Regardless of the type of swimming pool you have, there are three basic types of automatic pool cleaners: suction side pool cleaners, pressure side pool cleaners, and robotic / electronic pool cleaners. Three major manufacturers, Pentair, Hayward, and Zodiac, offer a variety of automatic cleaners for all types and sizes of swimming pools. Be sure to check out our rebates section to save money on your next automatic cleaner.
Suction-Side Automatic Pool Cleaners - This is 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. They're easy to use because they attach to your existing skimmer or a dedicated suction port. Suction-side pool cleaners work when your pool pump is running. They 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.
Pressure-Side Automatic Pool Cleaners - These automatic pool cleaners work on the return side of your filter system and generally attach to a dedicated return line in the pool. Some require an additional booster pump, which sends added water volume to the cleaner. They pick up dirt and debris in the 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.
Robotic / Electronic Automatic Pool Cleaners - These self-contained automatic pool cleaners 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 & simple 24-volt device. Robotic automatic pool cleaners do not engage your filter system or surface skimmer, and they act as a secondary filter within the pool. They scrub, clean and vacuum as they automatically navigate your pool, and are a great time-saver!
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