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Choosing an Automatic Pool Cleaner for your Pool: Suction, Pressure or a Robotic Cleaner

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There are three types of cleaners to choose from for your pool care needs. Prices start as low as $100 and if you want the top of the line cleaner with all the bells and whistles you can spend over $1500. So there is a cleaner for everyone's budget and in this Podcast I go over the choices between a Suction side, Pressure side and Robotic Pool Cleaner.

Robotic Cleaners:
A good Robotic cleaner with all the bells and whistles will run you over $1,500 in most cases. Quite an investment but you do get a good return for your money. Today's robotic cleaners are much improved over the 1st generation which came out a few years ago. The motors are more reliable and longer lasting, they can now clean the walls and tile line and there are added features like a programmable cleaning cycle, remote control and an anti-tangle cord swivel. Most of the higher end Robotic cleaners come with a 2 or 3 year warranty. They are that well built and reliable and the manufacturer can offer the longer warranty since it is unlikely you will have to use it.

Some of the benefits of a Robotic Cleaner are:

It runs independent from your pool system which means your filtration system stays cleaner and it doesn't matter if your equipment is old or not  functioning well.

There are no hoses to worry about and once you
are done cleaning the pool you can remove the Robotic cleaner and store it.

They clean the pool very well in most cases -the more expensive models will even clean the tile

The negative factors are a high price point in most cases and the need to send it out for service vs fixing any problems yourself. Most now come with at least a 2 year warranty so that is not a deal breaker. They are highly reliable and effective pool cleaners.

Pressure Side and Return Side Cleaners:
Pressure Side cleaners are extremely effective. They have a large debris opening and a large bag on top for debris. They can clean a large pool in 2- 3 hours or less. The drawbacks are that they need a separate booster pump installed and a dedicated return line. So usually Pressure Cleaners are installed when the pool is constructed or remodeled.

I have several pressure cleaners on my pool route and they leave the pools spotless each week. If you are having your pool built or remodeled maybe consider a Pressure Cleaner.

The Return Side cleaner is a great option if you have a newer pool with 1 1/2" threaded return lines. This cleaner connects right into your existing return lines and works much like a Pressure cleaner with the exception that no booster pump is needed. I have these on several accounts and love them.

The only major drawback is that since you need to restrict one or more return jets to generate sufficient pressure the skimming action of the pool is reduced. It is not a deal breaker but something to be aware of. So if you have lots of large debris in your pool and think a Pressure Side cleaner would work, try a non-booster pump Return side cleaner as an alternative to remodeling your pool.

Suction Side Cleaners:
This is the most familiar type of cleaner to most consumers and the most popular type. A suction cleaner works off of your pools existing pump and attached to the skimmer or a side/ vacuum port in your pool. Depending on the pool and type of debris this can be the most effective and cost effective cleaner type for you. Most suction side cleaners retail for $400 or less.

The Suction side cleaner is the one most popular on my pool route as they are affordable, effective and there are a lot of different models to chose from. In most cases I will suggest a good suction side cleaner since they are also easy to set up and easy to repair when something breaks.
Here is a a listing on my website of the Top Cleaners in each Category.

Best Robotic Pool Cleaner:

Best Suction Side Pool Cleaner:

Best Pressure Side Pool Cleaner:

Here is a video where I go over the choices for you also:
Which Pool Cleaner is Best for my Pool? Robotic, Suction, Pressure or Return Side?:

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