Your Guide to Buying a Pool Cleaner

Having your own private pool is a wonderful asset to your backyard. But if the sides aren’t kept clean and the water pure, you’ll have little incentive to dive in.

Pool cleaners are an essential component of your swimming pool equipment. Pool cleaners prevent algae and bacteria growth, which doesn’t just contaminate your water but makes your surfaces slippery and hazardous.

Sure, you have a great filtration system, but that only catches lighter dirt. You’ll need a pool cleaner to suck up heavier grit and debris on the inner surfaces of your pool.

The type of cleaner you’ll need depends on many factors, including:

  • The size of your pool
  • The amount and type of debris your pool accumulates
  • Whether your pool is in ground or above ground.
  • Your filtration and plumbing system
  • Your budget

These days few of us have the time to devote to a rigorous weekly pool cleaning routine, which is why you can find more improved independently-operated pool cleaners on the market.

At Australian Outdoor Living, we offer two types of high-quality pool cleaners: automatic cleaners and robotic cleaners. Whichever one you get will depend on your own needs and circumstances so read up on each type before you buy.

Automatic Cleaners

Automatic pool cleaners are mid-range pool cleaners that sit comfortably between manual cleaners and robotic cleaners. They require a bit of manual set up (they need to be hooked up to the circulation and placed in the pool). But once that’s done you can step aside and let them operate without any further input. They’re the ideal economical cleaner to save you time and hard work.

automatic pool cleanerThe MX8 Suction Cleaner.

Automatic cleaners are ideal for those medium or larger pools with a bit more volume to take care of. Plenty of spare parts are available for automatic cleaners, but you may need a secondary or booster pump to give it that extra bit of oomph.

Most automatic pool cleaners work on a whole range of pool surfaces, including tile, concrete, pebblecrete, quartzon, fibreglass, and vinyl. But beware which model you ultimately choose: some clean the walls and floor, while others operate only on the floor of your pool.

We have a range of different automatic pool cleaners, including crawlers and vacs, to suit all pool and water types.

Suction Cleaners

Automatic suction cleaners, also known as creepy crawlies, connect to the filtration system’s skimmer box via a long plastic hose and use the pool pump’s power to scrub the pool surface and collect leaves.

This cleaner essentially acts like an underwater vacuum cleaner. It is pushed forward with pulses of water and uses brushes and suction to remove and suck up stubborn dirt and grime. A suction cleaner typically polishes the pool in eight hours.

Be certain you have the right pool filter and pump system before you buy– they need to be capable of powering your vacuum. And you need to ensure your filters are cleaned and backwashed more regularly since they’re taking on a greater load.

Pressure-side Pool Cleaners

Pressure-side pool cleaners are more powerful than suction cleaners, which makes them ideal for larger pools or pools that receive greater leaf litter and debris.

They can get right in the corners and operate on wheels so they tend to work faster than suction cleaners. An added benefit is they need only operate as long as it takes to clean your pool – which could be as quickly as half an hour.

As with suction pool cleaners, pressure-side pool cleaners use your pump to power their movement, although most models use an additional booster pump. If that’s the case, your cleaner will need its own separate hose connection in the pool wall.

Pressure-side cleaners connect to the pool’s filter outtake pipe with a plastic hose. But they have their own filter bags so they don’t increase the work of the pool’s filter.

This nifty cleaner divides the water flow from the filter outtake three ways for different purposes. One portion acts as a jet to remove grime. One acts as a propeller to move the cleaner. And the third stream channels leaves and dirt into the filter bag.

Since pressure-side pool cleaners create a heavier load on your pool filtration system, be sure you have a powerful system that can take the extra work.

Robotic Cleaners

Robotic pool cleaners are the clever kings of pool cleaners, so they’re best for large or even commercial pools. They’re efficient and powerful, capable of sucking up a huge amount of dirt and debris, including gumnuts and eucalyptus leaves.

V44WD-robotic-pool-cleanerThe V3 4WD MKII Robotic Cleaner.

They’re much more mobile than automatic cleaners since they aren’t limited by the length of an attached hose. And they have bump bars that rotate the machine if it contacts pool steps or walls so it doesn’t get trapped in the one place.

Robotic cleaners are the most independent type of cleaner, since they operate outside the pool’s circulation system. They have their own pump and in-built filter as well as their own filter bag. They even take their power from an alternative source – long cords connect to an external electrical outlet.

Unlike automatic cleaner, you can programme automatic cleaner to complete particular rotations of the pool before shutting off. This ensures greater efficiency since robotic cleaners aren’t going over the same space multiple times and neglecting other areas completely. Some designs even come with a remote so you have greater control over its trajectory without having to get off that comfy sun lounge.

After the cleaner’s shift is done, you need only remove it from the pool and clean or replace the filter bag. Yes, that’s it.

Since you don’t need to have the full pool circulation system going during the cleaning process, you’ll find robotic cleaners are energy-efficient. They’re also relatively quick, typically running between two and four hours.

Robotic cleaners may not be the best choice for smaller pools given their immense power. But they are designed to operate within any pool shape and surface type.

Ready to Buy?

Are you more confident about the type of pool cleaner you need for your newest backyard installation? If you’re not, don’t fret. Simply give us a call on 1300 679 885 and one of our pool experts will be ready to clear up any confusion.

Check out our full range of pool cleaners at AOL Pool Shop today to get your hands on a quality automatic or robotic cleaner so your pool is scrubbed squeaky clean.

And don’t forget – all our pool cleaners come with a two year warranty, though if used properly you could find they last much, much longer than that!

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