You have to wonder what would inspire a company to call its automated pool cleaner the Pentair Kreepy Krauly Prowler. It's not hard to imagine an entire made-for-TV horror movie about a pool cleaner that lurks just below the water line, waiting for unwary swimmers to paddle within reach of its hungry scrubbers. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...
Or maybe they just felt it was a catchy name and they were certainly right about that. What family with children under the age of 15 wouldn't want a pool cleaner that sounds like it just arrived from the Planet of the Hot Tub Zombies? In practice, though, most families would probably want something more than a catchy name in an appliance that's only affordable when you consider how much money it will save you from having to hire an actual human being to do the job. They might, for instance, want it to keep the pool clean.
On that count, Pentair's device apparently delivers. Their advertising indicates that the Kreepy Krauly, etc., can scrub, clean and vacuum the average swimming pool in about 2 and a half hours, though maybe it's a good idea not to let any unattended pets splash around in the water while it's at work. (Owners report that it's possible, if not necessarily advisable, to use it while the pool cover's on.) Users largely give the KKP good reviews, though some note that its ability to kraul, er, crawl along the walls of the pool may be somewhat dependent on the current water chemistry. It also seems to do a thorough job of cleaning the bottom, though a remote control is included in case it needs some coaxing.
Given the fairly steep price of a new unit, you might want to look at some of the other pool vacuums on the market, like the Aquabot Classic.
We are extremely happy. This is our first robotic pool cleaner and I am glad I purchased this one. Our pool looks amazingly clean and the surfaces are nice and smooth.
We recently bought this robot for our pool. I found Pentair a good buy because of price and even has a remote..
Thankfully, Pentair has removable filters which are very easy to manipulate. I can now clean them after each use, The system is brilliant.
I have used the Prowler about a dozen times and in all modes, quick clean, extended clean, and manual control. It worked flawlessly.