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    Zodiac MX8 Elite - Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner

    My pool is still under construction but I'm thinking about getting a pool cleaner.

    For my previous pool I had a Hayward Navigator but have been leaning towards getting the MX8.

    They now have a new 'Elite' model with brushes that actually scrub, but no reviews yet.

    Also Leslie's has the exclusive on it but available in stores only
    Zodiac MX8 Elite Residential Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner

    Price is about $25 more than the MX-8 but there is a $125 rebate available on all MX-8 models.

    Anyone have this. Also there is a kit to retrofit the brushes to any MX-8.
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    Re: Zodiac MX8 Elite - Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner

    I have it down to the MX8 vs. ThePoolCleaner ... after a few reviews discussing the complexity of the MX8 and problems they were having and expensive repairs, I got ThePoolCleaner, which also has the advantage of working on lower flow rates allowing my skimmer to keep working better.

    The brush idea sounds kind of nice, although turning more stuff requires a higher flow rate to work. And looking at the picture, I can not imagine the "brushes" lasting very long continually rubbing my pebble finish.
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    Re: Zodiac MX8 Elite - Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner

    Thanks, didn't consider that one. The 2x version is for smaller pools.
    My 2016 Build 14'x19'x35' IG Gunite 15K Gal. Roman, 4'-5' deep, 6 returns, 3 sheers
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    2 Pentair 5g 12v LED Pool Lights, 1 Pentair 12v Globrite LED in step area, 2 Bubblers
    Inline Chlorinator - SWG later, WetEdge Mediterranean Pebble, Intermatic MultiWave
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    Re: Zodiac MX8 Elite - Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner

    My pool is bigger than you would think for only 18k pool large shallow area, and I have the 2x and do not use all the hoses
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    Re: Zodiac MX8 Elite - Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner

    That is a lot of money for a suction side cleaner. You would be better served with a Dolphin Nautilus Plus robot. I bought my MX8 when our pool was built and really works well, but robots work better and use less electricity.
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    Re: Zodiac MX8 Elite - Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner

    Thanks, appreciate the replies.

    ThePoolCleaner by Hayward would now be my choice in a suction cleaner although the Hayward AquaNaut 200 or Phoenix which are all the same might be the one I choose. There are rebates & deals available on those. Might want to buy in a Pool Store so it can easily be returned.

    Originally I was thinking about a Robot but they are more expensive, have a separate filter to clean and the cord has to stretch across the deck requiring removal after each use. Also they do use electric where my variable speed pump will run anyway.
    My 2016 Build 14'x19'x35' IG Gunite 15K Gal. Roman, 4'-5' deep, 6 returns, 3 sheers
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    2 Pentair 5g 12v LED Pool Lights, 1 Pentair 12v Globrite LED in step area, 2 Bubblers
    Inline Chlorinator - SWG later, WetEdge Mediterranean Pebble, Intermatic MultiWave
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    Re: Zodiac MX8 Elite - Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner

    Remember you do need to use a leaf canister with a suction cleaner which does need to be cleaned regularly.
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    Re: Zodiac MX8 Elite - Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner

    Jason, I will have a screened pool cage so I won't have to worry about leaves in the pool.

    Saw some specs for the 2x that say 32' x 16' My pool is 35' x 14' and mostly 4' deep except for drains area in center 5' deep. Also I have a step area on the side that makes it 19' wide for a 15' length in that area.
    The dedicated suction line is next to the skimmer about a third of the way along the 35' length of the modified Roman shape pool. New Pool - Orlando Florida
    My 2016 Build 14'x19'x35' IG Gunite 15K Gal. Roman, 4'-5' deep, 6 returns, 3 sheers
    4 deck jets, 2 Pentair XF22005 Pumps, Clean&Clear 200 Cartridge Filter, Brick Coping
    2 Pentair 5g 12v LED Pool Lights, 1 Pentair 12v Globrite LED in step area, 2 Bubblers
    Inline Chlorinator - SWG later, WetEdge Mediterranean Pebble, Intermatic MultiWave
    43'x33' Screened Paver Deck&15'x30' Lanai, Doheny Discovery (S200) Robot, TF-100

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    Re: Zodiac MX8 Elite - Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner

    My pool is not very big, but has a steep transition. I originally had a 4 wheel "The Poolcleaner" I bought the new 2 wheel version based on Zodiac's recommendation. It spends most the day in the deep end. I would spend a few more dollars and buy the 4wheel version. I've had both robots and several suction side cleaners. I don't get why anyone thinks a robot is more convenient. I leave my pool uncovered all year and run the pump a couple hours a day. The cleaner stays in 24/7, and I get several years out of them. Even though we can't swim during the winter, the pool is a focal feature of the yard, and I refuse to cover it. Also, I have many trees around the pool and just let the pump basket catch them.
    36' x 18' 20k in ground, Finest Finish grey plaster, Pentair Tagelus 100D sand filter, Hayward Northstar 2hp pump, Jandy LRZ125EN heater, spill over spa, iaqualink controlled automation, Stenner chlorination, natural rock and flagstone coping, 1" glass mosaic waterline tile, SR Smith Vortex slide.

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