Zodiac MX8 Suction-Side Cleaner

Zodiac MX8 Suction-Side Cleaner Review

Review of the Zodiac MX8 Suction-Side Cleaner

As of this writing, there are 312 customer comments and 74 answered questions for the Zodiac MX8 Suction-Side Cleaner.  I've read the customer feedback, and then condensed the results into this review.  I hope that this helps you when shopping for a pool vacuum.

Best Fea​tures

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    Large debris inlet
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    Wide cleaning path
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    Works on low flow pumps
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    Debris inlet is adjustable
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    Can go in tight corners and climb vertical walls

Item Specifics

The Zodiac MX8 Suction-Side Cleaner is very powerful, and has a large debris inlet.  You can adjust how big you want the debris inlet to be.  It connects directly to the skimmer or dedicated 1.5” vacuum line.  It still works well on low flow pumps.  This pool vacuum works well for solar, 2-speed, and variable-speed pumps.  This product can easily clean the entire pool without getting stuck.  It thoroughly cleans the floor, walls, and waterline.  This pool vacuum will work with inground pools of all sizes and shapes.  It has good tires, which allows it to easily go through tight corners and climb vertical walls.  It has a wide cleaning path, so that it can clean your whole pool in a short amount of time.  

Works Well but Slow to Clean

If you purchase this pool cleaner, be aware that it may take awhile to get it to clean a pool.  Here is one comment about the time factor, "Works well, takes some time but does a nice job. We are happy with it, we have a 16x30 pool, we leave it in overnight. By morning the pool looks pretty good!"

Good Suction

The Zodiac MX8 Suction-Side Cleaner has good suction according to this customer who reported, "This machine is awesome! Suction is strong, climbs and cleans the walls. My pool looks great, very happy with my purchase."

Price

The price for the Zodiac MX8 Suction-Side Cleaner is good for what you get.  Here is how one customer felt about the  price, "This is doing a great job at half the price of a pressure side or robotic cleaner. I do have to run it on a higher than recommended flow setting to get it to climb the walls but that's no problem. I wish I'd bought this year's ago. Rating would be 5 stars if it would clean my steps too. I'd highly recommend this to anyone and would certainly buy again, it's already paid for its self by saving a good 3 hours a week to vacuum by hand."

Zodiac MX8 Suction-Side Cleaner

Pros

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    Good suction
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    Good price
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    Wide cleaning path

Cons

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    Slow to clean
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    Have to run it on high to get good results
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    Durability

Zodiac MX8 Suction-Side Cleaner Conclusion

Overall, the Zodiac MX8 Suction-Side Cleaner had good reviews.  It wasn't perfect and there were some complaints about it working slow, but the suction was good. For the price, this seems like a good pool cleaner overall.

Common Questions

Here are some top questions that I found for people considering buying the Zodiac MX8 Suction-Side Cleaner.

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    Can this pool vacuum stay in the pool all the time?  No, the cleaner needs to be removed and stored when not in use.  Make sure to store it in a place away from chemicals such as chlorine.
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    At what temperature will the Zodiac MX8 Suction-Side Cleaner stop working?  This cleaner will not function properly below 54 degrees Fahrenheit.
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    What is included with this pool vacuum?  When you purchase this product, you will receive the 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, and operating instructions.

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Mariann Foster

I am one of our content writers for Everything Backyard. I am a mother and business owner of Big Horn Mountain Alpacas in Wyoming. I love farm life, cutting my own firewood in the mountains, and participating in local trail run races.

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