You’ve got your dream pool and a summer of fun and relaxation seems to be ahead of you. You will be spending your days chilling in the refreshing water, while your children will jump and swim until they consume all their extra energy. This sounds dreamy. Until you need to clean the pool.
Most pool owners declare that they consider pool cleaning a dreadful activity and they would do anything to avoid it. Some hire professional cleaners for this job. However, if this doesn’t work for you, it might be good to take a look at the pool cleaning options that are available on the market today. Some of them are quite independent, like robot pool cleaners, which require the minimum of effort from your side, while others challenge you a bit, but are inexpensive. This guide contains all the necessary information on the technology, costs, and ease of use implied by every type of cleaner, so check it out.
1. Manual Cleaners
They are the cheapest options when it comes to both prices and utilization costs. You can choose either a telescopic pole or a handheld pool vacuum and prepare for a very serious workout.
- Technology – If you choose the telescopic pole, just attach the desired accessory to its end and start brushing or skimming. The handheld vacuum uses the same technology as any vacuum, so you grab it by the handle and keep it above the water to collect algae and other debris.
- Costs – You can find telescoping poles with prices varying between $20 and $100, while the handheld vacuums can overcome the $100 limit. The good news, however, is that they generate few to none additional costs. Unless you take into account your own energy that will be spent during the cleaning job.
- Ease of Use – If you would rather spend your afternoon in front of the TV than taking a nice walk into the park, then you might want to consider another cleaning option, as these methods require patience, perseverance, and a lot of effort.
- Suitable for: Small pools.
2. Automatic Suction Side Cleaners
Highly popular among pool owners, this type of cleaner offers the perfect balance between convenience and costs. However, it is best suited for smaller pools, as using it to clean a larger water surface could prove inefficient.
- Technology – A suction side clean requires a pool pump to work. It comes with a long hose that easily connects to the skimmer. The pressure produced by the water intake to the pump creates suction, thus turning the cleaner into a water-based vacuum that moves around the pool, collecting debris and keeping the water clean.
- Costs – This technology is one of the less inexpensive on the market, with the prices varying between $100 and $400. However, you should keep in mind that they use your pool’s filter and this could reduce its life span, thus adding additional costs. Furthermore, the constant running of the pump will charge your electricity bill, and could also imply higher maintenance costs.
- Ease of Use – Although not completely independent, these devices don’t require a lot of effort from your part. As a matter of fact, all you need to do is connect them to the pool’s pump and clean the pomp’s filter regularly.
- Suitable for: Small to medium-sized pools that don’t gather large or heavy debris.
3. Automatic Pressure Side Cleaners
Just as simple as the suction cleaners, these devices are usually picked by users who need to remove larger debris from their pools. They are rather affordable, thus being once again popular among buyers.
- Technology – Unlike suction side cleaners, these devices come with their own filter bag, and connect to the return jet or jets in your pool. The water that is pumped back to the pool creates pressure and propels them around the pool, while they act like vacuums and collect the debris. Larger debris is gathered into their filter bag, while it is the pool’s filter job to deal with smaller debris.
- Costs – A bit more expensive than the previous option, their price can vary between $200 and $900. The power costs implied by the running of the pump are still present and the pump’s filter is still doing an important part of the job. Although the cleaner’s filter reduces a bit the pressure on the pump’s filter by retaining larger debris, it still needs to be changed regularly, thus generating additional costs.
- Ease of Use – Although the principle is simple and you will only have to connect it to the pool’s pump, the cleaning of the filters could prove a bit more difficult. First of all, there are two of them and the cleaner’s filter bag needs to be emptied more often. To ease your work, we recommend you leave it out to dry in the sun and only after it is completely dry, dump the debris. Additionally, you will need to check the hoses to make sure they aren’t clogged.
- Suitable for: Medium to large pools. It can manage larger debris.
4. Robotic Cleaners
Although more expensive than other pool cleaning tools, the best rated robotic pool cleaners will prove an excellent investment in the long run. Independent of your pool’s pump and with low power consumption, they are ready to handle the dirtiest pools with the highest efficiency.
- Technology – Provided with a long power cord, they run on electricity. Although the combination between water and electricity may strike you as dangerous, we ensure you that you have nothing to worry about, as long as you connect them to a GFCI outlet, which is designed to cut off the electricity if any electrical imbalance is discovered. These robots use brushes to scrub the floor and walls of your pool and carry a built-in cartridge or a filter bag to collect debris.
- Costs – The price starts around $500 and can go up to $1,000, with very few models going cheaper than the lower limit. However, these devices run on very low voltage and don’t need to use your pool’s pump, so your electricity bill will be less overcharged. Moreover, no pressure is put on your pool’s filter, so it will last longer.
- Ease of Use – There’s nothing easier than to plug in a device and throw it in the water. Yes, this is what they work. However, when the job is done, you will still have to empty the filter bag or the cartridge and clean them out of the debris. A way to make things even easier is to invest in a more expensive model that can provide you with premium features such as rapid water release, remote controls, waterline scrubbing, or even programmable cycles.
- Suitable for: Every type of pool. Perfect for thoroughly cleaning large pools.
What Suits You Best?
Although you can always go for a telescoping pole or a handheld pool vacuum, we must admit that their time has passed. Not only that they consume a lot of our time, but they take our energy as well. Therefore, unless you really need to burn out some calories, one of the automated options we have presented above is the right one for you. You just need to carefully weigh all the variables and decide for a combination that can keep your pool clean. However, before going into costs and maintenance analysis, you should always consider the pool’s size to make sure your chosen cleaner can handle it.