Zodiac Mx8 Review 2022: specs, Features, pros & cons

Suction side pool cleaners have long been a popular choice for pool owners when it comes to keeping their pools clean. Affordable, quiet and easy to install they are a great choice for beginner and experienced pool owners. With so many to choose from picking the one that’s right for you can be tricky. We’ve decided to take a look at the features and benefits of the Zodiac Baracuda Mx8 pool cleaner to see if price matches performance.

Zodiac mx8 pool cleaner quick review

The Zodiac MX8 is a suction side pool cleaner that features an ultra energy efficient design that requires 30% less flow than any other suction side pool cleaner in its class making it a great choice for solar, 2-speed, and variable-speed pumps. Mainly built for smaller sized pools it can reach up to 39ft with its hoses.

The Mx8 Navigates the pools floor and walls using its X – Drive Navigation which allow it to carefully manoeuvre around the pools surface. Unlike the Zodiac MX6 the Mx8 features two directional gears which allow it to reverse if encounters any issues. The Zodiac Baracuda Mx8 provides excellent suction power allowing it to clean right to the waterline which is an area most suction pool cleaners struggle with.

Zodiac pool cleaner mx8 specs

  • Manufacturer: Zodiac
  • Model: Mx8
  • Cleaner type: Suction
  • Pool type: In-ground
  • Dimensions: 5.9 x 14.75 inches
  • Weight: 21lbs


  • Powerful suction
  • reversing feature
  • Highly energy efficient
  • Easy to clean
  • Wide suction inlet
  • Cleans to waterline


  • Needs to be cleaned often
  • Quite expensive
  • Only designed for small pools

Now that we’ve had a Quick look at the Baracuda Mx8 pool cleaner let’s take a deeper look at its features.

Zodiac Mx8 key features

Pool cleaner Mx8

X-Drive Navigation

The Zodiac Mx8 uses X-Drive navigation to provide optimal pool coverage of your pools floor and walls while also allowing it to manoeuvre around any obstacles in its path. With the extra addition of two directional gears gives the Zodiac Baracuda Mx8 pool cleaner the ability to reverse as apposed to just pivot if it becomes stuck making it reliable when it comes to cleaning unsupervised.

Dual Cyclonic Suction

This Zodiac features two powerful turbines that when cleaning give it the ability to consistently clean right up to the pools waterline which is an area that most suction cleaners struggle to get to. This Dual Cyclonic suction is also complimented with a wide suction throat that allows for a more thorough yet efficient clean saving you time and money.

Flex-power Turbine

This enables the Mx8 to be able to operate at an ultra energy efficient rate on 30% less flow without compromising suction power.

Zodiac mx8 pool cleaner customer reviews

When Checking out reviews it’s clear to see that the Zodiac Mx8 provides a great clean.

Many of the users complimented the Zodiac MX8 suction side cleaners ability to climb the pools walls even at an angle and clean right to the waterline, an area where many of their previous cleaners had struggled to get too.

Users also liked the fact that even though it operates at a low flow it still had great suction power allowing it to easily remove any dirt and debris while being highly energy efficient at the same time.

They also loved how easy the Mx8 was to install, clean and maintain.

Some users did mention that they had to get one of the rubber tracks replaced after 12 months, and that the Mx8 does struggle with the cleaning of stairs. However they did not feel these were make or break issues.

Zodiac mx8 pool cleaner summary summary

For us, the Zodiac Baracuda Mx8 is a well designed suction side pool cleaner that definitely keeps energy efficiency in mind. Though highly energy efficient it still packs the power to easily navigate the pools floor and walls including right to the waterline removing any debris and stubborn dirt. Featuring 39ft of hose it easily reaches all corners and edges of small sized pools. Easy to clean and instal the Mx8 is a is a great entry level suction cleaner great for beginner pool owners.

It is for all these reasons we think that the Zodiac Mx8 pool cleaners price does match performance, and is definitely worth considering if your’e looking at investing in a suction side pool cleaner.

Zodiac Baracuda mX8 FAQ

Which is better the zodiac baracuda MX6 or MX8?

In our opinion the Zodiac Baracuda MX8 in the superior cleaner in terms of cleaning power and features.

How long does the zodiac MX8 pool cleaner last for?

The MX8 can last for as long as 15 years, certain parts may need to be replaced during this period however.

How does the Zodiac MX8 suction side pool cleaner work?

It works directly by connecting directly to your skimmer or dedicated suction line that pulls water into your pump.

What is the Difference between the Zodiac MX8 & the MX8 Elite?

The key difference between these products is the MX8 Elite has scrubbing brushes on the turbines allowing for better scrubbing of fine and stuck on debris from your pools surface.

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Hey, we're Lana and Cam the creators of this site. We love to spend time together as a family, and time in our pool. We're here to bring you the best info on pool care, pool cleaners, and other great pool related products.

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