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Old 11-27-2016, 07:02 AM
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Breaking down and want to purchase our first pool cleaner. Have been researching a while now and come to the conclusion that, like everything, there's mixed reviews about every cleaner out there. Wanted to see what the forum members here thought.

My situation. Pool is gunnite or concrete, in ground. Has a pool cage around it so very little debris (lizards, and small bugs). Shallow end 4ft and deep end 8ft. Guessing around 12000 gallons. Plus hot tub/spa that's separate but flows into pool.
I have very little debris, but would like one that scrubs and gets algae off bottom and walls. Having some plumbing issues now and trying to get worked out, but think would like to have one that does NOT plug into the filtration system...meaning most likely robotic.

Price...Would like to stay low...around $400 - $500 max.

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Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-27-2016, 08:40 AM
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This is what we have in are pool it works great it will actually climb up the walls and clean them we use to have the creepy but are pool floor needs to be redone so it's kinda rough.And the creepy would need a rebuild kit every other year because the feet would wear out.

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We have had the Hayward for years works well and easy to repair /change out parts feet gears etc.
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Always have had my pools pumped for a Hayward suction or a Polaris with separate pump and never been disappointed with either but a friend of mine just bought an electric pool sweep and it does an amazing job. Not 100% convinced about mixing electric with water so I would not use it while the pool is in use.
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I have had Hayward Navigators for the last 12 years but they are maintenance hogs. They are pretty easy to fix but you will be buying parts. Look for those online.
I found a deal on Amazon where you can get everything but the top and bottom cover for about $100. If shoes and rocker arms doesn't fix it, I would go that way.
They do a pretty good job when they are running tho.
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I'm on my second Aquabot Classic. First one lasted 12 years until someone ran it accross the patio and burned up the motor. I have a vinyl pool liner and it works great.
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I just built a new home in SW Florida...so I just bought a like new used Polaris 360 it works off the return side cleans everything up great even sand in the bottom. I got it for $200 it was well worth it.

Also the Polaris works well with a standard pool pump on high speed. I do block one of the return lines. and it has a bag attached so all the debris is pushed/suck up into the bag
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I had a Polaris 280 for 20 years. Had to do a major rebuild one time. Only issue is they need their own pump. It's the only one I have experience with but it worked well. Definitely buy it on Ebay or Amazon. Will save a lot over the local store.
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Old 11-28-2016, 11:26 AM
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Thanks guys...I like the haywards and think they are in the top of my list right now. Was hoping to find a cyber Monday deal on one, but haven't yet.
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
I have had Hayward Navigators for the last 12 years but they are maintenance hogs. They are pretty easy to fix but you will be buying parts. Look for those online.
I found a deal on Amazon where you can get everything but the top and bottom cover for about $100. If shoes and rocker arms doesn't fix it, I would go that way.
They do a pretty good job when they are running tho.
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Hayward Navigators are absolute pains in the a-double-scribble. I have had 3 in two different pools. There are way too many moving parts, the parts break and they are more proud of their parts than Yamaha.

A pool professional recommended the Kreepy Krauly Great White. I have had two of these for a few years and it works better (brushes too) and does not break. I have replaced 0 parts on two in 3 years.

In hind site, the Navigator was a POS by design.
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You can use clean boat for you pool. Works very well: www.cleanboatamericas.com
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Not sure what problems you guys are having with Haywards but I have run mine virtually everyday for three years straight and only now am getting close to replacing a few parts. I am going to back off everyday and run it one or two days/week. I dont know, maybe I got a good one but I can only say good things about them......
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Originally Posted by Mikestyger1 View Post
Thanks guys...I like the haywards and think they are in the top of my list right now. Was hoping to find a cyber Monday deal on one, but haven't yet.
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