10 Best Robotic Pool Cleaner Reviews: Top Picks for 2020

These are the top 10 robotic pool cleaners in 2020, according to our research and leading independent owner-verified pool robot reviews.

How to use the table below:

  • Our #1 picks are marked with a green circle check-green_640.
  • Cleaners for above ground and in-ground pools are noted.
  • Rotate your phone for best viewing.



Pool Rover Jr.

Aquabot Pool Rover Junior Robotic Pool Cleaner
on Amazon

Above Ground11 lbs1 year41 ft1 hr
Ultra XL

Hayward Ultra XL Robotic Pool Cleaner
In-Ground20 lbs1 year40 ft4 hrs

Dolphin Triton Robotic Pool Cleaner
on AmazonIn-Ground19 lbs2 year60 ft3 hrs

Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner
on AmazonIn-Ground16 lbs1 year60 ft3 hrs
Pura 4X

Aquabot Pura 4x Robotic Pool Cleaner
on AmazonAbove Ground
& In-Ground
20 lbs2 year40 ft2 hrs

Maytronics DX3 Dolphin Robotic Pool Cleaner
on AmazonIn-Ground19 lbs2 year60 ft3 hrs

Polaris 9550 Sport 4WD Robotic Pool Cleaner
on Amazon
* large capacity filter
In-Ground16 lbs
2 year50 ft3 hrs

Dolphin Premiere 2016 - best overall value
on AmazonIn-Ground22 lbs3 year51 ft3 hrs
Prowler 830

Pentair Kreepy Krauler Prowler 830 Robotic Pool Cleaner
on AmazonIn-Ground45 lbs2 year60 ft3 hrs
Hayward TigerShark

Hayward Tigershark Robotic Pool Cleaner
on AmazonIn-Ground40 lbs3 year55 ft3 hrs


How We Rate Them  4 and a half stars

We use the 4 criteria below to assign our ratings. Our final star rating is the unweighted average of these four scores.

  1. Value: for the price, how does this pool cleaner compare with its competitors in terms of features, cleaning ability and maintenance costs?
  2. Wall Cleaning: how well does this pool cleaner clean hard-to-reach vertical surfaces?
  3. Energy Efficiency: how much does it cost to run the pool cleaner each month?
  4. Floor Cleaning: how well does this robotic cleaner pick up all sizes of debris – including fine particles like sand and grit?

Best Robotic Pool Cleaners for An Inground Pool 2020

  1. Dolphin Triton Plus

  2. Dolphin Nautilus PLUS

  3. Polaris 9450/9550 Sport

  4. Maytronics DX3 Dolphin

  5. Hayward SharkVAC XL with Caddy

Robotic pool cleaners are an especially good choice for cleaning an inground pool

Older pump-driven pool cleaners often cannot reach the custom-molded steps, raised sitting platforms and irregular features that many inground pools have. This means you’re left to brush and clean those sections yourself.

The units above do this – and more.

>> Learn more about the Top 5 Inground Robotic Pool Cleaners >>

Best Robotic Pool Cleaners for an Above Ground Pool 2020

These are the best robot pool cleaners for cleaning an above ground pool:

  1. Aquabot Pool Rover Junior

  2. Aquabot X-Large Breeze

  3. Aquabot AJET122 S2-50 Pool Rover

  4. Hayward SharkVac

>>Learn more about the Best Robotic Pool Cleaners for Above-Ground Pools >>




13 Responses to 10 Best Robotic Pool Cleaner Reviews: Top Picks for 2020

  1. Alvin Meaux says:

    Have you reviewed the Aquabot Elite? Can you share your findings

  2. Ty Miller says:

    I have a salt water pool and I am constantly battling black algae. I am trying to decide between the Dolphin Triton Plus and the Polaris 9450 Sport. Can you recommend one over the other? I am most concerned with the ability to clean the algae and climb/clean the walls. Thanks!

    • Joe P. says:

      They both scrub algae well. But the Triton Plus performs better on stairs and walls than the Polaris.

  3. Rajesh says:

    New to this ….have a pool next to a flamboyant tree….. so small leaves are constantly on the water surface and of course some leaves will sink and majority stick to side walls……now I know that these robotic pool cleaners clean the bottom and side walls but not sure of the surface leaves which float on top ……how does that get cleaned. And what do u recommend for my outdoor pool above ground…….20 feet length x 7 feet wide……with 5 corner steps…..please advise….thanks

    • Joe P. says:

      To remove surface leaves, you need a pool surface skimmer.

      The only robotic pool skimmer I know of is the Solar Breeze NX, which is solar powered (no cables – yay). But it’s expensive, at $700-800. Make sure you get the NX, it’s been updated for 2016.

      For your leaf-infested above ground pool, I’d recommend the Aquabot Pura 4X. It’s a proven above ground cleaner that is known for its ability to climb walls.

  4. Terry OBrien says:

    I have an old fully tiled pool with square corners floor to wall, is there a robotic cleaner capable of climbing this type of tiled pool and can it operate under a solar blanket.

  5. Mark says:

    Have you tested the RPT plus?

  6. Jan Boyd says:

    I have a large inground marble sheen pool I have lot of trees and leaves around it and I need a vacuum that dosnt clog up and does steps and sides I am at my witts end what do I purchase that will help me

    • Joe P. says:

      I own a gunnite pool under large oak trees, so I understand your problem. If you have a LOT of leaves, then you will probably run your cleaner every day like we do – and even then, no pool cleaner will pick up everything when your trees are shedding. The stuff just comes down too fast.

      That said, right now I’d recommend the Dolphin Quantum – its top-loading x-large filter bin means easier and less frequent cleaning. Cleans walls/vertical surfaces very well, too.

  7. Renee says:


    We have a salt quartzon surface inground pool in a kidney shape. We commonly have the neighbours gumnuts, blossom and leaves in the pool. We are looking to upgrade from a polaris 360 that was installed with the return outlet when the pool was installed. We found that cleaner partially effective, commonly getting stuck and not moving around the whole pool.

    What would you recommend as a replacement for pool size 7 x 4 m.

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