Is an Automatic Pool Cleaner Worth the Money?

by Pool Builders on 01-04-2011 in Articles

One of the most common questions that comes up with potential pool buyers is are automatic cleaners worth the money? Much like vacuum cleaners for your house these cleaners vary in price from less than $200 to well over $1,000 depending on what features you want and which brand you purchase.

Before jumping in and buying the top of the line cleaner you should ask yourself a few questions about what you hope the pool cleaner will do. If you want a cleaner that keeps your pool spotless without you doing anything you may be disappointed. Cleaners can be a great investment and save you time cleaning the pool but they aren't an end all to maintaining your pool. The basic function of an automatic cleaner is cleaning the floor of the pool and some of the more expensive cleaners will even clean your walls and steps.

Pool cleaners fall into three categories suction powered, pressure powered and electric powered. The electric powered cleaners are typically more expensive and are much more effective than they were years ago. They run off of an electrical cord that plugs into a standard home outlet and once submerged in the pool they begin going to work.

Pressure powered cleaners spray a force of water to stir up debris into a bag they carry and at the end of the pool cleaning when you remove the pool cleaner, you empty the bag of debris. Many pressure powered pool cleaners require a separate booster pump that must be installed at the time of the pool installation for the pool cleaner to operate effectively.

Suction powered pool cleaners are among the least expensive types of cleaners available. An added benefit from suction powered cleaners is that they are operated by your existing filter system so while they are cleaning your pool they are also great for circulating your water. While they are traveling the bottom of your pool they are sucking in the cold water then they send it through your return jets to the top of the water for the sun to heat it back up.

So to answer the question are automatic cleaners worth the money? Absolutely, all three types have their own pros and cons depending on your needs and budget but every pool owner should have an automatic pool cleaner.

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