Owning a pool means lots of fun and excitement. But along with the joy that comes with pool ownership, there are also the maintenance challenges. Now honestly, cleaning the pool isn’t nearly as fun as swimming, but there should be no excuses for you to put it off, since dirt can affect the functionality, safety and appearance of the pool. That being said, you have a choice between using a manual vacuum and an automatic cleaner.
An automated vacuum makes for a great option if you don’t want to spend a lot of time and effort cleaning the pool. There are three types available on the market and if you have hard times deciding which one is best for you, turning to pool shops online for an advice is always a good idea.
- Robotic cleaners are completely autonomous and don’t require any effort from you at all, once programmed and dropped in the water. They are intelligent, work independently and have their own filter bag or capture system. That makes them expensive but well worth;
- Suction cleaners move around the bottom of your pool in a predetermined pattern to clean it up by themselves. The difference is that they rely on you pool’s pump to provide the suction to scoop up debris meaning your electric bill will necessarily be higher than with robotic cleaners. Some models have their own filter bag but most rely on your pool’s filter to capture the debris;
- Pressure cleaners also rely on your swimming pool’s pump and filter. They use the water on the pressurised side of the pump, where the pressurised water is being forced from the pump into the pool. As the pressurised water moves through the cleaner, it powers the wheels and creates suction that sucks up dirt and debris.
As already mentioned there are many automated cleaners you can find at pool shops online. But even if you have one, you can still find having manual cleaners useful as there are some places the automatic cleaning system can miss, like stairs and corners. Apart from that, they are significantly cheaper. But there are some downsides to using a manual vacuum cleaner over an automated one – it takes more effort as you have to guide the manual vacuum around the pool and the whole process is time-consuming (you need to set aside at least an hour each time you clean your swimming pool).