I have read countless threads on the pros/cons, like/dislikes, benefits/drawback of the various type of cleaners and models available. Base on the article in pool school on cleaners and from the posts I have read my needs are suction side cleaner that utilizes skimmer port (no dedicated cleaner port) and does the walls and waterline (a plus not a deal breaker ) for under $500. The trends seems to be leaning towards the pool cleaner or barracuda mx8. Are there any others that I should be considering that fit my requirements that anyone recommends? Can I really go wrong with either one? I am sure anyone that has purchased either one of these over the past two years has had this internal debate---what swayed your decision?
"Cyclonic" did a great series of posts on the mx8 and showed all the ups and down of ownership.
This thread sums up the pool cleaner