Zodiac mx6 Vs Zodiac mx8 vacuum Pool cleaner comparison

Zodiac MX6 Vs Zodiac MX8 vacuum Pool Cleaner

Now that summer has arrived you’ll be beginning to think more about your pool, is it beginning to look a bit dirty? can i be bothered cleaning it?

Well we’re here to help, we will be braking down the benefits and differences of the Zodiac MX6 and the Zodiac MX8 to see which is the best pool vacuum.

First of all we’ll take a look at the Zodiac MX6 and how it operates. The MX6 is a vacuum powered robotic pool cleaner that is powered by either your skimmer or a 1.5″ vacuum line. Once connected, your pump creates suction which in return powers that vacuum to move around the pool. The MX6 is designed for small pools and comes with 10 “1” metre hoses connectors, if by any chance you need extra length then you can buy extra hose in 1 metre sections.

Now that we know how the MX6 operates lets get into some features and benefits that make this vacuum so great.

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Zodiac MX6 key Features

X-Drive Navigation

The MX6 uses an X-Drive system to carefully navigate the pool to clean the floor and walls. XDrive technology provides optimal navigation for excellent floor and wall cleaning, allowing for unparalleled pool coverage. The bi-directional navigation allows for the Mx6 to be able to pivot on the spot to get out of any tricky situation. This feature is great because you leave the MX6 unattended feeling confident that it will be able to complete the task without becoming tangled.

Cyclonic Suction

Thanks to its cyclonic suction the MX6 uses unmatched suction power to deliver a thorough, fast and aggressive clean like no other suction cleaner can. Due to its aggressive cleaning power it finds no pool surface an issue Concrete, Tile, Vinyl and Fiberglass the MX6 can clean it all making it one of the most versatile pool vacuums on the market today.

Low-Flow Energy Efficient Design

The MX6 has a great low-flow energy efficient design, this allows the MX6 to be able to be run on variable-speed, 2-speed pumps and even solar. meaning your’e saving money and energy with every clean of your pool. the MX6’s pump versatility is just another positive factor on how versatile this pool cleaner really is.

Optimised Flow Control

The Zodiac MX6 uses an optimised low flow control, this means that is has reduced strain while operating which in return gives longer durability to the MX6 and even the filter system of your pool, this is great news all round.


  • Energy efficient
  • Able to run on multiple pump types
  • Powerful suction
  • X-Drive Navigation
  • Easy to clean


  • No reverse feature

Now that we’ve looked at the great features on the MX6 lets move on to its big brother, the Zodiac MX8.

Image of zodiac MX8 suction pool cleaner

Zodiac MX8 key Features

Just like the MX6 the MX8 is also a pool vacuum and is designed for small pools. As you can probably imagine the majority of features they have are similar, but there are a couple of beneficial added features that Zodiac have given the MX8. Unlike The MX6 the MX8 comes with 12 “1” metre sections, allowing for cleaning of slightly larger pools.

X-Drive Navigation

The MX8 uses the same X-Drive Navigation system as the MX6 to carefully navigate it’s way around your pool, but with one added feature. The MX8 has two directional gears on the bottom of it allowing it to reverse if it runs into any trouble whereas the MX6 operates on only one gear allowing it to pivot but not reverse.

Dual cyclonic Suction

Unlike the MX6 the MX8 actually uses two cleaning turbines when cleaning the pool, having this extra turbine allows for extra suction when navigating the pool walls and a wider cleaning path allowing for a quicker clean time of your pool.


  • Ultra energy efficient
  • Efficient & thorough 
  • Able to run on multiple pump types
  • X-Drive Navigation


  • Needs cleaned often
  • Expensive

Zodiac MX6 quick review

Designed to be a compact and lightweight the MX6 is an highly efficient pool cleaning robot that features best-in-class vacuum power and programmed navigation for a comprehensively clean pool without the hassle. The MX6 uses an innovative low-flow design so it consumes less energy than any cleaner in its class, making it the ideal cleaner for pools with 2-speed or variable-speed pumps. It navigates walls well and works well on any pool surface. It’s cheaper than the MX8 due to having one less gear which prevents it from travelling backwards. It also comes with 2 Metres less of hose which could make all the difference when it comes to being able to reach all corners of your pool.

Zodiac MX8 quick review

The Zodiac MX8 is designed to be able to handle your pool’s toughest dirt and debris. Using its dual cyclonic suction it enables the MX8 to move faster and deliver unsurpassed vacuum power, while requiring 30% less flow. Its ultra efficient design requires less flow than any cleaner in its class for maximum energy savings. Best choice for solar, 2-speed, and variable-speed pumps.

With it’s Dual cyclonic suction it allows it to have a wider cleaning path then it’s competitors models, with a large vacuum inlet to capture larger debris. maX-drive technology promotes maximum torque and extreme manoeuvrability, allowing the MX8 to aggressively clean any surface of your pools walls and floors. Its twist locking hose enables quick, secure attachment to the cleaner head and unlike the MX6 comes with 12 “1” metre hose connectors allowing it to clean larger pools without having to pay for any extra hose connections.

zodiac mx6 vs mx8 our verdict

For us, the MX8 is the better pool cleaner, though they both perform excellently when it comes to the removal of dirt and debris and both have a top of the line energy efficient design, there were a few factors that really made the MX8 stand out.

We couldn’t go pass the Zodiac MX8’s Dual Cyclonic Suction system giving it a wider cleaning path, and faster more aggressive clean which we feel is a highly beneficial feature. We also loved the fact that it came with an extra ‘”2″ metres of hose and extra directional gear. With These features taken into consideration we feel like they definitely make up for the extra price tag.

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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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