With the 2013 season well behind us, and over 350 customer reviews, we felt it was a great opportunity to see how the most popular cleaners stacked up this year. We’re going to look at the top ten most popular cleaners, and see what real pool owners said about each!
#10 Kreepy Krauly Sand Shark GW7900
#9 Baracuda T5 Duo T5
|T5Making inroads into the traditionally Hayward and Kreepy Krauly-dominated Floridian suction-side market, the T5 Duo is finding its way into a lot of pools this year.Pros:|
#8 PoolVergnuegen 4x 896548000020
|896548000020A new cleaner for PoolSupplyWorld, “The PoolCleaner” carried a perfect 5-star rating (at the time of this article). Popular in California and Arizona, if it does this well next year too, it may take the #1 spot, after it collects a few more reviews.Pros:|
#7 Baracuda MX8 MX8
|MX8After a rocky first year, the MX8 had some improved installation instructions that addressed previous issues, and roared back into the pack in 2013. Popular in Florida and California, it clobbers all but the largest debris.Pros:|
#6 Kreepy Krauly Great White GW9500
|GW9500By far the most popular for small pools in Florida, the Great White is an effective small-pool cleaner with a big reputation.Pros:|
#5 Hayward Navigator Pro 925ADC
|925ADCIn some parts of Florida, the Navigator is the cleaner of choice–no contest. When they finally wear out, they are often replaced with another Navigator, which speaks volumes.Pros:|
#4 Hayward Pool Vac XL 2025ADC
|2025ADCWhile popular in Florida, like the Navigator, the Pool Vac XL also has a lot of fans in California and Arizona. While it has fewer reviews than the Navigator overall, it has the same number of 5-star ratings, and won a higher place on our list.Pros:|
#3 Kreepy Krauly Kruiser K60430
|K60430The redesigned Kruiser was a force to be reckoned with this year, earning fans in California, Arizona, and Florida.Pros:|
#2 Baracuda G3 W03000
|W03000A massively popular cleaner, common in Florida, Arizona, and California, the G3 was frequently on sale, and was the darling of the suction-side market for much of the year.Pros:|
#1 Kreepy Krauly Classic Classic
|ClassicThe grand-daddy of diaphragm/flapper suction-side cleaners, the Classic is what most people are thinking of when they hear “Kreepy Krauly”. Less common in Florida, this cleaner’s fans are in California, Texas, and Washington state.|
2013 was a great year for suction-side cleaners. With minor redesigns on a few models that addressed the few troubles that popped up in 2012, there wasn’t a clear break-away brand this year. Some of these models are designed for all surface types, while others (including the Kreepy Krauly Classic) have specific versions for vinyl and fiberglass pools, so be aware of that. Picking the best cleaner for your pool won’t just be a matter of picking the #1 on our list–consider the type of debris that is most common in your pool, and what other factors are most important to you.
These cleaners will all continue to earn reviews from new owners, so feel free to check out the reviews on any of them. You might read one that speaks to your situation better than we could have guessed, and you can verify what we’ve told you here for yourself. We want you to have the best possible cleaner for your pool, regardless of brand or model, and customer reviews are a great way to guide your shopping research.
Hopefully this summary will help you make the best decision for your pool, but feel free to contact us if you have any questions!