If you have a pool you’ll understand the need for an automatic pool cleaner of some kind. Doing the job manually is very difficult for many people, taking a lot of time and effort. However, there are three quite different types of cleaner and within those types there are different models, so it’s wise to find out about them all before making the decision. Here are some tips to help you.
The cheapest type of pool cleaner ranges from about $200 to $500. This is the suction type cleaner that works by sucking water through the hose and through the skimmer and pool filter. It uses the pool filtration system to work and it can clean walls as well as the floor of the pool. The force of the water running through it is what moves it around the pool, thus, it can miss spots.
These are basically the oldest cleaners, since they first came onto the market in the 1970s. Of course, they’ve been upgraded since then, so are not old fashioned technologically speaking. Since there are many prices and models, you’ll need to choose one that suits your budget and your pool type. It is also essential to consider what type of debris most affects your pool. Not all types will filter out larger rubbish such as big leaves, gumnuts and twigs.
Pressure type cleaners are the mid-range of pool cleaner, costing between $400 and $900, making them still very affordable. Pressure cleaners don’t clean the walls of the pool, nor do they actually scrub the floor. Rather, they use the higher pressure of water running through them to extract dirt and debris from the water. Their main advantage is they use their own filter bag so the pool filter doesn’t keep clogging up.
Many pressure cleaners need a booster pump to work optimally, meaning they cost more to run. However, they are good for picking up debris of a medium size that suction types tend to leave behind.
While these cleaners are the most expensive, costing between $800 and $3,000, they do the best job of cleaning the pool walls and floor and filtering dirt and debris from the pool. They pick up larger debris such as large leaves and twigs that other cleaners leave behind. They are also ideal for larger pools or free form pools as they can be programmed for different shapes. They also have the capability to programme themselves to cover the whole pool, no matter what the shape is.
Many models get into corners that are left by the other types of cleaner and they also clean porous surfaces such as seams.
Remember that the purchase of an automatic pool cleaner is a long term investment so price should not be the only or even the main consideration.