The Zodiac MX8 Elite has been on the market for about 3 years now. It is basically an upgraded version of the MX8 cleaner with the main upgrade being the scrubbing ability of the cleaner. On each turbine are two brushes and as they spin these brushes will scrub the pool floor and walls up to the waterline. This is still one of my Top three Suction Side cleaners and here is why.
Based on the Zodiac MX8 design which uses rotating turbines, but on this version the turbines did not actually touch the pool surface until this Elite version added brushes to the bottom of the turbines. So now as the turbines spin, the brushes lift off caked on dirt and algae. You can hear them scrubbing the surface with a microphone in the water (I used my waterproof camera mic to pick up the sounds).
The scrubbing action will put this cleaner the top of the list in choices for your pool. It picks up large debris, leaves and dirt very well. This is almost a flawless cleaner in every respect. It does have trouble with long stringy leaf debris as that can jam the turbine. But most pools do not have this type of debris in it so that should not be an issue. And with the easy open top it really is not a game breaker, simply snap open the top and remove any debris that may be jamming the cleaner.
The wall climbing ability of the MX8 Elite is unsurpassed by any cleaner on the market. It scales the walls as if it were just strolling along on the bottom of the pool. Now with the brushes it not only climbs the walls but scrubs them for you. So, your pool will get full coverage from top to bottom. If having your pool cleaned from the floors to the water line is something you want, the MX8 Elite will not disappoint.
It also has a very wide cleaning area so as it is moving on the pool it is cleaning very efficiently. For a large pool that is a definite bonus as it will clean the pool faster than other suction side cleaners.
I wasn't a fan of the locking hoses when this cleaner first came on the market.
But after a few years now I see that this hose type is very durable and long lasting. The MX8 Elite cleaners that I have on my route have hoses that I have not had to replace. The MX8 elite comes with 12 hoses or 39 feet of hose, so plenty of hoses for a large pool. One thing about the locking hoses is that unlike standard universal hoses, they won’t start to crack and let air into the system.
The parts on this cleaner do wear out like any other cleaner, but they are easy to change and are not expensive. This cleaner is constantly moving and turning so it does wear out the gears so expect to be changing parts every two years. Since the parts are all modular they simply screw in and you are done in minutes.
So the MX8 Elite is loaded with great features. From the Cyclonic Scrubbing to the extreme wall climbing, this would be a solid choice for your pool. It is only sold at your local retail pool store or from your local pool service provider.
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