Automatic Pool Cleaners

There are three main types of automatic pool cleaners. They are classified based on the drive mechanism each one uses. Another thing to consider: pools these days are designed to allow the use of a specific kind of automatic pool cleaner in the cleaning process.

Here are 3 main types of pool cleaners:

pressure side pool cleaner
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Pressure Driven:

In this type of pool cleaners make use of two motor pumps and a secondary pump. The secondary pump pressurizes the water flowing back to the pool through a dedicated plumbing line. This therefore enhances the venturi effect, causing the pool cleaner to move and work faster. It collects more debris and particles in the process, sending them to its own collecting bag, net or screen. This makes it possible for the device to perform more run cycles between the collecting bags and the pool’s main filters.


suction side pool cleaner
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Suction Side Driven:

Here, the cleaning effect of the machine is powered by a mechanism that draws water through the cleaner, while sucking the debris at the same time. Based on the working principle, water is being drawn from the pool from a dedicated plumbing line connected to the suction side of the pool’s recirculating pump.


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Robotic pool cleaners:

Unlike the others, these cleaners do not need to be attached to your pool. They run on a power source- either an internally charged battery or via a GFCI outlet. Ground fault circuit interrupters can detect electrical power imbalances, preventing the risk of shock. Robotic pool cleaners are basically water-friendly vacuums. They require a bit more care than the other two types, but many feel like their efficiency makes them worth it.

Now that you know the three different types, the question that may be going through your mind is: which cleaner is the best among the three? Which of them should I buy, to offer me the best utility and value for my money?

While these questions are valid, only you can answer them because each style offers unique advantages.  The one that’s  best for you pool will depend on a number of factors. This includes: the particular design of your pool, the plumbing configuration, the shape of the pool, the depth, and the environment in which the pool is located. Some environmental considerations: flowering trees in your yard’s vicinity, presence of silt or clay in the ground, and heavy foliage in the immediate area.

Additionally, fixtures such as ladders, steps, and handrails, as well as the overall construction of the pool, also effect the performance of the pool cleaners. As these factors play a major role in which style works best with your pool and accessories, it’s important to consult and professional to make a well-informed decision.

Call us or fill out a service request for a free estimate! We’ll come check out your pool and let you know which is the best automatic pool cleaner for you.