Compact, quiet and efficient – today’s automatic pool cleaners take the effort out of maintaining your pool so that it is ready for when guests unexpectedly pop in, or when the kids want to jump in straight after school
Removing debris from your pool’s floor and walls prevents the build-up of algae, improves pool chemistry, and leaves pool water healthy and clean.
Automatic pool cleaners fall into three categories: suction, pressure and robotic. and choosing the right one for you depends on the pool shape, location, type of interior surface, and your budget.
Suction Pool Cleaners
Suction cleaners are one of the most popular types on the market, and also one of the cheapest. They are fixed to the pool’s skimmer and operate on the suction created by the pool’s pump, just like an underwater vacuum cleaner. In order to deposit leaves and larger debris in the skimmer box, they also need to be attached to your pool’s filter system.
• Easy to install and use
• Especially easy to program; once they are set, they move around the pool in a specified pattern to clean all surfaces
• They suck debris off the bottom of the pool and through the filtration system, turning over more water in a shorter amount of time
• Attaches to your filter to remove finer particles
• Reduces the pool’s skimming ability to clean the debris at the surface of the pool water and also reduces its turnover by adding a restriction to its pool circulation. Instead, debris goes straight to the filtration system, which requires regular backwashing and maintenance
• To operate effectively, a variable speed pump may need to function at a higher speed, negating any energy savings
Pressure Pool Cleaner
If you are looking at a mid-range price option, then a pressure cleaner is definitely the best option for you. These cleaners work with the pool’s pump system to clean the pool effectively with a combination of suction and jet action. The water pressure from the pump moves the cleaner around the pool, hence the name.
• Works quickly and efficiently
• Most suited to a pool located underneath a large number of overhanging trees
• It deposits dirt into its own bag, which means it doesn’t wear out the pool’s filter or skimmer box or fill them with debris
• It frees up the skimmer box and enable leaves to be skimmed from the surface of the pool
• Helps to circulate water through the pool, resulting in less algae growth and improved water chemistry
• Doesn’t scrub the pool’s floor or walls
• Cannot filter small particles through the bag
• Requires the normal filtration system to be operating and the addition of a pressure booster pump. This significantly increases energy consumption and ultimately the cost
Robotic Pool Cleaners
More advanced than pressure or suction systems, robotic pool cleaners work independently of the pool’s pump and filter system. This enables them to move freely around the pool without the restrictions of a cord or hose. It also means less wear and tear on the pump and filter systems. Some models even feature their own filter system, providing extra water filtration while clearing debris and dirt.
• Requires minimal electrical power to operate its inbuilt pump and motor
• Entails minimal maintenance and effort on your part
• Independent to the pump and filter system, allowing better circulation of water
• Today’s top-of-the-line robotic cleaners combine user-friendly operation with water, energy and chemical conservation features
• Frees up the skimmer box, enabling leaves to be skimmed from the surface of the pool
• Some models can be remotely controlled, allowing you to manoeuvre the cleaner around tricky spots like corners and steps
• Equipped with scrubbing brushes, so not only do they vacuum the pool’s floor and/or walls, but they also scrub the actual surface, regardless of whether it’s vinyl, fibreglass or concrete
• Helps circulate water through the pool, resulting in less algae growth and improved water chemistry
• A costlier type of pool cleaner
• The cleaner must be removed from the pool after each use
• The internal filter bag or cartridge requires emptying and cleaning
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