The basics of a robotic pool cleaner

The Basics of a Robotic Pool Cleaner: What Are They and Why Do You Need Them?

Long, hot days of slaving to get into the nook and cranny of your swimming pool are over! Summer days signify cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. Clean your lawn, your house, and your swimming pool.

All the grand dreams of laying around and cooling off in your awesome swimming pool go to waste when you first have to clean off all the debris. It’s a terrible, long job and afterwards, you don’t even want to see the pool again for another year.

Fear no more, there is a better way! Your friendly robotic pool cleaner will efficiently do it all for you.

What is a Robotic Pool Cleaner?

A robotic pool cleaner runs on an electric motor. There are three common types of pool cleaners: pressure-side, suction-side and electric robot type.

Suction-side: These are very popular due to their low cost, and ease of installation. They attach to the suction side of your pool plumbing. With the filter pump running, suction is created and thoroughly but randomly, the suction will clean out all of your pool.

Pressure-side: These attach to the pressure side of your pool’s circulation and often needs a ‘booster pump’ to carry out its work. With the pressure, it cleans through the pool.

Electric robot: These are single unit cleaners, they run by their own attached electric motors and don’t need to be attached to the pool’s systems. Their power cords will attach to a wall unit, with a transformer so that your outlet can handle it. It’s completely safe and easier to use compared to a vacuum cleaner.

Why Choose A Robotic Pool Cleaner?

There are many people who advise that a suction-side pool cleaner is the basic cleaning unit and that it is sufficient.

However, the advantages of a robotic pool cleaner cannot be doubted. First of all, it is way faster than a suction-side pool cleaner. The fact is, a robotic pool cleaner is an investment.

While it is more expensive up-front, you will save a great deal of money on power costs, because it is power efficient, and you will not have to worry about the pool’s systems wearing out.

With suction-side cleaners, because of the way they rely on the pool’s filter, you are likely to have wear and tear on the filter system. Part of the savings in purely monetary terms of a robotic cleaner is in the maintenance costs.

Pressure-side cleaners are not as expensive as robotic cleaners generally, but unless you already have the setup to use a pressure-side cleaner, you may have to do an expensive retrofit with the pressure system of your pool and maintenance costs will also be higher. Moreover, with the additional pump it often requires, the extra expenses keep mounting.

An electric robot cleaner has a higher up-front cost, but it will not have additional costs.

Other Things to Note

All else said, there are a few disadvantages to a robotic pool cleaner as well.

One must note that since it uses its own filter system, the filter system does need to be cleaned. This is quite an easy job but can be a deal-breaker for some people.

Because it will not have replacement parts, once the motor breaks down, it simply needs to be replaced. While a pressure side or suction side cleaner might overall be more expensive, with all the replacement parts piling up, many people prefer to shell out the one-time lump sum, even if it’s less costly.

Choose Your Robotic Pool Cleaner Today

Not only long-term cost-effectiveness, but also health and hygiene reasons make the robotic cleaner a better bargain.

  • Finer water filtration that makes for healthier water and also reduces the amount of cleaning chemicals needed in the pool.
  • Much less power needed to run the system compared to any other type.
  • Covers more ground – literally! It will clean the walls, the water line and many models can thoroughly clean any steps you have as well.
  • A plug-and-play system that is easy to install. It’s easy to start up, and then you just let it do its job while you relax.

A robotic pool cleaner is an excellent investment, especially if you intend to use your pool a lot. And since you already have a pool, it’s just common sense to use it a lot!

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JW says June 26, 2017

I am having a hard time understanding the safety issues with the robotic pool cleaners. Do you really plug it into an outlet and throw it into the pool with the electric cord attached???

    Robert says July 25, 2017

    Hi Judith, I understand your concern, after all water and electricity don’t mix! Robotic pool cleaners are safe though, they actually plug in to a transformer that supplies a safe around water low voltage of 24 volts to the cleaner. The transformer should be set a safe distance away from the pool itself (the specific distance should be confirmed in the robot cleaner operation manual) and this is plugged into your grounded outdoor electrical outlet. A Ground Fault Current Interrupter (GFCI-USA) or a Residual Current Device (RCD-EUROPE) must be installed to protect your electric outlet and prevent any possible electric shock.

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