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Essential for both technicians and homeowners alike, the automatic pool cleaner is a trusty service sidekick, helping service technicians multitask and saving pool owners from extra work. Patrolling the pool floors and climbing walls, no debris big or small is safe within a cleaner's path. Quick and efficient, they are an invaluable industry tool and, for the entrepreneurial technician, a bestseller.
As technology evolves, APCs continue to gain new and exciting features that make the job of keeping pools clean even easier. Take a look at a handful of the APCs available from top industry manufacturers below:
PentairThe new Rebel suction-side pool cleaner from Pentair has been updated for 2019. This reliable, powerful cleaner works great in tough spaces, from deep to shallow bottoms to 90-degree floor-to-wall angles, all the way to the waterline. Its Sure-Flow turbine design captures large and small debris, and its enhanced hydraulic design perfectly complements variable-speed and low-flow pumps. The dual-action roller skirt and upgraded chassis design provide uninterrupted cleaning. Plus, the Steady-Grip tire traction helps the Rebel cleaner climb walls. Rebel performs in gunite, vinyl, fiberglass and tile pools. pentairpool.com | (800) 831-7133
CaretakerThe Revolution 6-Port Valve is the most durable, efficient and serviceable system to ever come from Caretaker, the company says. The machine's shifting mechanism maximizes the time of full cleaning pressure to each zone, and the new one-piece gear cartridge makes its valve easier than ever to service and maintain. caretakersystem.com | (855) 280-6465
Zodiac Pool SystemsThe MX6 Elite brings superior scrubbing action and top-notch vacuum power to a compact suction cleaner that is only available through Zodiac's Trade Series Exclusive program. Combining Cyclonic Scrubbing Brushes that spin and scrub fine and stuck-on debris with excellent wall-climbing ability and programmed navigation, the MX6 Elite provides comprehensive cleaning of your pool floor, walls and waterline. An innovative low-flow design consumes less energy to make the MX6 Elite the ideal cleaner for smaller pools with two-speed or variable-speed pumps, the company says. zodiac.com | (800) 822-7933
SkimdevilSkimdevil 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. skimdevil.com | (941) 681-6575
Water Tech CorpRobots should be powerful and easy to use, so Water Tech has redesigned the Volt FX-8Li to include lithium ion battery technology and a push-button on/off switch. Cordless and rechargeable, the unit features a 12.75-inch vacuum head, two reusable filter bags and a head and hose attachment. Perfect for large inground or aboveground pools, it attaches to any standard telescopic pool pole and will run up to 60 minutes when fully charged. The Volt FX-8Li also comes with a two-year limited warranty. watertechcorp.com | (800) 298-8800
Aqua ProductsThe Pura 4XT, from Aqua Products, has two cleaning cycles that automatically vacuum and filter pools to save valuable labor hours. It features powerful vacuum suction with top-access filter baskets and ultra-fine filtration. At 40 feet, its cable has detangler and fixed agitating brushes. The Pura 4XT also comes with a two-year full warranty. aquabot.com | (800) 221-1750
Red LeopardRed 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. red-leopard.net | (800) 753-1233
Pentair CommercialThe Prowler 920 robotic inground pool cleaner makes cleaning fast, easy and convenient. Because the machine operates independently from the pool's filtration system with a powerful all-surface high-speed scrubbing brush that does not require a booster pump, it is cost effective and eco-friendly. Its dual-level filtration system captures large and ultra-fine debris with a top-access basket for easy emptying. The cleaner also comes with a robust caddy for easy transport and storage. For smartphone control, try the Prowler 930 model. pentaircommercial.com | (800) 831-7133
PolarisThe Polaris Vac-Sweep TR28P is a Trade Series Exclusive pressure cleaner that vacuums, sweeps and scrubs the floor and walls of any inground pool. Powered by a booster pump, its dynamic dual Venturi-jets pick up big and small debris in a large bag to help prolong the life of any filtration system. For enhanced sweeping action, the TR28P includes a TailSweep PRO sweep hose attachment that blows debris out of corners and other hard-to-reach places and eliminates spraying outside the pool. polarispool.com | (800) 822-7933
Paramount Pool & Spa SystemsParamount'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. 1paramount.com | (800) 621-5886
MaytronicsJust plug it in, place it in the pool and press power — Dolphin robots get pools 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. maytronicsus.com | (888) DOLPHIN
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