For a service technician, the automatic pool cleaner is one of the most essential tools of the trade. These little mechanical sidekicks help you multitask, saving you precious time on the job and allowing you to get to more jobs during the day (or just letting you knock off a little earlier). Entrepreneurial service techs find they also provide a path to a bigger paycheck, as homeowners love to have a cleaner pool without the extra work, making an APC sale a win-win for both sides.

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The other big benefit APCs offer: Like all technology today, they're constantly evolving with new features to help make your job even easier. For evidence, look no further than this list of just some of the APCs available from top industry manufacturers:


The Kreepy Krauly Prowler 930 Robotic Inground Pool Cleaner offers deep-scrubbing action for superior cleaning performance of all pool surfaces. Bluetooth wireless technology allows users to operate their Prowler 930 from their smartphone. Prowler 930 captures both large and ultra-fine debris and works independently of a pool's filtration system, so there's no need for an added booster pump. | (800) 693-0171



Water Tech
The Blue Diamond Pro robotic cleaner cleans pools up to 25 by 75 feet in four hours or less thanks to its Aqua Smart system, which automatically changes cleaning directions to systematically clean every centimeter of the pool. This requires less time than other robotic cleaners that use conventional, random patterns. The Blue Diamond Pro operates independently of the filter system, has an air sensor for ramps and can be changed from floor-only mode to floor/wall mode. | (800) 298-8800



Hayward Pool Products
The TriVac 500 pressure cleaner from Hayward provides a thorough, yet gentle clean. Designed with patented AquaDrive technology, TriVac is powered by water-jet propulsion, carefully and efficiently navigating the pool floor, walls and coves while its unique short back-up sequence keeps it on task to clean faster. Its triple venturi-jet action and wide vacuum inlet scoop up more dirt and debris, and its advanced sweep hose helps cover corners and crevices. | (908) 351-5400



Splash-A-Round Pools
The new Leisure Vac Supreme is the latest automatic pool cleaner by Splash-A-Round Pools. With its new diaphragm design, the Leisure Vac Supreme is the inground or aboveground cleaner that every pool company should add to their offerings. Call today and save. | (909) 980-7709



Robots should be productive and fun, so Skimdevil is offering the ultimate in surface pool cleaning technology. The Skimdevil cruises along the surface of the pool picking up everything in its path. If you get tired of letting the robot do all the work for you, take out your smartphone, open the Skimdevil app and have fun with its remote control feature. In addition, you can customize the Skimdevil to work when and how often you want. | (941) 681-6575



Zodiac Pool Products
The Zodiac MX8 Elite is the first suction pool cleaner with cyclonic scrubbing brushes that continually spin, scrub and stay in constant contact with pool surfaces to agitate and remove stuck-on debris, the company says. The MX8 Elite, which is a Trade Series Exclusive product, features aggressive wall climbing to scrub at the tile line and maX-Drive Navigation for better pool coverage with nimble programmed maneuverability. | (800) 822-7933



The BigFoot robotic pool cleaner is an advanced, heavy-duty cleaner with oversized scrubbing brushes for serious traction and surface coverage powered by strong drive motors. The cleaner features two extra-large, top-loading, easy-to-clean filter baskets that can handle both large debris and fine particles. The BigFoot comes with SmartPool's patented Quick-Drain system for easy removal from the pool and three-hour auto shut-off. The cleaner is hard on dirt, but gentle on the pool's surface. Comes with a 60-foot cable and floating swivel. | (732) 730-9880



Just plug them in, place them in the pool and press power — Dolphin robots get your pool cleaner than pressure or suction cleaners, the company says. The S 300i has dual-scrubbing brushes to clean away dirt, algae and debris. When it's finished, just remove the top-access filter basket and rinse clean. The S 300i also comes with a two-year full warranty. | (888) DOLPHIN



Aqua Products
The Rapids 1500 is designed for all inground pools. The 1500 features an extra-long 60-foot cable and two top access filter baskets that make emptying between cleaning cycles simple and easy. The Rapids 1500 comes standard with the Aquabot no-tangle swivel to help prevent cable tangling and is equipped with AquaSmart Gyro technology and dual scrubbing brushes for better results. Aquabots have the industry's strongest pumps to deliver unsurpassed suction power, the company says. | (800) 221-1750



Red Leopard
Red Leopard's Orbit suction pool cleaner is a one-piece, diaphragm-powered pool cleaner that has no clips, nuts, bolts or hinges to corrode, split, wear or break. The strength and simplicity of the Orbit cleaner makes it effective, durable and economical to maintain. The unit's 18-inch cleaning-path includes a "ski-jump" ramp and an upturned edge to move easily over drains, lights, stairs and ladders. | (800) 753-1233



Pentair Commercial
The PRO VAC II utilizes the Eco Select brand, an environmentally friendly composite weight system for optimizing commercial pool cleanings. Its superior suction chamber concentrates vacuum velocity for fast, thorough cleaning, and the ultra-smooth ball-bearing wheels allow for effortless movement while the vacuum head's flexible body hugs pool contours. Its convertible wheel system locks for straight cleaning patterns or pivots 360 degrees for additional coverage. | (800) 831-7133



The Polaris 7240 Sport robotic pool cleaner, a Trade Series Exclusive product, is a powerful, compact robotic cleaner with lightweight handling. Features include Polaris' proprietary Cyclonic Vacuum Technology that captures debris without losing suction and an easy-clean filter canister with transparent lid for quick debris removal. The 7240 Sport completes cleaning cycles in as little as 2.5 hours for just pennies per day. Available October 2017. | (800) 822-7933



The new AquaJack 300 is a professional cordless vacuum cleaner ideal for medium to large pools. Easy to use on all surfaces, the AquaJack 300 features a swivel vacuum head to easily clean pool corners and hard-to-reach places, as well as large filter bags and canisters for collecting debris, allowing you to vacuum longer. The vacuum, which can be used via handle or telescopic pole, has a 90-minute battery life.



Paramount Pool & Spa Systems
Paramount's patented nozzles are strategically placed in the pool floor, steps and benches. These in-floor nozzles pop up systematically to direct a powerful jet of water to sweep large debris and dirt into the pool's main drain, then retract flush with the pool floor, becoming virtually invisible. While cleaning, the system circulates the water for better chemical and heat distribution. Paramount makes systems for concrete, vinyl and fiberglass pools. | (800) 621-5886