The Baracuda G3 suction-side automatic inground pool cleaner is an affordable, easy-to-install alternative to the more expensive pressure-side or robotic pool cleaners.
The Baracuda G3 (or Zodiac G3) cleans inground swimming pools and seems to be reliable, durable and cheap to maintain. It has some minor issues such as its tendency to get stuck on top of a raised main drain and problems with handling large leaves.
In the end it is not a perfect pool cleaner and it needs a little attention now and then, but it keeps most of an inground pool clean by vacuuming away the dirt, debris and leaves.
Our Baracuda G3 review provides a list of features and answers a few questions about its performance.
Baracuda G3: Features
- Model number: W03000.
- 1-year manufacturer’s warranty on pool cleaner.
- 2-year manufacturer’s warranty on long-life hose.
- Baracuda G3 long-life diaphragm is included.
- Cleans tile, gunite and fiberglass pool surfaces.
- Comes with a 39-foot long-life feed hose which is scuff-resistant.
- It is made for cleaning inground pools.
- Quick-release cassette design provides easy access to the Baracuda G3 diaphragm.
- It can be connected to the skimmer or to a dedicated 1.5-inch vacuum line.
- The FlowKeeper™ valve automatically regulates water flow for peak performance.
- The wheel deflector helps the pool cleaner to handle corners in the pool.
- The 36-fin disc increases adhesion to pool surfaces while decreasing problems with obstacles such as steps and ladders.
What is included in the box?
The Baracuda G3 manual lists the following components: hose sections, hose weight, flow gauge, wheel deflector, pool cleaner body, finned disc, 45-degree elbow, 4.5-inch connector, hose protector net, FlowKeeper™ valve and valve cuff.
Are the feed hoses included?
The Baracuda G3 ships with 12 feed hoses which have a total length of about 39 feet (or about 12 meters) when connected together. These are long-life hoses that are more resistant to the scraping and brushing that commonly occurs while the pool cleaner works.
Where do you attach the feed hose?
Remove the skimmer basket and connect it at that suction pipe. If you have a dedicated vacuum line port on the side wall of the pool, then you can use that suction port instead and leave the skimmer basket where it is.
Does it remove dead tree leaves from the pool?
The Baracuda G3 vacuums small to medium leaves well enough, but large leaves might get stuck in the diaphragm and severely decrease its suction power. The pump filter will need to be cleaned more often if the pool collects a lot of leaves since the smaller leaves will steadily clog up the pump filter and decrease suction power.
You might look at buying and adding something such as the Zodiac cyclonic leaf catcher which will trap the leaves before it reaches the skimmer and pump filter basket.
Will it work in an above ground pool?
No, it is only made for cleaning inground pools. The Baracuda G3 is not intended for cleaning above ground pools.
Can it clean an inground fiberglass pool?
Yes, it can clean an inground fiberglass pool. It can also clean tile and gunite pool surfaces.
It takes a bit of tweaking and testing to get any pool cleaner to work at its best. Here are a few pointers to consider when the Baracuda G3 is not swimming like a barracuda fish:
- Make sure that the main drain is closed.
- The flow gauge can be used to check for proper water flow.
- Adjust the hose weight until the pool cleaner navigates the pool without problems.
- Clean the pool pump filter regularly: if it is dirty the G3 will not function properly.
- If your pool collects a lot of leaves, then you may want to add an extra leaf catcher into the suction hose line.
- Always store the hoses in a straight line since bent hoses cause movement problems.
Baracuda G3: Advantages
- It lasts many years and it is less expensive to maintain than other pool cleaners.
- The diaphragm is its only moving part: no complicated gears or wheels that will need to be replaced.
- It is a little heavier than previous models, but it can still climb and clean the walls up to a few feet.
Baracuda G3: Disadvantages
- The biggest issue is that it often gets stuck on a raised anti-vortex main drain.
- Large leaves might get stuck inside the diaphragm and clog it up.
- It uses the pool’s pump and therefore the pump’s strainer basket will need to be cleaned more often than usual.
Baracuda G3: Conclusion
The Zodiac Baracuda G3 suction-side automatic pool cleaner is fairly easy to piece together: put on the finned disc, the wheel deflector and the hose. Then connect it to the skimmer or to a separate vacuum line. You might need to spend time on getting the hose length and hose weight balanced as well as testing the flow rate.
It works with the pool’s own pump, so you do not have to install and run an additional booster pump. The Baracuda G3 therefore only works if the pool pump is running. The FlowKeeper™ valve automatically adjusts the flow rate of the water so that it will work even with a low-speed pool pump.
The Baracuda G3 sucks up debris such as leaves and dirt that accumulate on the pool floor, walls and steps. The debris and leaves are captured by the pool filter. Checking and cleaning the pool filter regularly will ensure the optimal operation of the Baracuda G3.
The Baracuda G3 diaphragm is the only moving part of the pool cleaner. The unique quick-release cassette makes it easy to check or replace the diaphragm. This is probably the first part that might need replacing within a year or so of regular pool cleaning. Generally speaking, it is not an expensive pool cleaner to maintain or to repair.
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