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A Beginners Guide To Automatic Pool Cleaners

There is a wide array of available pool cleaners on the market, but the favourite amongst pool owners is the automatic pool cleaner. After all, it takes the sting out of pool maintenance. The price can range from $99 to over $3000, and you might be left scratching your head wondering what you’re paying for. The more expensive the automatic cleaner, typically the more cleaning horsepower it has and the more horsepower it has means a larger machine for a faster clean.

The larger the swimming pool, the larger your automatic pool cleaner will need to be. If you purchase too small of a cleaner, the large area will overwhelm it and it will not be effective. Still scratching your head? Let’s take a closer look at the different automatic pool cleaners on the market.

Suction Cleaners

Suction cleaners are favoured by many since they are a dependable pump. They work by moving around your pool, sucking dirt from the floor and walls. They are powered by your pool pump, which you will have to make sure can supply the proper power to drive it. These are the least expensive type of automatic pool cleaners, ranging from $99-$500. Although they are dependable sometimes suction cleaners can be slow in large pools, making them ideal for small to medium size pools.

Pressure Cleaners

Pressure cleaners range from $500-$1000, but provide much more power than suction cleaners. This means one fast clean. Pressure cleaners are self-propelled, working with your pool pump in combination with a booster pump for even more power. They even have their own filtering device, which should be cleaned after each use. The downside is that they can be more temperamental than suction cleaners; however they are great for large pools.


If you have a large swimming pool and are willing to fork out $650-$1800, you will be delighted by the power of a robot cleaner. Some even come with an optional remote. This type of automatic pool cleaner is a self contained system with its own pump system. Plug into an electrical outlet, drop into your pool, and watch how quickly it works to clean your pool. The only downside is the cost.

If you’re still not sure which one to choose it is important to remember what your needs are. It’s not necessarily a matter of which is best, but rather which is best for your swimming pool needs. If you have a lot of debris and contaminants that fall into your pool, you may require more cleaning power. Remember to take your pump and pool size into account as well. From automatic pool cleaners to pool pumps and chemicals, has everything you need to keep your pool clean.

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