It's about time to put my old friend "Barry" down. The G3 has been going off and on for about seven years cleaning a 10K gallon fiberglass pool. He is largely held together with electrical tape securing the many times (and expensively replaced) diaphragm, and screws securing the flap to main body. He barely gets around anymore, and I just don't have the heart to replace another diaphragm. Many times he's been caught stuck in a corner or clogged up or with the swivel part unscrewed.
Situation: 10K fiberglass pool, SWG, wooded area, racoons leave muddy areas on steps after midnight parties. And I travel during the week. Many times I return home and cleaner is clogged or stuck.
Before watching your vids, I was contemplating a robotic cleaner but I just don't quite get the concept. With the suction cleaners, they clean when the pump runs and skims at the same time. Pool is always clean. I don't understand taking a robot out, storing it, putting back in the pool and plugging in... when you want the pool clean? Plus the cost. And the mess when you have to clean it. One video review on a robot didn't seem very supportive either. Sales guy said something about taking it out just like you do your other cleaner? Who takes them out?? Maybe if there's gonna be a big kids party or something...
Anyway I'm pretty set on suction type cleaner. Loved a video review on the G2 being lighter and cheaper than more expensive in the line. Seems like the higher the number the more trouble. Read some great reviews about Kreepy Krauly also.... they seem similar to the G2/3/4? I like the idea of fewer moving parts with these designs. They are tricky to set up sometimes to get the full pool.
And then awesome reviews on these Poolvergnuegen. Seems they get around very well... even in the shallow end! Just wanted to see what people thought, or if there is something unique to my situation, or hardware. G2 can be had for $200, a Kreepy (K70405) for about $279. And add your $60 hose twister to either of those. Or Poolvergnuegen is out there at $372.