Review of Baracuda G3 W03000 Advanced Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner
Having a pool cleaner that will complement your lifestyle is great. You will have to shed out more bucks than intended but automatic pool cleaners that don’t require your full attention is surely worth it. Imagine being next to the pool for hours fishing dirt and maneuvering the vacuum. You might also find yourself scrubbing the walls and floors. It’s a very tough job and it’s a good thing that you can skip it.
Through the use of an automatic pool cleaner like the Baracuda G3 W03000 Advanced Suction Side, you’ll have more time for relaxation and recreation instead of spending your precious three hours cleaning non-stop.
PROS: This cleaner is very durable, dependable, and rarely needs attention. It does the job as advertised; all you need to do is set it up for a few minutes and lower it into the swimming pool.
It will do all the scrubbing and cleaning for your pool to achieve impeccable cleanliness. This cleaner is able to maneuver on difficult turns and curves so you don’t have to worry about it getting stuck. It finishes the job in less than three hours for standard-sized pools.
CONS: Some customers who have an anti-vortex raised drain experienced difficulties using this pool cleaner, as the Baracuda is prone to getting stuck on the drain. When they called the company to report this, the latter already knew about the problem and just advised the owner to purchase rounded main drain covers that are about $60 each.
What we don’t appreciate here is that the anti-vortex drains are the ones recommended by builders for safety. The company knows that this is one of the weaknesses of the Baracuda yet does nothing to solve it.
What are the important aspects of the Baracuda G3 W03000 Advanced Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner?
Type: The Baracuda G3 is a type of a suction side pool vacuum that is connected to your pool’s pump and filter. This makes it very effective at sucking the dirt and debris from the surface and the water because of the sheer power the pump has. At the same time, all dirt, debris, bugs, twigs, leaves and small stones go into your swimming pool filtering system. This is actually a good workflow but it has its own downsides.
For instance, because you’ll have to keep the pump running while using this cleaner, it will use up electricity. It will also add cost of maintaining your filter. On its own, your filter does a heavy job cleaning your pool but with the added burden of dirt coming from the cleaner, it will be holding heaps of debris. You need to always clear out your filter from time to time to prolong its life.
If you don’t want to put too much pressure and additional work onto your pump and filtration system, consider getting a pool cleaner that has it’s own pump and filtering bag. These are more expensive but may be cheaper in the long run. After all, your pump and pool filter may be more expensive if it causes repairs.
Features: This pool cleaner for in-ground pools thoroughly cleans swimming pools including the walls. It has an anti-stick design navigates easily around common obstacles such as steps, ladders and corners.
It features having only one moving part to save you the hassle of replacing broken parts. However, this moving part, the diaphragm can eventually wear out and can be replaced more often than desired. It’s not expensive to replace and can be bought in major hardware shops.
Ease of Use: It features a patented Flowkeeper, a self-adjusting control valve that automatically regulates water flow, to ensure peak performance even with lower horsepower pumps. It has low cost maintenance because there are no gears, wheels, or flappers that may require replacement and repair in the long run. It only has one operational moving part that is quick and affordable to replace whenever needed.
What some users don’t like about the Baracuda G3 is that it likes to stay on the bottom of the pool and goes very little up the walls. The pool steps also remains untouched. You might need to help loosen up the dirt and debris on these hard to reach areas, like the upper part of the walls and the corners so the Baracuda can suck with ease. It only takes about three hours of work to finish all the areas in your pool.
Safety: Be careful about gritty debris in the pool such as pumice and sand as these seem to cause tears or erosion in the Baracuda G3, according to some users. High chlorine levels may also damage it so remove the cleaner if your pool requires dumping of chlorine. Also it would be nice for the machine to be taken out of the water if not in use.
What other things should you know about the Baracuda G3 W03000 Advanced Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner?
The Baracuda G3 includes 1-year warranty on manufacturer defects and wear and tear as well as a 2-year warranty on its long-life hose. Users love this pool cleaner as it has saved them a lot of time and effort in cleaning. Not only that, some users said that they don’t have to run the pump 24 hours a day because the water stays clean. This has enabled them to save money in electricity costs.
Same for chlorine use if you find that you use too much, with the use of this pool cleaner, you don’t need to dump too much in the water because the Baracuda G3 keeps the water clean and algae free.
This has a few cons though such as the constant replacement of parts, especially the only moving part, which doesn’t last too long. Although it can be easily replaced, it’s quite annoying in the long run. The hose sections also need proper care and maintenance.
The Baracuda G3 Advanced Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner is definitely a good addition to your household if you have a pool that needs constant cleaning and maintenance. It helps with keeping your pool floors and walls dirt and debris free without costing you too much.