10 Best Inground Pool Cleaner Reviews 2017 [MUST READ]

If you are searching for easy pool maintenance then you need the best automatic inground pool cleaner. There are only few that are made specifically for in ground pools and it can be a real disappointment when you find out the one you wanted can't used for your pool.

Fortunately, we took the time to compile this article creating this list of inground pool cleaner reviews. For each one we discuss its cleaning ability, pool coverage, various other factors, and we provide an overall rating.

At the bottom of the article we tell you about important things to look for when selecting the righe one for you and your budget. For other great choices check out these robotic pool cleaner reviews.

Inground Pool Cleaners Comparison

MODEL
            FEATURESEDITOR RATING
1. [Best Overall] Dolphin Nautilus


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Weight: 34.5 lb
Cord Length: 60 ft

● Lightweight, easy to use
● Cleans everywhere in all types of pools
● Long product life

4.7 out of 5
2. Hayward TigerShark QC


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Weight: 40 lb
Cord Length: 55 ft

● Removes junk from large pools well
● Quick Clean option (90 minutes)
● Awesome filter cartridge system

4.3 out of 5
3. [Runner Up] Pentair Sand Shark


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Weight: 14 lb
Cord Length: 35 ft

● Scrub and vacuum dual cleaner
● Wide cleaning path
● Works well with both small
and large pools

4.5 out of 5
4. [Best for the Money] XtremepowerUS
Generic Kreepy Krauly



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Weight: 12 lb
Cord Length: Unknown

● Very affordable
● Adapts to all pool shapes
● Uses no electricity


4.4 out of 5
5. 2016 Dolphin Premier


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Weight: 37.5 lb
Cord Length: 40 ft

● 4 different cleaning modes
● Remote control option
● 3 year warranty

4.4 out of 5
6. Aqua Products ABJR
Aquabot Junior


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Weight: 16.5 lb
Cord Length: 40 ft

● Gets all types of debris
● Fast, powerful clean
● Doesn't get stuck in cord

4.4 out of 5
7. Polaris 9550 Sport


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Weight: 43.6 lb
Cord Length: 70 ft

● Powerful navigation system
● Amazing suction technology
● Pre-programmed patterns

4.4 out of 5
8. Pentair GW9500 Kreepy
Krauly White


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Weight: 18.8 lb
Cord Length: 48 ft

● Cleans pools regardless of material
● Unique, efficient turning system
● Scrubs and vacuum mechanism

4.3 out of 5
9. Zodiac MX6


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Weight: 17.6 lb
Cord Length: 36 ft

● Handles different pool materials
even fiberglass

● Large filter bag means less replacing
● 2 hour auto shutoff

4.4 out of 5
10. Pentair Kreepy Krauly


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Weight: 19.6 lb
Cord Length: 40 ft

● Awesome cleaning coverage
● Regulates water flow for effective clean
● 1 part - easy maintenance + long life

4.1 out of 5

Best Inground Pool Cleaners 2017

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Editor Rating:

4.3/5

All Hayward products are pretty good, and the Hayward TigerShark QC is no exception. While it's solid and does its job, is it enough to really justify the price?

Let's star with the pros. This inground pool robot comes with two cool features that don't come with your normal cleaner.


First, it comes with a quick clean option. This isn't as extensive or powerful as the regular cleaning, but it's a good option if you have time to spare and just want to plop it in the pool or are in a rush. This isn't what you should primarily use because it'll miss some spots, but it's a great alternative for a quick clean.

The other feature is an awesome filter cartridge system. Replacing the filter is as easy as popping out the cartridge and spraying it with a hose. A process that can be a drag, replacing the filter with the Hayward TigerShark is a piece of cake.

It's overall cleaning ability is pretty decent and it'll work for both large and small inground pools. However, it ends here.

The most annoying about the Heyward TigerShark is that it gets stuck a lot on drain covers, lights, or anything that isn't really directly part of the pool.

Just as bad is that it comes with a weak warranty. When you're paying for a high ticket product you want protection and insurance. However, the TigerShark's warranty is rather weak so you can't really purchase it in confidence.

If you want to check out the manual before purchasing you can find it right here. It'll give you some useful tips about the Hayward Tiger Shark, such as helping you get it set up or trouble shooting. 

Bottom Line: It's pretty good and has nice features, but its fundamentals aren't too solid. If you want a premium option the Dolphin Triton is worth consideration as well, or you can just go with our FAVORITE, #1 pick which is next on our list.

Things We Liked


  • Removes junk from large pools well
  • Quick Clean option (90 minutes)
  • Awesome filter cartridge system

Things We Didn't Like


  • Can get stuck on drain covers
  • Mediocre warranty and coverage

Price: $$$$

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Editor Rating:

4.7/5

Without a doubt this  amazon #1 seller is the best inground pool cleaner available on the market. There's so much to love about the Dolphin Nautilus as it is nearly perfect.

As you know, I'm a huge fan of robotic swimming pool cleaners. They are easy to set up out of the box and quickly get working in your pool. As a lightweight option, the Dolphin Nautilus makes it easy to take in and out of the pool. Maintenance is easy because it was also built with high quality parts without a lot of small parts that easily break down.

It's great at cleaning all sorts of pools because it's pretty intelligent. It's even effective on pools up to 50 feet in length and will do well with all of the 3 major inground pool materials: concrete/guniate, fiberglass, and vinyl.

The Dolphin Nautilus cleans all of them really well. It's able to get all sorts of waste - both small and large so it does its job well. This means all you have to do is take care of skimming the pool surface and sweeping the steps (make sure to do this before setting it in the pool). The Nautilus will even remove algae from the walls so you don't have to.

Finally, because of its light weight it is easy to use in and out of the pool. Don't make the mistake of leaving it in your pool 24/7 because that's how you break it (and any other inground swimming pool robot). Instead, only keep it in while it is busy hunting down some gravel, dirt and other debris - and take it out when it finishes (3-4 hours usually).

You can find the manual here.

Bottom Line: If you're looking for the best automatic inground pool cleaner then you've found it. It's moderately priced and comes with all of the basic features, but it does them EXTREMELY well.

Things We Liked


  • Cleans everywhere in all types of pools
  • Exceptional clean
  • Lightweight, easy to use
  • Long product life

Things We Didn't Like


  • Filter bag could be larger

Price: $$

Editor Rating:

4.5/5

The Pentair Sand Shark is the top inground pool cleaner that uses suction. Most of the ones we recommend are robotic, but this exception is a pleasant surprise.

With its long 32 foot hose the Pentair Sand Shark is able to cover most private pools (not so great for commercial). However, it also depends on the placement of your suction side or skimmer port. It works well with variable speed pool pumps because it has an effective flow regulator.

The only swimming pools we don't recommend using this for is pools with a lot of obstacles on the floor such as underwater steps in multiple locations. This can cause the pool to get stuck.

Unlike many other pool vacuums, it has good coverage partly because it has a very wide (12 inches) cleaning path. Additionally, its ability to scrub and vacuum your pool at the same time means that it'll actually sanitize your pool instead of just remove the erroneous materials out so it is particularly useful if there is algae in the pool.

The other con is that once the Pentair Sand Shark's filter bag gets full then sometimes it'll stall (because the hose is blocked). This can be annoying, but if you're on top of emptying the pretty well sized filter bag you won't have a problem.

You can find the Pentair Sand Shark manual here. It's incredibly helpful in setting up the Sand Shark, and in troubleshooting any issues.

Bottom Line: It's a great suction pool sweeper that is ideal for inground pools. It provides a great clean because of its dual cleaning ability and has good coverage. It's easily worth its medium-low price point.

Things We Liked


  • Wide cleaning path
  • Scrub and vacuum dual cleaner
  • Works well with both small and large pools
  • Effective flow regular

Things We Didn't Like


  • Stalls with full filter bag
  • Not good with pools with lots of obstacles

Price: $$

Editor Rating:

4.4/5

The XtremepowerUS Generic Kreepy Krauly is the best inground pool vacuum  for the money. It's one of the most affordable pool vacuums on the market but has good set of features. Of course you get what you pay for so it won't compete with a pool cleaner that's 4 times its price but it'll definitely do its job.


With that said it's not as easy to set up as its robotic bretheren, but as a pressure pool cleaner it's not too bad.

The Generic Kreepy Krauly does require at least a 3/4 HP pool pump  or 1600 ghp to work so if you don't meet ONE of these requirements then this isn't the inground pool vacuum for you.

Fortunately, it's pretty hands off. It easily navigates tough corners, curvy pools, even pools with really odd bottom shapes. The only pool it might have trouble with is with large pools. While it is effective on 16x32 feet pools (and probably a little larger than that), if your pool is much larger like a 20x40 then you definitely want to find a pool vacuum that can handle a larger pool.

Like any pressure cleaner, it relies on your pool's filtration system so if your pool filtration's system is weak then you shouldn't expect the performance to be that good. However, since it also uses your pressure pool pump it doesn't use up any additional electricity so you'll save some money on that end.

Bottom Line: If you are on a tight budget then it doesn't get better than the XtremePowerUS Generic Kreepy Krauler. With an easy set up, cheap price, and good at rubbish removal, you can't go wrong with buying this product.

Things We Liked


  • Very affordable
  • Adapts to all pool shapes
  • Uses no electricity

Things We Didn't Like


  • Not good with large pools
  • Requires 3/4 HP pool pump or 1600 ghp

Price: $

Editor Rating:

4.4/5

The 2016 Dolphin premier is a high quality inground pool cleaner.

It's a flawless automatic pooling vacuum, at a premium price so if you're on a budget then skip this altogether. The Dolphin Premier is for those who like to invest for the long term - it lasts a long time, so it definitely makes up for its higher price tag.

Getting it up and running out of the box isn't as easy some other robotic pool vacuums because of mediocre instructions, but it's still not too hard. If you've had other pool cleaners before then you won't have a problem, but if you haven't then you'll want to check out some videos on youtube.


The reason why it's a premium option is because it has a LOT of nice features that don't come with the average pool cleaning robot. Its Smart-Nav software gives it top of the line pool navigation. It'll be able to reach every nook and cranny in your pool, and rarely misses spots.


Second of all, it seriously provides a GREAT clean. Not only does it have a really strong vacuum, but it uses 4 different cleaning modes to purify your pool so it adjusts to the different types of junk that can be found in your pool. I'm not sure how it knows, but it even sweeps out some stains, sucks algae/sand, and even gets rid of the large debris.


It also has a pretty nice remote control option in the rare case it misses a spot or you want it to go further up the walls. It's a nice option to have rather than having to go do it yourself. The remote control feature isn't perfect, but it's good enough to use without a lot of frustration.


When you're buying an expensive product you want a good warranty plan. Fortunately, it comes with a fantastic 3 year warranty, but unfortunately that is paired with bad customer service. It's hard to reach out to customer support and they aren't very helpful. Make sure to read the warranty terms so your warranty isn't voided which can actually be found in the manual and set up guide.


Bottom Line: It's a premium product at a premium price and it is well worth it. It works well and has nice features, but it's not for those on a budget.

Things We Liked


  • Top notch pool navigation
  • 4 different cleaning modes to take advantage of
  • 3 year warranty
  • Remote control option

Things We Didn't Like


  • Mediocre instructions
  • Bad customer service

Price: $$$$

Editor Rating:

4.4/5

You can't go wrong with the Aqua Products ABJR Aquabot Jr. This automatic inground pool cleaner is an absolute beast!

First, it's really easy to set up and configure. Within minutes of opening the package, you'll have it running in your pool and cleaning away. All you need is a GFCI power outlet, which is your standard pool area outlet.

From there, you can forget about it since it is low maintenance and doesn't get tangled in its cord like competing products do. The only difficulty you might encounter is if you have a really complicated pool shape with tight corners.


It's good for concrete and vinyl pools (fiberglass untested) so if your pool is the typical concrete or gunite pool then you'll be fine using the Aquabot ABJR Jr.


It has its own self contained filtration system with a filtration rate of 4500 gallons an hour so it can really chug through a lot of water making sure it gets everything. The cleanliness the Aquabot Jr provides is really solid overall. It gets anything from fine particles to larger leaves, leaving your pool with clean, clear water. 


Not only does it remove rubble, leaves, and sand from the pool floor well, but it'll also get most of the walls with an estimated completion time of 2-3 hours. Other products require  a lot more time which can make cleaning your pool inconvenient. It doesn't get much shorter than 2-3 hours. 

The manual itself is just okay. It provides some basic information, but could use more detail. You can find the one for the Junior on this part of the Aquabot website.


Bottom Line: It's definitely a top inground pool cleaner that will make the bottom surfaces potless. It's a mid-range price point, but definitely worth a buy.

Things We Liked


  • Gets all types of debris
  • Fast, powerful clean
  • Doesn't get stuck in cord
  • Good price

Things We Didn't Like


  • Only goes about halfway up the pool walls
  • Lots of curves and corners can confuse it

EDITOR RATING:

Price: $$

Editor Rating:

4.4/5

This Polaris Sportis an outstanding inground robotic pool cleaners, but you wouldn't expect a mediocre swimming pool cleaner for its hefty price!

Like its other robotic cousins, the Polaris Sport is pretty easy to set up and get working in the pool.


It's actual cleaning system doesn't make it any harder for you. With its proprietary navigation system called ActivMotion Sensor Technology its able to easily map out a pool and clean out all over. However, it also comes with a bunch of pro-programmed patterns so if your pool matches one of the patterns then you should use it for an even better clean

Unfortunately, for some reason it just doesn't seem to consistently take care of walls -it's pretty hit or miss in fact. Sometimes it'll reach the entire pool well, but when it doesn't reach the walls it doesn't even seem to even try which is a little surprising.


To counter this and any other spots it might miss you can use the remote control option. This is a great feature so that you can still maintain your pool from the comforts of your chair and Margarita instead of having to go by your pool yourself and manually sweep it.


When it comes to what it can remove, the Polaris Sport 9550 excels in diversity. It's able to get rid of all types of junk that settle in your pool. Also, because of its Vortex Vacuum Technology, can easily suck up large rocks and sticks and still maintain a constant flow. 


It's pretty good with smaller stuff like sand and algae, but it'll miss some very fine particles every now and then. With that in mind, if your pool has a lot of sand or dirt then you want to consider the extra filter add on to help filter and pick up more fine sand or dirt.


Bottom Line: It's one of the best inground pool cleaners and it does its job well. Despite minor cons it's worth a buy if you're willing to spend the money on a high quality option. Just make sure you read the warranty!

Things We Liked


  • Powerful navigation system
  • Amazing suction technology
  • Pre-programmed patterns
  • Remote control option for additional handling

Things We Didn't Like


  • Hit or miss on walls
  • Just average with small sand or dirt

Price: $$$$

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Editor Rating:

4.3/5

Pentair is one of the best pool cleaner brands available and they don't disappoint with the GW9500 Great White. It's a good automatic swimming pool sweeper that will make your water crystal clear and wonderfully hygienic!


It may sometimes just visit the deep end of the pool which is a little annoying, and every once in a while it will get stuck despite it's awesome turning system that it uses to get out of tight corners.

However, when it is working on full steam then you'll notice how effective it is. It uses a scrub and vacuuming mechanism at the same time. This dual cleaning system allows it to not only remove  various remains, but also actually scrub your pool.


It doesn't maintain steps well, but it's pretty good on the floor (excluding the occasional miss on the shallow end) and will often get to the waterline of the pool walls.


Bottom Line: It's not flawless, but it is definitely is worth having. You won't waste your money on it because it does its job, but you can find better alternatives. You'll still get a pristine clean with the Kreepy Krauly great white though.

Things We Liked


  • Cleans pools regardless of material
  • Unique, efficient turning system
  • Scrubs and vacuum mechanism

Things We Didn't Like


  • Sometimes misses the shallow end
  • Occasionally gets stuck

Price: $$

Editor Rating:

3.9/5

The Smartpool SmartKleen is just mediocre really. It's only really good for small swimming pools that won't require heavy cleaning. This is because it has trouble removing medium sized rubble and easily gets tangled.


It's far from perfect, but at least it can remove different pool waste pretty well - even tricky fiberglass.


Annoyingly, the cord gets tangled pretty easily - even in smaller pools. However, it makes up for it with a large filter bag so that it doesn't need a lot of replacing.

The overall ability is kind of lacking. It doesn't exterminate algae well and always missed the same corner in my pool, so it's pretty hard to recommend.


However, one feature I liked was the 2 hour auto shut off. With this feature I didn't have to constantly over it and could really just leave it alone. Unfortunately, this wasn't enough to be a saving grace. Its cons definitely outweigh the pros and you don't need to simply settle for the MX6.


Bottom Line: It doesn't even come close to being one of the top. We gave it  a 3.9 stars out of 5, because of it lacks flexibility and true cleaning power.

It's really only good for small pools requiring little maintenance.

Things We Liked


  • Handles different pool materials even fiberglass
  • Large filter bag means less replacing
  • 2 hour auto shutoff

Things We Didn't Like


  • Not great for all types of pools
  • Cord gets tangled easily
  • Can't get rid of medium or large debris

Price: $$

Editor Rating:

4.1/5

Price: $

The Pentair Kreepy Krauly  is just an average pool vacuum.

Out of the box it's pretty easy to set up since it's just one part. You don't have to screw any parts together - just some hinges which is pretty easy. 


It's actual ability to untaint your pool is good because the random pattern it uses gets most areas in the swimming pool. As with any random pattern there will be spots that miss but if you run it long enough it'll work out because it can regulate its own water flow to optimize for cleanliness.

On the other hand sometimes it does get stuck so it's a little annoying because it's not as automatic as you would hope. I mentioned it has great coverage but it doesn't climb the stairs. Normally I wouldn't expect an inground swimming pool vacuum to do so, but the product description claims it can.


Other than that it's still pretty good. It'll remove most rubble, but isn't too good with large leaves and sticks so if you have big rocks or sticks then don't go with the Pentair Kreepy Krauly.


Bottom Line: It's just average. Not really worth a buy but if you really want to test it out it'll still do its job. If it didn't get stuck so much it would be a lot better (probably around a 4.3-4.4 out of 5).

Things We Liked


  • Awesome cleaning coverage
  • Regulates water flow for effective clean
  • 1 part - easy maintenance + long life

Things We Didn't Like


  • Gets stuck
  • Doesn't climb stairs as claimed
  • Not great with large leaves

Buying Guide

Even though we picked out our favorite 3 this NOT mean they will be the perfect one for you. Our recommended 3 are just general suggestions. It’s important to learn how to pick the right one for your budget, type of pool, and dirtiness.

Consider Pricing

Pool sweepers have a large range of pricing and can even up to a grand. Like with all products, you get what you pay for. The cheaper ones are cheap but are also lower quality and tend to not last as long. Higher quality cleaners tend to have better cleaning ability, extra features, and consistency and last longer.

Overall, I’m not sure if I can justify the price of a premium option. Although they have some improved cleaning ability and extra features,  they’re up to 2-3 times as much as an average one, so it’s hard to justify that price. I recommend going for the middle ground – don’t get the cheapest one available, but don’t get the most expensive either.

Consider Pool Shape, and Material

Inground pools come in a large variety of different forms. Complicated swimming pool shapes can cause your inground cleaner to have difficulty cleaning your pool. Even a lot of obstacles in your pool (drastic drops, mini-walls) can pose as problems.

However, you’ll also want to know what material your in the ground pool is made of. Most pools are concrete or gunite pools while there are also vinyl and fiberglass pools. Some pools even have a cobblestone bottom and can be damaging to many swimming pool robots. Understanding your pool is key before purchasing one.

Consider What’s In Your Pool

Certain swimming pool robots work better for the various types of things found on the swimming pool floor. Understanding what is often found – such as sand, sticks, leaves, dirt, etc. should play an important role in your buying decision. Most pool cleaners can take of medium debris, but many struggle with either or small debris.

There are some that are good at all types of debris and may be a little more expensive. Typically, these are worth it if you have a lot of different things that end up setting at the bottom of the floor, because it’s these multi-functional options that will save you a TON of time. 

Conclusion

All of these are important factors to consider. If you’re buying , don’t skimp out on quality or you may just end up wasting your money. However, you still don’t want to buy the best one available because it’s probably overkill for your pool.

Understanding your pool and the materials found in it is important too so you buy the correct one for your budget and needs. Even if you get the best cleaner on the market if it’s not right for your pool then it won’t be effective and may end up wasting your time.

Lastly, be sure to read your warranty terms and conditions so that you can be sure to have protection in case something goes wrong with your pool cleaner. You don’t want anything to go wrong after you find the perfect one for you.

If you have any questions about these reviews or have anything to contribute, then please let us know in the comments below!

Laurie S.

As a multi home owner for 15 years I’ve tried out a ton of pool products and methods and have found out the best ones that work for me.

I love helping out other people with real, honest advice and spending time with my family. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me in the about or through a comment.

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