When summer is coming in, and a dip in the pool begins to look more and more inviting, are you going to toil under the hot sun to scrub out all the debris of the autumn and winter and then fall in your pool?
Chances are, it’s not happening. Automatic Pool Cleaners can be purchased for reasonable amounts, and they will save you a lot of hassle. Having said that, what sort of cleaner are you looking for?
A lot of places will recommend a robotic pool cleaner. Read on to find out why.
There are three common types of automatic pool cleaners.
Suction-side: These are attached to the existing suction line in your pool and filter out dirt and debris by using the suction to randomly clean all the surfaces of the pool. This filters the water and leaves it clean.
Pressure-side: This needs a pressure line to run and frequently needs help from an external pump as well. It uses an external filter bag to filter out debris, which reduces wear and tear on the pool’s own filtration system.
Electric robot: Unlike the others, this needs no external equipment to run. It runs off its own electric motor. It has its own filter.
There are also automatic pool skimmers, which don’t scrub the floors and walls but do remove debris from the pool surface.
There are several pros and cons to each type of pool cleaner. Overall, we think robot pool cleaners are the best and these are the main type of pool cleaner we focus on here at Pooltronixs.
The suction-side pool cleaner is often recommended to people who will not need frequent use. These are cheap and easy to install. It takes much longer to finish cleaning due to the random cleaning pattern factor. It will place pressure on the pool’s pump and filter, and are more costly to run than the robotic type.
The pressure-side cleaner is the least likely to be recommended. Even though it does a better job of cleaning than the suction-side, it requires a specific pressure line, which is expensive to retrofit if it is not already present. It also often requires a boost pump which is an added expense.
The robotic pool cleaner is not as cheap as the suction-side model, but it has several reasons to be considered the better bet. It does a much better job of cleaning than either of the other two models, as it is systematic and able to clean very small debris or dirt. It can clean steps and other awkward positions, and it does not need any installation or external pump or system: it is as easy as plug and play.
It is undoubtedly more expensive to get a robotic pool cleaner, however they do vary quite widely in costs so you should be able to find one to suit your budget. The main question everyone has in mind is: am I getting my money’s worth?
There is an entire list of reasons why it is a good investment to spend that extra amount on a robotic pool cleaner:
While many people feel better about pressure side pumps or suction side pumps as they last longer and can have replacement parts, robotic pool cleaners are overall a better idea.
The idea is that pressure side cleaners can last more than eight years, as their parts can usually be replaced. This is an added maintenance cost. A robotic pool cleaner would be expected to last between 3 to 5 years and may last up to 8 years. There would be no replacement of parts.
Although maintenance is needed for a robotic pool cleaner, especially to clean out the debris, there is no costly year maintenance. Once it is done with, you simply replace it.
While the cheaper models tend to last only for three years, a little more costly model can very well last up to 8 years without needing to be replaced. Some of the top-end models such as the Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner offer a 3 year warranty. The better models are usually equipped with smart features that will clean inaccessible corners and steps, and give your pool a thorough cleaning in less time.
And rest in peace about your pool for the next eight years. No more dreading hot summer days where you clean your pool instead of letting it wash away your summer woes!