Zodiac MX8 Pool Cleaner Review

It’s no secret that the Zodiac Pool Systems’ successful release of compact advanced suction pool cleaners like the Zodiac MX6 made way for the anticipation of upgraded hardware and technology in their upcoming pool cleaners.

If you thought that the Zodiac MX6 is efficient, durable and reliable, wait until we introduce to you Zodiac MX8. How can something more compact, offer more power and a larger debris intake, yet consume less energy than other suction side pool cleaners in the market? Learn more.

In-Depth With Zodiac MX8 In-Ground Pool Cleaner

The Zodiac MX8 is known for its portability because of its lighter weight compared with other brands in its category. Portability is also enhanced with a built-in easy-grip handle that makes taking this equipment out of the pool a lot easier. It can be used directly through the pool’s skimmer or 1.5” vacuum line.

This pool cleaner is equipped with maX-drive technology which offers maximum torque and easy maneuverability. This technology, as well as its Dual Cyclonic Vacuum,  will let the pool cleaner climb up the walls and waterline of the pool, reach and clean tight surfaces and leave the pool floors spotless. You will never have to worry about your pool cleaner getting stuck in a corner because the MX8 can reverse on its own. It is designed to clean in-ground pools with all types of surfaces.

The hyper-grip traction feature on its wheels give it an efficient performance in climbing and cleaning the steps.

The build of the Zodiac MX8 exudes that it is mean machine meant for pool cleaning. It has an easy-access tab on top, two scrubbing turbines at the bottom and an adjustable debris opening that lets the MX8 take in the smallest dirt and largest leaves that can fit in its adjustable intake. It is perfect for small pools. Users are advised to practice frequent cleaning as debris may get stuck in the flex power turbine.

The energy efficiency and the low energy consumption of the Zodiac MX8 are unmatched. It is your best option if your pool pumps are solar-powered, low-speed or variable speed. The MX8 is also equipped with a flow-regulator valve that will ensure that the components of your pool cleaner are not exposed to damage that may be caused by irregular or uncontrolled flow.

New and Replacement Accessories to Buy for Your Zodiac MX8

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You will never have to experience a stuck pool cleaner because of a clogged debris chamber. And you don’t have to worry about damaged filtration pumps due to leaf damage anymore. Compact cleaners like the MX8 will definitely perform better with reinforcements like the Zodiac Cyclonic Leaf Canister.

The leaf canister will store all leaves and debris from the pool cleaner and will keep it there so it will never reach the skimmer basket. Filling the skimmer basket with too much waste can hinder the suction capacity and strain your pump.

Zodiac Track Replacement for MX8

Zodiac MX8’s ma-X Drive Technology enables it to climb pool walls and waterline aggressively. The tracks of the MX8’s wheels are known to last for 12-18 months on regular use and it will be handy to get a spare wheel tracks because you will definitely need it in the future.

Zodiac Cyclonic Scrubbing Turbine Assembly

The MX8’s turbines work two ways - as a propulsion mechanism to drive debris towards the debris chamber and as scrubbing brushes. Users must anticipate normal wear and tear of these hardworking accessories in 12 to 18 months as well. The replacement comes in a pack of two so you can replace both turbines at once.

Specifications and Features:

  • ​Pool Type: In-ground
  • ​Cleaner Type: Automatic suction side
  • ​Warranty: 1-year Warranty
  • ​Pool Surfaces it can Cover: All types of pool surfaces

What's in the box?

  • ​Zodiac MX8 Pool Cleaner
  • ​12 pieces of 1-meter segmented hoses
  • ​Skimmer insert, flow keep elbow
  • ​Flowkeeper valve and MX flow regulator
  • ​Manual and Quick Start Guide


  • ​Compact and lightweight
  • ​Can vacuum medium to large size debris
  • ​Adjustable debris opening
  • ​Durable and high-quality accessories
  • ​Parts are easy to find


  • ​Long leaves can entangle in the power turbine
  • ​Wear and tear of tracks for tires and the scrubbing turbine

Bottom line:

The upgraded features it can offer based on the previous success of the Zodiac MX6 make this pool cleaner an instant hit. It also works on low-energy consumption mode and can be used on solar powered, low-speed and variable speed pumps without putting excessive pressure both the filtration system and the pool cleaner itself. Its ability to reverse also guarantees to leave your pool as clean as you want it to be at a shorter period, eliminating the occurrence of a stuck pool cleaner. Whether this will be your first time to get one or you’re upgrading, the Zodiac MX8 will be a total head turner for your pool.

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