There is a wide range of pool cleaners in the market that can help keep a pool spotless. Basically, this type of device can be divided into manual and automatic ones. Amongst the latter, it is worth highlighting electronic robots, state-of-the-art devices that are surprisingly efficient and sustainable, in addition to allowing users to enjoy their pools as never before.
Below, we will review the pros and cons of the various pool cleaner systems so that you can weigh up which is the most useful for the type of pool you have, and we will explain how automatic robots really make a difference.
How manual pool cleaners work
A manual pool cleaner works like a domestic vacuum cleaner. In order to remove dirt that has built up, the cleaner’s hose must be connected to the pool’s suction inlet (the skimmer or vacuum port) and the vacuum head moved across the pool’s floor and walls.
This is the most inexpensive option, although it takes a lot of time and requires considerable physical exertion. Therefore, is it not the most appropriate choice for large pools or for people who do not wish to spend a great deal of time on maintenance tasks.
Types of automatic pool cleaners
There are three types of automatic pool cleaners in this product family: pressure-side, suction-side and electronic robotic systems.
Pressure-side pool cleaners require a separate booster pump to the pool’s main pump. These devices are driven by the water pressure to move around the pool shell and to suck up any debris, which is stored in a bag.
Pressure-side pool cleaners are long-lasting but they are complicated to install and use (especially the first time). They also consume a lot of electricity.
Suction-side pool cleaners use the pool’s filtration pump as a source of power. Once switched on, they move randomly around the pool sucking up any debris they come across.
These devices are fairly autonomous so they require little supervision by the person in charge of maintenance. However, the random nature of the way these devices move around (sometimes they are unable to go over certain obstacles) means that they require quite a lot of time before a pool has been thoroughly cleaned.
Finally, there are electronic robots, which run separately from the pool’s filtration system. These devices are powered by electricity (obviously at a low voltage and in compliance with the strictest safety standards).
Despite the fact that they generally require a bigger initial outlay than the other choices, electronic robots reduce the time and effort spent on pool maintenance, and they save power and water.
Key features of robotic pool cleaners
Robotic pool cleaners are the most innovative and sustainable solution for keeping pool shells in a perfect state of repair. They are very environmentally friendly and their use have many advantages for users.
Robotic pool cleaners consume less water and energy than all other pool cleaner systems. In addition, their efficiency means that lower amounts of chemical products are needed to disinfect the water, which translates as the greater well-being of bathers and notable money savings.
Of all of the robotic pool cleaners in the market, there are a couple of brands that have established a good reputation; the H DUO series by AstralPool and the Typhoon Top DUO range by CTX. With the latest technology and a cutting-edge design, both compete in the segment of top-of-the-range cleaners for residential pools.
Both models are extremely high-performing as they have three motors (two traction motors and one suction motor) that improve their coverage, power and turning radius. Their PVA brushes provide optimal grip on all surfaces and (depending on the model) clean a pool’s floor, walls and waterline.
Another of the most innovative features included is Gyro technology. Thanks to this smart navigation system, these cleaners avoid all types of obstacles and the cable does not get tangled, thus ensuring pools are thoroughly cleaned.
In addition, thanks to the ultra-fine 3D filter these cleaners trap the smallest microparticles, which means they clean four times better than other pool cleaner systems.