Automatic pool cleaners do just what their name implies - clean dirt & debris from your swimming pool and pool water automatically. Both above ground pool cleaners and in-ground pool cleaners are available at Specialty Pool Products. We also carry a line of cleaners for spas and hot tubs like the Pool Blaster Spa Vac. Regardless of the type of swimming pool you have, there are three basic types of automatic pool cleaners: suction-side pool cleaners, pressure-side cleaners, and robotic pool cleaners. Read about each of them below, then select based on your pool, your situation, and your budget.
#1 Suction-Side Automatic Pool Cleaners
suction cleaners are the most popular type of automatic pool cleaner. Most have only one moving part and they are an economical choice for first-time pool owners. Suction side cleaners are easy to use because they attach to your existing pool wall skimmer or a dedicated suction port and operate from the power created by your pool pump. These cleaners pick up dirt & debris and deposit it into your filter system. Suction-side cleaners do reduce some of your surface skimming action while in use. In general, they are the most economical option while offering all the basics to automate the cleaning of your pool while adding some fun to the pool area like the Hayward Diver Dave automatic pool cleaner and Kreepy Krauly Lil Shark pool cleaner. Suction-side pool cleaners have a couple of distinct advantages including being able to install and operate along with being less expensive and having a proven track record for reliability.
#2 Pressure-Side Automatic Pool Cleaners
Pressure-side pool cleaners work on the return side of your pool’s filter system and generally attach to a dedicated return line in the pool. Some pressure side cleaners require an additional booster pump which sends added water volume to the cleaner. These cleaners blast up dirt and debris off the bottom of your pool and deposit it into an attached fine mesh bag. Pressure side cleaners are helpful in distributing clean, filtered water around the pool, and having their own debris bag means that they don't compromise the filter system. They also do not stop your surface skimming action. They tend to be slightly more involved to use than suction-side cleaners, and their mid-range price makes them a great retrofit option. Some advantages of pressure side cleaners are enhanced water circulation that distributes filtered water around the entire pool, won’t clog your pool skimmer or filter and they are very fast and efficient.
#3 Robotic / Electronic Automatic Pool Cleaners
Robotic pool cleaners are self-contained cleaners and have gained tremendous popularity in recent years. All dirt and debris collected is stored in a bag or cartridge contained within the cleaner. They are electronic in nature and require a standard 110-volt electrical supply, but a built-in transformer steps the power down to a safe and simple 24-volt device. Robotic pool cleaners do not engage your filter system or surface skimmer, and they act as a secondary filter within the pool. They seem to be slightly more expensive to purchase relative to other cleaner types on the market. But machines like the Hayward TigerShark robotic cleaner and the Aquabot Classic automatic pool cleaner scrub, clean and vacuum as they automatically navigate your pool making them a great time-saver! At Specialty Pool Products, we carry all the top brands and models of robotic/electronic automatic pool cleaners, and our Pool Experts can explain the features and differences between them, and help you select your perfect robotic automatic pool cleaner. Robotic pool cleaners tend to be the fastest, easiest method of pool cleaning.
All three types of pool cleaners will get the job done, so considering your budget, preferences and other factors should play into your consideration to which pool cleaner is right for you. So which is the right one for you? The other factors to consider are your budget and preferences. At PoolProducts.com, we recommend you start by balancing the benefits of each type of automatic pool cleaner with your budget, and you can always call us at 1-800-983-7665 with any questions. We'll be happy to help you select your perfect automatic pool cleaner, and help you enjoy more time IN the pool, and less time cleaning it.