Unlike manual cleaning with a landing net, with a pool broom or vacuum cleaner, the pool cleaner allows deep cleaning of both the bottom of the pool and its walls. It guarantees that you can bathe in clean water, free of even the smallest dirt such as leaves, insects, dust, pollens, etc. The other advantage of the pool cleaner is that it is semi-automatic or automatic: as it works for you, it saves you time and fatigue. Finally, using a pool cleaner is the assurance of the best maintenance of your pool and therefore the guarantee of its most extended longevity.
How Does A Pool Cleaner Work?
A pool cleaner sucks in or takes off the dirt present at the bottom of your pool or on its walls and stores it in its filter, then goes underwater to get rid of its dirt, or sends it to the independent filter of the pool. Some pool cleaner models also clean the stairs of your pool and its waterline, that is to say, the place that materializes the water level, where dirt, grease, algae or limescale tend to settle.
The Different Models Of Pool Cleaner
There are three main types of pool cleaners. The electric swimming pool cleaner or autonomous cleaner, the hydraulic pressure swimming pool cleaner overpressure cleaner, booster cleaner or pulsating cleaner and the hydraulic suction cleaner vacuum cleaner brush or pool vacuum cleaner.
The Electric Pool Cleaner
The electric pool cleaner is the most efficient, but also the most expensive. Not only does it vacuum up the dirt present in the water, but it also brushes the bottom and, for some, the walls of the pool. Just plug the electric pool cleaner into an outlet, and it does this deep cleaning on its own. Some operate on a battery. Some models of electric pool cleaners allow you to clean the steps of the pool and are also equipped to wash its corners. The electric pool cleaner has the advantage of being very fast too.
The Hydraulic Pressure Swimming Pool Cleaner
The hydraulic swimming pool cleaner is directly connected to the filtration system of the swimming pool, and it is generally connected to a pump called a booster which has the function of sending pressurized water which removes impurities. The dirt is then sent to the filtration system of the pool or the cleaner if it has its own filters. The hydraulic pressure pool cleaner is one of the most efficient and robust pool cleaners.
The Hydraulic Suction Pool Cleaner
The hydraulic suction pool cleaner is the simplest model. Most of the time it looks like a vacuum broom. Its cleaning quality is average, and it is quite slow, but it is the most economical of pool cleaners. It cleans the bottom of the pool but on the other hand, not its walls. It is connected to the swimming pool filtration system via its broom outlet or its skimmer. The hydraulic suction pool cleaner sucks up the dirt to reject it towards the filter of your pool.
Choose A Pool Cleaner Suitable For Your Pool
The choice of a pool cleaner is above all, determined by the type of your pool. Its dimensions, shape, and coating define the most suitable kind of pool cleaner. Each cleaner model is designed differently depending on, for example, whether the bottom of the pool is tilted or not. Depending on the type of pool covering (liner, PVC, shell, tiles, concrete, etc.), you will need to choose a pool cleaner with suitable brushes or soles.
The size of the pool is also to be taken into account: consider buying a pool cleaner whose electric cable or supply hose is long enough to clean the entire surface of the pool. If the latter is of a complex shape with angles, it is better to favor cleaners capable of cleaning large areas such as electric or hydraulic pressure cleaners. If you have an above-ground pool, the hydraulic suction cleaner is best suited.
How Much Does A Pool Cleaner Cost?
Depending on the pool cleaner models, prices diverge enormously. Count for an electric cleaner, the most efficient and the most reliable, between 800 and 3000 euros. You will find hydraulic cleaners from 200 euros for those with suction and up to 1,500 euros for hydraulic pressure pool cleaners.
We can distinguish two types of pool robots: hydraulic robots and electric robots. Let’s see what differentiates them.
The hydraulic robot uses the hydraulic force generated by filtration to suck up dirt and move around. The hydraulic robot is autonomous and does not require your presence. The most efficient, called hydraulic pressure robots require the installation of a booster on the brush outlet circuit. Their simplicity of design makes them reliable tools.
The electric robot is also autonomous but moves thanks to electric energy. An electrical outlet or a battery can supply this energy. Some electronic robots have their charger in the pool and come to charge when they feel the need. Electric robots are generally programmable, and some can be remote controlled. The higher-end models have up to three motors, which distribute the tasks of moving and cleaning. Electric robots, due to their technology, require higher maintenance than hydraulic robots. Indeed some have sophisticated on-board electronics. Besides, their price is significantly higher than that of a hydraulic robot.
The solar robot has recently been marketed. Operating on battery, the solar robot recharges thanks to the sun’s rays. However, it is a surface robot. Its principle is to capture particles and dirt before they reach the bottom. This implies that the solar robot must run continuously or use another cleaning method for the bottom of the walls. So it has little advantage if not the ecological argument and that we no longer use the landing net.
What Are The Types of Pool Cleaning Robots?
Pool robots can clean the coating of your pool, very often represented by liner, in different ways:
- Brushing consists of brushing the coat of the swimming pool via one or more rotary brushes.
- Aspiration consists of merely sucking up dirt.
Some pool robots only suck up impurities after removing them from the bottom and walls while others are equipped with generally rotating brushes. Obviously, you understand that cleaning is more complete when a rotary brush cleans the bottom and sucks up the entire residue.
Cleaning A Swimming Pool: A Hydraulic Robot or Electric Robot
Given the plethora of offers, it can seem challenging to choose a pool robot. However, given the range of prices, your budget certainly makes the difference. The choice of pool robot will depend on the type of pool but also on the original installation or the possibility of adding the necessary installation.
Electric Robots Are Among The Most Expensive
Also, if you want to be assured of excellent reliability and minimal maintenance, select a hydraulic robot. Their assembly is more straightforward, and the wearing parts remain affordable. The implementation is also more straightforward than that of an electric robot, and it is also lighter. If you want to involve your children in the maintenance of the swimming pool, opt for the hydraulic robot.
If you go for the electric robot, then choose a model with two motors whose reliability is higher because the motors are less stressed. However, for an above-ground pool, a model with a single motor may be sufficient. Check, if necessary, that the electric cable has a knot-free system. If your pool robot operates on battery, it has the advantage of being easier to implement and avoids having a dragging cable. Bathing is not hindered during cleaning. Individual electric robots, given their heavyweight, are offered with a cart.