Zodiac Pool Cleaner Comparison Guide

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What is the difference between the Zodiac Pool Cleaners?

The following Zodiac Suction Side Pool Cleaners are designed for different swimming pool applications. Whether you have a diving pool, play pool, or lap pool, Zodiac has you covered with their line of suction side cleaners.

Let’s take a closer look at the Zodiac MX6, MX8, G3, and T5:

Zodiac MX6

The Zodiac Baracuda MX6 is designed for small to medium pools. This unit is self propelled, and cleans in a pattern motion (sweeping motion with 360° direction change). The MX6 is equipped with dual tracks, single scrubber assembly, flex power turbine, and single “A side” gear box. Due to the single gear box the MX6 is suggested for pools no deeper than 6’. The unit will come with 3’ twist lock hoses (9 connector hoses, and 1 lead hose) totaling 30’ of hose. The MX6 is designed to run in low flow situations like a variable speed pump would provide. In the situation that you have a single speed single phase motor a flow regulator valve and flowkeeper valve are suggested.

Additional Accessories:

CLC500 Cyclonic Leaf Catcher

Zodiac MX8

The Zodiac Baracuda MX8 is designed for medium to large pools. This unit is self propelled, and cleans in a pattern motion (sweeping motion with 360° direction change). The MX8 is equipped with dual tracks, dual scrubber assemblies, a flex power turbine, and gear box “A&B”. Due to the dual gear boxes the MX8 is suggested for pools deeper than 6’. The unit will come with 3’ twist lock hoses (11 connector hoses, and 1 lead hose) totaling 36’ of hose. The MX8 is designed to run in low flow situations like a variable speed pump would provide. In the situation that you have a single speed single phase motor a flow regulator valve and flowkeeper valve are suggested.

Additional Accessories:

CLC500 Cyclonic Leaf Catcher

Zodiac G3

The Zodiac Baracuda G3 is designed for small to large pools no deeper than 5′. This unit is a mat style cleaner, meaning it isn’t self propelled and doesn’t clean in a pattern motion. The G3 is equipped with a long-life diaphragm, foot pad, adjustable wheel deflector, and skirt disc. The unit will come with 3’ standard hoses (13 connector hoses) totaling 39’. The diaphragm is the only moving part. When suction is applied to the cleaner it causes the diaphragm to open and close. The opening and closing of the diaphragm causes the machine to hop up and down on the bottom of the pool. The pool circulation pushes the hose and that’s what steers the unit. If you have little to no circulation the G3 will not move. Make sure the returns around the perimeter of the pool are all pointing in the same direction to give the G3 its best chance at cleaning the entire pool in a timely manner.

Additional Accessories:

W26705 In-Line Leaf Catcher

Zodiac T5

The Zodiac Baracuda T5 is designed for small to large pools no deeper than 5′. This unit is a mat style cleaner, meaning it isn’t self propelled and doesn’t clean in a pattern motion. The T5 is equipped with a reinforced diaphragm, dual foot pads, adjustable wheel deflector, and a dual skirt. The unit will come with 3’ twist lock hoses (11 connector hoses and 1 lead hose) totaling 36’. The diaphragm is the only moving part. When suction is applied to the cleaner it causes the diaphragm to open and close. The opening and closing of the diaphragm causes the machine to hop up and down on the bottom of the pool. The pool circulation pushes the hose and that’s what steers the unit. If you have little to no circulation the T5 will not move. Make sure the returns around the perimeter of the pool are all pointing in the same direction to give the T5 its best chance at cleaning the entire pool in a timely manner.

Additional Accessories:

CLC500 Cyclonic Leaf Catcher

Twist Lock Hoses

The hoses are 3’ in length with a male and female end. The hoses get pushed together and then twisted to lock in place. The locking of the hoses prevents the hoses from becoming disconnected. 

Item Numbers:

R0527700 Twist Lock Hose, 1 Section

R0527800 Twist Lock Hose, 12 Sections

Quick Connect & MX Flow Regulator

The quick connect and MX flow regulators allow you to remove the hose from the cleaner without hassle. The MX flow regulator also regulates the amount of suction going to the cleaner.

Item Number:

R0526900 Quick Connector

FRV100BEACH MX Flow Regulator

Engine Assembly

The Engine Assembly (flex power turbine) allows the cleaner to pick up larger debris without clogging the cleaner.

Item Number:

R0524900 Engine Assembly

FlowKeeper Valve

The flowkeeper valve managers the amount of suction that is being placed on the cleaner. Three different spring tensions for different strengths of suction. Preventing the cleaner from being run on too high of suction.

Item Number:

R0527400 Flowkeeper Valve

Skimmer Adapters

Allows the cleaner to be installed on all types of skimmers.

Item Numbers:

R0532400 Twist-Lock 45 Degree Elbow Extension

R0532500 45 Degree Weir Elbow

R0527600 In-ground Valve Cuff

Cyclonic Leaf Catcher

The Cyclonic Leaf Catcher sits inline with the hoses and catches all the large debris before it makes it to your pump basket and eventually filter. The Cyclonic Leaf Catcher comes with adapters so it can be used with standard hoses.

Item Number:

CLC500 Cyclonic Leaf Catcher

W26705 In-Line Leaf Catcher

Now that you have a better understanding of the Zodiac pool cleaners, you can now make a more educated decision when purchasing. If you have any questions please contact us if you need help finding the perfect pool cleaner for your swimming pool 1-800-772-0467.

Zodiac Baracuda MX6

MX6

Zodiac MX6

MX6
  • Hose Length:
  • 30′
  • Cleaning Pattern:
  • Sweeping motion with 360° directional change
  • Self Propelled:
  • Yes
  • Pool Size:
  • Small – Medium
  • Warranty:
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Interior Type:
  • Plaster and Pebble Tec

zodiac mx8 suction pool cleaner

MX8

Zodiac MX8

MX8
  • Hose Length:
  • 36′
  • Cleaning Pattern:
  • Sweeping motion with a 360° directional change
  • Self Propelled:
  • Yes
  • Pool Size:
  • Medium – Large
  • Warranty:
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Interior Type:
  • Plaster or Pebble Tec

Zodiac G3 suction cleaner

W03000

Zodiac G3

W03000
  • Hose Length:
  • 39′
  • Cleaning Pattern:
  • Random
  • Self Propelled:
  • No
  • Pool Size:
  • Small – Large no deeper than 5′
  • Warranty:
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Interior Type:
  • All

zodiac t5 suction pool cleaner

T5

Zodiac T5

T5
  • Hose Length:
  • 36′
  • Cleaning Pattern:
  • Random
  • Self Propelled:
  • No
  • Pool Size:
  • Small – Large no deeper than 5′
  • Warranty:
  • 1 Year limited Warranty
  • Interior Type:
  • All
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Matthew Tinnin
Pools and how they work have been a part of my life for over 15 years. In fact I met the love of my life at a pool. I've always loved giving people easy to understand advice to help keep their pools fun, healthy, and circulating. Which is why I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge through the blogging channel. Outside of pools, I enjoy time with my family and friends, being outdoors, and working on cars.