Zodiac BARACUDA G3 Automatic Pool Cleaner Review

Investing in an automatic cleaner will surely cut your pool cleaning time and effort in half. Pool maintenance entails a lot of work. That includes periodic checking of the pumps, maintaining the pH balance of your pool water and removing dirt and debris on the water and these must be done on a weekly basis to ensure sparkling and safe pool water.

Finding the right pool cleaner for your need can be tricky. To help you narrow down your options, we’re reviewing the Zodiac Baracuda G3 which made an excellent impression to its users and us as well. Here’s why :

Zodiac Baracuda G3 is an easy-to-use automatic cleaner that delivers efficient cleaning performance by targetting small-medium debris on your pool. It can clean all pool areas from floor, walls and even steps in a random vacuum motion. It has a cleaning base of a 36-fin disc that adheres to all types of pool surfaces like tile, vinyl, gunite and fiberglass. Cleaning difficult to reach and uneven areas like the steps, lighting fixtures, drain covers and fittings is also more comfortable with this pool cleaner. It includes a Long-life, heavy duty 39 ft. feed

hose that can be directly connected to the skimmer or a 1.5” vacuum line on your pool. It can deliver maximum efficiency even when using low-speed pumps. This is through its FlowKeeper Valve, a self-adjusting flow control valve that automatically regulates water flow.

It also features a wheel deflector which ensures smooth movement even on tight corners of your pool. Its Long-life Diaphragm makes this pool cleaner low-maintenance and operates silently. It is a single moving part that replaces the need for gears, wheels, flippers and the like.

​Zodiac is also proud of the simple operability of their Baracuda G3 automatic pool cleaner. It can be left on its own, for an extended period and it will be in charge of all the vacuuming needs of your pool with minimal to zero intervention from you. In just three easy steps, you can start operating this pool cleaner :
  • ​Attach the disc, wheel deflector and hose.
  • ​Place your pool cleaner on the pool.
  • ​Connect your pool cleaner to the skimmer or to a dedicated suction line.

Specifications and Features:

Pool Type: In-ground

Cleaner Type: Suction Side

Connection: Skimmer or 1.5” Vacuum Line

Warranty: 1-year Manufacturer’s Warranty on the Pool Cleaner; 2-year Manufacturer’s Warranty on the Long-life Hose

Hose Type: Long-life, 39ft. (2 meters) of Feed Hose

Pool Surfaces it can Cover: Tile, Vinyl, Gunite and Fiberglass

What’s In the Box?

The box includes:

  • Zodiac Baracuda G3 head and body
  • Hose in sections totaling to 39 feet
  • Flow gauge
  • Wheel deflector
  • 36-fin disc
  • 45-degree elbow
  • 4.5-inch connector
  • Hose protector net
  • FlowKeeper™ valve and valve cuff.

FAQs About Zodiac Baracuda G3

Can I use it on my above ground pool?

No. The Zodiac Baracuda G3 is intended to clean in-ground pools with tile, vinyl, gunite and fiberglass materials. For vinyl lined pools, the brand recommends an inspection prior to purchase to ensure that the liners are still in good condition and free from early signs of wear and tear.

Does this serve as a brush too?

No. This is a pool vacuum cleaner and it sucks debris at the bottom of your pool. This is highly recommended to be used after you have done brushing when dirt and sediments settle down at the bottom of the pool, it makes it easier and more accessible to the pool cleaner.

What kinds of debris can I use this for?

Zodiac Baracuda G3 is suitable for small to medium debris. Residue and dirt which resulted from brushing, small leaves and insects at the bottom of the pool are a few examples of small to medium debris. Leaves with hard stalks may damage the diaphragm of your pool cleaner.

Can I leave this pool cleaner overnight?

Yes, you may. However, minimal supervision is also essential even for automatic pool cleaners. Since they move in a randomized pattern, instances like hose entanglement are possible.

My G3 stops moving. What should I do?

Ensure that there is proper flow through the flow gauge. Check the hose for entanglement or cracks. You should also check each of the hose connections if they are correctly attached. Check the diaphragm for any damage. Any of these might cause your pool cleaner to get stuck. Call a technician if any of these do not work.

PROS

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    ​​Low-maintenance
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    ​​Easy to set up and use
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    ​Replacement parts are easy to find and purchase
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    ​Durable
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    ​Quiet
  • ​Value for money
  • ​Customer-friendly website and reliable customer service team

CONS

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    ​​Suitable only for small to medium debris
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    ​​It can get stuck in one place

Bottom line:

Zodiac Baracuda G3 is quite a popular choice for automatic pool cleaners and has been well-reviewed by its earlier users. It is a well-designed device that serves its purpose as a pool vacuum really well. It does not require tools and too much time to set up and make it work. It does not need special connections as it will work once connected to your skimmer and pool vacuum line. It can clean hard to reach areas of your pool even your stairs and walls.

But it is not necessarily perfect. It still needs minimal supervision to make sure it doesn’t get stuck, the hose needs a regular inspection to prevent entanglement that might eventually cause cracks and breakage and more importantly, the users must bear in mind that this cleaner is more appropriate for small to medium debris to maximize its use.

Zodiac Baracuda G3 can actually last you over 10 to 15 years with the right use. It is practical to have the hose in segments to it is easy to replace in case a portion gets damaged without wasting money for the whole length. Overall, this automatic pool cleaner is low maintenance and easy on the budget. That makes it really easy to fall in love with.

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