Looking for the best robotic pool cleaner? Tired of leaves, twigs, dirt, and debris in your pool? Look no further. Whether you're looking for an in-ground or above ground robotic pool cleaner, we got you covered. We break down all of the top performing robotic pool cleaners for 2022 to keep your pool clean so that you can relax and enjoy your pool.
As experts in the field, we spent months breaking down and testing nearly all of the robotic pool cleaners in a variety of in-ground and above ground pools to rank nearly all of the robotic pool cleaners on the market.
In this article, we not only test the cleaner but also factor in the durability, warranty, features, and value of each robot. Each robot is ranked overall based on these factors
Honorable Mention: Dolphin Escape
While the Dolphin Escape didn't crack our top 5, we want to give it an honorable mention for being the best above-ground robotic pool cleaner. With unbeatable value, the Escape is a great pick for any above ground pool. Dolphin only recommends this cleaner on vinyl pools, otherwise it may have been a real competitor for one of our top 5 spots.
#5 Dolphin Cayman
- True Entry Level Robot
- Built for any type of pool
- Easy top-loading filters
- Cleans floor and walls
The Dolphin Cayman is the true entry level robot for in-ground pools. With an oversized top loading filter, the Cayman is easy to clean and can attack the floors and walls of your pool. Equipped with a programmable timer, you can set the unit to run multiple times a week.
#4 Aquabot Elite Pro
The Aquabot Elite Pro is Aquabot's most advanced robotic pool cleaner they have ever made. It is jam packed with features such as a gyroscope, Bluetooth connectivity, waterline scrubbing, and so much more.
#3 Dolphin Quantum
- Largest Cartridge Ever in a Pool Robot. Holds over 400in² of leaves, twigs, sand, or any other debris in the Quantum's filter basket.
- 2 Filter Media Options Included: Ultrafine Filter & Fine Filters. Easily swap filter types to refine your clean.
- PowerJet 3D Mobility. Internal vortex jets propel the Quantum side to side to clean laterally on the sides of the wall
- Weekly programmable smart timer. Stay in full control of the Quantum as you can choose cleaning frequencies from daily, twice a week, or three times a week. Even if you're not around, the Quantum keeps your pool clean and ready to enjoy.
- 360° Anti-Tangle Swivel.
The Dolphin Quantum is one of our favorites. The massive top-loading basket boasts an impressive 400in² to hold leaves and other debris in your pool. We love how easy it is to clean the basket. Simply pull down on the basket's bottom latch and it all falls out.
Equipped with two motors and vortex jets on the top of the unit, the Quantum can power up to the waterline and move horizontal across it. This allows the Quantum to scrub away at the water and tile-line, so you don't have to.
#2. Dolphin Premier
- Only Dolphin Cleaner with a Leaf Bag. Best robot for pools that struggle with leaves and debris.
- Multi-Media Filtration
- Waterline Cleaning Expert.
- Weekly programmable smart timer. Set it & forget. The Premier can be set to automatically run for a week at a time. When it is ready to be cleaned, it has a Full Filter Indicator light that will alert you that Premier is full.
- 360° Anti-Tangle Swivel.
- SmartNav 2.0. Only of the only robotic pool cleaners to include this software, enabling a smart and efficient cleaning route in your pool every time.
- Designed for In-Ground Pools. It can be used on vinyl, gunite, plaster, fiberglass, or any other type of pool surface. It works great in above ground pools as well.
This is the go-to pool cleaner if you struggle with leaves, twigs, and other debris. It is the only Dolphin pool cleaner that has a leaf bag. Being the only robotic pool cleaner with Multi-Media, there are 4 filter media options available to use with the Premier and switching them only takes seconds. It comes with 3 different options included in the box: an oversized leaf bag, set of microfilter cartridges, and a set of fine filters. In our testing, we found ourselves using the leaf bag for a majority of cleanings and were impressed by the sheer amount of volume the Premier could pick up.
Can't beat the performance of the Premier compared to its price. It is in the upper echelon of robotic pool cleaners. Excelling at waterline cleaning, Maytronics has called the Premier the "Waterline Cleaning King". Known for its insane power and ability to adhere to the wall, the Premier is programmed with SmartNav 2.0 to attack the tileline and scrub away all algae and gunk found there.
#1 Dolphin Sigma
- Dolphin's Flagship Robotic Pool Cleaner. The most advanced pool robot ever made.
- If you're looking for the best robotic pool cleaner, this is it.
- Gyroscope Technology
- Wi-Fi Connectivity. Control and schedule your robot from anywhere
- Oversized Filter Cartridges. Larger filters than standard ones found in units like the Nautilus CC Plus.
- Waterline Cleaning. Attack the waterline with power.
- 3 Motors. Highest GPH flow rate in a robotic pool cleaner
Being the latest and greatest from Dolphin, the Dolphin Sigma is a fan favorite for a reason. Packed with features never-before-seen on a pool cleaner, the Sigma is equipped with a gyroscope, WiFi, SmartNav 3.0 Software, and triple high output DC motors. This enables the Dolphin Sigma to be ultra-efficient in its cleanings with unparalleled power.
The Sigma navigates the pool with ease as it powers up to the waterline and scrubs away. The triple motors give it more power than any other robotic pool cleaner on the market. Split brushes in the front and rear of the Sigma enabled it to maneuver with pinpoint accuracy in our test pools. If you have problem areas in your pool, the Sigma can target these areas by simply using your phone as a remote control.