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Zodiac MX8 Suction-Side Cleaner
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- Cyclonic Vacuum technology ensures the MX8 captures maximum debris whilst maintaining maximum cleaning power – connects directly to skimmer or dedicated 1.5” vacuum line
- X-Drive technology provides advanced dual navigation for best pool coverage with no hang ups. Thoroughly cleans floor, walls, and waterline of any size or shape pool.
- X-Trax tires provide extreme maneuverability and climbing performance, even in tight corners and on vertical walls
- Ultra-efficient power source provides maximum torque while operating at low flow, not burdening the pool system – compatible with variable-speed pumps
- Operates in all in-ground pools
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From the manufacturer
Combat debris with the Zodiac MX8, an ultra-efficient, low-flow pool cleaner that cleans faster and more aggressively than any cleaner in its class. No more time wasted battling a filthy pool. Eliminate your call of duty and claim victory over debris.
Dual Cyclonic Suction
Cleans better and faster than other pool cleaners with greater vacuum power, a wider cleaning path, and the largest debris inlet.
From fine sand to fallen leaves, the MX8 features a Convertible Debris Inlet that allows for larger debris consumption.
Advanced 360° directionality for the best pool coverage with no hang ups while X-Trax rugged track design enables exceptional maneuverability with extreme wall climbing capabilities to thoroughly clean your pool from the floors up to the waterline.
Twist-Lock Hose with Quick Disconnect
The 39’ Twist-Lock Hose ensures optimal performance by reducing vacuum loss and is easily attached to the cleaner with the Quick Connect.
The innovative Flex Power Turbine enables ultra-efficient operation even on low flow pumps without compromising power—making the MX8 the cleaner of choice for solar, two-speed, and variable-speed pumps.
Wide Cleaning Path
Clears a large path through dirt and debris for more comprehensive pool coverage.
Zodiac is a registered trademark of Zodiac Pool Systems LLC
The Zodiac MX8 is ready to battle your pool's toughest dirt and debris. The dual cyclonic suction enables the MX8 to move faster and deliver unsurpassed vacuum power, while requiring 30 percent less flow. Its ultra efficient design requires less flow than any cleaner in its class for maximum energy savings. Best choice for solar, 2-speed, and variable-speed pumps.
It has a wider cleaning path than competitor models, with a large vacuum inlet to capture larger debris. maX-drive technology promotes maximum torque and extreme maneuverability, allowing the MX8 to aggressively clean your pool walls and floors. Its twist locking hose enables quick, secure attachment to the cleaner head and the cleaner includes 39 feet of hose.
Dual Cyclonic Suction
Cleans better and faster than other pool cleaners with greater vacuum power, wider cleaning path, and largest debris inlet.
Advanced dual navigation for best pool coverage with no hang-ups. Thoroughly cleans floor, walls, and waterline of any size or shape pool.
Optimized Flow Control
Automatically controls excess flow through cleaner for optimal performance and longevity.
Most Energy Efficient
Requires as little as 20 GPM of flow, making the MX8 the best choice for solar, two speed, and variable speed pumps.
What's in the Box
MX8 cleaner body, Flowkeeper valve, valve cuff, two twist-lock 45-degree elbows (one extended), flow regulator valve, leader hose section with hose float, 11 twist lock hose sections, operating instructions
MX8 Premium Suction-Side In-Ground Pool Cleaner
At a Glance
- Double cyclonic suction creates a wider cleaning path and larger debris consumption
- maX-Drive Navigation Advanced dual navigation for best pool coverage with no hang ups
- Flex-Power turbine provides ultra-efficient operation on low-flow without compromising power
- Sealed gearbox prevents debris from fouling components
- Heavier-weight construction increases durability and robustness
- For use on all pool surfaces
- Includes 36 feet of feed hose
|Cleaner Type||In-ground suction cleaning robot|
|Connection||Skimmer or 1.5-inch vacuum line|
|Traction||maX-Drive technology with X-Trax|
|Hose Type||Advanced twist lock, long life|
|Pool Surfaces||Concrete, tile, vinyl and fiberglass|
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Okay, my delight for this unit has now dropped from 5 Stars to 1. And may I add a warning, PAY ATTENTION TO THE WARNING REVIEWS!
I had this unit for many months of fine service. I was delighted beyond words. I had a problem with the treads wearing sooner than I'd expected, but I easily replaced them, overlooked the problem, and kept on using the cleaner. Then it stopped moving. I could find nothing wrong with it. I put it back in the pool figuring I'd dislodged whatever was in the way, but it still wouldn't move. That's not fair to say...it would move, about 10" or so, on one side, and then it would stop moving. I was sure it wasn't the treads, they were still in fine shape. Twice more I took the unit apart, and twice more I put it back in the pool, and twice more it refused to do anything more than it was before.
Finally, I called a professional. He tried his best to recover it and finally reported to me it was unfixable. He related that he'd seen the same problem with this unit before and that they were simply "garbage". He recommended a different unit (there was no money to be made in this for him as he refunded the cost of the repairs since he hadn't repaired the unit) and I purchased a new one (simply called "Pool Cleaner") from here on Amazon. I'm awaiting its delivery and as he says its the unit he has and uses on all pools he professionally maintains, I'm confident it will be the LAST unit I'll have to buy for some time.
In the meantime, those reviewers who tell you this machine WILL die on you...take heed. Don't waste your money as I did. Eventually, and all too soon (we're talking well within the first year of service), this machine WILL let you down.
SECOND REVIEW UPDATE (9/8/16):
I've now had this cleaner through a full Las Vegas summer, and I have still had fewer issues with it than any other cleaner I've had in the past!
The only problem I had with it was the treads got fairly worn (over the course of the year, I guess I'm okay with that) and I had to replace them. Each tread is $10 (on Amazon), so I ordered two and replaced both at the same time (even though only one had shown itself to need replacing), and I'm glad I did both. It appears they need to wear evenly. When I replaced just the obviously worn one, the cleaner didn't really work. But once I put on the second one (and it takes all of about 10 seconds to do), the cleaner took off on its way and that was it! It was back to doing the best job I've ever seen from a pool cleaner!
Without any reservation whatsoever, I recommend this cleaner to anyone who wants the very best and at a reasonable price (for a pool cleaner).
Well done, Zodiac! Well done!
REVIEW UPDATE (11/19/15):
After what I think will be the biggest test of this unit, I feel compelled to update my review. I wish I could give it 10 Stars! And that's because this past weekend we had one helluva wind storm. An outdoor covering of mine was shredded by the storm and my pool was filled with leaves, pine needles, and bits (some big ones) pieces of the shredded cover. And there at the bottom of the pool sat my MX-8 (which I affectionately call Max). So I pulled Max out of the pool, made sure everything that was over and inside him was out, skimmed and cleaned the pool the best I could, crossed my fingers, and turned him back on. I came back a few hours later and my pool was nearly clean! I did a little more maintenance (emptying the basket at the pump, checking Max) and let him keep running. This morning I walked out to see my pool looking just as beautiful as ever! It would have taken me FOREVER to clean by hand, and my LAST cleaner would never have survived the mess let alone do such a great job and so fast!
THIS CLEANER IS A KEEPER and I can't recommend it highly enough!
I bought this to replace the cleaner that Leslie's Pool sold me saying the one they recommended was the best selling. It was also LESS expensive than this one, but after several months, including an entire summer, I was sick of the old one getting stuck on everything and anything in the pool. It would even attach itself to a step, I'd release it, and it'd head right back to the step and get stuck... AGAIN!
Looking at the MX8 I just had a feeling with the treads on each side it would have a better time moving through the pool...and was I ever right! I've had this a couple weeks now and every time I go out to my pool and the pump is on, the MX8 is moving. Its never gotten stuck, and the only time it was stopped was when a long strip of something had gotten into it and wrapped around the blades inside. I pulled the MX8 out of the water, found the little latch to open it, got the strip out, closed it up, set it back in the water, turned the pump back on, and off it went as smooth as ever! What more could you want?
I've watched this unit over and over again go past and over obstacles in the pool (vents, drains, steps, lights) which stopped my old cleaner. Its like the Energizer Bunny...it just keeps going and going and going!
Now, as for how it cleans, it does great! There's more room between the bottom of the unit and the surface of the pool so crap doesn't just get blown out in all directions. It actually gets trapped and sucked into the machine.
WARNING: USE THE LOWEST TO SECOND LOWEST POWER ON YOUR PUMP!
I've seen a number of reviews of people saying it broke. But if you follow the directions and understand how it works, its perfect!!! You can't just drop it into your pool and go...take the few minutes to set it properly and you'll be as happy with the results as I am. I have a "smart pump" which can throttle the wattage with the push of a button, which saves you money, and this does the best cleaning job I've seen, so there's no need to run it on the higher (more expensive) power setting at the pump.
1. Nothing gets in its way. I've yet to see anything stop this cleaner.
2. It does a great job of cleaning and sucking up the dirt and leaves.
3. Running at lower power (and actually working great!) saves money and makes a LOT less noise at the pump.
4. Even when it should lose power, like when it comes up to the top, it takes far less time to get back down in the water and never releases its grip on the side of the pool.
1. Its not the cheapest cleaner you can buy, but you get what you pay for here.
2. The extra tools which it wanted me to use to go from the drain to the hoses are not needed on a smart pump, and I don't remember seeing in the instructions that you can skip using them for smart pumps.
3. That's IT! No more cons! Its simply the best cleaner I've ever seen!
The hardest part about installing it was figuring out which of the many different plastic connection parts I needed. It was actually pretty simple and the sweep is working now. It climbs the wall, cleans every inch of the pool bottom and is a kick in the pants to watch - it will be making a bee-line for one end of the pool, stop, spin in a circle once or twice, then change directions. If there is a method to the turns, I haven't figured it out yet, but my pool has never been cleaner.
I have some quality and longevity concerns though. It worked for about an hour then failed right out of the box, because the internal plastic gears (in the sealed section) jammed up. I had to take it apart and rebuilt it, putting some appropriate grease (magic lube pool grease) in there. It has worked fine since, but does get easily jammed up if it sucks up an item much larger than about 3/4". Wind drives some pecan sized pods into my pool, which get sucked in and jam it entirely. It would be better if it could either pass them over or have some method to eject them automatically. Instead anything too large or long (shred of plastic, a long leaf or thin stringy branch, label off a water bottle, etc) will get bound up, and the cleaner will just sit there immobile for hours or days until discovered and manually cleaned out.
It is true that the same applies to other types of cleaners, but the others generally had a smaller opening and would be able to get past some items rather than getting stuck on them and ceasing the perform entirely until it was resolved manually.
Based on the initial manufacturing issues, I have my doubts about it even lasting through the warranty period. The one plus is that despite the high cost, it is considerably less costly on amazon than at the local pool stores. For those wondering, the package does come with all of the hoses, several adapters to fit it into your skimmer or dedicated suction line, and the automatic flow regulator (gray plastic swivel joint on top of cleaner)