimizing environmental impact and consistently saving you money.
The Dolphin Nautilus is made to be used in pools that are fifty feet in length or less.
#2 Polaris F9450
The Polaris F9450 is another great choice for people looking to get a pool that looks great all of the time. It’s one of the more efficient cleaners on our list. Its vacuum is up to four times as effective as those found on similar models, giving you a cleaner pool in less time. This model is also capable of scrubbing both the walls and bottom of the pool clean, so you won’t have to touch up any spots by hand. Unique to this model is a waterline-only mode, which drives this model along the waterline, which can be the worst-looking part of many pools and is a spot that many robotic pool cleaners struggle to reach.
This model is very programmable. You can set it on a seven-day cycle, allowing for multiple different cleaning operations per week. The only problem with this model is that it’s not great with fine dirt. In some places, that will never be a problem, and in others, you’ll have to put up extra money to get a fine-dirt filter to get your pool clean. Overall, this is a great model, and it could take first place if the fine-dirt filter were included.
#3 Dolphin Premier
The Dolphin Premier has much in common with our first pick. It has an energy-saving design (in this case, 90% more effective than AC-powered cleaners). The unit includes a scheduling component, and a variety of different attachments for the removal of pollen, algae, leaves, and debris. There’s also a hyper-grip track that means it’s 40% better than competing models at sticking to the walls of your pool.
The Dolphin Premier is an expensive cleaner. In fact, you can find above ground pools that cost significantly less than this unit. It also struggles a little bit with oval or rounded pools. Still, as in the case of our number one pick, your money buys you high-end features.
#4 Aquabot Pool Rover
Vinyl pool liners are quite popular, but they can develop wrinkles if not installed and maintained properly. Even if your pool has some uneven areas, you can still use the Aquabot Pool Rover Hybrid Robotic Pool Cleaner in it, thanks to the machine’s extra-wide, non-marring wheels.
The Aquabot Hybrid can be used in both above-ground and inground pools up to 40 feet long, and it takes about an hour to do its job. While it will remove both big and small debris from your pool, as well as clean the floor with its jet-propelled system, this robotic pool cleaner can’t get up the walls, unfortunately. The debris that’s sucked up gets trapped in a reusable filter bag, so you do have to empty it after each use. Reviewers say the Aquabot Hybrid does a great job sucking up leaves and other debris, but some note it can get stuck in corners when left to its own devices.
#5 Hayward RC9740CUB SharkVac
The Hayward RC9740CUB SharkVac Robotic Pool Vacuum is another robotic pool cleaner that provides decent performance at a reasonable price. While it doesn’t map the pool as the previous model does, it does use a smart steering system that keeps track of where it’s been in order to help it determine where it needs to go next. Like the previous model, it comes with easy filter cartridge access, though you should know that it has two smaller cartridges that need to be removed and cleaned independently. Unlike many robotic pool cleaners, this model has no problem with stairs.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a great time with walls. It struggles to rise on steep, extended vertical surfaces, so while it does okay with stairs, you can’t expect much from it when it comes to walls. It’s also heavy. You have to slowly lift this model out of the pool and slowly lower it back in, and a heavy model puts a lot of extra strain on your arms and back. If you have plenty of strength and think this model will do okay with your jobs, it can be a good choice. Otherwise, you probably won’t like it.
#6 Aquabot X4
The Aquabot X4 is designed to be used on all pool shapes and features a sixty-foot range that’s compatible with most pools. It’s also available for a moderate price that’s suitable for the needs of budget buyers.
This is a hyper-efficient cleaner, with mapping algorithms that detect the layout of the pool so that it works better even with unique shape designs. The unit also includes a high-end pump filter that allows you to use fewer chemicals in your pool.
One major consideration pertains to the brush bristles. They are very fragile and prone to mangling, which means you may need to replace them regularly.
There have also been some user reports that the entire cleaner dies very prematurely. Granted, this is not the case with most units, but it is a concern to be mindful of.
#7 Solar Breeze
Some people prefer to use a pool skimmer to keep their pools clean. These devices are used to capture dust, dirt, bugs, leaves, and other debris from the top of the water, removing gunk before it can sink to the bottom. Luckily, there are several robotic pool skimmers available, the best of which is arguably the Solar Breeze.
This solar-powered robotic pool skimmer works all day long, navigating around the top of your pool to remove more than 90 percent of surface debris. It also has a built-in chlorine tray that can hold two 3-inch tablets, allowing it to sanitize the water as it operates. Reviewers call this solar-powered robotic skimmer “awesome,” and many love its spacious debris basket and, of course, the fact that it harnesses the energy of the sun to save you money on electricity.
You can also cut down on your energy bills by investing in a solar pool cover, which uses the sun to raise pool temperatures and retain heat.
#8 Aquabot ABREEZ4WD Breeze 4WD
The Aquabot Breeze 4WD In-Ground Robotic Pool Cleaner features a sixty-foot length capacity and four-wheel drive, which will make pool navigation simple.
The rest of the features don’t necessarily impress, especially when compared to the other options on our list. The algorithm is very simple, leaving many spots unattended. Additionally, it struggles significantly with walls and corners.
The storage capacity is also very small, which means it will need to be emptied and cleaned regularly. It’s not a bad pool robot, but it also doesn’t compare well to the rest of our list.