Zodiac BARACUDA Automatic Pool Cleaner

Last updated date: April 12, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.5

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Overall Take

With its lightweight design, the Zodiac BARACUDA Automatic Pool Cleaner can easily climb the stairs and walls of your pool to clean every inch. As one of the most affordable pool cleaners on the market, you'll definitely get value with this model. It can be prone to sticking occasionally, especially around raised drains. So you'll want to check in on it on a regular basis. In our analysis of 67 expert reviews, the Zodiac Zodiac BARACUDA Automatic Pool Cleaner placed 7th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.6
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
1,769 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Works equally well w/high- and low-pressure pumps.
- BestReviews
The G3 will clean your pool as quietly as a mouse in church, allowing you to sit next to it and get some valuable time off for relaxation.
- Pool Cleaner Hub
October 24, 2018 | Full review
The Baracuda G3 suction-side automatic inground pool cleaner is an affordable, easy-to-install alternative to the more expensive pressure-side or robotic pool cleaners.
- Pool Cleaner Guides
Baracuda G3 by Zodiac is a quiet pool cleaner which is powerful and can work with pumps which are slow and will still clean with best efficiency.
- Chief Pool
Simple and effective solution for a pool cleaner. I had to add an extra section of hose because my pool is large. I followed the instructions with regards to setting the hose length which are easy to follow.
- Birdeye
The Zodiac G3 is an automatic pool cleaner that is best described by these two words:- Efficient and Affordable.
- Robotic Pool Cleaner
The other great feature of this product is its self-adjusting flow valve that comes with a feature of effortless adjustment.
- Pool Cleaner Blog
May 12, 2018 | Full review
The Baracuda G3 was surprisingly effective at cleaning debris.
- Ultimate Pool Guide
What experts didn't like
Sometimes needs guidance into shallower parts of pool.
- BestReviews
What it has a hard time handling, are large pieces of debris like leaves and twigs.
- Pool Cleaner Hub
October 24, 2018 | Full review
It has some minor issues such as its tendency to get stuck on top of a raised main drain and problems with handling large leaves.
- Pool Cleaner Guides
The G3 is able to pick up smaller acorns, but the larger one get stuck in the diaphragm. I have to grab the cleaner off the bottom and use a dowel to push the acorn through the diaphragm.
- Birdeye
It tends to get stuck once in a while, especially if it is not positioned properly.
- Robotic Pool Cleaner
Does clean pool steps
- Pool Cleaner Blog
May 12, 2018 | Full review
It also doesn't clean the steps as advertised which is a bit of a bummer.
- Ultimate Pool Guide

From The Manufacturer

The Baracuda G3 will thoroughly clean your inground pool floor and walls to automatically remove dirt, debris, bugs, twigs, leaves, sand and even pebbles. The G3 has only one operational moving part-the Long-Life Diaphragm. No gears, wheels, or flappers means simple operation, maximum power, and low-cost maintenance. It's compact and self-adjusting flow control valve automatically regulates water flow, ensuring peak performance even with lower horsepower pumps. Plus, Flowkeeper offers pool surface skimming with a turn of a switch.

Overall Product Rankings

3. Polaris Vac-Sweep Side Pool Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 7
4. Zodiac Automatic In Ground Pool Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 6
6. Polaris Sport Robotic in-Ground Pool Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Zodiac BARACUDA Automatic Pool Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 8
8. XtremepowerUS Wall Pool Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8

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