Suction Vs Robot Pool Cleaners


Suction Vs Robot Pool Cleaners

Jim’s can advise you on a wide range of pool cleaners to ensure you install the most suitable for your pool and budget. We can assist you if you have a problematic robot pool cleaner, a cleaner that keeps getting jammed, or one that simply does not function. Let us help you in selecting the best products for your pool, including the best robot pool cleaners.

Don’t take a chance; seek advice to make sure you choose the best pool cleaner for your pool specifics and budget!


Suction Pool Cleaners

Automatic suction pool cleaners are powered by your skimmer suction line (Skimmer Box). The cleaner hose usually connects via your Skimmer Vacuum Plate and redirects suction through the pool cleaner hose to drive the suction cleaner.

There are two main types of pool suction cleaners. This is a gear driven suction (turbine drives wheels) or a diaphragm suction cleaner (diaphragm opens and closes to help cleaner movement).


Robot Pool Cleaners

Robotic cleaning systems are electrically powered (rather than the filtration system) to drive its motor/s and brushes.

To clean your swimming pool, robots usually use a turbine or impellor system to draw water and debris into the cleaner. The motor then drives the cleaner water around during its cleaning cycle. The majority of robotic pool cleaners contain some type of cartridge filter, basket or bag that catches material from the pool’s floor and walls (the standard running time is usually 2 – 3 hours).

These automatic cleaners don’t need any specific plumbing setup because they are self-contained, with a motorised drive system that can plug into a power point near your swimming pool equipment or house exterior wall.


So which is the best cleaner?

This topic is frequently discussed, but it will depend on your pool. The benefit of a robot is you can drop it in once or twice a week and a robotic pool cleaner will usually keep your pool clean with this level of use, depending on your pool needs and pool layout. The variable here is the amount of trees, plants and debris that may enter your pool during a week. Some robots are now coming with seven day timers that you can set to run every day or every second day but manufacturers recommend not leaving your robot in the pool all the time.

Suction cleaners draw water through their systems and collect debris like leaves and dead insects, by using the suction force of your existing pool pump and collecting the debris in your skimmer basket and then filter. As mentioned previously, robotic cleaners don’t need to be connected to your pool’s filtration system because they are self-contained and run on electricity.

Also, worth noting is a that robot will free up your pool skimmer box so that it can work properly and “skim” leaves and debris from your pool. With a robot cleaner, your pool won’t have that that suction cleaner chugging around every day because you will just drop the robot in as required, then clean the bags/baskets when dirty, which are easy to access and can be emptied when needed.

This will ultimately be your decision once you have all the info and know your budget. We are aware that suction cleaners have their uses for certain pools, and are cost-effective, but if you have the budget and a leafy pool, or a large pool to maintain, or just don’t want a suction cleaner in your pool every day, we recommend considering a robotic pool cleaner.

In the long run, a cheap pool cleaner can end up costing you more, especially if it doesn’t function at all or function properly, is not suited to your pool or environment, or fails prematurely.

All you need to do is ask one of our local Franchisees to come by, inspect your pool and provide some quotes on the best pool cleaner. In some locations we can also offer a Free Robotic Pool Cleaner Demonstration, so ensure you ask.

Give one of our friendly team a call on 131 546 or book online.

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