What Are the Different Types of an Automatic Pool Cleaner?

by Pool Builders on 05-08-2011 in Articles

Just imagine how much of your time and energy will be saved if you use a piece of equipment that can clean up your pool efficiently and thoroughly. Manual pool cleaners are pretty much inexpensive, but they eat up a huge chunk of your time as they are laborious to use. By using an automatic pool vacuum, you can spend more time have fun in the pool instead of devoting hours cleaning it.

Suppose you have finally decided to use an automatic pool cleaner, the next step is to analyze which type is the best one for you. There is a wide array of swimming pool vacuums available on the market, and you should study the benefits and drawbacks of each type before purchasing one. Find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of the several types of automatic pool vacuum.

1. Pressure-Side Pool Cleaners

This type of machine works through water pressure that comes from a pump, which can be your main circulation pump or your booster pump. Water pressure also forces debris and dirt into the vacuum bag. However, this type of automatic pool cleaner does not have the mechanisms to suck up large debris. Nonetheless, pressure-side cleaners are still a good option because installation is cheaper and easier compared to robotic pool vacuum.

2. Suction-Side Pool Cleaners

A suction-side pool cleaner is attached to the suction side of your pool's plumbing system. This acts as the pump and pulls water out of the pool, thus creating random movements that cause the dirt and debris to find their way into the vacuum bag or the filter. The good thing about this type of equipment is that it is cheap and easy to install. It also performs quite well. However, debris can fill up the filter that is why regular cleaning of the filter basket must be done to maintain the good performance of the pool vacuum's mechanisms.

3. Robotic Pool Cleaners

Robotic power cleaners operates with an internal electric motor that is connected to a transformed plugged in an electrical outlet. What's great about this type of cleaner is that it uses its own filter and pump, thus the skimmer action will not be compromised when the filter is clogged. Robotic pool vacuum cleaners are also designed not only to scrub the sides of the pool but also the tile line. Water circulation is also improved because of the pulling action of the pump inside the vacuum as it sucks up the debris. The drawback, though, is that this type of pool cleaner is very expensive compared to the other two. But the good thing is that the manufacturers offer a good warranty for this machine. Thus, you still get great value for your money because of the advanced features and factory warranty.

Deciding on the best type of pool cleaner can be quite challenging because of the several options available on the market. But by carefully analyzing the benefits and drawbacks of each type, you can choose the perfect pool vacuum that works best for you.

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