How Automatic Pool Cleaners Work

Just like the human body, a pool needs cleaning as well. It may not need washing as often as we need, but it’s paramount to keep the pool clean in case we have that unpredicted urge to jump in or push someone else into the pool for good times.

“Cleaning is exhausting,” you say? That depends on how you’re going to clean your pool. You actually have two options: either to clean your pool manually or automatically. Manual cleaning involves the need of a pool brush, a skimmer, and a pool vacuum. You have to do all the work from vacuuming your entire pool up to brushing the walls and steps. It will take a great deal of time, especially with a large pool. On the other hand, if you opt for an automatic cleaner, not only will you save time, but you can also save energy. Automatic pool cleaners efficiently work on their own to keep your pool dirt-free. In short, they don’t require babysitting.

Automatic cleaners are the most well-liked pool cleaners. They are easier to use and they  usually clean faster and better than people. But how does an automatic pool cleaner work anyway? Depending on their type, automatic pool cleaners work differently. Let’s take a look at each type.

  1. Suction Cleaners
  • This type uses suction to move and vacuum off the dirt from your pool floor.
  • It’s similar to the main drain, only that it can move around.
  • While moving, it also sucks water through your filtration system, helping your pool to turn the water over in a shorter period of time.
  • It transfers the dirt straight into your filter, so you only have to clean one filter.
  • Others can scrub the walls of your pool by moving around.
  • They cost around $200-$500.
  1. Pressure Side Cleaners
  • This type uses water pressure coming from your main circulation pump or a booster pump.
  • Because of the pressure, it can move around the pool and with the same pressure, it forces debris into the bag.
  • This type doesn’t suck stuff into your pool filter giving you more time in between cleanings.
  • They are priced between $400-$900.
  1. Robotic Cleaners
  • Honestly, the best way to invest in a pool cleaner is by purchasing a robotic cleaner.
  • This type uses electric motors to clean your pool.
  • The electricity that powers a robotic cleaner comes from a marginal transformer that can be plugged into an outdoor GFCI outlet. The transformer then converts the outlet electricity to a low voltage which is connected to the cleaner through a long cord.
  • A robotic cleaner sucks up dirt straight into its own filter through a separate pump inside the cleaner.
  • It can also learn the shape of your pool because it has an innovative scanning technology.
  • Other robotic cleaners can be manually controlled through a remote control as well, which is beneficial if it missed a spot.
  • Robotic cleaners start at around $800 and they can cost $3,000.