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    New2water's Avatar
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    Jun 2011
    Stockton, CA

    Recommendations for pool vacuum

    I wish to buy a vacuum device to clean my pool. Which brand and model works best?

    Thank you.
    18K gal in ground, Plaster, three 1 HP WhisperFlo WFE-4 pumps (Pool, Hot Tub, Waterfall), 320 sq ft cartridge filters, MiniMax Plus HP 400 heater, TF-100 test kit, Kreepy Krauly Classic cleaner

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    Jul 2007
    Chicago, IL

    Recommendations for pool vacuum

    I could not be happier than I am with my Aquabot turbo. Just drop it in and forget it for two hours. Come back to a perfectly vacuumed pool. It runs on it's own pump and filter, so no bulky hoses to deal with. They're a bit pricey, but worth it in my book. I was able to pay about half price buying one on Craigslist.
    28K, 20' x 40' IG - Vinyl Liner, Hayward DE Filter, 1.5HP Pump, 250K Hayward BTU Heater, Aquabot Breeze 4WD robotic cleaner

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    Lakeland, FL

    Re: Recommendations for pool vacuum

    I just picked up a Smartpool Nitro Smartkleen. After 1 use I like it. Price was right at $400, but can be found new on eBay for around $350 delivered.
    17K Kidney Shaped Pool Concrete (Diamond Bright) Pool, 3/4 hp 2 speed 115V Sta-rite Duraglas PEA5D-180L/P2R5D-181L (Impeller C105-92PS Diffuser C1-216P), 1.5 piping, Pentair CC100 Filter , Heat Siphon 100K BTU Heat Pump Pool Heater, Flow meter Blue White Flowmeter Model No. F-30150P, Hayward Astrolight SP0581N, SWCG CalimarTitanium Edition TE45 , Lakeland Florida

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    Re: Recommendations for pool vacuum

    I can highly recommend the Zodiac Barcuda MX8. I've used one for about a month and the only thing it doesn't vacuum is my steps.
    It is a vacuum so it uses your skimmer suction or a dedicated suction cleaner line.
    It does a great job with medium to small leaves and debris.
    I don't believe it would do well with large leaves like Magnolia or palms, in fact it will probably stop it up.

    They are on sale now at for $389 w/ free shipping. ... 2godFRrjYg

    Zodiac is running a $100 Visa mail in rebate until 7/31/2011, (so $289 total).
    It is a slight PITA to comply with and they estimate 8 weeks to get your rebate, but it's still $100 back.

    Best of luck,
    "Experience is what you get, just after you needed it."

    Owner DIY build, steel/liner kit, 18x36 Deer Creek, sport depth, approx 17,500 gal,
    Aqua Plus SWG, 1 1/2 hp, 2 speed, 300# sand filter and twin Color logic 4.0s, MX-8 Cleaner.
    My DIY Pool Build

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