Robotic Pool cleaners sit in sun and chlorine for most of their working life (which does sound a little like a good holiday…) and can clock up more than 1000 km a year. Some cheaper models may not last the distance.
Pool cleaners can’t clean a very dirty pool, so you won’t get out of this task altogether. Give the pool a good manual clean at the start of each swimming season or when you haven’t run the pool cleaner for a while.
Suction, pressure or robotic?
There are three types of pool cleaner out in the market: suction, pressure and robotic Pool Cleaners.
Suction cleaners attach with a hose to your skimmer box and use the suction created by your filtration system to suck up grime. Most pool cleaners you’ll come across are suction models due to being cheaper to buy.
There are two kinds of suction cleaners:
Inertia driven suction cleaners clean in a random pattern. While they will cover nearly every inch of your pool, it may take some time. They work well in pools with curved walls and no sharp corners. The popular Zodiac and Kreepy Krawler models are this type.
Geared suction cleaners, such as The Hayward Pool Cleaner model, move in a pre-determined pattern and will clean your pool surface in the shortest time possible. They can easily get into tight corners which makes them suitable for smaller pools with lots of steps and sharp ledges. Geared cleaners have more moving parts than the random pattern models, so they will probably need more maintenance.