Choosing the Right Pool Vacuum

by Pool Builders on 08-29-2010 in Articles

When you own a swimming pool, having the right tools on hand to take care of it is of paramount importance. And because the cleanliness of your pool has such a profound effect on its overall health (not to mention the enjoyment you get out of using it), a high-quality pool vacuum may be the most important tool you own. Having the right vacuum can mean having a spotless pool even in bad weather, and even if the pool gets heavy use.

But choosing the proper vacuum for your pool isn't like choosing the color of your new toothbrush. It's a major purchase, so you'll need to spend some time on the decision if you want to make the right choice. Here's what you should look for.

Automatic or manual? Like automobile transmissions, pool vacuums come in both automatic and manually-operated varieties. A manual vacuum, of course, is one you operate yourself. An automatic vacuum is similar to those robot vacuum cleaners some people get for their homes: It swims around the pool by itself, vacuuming the pool bottom autonomously.

What kind of head? Most handheld vacuums feature an extending pole with the vacuum head attached. Your cleaning methods and the kind of pool you have will determine the kind of vacuum head you buy. For instance: If your pool has a fiberglass or vinyl layer, you may want to buy a head with plenty of attachments. But if you don't spend a lot of time vacuuming your pool, you may want to consider buying a weighted head. Because it's weighed down with sand or lead, it's easier to scrub the bottom of the pool. Thus, stubborn stains will be easier to tackle.

Make sure the head is flexible. A flexible head is more suited to scrubbing steps, ladders and corners.

Ask a professional. Because pool service contractors use pool vacuums in their everyday work, they'll be in a perfect position to give you advice on buying your own.

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