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The Best of the Best Pool Cleaners-No Effort Required

written by: Tori Forner•edited by: Tricia Goss•updated: 12/5/2012

Tossing a robotic pool cleaner into your pool and having the pool sparkling clean in one hour is no longer a dream. The amazing devices do all the work for you. Some robotic pool cleaners will even clean the bottom of your pool and then rise up to clean the surface of the water.

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    What Makes a Pool Cleaner Great?

    Finding the best robotic pool cleaner for your in-ground pool depends on many factors. Are you seeking one that cleans the surface of the water as well as the pool bottom, sides and steps? Do you have an ideal amount of time in which you would like the pool cleaned? What is the warranty involved with the product in case of mechanical difficulties? How much does it cost? These are some of the questions to consider when deciding which robotic pool cleaner to purchase. There are many to choose from, and each has its pros and cons.

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    Aquabot Turbo T4RC

    Aquabot Turbo T4RC 

    One of the best robotic pool cleaners currently available, the Aquabot Turbo T4RC claims to clean any shape or surface pool up to 50 feet in length in only one hour. To operate the cleaner you simply drop it in the pool and press a button. The pool cleaner completely cleans walls to the waterline, floors and most stairs. The Turbo T4RC offers four functions including scrubbing, power washing, vacuuming and micro filtering. It is self-contained without any hoses or filter connections. It comes with a quad brush system, a filtration and water circulation system, power washing jets and a large capacity reusable filter.

    To keep the cleaner working well, flip it over before removing the filter in order to keep the dirt and debris from falling out. In addition, clean the bag after each use to make it operate more efficiently. The Turbo T4RC has a wireless, four-way remote control that you can use to clean any area that needs extra attention. There is an automatic shut-off, so that when the cleaning cycle is done you do not need to turn it off manually. The obstacle detection sensory network keeps the Turbo T4RC from ever becoming stuck, which means no more coming to check on your pool cleaning to find that the device has only cleaned one area because it was stuck.

    The Turbo T4RC filters and circulates 5,000 gallons of water per hour, which the company claims will reduce chemical, water energy and replacement part costs by as much as 50 percent. A limited warranty of four years or 300 cycles prorated comes with the purchase of the product.

    The Turbo T4RC weighs approximately 16.75 pounds and measures 16" x 15" x 13". As of August 2011, the robotic pool cleaner is for sale on Amazon.com for $1,587.94. The Turbo T4RC is expensive, but does a fantastic job of cleaning the pool. It appears to be well worth the money. Whether or not the Aquabot Turbo T4RC is the best robotic pool cleaner on the planet is for you to decide.

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    Polaris 9300xi Sport

    Polaris 9300xi Sport 

    Imagine cleaning your pool with a pool cleaner that looks like a cool, sleek car of the future. The Polaris 9300xi Sport resembles a car and has an easy access, quick-release filter canister under the hood instead of a bag. This feature eliminates messes. The filter has a large capacity, which reduces the frequency and trouble of cleaning it. All you have to do to clean the filter is shake and spray. You never actually need to touch the debris.

    There are two different ways to clean your pool with the product. You can choose the handheld remote control to clean when and where you want. You can also opt for the custom-programmed automated cleaning mode, which does all the work for you. For the custom-programmable options, you can choose a cleaning cycle time of 1 1/2 or 2 1/2 hours.

    The Polaris 9300xi cleans the pool floor, walls to the tile line and even steps. It has Vortex Vacuum Technology, which provides maximum suction throughout the entire cleaning while picking up larger debris quickly and easily. The rear water-propulsion system cleans steps and tight corners. All-terrain aqua track wheels enhance traction, as they easily climb steps and walls while the powerful scrubbing brushes aggressively remove the dirt. The cord is a 70' double insulated floating cable, which allows the machine to clean pools up to 60' in length. The Polaris 9300xi cleans all pool shapes and surfaces. It weighs 16 pounds and measures 17"W x 8.5"H x 19"D. It comes with a caddy for easy storage and moving.

    You can currently purchase the Polaris 9300xi at Amazon.com for $1,399 including the caddy and the remote control. There is a two-year limited warranty. The Polaris 9300xi Sport is expensive, but it seems to do everything that is promised. Determining whether the Polaris 9300xi is the best robotic pool cleaner is up to you.

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    Resources

    Robotic Pool Cleaners, http://www.bestroboticpoolcleaners.com/

    Swim University, http://www.swimuniversity.com/10-best-automatic-robotic-pool-cleaners

    Polaris Pools,http://www.polarispools.com/poolcleaners/9300xi.aspx

    Aqua Products, http://www.aquaproducts.com/turbot4.html

    Images Courtesy of Amazon.com