Choosing a Pool Cleaner 101

by Pool Builders on 10-14-2009 in Articles

When looking for a pool cleaner to service your swimming pool, it can be confusing trying to determine where to start. The options are seemingly endless and the price can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars depending upon the model and features. Below are a few simple things you can ask yourself that will help narrow the field to shop from.

What type of debris

One of the first questions you should ask yourself is what type of debris can be expected in the pool. If it is installed near trees, you can expect to have larger items like twigs, leaves and possibly acorns in your pool on a regular occasion. If your pool is located in the open, you may only be looking at the normal debris that you or your guest will track in when getting in and out of the pool. This will help you eliminate a large portion of the cleaners and will also help you determine what kind of expense you can expect to pay.

Automatic or manual

This may be led by your budget or can be by personal preference. If you don't mind getting in the pool and cleaning it manually, you can save a great deal of money by shopping for the manual pool cleaners. On the other hand, if you would like to just plug it in and forget about it an automatic machine is the way to go. The price of the automatic cleaners are much more expensive than the manual one, but the benefits are apparent.

Hopefully these two suggestions will let you safely eliminate several of the pool cleaners on the market and make your list of possibilities manageable.

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