MX6 vs MX8 : Review and Comparison

If you are in the market for a suction side pool cleaner, chances are you’ve considered the Zodiac Baracuda MX8, or it’s little cousin the MX6. Which one is better? Well, we’ve put together this side-by-side MX6 vs MX8 comparison so you can see the differences yourself!


Zodiac Baracuda MX8

Zodiac’s MX8 is a powerful and efficient suction side pool cleaner with a long track record. While some now models are released only to see a short shelf-life, the MX8 has been on the market for years. This is a testament to it’s popularity, and also has given Zodiac time to refine the mechanics. that cleans the floors and walls of your in ground pool.
mx8 pool cleaner

MX8 Pool Cleaner Features:

  • Uses existing pump (no booster pump needed)
  • Suitable for all types of in-ground pools
  • Cleans floors and walls up to the waterline
  • Twist-locking hose sections
  • Energy efficient, low flow cleaner
  • Includes: 36′ hose
  • Does not pick up stringy material (i.e. banana leaves)

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The Zodiac MX8 picks up dirt and debris off your in ground pools floors and walls up to the waterline keeping your pool clear and healthy. It’s wide cleaning path allows it to capture more debris along its path (compared to MX6). The downside (to both the MX8 and MX6) is that it struggles with stringy debris. This type of debris can get get clogged in the propeller, so if you have that type of debris in your pool, you could consider other options here.

The MX8 uses a patented Flex Power Turbine technology which allows the cleaner to perform at flow rates as low as 20 GPM. This means reduced energy consumption and less wear-and-tear on your pool pump. There is a removable inlet assembly which can be toggled to focus on large or small debris. The MX8 connects to your skimmer or dedicated suction line, passing the debris into your skimmer basket and pool filter. The MX8 moves both forwards and backwards to cover every nook and cranny of your pool surface – from floors to the waterline.

Note: The original MX8 had some issues, so Zodiac released an upgraded version. We sell only the updated version.You can read the upgrade details here.


Zodiac Baracuda MX6 Suction Side Cleaner

With its innovative low-flow design, the Zodiac MX6 Suction Side Pool Cleaner consumes less energy while still boasting best in-class vacuum power to deliver a sparkling clean pool with less energy consumption. It is very similar to it’s big brother, the MX8, but is more compact (and more affordable).

Baracuda MX6 Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner

MX6 Pool Cleaner Features:

  • Suction side pool cleaner that works using existing pump
  • Energy efficient (works at low pump speeds)
  • Climbs walls to clean waterline
  • MX Flow Regulator controls excess flow
  • Easy grip handle
  • Twist-Lock hose
  • Includes 30′ hose
  • Does not pick up stringy material (i.e. banana leaves)

Shop MX6 Here!
The Zodiac MX6 Pool Cleaner is a compact version of the MX8. doesn’t skip a beat, cleaning your pool’s floor, walls, and up to the waterline. The cyclonic suction feature provides superior vacuum power just like the MX8. The built in X-Drive Navigation works as the brain of the MX6. Although this little guy does not move in reverse, the unit can turn it’s treads independently, allowing it to turn on a dime to reach the corners and crevices of your pool.

The MX6 offers optimal suction side cleaning, but requires less water flow. The MX Flow Regulator controls excess flow, eliminating wasted energy and allowing it to be efficient at lower speeds. The ability to run at a lower flow makes this suction side pool cleaner an ideal choice for pool owners with 2-speed or variable speed pumps. This allows users to run their pumps at lower speeds more often using less energy and saving you money on monthly operating costs.

The MX6 comes with 30′ hose (compared to 36′ with the MX8). However, you can purchase extra hose sections (sold in 1-meter sections) if you need them for a larger pool.

So which cleaner is best for your pool?

If you have a small to mid-sized pool, we recommend the MX6. The low flow rate will increase the lifespan of your pump. Additionally, the MX6 is a lower initial investment. If you have a large pool, the MX8 is a great option..and the $100 rebate make is almost as affordable as the MX6.

Not sure either of these cleaners are the best fit for your pool? No problem!
Check out this robotic pool cleaner comparison guide for even more options!
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When Kevin’s not enjoying the water himself he’s engaging himself in the wide world of pool and spa knowledge which he passes on to our customers through producing content for our blogs and website. Outside of the pool world you can find him enjoying life with friends, family and his off the wall dog Brixton.