The Pentair Great White is an automatic inground pool cleaner which can clean pools made of different materials, including fiberglass, gunite, vinyl, and others.
It can also be used on pebble pools without worrying that it can damage the delicate finish of the pool. Aside from being a top inground pool cleaner, this flexible pool cleaner can also be used for some above ground pools as well.
Let’s take a look at the features of this pool cleaner and see if it is worth your purchasing.
Things We Liked
- Reliable and affordable
- Easy to install and assemble
- Few pieces means longer product life
- Uses both brush and vacuum for maximum cleaning
Things We Didn't Like
- Doesn't clean steps
- Misses curve between floor and walls
How The Pentair Great White Works
This top suction pool cleaner can easily get any cleaning job quickly. In has been designed to clear 15 inch path of debris and dirt in just a single pass which is a LOT more than other cleaners.
In order to move it around easier and faster, this unit comes with a special turning mechanism which will allow it to maneuver and turn around even in the most challenging areas of your pool. Yes, this includes even tight corners and really curvy pools as well.
The Pentair Kreepy Krauly Great White not only works in a variety of pools but also cleans up all types of debris. It’s pretty rare to be able to clean all 3 types: small (sand, dirt), medium (small sticks, leaves, rocks), large (sticks, leaves).
While it’s good at cleaning up the various types it’s not great at a LOT of debris. It can sometimes get clogged if there is too much, so it’s best for pools with a light or medium amount. With that said, if you consistently use it to clean your pool then there won’t be too much build up and it’ll work regardless. Just don’t use it if your pool hasn’t been cleaned in months.
What makes it an outstanding inground pool cleaner is that it comes with bristle drive which makes an oscillating vortex to give it extra cleaning power. This feature makes it possible to scrub and clean and at the same time vacuum both small and large debris.
It also works in any type of inground pool, while it also excels if you are cleaning a flat pool bottom, hopper bottomed, or a dish incline. This type of flexibility is what makes this pool cleaner very attractive to a lot of pool users because its low maintenance means its truly an automatic pool cleaner.
This completely automatic pool vacuum only requires suction power to propel it around, and forward your pool. As such, there is no need for you to plug it in, thus facing the risk of getting electriocuted. At the same time, you do not have to deal with changing batteries, since it works by just connecting it to the suction side port just like the Baracuda G3.
Set Up & Installation Process
There are several reasons why an installation is needed with this pool cleaner. It may be your first time to set it up, or you may replace some parts along the way. You may also need some help with troubleshooting.
Since the Pentair Kreepy Krauly Great White is a suction side pool cleaner it requires a little more of an installation process than work-out-of-the-box robotic pool cleaners.
In order to be guided accordingly, you can refer to the following vide for a step-by-step guide.
Pentair Great White Features
This automatic pool cleaner comes with several functional features. While most of them are pretty normal our favorite is the dual brush and vacuum cleaning which really does improve the quality of the clean.
The following are some of them:
- Cleaning path: 15 inches (width)
- Vacuum regulator valve – This valve is used for adjusting the suction power manually.
- The unit can be attached to the skimmer of the pool for standard installation
- As an optional method for installation, it may also be attached to a dedicated suction port
- It can clean inground pools made of different materials such as fiberglass, vinyl tile, gunite, and others
- Comes with bristles which can wipe the floor of the pool, removing any dormant dirt
- Its suction-side vacuum feature removes debris and dirt from the pool
- Cleaning time may take about 4 to 6 hours, depending on the actual size of the pool
- It usually spends more time at the deeper end, as compared to the shallower end of the pool
- The oscillator feature also moves the bristles and the head of the pool cleaner
- It does not run with special programming, as it moves in a pattern that is random
- The hand rotates often with one sided lift in order to clear itself from obstacles, as well as in changing direction.
Precautions in Using the Pentair Great White
As a reminder, it is best not to use this pool cleaner in a pool with a damaged vinyl liner. For this, make sure that there are no stones, roots, or other smaller objects that are under the vinyl liner or else it will damage your Kreepy Krauly Great White.
If your pool has a tiled surfaces, make sure that you check it and start repairing the loose tiles before operating and installing the pool cleaner or this might likewise not only damage your cleaner, but also may break more tiles. If you need a cleaner for a damaged vinyl liner check out the Zodiac MX8.
Also, the Great White cleaner is not designed for use on extremely dirty pools, especially at the start of the summer season. A lot of users complain about having their units not working well, but failed to realize that it is not meant for over use.
Another reminder is that it should not be operated under a solar cover or any pool cover for that matter. The covers prevent this Pentair pool cleaner from going all over the pool and will reduce its ability to clean well.
Finally, this pool cleaner is also not able to clean pool steps. This means that you may have to do it yourself, or guide the cleaner to the steps by using the handle adapter and a telepole that is included.
It's a small bummer, but most pool cleaners don't clean the steps so it's not a really big con.
Accessories Included in the Box
This suction side pool cleaner comes with the typical, nothing special accessories. While it’s nothing extraordinary at least it’s more than enough to get it cleaning effectively (not every pool cleaner comes with enough things) and it comes with a whopping 48 feet of hose so you won’ t have to buy more.
The following items are included in the box:
- Pool cleaner head
- Swivel assembly
- Regulator cap
- Handle adapter (which is used in attaching the telepole for manual movement)
- Reducer cone (this cone is designed to fit most skimmer connections)
- 12 hose lengths (4 feet each; total – 48 feet)
- Vacuum regulator (the suction may be increased or decreased by turning the knob)
- Vacuum port fitting (which comes with a safety cover that is spring loaded)
- Flow gage (which is used in checking the flow of suction)
I rate the Pentair Great White pool cleaner with a 4.0 out of 5 stars. While it is pretty reliable overall, it takes a degree of patience especially when it comes to correctly adjusting the suction power.
However, given that it is has good cleaning ability and get a ton of different types of debris makes it worth the slight annoyances. It's not perfect, but it's definitely a good buy for any inground pool (and some above ground pools).
Kreely Krauly Great White: Conclusion
All in all, the Pentair Kreepy Krauly Great White is a very good option as an inground pool cleaner that is definitely worth a buy. While there are some limitations involved, such as the inability to clean steps, a few minutes of guiding on your end will allow it to accomplish what you need. The beneficial features of this pool cleaner is what attracts users to it.
For instance, it has been designed in a very simple way, making it easy to operate and quick to connect. The vacuum regulator and hose line connect to either a dedicated suction port or a pool skimmer, which is the standard installation. On the other hand, the vacuum regulator may also be used in either increasing or decreasing the suction of this cleaner.
This unit seems to be a reliable and affordable suction side pool cleaner which is highly capable in cleaning any type of inground pool. It also has the potential to clean any size of pool that you have. In order to make sure that the pool is cleaned thoroughly, you may want to make sure that you keep algaecide in the pool water.
In areas with warmer temperate, you may also want to use as support to this cleaner, a vacuum cleaner. Overall, with the features of this cleaner, you will be satisfied with the output of its performance. Any drawback can be dealt with patience on your end, and a few minutes of manual labor.