Introduction to the Baracuda G3
So, you need to buy another pool cleaner and don’t know where to start.
If you already own a Zodiac pool cleaner, the answer is easy – why not simply upgrade to the Baracuda G3?
But if you don’t already own a Zodiac pool cleaner, then the answer might not appear so simple – even if it still actually is.
The Baracuda series are world-renowned for their design and their ease-of-use. This is no coincidence – the design team at Zodiac are clearly always trying to improve their product. Why not benefit from their hard work?.
There is more to a pool cleaner than just its effectiveness. In as much as you want the most effective cleaner, there are also a couple of other factors which could ruin your entire experience if ignored. The ideal pool cleaner should, for instance, be quiet. No one wants to deal with unbearable noises from their cleaner every time they are in use. These could make life in your outdoors or even inside your house insufferable. Secondly, the perfect pool cleaner should be easy to install. You shouldn’t have to spend so much money getting an expert to set up your pool cleaner yet there are lots of incredible cleaners that you can easily install yourself. This saves you cash and also makes it easier for you to remove the cleaners for washing and to service before reinstalling them. Another crucial factor is the reliability and durability of the machine. We cannot talk about reliability and durability without discussing brands of these cleaners. In most cases, the best brands usually have the most durable and reliable equipment which also tend to be the most expensive. It’s quite rare to come across a cleaner from a new or unknown brand that you can rely on to give you the best services for a long time.
One cleaner that ticks all the above boxes is the Baracuda G3 W03000. This popular cleaner is one of the most efficient suction side automatic pool cleaners in the market. The following information should help you understand what makes the Baracuda G3 unique and perhaps your best cleaning option.
Baracuda G3 Overview
The Baracuda G3 is uniquely designed for automatic in-ground pool cleaning. From its designing, you can already tell how simple the device is but this should never mislead you into thinking that the cleaner is inferior in any way. Its simplicity comes with various benefits the biggest of which is how easy it is to install. Setting up the cleaner is hence a simple DIY project that shouldn’t take you too long to complete.
You will also notice that the cleaner has just one moving part. This is located on the diaphragm, and it’s responsible for the suction and collection of dirt. The fewer the moving parts, the less the time and money you have to spend on maintenance and other issues. You’ll no longer have to deal with flippers, gears, wheels or any other complicated gadgets. It also means that cleaning the Baracuda G3 W03000 to improve its performance is a lot easier.
Another reason why this cleaner is so popular is its ability to handle a wide variety of debris. This cleaner will get rid of all the bugs, leaves, pebbles, sand and other dirt with so much ease. The G3 will help in keeping not just you swimming pool’s surface clean but its walls too. Yes, the Baracuda G3 is designed with the capability of climbing and cleaning pool walls. You will also appreciate the Baracuda G3’s ability to clean different types of pool liners. This cleaner can be used with gunite, tile, and even fiberglass in-ground pools.
One issue common in most cleaners is their inability to work efficiently when water pressure in the pool drops. To ensure that you never have to deal with this problem, Zodiac has installed flow-keeper valves. These allow the cleaner to continue functioning optimally even when your pool’s circulation pump isn’t working as efficiently as it should.
Baracuda G3 also features a 36-fin disc that prevents the cleaner from getting stuck while moving around the pool floor and walls. This disc improves the adhesion between the cleaner and the pool’s surface preventing the cleaner from hanging up on the drains, fittings, lights and drain covers. The 36-fin disc has been instrumental in reducing your involvement while cleaning is going on.
Baracuda G3 Product Features
- Dimensions: 41.5” by 8” by 18.”
- Unit Weight: 19 pounds
- Quick-release cassette for better and simpler maintenance
- Durable diaphragm
- Quiet performance
- Powerful suction cleaner
- 39 feet scuff-resistant feed hose
- Flow keeper valves enable the cleaner to work with low-speed circulation pumps
- Wheel deflectors improve its mobility around sharp corners
- It cleans leaves, floors, pool steps and walls
- 36-fin disc improves adhesion to prevent the cleaner from getting stuck
- The long-life hose comes with a 2-year warranty while the entire cleaner is covered by a 1-year warranty
Are you sick of getting stuck on corners when you clean your pool? Are you sick of not being able to ever clean ‘that one spot’ in your pool? Suffer these issues no more! The G3 has a Wheel Deflector, which makes all of these issues a thing of the past.
In combination with the Wheel Deflector, the 36-Fin Disk will allow you to keep your pool as clean as you like – between the agility of the Wheel Deflector and the ‘stick to anything’ attitude of the 36-Fin Disk your pool can be completely free of leaves, insects, and any other random detritus you can think of.
Fewer working parts (compared to other pool cleaners) means more reliability. Gears? Wheels? Flappers? Not today, thank you kindly! Lesser parts also mean cheaper maintenance too, which we can all agree is a good thing.
Patented Quick-Release Cassette
Not only is the Diaphragm for the Baracuda G3 Long-Life, but it’s also easy to access for those rare times when you will need to change it. With the patented Quick-Release Cassette (and no it doesn’t play songs from the ’70s, I already asked), you can change your Diaphragm quick smart. Less time spent on maintenance means more time to swim in your pool, after all!
Ease Of Use
The Baracuda G3 works with any low-speed pool pump – you don’t need to buy any special equipment or plugs or anything like that. If you’re the type of person who’s had enough of that nonsense with your mobile phone, you’ll probably appreciate not having to deal with the same nonsense when you clean your pool.
After all, you bought your pool so you could swim and bathe in it – not so you could do stupid puzzles that cost more every time you need a new piece for some random equipment.
Because the Baracuda G3 works with any low-speed pool pump, this means that it operates in a manner that’s practically noiseless. Gone are the days of being told by your family when and when you can’t clean your pool because of the noise!
That’s great and all, but how about some specifications?
The Baracuda G3 is a suction-side pool cleaner designed to clean in-ground pools.
- It has a Skimmer or 1.5″ Vacuum Line connection options.
- The diaphragm and hose are both designed to be Long-Life, and the hose is 39 ft long.
- The cleaner is designed to clean tile, gunite, vinyl, and fiberglass.
- The warranty lasts for 1 year.
This sounds too good to be true.
Frankly, it is.
But if there’s a part of your brain saying ‘there’s a catch’, well – there is a catch and it’s one that I think you’ll agree is justifiable: The price.
The Baracuda G3 is the Lamborghini of pool cleaners, except that you’ll actually use your Baracuda G3 and not just leave sitting it in the garage as a reminder of your midlife crisis. Or maybe I’m just projecting.
Regardless, consider this: In the long run, it just might save you money.
You won’t be replacing the diaphragm as often, so you’re saving money there.
You won’t accidentally break a small part of your machine when you replace the diaphragm either, due to the Patented Quick-Release Cassette.
Trouble Shooting the Baracuda G3 W03000
Most pool cleaners are installed, and they start functioning with no problems at all. In a few cases, however, your cleaner may not move or operate as designed thus forcing you to do some troubleshooting to pinpoint the problem. The following tips should help you fix the Baracuda G3 in case you see any issues with its performance. These tips will also improve the durability of the cleaner.
- Avoid bending the hoses to prevent the problems with their movement. The hoses should always be stored in a straight line
- Add a leaf catcher in the suction hose line if your pool is collecting a lot of leaves
- Clean the G3 regularly to keep it working efficiently
- Use the flow gauge to check the state of water flow
- To improve the cleaner’s navigation, ensure that you adjust the hose’s weight
- Keep the main drain closed
Have other people enjoyed their Baracuda G3?
If you spend 10 minutes researching that very question (which you don’t have to do because I already did it for you) then you’ll find that not only are most people very happy with their Baracuda G3s, many of them are simply upgrading from the G2 because the G2 was such a great unit.
For example, Judy from productreview.com.au says “This is the second Zodiac that I have purchased, the first one purchased over ten years ago. I have found them great and easy to use. Would recommend to anyone wanting a pool cleaner.”
10 years ago. Her G2 lasted her 10 years! This is what I meant earlier about how it might save you money in the long run.
I mean, how long did your last pool cleaner survive for?
Don’t answer me, I can’t hear your reply. Feel free to leave an answer in the comments though!
Fine, but what about post-sale support?
This is why I think that the Baracuda is worth the money. Not because Zodiac is a world leader when it comes to pool cleaner design (although that’s certainly true) but because Zodiac clearly prides themselves on their high standard of support.
There’s a FAQ on the Zodiac website about things that can go wrong with the unit.
That’s where most companies stop. This is where Zodiac begins.
I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of effort that Zodiac put into their social media presence. At least 90% of product reviews that I read all across the web had a reply or response from (presumably) a Zodiac employee.
Many companies talk a big game about support. Zodiac delivers on that promise. Not many other companies do, I’m sure you’ll agree.
But maybe you don’t care about that. Maybe you just want a good product and you want it to work first time every time until the maintenance monster rears its head.
Buying the Baracuda is still the right call.
You make it sound like it won’t just clean my pool, it can also cure every disease known to man.
No, it’s far from perfect at doing things that it wasn’t designed for. For instance, it would work terribly as a balloon and would work even worse as a sandwich filling.
It also can’t do a few things that one might actually expect a pool cleaner to be able to do.
It’s not very good at cleaning/removing large leaves from your pool. Well, I mean, it does technically remove them from the pool, it’s just that they tend to get stuck inside the diaphragm.
I can see a few people balking at the warranty as well. 1 year isn’t a very long time, even if the units themselves can last for a decade or more.
It sounds pretty good, but you haven’t told me how much it costs yet.
Conclusion on the Zodiac Baracuda g3
The Baracuda G3 comes with a few limitations but so do all other cleaners out there. The good thing is that its shortcomings have not stopped it from delivering the excellent performance that we all need from a pool cleaner. It is made of high-quality materials that make it very reliable. It can climb up your pool walls keeping your entire pool clean. We also cannot forget to mention its incredible power from which you can expect drastic results.
If the main reason that stood between you and a clean pool is your budget, then the Baracuda G3 has you sorted. This affordable equipment is the perfect alternative to the rather expensive robotic and pressure-side pool cleaners.
The G3 is a fantastic machine rated among the best suction side automatic cleaners. It is definitely worth your investment.