Zodiac Launches Baracuda MX8 and T5 Duo Pool Cleaners for 2011 Season

Consumer Rebates and Increased Durability Support Advanced Technologies to Make Pool Owners' Jobs Easier

SAN DIEGO,– May 17, 2011Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc. is launching two innovative pool cleaners, the Zodiac MX® 8 and Baracuda T5 Duo®, for the 2011 summer pool season. Zodiac is supporting the introduction with energy efficient, cutting in half the flow requirement because of its dynamic articulation that maximizes power while minimizing resistance, thus enabling maximum power at low flow.

The T5 Duo suction-side cleaner uses two discs for greater flexibility, while its patented diaphragm technology provides efficient, silent operation. The T5 Duo operates in any in-ground pool and connects directly to a skimmer or dedicated 1.5" vacuum line. The unique Zodiac "Quick Connector" ensures a secure connection of the hose to the cleaner head.

According to Tony Prudhomme, president of Zodiac, the innovative Zodiac cleaners offer choice, agility and efficiency to pool dealers and consumers.

“Built like a tank, the MX 8 is battle ready for the toughest of pools! The MX 8's double cyclonic suction and Flex Power Turbine technology make it the most maneuverable mechanical suction cleaner on the market. With a highly competitive price point, it's easy for both dealers and consumers to see how it surpasses its competition,” said Prudhomme. "As an option or for those looking for a slightly lower entry point, our T5 Duo is easy-to-use and is a dependable workhorse. It's an efficient and incredibly quiet cleaner with absolutely no hammer noise. We think consumers are going to love either of these products in their pool."

MX 8 features:

  • Double Cyclonic Suction creates a wider cleaning path and larger debris consumption
  • X-Drive technology offers intelligent navigation and aggressive floor and wall cleaning
  • Sealed gearbox prevents debris from fouling components
  • Heavier-weight construction increases durability and robustness

T5 Duo features:

  • Dura-Life™ diaphragm provides silent operation and extra durability for a longer life
  • Duo disc system creates better pool adhesion and flexibility to get into smaller, hard to reach areas
  • Adjustable wheel deflector allows pool owner to set the wheel at height desired and helps the cleaner to roll past corners

Both Zodiac cleaners have twist locking hoses that are easy to tighten; they click into place to ensure a tight seal between hose and cleaner head that won't pull apart or leak. The MX 8 retails for $499 and the T5 Duo retails for $399. From April 1-July 31, 2011, consumers can receive $100 rebates on each Zodiac cleaner.

Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Zodiac Marine & Pool, S.A.S., is a global leader in swimming pool and spa products and services. The company’s comprehensive product lines are marketed under the leading brand names of Zodiac®, Polaris®, Jandy®, Baracuda®, Nature2®, and Cover-Pools®. Zodiac is the leading provider of premium, innovative pool and spa products and is committed to designing and producing the most energy efficient, earth-friendly pool products and systems available.

Zodiac’s pool cleaners are the global leader in disc-style pool cleaning solutions. Pioneer of the revolutionary diaphragm technology, Zodiac’s cleaners are founded in quality and design ingenuity, delivering unsurpassed reliability and value through simplicity.

To learn more about Zodiac, visit www.zodiacpoolsystems.com or call 800-822-7933.

Beth Walsh
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