Suction Pool Cleaner

3 Easy Steps to Choosing a Pool Cleaner

As a pool owner, you know that the best thing you can do for your pool is keep it clean. But as a human being with a busy life, that can be easier said than done. If you’re looking for an automatic pool cleaner solution, read on!

  1. First, identify your pool care needs.
    • Does your pool collect a lot of leaves or other debris?
    • What type of substances typically builds up on your pool walls?
    • What size is your pool?
    • What is your budget for pool care?
    • How much time do you want to invest in pool care?
  2. Then, consider the varieties of pool cleaners.
    There are a range of different kinds of pool cleaners available, and each has specific advantages and disadvantages.

    • Suction Side Cleaners
    • Pressure Side Cleaners
    • Robotic Cleaners

Suction Side Cleaners
Suction Pool CleanerConnects to the suction of your pool’s plumbing system and uses water movement created by your pool pump to move around. Debris is collected and deposited through a hose back to the skimmer and filter.

PROS
Best for small to medium pools
Lower cost (generally $200-400)
Good at collecting small debris

CONS
Slowest solution
Taxes pool filter and runs pump continuously while in use

Pressure Side Cleaners
pressure side pool cleaner
Uses water pressure from your pool pump and/or a dedicated booster pump to force debris into a filter bag or container where it can be collected and removed.

PROS
Perfect for medium to large pools
Faster, more powerful cleaning
Good choice for pools in heavily landscaped areas
Less pool filter and pump maintenance
Has a tail that acts as a brush, which helps remove debris from sides

CONS
An investment (typically $300-1000)
Should be cleaned after each use
May not be able to collect finer particles of debris

Robotic Cleaners
Robotic pool cleaner
Driven by electric motors within the unit itself vs your pool system.

PROS
Ideal for large pools
Scrubs pool bottom, walls and tile line
Energy-efficient
Less wear on your pool system
Longer warranties

CONS
Most expensive option ($700-2000)
Must insert / remove from pool after each use

3. Lastly, research particular brands and models of pool cleaners.
Each of the major pool equipment manufacturers offers a version or two of each type of pool cleaner. Check product specifications, read customer reviews, and ask your pool professional about which brand and model are best for your specific circumstances.

That’s it. All that’s left to do is cross “pool cleaner” off your list and go swimming!