Pool Cleaners – oh so many swimming pool cleaners. With so many different types of pool cleaners out there, how do you know which one is right for you? Here’s some info on the different types of swimming pool cleaners available.
Automatic Pressure-Side Cleaners
Automatic Pressure-Side Cleaners work off of water pressure coming from a circulation pump, or a booster pump, that drives the cleaner around the pool. The water pressure is also what forces the debris into the bag that collects it. The most beneficial part about a pressure-side pool cleaner is that it doesn’t suck stuff into your pool filter or pump basket, which allows more time in between cleanings. This is particularly helpful if you live around a lot of trees or have a lot of pool debris. One con of this cleaner is not being able to filter small particles through the bag and it doesn’t scrub the walls very well. Unlike suction-side pool cleaners, these ones don’t act like a moving drain.
Automatic Suction-Side Cleaners
Automatic Suction-Side Cleaners rely on suction to make them move around the pool and vacuum debris off of the pool floor. These cleaners act like a moving main drain. When the cleaner is underwater and sucking debris into it, it is also sucking water through your filtration system and into your filter and pump basket. Some suction side cleaners have the ability to “scrub” your pool walls, by agitating itself as it moves. This can possibly cut down on the number of times you need to brush your pool. It can remove much finer particles than a pool cleaner with a bag, so if you are in an area where large debris rarely gets into your pool, then a suction-side cleaner may be your best bet. If you live in an area with trees or large debris, your filter and pump basket may be regularly plugged unless there is a leaf trap installed. There is no need to install any additional plumbing or pumps for a suction-side cleaner so they are typically a lot less expensive to install. These cleaners effectiveness are reliant on a clean filter. Without a clean filter, your pool cleaner can suffer dramatically.
Robotic Automatic Pool Cleaners
Robotic Automatic Pool Cleaners are driven by electric motors inside the unit and must be plugged into an outlet. Robotic cleaners vacuum debris straight into its own filter by a separate pump inside the unit. It typically has some sort of computer chip that can diagnosis any issues with the cleaner and helps to “learn” the shape of the pool. Some have an optional remote control that allows you to maneuver the cleaner to spot clean anything it may have missed. Robotic pool cleaners are one of the best when it comes to small debris, sand and silt situations. It not only scrubs the walls, but also the tile line. They serve as a great supplemental way to circulate the water in your pool. While they are among the most expensive pool cleaner on the market (from hundreds to thousands of dollars), they can make a great investment in the proper situation. One con is that manufacturer’s recommend that you remove a cleaner from your pool each time you use it.
If you prefer a non-automated solution to cleaning, then there is the good ol’ elbow grease method – either scrubbing away with a swimming pool brush and net on your own, or paying a handy-dandy pool man to do it for ya.
Hope this info helps a bit, in deciding what pool cleaner works best for your situation. If you are in the market for a new cleaner, feel free to check out our sister company, AmazingPoolSupplies.com.