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  • Ray Campbell

I Ranked And Reviewed The Best Robotic Pool Cleaners In 2023

Keeping your pool crystal clear and free of debris is actually easy with the right robotic pool cleaner. It will regularly take care of your pool maintenance, while saving you time and money.

FYI, Prices and ratings are accurate as of time of writing.


1. Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Robotic Pool (Vacuum) Cleaner

Top-rated: 10,485 ratings


Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Robotic Pool (Vacuum) Cleaner

Highlight: Easy to use and ideal for in-ground swimming pools up to 50 feet, this cleaner will leave your pool sparkling clean in just 2 hours.

Helpful review: "I purchased a suction cleaner for $200 and it worked well, but I still had to deal with the hose and cleaning out the skimmer, backwashing, etc... When the suction vacuum went bad last year, I purchased a Polaris 360 side wall pressure cleaner about a month ago. I was excited since I have 3 output ports so I could use the skimmer and the Polaris vacuum at the same time!! The Polaris 360 would go in circles, never leave the deep end. I also came home and found it floating in the pool!! I called Polaris and they could not help so back to Amazon it went.
Next I researched the robotic pool cleaners and found the Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus. It arrived, I read the easy setup paper that came with the cleaner, I cut the packing plastic off the front and rear rollers, checked the inside filters that were already installed. Put the vacuum in the water, hooked up the blue power cable to the power supply timer. Plugged the timer into the GFI outlet on my house. Pressed the power button on the timer/power supply and away the vacuum went. My pool is a oval in ground vinyl pool 34 feet x 18 feet its 8-1/2 feet deep and 4 ft in the low end.
This vacuum went up the walls, went around the edge , even over the skimmer, down into the deep end over the bottom drain and into the low end. It tried to go up the steps but couldn't do it. In approx 2-3 hrs the pool was crystal clear! I opened the top of the cleaner, removed the 4 filters that came straight out easy, then I un-clipped the filters and cleaned then with my hose. Finished in 2 minutes and could not believe how much gunk this vacuum found. Reinserted the now clean filters and I'm ready for the next pool cleaning. OMG, this is an incredible machine! I put my manual vac and hose back into the garage. No more vacuuming for me! I will let the Dolphin Nautilus do it!! This vacuum is like having another filter roaming my pool. I bet I will not have to back wash very much anymore. Will update by the end of the summer.
END OF 1st SUMMER UPDATE:
WOW what a great summer with this easy clean pool cleaner. I wanted to give a tip, I could find anything that tells me how to winterize so it works perfectly next summer. So I emailed the MFG and they told me exactly what to do. They said keep the unit in an area that does not go below freezing and turn upside down and keep the weight of the machine off the rollers. Did exactly that and put the unit in my basement. So we will see next year!
START OF SUMMER (3rd year)
Vacuum Robot is still working perfectly. Found a small hole in one of the clear filters. No problem ordered a new set of filters on Amazon today and I still have another set of the paper filters that came with the robot that I am using. The beauty of this robot is you do not have to backwash you filter as much because this vacuum collects all the large and small dirt in the pool. Best Vacuum ever!" — Danny Kirk
Trending review: "After putting up with a Polaris 360 for way to long, I happily replaced it with the Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus. The pool was filthy and had a heavy ring of grit around the bottom of the circular deep end, plus the entire pool bottom needed a good cleaning. The Dolphin was in the water within a few minutes of its arrival -- heavy grit filters in place -- and did a remarkable job needing only one filter rinse. We have a 22' x 38' free form pool with a circular deep end and a rectangular shallow end. It has a vinyl liner, steps, swim out and no 90 degree corners. I put the fine filters in the next day and ran it again, even though the pool was cleaner than it had ever been, and was surprised at the amount of dirt and grit it picked up. It does a good job with the walls and coping, and actually goes up into the swim out which before I always had to clean manually. I don't understand how the cleaver clean system works since it appears to be random but it did a great job of cleaning the entire pool in only 2 hrs. Hi highly recommend this product but do suggest you get the caddy for it as well: not necessary but it makes storing pool side much neater.
UPDATE: I've had the Dolphin now for about 5 weeks and am still very happy with my purchase. I use it every 2-3 days as needed and it always does a good job at cleaning the entire pool in about 2 hrs. A couple comments: 1st, separating marketing hype from reality, the cord absolutely does tangle however the swivel connector near the end of the cord does its job beautifully so line tangling does not interfere with performance. I only mention this because trying to neatly roll up the cord on deck is a daunting task made much easier with the stand. I find it best to unplug the cord from the controller, pull it out straight and then coil it onto the stand. I then plug it back in so it's ready for the next use. 2nd. it goes into the shallow swim out several times each cleaning and occasionally (not every cleaning, not even every other cleaning) gets stuck needing help to get out. Personally I don't find this to be a big problem. Finally, the Dolphin can be programmed to run every day, every 2nd day or every 3rd day. I don't find this helpful since it does not have a clock setting so if I wanted it to run at say 5am I would have to put it in the water at 5am and select an option. And according to the manual the setting is only good for 7 days. So, again, I don't find this feature helpful but I don't leave the cleaner in the pool anyway so I have no need it." — Charlie521

Get it from Amazon now: $879.00

 

2. AIPER Cordless Robotic Pool Cleaner (2022 Upgrade)

Top-rated: 5,479 ratings


AIPER Cordless Robotic Pool Cleaner (2022 Upgrade)

Highlight: Say goodbye to wires thanks to the Aiper Pool Vacuum's 100% cord-free design.

Helpful review: "I recommend this cleaner for a small pool. I have an above ground pool that is 28ft in diameter. I would not recommend this for a pool near this large. The unit runs for about 30 minutes on a full charge, not 50 minutes as stated, and it takes about 4 hours to recharge. At this rate it will take about a week of cleaning to cover the entire bottom. It does an OK job of cleaning the area it covers, the filter always has some stuff in it when I pull it out. If you have any small wrinkles in the liner it will glide over them but not clean along the edge of the wrinkle. Because of the way it is designed it will also not clean the last 6 inches at the wall.
Update: I have upgraded my review from 3 stars to 5 stars due primarily to their customer service. The company contacted me unsolicited within hours of posting my review and offered do what ever they could to make me happy. They far exceeded my expectations in solving the problems I had with the unit. Great customer service, I would highly recommend this company and their products." — Steven Ward
Trending review: "I have a 18'x52" above ground pools it says in the description that the battery lasts 50min I charged it fully & it ran for about 40mins on the first charge so I charged it again about 4 hrs the light turned green which indicates a full change it only ran for 39mins (I timed it with a watch) then I charged it again 4+hrs this time I got 43mins so not the 50mins it says in the description not only does in not run the time stated but after running a "full" cycle & the water settled down what looked clean was not it just distributed the dirt evenly over the pool & for this kind of money I would expect it to clean much better good thing I'm still in the return window.
UPDATE (5/24/22): After reaching out to the seller with my issues they were very prompt in responding to me we discussed the issue I was having they suggested a few things & we straightened out the Issue this company is by far the BEST Company I have dealt with here on Amazon the customer service is impeccable. I purchase a lot of things here on Amazon so I'm reaching out to different companies all the time. THANK YOU SO MUCH AIPER. YOU ARE THE BEST!" — Robert Bedford

Get it from Amazon now: $269.99 & FREE Returns

 

3. DOLPHIN Nautilus CC Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner

Top-rated: 6,671 ratings


DOLPHIN Nautilus CC Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner

Highlight: Clean your pool with the touch of a button: schedule the Nautilus CC to automatically clean your swimming pool each week using 3 settings (every day, every other day, or every 3rd day).

Helpful review: "I've owned an inground pool for the last 10+ years. Over time, I've tried many different pool cleaning products. Suction side cleaners, Kreepy krawly, battery powered vacuums, etc. Each of them had their own limitations and caused more frustration than they were worth. Should not have waited 10 years to buy this! Over the past few years, I've been manually cleaning with a battery powered vacuum. And this meant the pool was never 100% clean. My neighbor had a robotic pool cleaner about 8 years ago, but I was skeptical from buying because his kept getting tangled in its own cord.
After reading some reviews, I thought I'd give the Dolphin Nautilus a try. It was simply a miracle. After dropping it in the pool, you just walk away, and it does its job with no fuss. I leave mine in the pool all the time (except when shocking). The timer is set to run every day for a 2 hour cycle. The pool is crystal clean all the time. No more nagging from the wife to clean the pool. The nautilus has a cool buoy holding the cord upright, so it NEVER tangles.
I dropped it in the pool right after opening. As you can see there is a lot of debris. The nautilus cleaned up everything like a champ. The filter bucket is easy to clean. The only (small) gripe I have is that the cycle time is preset (about 2 hours). For pool openings, the robot needs to run for longer. So I had to go outside every few hours and reset it. But now after opening, the 2 hour cycle is perfect for daily maintenance.
Would suggest to also buy a small pool box to cover the voltage converter, controller and extension cord. The instructions say to not use an extension cord. I bought a heavy gauge outdoor extension cord from Home Depot and it works fine. Mine is connected to an outdoor rated electrical junction box all the time. The robot stays in the pool and is set for a daily cycle. This can be adjusted to every 2 days or every 3 days depending on need. I also bought the ultrafine filter set. But I didn't really need it. Most of the debris that I get is larger, and gets picked up fine from the normal filter. I also have a DE filter which captures more fine particulate. So you might consider trying out the normal filter before shelling out the extra money for an ultrafine filter.
The more expensive versions of this robot have other features: caddy, longer cord, Bluetooth, etc. I thought about all of this and decided against. Those other features are nice, but I really didn't need them. Turns out the Dolphin nautilus is perfect for my needs. Don't be like me and wait 10 years to buy something like this. It was worth every penny, and more than paid for itself. I bought this with my own money and received no incentives from the manufacturer to write this review.
UPDATE: Nearing the end of my second season with this robotic pool cleaner. It still works great. The color on the plastic has faded due to sun/chlorine exposure. The rubber tracks are still good. This morning I noticed that the nautilus had problems moving, and would get stuck. After watching some youtube videos, I realized that something might have jammed the ball bearings or the impeller. It was easy to take apart. I found a wad of hair in the impeller blade. After removing it, everything worked wonderfully again. Apart from this, no major problems with this robotic cleaner. Would still definitely recommend." — sgopal2
Trending review: "So far so great, I've had it for 2 days... Live in Arizona next to a dust bowl and Palo Verde droppings. I knew it was coming soon so I didn't clean the pool for a week. It was easy to get started and after a couple hours it picked up all the big stuff and got the pool looking half way descent. Filled up the catch basket and it was easy to clean. They sell a holder for this that I thought was expensive. Being in a hot climate, I wanted to leave it close to the pool and out of the sun since I intend to take it out when not in use unless we are going to be out of town. I got one of those plastic cargo boxes with a snapping lid and it fit perfect with the controller and cables. They suggest that if you are not using their holder to store it upside down - which is ideal for this box anyway.
I have a swim up bar that has electric and hides it well so I am set. Very happy with the price compared to others I looked at. Oh yea, very few items such as phones, cameras and some electronics need to have extra insurance but I think this is one of those items. For $14 they offer a square trade extended warrantee giving you 4 years of piece of mind. I've had square trade coverage on a phone before and they do take care of you. If it can't be fixed, they'll give you a full refund which they did for me." — Dennis R. Bickers
Reassuring review: "I have been trying to convince myself that the expense of a robotic pool cleaner was worth it. After my 3rd year of being a pool owner and lugging out the manual vacuum, pole, hose, submerging the hose, fussing with the pump I finally broke down and bought this one. OMG I love it. You drop it in the pool, turn it on and it runs and picks up everything on the bottom of the pool. Our deep end is 8' and it will be all the way at the bottom and crawl all the way to the water line. It is pretty amazing. I can sit and watch it work for hours (ok thats an exaggeration but still) as it is very interesting how it creeps around the pool in what seems like a haphazard formation but in about 2 hours there is not a single leaf or speck of dirt anywhere on the pool. The control box sits easily under a bush and you can set it to run automatically daily, every other day or every 3 days. The filter container is amazing at filtering out the smallest of sand particles. Im amazed every time I pull it up to clean it out that there is so much sand in the basket. We have recently put the solar cover on the pool for our "cold Florida winter" and I was curious how it would work with the cover and crawling up to the water line but it has not had any problem. I do not have any issues with the Dolphin at all. I have to say it was money very well spent thus far. I have not had to lug out the old vacuum since I bought it.
Update as nearing our 2nd year with the Dolphin: It still runs and cleans great. No issues at all. its starting to get a little discolored and scratched up but its 2 years old and spend nearly 100% of its life in a chlorinated pool so I would expect it to fade out. Only issue is that one of the rubber treads keeps coming off. I think it has stretched out a little and somehow it comes off. I don't understand how since i have to really tug on it to get it back on so not sure how it just pops off. It doesn't happen all the time so its not a huge deal and i can put it back on. It continues to run and work just as good with just 1 track, it may not climb as far up the wall but it still works. Still well worth the money to not have had to spend Saturday mornings out in the sun manually vacuuming up the pool." — Shawn L.

Get it from Amazon now: $649.00

 

4. AIPER Cordless Automatic Pool Cleaner

Top-rated: 7,022 ratings


AIPER Cordless Automatic Pool Cleaner

Highlight: No hose, no clutter cord, no hassle!

Helpful review: "We ordered this pool cleaner to use in our average size inground pool. This cleaner is a bit smaller than our other one, and even though it’s designed for a smaller space than ours, we chose this one is because it is lightweight and cordless. We just opened our pool, we always open it early, and it takes a little while to get it warmed up, the chemicals ready, and operational. This time of year we use our auto cover much more frequently to hold in heat and repel dirt and debris. The advantage of this little guy is we are able to clean the pool with the cover on. This is a huge advantage and the fact that we were unable to do this with our pool cleaner became a bit of an issue. My husband also likes to leave the pool cleaner running while we are trying to use the pool, which can be a bit awkward. It’s early in the season so we haven’t run into that but the cordless operation of this cleaner will allow us to operate it and swim with a little more comfort. It only takes a few hours to charge fully, as I was reading most of these require an overnight charge, and it’s doing a great job getting our pool spring ready. Check out my video for a demonstration, thank goodness for my underwater camera I was able to capture this little guy in action. I’m excited to turn this cleaner loose this pool season, as I cannot recommend automatic pool cleaners and particularly this one enough." — MBA Squared
Trending review: "We have an above ground vinyl pool that is constantly in need of leaf and debris removal from the bottom. Before we would have to actually get in and kick all the gross debris up with our feet and then scoop it out with the pool net, NOT ANYMORE! This cordless pool vacuum is AWESOME!!! It took less than 3 hours for the 1st initial charge. There is a convenient charging LED indicator light on the AC plug that stays red while charging and turns green when done. The soft silicone debris "scrappers" were super easy to click into place on the underside of the vacuum along with the plastic handle on top. You do need a screwdriver to attach the top handle but the two screws were provided. The power button on the bottom of the vacuum is easy to push on and off. I submerged the unit depressed the power button with one click and then let go of the vaccum unit and it drifted to the bottom of the pool and stayed upright, once it hit the bottom it took about 3 to 5 seconds and started up and went to work!
The vacuum has surprisingly powerful suction! I can't believe how well it sucked up all the dead insects and leaves along with the dirt and grime!! Now, of your pool was like mine and way overdue for a proper cleaning be prepared to empty the debris collection chamber every 5-8minutes. I used the provided hook on the end of my pool attachment pole and was able to fish the little robot vacuum out of the pool fairly easy, make sure you lift it out of the pool and reach in and turn it off before you bring it up out of the water otherwise it shoots water all over you hahaha learned that lesson real quick. Lift it up out of the water as straight and level as possible to prevent any of the debris coming out of the suction ports. The 4 snap closures on the top of the unit take some finger strength but not too much, it has a sturdy feel to the plastic components, and was super easy to clean.
The micro mesh filter on top of the debris collection chamber is really fine and captures and traps all the dirt and grime I was beyond impressed! It was powerful yet gentle, there was no snagging on the vinyl of the pool and it didn't try and climb the sides of the pool more than just an inch or two before redirecting itself! Amazing little unit! I couldn't be happier!! Once we got all the major debris cleaned up and swept out with this vacuum, it did an amazing job of keeping it clean! Once we removed the larger stuff from the bottom of the pool and started using it for maintenance cleaning every other day or so depending on how much the wind blew into the pool, we only had to empty it once the vacuum went through a whole battery cycle, which was about an hour, more than enough time to clean the whole pool!" — Ardena

Get it from Amazon now: $289.99

 

5. Dolphin E10 Robotic Pool (Vacuum) Cleaner

Top-rated: 4,493 ratings


Dolphin E10 Robotic Pool (Vacuum) Cleaner

Highlight: The E10 does not require any additional pumps or hoses to get the job done. Dolphins are super energy efficient with an average operating cost of 5 cents per hour.

Helpful review: "Let me start by saying I read a million product reviews for a million kinds of automatic vacuums and handhelds alike. I noticed Dolphin had better reviews than most. I'm ashamed to admit that I'm using this on a 16' Intex above ground . The pool itself was $200. The after market pump was $250. This vacuum was twice the cost of the pool.
I have a pool beneath a tree and I don't like to cover it. It's a pain in the ass to constantly fiddle with a cover. I have an Intex skimmer and it does an ok job. But I don't like to run pump constantly either. The way I do things requires a decent vacuum. I tried the Intex automatic vacuum and it was good for a season and failed this year. Same with the Intex vacuum that came with the deluxe maintenance kit. Down two vacuums after just a season, I was done buying cheap solutions.
This vacuum took less than two minutes to get in the water and running. Its a good weight, sturdy, feels well built. It cleaned my pool bottom spotlessly in one cycle. Despite what people say, it did go up some of my pool sides. It does occasionally wheelie around.