Best automatic pool cleaners Thrifter 2020

Having a pool is awesome. Cleaning a pool is not. Take away some of the tedium involved in pool maintenance with an automatic pool cleaner. That way when you're ready to go for a swim, your pool is ready, too. Many of these cleaners will work no matter what sort of pool you have, and they are good for cleaning everything from dirt to leaves. Since most of these devices are automatic, you don't have to do a lot of maintenance or supervision for them to do their jobs. Here are the best automatic pool cleaners available in 2020.

Best Overall: Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus automatic robotic pool cleaner

Top Pick

Works with swimming pools up to 50 feet long and can clean them in just two hours. With dual scrubbing brushes, the Nautilus CC Plus cleans floors and walls. Does not rely on any additional equipment, either.

$779 on Amazon

Best Deep Clean: Paxcess wall-climbing automatic pool cleaner

Uses an intelligent computer program so you can just set it and forget it. Schedule it to clean with three settings, including a 3-hour setting that will thoroughly clean the bottom and all four walls of your pool. The pool cleaner's cord has a tangle-free swivel that lets it move easily and efficiently. It even works with pools up to 50 feet.

$600 at Amazon

Best Double Filter: Hayward SharkVac robotic pool vacuum

Uses high-quality components and advanced technology for maximum energy efficiency and ease of operation. Requires no extra hoses or hookups. Runs separately from the pool's regular filtration system so it's basically a second filter. Optomizes its cleaning path.

$635 at Amazon

Best Pressure Cleaner: Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 Pressure side pool cleaner

Works on all in-ground pools. Uses pressure cleaning to remove surface debris and contaminants. It also circulates heated water throughout the pool and reduces cold spots. Keeps debris from hitting your pool's filters to prolong the filters' life.

$601 at Amazon

Best Budget Cleaner: Pentair SandShark automatic pool cleaner

Designed for inground swimming pools. Can maneuver around tight corners, ladders, and other obstacles. Cleans fast and reduces the chance of missed spots.

$395 at Amazon

Best Premium Cleaner: Dolphin Premier robotic pool cleaner

Probably the simplest pool cleaner on this list. All you have to do is drop it in the pool and let it do its thing. The CleverClean technology uses advanced algorithms for complete pool covergae, and it uses an anti-tangle swivel cable so it can move around without ever getting hassled by its own cord. Has multiple filter options, cleans in three hours, and has advanced scheduling choices.

$1,147 at Amazon

A dip in the pool

Whether or not your pool already has its own filtration system, you will probably want to get an automatic pool cleaner. Many of these little robots like the Hayward SharkVac and the Polaris Vac-Sweep can actually extend the life of your pool's built-in cleaning system by removing debris before it ever even makes it to those filters. Think of it like a double filtration system, saving you money in the long run and making your life a little easier overall.

You get a pool because you want something to relax in. You don't want to spend the rest of your life maintaining it instead of enjoying it. Of course, if you really want to just make the cleaning process as easy as possible, get the Dolphin Premier pool cleaner. It's a premium purchase, but the smart technology inside of it will make pool cleaning a breeze.

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