Short of manually brushing and cleaning the sides, and bottom of your pool manually, you always have the option of getting an automatic pool cleaner. This handy little machine easily (and effectively) removes all dirt lying on the bottom and attached to the sides of your pool. These pool cleaners are able to suck up anything both easily, and quickly, without you having to break out into a sweat – unless you want to – and for this, there is a solution. Each, however, has their own set of pros and cons attached!
Doing it by hand
This type of pool cleaner fits at the end of a pole and is attached to your filtration system by means of a hose. All you need to do is push it around (while your pool pump is on), and allow it to suck up whatever is floating on the bottom surface of the pool.
- There is no need for expensive equipment
- You get a great workout
- It is time-consuming, sweaty work!
The suction side pool cleaner
This type of cleaner has a suction head attached to the pool pump. It literally moves around the pool in a random manner due to having wheels or tracks on the base. It is thus quite comparable to a mobile drain, as all the debris ultimately gets sucked up into your pool filter pump.
Those with gears are a little more expensive, but they tend to never go over and clean the same area twice.
- It is relatively cheap and reliable
- You do not need any extra plumbing or added electricity requirements to operate
- It attaches to your pool circulation system
- It is not so great at removing larger pieces of debris
- You may constantly have to clean out your pool filter as it does not have its own bag for holding sucked up debris
- It tends to move around randomly, repeatedly cleaning the same sections of your pool
The pressure side pool cleaner
These are also attached to your pool filtration system by means of a hose. Just like the suction side pool cleaner, they also have no self-propelling system. They do, however, have more moving parts, usually have larger inlets for waste removal, and more often than not, are equipped with a waste capture bag. This means that when sucking up debris, none goes into your pool filter.
While many of these are, as mentioned, fitted directly to your pool filtration suction outlets, others may need special plumbing and wall fittings to work properly.
This type of pool cleaner makes use of pressurized jets that dislodge any dirt from the sides or bottom of the pool while a special scraping brush for those stubborn areas is also sometimes attached, depending on the model you buy. These models also have wheels attached to a special gear system and propels itself by sucking in water and blowing it out at the special water jet feature at the back.
- The waste collection bag ensures no added debris lands up in your pool’s filter system
- It takes relatively less time to clean your pool
- It is better at sweeping up larger bits of debris
- You need extra plumbing
- You need an external power source for it to operate
The Robotic Pool Cleaner
If you love tech this one is for you! It is, however, also one of the most expensive types of pool cleaning systems around because they do not move around randomly. Instead, they are fitted with advanced circuitry that allows them to navigate and map out a path throughout the pool, just like a robotic vacuum cleaner in your house!
They do not need any hoses attached and have their own collection bag for debris. You do, however, need to have them connected to their own external power supply.
For those who like operating remote control cars or airplanes, there is good news. Some of these have a remote control function, allowing you to sit in the comfort of your lounger sipping a cool drink while manually operating your pool cleaner! How cool is that!
- Has a self-contained propulsion system
- It is fitted with an intelligent navigation system that automatically plots its course around the pool
- It automatically increases suction power when moving over dirtier areas
- It has a programmable, adjustable timer that allows it to work exactly when you want it to
- It is expensive
- Certain of the smaller models are not great at picking up larger pieces of debris
- The circuitry is quite complex, so if something goes wrong, repairs may be quite costly.