Pentair Pool Cleaner Review - K70405? - What You Should Know About This and Any Pool Cleaner

by Pool Builders on 01-28-2011 in Articles

This is an in-depth assessment of my Pentair automatic pool cleaner. No matter which pool cleaner you plan to buy, the information in this review is essential reading since it contains considerations that can mean the difference between a great buy and one that you have to send back for a refund.

So before you narrow down your choices for any pool cleaner regardless of where you are in the product researching process, I absolutely encourage you to consider the following criteria.

1. One of the most important questions to ask is the type of pool I have. Different pools require different cleaning devices. Is my pool inground or above ground? Is my pool made of vinyl, fiberglass or gunite? If you have an inground pool whether it's made of concrete, vinyl, fiberglass or gunite the Pentair Kreepy Krauly K70405 Automatic Pool cleaner can be fully adjusted to your needs.
2. Where does my pool cleaner attach? Some cleaners attach directly to the pool pump. In this case, a separate filter and/or a side attaching bag are fastened to the unit itself. On other units, there is no need for a separate filter as the pool cleaner couples to your existing pool filter. This can be great feature since you can save a bit of time and hassle if you only change the filter once instead of twice. The Kreepy Krauly attaches to existing filters and takes care of algae and leaves with good pressure and suction as long as you keep your skimmer and filter clean. You won't need to empty dirty bags or booster pumps with this automatic pool cleaner.
3. How durable is the hose and cleaner - several users of the Kreepy Krauly pool cleaner have reported usage in excess of 13 years. Parts do have to be replaced as they get worn out or brittle. The great thing is Kreepy Krauly offers a two year replacement warranty on all parts and it still beats cleaning the pool by hand!
4. Is it cordless? - You don't want dangerous cords tangling you or your guests up while swimming so this is key to safety. Although almost every line of cleaners include some sort of a hose to power the device and provide water flow, some units require a separate electrical power source. The Kreepy Krauly Pool cleaner has no electrical cords so that's a big plus for pool safety.
5. What kind of area coverage is provided by the machine? - The Kreepy Krauly Automatic Pool cleaner cleans the floor and the walls of your pool, scrubs the algae, and removes leaves. If you have steps, you will have to scrub the steps once a week (our golden retriever Taffy loves to soak her feet on the steps!) but because the Kreepy Krauly even filters the water, your pool will be completely algae free.
6. Does it have a random cleaning pattern - We have found that a random cleaning pattern is a big advantage since this results in a cleaner pool overall without any spots getting missed.
7. How hard is it to install? - The Kreepy Krauly comes with a 5 minute installation video. It can be installed smoothly with the clear instructions.

How much should you expect to pay?

The Kreepy Krauly k70405 is available on certain websites for 500-900 dollars. You should not pay more that $350 for this Kreepy Krauly Automatic Pool Cleaner. The cheapest we have found is Amazon who consistently sell this automatic pool cleaner for under $320.

What's included

- Automatic Pool Cleaner
- 40 foot hose
- Installation video
Does it include a warranty

Yes, the Kreepy Krauly K70405 includes a 2 year warranty.

What are others saying?

This automatic pool cleaner has received stellar reviews from most consumers on the net with an average of 4.5-5 from most reviewers on the net. Here are some comments to date:

- You'll have years of a sparkling clean pool (with very little effort). Worth every penny.
- I NEVER have to sweep my pool with a brush, just the steps, because the Kreepy reaches everything else.
- 13 years of NOT cleaning my pool by hand is proof enough this is a great system.
- My last Kreepy lasted 14 years. I just replaced it with a new Kreepy classic and couldn't be happier with the performance.
- Works better than could've imagined!
- I can see this thing lasting forever...there's really no mechanical part that could break.
- Kreepy Krauly is one of the easiest to use.
- This is the best purchase I've made in a while. It does it's job and quietly goes to sleep when the pump goes off for the day. Easy to setup and great value for the money. Buy one, heck buy two,

Any Complaints?

One thing that really sold us on this product is that we found very few complaints for this automatic pool cleaner on consumer sites around the internet. Some consumers expressed concerns about having to replace hose parts due to brittleness from sun and chlorine. One mentioned the drawback of having to sweep the stairs every day, but even that person and so many others have raved about how easy it is to keep their pools sparkling clean.

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