Pentair Kreepy Krauly Legend Review [Boom or BUST?]

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Things We Liked

  • Large debris bag
  • Truly automatic - no manual assistance required
  • No need for booster pump
  • Collects all types of debris

Things We Didn't Like

  • Doesn't clean steps
  • Hose can get tangled

Editor Rating:



Are you planning to either finally replace your pool cleaner, or just get a new one to save yourself from the stress of cleaning your pool, or having someone else do it? Unfortunately, there are a lot of pool cleaners that are currently available in the market these days. Making the best decision as to which one you should get is a matter of getting good information.

One such option is Pentair Kreeply Krauly Legend. Let’s take a closer look at its features and capabilities through this Pentair Kreeply Krauly review and see if this is the unit that you are looking for. However, if you don't need a lot of features and are on a tighter budget check out the the Zodiac Baracuda G3.

How to Set-Up The Kreepy Krauly

This Pentair Kreepy Krauly Legend can turn out to be easy to setup especially if you have already experienced installing pool cleaners before. On the other hand, if this is your first time, you might find it challenging. In order to be guided accordingly, you might want to take a look at this video on how to set-up this top-notch suction side pool cleaner.

Installation Reminders

What makes this unit unique is that it comes with a booster pump. An advantage to this is that even though you may have a weak PSI for your pool pump, you can still expect performance with this pool cleaner. The use of a booster pump is applicable, however, if you have 30 or above PSI.

Aside from the booster pump, this unit is also equipped with a large sized debris bag which can hold items gathered from the pool. While other pool cleaners may need you to purchase an extra bag, you no longer have to do so because it is already included in the box.

While the Pentair Kreepy Krauly Legend unit may not be the easiest to setup, it is not the most difficult either. By following the steps in the video, you can follow along the installation process easily. The setup usually takes about an hour.

Cleaning Capability

Pentair Kreepy Krauly Legend use wheels, which means that it can move easily throughout the width of the pool. Unlike those that are suction pool cleaner type, this unit does not get hung up or stuck on difficult to reach areas. It can easily drive along the pool with no hassle.

This does not mean, however, that it can operate without any assistance. However, they are very easy to use, moves fast, which means that they can cover the pool area faster and in turn cleans your pool faster.

While other models find it difficult to transition effectively from the deep parts to the shallow parts, the Pentair Kreepy Krauly Legend does so with ease. It also operates efficiently on various types of pool materials, including fiberglass, concrete, or vinyl. It can also work on different pool shapes too but may have difficulty with really tight corners. Pentair's Great White is actually great with corners though.

Some Cleaning Issues

Violin Pool - Difficult for Most Pool CleanersViolin Pool - Difficult for Most Pool CleanersViolin Pool - Difficult for Most Pool CleanersOne issue about this pool cleaner’s cleaning capability is that it may be challenging for the unit to turn to tight corners because of its wheel system. However, if you just guide it to a different angle, it can still do the cleaning process effectively.

While it may struggle with corners, it works well with cleaning the walls. This is made possible through the capability of its front wheel drive, together with its treaded tires that offer a good amount of traction so that it does not just fall off.

It's powerful suction allows it remove most dirt and algae (if any) so sweeping the walls typically isn't necessary. Sometimes it won't go all the way up to the waterline, but its pretty rare and will usually get up the entire way the next time its run.

Another feature is its 4-wheel design which makes sure that the unit does not tip over as you clean the walls and the floor. It may turn out to be annoying if you have to pick up the cleaners amidst cleaning. Overall, it gets a thorough cleaning job done, with a complete coverage that you can certainly count on.

Types of Debris Cleaned

Debris From Oak TreeDebris From Oak TreeThe Pentair Pool Cleaner is amazing because of a number of different reasons. One of our favorites is its capacity to deal with multiple types of debris. While other models can either clean just large debris, or the smaller debris, this unit can also deal even with annoying algae, fine dirt, and large leaves alike.

The vacuum is powerful enough to pick up even the tiniest items within your pool such as fine dirt or algae.

With its huge throat opening, it can pick up easily bigger debris such as huge leaves and sticks. This is what is common among most pool cleaners. What makes the Legend, different as a suction side pool cleaner however, is that the large throat opening is complimented by a large debris bag. This means that the collected items are not stuck, unlike using smaller bags, or needs frequent emptying of the bag.

Among the debris that can be picked up by the Legend are small pebbles and pine needles. This is made possible by the extra pressure coming from the booster pump which helps in giving more cleaning power.  While these harsher, small debris may damage other pool cleaners the Pentair Legend is actually able to deal with these without problem.

Because of its ability to consistently handle all of the types of debris, you are assured of thorough cleaning of your swimming pool.

Warranty and Product Life

The Pentair Legend comes with a 1 year warranty, which is considered as average for units under this category. However, as an added option, you can choose to buy extra warranty and coverage if you purchase in Amazon.

At the same time, according to some suction side pool cleaner reviews, the standard product life of the Legend is between 5 to 7 years. You may have to expect the need to do a little maintenance, which may prompt the need to pay about $200 for the parts, but when compared to other models, this amount is still reasonable.

Editor Rating

I would rate the Pentair Legend 4.5 stars out of 5. As an inground pool cleaner, it performs as expected. It can clean any type of pool very effectively, and you can trust that this cleaner can easily get any job done. Whether you are dealing with fine debris such as specks of sand, or huge ones, such as leaves, you can be assured that everything is collected accordingly.

It would have been perfect, however, if it does not have issues with cleaning corners. It's pretty hard to expect a cleaner to be perfect, but at least the Kreepy Krauly legend comes close!

Pentair Kreepy Krauly Legend Review: Conclusion

All in all, this automatic pool cleaner is a good option if you are planning to purchase an affordable inground pool cleaner. For one, it requires almost zero maintenance after setup. It also does not just get tipped over easily, or get stuck, and it only needs emptying from time to time because of its size.

While it is more expensive compared to other models under this category, you can be assured that investing in this Pentair pool cleaner will save you more in the long run. It can help you save time while cleaning, and can even save you some stress and headaches because of its reliability. As such, the extra money you spend is well worth it.

This means that you are buying it for the quality, and not just for the quantity. At the same time, it can also last longer compared to other pool cleaners. While others are expected to last just 2 to 3 years, this model may last about 5 to 7 years of cleaning so you may have to buy 2 or 3 times the amount of lower quality cleaners which saves you money in the long run.

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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