When it comes to automatic pool cleaners, you have two main options – suction or robot cleaners. While suction cleaners have traditionally been the way people have kept their pool clean, robots have become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to their advanced technology.
If you’re looking to make life easier with an automatic pool cleaner but aren’t sure where to start, we’re here to help. Today, we’ll be taking a look at both the suction and robot cleaners to help you choose the best option for your pool.
Pros of a suction cleaner
Suction pool cleaners rely on the power of your pump to move around the pool and attach into your filter. The power of the pump allows your suction cleaner to circulate around the bottom and sides of your pool to pick up debris. Suction cleaners used to be the most popular and most common automatic pool cleaner up until robotic pool cleaners arrived on the market.
Suction cleaners are a good solution for people on a budget who want the benefits of an automatic pool cleaner as they tend to be affordable. They’re also easy to repair for your pool technician and the replacement parts are cheap. Suction cleaners are effective at keeping your pool floor clean and doesn’t require additional equipment to run as they utilise your existing equipment. Although best practice dictates that you should remove your suction cleaner after every use, the majority of suction cleaners stay in the pool all day every day and handle this well.
Cons of a suction cleaner
One of the biggest issues with a suction pool cleaner is that it uses the power of your pump to work which means it takes away suction power from your skimmer box. This means your filter is less able to clean the water as it competes with the suction cleaner. The fact that the suction cleaner takes away so much power from the filter can make it a relatively inefficient option. Suction cleaners also have a reputation for getting stuck in corners which means you have to manually move it to get on the right path again. If you’re considering a suction pool cleaner, it’s best to speak to your pool technician as they can recommend the best model for your pool so you have the best results possible.
Maintaining your suction cleaner
Suction cleaners are relatively easy to maintain thanks to their simple construction. After every use, take a look at your suction cleaner to remove any debris which has built up so it works efficiently. You’ll also need to replace various cleaning parts on your suction cleaner from time to time.
Pros of a robotic cleaner
Robot cleaners lead the way when it comes to advanced technology which means it provides superior cleaning ability and excellent energy efficiency. The right model robot cleaners are able to map the layout of your pool which means they won’t get stuck on corners or on steps – no more missed spots! They are also very easy to use – all you need to do it turn it on and drop into the pool without the need for awkward hoses.
Unlike suction cleaners, they don’t need to be connected to the filtration system and they operate completely independently from your existing pool equipment thanks to a self-contained container for debris. Maintenance is also simple – just take it out of the water when it’s finished, empty the debris and give it a rinse. The advanced technology also means that your robot cleaner is especially good at filtering fine particles out of the water for crystal clear results. Due to their energy efficiency, robot cleaners also have less of an impact on your electricity bill for long term savings.
Cons of a robotic cleaner
One of the main downsides of a robotic pool cleaner is that the initial investment for this piece of equipment is higher compared to suction pool cleaners. However, the trade-off is that you save money over time due to the energy efficiency of your robot. Luckily, there are a number of options available on the market so you should be able to find something that fits within your price point. Also, you can’t leave your pool robot in the water for days on end as is common practice with suction cleaners and you’ll definitely need to remove it and rinse it off once it’s finished its cycle.
Maintaining your robotic cleaner
Compared to other pieces of pool equipment, maintaining a robotic pool cleaner is relatively simple. The main thing to remember is to pull it out of the water once it’s done its job and drain off the pool water. Coil up the power cord to avoid kinks and give it a rinse to remove the pool water. Next, remove and empty the filter bag and rinse it before reattaching it. Have a quick look at the brushes and tracks for any trapped debris and remember to replace the brushes once they become worn out.
At Pool Assist, we carry a range of leading brand pool cleaners Perth so you can choose a product which suits your budget and lifestyle. Our friendly team is on hand to answer any questions you may have and we also carry out expert repairs on swimming pool cleaners to ensure you get the most out of your investment.
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